Summer Picnic With Strangers: Trinity Bellwoods Park, July 30th, 3pm



Summer Picnic With Strangers is a casual gathering of all individuals who want to talk to someone they haven’t met before.

  • Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON (map)

+ the crowd

Toronto’s diverse community of Strangers who want to talk to break the social barriers and meet each other

+ the vibe

happy summer gathering, conversations and inspirational talks throughout the day

+ bring:

your favourite side dish, friends, and a smile!

+ the organizers:

I TALK TO STRANGERS® Foundation (ITTS) is an American non-profit that creates events and partnerships promoting dialogue and collaborations among strangers.

Plenumigo International (‘fulfilment’ in Esperanto) is a multicultural community organization and coordinator of photography program for youth development.

Do FILM NIGHT: Free Outdoor Films (Kid-Friendly) on June 22, 2016 in the Park


Trinity Bellwoods BIA is hosting their first-ever free outdoor movie night! The screening takes place in Trinity Bellwoods Park in the dog bowl. Join us on Wednesday, June 22nd at DUSK to watch a series of animated short films from the National Film Board. These animated shorts are from the “Best of the Best: Especially for Kids” series, which include Every Child, The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin, Blackfly, The Cat Came Back, Sand Castle, The Owl Whom Married A Goose, Evolution, Christmas Cracker and Monsieur Pointu.

Grab the kids, grab a blanket, and grab a bite at one of our local businesses. The following locations are offering take-away movie snacks for the event:

Scoop Shop by Sweet Sammies
$9 pints of ice cream. Ice cream flavours rotate regularly, including bestselling flavours like Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake, Malted Milk Chocolate, Ontario Strawberry, Cajeta, and Cashew Coffee Cacao Nib as well as vegan options.
808 Dundas St W, Open until 9pm

Odile Chocolat
$4 trio of chocolate truffles. Choose three dark chocolate truffles with a combination of ingredients like wines, herbs, spices and flowers.
829 Dundas St W, Open until 7:30pm

The Pie Commission
$6.50 plus tax for a Pie-on-the-go. These Bloody Good Pies are offered in both savoury and sweet flavours, with fresh beef, chicken and vegetables as well as dessert pies.
887 Dundas St W, Open until 8pm

*Please note the rain date for this event is Tuesday, June 29th at  DUSK.

Community Consultation: West Queen West Study Heritage Kick-off Meeting, June 23, 2016

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Planning and Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments.

WQWHCDWhen: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. Open House / 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Facilitated Discussion
Where: 1115 Queen Street West – The Theatre Centre (map)

Toronto City Planning staff are continuing to study the built form and heritage character of Queen Street West, within the area shown above.

This meeting will introduce the community to the West Queen West HCD Study and provide opportunity to comment on the area’s heritage value.

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:30-7:00pm, followed by an update by City Staff on the WQW Planning Study. FGMDA Architects, will then give a presentation followed by a discussion facilitated by the project team.

If you would like more information please contact the consultant team, one of the City Planning representatives and/or your Ward Councillor.

Consultant Contact
Alex Corey

City Planning Contacts
Sharon Hong – / 416-392-2653
Graig Uens – / 416-397-4647

Download the meeting notice here.

We Need Your Help to Shake Things Up in Trinity Bellwoods!

TBCA-logo-shake-upThe Trinity Bellwoods Community Association (TBCA) is shaking things up!  We are looking to tackle new neighbourhood concerns and explore current issues that impact the neighbourhood. We are expanding our role and raising our profile at City Hall to ensure that the voices of Trinity Bellwoods residents are heard. However to do this effectively we need your help to grow our group and ensure local issues are brought to our attention.
The Trinity Bellwoods Community Association is looking for new leadership (Chair) and members’ at large. If you have an interest in local issues, in ensuring that the City hears your concerns for the neighbourhood and in making Trinity Bellwoods an even better place to live – we invite you to join the TBCA.  
The TBCA commitment is one meeting every two months to discuss local issues impacting the neighbourhood. If you really want to shake things up and have the skills and drive to help shape the community and provide leadership to the group as the Chair, you will be responsible for chairing the bi-monthly meeting, co-ordinating the agenda and liaising directly with Councillor Layton’s office on community issues. As the Chair, you will have the support of our six member Executive team. 
If you have concerns about issues in the community and want to make a positive contribution towards improving the neighbourhood – come on out and help us! We can’t do this without support from the residents of Trinity Bellwoods.
Please contact us at to express an interest in joining. Additional information on the TBCA can be found here or on our Facebook group.

NOISE ALERT – Toronto’s Revised Noise Bylaw Removes Safeguards

toronto-noise-coalitionNoise is a big issue in Toronto, and as the city increases in density, it is a problem that will only grow. In fact, the City’s April 2015 noise consultation found that 82.5% of respondents indicated noise problems in their Ward.

After two years of consultations with Toronto businesses, industries and residents—on May 12, 2016—the City released a draft of the new noise bylaw.

The TBCA (as a member of The Toronto Noise Coalition) has analyzed the proposed new by-law and found that it fails on three key fronts: 1) Key weaknesses in the original by-law remain unchanged; 2) The proposed changes further reduce noise protections; 3) No efforts have been made to strengthen enforcement.

In light of these failures, the Coalition is urging all supporters to attend the upcoming Licensing and Standards Committee meeting on:

Thursday May 19th, 9:30 AM
Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall

We need your support to show the Committee that the City needs a proper noise by-law that addresses the real concerns of Toronto’s vibrant communities. We cannot allow the City to approve the proposed by-law in its current form. We need to speak up if we want to be heard!

Please share this message with your networks and encourage your friends and family to attend the May 19th meeting.

Please find below an executive summary of the Coalition’s report on the proposed by-law.

Read the full report here. 13b56516-201a-4055-a4ae-89d5b962fb21