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Thanks to DECA Visioning Committee for this blog post!

You probably received a notice with your mail recently about public meetings the city and Toronto Police Service are holding on the next two Tuesday evenings regarding plans for a new local police station. (TPS plans to amalgamate its 54 and 55 Divisions under one roof.)

The discussion is particularly important for us because one of the three short-listed sites is the nearly five-acre TTC property at Danforth and Coxwell.

Danforth East TTC Barns at Coxwell. Photo credit Google Maps.

The Danforth East Community Association was formed a decade ago with a goal of making our area’s main street more vibrant, walkable and safe; to succeed we need to continually attract more people to the Danforth sidewalks for different reasons at different time of the day. World-renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs (who died in 2006) identified that TTC site as one of only two in the DECA area with significant potential for creating the type of multi-use hub that the community will need for revitalization.

While DECA has not taken a position, our Visioning Committee and some members are concerned — especially in an era when police stations tend to be walled, big-box fortresses — that this may not be an appropriate use for such a rare and valuable site on our main street.

The other two locations on the short list are East York Civic Centre and the current 55 Division at Dundas and Coxwell.

The two meetings are slated for:
– Tuesday, October 10 (6:30 to 9 p.m.) at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell;
– Tuesday, October 17 (6:45 to to 9:15 p.m.) at SH Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd.

To learn more about the community consultations and plans for a new site for these police stations, go to: https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/TheWayForward/new-54-55-building.php

Looking back at “Imagine the Danforth” 
The images below are renderings of possibilities for the TTC site, created by students, that were presented during Imagine the Danforth in May 2015. The meeting was hosted by DECA and featured the top 10 ideas for Danforth East developed by students at Ryerson and U of T.

Imagined sketch for new use of Danforth East TTC Barns by Ryerson Students, Nov. 2014

Imagined site plan for new uses of Danforth East TTC Barns by Ryerson Students, Nov. 2014

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LGBTQ event this Sunday, July 24 from 4-7pm – allies also welcome!


Gaming fees waived for our group thanks to Time Capsule Board Game Cafe

Here’s the Facebook invite too. 

See you there!

Thanks to Angela Wagner from Umlaut Design for the poster 
To join the DECA Pride email list, click here and ask to be added. 

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Looking for a great way to cap off the school year? Head to the farmers’ market this Thursday.  Shop, eat and relax on the grassy hill of East Lynn Park.

What can you expect this week?  There will be wine from both Coyote’s Run and Broken Stone Wineries.  School Grown has been tweeting up a storm about their scapes and 100 lbs of lettuce that they harvested just yesterday.  And if you’re like me and didn’t know what a scape was, let alone how to cook with it, check out this link for some ideas.

There will also be lots of ready made food options, like loaded baked potatoes from the Borough.  And just in time for Canada Day, Fa Real Custom Tees will be selling some of their custom made East York Tee’s.

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A student from School Grown showing off her scapes.

Also important to know about this week: There is NO FACE PAINTING. However, Kelly and the gang from Face-to-Face Games will have games galore to entertain and stimulate brains young and old.  Toronto Public Library will have story-time and a craft activity starting at 4:30 p.m.

And don’t forget, there is a community safety walk starting at 7:00 p.m. with members of the Toronto Police Service. The group will meet at the top of the hill by the water fountain and walk east along Danforth Avenue to Main Street.

Wellness Booth 

Dancing for fun, happiness and joy!  Come and learn how dancing not only is a fun way to exercise but it has additional benefits like; reducing stress, improving strength and flexibility, keeping our muscles and joints healthy, improving posture and balance. Not only that but people participating in dance, learning sequences, mastering new skills helps with brain development, makes us smarter and can lift our mood and make us Happy!

Pegasus Studios will be at the Farmer’s Market Wellness Table to give you information, tips and maybe even get you moving!

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Pegasus dancers in a flash mob.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 4 – October 15 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

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Community Safety Walks

DECA and the Toronto Police Service (TPS) have been working together to plan two community safety walks along Danforth East. We’ll have representation from 55 Division (East and West walk) and 54 Division (West walk). By walking through the community, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your concerns, as well as hear advice from the TPS representatives on how to make our community safer.

Suggestions, please!

Please send us your suggestions for topics the TPS should cover on these walks. Leave a comment on this post, on our Facebook page, Twitter (#DECASafety), or send us an email at safety@deca.to (and BTW, did you notice our brand new and much, much shorter website address? DECA.to).

Walk Details

Meet up at the north end of East Lynn park beside the park sign. Feel free to join either walk (or both). We’ll do our best to do some live tweeting of the walks too, for those who can’t make it.

