Toronto in review for the week ending July 27, 2012
Welcome to the 'Toronto in review' podcast for July 27, a roundup of interesting events and news out of City Hall.
On Tuesday, the City announced the five winners for this year's Doors Open Toronto photography contest. A panel of three judges made the selections from nearly 1,000 submissions. Each of the winners received a Panasonic LUMIX camera. To view the winning and runner-up selections visit toronto.ca/doorsopen2012/photo_contest.htm. The winning photos were taken at Campbell House Museum, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, the Ontario Legislature Building, the Design Exchange and Doris McCarthy Fool's Paradise retreat.
On Wednesday, Councillor Mark Grimes, Chair of the Mayor's Secretariat for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and local Councillor Janet Davis joined young campers at the opening ceremony of the World Record Camp Games at Topham Park. Ontario summer campers set a new unofficial world record for the most athletes competing in a multi-sport games event: 16,750 campers took part in sporting events in 222 camps throughout the province. The World Record Camp Games were held to promote the 2012 Ontario Summer Games held in Toronto from August 16 to 19. For more information visit 2012ontariosummergames.ca.
Summer farmers' markets are in full swing in various parts of Toronto including the following City locations: East York Civic Centre on Tuesdays; Etobicoke Civic Centre on Saturdays; Metro Hall at David Pecaut Square on Thursdays; Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall on Wednesdays; and North York Civic Centre on Thursdays. All of these markets continue to October. Check the City's website for details.
The Market Gallery presents Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered. This commemorative exhibit identifies the individual British, First Nations, Canadian and American combatants who died and brings their sacrifices to life. The exhibit features artifacts, custom-designed maps, first-person accounts and the names of all of the fallen identified to date. The exhibit continues to September 8th. The Market Gallery is located in the South St. Lawrence Market at 95 Front Street East.
Meetings coming up at City Hall next week (July 30 – August 3):
- There are no meetings on Monday or Tuesday.
- The Bid Committee will meet on Wednesday.
- The Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo meets on Thursday.
- There are no meetings on Friday.
Weekend road closures
Several special events this weekend will involve road closures.
For the Beaches Jazz Festival, Queen Street East, from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue, will be closed on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
For Kensington Pedestrian Sundays, the following streets will be closed on Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m.:
- Augusta Avenue, from Dundas Street West to College Street
- Kensington Avenue, from Dundas Street West to Baldwin Street
- Baldwin Street, from the parking garage to Augusta Avenue
- St. Andrew Street, from the parking garage to Kensington Avenue
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at toronto.ca/torontostreets.
And finally, Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall continues to host weekly Fresh Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tasty Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Mel Lastman Square is the site of Sunday Serenades from 7:30 to 9 p.m. These events include some of Canada's best musical talent along with fresh food this summer. For more information visit toronto.ca/special_events.
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