DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Contest Rules

Duke Heights BIA is excited to introduce Duke Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event in the Duke Heights BIA, for a 21-day period between December 1- December 21, 2021. The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario. Participants who have not reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of entry into this Contest must be accompanied by an adult for taking part and claiming prizes.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities on the GooseChase app to earn points and win 21 daily prizes and 3 grand prizes at the end.

Game Rules for the contestants: Q&A

  1. What is Duke Scavenger Hunt? Duke Scavenger Hunt is a fun, competitive game among individuals and teams that encourages exploration and discovery of Duke Heights BIA, our community area and some of our valued local businesses.
  2. What’s Duke Heights BIA? Duke Heights BIA is an association of over 2,500 businesses located within the following boundaries: Steeles Ave. W, Dufferin St., Sheppard Ave. W & Keele St.
  3. When does the game begin? The scavenger hunt begins at 12:00 PM EST on December 1st, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 21st, 2021.
  4. Can I play by myself or will I need a team? Individual play is possible, but team play is more fun!! (tip: sign up as individuals, even if you are playing together as a team, for more chances to win for the team 😊)
  5. Who’s eligible to play? All legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Employees of Duke Heights BIA and their immediate family (i.e. parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) are not eligible to compete for prizes.
  6. Is there a cost to participate? No, it’s free!
  7. What do I need to participate? Each individual (or team captain) is required to have a smartphone with data capabilities and download the free Goose Chase app to participate (make sure your phone is fully charged) When downloading the app, you will be asked to accept the terms of references.
  8. How do I join the game? Once you download the Goose Chase app on your smartphone, choose a unique name for you/your team and simply join the game using code: 6767J4 Then wait for the game to start on December 1st at 12:00 pm. IT’s that simple!
  9. How will I win points? Points are assigned for each completed task on the Goose Chase app, such as: Solve a riddle; Take a selfie/photo/video at assigned location and upload it in the app; Scan the QR code found at each location; Click “follow”, “like”, “review” for additional points. There is no preferred or designated order of completion of tasks.
  10. What’s in it for me, besides the fun? There will be a daily prize to be won for each of the 21 days of the event!!! Each daily prize is a $300 gift certificate/voucher redeemable at one of our awesome local businesses.
  11. Will I know which is the daily prize I compete for? No! We like surprises, and we bet you like them too!

And you won’t be disappointed, since we have lots of vouchers to choose from: restaurants, dance classes, glasses, teeth cleaning, luxury auto detailing, cookie baskets, groceries and many more!

  1. How do I win? Just play the game and accumulate as many points as possible in one day!
  2. How will I know if I won? Oh, you will! Keep an eye on the notification on the Goose Chase and a team member will ask for your email/phone number to contact you directly.
  3. But wait, there’s more!! Since it’s the season for receiving but also for giving, the daily winner will have the opportunity to choose a charity, located in our BIA that we, the organizers, can share some joy with. So, for each daily prize won, we will also give a $300 donation to the charity of your choice, that’s located in the DUKE Height BIA.
  4. What about the grand prizes? Each player (individual or team) is eligible for only one daily prize for the entire event. However, you are encouraged to continue to play for the entire duration of the event and accumulate as many points as you can. The 3 players/teams with most points at the end of the event will qualify to win one of the three grand prizes each worth $1000!
  5. What if there are more players with the same amount of points: Then the organizer team will have a random and impartial draw. The decisions are final.

PLEASE NOTE:

The scavenger hunt will be conducted on an honor system. However, if the organizers deem that photos and/or videos have been photoshopped or otherwise digitally altered, you or your team will be disqualified.

If you or your team Captain cannot be reached within 48-hours after being declared a winner, you or your team will be disqualified and the next team in the points hierarchy will be declared the winning team.

If a winner is under the age of 18, to claim a prize they must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should follow the City of Toronto’s public safety guidelines at all times, including staying home if they feel sick or have reason to believe they have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks and maintain proper social distance.

The BIA does not assume responsibility for any personal injury, death or property damage which may be caused to or by any individual during their participation in the Scavenger Hunt.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS:  email us at  info@dukeheights.ca

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DUKE Heights BIA Annual General Meeting 2021

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DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Thursday, November 25, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

Registration QR Code:To scan the QR code on your phone, open the Camera app/Lens and point your phone at the QR code in the box above. Make sure the QR code is inside the box on your screen and then tap the pop-up notification.

AGENDA

  • Call to Order, Introductions and Land Acknowledgement Statement
  • Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
  • Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  • Approval of 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  • 2020 Report Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2021
  • Ward Councillors’ Update
    • Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6
    • Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 7
  • 2021 Year in Review and Committee Reports
  • Approval of Budget for 2022 (see over)
  • New Business
  • Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2022. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available after verified registration.

