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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Don’t miss out #DUKEEatsFestival!

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.

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 (
Phone: 416-413-9244 ext.0
Toll Free: 1-888-453-6504 ext.0

A Message from Matias de Dovitiis



March 31, 2019

It has been just over 4 years since I joined the team at DUKE Heights and it is with pride and some apprehension that I am moving on. DUKE Heights has grown tremendously over that time, creating a new path for Business Improvement Areas in the process.

The trajectory has not been a straight line, these things never are and the personal learning curve for me was tremendous. Like all difficult journeys, the accomplishments were tremendous:

We partnered to create leverage out of our businesses’ investment into the area:
•  Planted over 2,000 trees in the area, with more on the way every year
•  Creating a sector-based employment strategy through a Metcalf Foundation grant
•  Developed a partnership with Osgoode Hall to create linkages between local businesses and Osgoode and York University, helping both local businesses and local students
•  Received grants to create a mural, develop new web tools and create new services for local businesses
•  Received grants for youth employment, which we used to hire over 2 dozen students

We helped create a new voice for the area:
•  Collaborated with Toronto Hydro, which led to the investment of over $35 million to improve infrastructure in the area
•  Worked with TTC to improve new transit routes as a result of subway station opening
•  Worked with staff at the City of Toronto in the Planning and Transportation departments to ensure that the area received the attention it needs to continue to develop
•  Developed new events that foster the area, like DUKE Eats and DUKE on Ice, which brought in over 1,500 people on their year

We helped to change how the City of Toronto treats employment areas and employment BIA’s:
•  Changes to Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology (IMIT) grant to allow for commercial condominiums to apply to program and encourage more development to help grow employment
•  Changes to the façade program from the BIA Office to allow for large businesses to apply
•  Changes to BIA Office, including Innovation Grant, which DUKE Heights was one of the first to receive

More things are coming. The DUKE markers, pole wraps, street furniture, more festivals and events, banners and street art that are in the works, are being designed and will help transform the public realm and the area. The fantastic team that is left in place to continue to further this work leaves me excited for the possibilities.

Above all, on a personal level, I learned to appreciate the hard-working people in the area. The businesses and people that give our area the energy and vibrancy that made this such a joy for me over the last four years.

I want to thank the Board members and my co-workers for all that they have taught me and for the wonderful opportunity I was given to help buildup the community I live in. It is impossible for me to recount how much I learned. It has been a privilege for me, and I am thankful for the opportunity.


Matias de Dovitiis

One Platform, Many Connections


Join us on April 11, 2019 for the “DUKE Careers: Manufacturing Connections” event

April 01, 2019


DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area is an employment focussed BIA. As a part of the economic development strategy for this area, we are working with businesses and other local service providers to develop a sector-specific workforce model to strengthen business-labor relationships in the BIA, attract well-trained talent pool, and support businesses to enhance their sustainability and productivity.

The DUKE Heights BIA largely comprises of manufacturing-based businesses. To this end, DUKE Heights is hosting a first of its kind industry and education engagement event called ‘DUKE Careers: Manufacturing Connections’ on April 11th ‘19. This event is for our businesses, job seekers, employment agency partners and industry professionals to discuss how to improve career prospects and to introduce exciting innovations in the food and furniture manufacturing industry. Our goal is to dispel employment myths, generate solutions for ongoing attraction and retention issues, and promote a better understanding of career development opportunities in the evolving manufacturing industry. The event will include panel discussion, working group sessions, followed by a lively session of networking where potential job seekers will get the opportunity of one-on-one interaction with the businesses and industry professionals. The objective is to promote localized employment opportunities by creating a connection between the manufacturing industry and the emerging workforce.
Register for FREE at:

Finch West Goods Movement Stakeholder Workshop on April 11, 2019

The City of Toronto invites local businesses who depend on commercial shipping and freight delivery to participate in this workshop to discuss ways to improve commercial shipping and freight transportation in the Finch West area of Toronto.

Background and Objectives
Over the next four years, Metrolinx will be constructing a new light rail transit (LRT) line on Finch Avenue West from Highway 27 to Keele Street. The LRT will require some permanent changes to the road network, and will affect traffic patterns and potential truck route options.
The City is developing the Finch West Goods Movement Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to consider the LRT related changes, as well as to recommend other opportunities to provide for safe, efficient, and effective transportation of freight in the area. More information is provided in the attached backgrounder.
A consultant team led by Wood ( and CPCS ( is supporting the City’s completion of the study and will facilitate the workshop. The workshop is being held early in the project to seek the input of local businesses that depend on commercial shipping and freight delivery, to understand your transportation needs and to discuss issues and solutions in a small-group setting among your peers.

Agenda (Tentative) April 11, 2019
08:30 – 09:00 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
09:00 – 09:40 AM Introductory Remarks and Consultant Presentation
09:45 – 10:30 AM Small Group Discussions (Round 1) – Trends and Needs
10:30 – 11:15 AM Small Group Discussions (Round 2) – Issues and Solutions
11:15 – 11:30 AM Closing Remarks
Study team will be available for follow-up discussion after the workshop (optional)

Venue Details
Julius Banquet Centre
2201 Finch Avenue West
Toronto, ON, M9M 2Y9
Free parking

Please register to attend this workshop using the online form:

or, through the contacts below.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team.

