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  More Information can be found in Councillor Minnan Wong’s Newsletter with links to each project and how to communicate your thoughts on each project as it affects you. The agenda for North York Community Council was released last week, and it has reports on five development Applications which are all of intense interest to residents: 

click here to learn more about making your opinions known at Committee.    

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NEWS

DVCLS PRESS RELEASE

June 22nd 2022

  June 9, 2022 Toronto Deputy Mayor unveils Marjorie Hiley Road Don Valley Community Legal Services Clinic Executive Director Honoured for Lifetime Contributions in Street Naming Ceremony Don Valley Community Legal Services (DVCLS) is pleased to announce that its long-serving Executive Director Marjorie Hiley has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community with a street naming in her honour. On June 13 Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong and Andrew De Gasperis of Aspen Ridge Homes unveiled the street sign for Marjorie Hiley Road. Ms Hiley, who also serves as the lead immigration and refugee lawyer for the community legal aid clinic, has worked tirelessly for more than four decades to help local residents access justice and on important law reform issues. Marjorie Hiley Road is located in the Don Mills Crossing, situated at the northeast corner of Don Mills and Eglinton. She joins an impressive group of individuals who have lived in the community and/or made significant contributions through their life's work with a street named after them, including former Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry. Since being called to the bar in 1978, Marjorie Hiley has taken on various leadership roles at community legal clinics in Don Mills. Ms Hiley is the former Executive Director for Flemingdon Community Legal Services where she focused on public legal education and law reform. In addition to her work in law, Marjorie organized the North Toronto Food Drive for 12 years, assisted children and foster parents for the Children's Aid Society, and has been on the Board of Directors for the Don Mills Foundation and the Better Living organization for the past 25 years. She also served on the Board of Credit Counselling Services (now Credit Canada) for more than 10 years, on the Working Group on Refugee Women's Issues for over five years and on the Board of the Victoria Park Child Care Centre. "I am deeply humbled to be among such an impressive group of individuals honoured for their contributions," said Ms. Hiley. "I am so fortunate to do what I love - using my legal skills to give back to the community by helping those in greatest need. This honour truly reflects the tremendous work done by our incredible clinic staff whose hard work and dedication to legal aid is unparallelled." "We are delighted that this honour has been bestowed on Marjorie, a remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to helping those who are most vulnerable," said DVCLS President Kirk Cooper. "I first met Marjorie when I was a young lawyer and over the years she has inspired me and countless others to make our community a fairer and more equitable place for all. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank Marjorie for her leadership, her commitment and tireless efforts to make a meaningful difference for those needing our clinic's services." "It was my privilege to recommend that a street be named in Marjorie's honour - a woman I have known for many years who has shown great leadership and contributed so much to helping those in need in our diverse community. Thanks to her advocacy, her passion for access to justice and her drive to perform miracles for her clients, our community and our city is a much better place to live and work," said Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong." Don Valley Community Legal Services is a community clinic that is funded by Legal Aid Ontario. It serves one of the largest and most diverse areas of the City of Toronto bordered by Lake Ontario to the south, York Mills/Hwy. 401 to the north, Victoria Park to the east and Don Valley/Yonge to the west. In 2021, the clinic opened more than 5,000 cases helping local residents with diverse legal needs including immigration and refugee law, access to affordable and accessible housing, income support, domestic abuse and other areas of law.

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  Media contacts: Lucy Becker, Volunteer Director, Don Valley Community Legal Services Clinic Board of Directors, lucybecker205@gmail.com Bhavin Bilimoria, Director of Legal Services, Don Valley Community Legal Service, bhavin.bilimoria@dvcls.clcj.ca      

