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Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Celebrates International Downtown Award

On Friday, May 17th, the Roncesvalles Village BIA and the Friends of Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden celebrated an Award of Excellence for Public Space Improvements received from the International Downtown Association (IDA) for the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace  Garden (DRPG) . This Award is particularly significant because the IDA values collaboration. In its realization, this project galvanized the support of many community groups, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,  artists from both communities, and the City of Toronto. The project features heritage recognition, green street gardening,, community welcoming, pollinator habitat development, and acts as a living dedication of renewed relations between our community and Toronto’s indigenous people.

The IDA is a world leader in taking up the challenge of revitalizing downtowns around the world, from the USA, Canada, Europe and further around the globe, by encouraging best practices, and broad-based learning. It recognizes that innovative and effective renewals absolutely need cooperation between multiple interests, to promote good works. This was the only project given an Award of Excellence for improvements to public space, from the IDA in Canada for 2018. A copy of the plaque for the IDA Award was conferred upon the City.

PLANT Architect, and, the group of officials who helped bring the project to life attended, and were thanked for working so well with our community.

Part of the outdoor ceremony involved sharing with a representative of the Mississaugas of the Credit, with whom we exchanged sacred tobacco seeds, and planted sage — this year’s featured indigenous plant at the Peace Garden.

In our neighbourhood, the search to better understand our living history of Indigenous habitation, loss, and dispossession, starts with the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. This Peace Garden is dedicated to seeking better relationships between our peoples, and with the land, which desperately need healing.  Our intentions are embedded in this little plot of living green, restful, revitalized public space.

A class of grade 7 students who participated in our annual Tulips for Peace program, attended to see the beauty of the tulips they planted last fall.

Roncy Reduces

Roncy Reduces is a community waste reduction initiative in the Roncesvalles area that was launched by 20 local parents at the beginning of this year. Their goal is to reduce single-use plastics and packaging in our neighbourhood by encouraging both consumers and businesses to practice waste reduction together.

They have invited neighbourhood businesses to participate by displaying their Roncy Reduces/BYO sticker at the door and in this way identify their business as accepting customers’ reusable containers, cups and bags etc. whenever possible.

Apart from grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops and takeout places, they also ask shops that sell ‘zero waste tools’ to participate (produce bags, reusable cups etc.)

The group has been visiting Roncesvalles businesses for a couple of months and have already placed over 40 stickers and counting.

In return for joining up, they promote participating businesses on their Roncy Reduces social media platforms and at their two World Environment Day events that will run at the Revue Cinema on June 5th. “At these events we hope to bring Roncesvalles residents and visitors together to learn about the issues of waste and single-use plastics and offer ideas on how to reduce our impact on the environment, says Tina Soldovieri, creator of the group. “And they will be a venue for us to promote the local businesses that are helping our neighbourhood reduce waste.”

The event will include a film screening of The Clean Bin Project, a guest speaker (Charlotte Ueta from the Toronto Long Term Waste Management Strategy and Circular Economy Lab), Q&A, information from Roncy Reduces and a slide show promoting local businesses who are part of the Roncy Reduces effort. Trailer and website.

A second event will be geared towards school children. Neighbourhood schools will be invited to participate in a poster contest and learn about waste reduction at our Revue Cinema school event.

Sponsored by Meridian, Roncesvalles Village BIA, Shop1km, Etee

Tickets (10$) at Eventbrite:

You can email Roncy Reduces at roncy.reduces@nullgmail.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram pages @roncyreduces.

Roncesvalles resident trying to make “a good deal for nature” by cutting plastic waste, appeared on CBC on March 21st.