DUKE Eats Festival & Free Outdoor Movie – June 29, 2019



DUKE EATS food festival is back to Toronto this summer, the tastiest time of the year! Get ready to eat, shop and have some fun on Saturday June 29th, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM!
No admission fees, it’s FREE!

Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!
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The festival will be complemented by a FREE movie screening at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School from 8 PM courtesy by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7. Bring your family and enjoy an outdoor movie and refreshments on an exciting evening during the Canada Day weekend! Don’t forget your lawn chair and blankets!


Request for Quotation: DUKE Heights BIA Business Phone & Wireless Network

The purpose of this RFQ is to enable the DUKE Heights BIA to select a qualified service provider to enter into negotiations for a multi-year contract to provide the BIA with a multi-line phone. The BIA is soliciting proposals from qualified service providers to provide this telecommunication service for the BIA office.
The tools and means used to provide the functions and features can be different from what is currently provided. The intent is not to provide the same service we have today, but to improve and modernize the delivery of the service.

Please click here to view and download this RFQ.

Deadline for submission: Friday, May 31st, 2019, 3:00 pm.

Request for Quotation: DUKE Heights BIA Database Management System

The DUKE Heights BIA has an ongoing need to collect, collate and analyse information about the needs and the nature of its local business members. We achieve this through regularly occurring surveys and in-person canvassing. Further, as an advocate for the local business community, the BIA is also responsible for addressing issues of common concern. Consequently, the BIA also collects and analyses information pertaining to any issues brought to its attention through any of its member businesses.
We would like to obtain or develop a well-suited web application that can automate tasks including but not limited to data gathering and entry, contact logging, case work and report creation. This RFQ provided details on our requirements.

Please click here to view and download this RFQ.

Deadline for submission: Friday, May 31st, 2019, 3:00 pm.

First there was 311, then 211 and now…there’s DUKE ask

duke-askMay 01, 2019

In the four years since DUKE Heights BIA started, we have played a role in helping most of the 2,500 businesses that reside in our community. During that time businesses have asked us questions ranging from ‘how do I find and keep local talent’ to ‘how can I make an effective business logo’. To help answer these questions, we partnered with York University’s Experiential Education branch to get the help of a team (or should I say a village) of students trained to help improve local economic outcomes in the community. The DUKE Heights member businesses, charities, not-for-profits, community collectives and startups can ask a general business question by sending our team an email to- employmenthub@dukeheights.ca.

DUKE Heights is offering this new service free of charge in order to help businesses in the area grow and succeed in our BIA. So, when an Internet search just isn’t enough, DUKE ask is here to make the process of finding the information businesses are looking for as seamless as possible. Go ahead and ask your business question at employmenthub@dukeheights.ca.

Councillor’s Corner: James Pasternak


Toronto City Councillor, Ward 6 – York Centre

May 01, 2019

james-pasternakDear Neighbours,
One of the biggest issues that comes up repeatedly in my conversations with residents, businesses and community stakeholders is the need to invest in infrastructure across York Centre and Toronto. As Chair of the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee, I am making this a priority.
One area of major focus over the past winter and into the spring has been the state of the roads in our city. While the City of Toronto has a comprehensive road maintenance program that budgets approximately $182 million for road repairs, rehabilitation and maintenance work each year, there is more work to be done.
This is especially true of the unacceptable number of potholes on our roads. The city spends $5 million to fix potholes each year and we are working to fill potholes as quickly and efficiently as possible. At the same time, we need to look at better ways, new technologies, new systems of asphalt and concrete as well as what other cities are doing to see if there is a better solution available.

james-pasternakAnother major focus of my committee will be to prevent basement flooding. I have visited homes and businesses that have suffered from flooding and the damage that can be caused by flooding. The good news is that work is under way on an over $262 million capital project across York Centre to make improvements to the sewer system and overland drainage routes.
As always, I am happy to speak anytime. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-392-1371 or councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca. Community updates are available at www.jamespasternak.ca.


Councillor’s Corner: Anthony Perruzza


Toronto City Councillor, Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

May 01, 2019


Standing with Students: No Cuts to Education

On Thursday, April 4 I met with students at both C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute and Emery Collegiate Institute while they walked-out in protest of the Conservative government’s cuts to education.

Pioneer of American public schools, Horace Mann, famously called education the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.” He was correct, education is the great equalizer that provides opportunities for all. Our youth should not be facing cuts to their education system while they are trying to build a future for themselves.


Inflated classroom sizes will be a huge disadvantage for both students and teachers alike. Teachers will face more challenges in terms of how they connect with a larger group of students, and in turn, students will have a difficult time getting the attention and support that they deserve. Grade school is a critical time in adolescent development.

I am proud of our Ward 7 high school students for taking the initiative to mobilize and for making their voices heard. I will continue to stand in solidarity with them and advocate for key investments in local education and programming.

As always, please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about city-related issues. My staff and I are here to help you.

Toronto City Hall

100 Queen Street West

2nd Floor – Suite C41

Toronto, ON

M5H 2N2

Main: 416-338-5335

Fax: 416-696-4144

Constituency Office

3470 Keele Street (Keele at Grandravine)

Ground Level – Suite 3

Toronto, ON

M3J 3M1

Line 1: 416-338-0696

Line 2: 416-338-0499

Follow me!

