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This Trash Panda just waits for people to bring him food!  Current plans are to eliminate some single use plastics and modify the blue bin program, but we really need to simply  reduce waste! 

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** Breaking News **
Mount Dennis Planning Study November 3 (https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/mount-dennis-planning-framework-study/)  
Virtual Consultation 7-9pm, a good distraction from the US election!
The Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study aims to create a renewed vision for the Mount Dennis neighbourhood and leverage the investment in light rail transit (LRT) to support healthy and inclusive communities, local business activity and growth, while also preserving the historical fabric and defining attributes of Mount Dennis.

More news in Councilor Nunziata's newsletter  https://mailchi.mp/toronto.ca/ward-5-enews-update-october-28-5108394?e=04dea64cf3
 
 

 
The Ontario government has quietly started the process to use daylight time year round, as soon as Quebec and New York agree to do the same.  If adopted, more of us will travel in the dark in the morning, but be home by dark in the evening, with more light for recreation in the evening.  MDCA doesn't have a position on this, but were surprised to learn it has government support.  If you wish to support it by signing a petition here.  And read more at CTV News if this is a surprise to you the way it was to us.
 
Province Overrules City Planning
Large developments with taller than city specified heights could come to our neighbourhood if the province continues to approve developments opposed by city planners and residents. Read about the West Don lands here
thestar.com/news/gta/2020/10/26/doug-fords-provincial-government-sidesteps-local-community-overrules-toronto-on-developments-in-west-don-lands.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=star_web_ymbii 
First Nations Reflections
The first governor of Upper Canada, (now Ontario), John Graves Simcoe travelled through the Mount Dennis lands in 1793.  Simcoe entered into an agreement with the Mississauga nation to purchase lands in southern Ontario.   Much of that purchase, (lands adjacent to the Grand River), was later deeded to the Six Nations confederacy after they defended Canada in the war of 1812.

Lands later sold by the Six Nations with consent from the provincial government were never returned to the Six Nations when payments were not made for the purchases.  Rather they were allowed to remain in the possession of the developers without further payment.  This is the foundation of the protests in Caledonia and Hagersville.

Of 29 claims submitted for settlement pre-dating 1995, only one has been settled and the federal Government has closed discussions pending litigation.

Also in 1995 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that first nations fishers had the right to harvest ocean resources in Nova Scotia.  25 years later, the government of Canada has still failed to enforce the decision that confirmed a historic right. 

It is hard to maintain a positive attitude towards governance when neither the courts nor the government can be trusted to keep their word.  We sympathize with First Nations people who feel that again  submitting claims to these same courts is unlikely to have a better resolution.  We call on the federal government to settle these disputes expeditiously.  Failure to take action can only harm efforts to resolve systematic racism in our community.

MDCA AGM  will be held via webex, target  date is December 2

This year, MDCA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on-line via webex – most likely on December 2nd. Our next e-blast will provide more details.
The AGM is the only time when new members can be elected to join the MDCA Board, which meets (on Wednesday evenings) ten times per year. Our elections are supervised by our City Councillor, Frances Nunziata. 
If you are interested in the possibility of joining the Board, please contact our Secretary, Simon Chamberlain (416-614-3371 or simon@mountdennis,ca). He will provide you with more detailed information.
The MDCA board has a long history of encouraging representation from all sectors of the community, including women in positions of authority and representatives from many parts of the community. Home owners and apartment dwellers are both represented.  We don’t keep statistics on people’s origins or living arrangements, but we can tell you that we are diverse and welcoming to all.

 
Climate Action  The Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood Climate Action Plan started a series of events last winter, but COVID-19 has put them on hold.  So we are only now considering a possible outdoor event in spring or early summer.  If you registered, you will soon get an e-mail, and if not just drop us a line, climate@mountdennis.ca 
 An outline of our project can be viewed here 
 
A College Campus - The Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood CDPG (Campus Development Planning Group ) met on October 26 to further discuss a plan.  Mike Williams ( GM of City of Toronto Economic Development) says he discussed the Mount Dennis opportunity with the presidents of several post secondary institutions at a recent meeting, and that may lead to further discussions. Mr. Williams also pointed out that our district is the worst served for post secondary education in Toronto, and that should be rectified in future city plans.  Metrolinx advised that the Eglinton West extension requires detailed studies before Metrolinx can release the lands adjacent to the Mount Dennis station that were reserved for employment and community  purposes in the original Crosstown design.  The CDPG will meet next month to review progress, and to work towards a prospectus for the campus.  If you can help, please email campus@mdencap.ca  . A more detailed report on the campus project will soon be available at mountdennis.ca 
 
The Crosstown Health Centre at 1285 Weston Road is recruiting a community Board Member.

you are enthusiastic about supporting a community based not-for-profit health team, we encourage you to apply. Board experience is not mandatory, although preferred. Priority will be given to those with experience in a relevant area, and to those who live in the catchment area of York South-Weston and specifically Mount Dennis.
 
The police service recently advised us that they are " pleased to share with you the final published report of the findings from our community engagement efforts conducted to date. You played an integral role in sharing your perspectives with us and we hope it is adequately captured here. The report is attached and on our Race-Based Data Collection Strategy webpage https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/race-based-data/ "
Some may remember a town hall at the Mount Dennis  legion last December.  Buried in the the report, a worrying mention that closing police stations is still under consideration.

On the topic of  smaller, more efficient police stations, the report says  Because connected officers will have new mobile devices that they can use from anywhere, there won’t be the same need for workstations at police stations. This means the Service will not need as many police stations and new stations will be less costly to build and operate. As the Service draws new divisional boundaries, it will relocate some police stations to new locations that make better sense relative to neighbourhoods. Police stations and properties no longer required by the Service will be returned to the City".
 
MDCA believes the public wants MORE small police stations, serving local communities,  not fewer stations that serve large districts remotely, so this needs attention!  MDCA wants police out of cars and in the community.  This seems to be going the wrong way again.
 
BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, service changes, as well as resources to support reopening and economic support at toronto.ca/covid19.
 
GRL PWR
GRL PWR is a 6-week girls mentorship program for girls ages 10-13.
This program will take place every Tuesday on zoom from 5pm-6pm starting on Thursday, November 10th until Thursday December 15th, 2020.
Topics will include: healthy relationships, self-care, mental health and wellness led through music, games and final session talent show!
Each participant will receive a $10 gift card and certificate upon completion!
Registration will be completed over email at react@metrac.org.
You can follow the ReAct Youth Program for up to date information on Facebook and Instagram @ReActYouthProgram.
We hope that you will share this information within your organizations, communities, and networks so that young girls are able to access these programs.
If you have any questions, please reach out to connect with ReAct Program Coordinator, Wendy De Souza at react@metrac.org.
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