Leslieville/Riverside News: #RiversideTO BIA Weekly Update

Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!

  • Featured: Wild Plant Walk is back; Thanks + Photos: Clean Riverside Together
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: FREE Digital Main Street Forum – 2019; Business Sidewalk Signs
  • Riverside BIA 2019 Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings 
  • Neighbourhood News: Toronto Public Library Strategic Plan; SRCPC Stroller-A-Thon and Bake Sale

Submit YOUR Riverside news/events via office@riverside-to.com

Wild Plant Walk is back! 
Join Danette Steele for a walk in the neighbourhood to learn more about the plants around us! A Jane’s Walk led by Danette Steele with the Riverside BIA. Meet at the corner of Queen/Saulter Library. Danette will be wearing a Riverside Shirt and have a bright pink sign.

If you would like to learn to identify local plants that are good for food, medicine and pollinators – come out and enjoy this Riverside Walk! Enjoy springtime walk through the Riverside neighbourhood with our local herbalist Danette Steele. She will share stories about the history and the medicinal + nutritional benefits of the plants that we find along the way. During this gently paced walk, we will wander through laneways, parks and gardens.
You will gain new insights into the green world that surrounds us in the city after you meet some wild plant friends –like Dandelion, Motherwort, Plantain and Goosefoot. Bring your travel mug as herbal teas are provided a few minutes before the walk!
Let us know you’re coming: https://www.facebook.com/events/294097084842421/

Thank you & Photos: Riverside Cleanup!
Check our blog to see photos from the weekend cleanup!!
As part of efforts throughout Toronto, Riverside joined the over 200,000 folks who came together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.

Riverside residents, businesses, and volunteers from George Brown College School of ESL teamed up to clean in and around Joel Weeks Park, Carroll St, Thompson St, Davies Ave, Munro St, and Hamilton St. The Ralph Thornton Community Centre also organized a clean up of McClearly Playground and surrounding streets and spaces on Friday afternoon!

Thanks to everyone who supported the annual Riverside Clean Up and thanks for your efforts day to day to keep our community beautiful!
Check our blog to see photos!!

Digital Main Street Forum 2019 – FREE TO ATTEND
The Digital Main Street Forum will help you navigate the “Why” and “How To” of embracing bricks and clicks for your business.

The Digital Main Street Forum aims to assist main street businesses in embracing digital technologies to build and grow their operations – from online marketing and leveraging data to better engage your clients, to adopting e-commerce to reach a broader customer base.
PLUS: For the first time ever, attendees can sit down with Digital Service Squad one on one during our ‘open forum’ session in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to ask more pointed questions and receive one-on-one support.
Fri, May 10, 2019 from 9am – 4pm
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, Council Chamber
Register here for FREE!

Business Sidewalk Signs
Outdoor sidewalk signs are a great way to get noticed and promote your business. However, did you know there are rules to having a sign? The Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 693, Signs) lay out requirements for businesses, particularly:

  • Every business displaying a portable sign (e.g. A-Frame) must first obtain a permit to do so (693-21)
  • Your permitted sign must be located on the public property (e.g. the sidewalk) adjacent to your business
  • Your sign must allow for an unobstructed pedestrian clearway of a minimum of 2.1m
  • No more than one portable sign can be displayed for a business
  • Your sign can only be displayed during your business operating hours
  • Sign size must be between 0.5m and 1m in height, and no wider than 0.6 m

This reminder is being sent as the Riverside BIA and Councillor’s office have received complaints from local residents related to business signs obstructing sidewalks. While anyone can file a complaint with the City’s Municipal Licensing and Standards office, it is important for businesses and residents to work together in efforts to resolve disputes prior to involving authorities.

Having great business-community relations is what makes Riverside a great place to live, work and play, so please be respectful of the rules and please work with residents and each other when these issues arise. Thank you!

Temporary Sign Permit Application form available here.


Our 2019 calendar shows an overview of what’s happening this year! Email marketing@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved.  
P.S. Check out our detailed Riverside Online Events Calendar which showcases BIA member and community events – to get your event posted, submit anytime to marketing@riverside-to.com


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Toronto Public Library Strategic Plan 

Toronto Public Library is creating a new Strategic Plan, and we want to hear from you! Complete the survey below by May 10 to tell us what the library can do to make you and your community more resilient, more knowledgeable, more connected and more successful – now and into the future. You can also pick up a copy of the survey in branches.

We’ll use your input to identify themes and build a set of priorities that will guide us over the next five years.

This is the first of many opportunities for you to be involved in our process throughout the year, so check back for regular updates. Thank you for your support!
Take the survey, have your say!

SRCPC Stroller-A-Thon and Bake Sales

The Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale is almost here!
When: Saturday, May 4th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Walk starts and ends at The Centre at 765 Queen St. E.

Collect pledges from friends and families, then join us to walk, skip, bike and stroller through South Riverdale and back to a delicious BAKE SALE!

Our annual Bake Sale is always a huge success! Please sign up to donate delicious treats and help raise funds for the Centre.  Sign up online https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/south-riverdale-child-parent-centre/p2p/stroller-a-thon/, in the Centre, or speak with Staff about this fun fundraising activity!


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