Earthquake victims remembered at Ecuadorian art exhibition launch

Earthquake victims remembered at Ecuadorian art
exhibition launch

TORONTO, April 25, 2016 /CNW/ -Mayor John Tory was joined by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport), MPP Cristina Martins, the Consul General of Ecuador in Toronto, Rolando Vera Rodas, and members of Toronto's Ecuadorian community this evening to collectively remember those affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador.

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Ecuador Earthquake

1. Canada helps Ecuador flyer

Here's How You Can Help

Embassy of Ecuador
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Bank: Royal Bank of Canada
Name: 0006-003-1025212 Earthquake-Ec
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Security Answer: Ecuador
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Canadian Red Cross
Canadians are encouraged to support people affected by this disaster by making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Ecuador Earthquake Appeal at or by calling 1-800-418-1111


Toronto Hydro Support Programs & Safety Tips!

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2016

Consumer Alert: OEB Warns Consumers of a Possible Scam

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is alerting Ontarians to a possible telephone scam. The OEB has received reports that individuals, claiming to be affiliated with the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), were calling to request access
into consumers’ homes. In two incidents last week, residents were contacted about the OESP, and notified that a home inspection was a condition of the program.

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Artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron Create Text-Based Mural

New community ‘rising up’ in the area

Bloor West Villager
By Lisa Rainford

There’s a new mural in Davenport Village.

Painted by artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron, the vibrant, text-based mural found on the west wall of the CP train bridge on Lansdowne Avenue, just north of Dupont Street, references the American writer and essayist Flannery O’ Connor’s collection of short stories called ‘Everything That Rises.’

IMG_1592A“This phrase is a perfect fit for the new community that is being constructed at Lansdowne and Dupont – it’s literally rising up,” Bergeron told The Villager. “The location of the mural also features a sidewalk that rises and the general area around the mural is the beginning of a steep rise from Dupont to St Clair.”

Davenport Road is also where the water of the former Lake Iroquois coastline, now Lake Ontario, rose to, Bergeron added.

The mural was financially supported by Street Art Toronto and commissioned by the non-profit group, The Public Realm, with support from the Davenport Village Community Association and Davenport Councillor Cesar Palacio.

An unveiling ceremony took place Saturday, Nov. 7, north of the Dupont rail line on the west side of Lansdowne Avenue. Participants had the chance to speak to the councillor, the artists and the residents’ association about the ongoing changes in the neighbourhood.

“We’d pushed hard to have this dark space transformed into something a little more vibrant and are thrilled with the result,” Davenport Village Community Association President Matt Park said. “Dan Bergeron did a great job.”

The mural, Bergeron said, “captures the new energy” that’s coming to the area.

“People are excited that this neighbourhood is changing,” Bergeron, a Corso Italia area resident, said.

The mural was painted over the course of a two-week period in late October. Bergeron and Dineen would work when it wasn’t too cold or raining. The piece’s 3D text points to the new residential developments being built in the neighbourhood and the graphic lines in the background represent “the kinetic energy of the new residents moving into the community,” Bergeron said.

“The graphic lines can also represent the flux of housing prices in Toronto,” he added.

Bergeron has completed several projects across the city, including the AGO, the ROM, MOCCA and in the past spring, a permanent piece commissioned by The City of Toronto in Regent Park. Bergeron, 40, has been an artist since he was 18. The one-time skateboarder said he drew inspiration from the activity.

“As a skateboarder, you look at public spaces differently than a pedestrian. You’re looking to interact with public spaces,” he said.

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Art for Cancer Foundation


Foundation offers free art workshops for those affected by cancer
Wed, Sep 2: Art for Cancer Foundation provides free creative workshops for those affected by the disease. Susan Hay has the story of the organization founded by Cid Palacio after she lost both her parents to cancer within 15 months.


Art for Cancer Foundation offers creative outlet for those affected by the disease

By Lisa Rainford

Kelly Thorarinson and her husband had only been married for a year-and-a-half when he was diagnosed with cancer; three weeks earlier, they learned they were expecting.

Not even two years after her husband died from the illness, Thorarinson found out she had breast cancer. Just how did she cope with such devastating news in the midst of her grief, still fresh?

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