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Partial subway closure this weekend as Toronto celebrates Earth Day

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND AMBER LEBLANC | posted Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016

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A person planting an evergreen tree. GETTY IMAGES.

If you’re like most people, you wake up every day hoping it’s the weekend. You can never have too much of a good thing.

While some will be relaxing at home this weekend, others will be venturing out. There are tons of events taking place, including Earth Day celebrations that start on Friday and continue into Sunday, the Battle of York commemorations, a charity run and walk, and a psychic fair. After all, what’s a weekend without psychics?

Not to be a ‘Debbie Downer’ but there is a partial subway closure on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth), and road closures for a parade and construction – a precursor to the summer event and road work season.

Have a great weekend!

Earth Day in Toronto

On Friday, millions of people around the world will be marking Earth Day – a day when everyone is encouraged to do something to help the environment like leaving your car at home, riding your bike to work, planting a tree, and cleaning up garbage in your neighbourhood.

Below are some events taking place in Toronto on Friday and over the weekend.

Clean Toronto Together
The city will be in clean-up mode until Sunday, as groups of people gather up garbage that litter playgrounds, beaches, sports fields, and laneways. Special garbage and recycling bags will be provided for the team effort.

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Toronto Coun. Chin Lee and others help to clean up the area on April 18, 2015. CITY OF TORONTO.

Corporations and schools will take part in 20-minute makeovers on Friday, while the community cleanup days are on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, around 530 schools, close to 178,000 students and teachers, and 160 businesses are taking part in the annual cleanup. There are also 280 community events with over 9,000 people taking part.

Toronto Botanical Garden
On Saturday, escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown living to an oasis in the heart of North York.

Stroll through Edwards Gardens, make a green drink using a blender bike, take part in scavenger hunts, build a mini dinosaur garden, and other activities. It takes place from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Tree planting at Downsview Park
One way to help the environment is to plant a tree, and this Sunday, everyone is invited to do so atDownsview Park.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. and registration is required. Admission is free but you are being asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Green fun at Toronto Zoo
Want to learn more about conservation or how to make your garden more green? This weekend, the zoo is holding workshops on how to build rain and container gardens. You can also check out a colony of honey bees and learn more about the pollinators.

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A birdfeeder sits in the Music Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira.

There will also be kid-friendly activity stations between the Giant Panda exhibit and Tundra Trek, which are free with zoo admission. The workshops come at an additional cost with the proceeds going towards constructing a rain harvesting system for the zoo.

Animal rescue exhibit
Earth Day also brings to light animal welfare issues around the world. Brookfield Place is hosting aphoto exhibit until Friday that showcases the life-saving work of Humane Society International/Canada. The exhibit also features the challenges facing animals and their rescuers.

Looking for more events? Check out a list on EarthDay.ca or here.

Other events

Battle of York commemorative weekend
The fort comes alive this weekend, to honour the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813, and to celebrate the bicentennial of the rebuilt peacetime garrison of 1816.

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A military presentation at the Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto. Photo via Facebook/FortYork.

Not only will they be firing up the officers’ quarters kitchen, there will be musket firing demonstrations and site tours.

12th annual CF Charity Run/Walk
A run for a great cause Sunday at the Shops at Don Mills. Participants can do a 5K run or walk, and children are invited to do a 1K run. Funds raised support the Hospital for Sick Children and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

Last year $250,000 was raised. It’s a traffic-free course taking place entirely on the grounds of the shopping centre. Click here to register.

Shen Yun
You’re invited to enjoy a “divine, cultural experience” Thursday through Sunday at the Sony Centre.Shen Yun, a New York City-based classical Chinese dance and music company, is visiting our city.

The show promises to take you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture and leave the audience uplifted and inspired! Click here for tickets.

Coin Expo
It’s like Christmas for coin collectors this weekend!

The annual Toronto Coin Expo takes over the Toronto Reference Library Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The show is considered the premier coin and banknote exhibition in the country, featuring 50 tables of internationally renowned dealers and appraisers.

Psychic Fair
Are you curious about what the future holds? Well, you’ll be able to get a psychic’s take this weekend at Exhibition Place.

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A woman takes part in a psychic reading. GETTY IMAGES/PeopleImages.com.

It’s the third annual Toronto Spring Psychic Fair with all kinds of people who say they can give you a deeper glimpse into your life include clairvoyants and mediums. Tickets are $15 and available at the door.

TTC closure

Partial Line 2 closure
Trains won’t be running on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Kennedy and Victoria Park stations this weekend due to track work.

Shuttle buses will be running, and regular service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.

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A TTC subway train. Courtesy of Nile Livesey.

Road closures

Events
Road closures will be in effect for the Khalsa Day Parade on Sunday. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on the Exhibition grounds, heads east on Lake Shore Boulevard to York Street, and then north to Queen Street before ending up at Nathan Phillips Square around 3 p.m.

The westbound lanes of Lake Shore, near Exhibition Place, and the northbound lanes of York Street and University Avenue will be closed for most of the day.

Also on Sunday, Queen’s Park Crescent, from College street to Bloor streets, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Balanse Bum Run. TTC vehicles will be on diversion in the area.

Road work
If you driving elsewhere around town, one lane on both sides of Gerrard Street, from Yonge to Church streets, will be closed until the end of July for watermain replacement, road resurfacing and bike lane and sidewalk upgrades.

Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, from York Street to Rees Street, will be reduced to one lane except from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays when two lanes will be open. The closure, which is for Toronto Hydro work, will be around the clock, seven days a week, with a completion date of July 27.

Richmond Street, from Yonge to Bay streets, will be also reduced to two lanes until July 1 for road and sidewalk repairs. One lane will be used for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

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