News from the ‘hood – October

TBCA executive member Lois Schklar was kind enough to round up the following items that may be of interest to our community (thanks Lois!).

Did you know that a casino might be built in the city. Plans are underway to find suitable sites. Do you want a casino in our area. What will this mean to you?

The CBC reports that “the full city council will receive a report from city staff in early November outlining the pros and cons of the idea. Provincial officials have said they won’t build a casino where it isn’t wanted.” (CBC – Proposed Toronto casino focus of town hall). The American media, MSNBC reported on October 3rd that “Sands
billionaire eyes Toronto”. The Toronto Star reported on October 15 on the casino plan
unveiled by Oxford Property Group. There is also a concerned citizens group here called No Casino Toronto.


The following info is from a letter circulated by Juan Pablo de Dovitiis, Executive Assistant to Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity-Spadina

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the Ministry agreed to participate in a new meeting with the Trinity-Spadina neighbourhood associations on November 13. Tom Mungham, CEO of the AGCO, and Sabrina Grando, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, will be present at the meeting.

This is a great opportunity for our local community groups (like the TBCA who will attend) to address the concerns of your community to the government and push for changes. A working group comprised of two representatives from each neighbourhood association would meet to prepare for the AGCO meeting.


News from Community organizations and BIA’s in the Hood

1.The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park

The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park are happy to report the new stairs on the north side of the bowl are completed and the gates on Queen Street have been refurbished and freshly painted.

Tuesday October 30th is your last chance of the season to visit the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market in the north west corner of the park., from 3 – 7 PM.

If you’re interested in getting involved with and/or accessing growing space in the community greenhouse in the park this coming winter — or have ideas about how to utilize this space in non-growing seasons, please contact Anna at

The website is best resource for up to date info on the FOTBP. Please check regularly for
postings.  We have recently posted the minutes to our annual Fall Meeting.

2. Friends of Roxton Road Parks

This Friday October 26th, the Friends of Roxton Road Parks is holding their first annual NIGHT OF THE LIVING FRED!!! Neighbours are invited to get into the Halloween spirit by joining the Friends in Fred Hamilton Park for a costume contest, pumpkin design contest, apple cider, loot bags, and movies when it gets dark! More information on their website here. Sounds like a lot of fun!


3. Dundas BIA

The Dundas BIA is pleased to announce their participation in Contact 2013. The venue will
extend from Bathurst to Grace (same as Do Design in January).

Do Design is a unique, street wide event occurring during design week in Toronto. The works of contemporary designers (furniture, objects, architectural or graphic) are showcased in a diverse variety of storefronts/cafe’s/walkups/windows of participating business venues in the Trinity Bellwoods Business Improvement Area ( Dundas St West between Bathurst and Grace streets).

Do Design highlights contemporary design culture in a vibrant neighbourhood during Design week as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. We invite your participation in this exciting program.

If you are interested in participating in Do Design you can contact: Julie or Shaun at MADE T: 416 607 6384 or email the Do Design co’ordinator at

4) West Queen west BIA (

West Queen West BIA members will be having their annual trick or treat this year on Oct 27th & 28th, with treats for the kids and special Halloween offers for the parents!

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