Twitter: @Perruzza_TO

Facebook: @AnthonyPerruzza


Reach me online:

Email: Councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca

Website: www.anthonyperruzza.com


DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections

May 01, 2019

On 11th April 2019, DUKE Heights BIA successfully hosted a first-of-its-kind career exploration event, ‘DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections, bringing together local BIA businesses, industry professionals, employment service providers and job seekers under the same platform to discuss career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, especially in the food and furniture sectors.
With high concentration of manufacturing businesses in the DUKE Heights BIA, a major challenge highlighted by our membership lies in hiring and retaining employees in their workforce. The role of the BIA is to act as an intermediary to connect them to the right talent pool by working with local employment service providers. With the intent to manufacture these connections, the first DUKE Careers event was launched.


The event was inaugurated by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and James Pasternak, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 6. The focus for the first half of the day was on dispelling stigmas associated with careers in manufacturing and learning about the emerging workforce needs based on the evolving industry. This included presentations and panel discussions by various industry professionals from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, University of Toronto, ThinkTank Toronto, Trillium Advanced Manufacturing and Ontario Manufacturing and Learning Consortiums (OMLC). The participants seemed to engage well in these sessions and had their queries addressed by the panelists.


The second half involved networking with food and furniture manufacturing businesses from the BIA and employment service providers through exhibitor desks. During this time, we witnessed a lot of buzz in the room where job seekers actively reached out to the exhibitors to learn more about the current job opportunities and employment support available to start a career in the manufacturing sector. The event closed with a participant feedback survey to capture the learnings and outcomes of the event.


DUKE heights would like to thank our project sponsors Metcalf Foundation and York Entrepreneurship Development Institute and all our community partners for their support and participation. We look forward to creating more employment opportunities in our BIA by building stronger connections with the local communities!

Adopt a Tree in Your Neighbourhood

May 01, 2019

Winter has finally ended, and spring is upon us. As the season begins and the weather becomes warmer a new scenery is about to engulf Toronto. One that contains lush trees and large amounts of greenery that are beneficial in many aspects to the community.

The local trees within our BIA are not only valuable but also fundamental to the success of the area as they provide essential and aesthetically pleasing elements including an increase in property value, improvements to mental health, a barrier to noise traffic and the removal of carbon dioxide from the environment. With a strong motivation to protect our BIA, DUKE Heights BIA is introducing Adopt-a-Tree program in partnership with the Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to the BIA members.

The program targets trees located on City-owned and maintained sidewalks or boulevards, often referred to “street trees.” Although locations can include trees planted in turf or landscaped boulevards, this program focuses on trees that are often subject to severe stress and poor growing conditions. Whether it is an adoption of one tree or multiple surrounding your local area, each participant will enable the sequestering of harmful greenhouse gases and contribute in building a stronger and vibrant community.
We are inviting the DUKE Heights BIA members to take part in the Program and to adopt-a-tree today!
For all inquiries, please contact LEAF (www.yourleaf.org).
Phone: 416-413-9244 ext.0
Toll Free: 1-888-453-6504 ext.0
E-mail: info@yourleaf.org

Does Your Business Need to Register a Trademark?

April 01, 2019

As every small business knows, it’s challenging to stay competitive. Whether operating locally or abroad, you must protect your brand, products and services—your intellectual property (IP)—by registering trademarks with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to enhance your growth. Here’s why registered trademarks are both necessary and beneficial for your business.

You gain the exclusive rights to sell your products and services. That way, you’re legally protected from infringement and copycats.

Owning your trademark legitimizes your brand and helps convey intellectual and emotional messages about your business to inform and persuade customers in your favour.

Once you register your mark in Canada, you’re protected nationwide—but what about the rest of the world? Use your initial CIPO application to gain priority filing should you choose to apply in another country within 6 months. That way, you’ll grow farther, faster.

Registered trademarks are valuable assets that appreciate over time and improve brand recognition to help expand your clientele.

Witmart Inc. can help you navigate the registration process. Witmart is a Toronto-based internet company that provides innovative, affordable and professional IP services in Canada, the United States, China and most other major jurisdictions. In addition to trademarks, Witmart offers copyright, patent filing and incorporation services to equip your business with the global legal expertise and representation you need to protect your assets.

Visit tm.witmart.com to learn more about trademark registration.

Toronto’s annual spring clean-up weekend returns on April 26-28, 2019

April 01, 2019


Toronto’s annual spring cleanup will take place during April 26-28, 2019. We encourage businesses in the DUKE Heights BIA to participate in the Community Cleanup and Corporate 20-Minute Makeover by cleaning up around their workplaces. To get involved, please visit the “Clean Toronto Together” page on City of Toronto website and select your cleanup. https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/more-city-produced-events/clean-toronto-together/

Community Cleanup Days: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28

On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, property owners, tenants, residents and community groups can join the Community Cleanup Days. and remove litter from public spaces such as yards, ravines and laneways. Participants are requested to rake their curb, streets and boulevards in front of their premises, bag the debris and either take it to the compost site or leave it for the City to pick up on the Clean-Up Day. When you register you can request special litter collection, subject to approval, and are eligible for free litter and recycling bags. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 17.

Sign up here- https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/city/mayorscleanup.nsf/Register?OpenForm

Corporate 20-Minute Makeover and School Cleanups: Friday, April 26

Participating in the 20-Minute Makeover can be a great team-building event and a great way to show that your organization is committed to a cleaner and greener Toronto. When you register you will receive a free corporate cleanup kit, containing litter bags and nitrile gloves. You may also request special litter collection for your cleanup, subject to approval. Registration closes on Friday, April 12.

Sign up here- https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/city/cleanupday.nsf/Register?OpenForm