Category: Community

TTC Support Person Free to Travel

Support persons travelling with people with disabilities will no longer pay a fare on the TTC. As of Jan. 1, a support person accompanying a TTC customer with a disability will no longer be required to pay a fare. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act defines a support person as someone who assists a…

Food Safety

Residents who have been without power, or recently had their power restored, are advised to reduce the risk of a food borne illness: If you have been without power for 24 hours or longer, all food in the fridge should be thrown out. During a power outage of 48 hours or longer, all food in…

Emergency Preparation Kits

Emergency situations such as black outs in the winter can be hazardous to anyone and it’s best to be prepared with an emergency kit.  It should be kept in an accessible location and easy to carry.  Stored water should be changed every six months.  Kits should be reviewed once a year and    batteries should be…

Snow Removal

There are other options to have your snow  removed near or on your property.   The  services can vary from each neighbourhood and not every option will be available or may not apply to everyone.   City of Toronto Some of the sidewalks in Toronto are cleared of snow within 36 hours if the accumulation is…

Preventing Frozen Pipes

If you don’t have heat for your home and the temperature drops to well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing. If you are leaving your home because of no heat, you can shut…

Retirement Security Forum

With  Peggy Nash MP & Murray Rankin Faced with an aging population, growing  inequality and increasing costs of living, the federal government must take action to  ensure that all Canadians can retire in dignity rather than poverty.  On January 25, 2014, Peggy Nash hosts an informative discussion on pensions and retirement security in Canada alongside…

Keeping Warm in your Home

As we begin the new year and look forward to warmer weather, we  provides some additional insight into dealing with the cold and persistent snowy weather of late.  Temperatures have been colder than usual and you’ll find some tips and tricks to help make your home a warmer without adding significant costs. Blackouts such as…

Toronto Public Health eCounselling Service

Toronto Public Health now offers free, confidential and anonymous online counselling for Toronto  residents.  Their nurse and dietitian can provide information on a wide range of topics.  Some examples   include: Chronic Disease Prevention (e.g., diabetes, cancer, heart disease Senior’s concerns Mental Health Promotion Nutrition Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Sexual Health Promotion Substance Misuse…

Swansea Area Senior’s Association

Retired and looking for something new?  Why not zoom down to Swansea Town Hall and meet some new people and have some fun! The Swansea Area Seniors’ Association (SASA) is located in the Swansea area of West Toronto in The Swansea Town Hall.   They  offer a wide variety of engaging programs that bring out the…

West Toronto Community Legal Services

West Toronto Community Legal Services, located near Bloor St. W. and Dundas St. W., provides legal assistance to vulnerable individuals. The legal services centre may     assist with ODSP issues, social assistance, housing and landlord issues, pensions,  poverty law among other things.  The clinic is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  Fees are waived if individuals meet…

Snow Shoveling Service

Are you looking for help with snow shoveling this season? Consider the services offered by Humber Services for Seniors – they are offering their service this year for the first time in our catchment.

“Old Age Ain’t for Sissies”

Mixed Company Theatre presents “Old Age Ain’t for Sissies”, a production created by Seniors for Seniors, touring to senior homes and senior’s centres from November 4th – 22nd 2013. This show explores the Bette Davis quote, “Getting old ain’t for Sissies.” The production highlights the many realities of aging in a fast paced, and culturally…

Free Community Forum – Retirement and Pensions

Free community forum – Retirement and Pensions – of special interest to those not on a company Pension Plan. Bring a friend, neighbour or one of your adult children. Since 1969 Ontario’s Canadian Pensioners Concerned has had income security as a priority. Retirement for present and younger generations is our concern. Join us on Tuesday, November…

Online Caregiving Videos

Your team at West Toronto Services for Seniors, recognizes the importance of current advice and resources for Canadians providing care for aging relatives and friends.  It is our goal to include information from a variety of resources:  our agency, government, and other private or public organizations*. In the news today, Thursday October 24, 2013: RBC…

Poverty Among Toronto’s Elderly should be Top of Mind

The issue of poverty among elderly Toronto residents isn’t being paid enough attention, says the executive director of a seniors’  charity. According to Thom Burger, of Silver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors, a range of problems—from an inability to leave home, to health and financial issues—can combine to negatively affect the well-being of vulnerable older people.…

The Gendered Lens Project

A report was released this spring entitled The Gendered Lens:  A Report on Women’s Experiences with Video Surveillance and Urban Security in Toronto.    Silver Circle – West Toronto Services for Seniors had a role in contributing to the  report by arranging to have a group of our clients participate.   The project looked at  various women…

Cheri DiNovo speaks at SASA Community Dining

On June 24, Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale High-Park was a guest speaker at our Swansea Area Senior’s Association (SASA) Swansea  Dining Program at 95 Lavinia Ave.    She spoke to the group about issues affecting older adults and government business on the provincial  level.  There was time for a question and     answer period before everyone…