Congratulations to our new leader Justin Trudeau, and another thank you to everyone who joined us at our local fundraiser with him last summer. For those who missed it, pictures from the event are on our Facebook photo stream here.
William Keele bought a 100-acre property in 1834, followed by two more parcels in 1840 and 1857. He then created the Carleton Race Course, where the Queen’s Plate was run for the first time in 1860.
Keele’s son Charles sold the racecourse in 1882, and the whole property in 1884. A CPR terminal was opened on the land in 1884, thus laying the groundwork for the building of the area to be known as the Junction.
For more civil development trivia and gorgeous accompanying images, read Toronto Street Names An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins by Leonard Wise & Allan Gould, Firefly Books, 2011.
A brand new initiative has begun: the Parkdale—High Park Supporters Committee. First launched at the end of 2012 to encourage people in the riding to register as supporters to be eligible to vote in the recent Party leadership contest won by Justin Trudeau, the Supporters Committee is now shifting its focus.
“The next step is to Continue reading
WHEN: Monday, June 10th at 7:30pm
WHERE: Loyola Arrupe Centre, 1709 Bloor W (near Keele Station)
Katie Telford – the recent Campaign Director of Justin Trudeau’s successful leadership bid, the current National Election Readiness and Transition Co-chair – will be joining us at our upcoming open executive meeting.
This is a chance to talk with Katie about Justin’s vision and the strategy for the next election in an intimate, informal setting. It’s also a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at our always boisterous and engaging open executive meetings. For those of you that have never attended one of our meetings before, come out and see what the Parkdale-High Park Federal Liberal Association is all about.
During National Volunteer Week in Canada (April 21-27) we celebrated and recognized volunteers who continue to support our riding association’s goals.
As part of our recognition, Veronica Wynne was presented with the Ruth Franks Award of Volunteer Excellence for the most outstanding volunteer in our riding over the past year by PHP Riding President Karin McNair and Ruth Franks.
If you show up for a PHP riding event, Veronica is either running it or out in front with her apron and hat! As the riding associations Vice President for Policy Action and Co-chair of the Policy Action committee, she has led initiatives including The Mental Health Stigma Free Zone committee, which hosted a Movie Matinee on Mental Health in August 2012 and filled the Revue Cinema.
“When you volunteer, if you want to make a difference, you can make sure your voice gets heard. You can’t complain if you are sitting on the sidelines.”
Wynne says she likes the Liberal Party because Continue reading
April 8th marked the 42nd International Roma Day, an event observed in cities and countries across the world. Here in Toronto, the Roma Community Centre coordinated a day of celebration that included a free screening of Gypsy Caravan at the Revue Cinema in Roncesvalles. Organizers were pleased with the celebration, noting that there wasn’t an empty seat in the theatre.
“It was absolutely incredible to have such a display of meaningful support from our broader Canadian community,” said Roma Community Centre Executive Director Gina Csanyi-Robah. “This has been a truly amazing year for us as a Canadian Roma community, and we have so much to be thankful for.” Continue reading
Congrats to the 5,000 participants who laced up for Harry’s Spring Run-off in support of prostate cancer research and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. High Park delivered a stunningly crisp and sunny Saturday, helping runners and walkers to generate $320 000 for the cause.
Both elite athletes and weekend joggers came together, competing in the 8K, 5K and a children’s race, all part of the 35-year-old event that has become an unofficial harbinger Continue reading
Donning vibrant traditional garb and liberal tees, Gerard Kennedy and the Parkdale—High Park Liberals Association joined former Etobicoke Centre MP and candidate-in-waiting Borys Wrzesnewskyj for the parade on Bloor West, to kickoff the annual celebration of the rich Ukrainian-Canadian culture.
“Ukrainian-Canadians have been an intrinsic presence within this great city for over 110 years. Their steadfast commitment to values of hard work and community support speaks to their vital importance,” said Gerard Kennedy, both a former parade marshall and awarded as a person of Ukrainian-Canadian heritage of distinction by the community.
Started in 1995, the festival has attracted thousands of local residents and tourists of all backgrounds.