Have a look at the following update from our local BIA!

February is Riverside‘s Month of Love
Call for Submissions!

Streetcar Developments ‘Lovebot’ at 630 Queen E – designed to disrupt people’s daily routines and remind them there is magic and love around every corner 

No doubt there is lots of love in Riverside, and if you start looking for love, you’ll find signs of it everywhere. This month we are blogging, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming in the name of love!! Anytime this month please share your stories or photos with us (marketing@riverside-to.com) in the themes of:

  • Love and your customers/ clients/ colleagues
  • Love and the neighbourhood/ family/ friends
  • Beloved food, drink, and items
  • Self-love
  • Signs and Symbols of Love
  • Old flames or new flames
  • And of course promotions/ specials you are having around Valentine’s Day/ Family Day!

Or simply share your own stories using hashtag #RiversideTOLove and we will re-share!

2016 Riverside WineFEST: For the Love of Local Wine and Business

Riverside WineFEST will take place in late March-early April, bringing local Ontario wineries to Riverside! Last year’s event was a hit and this year’s event will be even more fabulous.

This year we are already seeing a fantastic response with over 15 businesses and community partners to date expressing an interest in hosting a wine tasting event, prixe fixe promotion or other special event. This is a great opportunity to either do a customer appreciation event, and bring loyal customers back into one’s business, as well as bring new people through the door for a relaxing time, and then stay for a while to shop/ eat/ drink, and socialize.

Let us know if you would like to be included in this year’s Riverside WineFEST or get more info atmarketing@riverside-to.com

Canada Summer Jobs – You Could Get Funding to Hire a Summer Student

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Small businesses can apply to have up to 50% of the minimum wage funded

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students;
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesseswith 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The funding priorities for the this area are: 

  • Organizations that provide programs and services to youth, children at risk, families and recent immigrants
  • Organizations that support recreation and social integration
  • Organizations that invest in cultural and creative industries to strengthen our Canadian identity
  • Organizations that help small businesses to become more innovative, competitive and successful

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 is from January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016.

Amendments to Chapter 591, Noise Bylaw

Public Notice Given

(January 11, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards recommends that:

1.  City Council approve amendments to Chapter 591, Noise as described in attachment 1 of this report, subject to any stylistic refinements as may be identified by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the City Solicitor.

2.  City Council authorize the City Solicitor, in consultation with the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to make an application (as identified in Attachment 6 – Offences and Penalties) to the Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice for:

a.  Increased set fines.
b.  To establish a set fine for offences related to loudspeakers and other amplified sound.

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to review options to increase penalties under Chapter 545, Licensing for businesses not complying with noise provisions.

4.  City Council approve amendments to Chapter 441, Fees and Charges in order to allow for

a.  The collection of one application fee even where an exemption to Chapter 591 is sought for multiple, similar events as outlined in this report.
b.  A waiver of the Chapter 591 exemption application fee for events in the “Arts in the Parks” and “Music in the Parks” permit categories.

5.  City Council authorize the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary bill(s) to make such by-law amendments as may be required to give effect to the recommendations in this report.

6.  City Council direct that the changes come into force on July 1, 2016.

More information found here 

BMO Showing Love for Customers and RiversideBusinesses with Special Promotion!

Riverside‘s local BMO Queen & Saulter Branch (774 Queen St. East) is holding a special promotion until February 29th 2016 or the first 40 customers, while also showing love for Riverside businesses!

Anyone can bring in their investment statement from another Financial Institution to BMO’s Queen/Saulter Branch for a complementary personal financial review. They’ll receive sound financial recommendations and may also receive a $50 gift card to a select local Riverside retailer (No purchase required. Visit the Queen & Saulter Branch at 774 Queen St. E. for details.)

18blocks.com Riverside Community Notice Board is here for you!

Join the New Riverdale, Leslieville, Riverside Community Board!

Social media platforms connect us with people around the world.  But how do we start a conversation with our neighbours?

Enter 18Blocks – a free, hyper-local, online network designed to help neighbours connect around common interests.  By posting notes with photos, neighbourhood residents, community organizations, and local businesses can reach out to discover one another, or be easily found.  In turn, neighbours can comment publicly or respond privately to notes. Riverside neighbourhood has joined the 18blocks.com community Board!

The platform is good news for Riverside businesses. The company is offering local retailers the ability to create and post notes on the site for free.  In addition, Riverside businesses receive a free listing on the company’s neighbourhood directory.

It takes just seconds and you can use it to post a note about anything – from an in-store event/special to a note just saying ‘thanks’ for a helping hand.

18 Blocks is active in 16 neighbourhoods across Toronto.  Over the last year, they have partnered with BIAs and other local organizations on community initiatives including, Spring into Parkdale, the Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, YIMBY, The Junction Summer Solstice Festival, and the Bloordale Laneway Crawl….and now they are partnering withRiverside BIA!

Visit the Riverdale, Leslieville, Riverside noticeboard today and get started!!


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