PARA is actively working on behalf of area residents to improve the local neighbourhood. Your membership donation helps to fund PARA’s efforts to lobby for sensible development, protect the character and beauty of the neighbourhood, and maintain the quality of life we all enjoy here. You can become a member or renew your membership here

PARA’s Spring 2014 newsletter is now available here.

Neighbourhood Focus

NEW…Vision page

Please take a look at our new Neighbourhood Development Vision page.  Click here or use the left side menu.

This page explains why we need vision and lets you read and provide comments on our draft version.

CTS Dome update

March 26 2014 at the Committee of Adjustment, after hours of waiting, speaking, and debating, the committee voted to REJECT the proposal to change the variance of the field from “educational” to “private”.  The committee “refused on the grounds that it is not a minor variance and is not an appropriate used of the land.” said the Committee of Adjustment chair.

PARA opposes CTS dome

PARA has reluctantly decided to oppose the application of the TDSB to the Committee of Adjustment (C of A) to use the Central Technical School playing field for commercial use.  For full details on this decision please read our letter here.


Dr Joe Greenberg

Dr. Joe Greenberg has been a major figure in our community for many years.  He is and was revered by his many patients in our area for over 60 years. His community brand of providing service to his patients is a lost art.  He has been recognized in an article in the University of Toronto medical alumni magazine.
We have included the link (click here and follow the “2013 Winter” link) for you reading pleasure.


Little Free Library

Healey Willan Park is now home to a Little Free Library and a community bulletin board. Both of these installations are community operated and maintained- you can add books (for any age groups), borrow books, post notices. For those wishing to donate books, please write “Little Free Library” inside the front cover. If you wish, please add a personal note or dedication.

The library is named the Gina Feldberg Memorial Branch, named for a late Markham Street neighbour, mother, academic and avid reader.

Park Library

Honest Ed Property Sale

October 29/2013

Listen to PARA Board member Ian Scott being interviewed by Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about the sale of the Honest Ed property.

Tuesday May 28,

Uniting Fountain

Matt Galloway (CBC’s Metro Morning host) spoke with Rachel Mackenzie-Neill. She is a community volunteer in Little Italy and a PARA Board member. She and her neighbour, Jennifer Deyell (PARA Board member), were instrumental in bringing a new fountain to Healey Willan Park.  To hear the interview, click here

Jennifer also worked with Park People, and they just published an article in their blog about Healey Willan Park and the new fountain.  Click Here to see the full blog story.


Liquor license conditions created by PARA

The recent advent of risk-based licensing by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has made possible the creation of a series of conditions to be appended to liquor licenses that will continue to apply to subsequent operators.  PARA developed a list of conditions for ICI Restaurant (538 Manning Avenue).  That list of conditions which PARA initiated and built on has become the basis of all subsequent discussions with businesses applying for liquor licenses in the area.  For the full story “Liquor license conditions help businesses become good neighbours” please see the PARA Fall 2012 Newsletter“.

For the current template of conditions download PARA Alcohol License Conditions.