Past Events

Henry Box Brown Lane & North Star Way Unveiling

In honour of Black History Month, a newly designated North-South laneway running parallel to Bright Street and St. Paul Street will be officially named Henry Box Brown Lane. Additionally, a horizontal laneway intersecting Henry Box Brown Lane will be officially named North Star Way. 

Henry Brown, an enslaved man from Louisa County, Virginia, lived from 1815 to 1897. In 1849, he courageously escaped the chains of southern slavery by nailing himself into a shipping crate, ultimately finding safety in Philadelphia. From there, he made his way to Toronto, Ontario, to share his remarkable story.

Following his emancipation in Toronto, Brown dedicated himself to educating people about the injustices of slavery. His autobiography and the accounts of those who knew him served as powerful tools in achieving this mission. While in Canada, Henry Brown supported himself as a magician and performer. In 1887, "The Brown Family" participated in a benefit concert at St. Lawrence Hall, contributing to the community while residing on Bright Street in Corktown. The unveiling of Henry Box Brown Lane is scheduled for February at noon, marking the commencement of Black History Month in 2024.

Adjacent to Henry Box Brown Lane, on its North side, a horizontal laneway will be named North Star Way, symbolizing the connection to the Underground Railroad and the ongoing struggle for black emancipation.

The North Star, often referred to as Polaris, served as a guiding light for navigation, aiding travellers in determining direction. Known as the "Going Home Star," this celestial marker played a crucial role during the Civil War and holds significance in various stories and publications. Additionally, the North Star and its symbol carry cultural importance for both indigenous and non-indigenous communities across Canada. To the First Nations Cree people, the North Star signifies "The one that never moves," embodying the resilience of Indigenous community spirit. The unveiling of North Star Way is anticipated to take place on February 1st at 12:00 PM along with the unveiling of Henry Box Brown Lane, in celebration and recognition of the first day of Black History Month in 2024.

2-12 Cawthra Square Community Consultation, January 18, 2024

The City has received an application for 2-12 Cawthra Square to amend the Zoning By-Law to permit a 45-storey residential building with a total of 488 dwelling units.

On January 18, 2024, the City is holding an in-person Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Registration is not required to attend.


Date: Thursday January 18, 2024
Time: 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Place: The 519 (519 Church Street), room 200

Submission materials can also be viewed on the Application Information Portal.

For more information about this application, please contact:

Derek Waltho, Planner, City Planning Division
[email protected]

For inquiries to my office, please contact:

Edward LaRusic, Manager, Development and Major Capital Projects
Councillor Chris Moise, Ward 13
[email protected]

Information sent to City Planning will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in a City event, please let the organizing staff know as soon as possible to ensure they can work with you to determine a suitable accommodation.

City of Toronto - Budget Consultation (virtual)

The City’s budget is about working together to build a safe, caring and affordable city where everyone belongs. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

From November 1 to 30, Toronto residents are invited to share their ideas about the City’s 2024 Budget and Toronto’s future in virtual and in-person consultations and through an online survey available on the 2024 BudgetTO webpage.

 

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City of Toronto - Budget Consultation (virtual)

The City’s budget is about working together to build a safe, caring and affordable city where everyone belongs. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

From November 1 to 30, Toronto residents are invited to share their ideas about the City’s 2024 Budget and Toronto’s future in virtual and in-person consultations and through an online survey available on the 2024 BudgetTO webpage.

 

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City of Toronto - Budget Consultation (In-Person)

The City’s budget is about working together to build a safe, caring and affordable city where everyone belongs. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

From November 1 to 30, Toronto residents are invited to share their ideas about the City’s 2024 Budget and Toronto’s future in virtual and in-person consultations and through an online survey available on the 2024 BudgetTO webpage.

Click Here to RSVP

City of Toronto - Budget Consultation (virtual)

The City’s budget is about working together to build a safe, caring and affordable city where everyone belongs. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

From November 1 to 30, Toronto residents are invited to share their ideas about the City’s 2024 Budget and Toronto’s future in virtual and in-person consultations and through an online survey available on the 2024 BudgetTO webpage.

Click Here to RSVP

Building Healthy Communities Forum

My team and I have been diligently working to address the numerous concerns that were raised during the six Neighborhood Town Halls. This includes challenges related to individuals living with mental health and addiction issues, as well as those who are experiencing housing instability.
 
I'm excited to announce that on November 20, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Toronto Metropolitan University, I, as the Chair of the Board of Health and your local Councillor, will be hosting a "Building Healthy Communities Forum." We have invited panelists from Toronto Public Health, SafeTO, Social Development Finance and Administration, and the Toronto Police to participate. This forum presents an excellent opportunity for both residents and service providers to learn about several new initiatives that the City of Toronto will be launching in the Downtown East over the next year.
 
Host: Councillor Chris Moise, City of Toronto, Ward 13 - Toronto Centre
 
Panelists: 
  • Akwatu Khenti, Director of Community Resources
  • Mohamed Shuriye, Director of Community Safety and Wellbeing
  • Pauline Larsen, Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA
  • Uppala Chandrasekera, Director of Public Health, Toronto Public Health
  • Kelly Skinner, A/Staff Superintendent, Toronto Police Service

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