Toronto, ON – Community leaders and residents of one of Canada’s priority neighbourhoods are holding a workshop this weekend to attract green jobs and industries to vacant employment lands in a bid to revitalize their community.
Mount Dennis was once a centre of manufacturing, anchored by the Kodak plant which at its peak employed about 3,000 people, many of who walked to work. Kodak shuttered their facility in 2005 and filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, emblematic of recent developments in the area.
Strategies to be explored include leveraging the Ontario government’s Green Energy and Economy Act to bring renewable energy industry; and a post secondary campus that would take advantage of the new mass transit being built through the neighbourhood. The new Eglinton LRT, however it is built, will likely have its maintenance yard in a portion of the Kodak lands. Opportunities to re-build the once thriving Weston Road retail corridor will also be examined.
Media are invited to join green economy experts and residents for the workshop on the Green Economy and the future of Mount Dennis, Weston, and the surrounding communities of York South-Weston.
Mount Dennis is located along Weston Road between Black Creek Drive and Jane Street, centered at the intersection of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue. Weston is immediately north of Mount Dennis. The federal riding of York South-Weston which incorporates Mount Dennis has the second lowest median income ($42,913 – 2006 census) of any Federal riding in Ontario.
WHAT: Making Green Work: Enabling the Green Economy in Mount Dennis
WHERE: Mount Dennis United Church, 71 Guestville Rd, Toronto, ON.
WHEN: Friday, January 27th, 7-9 pm.
A presentation delivered by green economy experts, Blue Green Canada and responses by representatives of labour, the green building sector, green enterprise and community engagement.
Saturday, January 28th, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Presentations and discussion of similar successful community driven projects across Toronto and a workshop exploring the opportunities for Mount Dennis.
For a list of speakers and topics visit:
About Blue Green Canada: Blue Green Canada is an alliance between the United Steelworkers (USW) and Environmental Defence to advocate for working people and the environment in key areas of global trade, the use of toxic chemicals in commercial activity, the creation of green manufacturing jobs, and in the development of strategies to address climate change.
About the Labour Education Centre: The Labour Education Centre is a project of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Founded to provide training on union and labour history, LEC has evolved and increased its scope to include provision of training for new workers to Canada and providing second career counseling and service to laid-off workers from the manufacturing sector.
About Making Green Work: Making Green Work is a joint project of Blue Green Canada and The Labour Education Centre to explore the enabling conditions for green economic development in three Ontario communities.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell),
Keith Brooks, Program Manager, Blue Green Canada, 416-702-9797 (cell)
Steve Shallhorn, Executive Director, Labour Education Centre, 647-985-4480 (cell)