Media Release

              June 9, 2022 Local residents to be recognized for lifetime achievements in street naming ceremony On Monday June 13 Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong and Andrew De Gasperis of Aspen Ridge Homes will announce eight new street names for Don Mills Crossing. These new street names recognize persons who have made outstanding contributions in Don Mills, Toronto, Canada and the world. Don Mills Crossing is situated at the northeast corner of Don Mills and Eglinton. It is a 60-acre site that will become a complete community featuring residential, office, and retail buildings as well as parks and open spaces, and the largest community centre in Toronto. A series of new public and private roads will connect the community. The new street names honour individuals who have lived in the community and made significant contributions through their life's work – and one non-resident who gained Toronto's admiration and respect for his role in bringing a major league championship for the city. The eight new street names are: Mike Palmateer Road, Steve Podborski Road, Moriyama Drive, D'Angelo Way, Marjorie Hiley Road, Quarrington Lane, Kyle Lowry Road, and Champions Road. The following honorees are attending the ceremony along with their guests: Mike Palmateer, Steve Podborski, Raymond Moriyama, and Marjorie Hiley. Representatives of the late Paul Quarrington and the late Joe D'Angelo will be in attendance. Street Names Background Information: D'Angelo Way A proud resident of Don Mills, Joe D'Angelo was a supporter, coach and mentor to generations of Don Mills' girls and boys who shared his love of hockey. He began coaching his son's hockey team in 1959 at the Don Mills Area. Joe continued on well into his retirement, when he could be found at the arena several times a week teaching kids how to skate. He is survived by his wife Ruth and four children Peter, Paul, Joan, and Susan. Marjorie Hiley Road Since being called to the bar in 1978, Marjorie Hiley has taken on various leadership roles at community legal firms in Don Mills. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Don Valley Community Legal Services, practicing immigration law. Marjorie is the former Executive Director for Flemingdon Community Legal Services where she focused on public legal education and law reform. In addition to her work in law, Marjorie organized the North Toronto Food Drive for 12 years, assisted children and foster parents for the Children's Aid Society, and has been on the Board of Directors for the Don Mills Foundation and the Better Living organization for the past 25 years. Mike Palmateer Road Born and raised in Don Mills, Mike Palmateer grew up playing both baseball and hockey in the community. He began his professional career playing in the International Hockey League Saginaw Gears, then advanced to the Central Hockey League Oklahoma City Blazers, the farm team for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a key figure in the Leafs drive to the semi-finals in the 1976-77 Stanley Cup playoffs. Mike was awarded the J.P Bickell Memorial trophy for outstanding performance and standard of excellence. He was also included in the Toronto Maple Leafs Top 100 of all time. Quarrington Lane Paul Quarrington was born and grew up in Don Mills. It was during high school at Victoria Park Secondary School that Paul became deeply involved in the arts, later crediting the school's arts and music program for fuelling his passion. After studying at the University of Toronto, Paul toured across Canada as a bass player for Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. He wrote ten novels and seven works of non-fiction. His novel, Whale Music, won the Governor General Award for fiction in 1989 and his novel, King Leary, won the Stephen Leacock Award for humour in 1988. His novel, Galveston, was also short listed for the coveted Giller Prize. As a filmmaker and screenwriter, Paul wrote 6 feature film screenplays, notably Perfectly Normal, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Steve Podborski Road Training to ski race on the hills of the Don Valley, Steve became a two-time Olympian and the first North American man to win an Olympic Medal in downhill skiing. After racing, Steve continued to help Canadians win on the international stage. He was the team leader of the Canadian Olympic Team in Sochi in 2014, Chair of the ParaSnowsport Committee of the International Ski Federation, and served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Snowsport Association, and the Canadian Ski Foundation. Moriyama Drive Raymond Moriyama is world renowned architect who was born in Vancouver, spent some of his early years in Japan, and returned to Toronto during the 1940s. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an architect. After graduating from the University of Toronto he founded his own architecture firm in 1958. With projects all over the world, some of his notable work includes the 83 acre Centennial King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre in Central Riyadh; Saudi Arabian National Museum; Canadian Embassy in Tokyo; Ontario Science Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Science North in Sudbury; Toronto Reference Library; BMO’s Institute for Learning; Bata Shoe Museum and the Canadian War Museum. Kyle Lowry Road Kyle Lowry made his impact on Toronto from 2012-2021 when he played basketball for the Toronto Raptors. A star player during the 2019 NBA Championship, he is known for his tenacity and instinct on the court. Kyle's leadership and sportsmanship earned him the respect and love of Torontonians, from new basketball audiences to diehard fans. He has received many NBA awards and honours. On April 3, 2022 Mayor John Tory proclaimed Kyle Lowry Day in the City of Toronto. Champions Road Champions Road is in tribute to the Toronto Raptors NBA playoffs victory in 2019, which was a time a great excitement and pride for all sports-loving Torontonians. But it also recognizes the successes of all of the honorees who have made their mark through their work, be it in professional sports, the arts, architecture and design, law, or volunteering. Champions Road will serve as a reminder of the rewards of hard work, commitment, and passion. Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong acknowledges and thanks Aspen Ridge Homes for their assistance in both sponsoring and organizing this event.  

Don Valley Community Legal Services honours

Pride Month 2022.

A partner agency: The 519 (at Church and Wellesley) have created this fabulous Community Events Calendar for all who want to participate in the celebrations this month.  Click on the link https://www.the519.org/news/2022pride

DON VALLEY COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO EXPLORE THE VALUED HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF CANADA Start your journey of discovery through the rich storytelling found in the Indigenous Peoples of Canada Atlas found on the Government of Canada website:

 Indigenous history - Canada.ca

   

DVCLS Advocacy

Tough Times – I Need More Money!

Our Income Maintenance Team has a wealth of knowledge about the variety of Government income sources available. Click on the link :  https://www.donvalleylegal.ca/legal-topic/income-assistance/  to take you to our first article highlighting the variety of Federal and Provincial Income sources that you may be eligible to apply for and receive.

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The Fair Pass Transit Discount Program

The Fair Pass Transit Discount Program is a City of Toronto poverty reduction initiative to make public transit more affordable for low-income Toronto residents. The program provides a discount for eligible users for 12 months, programmed onto a PRESTO Opens in new window card. Cardholders must load funds to access the discounted Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) adult fare or TTC monthly pass.

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