Zero Waste Pilot

Is your household enthusiastic about caring for our planet and ready to take on an inspiring eco-challenge? In 2015 a Zero Waste Program began in France to help 800 households reduce their waste. It was incredibly successful and popular – 70% of the households reduced their waste by at least 50%! So we thought, why

Real Estate Developer Westbank Faces Litigation

For those interested in the Mirvish Village development, here is a recent article that details some of the financial challenges that have led to work stoppages and slow downs. PARA was heavily involved in the planning stages of this development, and we hope that the issues described in this article are resolved so that the

Happy Holidays from PARA

Key community updates and events for December 2023 Opening Notes Dear Residents,  Happy Holidays! And many thanks to all those who have contributed to our neighbourhood through PARA over the past year.   Communications is one of the most important functions of PARA. We’ve tried to keep you updated on current issues and events vital to

PARA’s Guide to Navigating the Committee of Adjustment

PARA is very pleased to announce that our new Guide to Navigating the Committee of Adjustment Process is now available! Click here to view it in your browser, or click the download button at the bottom of this page. The guide shares best practices to help PARA residents respond to notices of proposed changes to

PARA Green Plan Virtual Launch!

Click here: PARA Green Plan 2020 PARA successfully launched it’s Green Plan and engaged neighbours on February 11th, 2021 via Zoom. Frumie Diamond, chair of PARA’s Green Committee, provided an overview of Green Plan topics ranging from pollinator gardens to transportation concerns. The event attracted over 40 attendees with Mike Layton and Tim Grant as

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

Essential Resource Guide: Councillor Mike Layton’s team has prepared a community resource guide, containing a wide variety of updated information, from government benefit resources, to emergency community support fund links and mutual aid network information.


Toronto’s recently-introduced CurbTO initiative is intended to make it safer for all of us to navigate the intersection of Bloor & Bathurst. The City has now launched a companion initiative, ActiveTO,  “to introduce spaces for the use of pedestrians and cyclists across the city” such as closing some major roads, creating “quiet streets” for local traffic only, and providing

Community Mask Initiative

Thank you for supporting our Community Mask Initiative! Over 150 fabric face masks were handed out over the course of four days. Many of you sent us an email or took time to wave from the road to offer encouragement and thanks, and we appreciated the feedback. Missed the opportunity to pick up a fabric

Neighbourhood Pod Update

Errands & Groceries with Anjali Hi! I’m Anjali, one of your neighbours on Palmerston. I wanted to get in touch given the current situation with Covid-19 and the instructions to stay at home, particularly for people at higher risk or with cold/flu symptoms. Several of us around the neighbourhood have created a “neighbourhood pod” to

Resource Guide: COVID-19 Community Supports

Councillor Mike Layton’s staff have put together a Community Resource Guide which contains a wide variety of updated information, from government benefit resources, to emergency community support fund links and mutual aid network information.  Key components of the Community Resource Guide include: 1.1 Ward 11 Mutual Aid Networks 1.2 Mutual Aid Networks in Nearby Neighbourhoods