Join us in celebrating Earth Hour and the return of spring along Roncy.
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Lantern Workshop

Need a lantern for Earth Hour? Bring a jar and make your own.
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 5 PM
WHERESmock Café and Wonder Workshop
287 Roncesvalles Ave.

Supplies Wanted

If you have spare jars or coloured tissue paper, please drop them off at Smock Café and Wonder Workshop by March 22, during shop hours.
For questions, contact
How to identify an Ash tree, infected Trees and the Emerald Ash Borer

Ashes to Ashes

Know thine enemy: It is estimated that the City of Toronto will lose nearly all of its 860,000 Ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer by 2017 -- a number which represents 8.4% of canopy cover over both public and private land in the urban forest. It is critical that we act now to inform our friends and neighbours about the anticipated effects of the Emerald Ash Borer on our city and community.  Learn more about what you can do.
Cigarette butt disposal units stickers draw attention

Sticking Out

Astral and the City agreed to a pilot project, letting us use our cheeky stickers to draw attention to the cigarette butt disposal unit on their litter bins. The first stickers vanished, to our dismay, when the bins were power washed. So we redesigned new ones with a stronger adhesive ...and the stickers have stuck.

Solid Waste Management is monitoring the bins to see whether the volume of cigarette butts deposited in the ash can during collection has increased. Eventually we should find out what effect the stickers are having in reducing butt litter on our street.
RoncyWorks Green Team tends to the planting beds

Getting Involved

We are always delighted to welcome new volunteers to RoncyWorks. If you can spare a few hours a month, we can use your help. These days, we need to find people who enjoy tweeting and sharing news online. Find out how we work and how you could get involved

March 2013 Newsletter

RoncyWorks volunteers have been busy planning and preparing for the spring.

Earth Hour - March 23

Earth Hour has become a tradition along Roncesvalles Avenue, with both residents and businesses participating. It’s about Climate Change and recognizing that we need to face this huge environmental challenge collectively.

Between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM, the hour will be marked by everyone turning off their lights, computers and other power consuming appliances in their homes and business. For the most part, shops along Roncesvalles will go dark, except for those candlelit restaurants, cafés and bars.

This year, the World Wildlife Fund is teaming up with the Roncesvalles Village BIA to sponsor Earth Hour - Toronto on Roncesvalles, on March 23rd. A lantern walk will be held along Roncy -- this time at two starting points. One group will gather at the north end next to the Revue Cinema and the other group will start at the south end at Grafton Park on Roncesvalles north of Queen Street West.  Starting at 8:00 PM sharp, the two groups will head towards each other and will meet in the middle at Wright Avenue where they will be entertained until 9:30 PM. This year RoncyWorks will marshal the walkers.  

Earth Hour - Toronto on Facebook

Tins and Pins

While you’re out enjoying Earth Hour entertainment at Wright and Roncesvalles on March 23rd, drop by the RoncyWorks table. You’ll find our handmade “Please Butt In” tins and an assortment of Roncy buttons available for a small donation. 

Spring Cleanup - March 16

As the snow thaws, the planting beds are left with an array of litter: recyclables, garbage, cigarette butts and doggie doo. Eeew!  Who is going to deal with that!

The RoncyWorks Green Team and Roncy Sweeps are teaming up to tackle the eyesore. Spring is around the corner, so it’s time to prepare a more welcoming environment for the growth of new plants.

If you see people using the planting beds for litter, please remind them to pitch it out where it belongs. This way our volunteer gardeners can focus on gardening.

To pitch in with the cleanup on March 16 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM), please contact Sandie at

Butt Litter Survey

Last fall, RoncyWorks ran a survey on cigarette butt litter by visiting shops and businesses on Roncesvalles.  From the 40 vendors who were surveyed, the results showed the following:
  • 55% of the vendors surveyed feel cigarette butt litter outside their premises is very problematic
  • 73%  tend to the outside of their property to keep it litter free daily
  • 94% noticed a "Please Butt In" tin close to their shop last summer
  • 100% felt the tins made a difference in reducing butt litter
  • 48% did not know there is a cigarette disposal unit on the city trash bins
  • 84% are interested in permanent receptacles for cigarette butt litter
  • 84% agreed to take a blue "Please Butt In" tin for their patrons to use until a more permanent solution is implemented
We are very grateful to those vendors who agreed to take a tin. Please show them your appreciation.


The work of our volunteers did not go unnoticed last year by the powers that be. In December, the Toronto BIA gave the Roncesvalles Village BIA a Round of Applause Award for their collaboration with RoncyWorks. In June, MPP Cheri DiNovo recognized our efforts with a community award to Veronica Feihl. Most recently, in January, some of our members received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Peggy Nash. Congratulations to Ann Crichton-Harris, Mary Wiens , Abby Bushby and John Bowker.

We all wish to recognize the volunteers from Roncesvalles Renewed and RoncyWorks who have given their time and energy. Their collective efforts have made a noticeable difference to everyone's enjoyment of our main street.

West Roncesvalles Planning Study

Protecting the character of the West Side of Roncesvalles Ave. and potential amendments to the Zoning By-law

The City is holding a second Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about the Planning Study for Roncesvalles Avenue, ask questions and share your comments on permissions for non-residential uses on the west side of Roncesvalles Ave. See the West Roncesvalles Study Flyer.

Date: March 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- 7:00 PM Presentation
- 7:30 PM Small Group Discussions
- 8:20 PM Report Back & Next Steps
Place: St. Casimir Parish Hall, 156 Roncesvalles Ave.

Winter Break

RoncyWorks volunteers may not have been spotted much on the street over the winter, but we were busy team building and planning for the year ahead. We discussed what worked, what should continue, what needs to change and new activities to undertake. We looked at how to organize ourselves as our ranks expand, especially when people are generally feeling maxed out. The trick is to accept that most volunteers have little time to spare, but they'll gladly chip in an hour or two here or there, particularly when you can make it fun, easy and stress free. Then the time they put in feels rewarding.
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