Protecting Ontario’s Environmental Future
What’s next after the gutting of Conservation Authorities? On Dec 8, 2020, the Ontario Government passed a new law which seriously weakened Conservation Authorities, allowing the province to turn its back on science-based planning. This means that new developments that could cause floods or landslides and destroy protected and egologically sensitive lands can be ordered to go ahead. At the same time, the government has been making unprecedented use of Minister’s Zoning Orders to force through planning decisions without debate or input from municipalities or the public. These attacks join the government’s push to build a new 400 series highway in the Greenbelt near Kleinburg, attacks on endangered species and their habitats as well as on climate action.
The people of Ontario have voiced their anger over these changes loud and clear. Ten of thousands of people phoned and wrote to their MPPs, and eight members of the Greenbelt council resigned in protest. We have not stopped the attacks, but together we have begun to make sure their consequences are well known and that communities are prepared to stand up for their futures.
Join Environmental Defence, former Greenbelt Council chair David Crombie, Canadian Environmental Law Association and Ontario Nature on January 12th at 7pm for a live conversation about protecting our future. Register today to tune in for this live discussion.
Conservation Authorities, Ministers Zoning Orders and Protecting Ontario’s Ecosystems Webinair
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
7:00 to 8:30pm (EDT)
Armour Heights Church and Mosaic Events
Scottish Baking Event – Sat, Jan 23 1:00pm via ZOOM
Join mother and daughter baking team extraordinaire, Susan and Allison Murray as they guide bakers through a special Robbie Burns inspired baking event via ZOOM, making traditional shortbread and Cranachan Squares. To register and obtain an recipe and ZOOM details, email or leave a voicemail for Erin Stone ([email protected] / 416-485-4000).
Robbie Burns Day – Mon, Jan 25 1:00 via ZOOM
Join Mosaic Home Care Services and Armour Heights Church online to celebrate Robbie Burns Day. To register and obtain ZOOM details, email or leave a voicemail for Erin Stone ([email protected] / 416-485-4000).
Toronto residents can show love for Toronto by becoming tourists in their own and local neighbourhoods. Take a self-guided tour to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on local main streets. Look at the following walks offered by Leaside Life Walks.
Bayview Institutional Lands
Community Environment Days Event Schedule
Community Environment Days are operating across the City for seven weekends until Nov 1. This year the events will be set up as drive-thru events at various City Drop-Off Depots. One such event will be held on Sunday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm at the Dufferin Drop-off Depot, 35 Vanley Cr, North York. A list of events and more information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/community-environment-days/
Circle of Care/Armour Heights Presbyterian Church – ZOOM Exercise Class
Circle of Care is now offering their exercise classes online through ZOOM. Circle of Care provides free exercise and falls prevention classes to older adults living in the community. Their Falls Prevention program is led by an Occupational Therapist and the Group Exercise Classes are led by trained fitness professionals. Classes are designed to help participants increase mobility, relieve pain and reduce the risk of falls by building strength and improving balances. Classes are funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network (CLIN) and are offered to eligible participants free of charge. If you have questions, please contact Erin Stone for details.
Go to https://www.circleofcare.com/exercise-and-falls-prevention/ to view the upcoming Schedule and to Register.
Better Living Website Virtual Program Updates
Better Living Health and Community Services actively updates their website to provide you with access to up-to-date and reputable sources of information and reference sources on COVID-19. They have a number of special support programs for Seniors. You can access their website here: https://mybetterliving.ca/covid-19-resource-page/. Some examples of their Virtual Programs.
Fall fest on Upper Avenue – Saturday, October 19th
Our Businesses on Upper Avenue between Joicey and Roe put on a very enjoyable Fall fest – a fall-themed “open house” event to celebrate our vibrant Upper Avenue community on Saturday, October 19th. Councillor Colle and his Staff made a great piping hot minestrone soup. Good turnout and everyone enjoyed the events/giveaways/specials. We will be starting the planning soon for an even bigger and better event in 2020!
Supported by: Councillor Mike Colle, the Upper Avenue Community Association, the Bedford Park Residents Organization, the South Armour Heights Residents’ Association and the Ledbury Park Connects Group.
14th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out on June 18 2019
We had a great evening for the 14th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out! This year we visited the Northern portion of the SAHRA area, holding the event in front of 2 Armour Blvd.
The firetruck/firemen were there as well as the police car/policemen – the children had great fun climbing about/experimenting. We all enjoyed the ice cream and the colourful ballons – thanks to Baskin Robbins and Party Rock.
Thanks as well to our Raffle sponsors for the great prizes – The Miller Tavern, York Mills Eyecare and the Bank of Montreal.
Special thanks to our Volunteers who helped make it a successful event – Joanne Alter, Lynda Holloway, Michelle Nichol, Johan Duker, Robin Dunbar, Heather Crawford, Wendy Johnson, Eileen Su and our student volunteers Madison Wang and Tess Gillanders.
See below for a link to photos of the event.
A good time was had by all!
Photos from the Neighbour Night Out are available in the Posts listing (on the right hand side of the screen) at https://sahratoronto.com/
But there is also a new page under News called Our Photo Album with links to the Annual General Meeting as well as the Neighbour Night Out Photos at https://sahratoronto.com/news/photo-album/
Armour Heights Community Centre Programs
The Armour Heights Community Centre provides programs for Children and Tiny Tots. The goal of this not-for-profit community group is to provide our community with quality daytime, after-school, weekend and summer programming for infants, toddlers, children and teens. Here is a sample of the Spring Poster.
AHCC Spring Poster 2019
ROM – 3rd Monday Nights Free
The Royal Ontario Museum has announced a new initiative that will enable members of the public to visit the Museum free of charge once a month. 3rd Monday Nights Free furthers their commitment to provide greater access to the Museum and open the doors of the ROM to as many visitors as possible. This program is supported by the TD Bank Group and The Bennett Family Foundation. The program was launched on April 15th. The ROM is offering the public complimentary access to the Museum’s 40 galleries, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Entry to feature exhibitions such as Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur and Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur will be separately ticketed and subject to a surcharge. Working with their community partners, these evenings will also feature local artists and performers, further enhancing the Monday night experience.
Interested in Organized Walks?
Review the following websites for Walks of interest to you.
The Program for the 2019 Season is available on their site in pdf format. Most of the ROM walks are free and you do not have to be a Member, but there are some walks that are for Members only.
Heritage Toronto Walks
Heritage Toronto has not published their 2019 Program but it is to be available shortly.
Rouge River National Park
Guided tours are available. The Program for April 2019 is available on their site.
COMMUNITY CAFÉ is a pilot project organized by the Health Ministry Team of the Armour Heights Presbyterian Church and Mosaic Community Resource Centre. Mosaic will provide a facilitator and Armour Heights will host. This is an opportunity for seniors to gather, share, listen and engage in various topics of broad interest. Unlike our lunch and learn events which are more focused on listening, community café is intended to include more engaged participation to exercise the mind and spirit toward greater health long term. Topics will be announced each month.