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MALVERN ANC E-Bulletin - December 2016
MALVERN COMMUNITY E-BULLETIN

DECEMBER EDITION
December is here and with the beautiful winter find out ways to stay warm and busy this month.  ANC and 1LoveMalvern teamed up for our Community Speaks event on the last weekend of November and ANC held our annual Resident Action Planning Meeting for 2017. Keep scrolling to read more about both events and more!

In this edition, we have for you:
Malvern in the News
Action for Neighbourhood Change Update

Malvern Family Resource Centre Update
Other Community Events and News
Advocacy
Youth Opportunities

Employment, Training and Volunteer Opportunities

Malvern in the News

BY-ELECTION FOR WARD 42 COUNCILLOR SET FOR FEBRUARY 13th
Since former Councillor Raymond Cho won the provincial by-election seat for Scarborough-Rouge River in September, the Ward 42 councillor seat has been vacant. Council voted 33-1 in favour of a by-election for Ward 42.  The by-election will be held on February 13th with advance voting days on February 4 and February 5, 2017. Click here for a list of candidates. Nominations for candidates are still open and can be filed at 89 Northline Road, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until December 29, 2016. Please see this link for the Nomination Form and click here for more information.

Action for Neighbourhood Change Update


COMMUNITY SPEAKS &
RESIDENT ACTION PLANNING MEETING
1LoveMalvern and Malvern ANC came together to hold the second Community Speaks in Malvern, and the Resident Action Planning (RAP) meeting for 2017 at Malvern Public Library. The Community Speaks event was a chance for community members to come together and learn about different issues in Malvern including transit, political accountability and housing. Roundtable discussions were facilitated by our very own 42 Voices members, and guest speakers: Vincent Puhakka and Cassandra Vink.  The RAP brought residents together to have an opportunity to share their experiences, issues and their visions for the Malvern community for the upcoming year. The ANC team would like to thank everyone who either came out for the event or took their time to fill out our RAP Questionnaire!
JOINING 42 VOICES 
Focusing on civic engagement and advocacy around neighbourhood issues, 42 Voices is a group bringing together resident leaders to enhance community dialogue and action. The group is a perfect platform to discuss the topics of elections, transit, housing, food security, community safety and more. If you would like more information about 42 Voices and/or if you would want to be a part of this group and develop plans to help improve the community, connect with Koa at 416-284-4184 ext 221 or kthornhill@mfrc.org.

Malvern Family Resource Centre Update

SENIOR’S RETRO NIGHT
Over 150 seniors came out and enjoyed Retro Night hosted by Malvern Family Resource Centre’s Seniors Department. The event had a live band playing 60’s jams, and performances by the seniors including drama skits and Caribbean folk singing. Some of the menu included jerk chicken, baked chicken, scrumptious salad and pasta served by head chef - Joy Smith.

                                
WOMEN'S PLACE PROGRAM
INCLUDED is a new program which aims to engage women with disabilities, caregivers of women with disabilities, and service providers to best understand challenges that women with disabilities in the community face. To take part in consultations, focus groups, surveys, social/art programs and volunteer/leadership opportunities, contact Women’s Place at 416-284-4184 ext 226 or womplace@mfrc.org.
YOUTH PROGRAMS & SERVICES
The Youth Department is beginning a Community Parent/Guardian Group: Parent & Guardian Link that aims to provide peer support to parents, guardians and families within the community. The group will have their a meet and greet and Holiday Dinner on Monday December 12 from 6 - 8 pm at 90 Littles Rd. Please contact Barin at 416-284-4184 x 252 or Anushka at ext 212 to RSVP and for more details.

FITNESS FOR HER
An inter-generational fitness program for Girls 10+ and their moms and any other influential woman in their life beginning November 29 from 6-7pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Please contact Fiona 416-284-4184 x 244 for more details.

Other Community Events & News

HOUSING ALLOWANCES FOR SENIORS

The City of Toronto announced housing allowances under the Toronto Transitional Housing Allowance Program (TTHAP) in efforts to make rent more affordable. Those receiving these allowances maintain their position on the centralized waiting list for a fully subsidized unit. There are 400 housing allowances available for households on the centralized waiting list where a senior (59 yrs or older) is the primary applicant. The planned start date for these allowances is early 2017.  Please see this link for more information and application forms.

24 HOUR DROP IN SHELTERS DURING EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERTS
Toronto has two 24-hour cold weather drop-ins open from December 15, 2016 through February 28, 2017, between November 15 and December 14, 2016, and again between March 1 and April 15, 2017. Anyone looking for a warm place to stay are welcome (both locations allow pets). Services include warm food and drinks, referrals to shelter and other services. Note that for women only, there are two 24-hour drop-ins that operate year round; Fred Victor operates out of 67 Adelaide Street East; Sistering is at 962 Bloor Street West. Click here for more information. For TTC token distribution locations to get to drop in shelters please click here.

FREE SKATING RINKS IN TORONTO 

Check out seven places to skate in Toronto for free; Scarborough Civic Centre or Albert Campbell Park being one of the few city run skating rinks in Scarborough. Harbourfront Centre hosts free DJ Skate Nights – click here for upcoming dates.

CITY OF TORONTO'S EVENT'S & FESTIVALS
Check out the City of Toronto’s Website for upcoming Events and Festivals.

SNOW CLEARING FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN TORONTO

If you are a senior or person with a disability and a resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home in those areas where the service is not provided by machines.You can call 311 for more information. Participants already registered with the program will be automatically renewed. Click here for more information and the application form.

