News Briefs for March 8, 2016

Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith has his sight set on improving animal welfare across Canada.

The rookie Liberal MP’s first private member’s bill will seek to “modernize Canada’s animal protection laws and bring them into the 21st century,” reads a release sent out by his office last week.

The bill wants to end the practice of shark finning, ban the sale of cat and dog fur within Canada, require labelling of source fur, and makes changes to the Criminal Code’s animal protection provisions. The Liberals expect the bill will receive “cross partisan support” and build on petitions submitted by Canadians.

Erskine-Smith introduced the bill on March 2 at the Toronto Humane Society.


The fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be commemorated at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., on Sunday, March 13, with the screening of the award-winning documentary A2-B-C. The film tells the story of how concerned mothers in the affected region are coping with health impacts, evacuation, and decontamination efforts. The film runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by guest speakers.

For more information search for the ‘Lessons from Fukushima for Ontario’ Facebook page. See for more info about the film.


The 506 Streetcar Project is on track to become what organizers hope is an annual event celebrating art, history and community along the entire length of the Gerrard/College line, from Main Station to High Park.

A number of events for this inaugural venture are planned to take place in the Gerrard India Bazaar, between Coxwell and Greenwood Avenues, during March.

TTC CEO Andy Byford will be a guest speaker at the Gerrard Ashdale Library on Saturday, March 12 from 2-3 p.m., and historian Joanne Doucette will talk about the history of the 506 line on Sunday, March 13, at Victoria Whole Foods at 6 p.m. Some of the ongoing events include a TTC sign art project at LensWork and photo exhibits at Riverdale Hub and the library.

See for a full program and map.

Volunteer Corner

The Red Door Family Shelter is seeking individuals to serve on its board of directors. This growing organization provides critical support services to families experiencing homelessness. Those interested in contributing skills and passion to Red Door are asked to submit a letter of interest and CV to the nominating committee by email ( or post (21 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, ON, M4M 2R6) no later than March 17 at 5 p.m. No phone calls please. For more information, see

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