Projects & Advocacy
Silver Circle-West Toronto Services for Seniors (WTSS) believes in advocating on behalf of others where the end result benefits the community as a whole or the population we service. Ideally, this may occur when our strategic goals align with the aims of other individuals and groups within our catchment area.
Junction Commons Project
January 2013 – present
WTSS was approved in 2013 for a collaborative grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) with the Junctions Commons Project (JCP) (link) http://junctioncommons.wordpress.com/. In the latter part of 2012, a group of residents grabbed the opportunity to create a public discussion about the future of 209 Mavety St. They formed the JCP to help focus their efforts and convert the building into a community space. Urbanmetrics Inc. (insert link http://www.urbanmetrics.ca/) has been retained to develop a feasibility study. The final report is expected to be finished in March of 2014.
Toronto Food Strategy
WTSS recently participated in an interview to assist with The Community Food Project (CFP). The CFP is a collaboration between Toronto Food Strategy, led by Toronto Public Health, and the Community Food Flow project. The purpose is to explore options for aggregated procurement and other strategies that enable better access to fresh, healthy food for community agencies. You can read the final report: Toronto Food Strategy Report (http://tfpc.to/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CFP-Finding-Food.pdf)
High Park Development
The City of Toronto held a public consultation to engage residents regarding the high rise development for 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave. Concerns citizens wanted to express their opinion and WTSS worked with the High Park Residents Association to provide transportation to meetings so seniors could voice their opinion.
Gendered Lens Project
WTSS had a role in getting our clients to contribute to a report entitled “The Gendered Lens: A Report on Women’s Experiences with Video Surveillance and Urban Security in Toronto”. The project looked at various women in different demographics to see how they feel about surveillance cameras in public places. The project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and published by Ryerson University. To read the report, go (insert link)