City of Toronto Project Manager Consultant Team Project Manager
Edward Presta John McGill
Major Projects Unit, Transportation Services Principal, Transportation Planning, (416) 338-6582, (905) 330-9569


Find the background information for the Finch West Goods Movement Stakeholder Workshop here:

FGMS Stakeholder Workshop Background


Anthony Perruzza
Toronto City Councillor – Ward 7 Humber River-Black Creek

March 01, 2019

With heavy rainfall happening far more frequently, a noticeable weight has been placed on our older water systems. This is why the City launched The Basement Flooding Protection Program.
The program focuses on upgrading our sewer and overland water drainage systems in order to ensure that we are prepared to handle intense storms. Replacing specific sections with larger pipes, drains and basins will help to further prevent basement flooding and other issues caused by excess runoff.

The City conducts Environmental Assessments in order to determine which improvements need to be made and where. These priorities determine the projects that are presented to City Council for their review and approval.

My office recently hosted a meeting about The Basement Flooding Protection Program at Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre. We host these meetings every year in partnership with Toronto Water to give you an opportunity to come, learn and ask questions about the program. Construction ambassadors also attend in order to introduce themselves and their role in the project.

The Basement Flooding Protection Program is set to span over several years with projects unfolding throughout Toronto – at different times. You can access information about local projects online or by contacting my office for further information. My staff and I are here to help you.

Basement Flooding Protection Program:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor – Suite C41
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N2
Fax: 416-696-4144
Main: 416-338-5335

Constituency Office
3470 Keele Street (Keele at Grandravine)
Ground Level – Suite 3
Toronto, ON
M3J 3M1



James Pasternak
Toronto City Councillor – Ward 6 York Centre

March 01, 2019

Dear Neighbours,

I am truly honoured to have been re-elected as the Toronto City Councillor for the new Ward 6, York Centre and Downsview. There is enormous potential in our community and I will be working every day towards making our neighbourhood a great place to live, work, run a businesses, raise a family and retire.


I have held meetings with hundreds of residents, business owners and community stakeholders since the election to discuss my plan to:

• Invest in our neighbourhoods but also keep taxes low
• Stop basement flooding
• Increase police patrols on our local streets
• Improve traffic safety and reduce gridlock
• Protect our green spaces
• Improve public transit.

This is in addition to the work we have been doing in the area that includes repaving Finch Avenue West between Dufferin and Bathurst and converting the “Diamond” lanes on Allen Road and Dufferin Street to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes for vehicles containing a minimum of 2 people. In addition to busses, the lanes can now be used by cyclists, motorcyclists and taxis.

We are excited to break ground in 2019 on a new fire station on Keele Street just south of Sheppard Avenue West that will open in 2020. Additionally, we are moving forward with a project to transform the TTC loop at Dufferin and Finch into a community park.

I would also like to congratulate the Duke Heights BIA for their transformative work in just a short period of time. We are working to support entrepreneurship and commerce in Toronto by responding quickly to the needs of local businesses and residents. I look forward to a continuing the partnership with Duke Heights to make sure the BIA has a strong voice at City Hall.

Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime at 416-392-1371.

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest ‘A Huge Success’



February 18, 2019

It was a chilly Family Day with temperature -15°C but you could hardly tell due to all the excitement happening at the DUKE on Ice event. The Champagne Centre parking lot in front of the Paramount Ice Arena was packed with residents celebrating the holiday as the Duke Heights BIA was hosting the first DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest. We wanted to provide North York families with an affordable day of family entertainment with loads of free giveaways and fun activities and our guests responded graciously.

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The Ice rink was full to capacity throughout the day as families enjoyed free skating, free face painting and caricature drawing. With free maple syrup taffy, free hot chocolate and free cookies, children thoroughly enjoyed all free outdoor games that included beanbag toss, golf putting, snowman and a huge slide for them to play on. Thanks to our event partner, Lumacare, for their support all through and for donating free books for all kids to take home courtesy of the “First Book” programme. Catchy tunes played by local disc jockey and Zumba demonstration by local fitness experts upped fun for the audience all afternoon.

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Food trucks set up by Wickedly Sinful and Pancho’s Bakery were on site offering poutine and churros respectively. Soupalicious was also there handing out a variety of delicious soups. Emily Rose Apiaries had tables selling a different kinds of artisan honey and Knitting Legends came with their range of knitted goods and chains. Our sponsors from Scotiabank were also present giving out freebies and offering free financial advice. A variety of raffle prizes were offered including Google Home Mini, gift certificates from Paramount Ice and La Liga Toronto, a gift basket from Lumacare, and tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium courtesy of Scotiabank, and many more.

Thanks to everyone who attended. If you missed this year, mark your calendars now! DUKE on Ice is surely coming back next year on Family Day.