As many of you know, a number of our members’ basements were flooded in late October. Loons Pub and Restaurant (416 Roncesvalles) was particularly hard hit, and has been closed for several weeks. We’re pleased to announce that they’re reopening tonight. Drop by for a pint and some good times!
Congratulations to Imelda (123 Roncesvalles) and the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles), both winners in NOW Magazine’s recent “Best of Toronto” issue. Imelda was awarded the Critic’s Pick of “Best Shoe Store In Toronto”, while the Revue was voted by readers “Best Repertory Cinema in Toronto” for the second year running. Imelda and the Revue join the many other award-winning businesses … Read More
Spacing has been covering the progress of the City’s new Zoning Bylaw Project, an effort to harmonize the City’s 43 existing zoning bylaws into one. The discussion is technical and complicated, but its results will affect all new development in the City once passed. Today, Spacing examines the section of the draft bylaw covering Commercial/Residential, the section governing main streets … Read More
The garbage strike, now in its fourth week, has been hard on our businesses and on our street. Our businesses have made great efforts to keep Roncesvalles tidy. I’ve seen people tidying up in front of their stores, and tidying up around the trash bins on Roncesvalles. Your efforts are deeply appreciated! The RVBIA has also made efforts to help, … Read More
The strike by 24,000 City workers has resulted in greatly reduced services and the cancellation of an important Roncesvalles community meeting scheduled for June 27. Councillor Gord Perks has posted the City’s contingency plan to assist Torontonians. In the meantime, residents are advised that there will be “zero tolerance” for illegal garbage dumping, and at the same time requests that … Read More
The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is a celebration of all things Roncesvalles, its great Polish heritage and what it is today: a vibrant, diverse neighbourhood brimming with talent. This September, let’s show Toronto what we’re made of. It’s your Festival, so get involved! We’re looking for local musicians, entertainers, artisans, artists and volunteers. Every year we showcase local talent on our … Read More
The Power Savings Blitz program is continuing, and has been expanded to include restaurants and grocers. The Power Savings Blitz program is an Ontario Power Authority (OPA) incentive program offered through Toronto Hydro delivered by Nedco. The program involves a free lighting audit completed by Nedco and up to $1,000 of free lighting upgrades! Although this sounds too good to … Read More
The Ontario government has instituted a program that offers businesses a $2 per hour subsidy to hire students under 30 years old for summer employment. You can find out more by visiting www.ontario.ca/summerjobs or calling Call Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656.
In our ongoing efforts to improve our website, we’ve launched a new section: For Members. This section outlines City programs, TABIA programs, RVBIA advertising possibilities and other benefits to members of the RVBIA. Please have a look at them here.
We have received a letter from Service Canada outlining a program that can help businesses and employees in these difficult economic times. Work Sharing is an adjustment program designed to help employers avoid temporary layoffs by providing income support to workers who are eligible for EI benefits and are willing to work a temporarily reduced work week. In short, this … Read More