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News 2011

News 2011

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Peace Sukkah

October 16, 2011

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Yoga in the park

Thursdays at 6

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From the Summer 2011 Newsletter:

Public meeting: The future of the park.

Tuesday June 21, 7 to 9 pm, with Councillor Ana Bailao. At the park clubhouse. Bake-oven supper available from 6 p.m. Everyone welcome!

Brenda Patterson, the general manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, has been meeting with people across the city to discuss the current organizational restructuring, called the Recreation Service Plan. Her consultations have been going on at the same time as the City’s broader public meetings about the Core Service Review, to consider what programs/facilities can be cut, what fees can be raised. The City is approaching a watershed of insufficient funds: we are short between $500 and $770 million for next year’s budget.

General Manager Patterson has invited Torontonians to hold their own meetings about what kind of Recreation programs there should be, and forward the conclusions to her staff. A good idea! The meeting topic for the Dufferin Grove meeting just needs to be broadened a little, to include how to protect the park as the budget storm approaches.

Parks and Community Centres are high on the list of places to cut costs. In the last four years, the operating cost of Parks, Forestry, and Recreation has increased by $51 million (to $376 million this year). Nearly $32 million of this rapid cost increase is for wages and salaries. Dufferin Grove Park users know that despite this increase, a week was cut off the beginning of last rink season, and there are so few city carpenters left that we have only half of the picnic tables we had a few years ago. What’s in our future, for all the city’s parks and public buildings? There may be mothballed wading pools and ice rinks, and fire-sales for community centre buildings, while taxes go up.

Costs need to decrease, that’s pretty clear from the math, but the interesting question for park users is – how to simplify in smart ways instead of waiting for our troubled councillors to hit the problem with a blunt hammer in September. So come to the meeting to help begin these neighbourhood deliberations. See the money issue for more information,
There will be a kids’ play area set up near the meeting. In the weeks leading up to the 21st, there will be some fascinating facts and figures posted on the park bulletin boards and on the website, in preparation.

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Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12

10am to 5 pm

Animals available for adoption, at Dufferin Grove Park, through:

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Butterfly Pizza

A Bee-Day Party at Dufferin Grove Park

Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free

An informal afternoon of DIY bee condo making, pollinator art and booklet launch, and pizza!

Find us by the Pizza Oven, near the Rink House/Community Center in the Park.

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Workshops to Empower, educate and encourage creativity

Making your own fuel [bio diesel]

May 14, 12pm - 3:30pm

A 3-hour workshop designed to provide all the information on small-scale production of bio diesel from used fryer / cooking oil.

A fun, lively workshop that fits into your schedule, focusing on making bio diesel for your diesel vehicle, for electricity production in your home / generator, or for small-scale farm use.

The content will cover the complete process theory, the equipment needed for setup, economics of production, quality control and small test batch activities.


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The Dufferin Grove Park Annual Clothing Swap!

Saturday May 7, Sunday may 8, 2011

10 am to 2 pm

Bring your clean unwanted ,never worn,why did I buy it, too big,too small clothes to the rink house on Saturday May 7th..
and then come back on Sunday May 8th and walk away with something you will wear.

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Councillor Ana Bailão's first annual Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday April 23rd

Time: 1pm-3pm

Location: Dufferin Grove Park (see poster)


"Syrup in the City 2011" returns to Dufferin Grove, Sunday March 13

Please join Not Far From The Tree on Sunday March 13th as we celebrate the magic of bringing the sugar bush to you! Maple tree owners across the city will have laboriously collected the sap from their own trees, and donated some (or all) of it into a communal pool to be boiled down into syrup for this event. We hope you’ll come and celebrate the magic of local food and the wonder of the urban forest. We’ll have music, sap & syrup tasting, educational activities, and games for the family. For more information, visit our website at

If you’re interested in participating as a maple tree owner, you can find out more information here:

The Nuthouse

Park friends Liza and Alex Lukashevsky have opened a food store called "The Nuthouse" at 1256 Bloor two blocks east of Lansdowne. The store is described on Blogto: Liza's parents ran one of the first natural food stores in Toronto, back in the 1970's, and now here's the next generation, right in our neighbourhood.

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