·         West Walk: Tuesday June 23rd 7:00-8:30ish, East Lynn to Monarch park

·         East Walk: Thursday June 25th 7:00-8:30ish, East Lynn to Main

 

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This is a hodgepodge posting that almost needs a table of contents! Hopefully you can take the time to read through it all, because  there’s definitely something for everyone.

Earl Beatty Community Centre Family Skating Party

Sunday, February 10th, 2:oo-4:00 p.m.
Monarch Park Rink (right beside the pool)Come out and have some fun with the whole family, courtesy of the Earl Beatty Community Centre advisory Council:

This is our 12th annual SKATING PARTY, and we invite the whole neighbourhood!

Come out with your family to have fun with music, games and a crazy scarf contest – can your scarf be the most colourful? The longest scarf? The weirdest? Come out and find out and win a prize. Games include spot skates and races for all ages.The Advisory Council also puts on a great spread – coffee donated by Red Rocket, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and home-baked goods. Lug-a-mug for a greener event! Children under six must wear a CSA approved helmet.

Pegasus Studios – Dances of Offering, February 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (reception to follow)

The first Dances of Offering benefit concert began in 2001, the vision of a Pegasus student who wanted to combine her desire to help children and youth with her love of dance. Since then Dances of Offering has raised thousands of dollars each year for non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of young people locally and globally.

This year’s Dances Of Offerings will be held on Sunday, Feb 10th, at 5:00 pm, and is approximately 60 minutes in length with a Reception following. This is a family-friendly event.

Pegasus event

www.pegasusstudios.com

Community Safety – Let’s all do our part

According to police and residents a number of homes and cars have been broken into in our neighbourhood lately. Make sure to keep valuables out of your cars, and ensure that all entrances to your home are secure. If you have a back or side light on your home, turn it on in the evenings, or equip it with a motion sensor. And if you don’t have a light, think about installing one. It may seem like an added expense, but I bet it’s WAY less than your home insurance deductible.

In the event that your home or car is broken into, or if you see anything suspicious, remember to always report it the police. If you missed it before, our post from the summer listed all the ways that you can report crime – non-emergency numbers or online!! If you see something in-progress or if you feel unsafe, never hesitate to call 9-1-1.

And while we’re on the topic of safety…

You know how we are always saying that increasing foot traffic will improve security?

On Saturday evening, a neighbour was walking by our favourite local toy store, Silly Goose Kids, when she noticed that the front door was smashed and there was a burglary in progress. She scared off the would-be thieves, and then quickly called police. She was also able to provide a description of the suspects to police.

And who was this courageous neighbour? None other than Ward 31 Councillor, Janet Davis! Store owners Shamie and Tracey are very grateful that damage was kept to a minimum and nothing was taken – and we are all glad too!

(Next time you see Councillor Davis in the neighbourhood, hold back on the complaint about how long it took for your street to get plowed, and give her a pat on the back instead. Talk about going above and beyond for your Ward!)

Pizza Anyone?

Remember in the summer, when we posted about Restaurant Takeover renovating Golden Pizza at 2360 Danforth Ave? Well, it seems that maybe we caught them doing some outside shots for the sake of the beautiful summer sunshine, because last week the real reno took place. We don’t have intel about when the show will air, or about the new and improved menu (we hear it was great to start with!), but the sign sure does look nice!!

Golden Pizza reno

Sandwich anyone?

Feel like a sandwich? If so, you’re in luck. Danforth Sandwich has opened up at 2116 Danforth Avenue, in the old True Brew location just EOW (and we all remember what that means, right?), and we hear that their tasty italian food is not to be missed. If you have tried it yourself, please let us know! It seems that it is more than just sandwiches, but we cannot confirm or deny this rumour.

DF Sandwich

Salt Cave Anyone? (for real, keep reading)

A word from our friends at AMETHYST SPA & SALON, 1472 Danforth Avenue, 416-465-3710:

Bat Cave, Man Cave, Dance Cave and now there is a Salt Cave located in your neighbourhood. Halotherapy provides restorative health maintenance, increases the overall well-being, strengthens the immune systems and alleviates physical and emotional symptoms of respiratory illness. Just in time for the flu and cold season. Salt therapy helps you to:

  • Experience relief from chronic pulmonary diseases and bronchial inflammation
  • Treat and prevent common cold and flu
  • Improve your sleep and an overall feeling of emotional and overall feeling of emotional and physical health and well-being
  • Purify and detoxify your body.

