St. James Town Blog

Bird Watching Gets a New Look During the Pandemic Era

2021-06-13T09:23:37+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: Activities, Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health|

By Nina Badwal A recreational activity that was once seen fitting for retired white men is now attracting a diverse group of people.  Bird watching – or birding which includes the visually impaired – has reached an all-time high as we deal with the stresses and frustrations of the seemingly never-ending pandemic. “It’s the [...]

Let’s Go Biking!

2021-06-13T08:56:32+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: 240 Hub, Activities, Community, covid-19, youth|

By Shirley Roberts June 3rd, 2021 marks World Bicycle Day. It all started when American professor, Leszek Sibilski began a grassroots campaign with his sociology class to promote a United Nations resolution that would advocate for a day to celebrate the humble bicycle all over the world. His project became a massive movement [...]

Responding to the food insecurity crisis in St. James Town

2021-06-13T08:44:16+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health|

By Nea Maaty Since the onset of the pandemic, affording food has become more difficult, particularly for people living in low income communities. Food insecurity is still one of the major issues in St. James Town especially after the economic drop that has affected many people due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Although food banks [...]

Unconventional George: The personal struggles of a former politician

2021-06-12T22:55:14+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: General, LGBTQ2+, policy, pride, story|

By Nea Maaty The following is a summary of a conversation with George Smitherman about his personal struggles.  George Smitherman was born in 1964, one of four children, and spent his early years growing up in central Etobicoke. His parents were from a middle-class working background and were not very educated. His mother [...]

The coronavirus: Not the “great equalizer”

2021-06-12T22:44:50+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, Spring Gathering|

By Nina Badwal Food insecurity, the opioid crisis and the well-being of 2SLGBTQ adults. These were  the key topics discussed during the second instalment of the annual Spring Gathering  event which was held virtually via Zoom this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Spring Gathering is a community conversation that takes place [...]

Exploring urban nature’s health benefits

2021-06-12T22:34:03+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Activities, Community, General|

By Lisa Kowalchuk As Toronto leaves behind the long pandemic winter of 2020, birdsong and greenery announce the coming season and its greater opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. Being in contact with green spaces and nature is shown in study after study to boost the mental and physical health of city-dwellers. In [...]

St. James Town Connects Framework: Reimagining public and open spaces

2021-06-12T22:12:23+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Community, General|

By Dimitrije Martinovic “Revitalization” is coming to St. James Town North in the way of safer, greener and more accessible spaces for residents.  St. James Town, which is bounded by Bloor Street East to the north, Wellesley Street to the south, Jarvis Street to the west, and Parliament Street to the east -- [...]

Friends of Ruby: A place for LGBTQ youth to call home

2021-06-12T21:57:15+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Community, General, LGBTQ2+, mental health, pride, youth|

By Nea Maaty In the Moss Park community, at 257 Dundas Street, you will find a colourful rainbow  accented building that the Friends of Ruby call “Home.” The Friends of Ruby Home was designed for LGBTQI2S youth between the ages of  16 to 29 years who are in need of transitional housing and support.  [...]

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