South Corso Italia Residents Association

Dolce Vita was another great success

Thanks to all that joined us for the third annual tomato sauce making, pasta eating event!

Dolce Vita is a wonderful event, where we all gather in the park at Loretto College School to make tomato sauce and cook pasta. Please bring your favourite dish for the potluck. A small donation is requested for pasta which will go toward the park fund, to get our playground built! There will be a family movie shown after dinner.

Elections in Ward 17, Davenport

Election Day: Monday, October 27, 2014

Candidates who are running for the City Councillor of Ward 17 Davenport (our home) are:

Alejandra Bravo, Cesar Palacio, Saeed Selvam, and George Stevens.

It is important to vote, and ensure that your councillor represents your needs, and the needs of our community at city hall. Please learn more about each of the candidates, and remember to vote in this very important election! We also encourage all candidates to make the lack of playgrounds in Ward 17 an issue in the upcoming election. Outdoor play and community spaces are such an important part of a healthy community. We need to have our playground and outdoor community space built as soon as possible on the grounds at Via Italia and Rosemount (Loretto College School). Please let the candidates know this is important to you. Every vote does count. As you all know, you will also be able to vote for the mayor of Toronto during these elections. Please visit for a full list of candidates.

Advance Vote Days

Tuesday, October 14 to Sunday, October 19, 2014 (10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 27, 2014 ELECTION DAY (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Loretto Park Playground

On Thursday, June 5th, South Corso Residents Association members presented to the Toronto Catholic School Board in a plea to have the board work with the City of Toronto to develop our much needed community playground and outdoor community space. The meeting went very well, and the board voted to accept our proposal and accepted the mandate for the TCDSB staff to work with the city. We received letters of support from Parks People, our MP Andrew Cash, The David Suzuki Foundation and the City of Toronto.
Currently, we are still meeting with a variety of people to look at next steps including local playground architects and community leaders. We will also be developing a Request for Quotes (RFQ) document that will outline some key aspects we'd like our playground to include.
Our community has the lowest number of parks in Toronto and we want to change that. We the residents of Ward 17 – Davenport wish to develop a playground, garden and outdoor community space on the grounds of Loretto College School to help create a safer and healthier community. In order to make this happen, we request the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and City of Toronto come to an agreement to lease the space to the City.
The Loretto College School grounds currently have a City-run wading pool that we want expanded to include more seating for our elderly, play and climbing structures for our young, creative spaces for our youth and gardens for everyone to enjoy together. Residents have been lobbying for this since the original playground was removed 10 years ago. We believe this is an important election issue that must be addressed. Please sign our petition and help make Davenport a great place to live by encouraging an agreement between the City and TCDSB that will allow us to fundraise and build a playground, garden and seating areas on the south portion of the back lot running alongside the wading pool area at Loretto College School. Sign our petition here!

Check out our presentation here: South Corso Residents Association Presentation To Toronto Catholic School Board

High Lead Levels

Most of the homes in our area are quite old and have lead pipes coming in from the city. The city has been less than responsive to this issue up until the release of a recent report. More information on how you can help yourself and your community here.

Local Criminal Activity

What should you do if you see criminal activity on your street? If you suspect something always call otherwise the police have no clue what's going on.

Toronto Police 13 Division phone #'s 416 808 2222 and 416 808 1324

Constable Coculuzzi 13 Division crime prevention officer 416 808 1387

Ian Britton Parking Enforcement Area Supervisor 416 808 1618

Lastly, you can register a complaint either traffic or otherwise online at the Toronto Police Services website. On the TPS website. Under Community Safety -->Traffic services-->then click on Traffic Complaints on the right side of the screen.

Corso Italia BIA

For those of you that don't know Corso Italia has it's own website for local business. Check it out and see what's happening locally! Corso Italia BIA

Women's World Cup

World Cup 2014 may be over, but did you know Canada is hosting the FIFA U-20 Woman's World Cup this year and FIFA Woman's World Cup in 2015! Yes, we are and you can get tickets to see our best players in action! Games will be held across Canada for both events. One of the stadiums is The National Soccer Stadium (BMO Feild becomes this at National Events). Great soccer is a Dufferin Bus away! Buy tickets

We are a group of concerned residents living in the Corso Italia neighbourhood in Toronto. The purpose of "South Corso" is to spearhead the development of a community social space, including a functional play space that challenges children, youth, adults and seniors to be more physically active and involved in their community.We work to enhance our community by working with the city, local business and the school boards in the area between St. Clair & Davenport and Dufferin & Lansdowne. If you would like to get involved you can sign up for our newsletter or email us with any ideas or concerns.