Duke Heights BIA Annual General Meeting will once again be taking place virtually to ensure the safety of our BIA Members, Board of Directors, City of Toronto Councillors, Representatives and BIA staff.

In accordance with The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required), are eligible to vote at the General Meeting. No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

All participants must register in advance for the meeting. The BIA member verification is required. Please submit the required information at the registration link below.

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

or visit dukeheights.ca and click on the AGM link located at the top of the home page. Once registration and BIA membership information is confirmed, BIA members will receive a meeting link to the AGM meeting. Participants are requested to log into the AGM zoom meeting by computer.

The Registration deadline is 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

Please forward a copy of this notice to your commercial/industrial tenants.

DUKE Heights Back2School Backpack Drive 2021 put smiles on 700 faces!

September 1, 2021

During the last week of August 2021, DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area worked with the local City Councillors to present two separate backpack drives for the York Centre and Humber River-Black Creek communities. Our sincere gratitude to Upper Crust for generously supporting us by sponsoring 700 backpacks.

On Monday, August 30, 2021, our backpack- and school supplies giveaway took place at the Downsview Park. Thanks to the City Councillor James Pasternak and his staff for organizing a Back2School event for the ward 6 residents. The team invited families to gather in the Downsview Park as we gave away about 350 backpacks filled with notebooks, coloring pens, pencils, crayons, math sets, and more to school-age children from the Humber River Black-Creek community.

Our backpack drive to help distribute supplies and prepare students for back-to-school continued until Wednesday, September 01, 2021, at the Fountainhead Park located at 445 Sentinel Road with help from the City Councillor Anthony Perruzza and his staff. We distributed another 350 backpacks among families from the York Centre area. The local MPP, Tom Rakocevic also joined us for the event.

We recognize that while we all are working together to recover from the pandemic, back to school supplies can be a financial burden for many families, especially if there has been a loss of income since last year due to the pandemic. Our Backpack Drive initiative was an attempt to relieve some of that burden and support the students who are going back to school this September.

 

Tour de Duke 2021 Bike Giveaway Event held at the Champagne Centre

August 01, 2021

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, we hosted Tour de DUKE, our annual community bike giveaway event at the Champagne Centre, where 110 bikes were successfully donated to local families in need.

Prior to the event, the DUKE Heights BIA team procured the bikes with generous contribution by the local businesses. The BIA was proud to partner with City Councillors James Pasternak (Ward 6 – York Centre) and Anthony Perruzza (Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek) who helped allocate the bikes and find deserving families in the community.

CultureLink operated as the heart of the event and as a pillar for health and safety at the event; their team ensured that the children were safe while having fun on their new bikes. They offered personalized helmet fittings and an interactive bike riding circuit to train the kids to be smart bicycle riders! The CultureLink team also dedicated countless hours prior to the event to assemble and adjust the bikes for the children.

Nonetheless, the event’s success is owed to the eager families that came out for the day. There was plenty of fun and laughs to go around as families took advantage of the sunny weather and delicious ice cream. Specifically, the cooperation of the families was greatly appreciated as the COVID-19 safety protocols were closely adhered to. Family members came in during specifically allocated time slots for safe distribution of the bikes, all while physically distancing and utilizing face masks.

Finally, a special thank you to the Champagne Centre for allowing the use of their facilities and providing the necessary support to make the Tour de DUKE 2021 event happen! The day was an incredible success that brought together the community for a worthwhile cause, the smiles on the children’s faces as they rode their new bikes were priceless! The BIA is hopeful that this event will expand in the years to come to ensure that more kids have access to bikes and promote cycling in the community.


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Call for Submissions: York Centre Bell Box Murals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2021

Artists are invited to submit an application to paint a mural on one of 23 Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Ward 6, 13 in the Downsview neighbourhood and 10 in the Duke Heights BIA area of Toronto in July as part of the Bell Box Murals Project.

  • Artists will be chosen by a community jury and paid $750.
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – 5:00 pm Monday, May 24, 2021

For application details please email us at yorkcentrebellboxmurals@gmail.com

FREE Cleanup by your BIA!

We will pick it up and take care of it for you!

Do you have skids, dumping, recycling, electronic waste, propane gas tanks, garbage, wooden debris, tires, construction material or any other waste you’d like to dispose of? DUKE Heights BIA will be collecting and disposing of all commercial waste for the annual beautification clean-up.

What do the business owners and tenants need to do?
A BIA representative will reach out to you during the next couple of weeks with a clean-up form. Once you receive your form, check the boxes at the back of this flyer indicating which waste materials you’d like us to pick-up.

