As extreme cold weather grips the city, the names of four people who died on Toronto streets in the month of February were added to the Homeless Memorial yesterday.
“The City of Toronto’s negligence means that at today’s Homeless Memorial we added four names of men who died in February,” Cathy Crowe, Toronto street nurse and homeless advocate, writes on Facebook. “One was a 28-year-old Indigenous man whose death has been widely reported as he was unable to get a mat overnight in the filled to capacity overnight drop-in/warming centre. Another was a man in his 30s.”
Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
The Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator will provide support to the Parish Administrator and the Incumbent (parish priest) as directed, and be responsible for the recruitment & training of volunteers, working 16 hours per week. Continue reading Seeking flexible adminstrative staff person for 16 hours a week
Church Youth Coordinator
The Church of the Holy Trinity is a progressive, social justice oriented Anglican Church located right next to the Eaton Centre. The parish is looking for a Youth Coordinator to work with its small but energetic group of young people. Continue reading Church Youth Coordinator
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Ever wondered what keeps our doors open?
We recently received new hooks forged by a son of the parish, Constable Joel Houston. Did we mention that Constable Houston is part of the mounted unit for the Toronto Police Service? Deluxe delivery service as well as manufacturing the hooks.
Have a look at the process from horseshoe to door below:
Constable Joel Houston hands over hooks to Margot Linken, administrator and Ryan Poole, caretaker installs them.
A group of community leaders and housing activists presented the latest UN report on Canada’s failure to address urgent housing needs at the finance minister’s constituency office yesterday.
“For some time, Canada’s international reputation has been in serious decline and we’ve really gone from being a beacon of human rights globally to a country whose reputation is very much in question,” said University of Toronto senior researcher Emily Paradis, who presented Canada’s record on housing to the UN committee in 2006. “I would certainly hope that this review offers an opportunity for Canada to redeem itself if our new government is serious about its international human rights obligations.”
- press release
Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of Canada – UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights report on housing in Canada (particular housing references are on page 7)
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The image above was caught by Jim Houston one sunny afternoon. It is our southwest stained glass window projected onto the construction hoarding.
Here now is your update on the North West Tower Rehabilitation
So how is the construction project going?
Very well once we had had the unsuspected asbestos removed, which was lurking under the floor boards. It cost approximately $6,000 to remove the wrapping from a 12 foot length of pipe.
Will the Tower go back into its original position?
No, but it will stop it leaning any further. Another Leaning Tower of Pisa might sound interesting as a tourist attraction for our Church but definitely not a good idea!!
Clifford Construction have had to do a lot of preparation to get to this point. Carmen Lupo, the “go to guy”(see photo) on site and his crew carefully dug, with a hydrovac and by hand, down to the Church foundations, digging under the huge 1847 stones. At strategic points where the helical piles have been placed a big square has been dug. So Friday 29th January the #1 helical piles were surrounded by an iron cage of criss-crossed iron bars.(see photo) Once in position they carefully poured the concrete to fill the iron skeleton and the ditch connecting the inside and outside under the foundation wall, vibrating the concrete to get the rebar in position and ensure even distribution of the concrete.(see photo) All during the process the representative from R.J.C. Consulting Engineers was doing the quality control.
The engineers had specified the percentage of each of the concrete’s constituents. An independent contractor will test each batch for water content and strength. Terraprobe the “tester” took 4 cylinders of concrete (see photo) 1 to be tested at 24 hours, 1 at 7days and 2 at 28 days. So this was the first set of 3 helical piles to be completed, now there are all the others. It is a slow meticulous process to make sure everything is completed to the engineer’s specifications and that the construction crew are working under safe conditions.
I hesitate to tempt fate but Clifford Construction and the RJC Consulting Engineers hope to have the inside work finished by the end of February and the outside about the middle of March, if everything goes smoothly. The outside cracks will be caulked but the finishing mortar will not be done until the Spring as it is too cold to ensure a good colour match.
Site meetings with all the participants, are held every 2 weeks so if there any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask
By Jean Robinson (“Clerk of the Works”)
Jim Houston caught this image on the hoarding one sunny afternoon.
Read about the rehabilitation of northwest corner of the church, activities of our community and members!
Come and share a Thanksgiving Feast with us at Holy Trinity, after the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Bring some food to share if you can, or just bring yourself, and help us return blessing for the bounty of creation with a shared community meal. Helpers to serve and clean up are most welcome!