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Faces of the Junction Commons

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linda o. nagy
“i live on Medland Street and have been in the Junction for 10 years. i have a background in communications and editing. on any random day you will find me telling people how fabulous this neighbourhood is and why they should live, shop or play here. i’m active in the Junction Commons governance and government relations committees, and am currently the president of the board of directors.”

JCP at the Junction Farmers Market – August 9th!

IMG_0189 - Version 2The JCP will be at the Junction Farmers Market this Saturday, August 9th from 9am to 1pm! We’ll be tabling alongside the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. Come by and meet our volunteers and get up to date information on our progress. The JCP is organizing an event in conjunction with Nuit Blanche on October 4th. We will be creating a temporary public space that will gather the residents of the Junction and surrounding neighbourhoods and foster a dialogue between them. It will be an inclusive, festive and artistic day with installations and performances. We’re calling on the community for help to realize this project. We are looking for donations of any usable furniture and extras to create a wonderful rest area for the community. We are collecting the following items: – wooden or plastic benches, tables and chairs – small area rugs or ground cover – candles, candle holders, lanterns – volunteers willing to help out with the project – storage space for a week or two for materials The JCP will be collecting funds for this initiative and future projects this weekend. We are also looking for volunteers! Stop by our booth and learn more about the way the JC hopes to re-engage with the community in a more physical way this weekend at the Farmers Market!

Stay connected with the Junction Commons Project on Facebook and Twitter.

Survey Launch

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Once again, thank you to everyone who came to the Town Hall last month.
 
Are you interested in joining the JCP team? We’ve put together a survey that details the key committees and their functions. It will be up for the next two weeks.
 
Our seven committees are:
Community Engagement Committee
Finance Committee
Fundraising Committee
Governance Committee
Government Relations Committee
Planning Committee
Public Relations Committee
 
 
Take a few minutes to fill it out and pass it along to anyone who is interested. We’d like to hear from you!

What Makes Us Work

 

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The JCP steering committee met this week to discuss all of the suggestions put forth at the Town Hall. For those of you interested in joining a committee, we will be sending out emails in the near future with further details.

We would again like to thank everyone who has been engaged in this project at any time.  The tireless efforts of members, past and present, ensure that we keep moving forward.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the contributions made by organizations to the JCP:

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding the feasibility study.
  • Our Trustee at the West Toronto Services for Seniors, who supported us from day one.
  • Our consultants: urbanMetrics and E.R.A. Architects for their valued work.
  • The City of Toronto and the departments of Community Revitalization, Social Development and Finance and Administration for their help.
  • The Ryerson School of Interior Design students for their innovative visioning ideas for the building.
  • The Junction Farmers Market board of directors for their guidance and financial contribution.
  • SMASH Gallery for letting us use their beautiful space for our many, many meetings.
  • Four Villages Health and West Toronto Keys to Inclusion and their many volunteers.
  • Our local politicians, municipal, provincial and federal, for their enthusiastic support of the project.
  • The Junction Residents Association for always including the JCP in their newsletter.
  • 3030 for the use of their space for the first Town Hall.
  • The Masonic Temple for the use of their space for the second Town Hall.
  • The West Toronto Junction Historical Society for their contribution to the second Town Hall meeting.
  • The Junction BIA for inviting the JCP to participate in the Summer Solstice Festival.

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their time and advice:

  • Swansea Town Hall
  • Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto
  • Alternative Grounds
  • Riverdale Hub
  • The Stop
  • Windmill Development Group
  • Iller Campbell LLP
  • The Store Community Hub

A Big Thank You

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Thank you to everyone who came to the Town Hall on Wednesday!

The turnout was amazing and we appreciate everyone taking the time out of their busy lives to get involved with their community. The night was a great success and we’d like to underline how much this kind of support helps us in reaching our goal of the making the JCP Community Hub a reality. So, again, thank you to everyone who came by. We hope that this meeting inspired you to become actively involved in the project. We look forward to seeing you!

Photos and further information on the outcome and future plans stemming from the meeting will be available soon.
To build a good foundation for the Junction Commons, it is important that we educate ourselves on the various forms of community governance.

Dynamic governance is about:
– Equivalence (valuing people equally)
– Transparency
– Effectiveness

Take a look at this video for some inspiration!

We are always open to new forms of discussion and value your opinions! Stay in touch with us through our Facebook and blog or sign up as part of a committee!

Urban Toronto wrote an article about the JCP Town Hall. Check it out.

 

Town Hall Tonight!

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Last reminder that the JCP Town Hall Meeting is tonight!

Join us at the Masonic Temple at 151 Annette Avenue tonight from 7- 9 pm to learn more about the newly incorporated Junction Commons Community Hub Project.

Door open at 6:30.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Come meet community members, network with your neighbours and get acquainted with what we’re all about. The Town Hall is a great opportunity to have your say on what you believe to be important in your community. Help us establish goals that will serve you in the best possible way.

See you tonight!

Kick Start the JCP

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The JCP is pulling together a Facebook initiative starring Junction residents! The “Kick Start the JCP” album is your space to get creative and show us what you would like to see at the Junction Commons. We encourage you to post pictures of anything that embodies the Junction Commons from your eyes.

Head to our site at www.facebook.com/JunctionCommonsProject and add a comment and a picture. We encourage you to post pictures of anything that embodies the Junction Commons from your eyes.

Do you love Yoga? Post a picture of you in your favorite pose.

Do you knit? Post a picture of a ball of yarn and some needles.

Want to attend a cooking class? Post a picture of you and your friends enjoying a meal together.

All ideas and creative expressions are welcomed and celebrated.Let us know what you would like to see in your comment and post a picture.

We will add you to the album!

 

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News: Incorporation and Town Hall

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The Junction Commons Project has officially submitted the documents for not for profit status this week! Thank you to all of our supporters, especially those who donated through the Junction Famers Market, in making this a success.

The goal of the JCP is to establish a community hub that promotes the interests of the residents of the Junction and the surrounding neighbourhoods, provides facilities for programs that foster communication, lifelong learning and community interaction, and advances the social, cultural, environmental, and economic wellbeing of Junction residents.

It’s thanks to active and engaged community members (like you!) that we have achieved this milestone and surpassed expectations. If you are interested in learning about the project or if you want to get involved, get in touch with us at the next Town Hall. We have exciting community building activities planned for the evening and it’s a great chance to learn more about this initiative.

Here are the details:
JCP Town Hall
April 16th, 2014
Toronto West Masonic Temple at 151 Annette Street in Toronto.
7 – 9pm

Light refreshments will be served by Jayne’s Gourmet, an environmentally conscious catering firm with a passion for food that uses locally sourced ingredients.

At the Town Hall, you’ll get to learn more about the mission of the JCP and how it relates to you! We’ll be providing a detailed explanation of the feasibility study, our current action plan and hopes for the future with lots of fun activities and opportunities to get to know members of your community.

Join us and learn about the many ways you can contribute to your community by making our dream a reality.