When will this occur?
The week of April 22nd (Earth Day week)

After completing the form, a DUKE Heights BIA staff member will contact you to confirm waste pick details including day and time.

This cleanup is solely for our BIA members.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Thursday, November 26, 2020
6:00 PM

Pre-registration link: https://zoom.us/j/92591590795?pwd=dHFRMHFmRTRTTlA3dW8vL0psVmNuZz09


AGENDA

    1. Call to Order, Introductions and Land Acknowledgement Statement
    2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
    3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
    4. Approval of 2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes
    5. 2019 Report Audited Financial Statements
    6. Appointment of Auditor for 2020
    7. Ward Councillors Update
      – Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6
      – Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 7
    8. 2020 Year in Review and Committee Reports
    9. Approval of Budget for 2021
    10. New Business
    11. Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2021. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available after verified registration.

With the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, this year, Duke Heights BIA Annual General Meeting will be taking place virtually to ensure the safety of our BIA Members, Board of Directors, City of Toronto Councillors, Representatives and BIA staff.

In accordance with The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required), are eligible to vote at the General Meeting. No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

All participants must pre-register and BIA member verification is required. Please submit the required information at the pre-registration link https://zoom.us/j/92591590795?pwd=dHFRMHFmRTRTTlA3dW8vL0psVmNuZz09 and click on the AGM link located at the top of the home page of this website. Once registration and BIA membership information is confirmed, BIA members will receive a meeting link to the AGM meeting.  Participants are requested to log into the AGM zoom meeting by computer.

The pre-registration deadline is 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

Webinar: Insights into Safety Issues in Business during Stage 3 of COVID-19 – DUKE Heights BIA & WSPS

COVID-19 has created unique challenges for all industries. The public health issues resulting from dealing with the general public during a pandemic has changed the way that business must be done while highlighting new challenges to protect the health and safety of workers.

This information session will provide recommendations for Safe Work Practices to keep employers, staff, and the public safe while working during COVID-19.

  • Internal Responsibility System? Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) workers and employers share responsibility for occupational health and safety.
  • Our System partners
  • Safety road map
  • Hazard Management
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • FREE Resources
  • Q&A

Register on Eventbrite:

https://safety-issues-in-business-webinar-october-22-2020.eventbrite.ca


Join Zoom Meeting

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About Lori Shepherd

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Lori Shepherd is a Regional Community Coordinator with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. With more than twenty-five years in the field of occupational health and safety, Lori connects with small businesses and communities in southwestern Ontario, to share simple safety solutions. Her volunteer activities focus on Threads of Life. Lori is also a trainer for Health & Safety Certification. She has facilitated numerous webinars for our community partners and Associations.


Small Business Week 2020 (October 18-24, 2020)

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) are jointly organizing this webinar in observance of this year’s Small Business Week.

Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada in recognition that 99% of all Canadian businesses are medium or small businesses and runs from October 18 to October 24, 2020.

https://www.bdc.ca/en/small-business-week/about/pages/default.aspx.

Behaviour that saves: Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills

Free Webinar hosted by TABIA

September 9, 2020

TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) is hosting a webinar “Behaviour that saves: Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills” from September 9th through September 11th. The webinar will discuss ways that buildings can control their HVAC and lighting systems, improve their shutdown procedures and alternate their operational behaviours with little to no cost and will result in energy cost savings on their electricity and natural gas bills. They will also go through two programs that support low and no-cost energy savings, the Small Business Lighting Program provided by the IESO and Enbridge’s RunItRight program.

Follow the link below to register and select the day and time that works best. A meeting invite will follow registration.

https://guestli.st/661395

Webinar schedule:

  • September 9th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • September 10th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • September 11th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

DUKE Heights backpack drive gets Humber River Black-Creek kids ready for school

September 4, 2020

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area partnered with Ward 7 City Councillor Anthony Perruzza to put together a backpack drive on Thursday, September 3, 2020, to help distribute supplies and prepare students for back-to-school. The local MPP, Tom Rakocevic also joined us for the event.

The team invited families to gather in the Fountainhead Park located at 445 Sentinel Road as they gave away more than 250 backpacks filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, masks, and more, to school-age children from the Humber River Black-Creek community.

DUKE Heights BIA is also working with Ward 6 Councillor James Pasternak to distribute another 250 backpacks among families from the York Centre area.

2020 has been an unprecedented year with many uncertainties and financial hardships for many families. Back to school supplies can be a financial burden for families, especially if there has been a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. This initiative was an attempt to relieve some of that burden and support the students who are going back to school this September.


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