Michelle Francis

  • published Fall Quarterly General Meeting 2022 in Events 2022-10-13 16:20:39 -0400

    Fall Quarterly General Meeting 2022

    Join us for our Fall Quarterly General Meeting. Headlining this meeting will be the Launch of TCBN's Downsview Shared Community Benefits Vision. The vision will put forth Community Benefits recommendations and priorities for the Downsview Lands Development. The shared vision is the culmination of over a year of work encompassing stakeholder, community and TCBN network member feedback. To view the event flyer, please click here

    We are also pleased to be joined by Councillor Pasternak who will provide closing remarks. 

    As well, hear progress on community benefits from across the city and updates on proposed agreements. Together we will create a shared vision for community benefits in every neighbourhood. RSVP for event location and details. All are welcome.

    WHEN
    November 29, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Downsview HUB & Virtual
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  • published Little Jamaica this Summer in the City in Blog 2021-08-10 20:25:33 -0400

    Little Jamaica this Summer in the City

    Little Jamaica, the famous Toronto neighbourhood  for over 100 years has been home to many diverse residents from the African diaspora. Jamaican residency in the neighbourhood really picked up in 1950s due to immigration reform. Since then, the impact of Jamaican culture has long shaped this neighbourhood through, business, food, events, and more. As early as 1987, you can find a Toronto Star article that refers to the area as the "Little Jamaica" section of the City.

    Cheryll Case,  Urban Planner, CP Planning

    We interviewed Cheryll who is working with local Little Jamaican Community organization Oakwood Vaughan Community Organization (OVCO) on a plan for the future of the community that has been dramatically impacted by the transit improvements that have been taking place since 2015 along Eglinton Avenue. 

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  • published CBAFramework TO in CBA Campaigns 2021-01-29 16:28:23 -0500

    Advancing the City of Toronto's Community Benefits Framework

    On Wednesday, the Toronto Community Benefits Network and partners deputed at the City of Toronto Executive Committee to make recommendations on improving the City’s Community Benefits Framework which was established in 2019.

    While TCBN is encouraged by the details of the staff report, which outlines key actions steps for advancing the municipal Community Benefits framework, we are disappointed that the City Executive Committee failed to address our key recommendations to require bolder steps in the implementation of its Community Benefits Framework in response to the immediacy of the economic crisis facing Black, Indgenous and other racialized people in our City. 

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  • published West Park Healthcare Centre in CBAs in Toronto 2019-10-30 09:52:15 -0400

    West Park Healthcare Centre

    The development project will include a new, approximately 730,000 square foot hospital building, providing various inpatient, outpatient, and outreach services. Outpatient care space will be significantly increased to accommodate current and new services such as geriatric clinics and day hospital, and satellite hemodialysis. Eighty per cent of the beds will be in single-patient rooms.

    Community And Green Benefits

    • The project will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving the LEED®Silver certification or higher. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
    • Expansion of green space and extensive landscaping for outdoor therapy areas and therapeutic gardens.

    Economic Benefits

    The West Park Healthcare Centre Redevelopment is significant economic opportunity for local suppliers and contractors. At the peak of construction, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare estimates that more than 500 people will be on site daily.

    Interested in the jobs and opportunitites created through community benefits? 

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