Parkdale Community Benefits Framework

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Download the Parkdale Community Benefits Framework.

Over the past 18 months, the Parkdale People’s Economy has been developing a Community Benefits Framework to build a proactive response to the rise of developments and investments in the Parkdale neighbourhood. The framework has been developed through a series of community workshops, public lectures, and grounded experience organizing for community benefits in new developments.

The framework was first proposed through a community planning process led by over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of residents to build Decent Work, Shared Wealth, and Equitable Development in Parkdale. Through a series of community-based consultations, the Parkdale Community Planning Study identified the establishment of a Community Benefits Framework as a key direction for advancing unified community needs and demands from infrastructure investment and development.

We envision a future in Parkdale where equity-seeking community members can live with dignity and benefit from changes happening in their own backyard.  We call upon community members and workers to unite and ensure that new developments address local needs in the community. We call upon community organizations to pave the way for equitable development and participatory democracy. We call upon local planners and political representatives to champion our causes. We call upon developers and investors to work collaboratively with community to ensure that new developments equitably benefit all residents.

Special thanks to the Atkinson Foundation for generous support for this project.

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Parkdale People’s Economy – Working Groups

On Monday, October 29th, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together eight of our working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan and move forward our priority actions for 2018. We will be providing free food, childcare, Tibetan translation services, and TTC tickets to working group participants. 

Date: Monday, October 29th, 2018

Location: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Drop-In (1499 Queen St W)

Time: 6-8PM

Working Groups:

  • Affordable Housing and Land Use
  • Community Health
  • Community Finance
  • Cultural Development
  • Decent Work and Inclusive Local Economies
  • Food Security
  • Participatory Local Democracy
  • Interfaith

Please share with your neighbours, co-workers, and loved ones!

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Parkdale People’s Economy – Working Groups

On Monday, August 20th, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together our eight working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan, move forward our priority actions for 2018, and engage in participatory budgeting. We will be providing food, childcare, Tibetan translation services, and TTC tickets to working group participants. 

Date: Monday, August 20th, 2018

Location: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Drop-In (1499 Queen St W)

Time: 6-8PM

Working Groups:

  • Affordable Housing and Land Use
  • Community Health
  • Community Finance
  • Cultural Development
  • Decent Work and Inclusive Local Economies
  • Food Security
  • Participatory Local Democracy
  • Interfaith

Please share with your neighbours, co-workers, and loved ones!

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Parkdale People’s Economy – Working Groups

On Monday, April 30th, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together our seven working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan, move forward our priority actions for 2018, and engage in participatory budgeting. We will be providing food, childcare, Tibetan translation services, and TTC tickets to working group participants. 

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

Location: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Drop-In (1499 Queen St W)

Time: 6-8PM

Working Groups:

  • Affordable Housing and Land Use
  • Community Health
  • Community Finance
  • Cultural Development
  • Decent Work and Inclusive Local Economies
  • Food Security
  • Participatory Local Democracy

Please share with your neighbours, co-workers, and loved ones!

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Parkdale Leadership Training Series

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Are you committed to social justice in Parkdale? Do you want to gain knowledge and experience in community organizing? Do you want to see people like you reflected in local leadership? If you answered yes to these questions, please apply to the Parkdale Leadership Training Series!

The Parkdale People’s Economy and The Public Studio are partnering to provide a training series for women of colour who want to foster skills for organizing at the grassroots, non-profit, and government level. The training will be a paid opportunity to learn from local activists in Parkdale, build leadership skills through hands-on activities, and collectively develop a community initiative to address the issues you care most about in the neighbourhood. We encourage Black, Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer women, trans, and non-binary community members to apply!

Participants will receive honorariums equivalent to $15/hr for their participation in three 3-hour sessions ($135 total). We will also provide free childcare, translation services, dinner and refreshments, and TTC tokens.

Please access the application form here.

Parkdale Leadership Training Series

The series will include the following three 3-hour training sessions:

• Grassroots Organizing – Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 from 6-9PM
• Community Sector Organizing – Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 from 6-9PM
• Government Organizing – Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 from 6-9PM

Each session will be hosted at The Public Studio, which is located at 58 Lansdowne Ave (Seaforth and Lansdowne). The space is accessible by public transit, wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral washroom located on the main floor.

Application Support
Do you have questions about the program? Do you require support with filling out the application form? If so, we will be hosting the following Drop-In Dates with hard copies of the application form to support applicants with the process of applying:
• Thursday, March 15th, 2018 from 3-7PM at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W)

• Friday, March 16th, 2018 from 2-5PM at The Public Studio (58 Lansdowne Ave)
• Monday, March 19th, 2018 from 10AM-5PM at PARC (Office 204, 1499 Queen St W)
• Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 from 4-5:30PM at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W)

Alternatively, you can call or email Mercedes from the Parkdale People’s Economy at (416) 537-2262 x 269 / mzayas@parc.on.ca, or Sheila from The Public Studio at (647) 477-7474 / sheila@thepublicstudio.ca.

Applications are due on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by 6PM!

 

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Parkdale People’s Economy – Working Groups

On February 26, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together our seven working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan, review the directions, and set out priority actions for 2018. We will be providing food, childcare, translation services, and TTC tickets to working group participants. 

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Location: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Drop-In (1499 Queen St W)

Time: 6-8PM

Working Groups:

  • Affordable Housing and Land Use
  • Community Health
  • Community Finance
  • Cultural Development
  • Decent Work and Inclusive Local Economies
  • Food Security
  • Participatory Local Democracy

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Not in our Lifetime: Neighbourhood Assembly to oppose the King Street Luxury Condo Proposal

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Not in our Lifetime: Neighbourhood Assembly to oppose the King Street Luxury Condo Proposal

Date: Thursday November 9th, 2017
Time: 7-9PM
Location: 201 Cowan Ave (Basement)

Lifetime Developments has proposed a 14-storey and 17-storey luxury condo development at the intersection of King and Dufferin. The developer is proposing to build 703 luxury residential units and 10 retail units, yet not one unit will be affordable. Councillor Gord Perks has negotiated $1.9 million in Section 37 to be allocated towards a neighbourhood rental housing fund, yet this is not enough to address our current housing crisis. In Parkdale, tenants and local businesses are being priced out. Neighbourhood inequality is growing. We as a community are outraged by this proposal, and are organizing to say NO to this development.

Join us for a neighbourhood assembly this Thursday, November 9th from 7-9PM to prepare a platform, sign up for public deputations, and start a letter-writing campaign for the upcoming Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on November 14th, 2017, where City Planning is recommending to approve the rezoning application for 1182-1221 King St W. This is our chance to fight back as a community.

This is not Liberty Village. This is Parkdale. Let’s unite to say “Not in our Lifetime.”

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