The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association announced on our social media platforms yesterday that the Association won a temporary injunction to stay the demolition of the heritage designated Dominion Foundry Buildings on Eastern Ave., until the end of February pending the court's decision at that time.
From the Toronto Star:
"The ruling will buy the City of Toronto time to convene next week to authorize its solicitor to attempt to stop the Province from tearing down the foundry permanently.
“Had it not been for the swift action of this group [St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association], there is every chance that these buildings would have been destroyed before legal proceedings were brought to identify the issues that will be decided in this application,” Corbett wrote in his decision.
Here are some things you can do right now to help!
1. Use the Friends of the Foundry letter template to write to Premier Ford. Let him know this is unacceptable!
Email the Premier
2. Legal work is expensive... consider giving $5 or more to help us cover our costs.
Donate and share our fundraising campaign
Here are some things you can do every day to help!
Post pictures and videos on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. If you live in a neighbouring building take and post pictures from your balcony. Hashtag your posts #SaveTheFoundry and #StopDemolition, and tag us in as well.
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SLNA Comments on MZO and Planning Act Changes
In a recent letter to Premier Ford, the SLNA expressed disagreement with certain changes to the planning Act and the expansion of Ministerial powers arising out of Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020.
Please click here to view SLNA's letter outlining our specific concerns.
Free Presto Card Distribution
The St. Lawrence branch of Toronto Public Library is very pleased to participate in an initiative to distribute PRESTO cards to those who need it. Anyone may come to a Toronto Public Library branch to get a card. Please distribute the information widely to your contacts.
The card is free, but has no funds loaded on it. Here is a link to Toronto's Fair Pass Transit Discount Program.
If your agency or organization would like 20 or more cards to distribute, please contact me directly.
St. Lawrence Branch - 171 Front St. East
Toronto Public Library
Let's Get "Moving in the Park"
February 1-7th (Monday- Friday)
Physical exercise for one household at a time.
Local arts organization Jamii is inviting you and/or your household to join one of the upcoming organized 25-min movement-based sessions in the park, encouraging neighbours of all ages to keep physically fit as well as creatively active during the lockdown.
Jamii has arranged to have professional artists/dancers guiding participants through a series of creative movements designed to insert some gentle but fun activity into your day. .
WHEN: You choose! You can pick from the available pre-scheduled 25-minute times slots by clicking the following link: https://calendly.com/jamiiesplanade/movinginthepark?month=2021-02
Toronto Budget Town Hall - Invitation
When: February 9, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Registrants will receive a link to the event
The City of Toronto has launched their 2021 Budgets and we want to hear from you! When COVID-19 hit, the pre-existing cracks in our social safety net were laid wide open. We face a considerable fiscal deficit, and without further financial support from our Provincial and Federal governments, the Mayor and City Council will be facing impossible choices. We cannot afford service cuts to already underfunded and chronically overlooked programs.
This autumn, Councillor Wong-Tam hosted Making Cents, a speaker series exploring and investigating the issues that matter most to you. We heard from advocates and community leaders about community safety, what it means to have a healthy neighbourhood, housing, homelessness, and next steps navigating a post-COVID world.
On February 9, 2021, the SLNA is invited to our cumulative Toronto Centre Budget Town Hall. Councillor Wong-Tam along with special guest Anthony Ng will review issues that impact our communities, and breakdown Toronto’s 2021 budget. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and make your priorities known. This year my office has partnered with Ethelo, a Canadian organization that created a survey and participatory budget tool where you can experiment with your own tax dollars and design your own ideal municipal budget. This fast-paced virtual Town Hall event is free and will outline how you can get involved in the City’s budget process.
RSVP and learn more here.
Explore Ethelo’s Citizen Budget tool and start making your own ideal budget!
Zero Waste High-Rise
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Waste Reduction Micro-grant Applications Open Until Feb 15
The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)'s Zero Waste High-Rise Project is supporting multi-residential buildings to reduce waste. Join a community of residents and staff from buildings across Toronto, and participate in a free online program with guides and tools to walk you through implementing a zero waste action plan for your building.
Sign up here to join the Zero Waste High-Rise Project! [https://www.torontoenvironment.org/highrise_join]
Until February 15th, TEA is offering micro-grants of up to $500 to help Toronto multi-residential buildings take action to reduce waste in winter 2021.
Review the micro-grant details and complete an application form on TEA's website here [https://www.torontoenvironment.org/microgrant_application].