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Children hold up their lanterns during a Candlelight Walk along Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto.

Earth Hour 2015

March 28, 8:30 to 9:30PM
Please join us at the 6th annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk in Roncesvalles Village from the top of Roncy down to Grafton Park. This global tradition is a symbolic community gesture to recognize climate change and the need for environmental stewardship. Starts at Dundas and Roncesvalles near Starbucks – the future site of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. Bring your own lantern or a tea candle in a jar.

Afterwards, meet up with your friends at one of the many candlelit restaurants and pubs along Roncesvalles, participating in the spirit of earth hour.
Aerial view area near Roncesvalles and Howard Park Avenues in Toronto, the site of existing and future condominiums.

Contemplating Condo's

A new condo building is proposed for Roncesvalles and others are likely to follow soon. Join the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Resident’s Association for an expert panel to discuss and plan how our neighbourhood can best accommodate and benefit from new development.

When: Tues., March 31, 7-9PM
Where: 128 Fern Avenue
Fern Avenue Public School Gym
RoncyWorks volunteers add new plants to the plant beds along Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.

Call for Volunteers

Earth Hour Parade Marshalls: Help light candles and guide participants along Roncesvalles Ave. on March 28, from 8:30-9:30PM.

Green Thumbs:  Help our Green Team plant or tend the gardens along Roncy.

Spring Cleaning: Help pickup litter from the plant beds or post signs to protect the gardens for the season. Our first cleanup starts March 28th from 11AM to noon. Meet in front of Lit Espresso Bar, 221 Roncesvalles Ave., between Fermanagh and Wright Ave.

To help out with any of these tasks, contact volunteer@roncyworks.org.
Closeup of plants growing in street garden tended by RoncyWorks Green Team near 221 Roncesvalles. Photo by Grean Team gardender Jackie Taschereau.

Green Team Rally

Join the Green Team and Tree team members at their first gathering of the season. You’ll hear about their success and challenges as well as plans for plant beds and tree care along Roncy for 2015. If you want to get involved, save the date and RSVP with martha.goodings@sympatico.ca.

When: Sunday, April 12th, 11AM-2PM
Where: 295 Indian Road,
Home of Ann and John Senders
One of 30 ashcans installed along Roncesvalles in July 2014, featuring sticker entreating smokers to use it: "Don't flick it! Stick your butt in here."

Butt Recycling

Nearly 50,000 butts diverted

As promised, the Roncesvalles Village BIA has taken on the maintenance of the ashcans installed along Roncesvalles last year, as part of the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program run by Keep America Beautiful. Scan results from RoncyWorks show that cigarette butt litter decreased by one third in the test area scanned during our pilot study.

What’s more, now that the contents of the ashcans are being boxed and sent for recycling, Terracycle Canada estimates Roncy has already diverted 49,302 cigarette butts from landfill.

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