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Local Peace Ribbon campaign ripples through Roncy

White ribbon tied to around a street tree displaying the words "Love" and "Diversity."Neighbours of a local mosque in Roncesvalles Village had already started working on a plan to express their support for the congregants at a time when Muslim communities have increasingly been experiencing  racism in countries around the world. After this week’s attack on a Mosque in Quebec City the group went into immediate action tying white ribbons around local posts expressing “All Faiths Welcome.”

“We want those coming to worship to feel safe in our community,” explains Jessica Olivier, who lives near the Mosque. “We need an antidote to those who are driven by their fears and hatreds. Canada is a country where we embrace diversity. The isolated acts of a few can’t be allowed to overshadow the sentiments of the many.”

This action echoed the thoughts of many in Roncesvalles Village who wanted to counteract increasing acts of racism. The Roncesvalles Village BIA quickly moved to support this campaign by tying ribbons to the trees lining Roncesvalles Avenue. The ribbons express sentiments of Peace, Hope, Love and support for diversity. “Our community – both residents and businesses — have been very welcoming of Syrian and other refugees. We want to express our empathy and support for both new and established Muslims who live here or who come here to pray,” says Roncesvalles Village BIA Chair, Len McAuley. “There comes a time when you have to be more vocal about what we stand for.”

The effort is very grass roots. It’s a DIY campaign. There is no place to order or purchase ribbons. If you support it, you can simply find your own white ribbon and your own words to express your support. Some supporters are making infinity loops from thin white ribbon and are pinning them to their coats or lapels as part of their personal show of solidarity for the sentiments expressed.

Global News covered this story on January 31, 2017, ‘All faiths welcome’: West-end Toronto community ties white ribbons in solidarity with local mosque

Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West 2016

Don’t miss Roncy Rocks on June 11

Once again Roncesvallians will get to celebrate their local culture, commerce and community spirit with the revival of Roncy Rocks on June 11. Plan your day. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Welcome others to discover why hanging out on Roncesvalles is such a delight.

Roncy is well known for its fabulous array of unique shops, Polish heritage, street gardens, and over 40 restaurants, cafés and pubs.  On June 11, from 10 AM to 8 PM, we’ll showcase our local musicians and artists along the 18 blocks of Roncesvalles Avenue. Centres of live music, art, fashion and fun for the whole family will arise along our generous, tree-lined sidewalks.

This year, our street fest will feature 10 hours of live music with headliners The Grapes of Wrath, The Monkey Bunch and NQ Arbuckle … a juried art show, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, a kids zone, barbeque demo, fashion show, outdoor bistro seating, and the Roncy Sidewalk Sale, …PLUS we’ll celebrate the Official Opening of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.

Welcome everyone! Roncesvalles Avenue is easy to get to, and once you’re here, you’ll get why Roncy rocks!

Visit roncyrocks.com for more info.

Condolences

Rob Ford and Tony Cauch on Roncesvalles Avenue.

On behalf of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, I wish to extend condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Coun. Rob Ford; who passed away today, March 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. His commitment to the City of Toronto, and this organization, is acknowledged and appreciated. — Chair Emeritus, Tony Cauch

Shop the Neighbourhood on November 28

Show your support for local business

Shop The Neighbourhood brand

Shop The Neighbourhood is a free initiative of Yellow Pages, a company with a century-long legacy of working with Canada’s small businesses. The event’s third edition will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, in various cities across Canada.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is taking part in the Shop The Neighbourhood campaign for a second year. We’re fortunate that many of our residents already shop local. But at this time of the year there are big ad campaigns to draw people away and these two days are notorious for driving dollars online or across the border

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, Shop The Neighbourhood serves as a reminder to residents that their dollars have a greater impact in their communities when spent locally.

Our business owners are constantly facing new challenges, so we appreciate free initiatives that help small businesses stand out and that highlight the importance of buying local,” says RVBIA Chair, John Bowker.

Small businesses play a key role in creating strong local economies:

  • They represent two thirds of all the jobs generated in Canada’s private sector1
  • They drive close to 30% of Canada’s GDP1
  • They keep the decision power close to home and reinvest in the community

When we make purchases at our local retailers, we directly contribute to the prosperity of our neighbourhoods. In 2014, over 750,000 Canadians joined the Yellow Pages campaign, spending $89 million at local businesses during the Shop The Neighbourhood event.

Illustrated gift box with heart shaped decoration.

For local deals and specials.

Shop The Neighbourhood will feature exclusive deals at local businesses to encourage local spending, accessible via the YP ShopWise app.

Social media: #shopthehood

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Congratulations!

dinovolevee.jpgLast night members of our BIA were celebrated at Cheri diNovo’s first annual Spring Levee. Congratulations to Shiela Koffman (Another Story Bookstore, at left in photo) who received an award for her ongoing volunteer efforts, and Shannon Doyle (The Mercantile) who received an award in recognition of her innovative new business on Roncesvalles.