Yes, it is time to start feeling better. www.saltcavetoronto.com

amythest

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Arts and/or Social Enterprises interested in pop-up placement on the Danforth, Monarch Park to Main

DEADLINE:  September 23, 2012

We here at Danforth East Commmunity Association are interested in filling the empty stores along Danforth Avenue between Monarch Park and Main with short-term enterprises. We believe that more activity along our commercial strip = a safer, more walkable and vibrant neighborhood. We are looking for artists and social enterprise projects that:

  • Can fill (and vacate) an empty space quickly and easily
  • Will add value to the street and the community

If you have an idea for a creative enterprise that could be placed temporarily in an empty store, we are interested in hearing from you!  In 200 words or less, tell us what you would like to do. If we are interested, we’ll ask you for more!

We are now accepting statements of intent for a weekend showcase this October.

What would YOU do with one free month on the Danforth?

Click here to email us with your proposals and/or your questions.

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FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING & DISCUSSION

Next Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ Danforth/Coxwell Library


 

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Beach Fairway Golf Range needs your help to stay open

How many of us east-enders like to shoot balls or play mini golf at the Beach Fairway Golf Range, on Victoria Park south of Danforth? (If you haven’t visited, you’ve probably passed by numerous times and made a mental note to check it out soon!)

The owners lease the land from the City, and their lease will not be renewed to make way for housing and retail development.  The whole place is slated to close for good on October 12, 2012.

The owners are meeting with the Mayor on July 16, 2012, and have asked that surrounding neighbours sign a petition ASAP to show that we want to keep the golf range and mini putt!  Here are a few reasons why you should think about signing:

  • This is the only driving range in the City south of the 401 (other than the Docks, which is a different type of facility)
  • They have over 60,000 visits each year including 5700 kids (for mini golf) and 2500 seniors
  • They offer special rates to a variety of organizations that otherwise would not be able to offer golf to their members for rehabilitation and/or social outings.
  • They give free golf lessons for inner city kids

For more info or to offer support, click here to get to the webpage, and then click on “sign our online petition”.

Proposed Changes to 54 Division – Community Input Wanted

There are some proposed changes on the table that could really impact our police services.  Please see below for details about a community consultation with Councillor Janet Davis on July 31, 2012, and a survey that you can print and submit by email or in-person.

Survey: to be submitted before July 31, 2012

BUILDING THE FUTURE FACILITY OPTIONS FOR THE DELIVERY OF POLICE SERVICES

In 2012, in response to significant current and anticipated future fiscal pressures, the Chief’s Internal Organizational Review (CIOR) was established to “engage members of the Service to conduct reviews of operations, infrastructure, administration, business processes and organizational structure with the goal to better achieve our Service’s Mission while increasing public value by becoming more effective, efficient and economical”.

As part of the CIOR, the process the Service uses to determine its requirement for police facilities and the eventual retrofit and/or replacement of these facilities is being reviewed. The objective of this review is to establish a framework to identify and evaluate facility options that will balance the needs of the community and our Service members, all the while ensuring the most effective, efficient and economical delivery of police services in the long-term. This review is focusing on 13 Division and 54 Division as they are slated for replacement in the near-term capital budget.

In addition, any framework must ensure that the transition, regardless of the option recommended, is seamless and minimizes any short-term disruption. Maintaining, if not improving, the current level and quality of service to the community is a critical decision point; as such, it is not anticipated that overall front-line staffing would be reduced as a result.

Considering the needs of your community, what do you think are the three most important things to consider when making decisions about police facilities and/or divisional boundaries?

1.

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3.

Building new police stations in a new location within the division has been the traditional response to aging and/or inadequate police facilities; the Review Team has identified the following options for addressing the replacement of police stations. The identified options are as follows:

Option 1: Build a new station in a new location, while maintaining existing boundaries

Option 2: Close the existing station, realign divisional boundaries of surrounding divisions to incorporate all areas of the closed division, reassign officers to surrounding divisions Amalgamate two divisions (with or without boundary realignment) and build a new station

Option 3: Close the existing station, realign divisional boundaries of surrounding divisions to incorporate all areas of the closed division, reassign officers to surrounding divisions Amalgamate two divisions (with or without boundary realignment) and build a new station

Consider each of the above three options for addressing the replacement of police stations.

What do you think could be the most positive result of each option?

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

What do you think could be the most negative result of each option?

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

If you have any further comments, concerns or suggestions (e.g. a different option), please note them below.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Please return your survey to: the front desk of 54 Division at 41 Cranfield Road, Toronto Or Electronically to Helen.Dixon(at)torontopolice.on.ca by July 31, 2012.

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