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Leslieville condo climate change

“Residents of nine condos in Leslieville’s Carlaw-Dundas area are coming together to look at how they can reduce waste, increase energy efficiency, and make more low-carbon transportation choices.

Leslieville Condo Climate Change

The new initiative, called TransformCarlaw, is spearheaded by area residents Ravi Joshi, Megan Meaney and Kaitlin Lane, who all live in The Carlaw at 345 Carlaw Ave./1190 Dundas St. E.

It is essentially an expansion of a discussion the Leslieville residents’ condo board held back in 2016 about how to make their building more energy efficient.

During a recent interview, Joshi, Meaney, and Lane said they felt the things they were talking about doing at The Carlaw could easily be applied to other nearby condos and decided to think bigger.

One idea that made sense to explore further is the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the area. Late last year, the trio met with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher to get some advice about the idea as well as their community-led response to climate change in the Carlaw-Dundas area.

The trio have been in communication with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and the City of Toronto’s energy and environment office, who are both supportive of the charging stations project.

On Tuesday, March 20, condo dwellers near Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue are invited to attend a TransformCarlaw kickoff strategy session at Queen Street East Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E. at Carlaw Avenue. The gathering will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A social will follow afterwards at Dundas & Carlaw, 1173 Dundas St. E.

“The idea is get a handle on people’s priorities and go from there, set up committees and use everyone’s skills to the benefit of the group,” Joshi said, adding TransformCarlaw is also about community development and giving neighbours more opportunities to make connections.

“It’s a chance for local condo owners to have a stake, ownership in their neighbourhood. It’s a way for people to get involved.”

Community members, including those unable to attend the meeting, are invited to have their say on the TransformCarlaw initiative by filling out a survey at

TransformCarlaw’s co-founders said the timing is right to launch the movement as Toronto moves forward on its new TransformTO climate change plan. They said it also makes sense to launch the initiative as the Carlaw-Dundas area is in the midst of several public realm improvement projects.”

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photo: google street view (edited by Thurston Olsen Team)

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CORE Restaurant opening March 22nd!

We’re excited to welcome a new restaurant to Leslieville’s Queen Street East – CORE!

Core Restaurant Leslieville Queen Street East

Opening on March 22nd, you can now view their menu and book a reservation through their website here.

“CORE by definition means “the part of something that is central to its existence or character”

We are pleased to bring CORE Restaurant to Leslieville where hospitality and service are a part of our
core, and by extension we aim to become a part of the core of the community.

Passion is what drives us. A passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients, a passion for working with our local
community, passion for hospitality and service, these are integral in our beliefs, and we hope you see
that passion on our plates, décor, and service.

With over 25 years combined experience in hospitality around the globe, our CORE is here in Leslieville,
and we look forward to bringing our passion to you nightly. We aim to get to know you all as neighbours
and friends, and take care of each of you as if you were in our home, because at the end of the day, you

– Mark Moffatt & H (Hyun Jung) Kim –

896 Queen Street East, Toronto
416. 519. 8101

source: core restaurant

photo: Mark Moffatt (edited by Thurston Olsen Team)


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Toronto downtown record show

Looking for something to do Sunday, March 25th? It’s not quite Leslieville, but close by, and sounds like a great event – The Toronto Downtown Record Show is back. They’re at it again with over 100,000 records on sale.

Toronto downtown record show

Over 50 tables in two rooms from different sellers, all selling the best slabs of wax you need. Many styles and sounds of music will be there for you to dig up; including rock, jazz, soul, raggae, metal, punk, world, blues, funk, disco, alternative, hip-hop, house, 80’s, 90’s, classical, and so much more.

Also, look for the return of the $5 Room. 50 crates of records all priced at $5 each. From the good cheap stuff, to the mouth watering Rare Records you usually only see in your dreams. It’ll all be there.

Location: 958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto Estonian House, M4K 2R6
The madness starts at 11:00 A.M. and ends at 4:00 P.M
$5 entry fee

Can’t wait?
$25 for early admission at 9:00 A.M.

Don’t sleep in, because after this, it’s 7 months until they do it again!

Event Page: toronto downtown record show
Photo: the record guys

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Leslieville Welcomes Dineen Outpost to Gerrard Street East

Dineen Coffee Co. has expanded from their flagship location on Yonge Street and Temperance Street in downtown Toronto to include a gorgeous second destination in Leslieville on Gerrard Street East, just west of Jones Ave with the fitting name of Dineen Outpost. Dineen serves espresso based drinks, coffee, tea, and to complement your beverage, a selection of breakfast and lunch options. Try their pastries, delicious quiche and sandwich baguettes, or a mixed berry or honey parfait. A welcome addition to the bursting Gerrones strip, good things are happening in our neighbourhood!

Dineen Outpost Gerrard Street East

1042 Gerrard Street East

Photo source: dineen coffee

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La Paella is now open on Queen Street East

La Paella, Leslieville’s newest restaurant is a great alternative to a Spanish vacation – something we could all use from Toronto right now! Serving Spanish classics, including a selection of aperitivo options like marinated olives, cured meats, and aged cheeses. As expected, paella is a main feature of the menu with five variations being offered, each intended to satiate two diners. La Paella is licensed and has a full drink menu including red and white wines, beer, cocktails, and of course sangria.

La Paella Queen Street Toronto

La Paella is located at 1146 Queen Street East, 416-546-1055

Photo source: blogTO

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