Biking in All Kinds of Weather Conditions, Wed Nov 16

Make all-season cycling a breeze! Cycle Toronto will guide us through topics including: choosing clothing and gear for wet and cold weather, bicycle maintenance and storage tips, winter route-planning, and safe riding techniques for weather-related hazards. Plus bring your questions for the Q&A!

HOST Pocket Change Project and Cycle Toronto

PLACE and TIME: Zoom 8-9 pm ET, November 16

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What Can a Heat Pump Do For You?

Home heating costs are soaring thanks to rising gas prices, so there has never been a better time to switch to a cold climate air source heat pump to heat and cool your home. Switching to a heat pump can save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the equipment. It will also dramatically reduce your home’s climate impact. This event features experts Heather McDiarmid of McDiarmid Climate Consulting and Gil Amdurski of TRCA’s Sustainable Technology Evaluation Program who can share research and first-hand experiences, and answer all your questions.

HOST: Ontario Clean Air Alliance

PLACE and TIME: Zoom 7-8 pm ET, November 22

RSVP here.  

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Home Retrofits to Get Off the Gas: A Bird’s Eye View, Wed Nov 30

Are you interested in greening your home a little – or a lot? Do you want to gain a really clear understanding of how all the steps, options, and processes fit together? Then this essential “big picture”webinar is for you!Pocket Change Retrofit Coach Paul Dowsett (founder of Sustainable: Architecture for a Healthy Planet), Registered Energy Advisor Sarah Grant (co-founder, Goldfinch Energy), and other guests will take you through what you need to know when considering a deep home retrofit – or an upgrade to work you’ve already done to green your home. Most importantly this webinar will go over ways to “bring it all together” – through a step-wise process that makes sense for your home and makes it a lot easier on you!

HOST: Pocket Change Project

PLACE and TIME: Zoom 8 – 9:15 pm ET, November 30

RSVP here.  

The City has partnered with Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Metrolinx, TCC and other municipalities around the Golden Horseshoe Area to conduct a transit survey. The survey is called the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS).

TTS is a confidential and voluntary travel survey on how Ontarians in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and surrounding area use the transportation system. The information collected is an important data source for local and regional governments, as well as the Province and its agencies. The results will be used in future transportation planning and investment decisions.

You may be hearing from them as Invitations are currently being sent out to randomly selected households to take the survey.

The Stone Soup Network is reaching out to residents of Bloor West Village for volunteers to participate on their Steering Committee.

Since 2016, over $250,000 in donated goods and services have been shared with over 3,000 people struggling with poverty in our neighbourhood. Anne Marie Molher, a Steering Committee Member, would be happy to chat with you further about this Steering Committee Volunteer role or connect you with one of their Co-Chairs. She can be reached at 416-763-0870 or 647-627-1775. More information about the Network can be found here

We’ve been advised that the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are embarking on the development of a new watershed plan for the Humber River and are looking for our neighbourhood input.

There are three ways for you to provide this:

  1. Complete their online survey, which is available until October 31, 2022
  1. Email us them humber@trca.ca
  1. Register to join one of their online webinars:
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (register here)
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (register here)
  • Webinars will include a presentation with information on the watershed planning process, the Humber River watershed and the development of the HRWP, an interactive session with various exercises and polling, and a Q&A session

You can check out the project webpage for more details.

If you live in a house in our neighbourhood, do you have a downspout that doesn’t empty into your garden or lawn, like the image above? You should consider having it disconnected, taking advantage of the City’s Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program:

  • Disconnecting your home’s downspout so it directly waters the lawn or garden, or goes into a rain barrel for use later, saves both water and money.
  • Diverting your downspout away from your home’s foundation helps reduce the risk of basement flooding.
  • Disconnecting your downspout so it is no longer directly connected to the sewer system helps keep the City of Toronto’s storm sewers from overloading during heavy rain.
  • The program also offers eligible households financial assistance for downspout disconnection, where some costs could be reimbursed.