8. Projects, Grants and Public Service Information
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Cultural Hotspot 2018
May through October the Cultural Hotspot shines on spotlight on arts, culture and community in diverse neighbourhoods, inspiring new ideas about where culture thrives in Toronto. In 2018 the Cultural Hotspot celebrates centre/north Scarborough an area bordered by Steeles Avenue to the north, Lawrence Avenue to the south, Victoria Park Avenue to the west and the Toronto boarder to the east.
Artists, Arts Organizations, Residents, Community Groups and Businesses – Here's how you can get involved!
- Create a Community Arts Project
- Share your Community events, festivals or gatherings
- Showcase your restaurants through Hot Eats
- Volunteer at Hotspot events and programs!
For more information please see flyer here.
Live Green Perks
Live Green Perks is a program that offers deals on green products and services at hundreds of local businesses plus exclusive events and monthly contests. It's free to join. Anyone who lives, shops or visits Toronto can join the program and get the perks by downloading the free app for iOS and Android devices. Businesses offering deals and discounts include local restaurants, retail shops, and attractions. Known previously as the Live Green Card, Live Green Perks is a component of Live Green Toronto, a City program that promotes sustainable living. Learn more at livegreenperks.ca
Sunday Serenade at the Scarborough Civic Centre
There will be a few changes made to the Sunday Serenade concert series held at the Scarborough Civic Centre. Facilities Management will be reducing the concert schedule from weekly to twice a month, excluding the months of July and August. This change will be implemented January 2018. For more details please visit this website
Gardiner Expressway/Harbour Street Project
Construction of a new Lower Simcoe off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway and work on widening harbour Street to four lanes between Lower Simcoe and Bay Street, with a deducted multi-use trail, are well underway. The ramp and the new Harbour Street lane are scheduled to open in January. Demolition of the old York-Bay-Yonge off ramp is show on a time-lapse video.
Public Service Information
Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) & Epelle-moi Canada
Students are invited to participate in the annual Community Regional Spelling Bee (SBOC). This programme will help to develop their vocabulary, learn new word definitions and improve their reading comprehension and public speaking skills.
This year SBOC is in the process of preparing a Spelling Bee coaching software app that will be accessible anytime 24/7 on any platform (desktop and mobile) and ready to be sent to all registered participants by mid-December.
See full registration flyer here.
The return of daylight saving time serves as a good reminder to check the batteries in clocks, fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Old batteries must be disposed properly as hazardous waste. Details on disposal of batteries and other hazardous waste: https://goo.gl/uFnHra
In conjunction with the exhibit Eaton's Goes to War, Mackenzie House will present three events featuring the stories of Torontonians during the First World War. Visitors can enjoy an evening of historical food and music, a guided walking tour or storytelling. Tickets available here and more details on the exhibit please visit this website
UTSC Public updates:
Highland Hall (Spring 2018)
A new five story addition facing Military Trail will add much needed faculty and administration space and create a welcoming addition and signature architecture to the campus while doubling the amount of space dedicated to students and providing for flexible community access spaces. For details please see: https://goo.gl/DC2nfY
University of Toronto Scarborough Secondary Plan
The University has filed an official plan amendment with the City that will form the basis of a Secondary Plan for the University. The application is proceeding through the planning review process including the scheduling of community consultation meetings.
Student Residence (Fall 2020)
The University has submitted a zoning by-law amendment to the City with respect to the development of a new 750 bed student residence. The application is proceeding through the planning review process including the scheduling of community consultation meetings.
Stay Warm This Winter for Less
Through the City of Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), you can get a low-interest loan to cover the cost of a new high-efficient furnace, new windows, doors, insulation and more. And if you want to go the extra mile, the loan can also cover the cost of solar rooftop panels, solar hot water heaters and geothermal heating and cooling! The process begins with an easy online application. The HELP team will then connect you with a Registered Energy Advisor, help you access the incentives provided by the utility companies and do what they can to make the process smooth and seamless.
Contact HELP at 416-392-1826 or learn more at www.toronto.ca/home-energy-loan