GARY ANANDASANGAREE'S NEW YEARS LEVEE 2017

Come out to meet our Member of Parliament, Gary Anandasangaree as he hosts a New Years Levee on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Malvern Recreation Centre: 30 Sewells Road. For more information please contact 416-283-1414 or gary.anand@parl.gc.ca  or download the flyer.

ENJOY A HOT MEAL WHILE LEARNING ABOUT LOCAL SERVICES AT MALVERN EATS
Meet community members and service agencies every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at TAIBU CHC (27 Tapscott Rd). Lunches are provided by 5N2 Soup Kitchen, Mama Rose, Reh'ma Catering & others. Everyone is welcome to attend. Interested in volunteering? Send an email to malverneats@muslimwelfarecentre.com. If you are a service provider and would like to share information about your services and programs, contact dansari@mfrc.org.
TORONTO-CANADA'S CHILD POVERTY CAPITAL
Toronto continues to be the child poverty capital of Canada: it has the highest rate of low-income children among large urban centres at 26.8%, according to the Toronto Child and Poverty Report Divided City: Life in Canada’s Child Poverty Capital. Only half of children in families with an annual income of less than $30,000 were found to participate in out-of-school art or sports programs, compared with 93% of students in families with an income of $100,000 or more. Highlights of the report findings can be read here.
           
MALVERN EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES
For the December Malvern Employment and Social Services calendar click here. Also click here for Malvern's Itinerant Services December Calender.
 
MALVERN RECREATION CENTRE DROP-IN PROGRAMS
For an updated list of registered and drop-in programs as well as facilities available at the Malvern Recreation Centre in the month of December click here.        
MALVERN BRANCH - TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY CALENDAR
To view their website with calendar and upcoming events click here.

Advocacy

TSNS 2020 RESIDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECRUITMENT
The City of Toronto is seeking up to two representatives from Malvern for the 2017 Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy (TSNS 2020): Resident Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategy. The goal is to have two resident representatives from each of the 31 NIAs and 4 Emerging Neighbourhoods selected by the end of January, and ready to participate in the first RAC meeting scheduled for late February. Please see the link for more information and fill out the application form to apply.

CITY BUDGET RELATED DATES AND EVENTS
If you are interested in participating in the discussions and/or deputing at City Hall related to budget cuts at the City, please download the attached document which lists key City budget-related dates and events taking place in the community and at the City-level. For more information, contact Susan Kwong at skwong@socialplanningtoronto.org or 416-562-8110    
           
TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP: With north-east Scarborough regularly neglected in the long term discussions of transit, the Transportation Working Group is now discussing plans and ways to highlight the daily struggles that residents face due to the lack of transit here. This group gives residents the opportunity to learn about and voice their opinions around current transit debates. The next meeting is tomorrow December 8, 2016 at Malvern Recreation Centre Community Room (30 Sewells Rd) from 6 to 8 PM. To learn about how you can participate, contact dansari@mfrc.org 

1LOVEMALVERN MEETING: The next monthly meeting will be on December 20 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at MFRC (90 Littles Rd) in the Boardroom. The meetings are a great way to learn more about key areas that Malvern is working on, including food security, youth engagement, community safety, employment and education. Contribute your ideas and energy to tackle the community issues that matter to you. Please contact Dania at  dansari@mfrc.org for more information.


MALVERN FOOD SECURITY WORKGROUP: The Malvern Food Security Workgroup aims to strengthen the various food security initiatives in Malvern, including community gardens, community lunches and food markets. The group will also be featuring key residents doing exemplary food work in the community! Stay tuned for the next meeting and for more details and if you would like to nominate someone please contact Raafia at 416.284.4184 x 218 or email malvernanc1@gmail.com.

MALVERN EATS IS LOOKING FOR SPONSORS!
This weekly lunch program serves between 140-170 meals to residents in a safe and welcoming environment. The lunches have become hubs for service providers to reach out to residents and provide them with beneficial information and resources. Malvern Eats is looking for sponsors to continue this amazing work. If you are interested in sponsoring, click here and select "Malvern Lunch".

Youth Opportunities

YOUTHTO – THE CITY'S PORTAL FOR ALL THINGS YOUTH  
Learn about what the City of Toronto has to offer to youth in one convenient place! YouthTO provides one-stop access to information about services, health resources, employment, volunteer, recreation and cultural opportunities for youth. Discover youth services and programs in your community and across Toronto. Visit the portal at toronto.ca/youth.
 
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
See current youth-related job opportunities here.     

Employment, Training and Volunteer Opportunities

UTSC CAMPUS MANAGER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
UTSC is seeking a Manager, Business Development who will be responsible for managing the business development team, the internship team and the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Please see the job posting for more information.

YMCA JOB FAIR
The YMCA is hosting a multi-employer job fair on Thursday, December 8 from 11am-2pm at The HUB: 2660 Eglinton Ave East. Please see the flyer for more details and contact Myron 416-335-5490 or email:  Myron.defranca@ymcagta.org.
YWCA JUMP
YWCA has a number of featured events for the month of December including Food Handling Training Certification. Programs are for  Girls and Women,  Ages 13 and up,  Permanent Residents, Landed Immigrants, Convention Refugees and Live-in Care Givers,   Please note that due to funding criteria we are unable to serve Canadian Citizens, and Pre-registration to the program is required before you sign up for our training workshops. New clients must register to attend workshops, Please contact YWCA office to book an intake appointment at 416-266-0303. See their December Calender for more details.
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416-284-4184 x 221 | kthornhill@mfrc.org

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416-284-4184 x 220 | ssivam@mfrc.org






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