FoWP went to the North American Native Plant Society plant sale to pick up some new friends to plant in the garden during the Spring bbq and Planting Party. we bought: Blue Lobelia Butterfly Milkweed Grey Goldenrod Grey Cone flower … Continue reading plant sale
Friends of Watkisnon Park is excited to report that we received a grant from Park People to do three events this season. We are starting out with a Spring BBQ and Gardening Party! We welcome all food, music, poetry, art, … Continue reading Spring BBQ and Gardening Party!
Last year FoWP worked with Indigenous Land sovereignty earth worker Joce Tremblay to put in a Native Plant Garden. We grew plants in The Stop’s greenhouse and then transplanted to Watkinson Park. In the fall we harvested the plants and this … Continue reading Seed Saving!
It has been part of the mandate of FoWP to engage with the Indigenous history of the Junction and surrounding area specifically through our work with the Native plant garden, but also with an upcoming project that we hope to be able to do this Summer. Glad there finally seems to be some recognition from the city/public around this issue, due to the work of Indigenous communities and artists: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/13/toronto-parks-to-reflect-indigenous-history.html Continue reading Toronto parks to reflect Indigenous history
As FoWP has been saying: “one in five Ontarians have negative feelings against those on social assistance surpassing their unfavourable views against all other groups, except Muslims, who were disliked by 21 per cent of the respondents.” https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/12/08/being-on-social-assistance-draws-more-spite-than-race-colour-gender–but-not-more-than-being-muslim-survey.html Continue reading Being on social assistance draws more spite than race, colour, gender . . . but not more than being Muslim: survey
Parkdale-High Park is experiencing the most outrageous condo boom. Friends of Watkinson Park is currently directly surrounded by three condo development plans (with three others at a slight distance) that will have a huge impact on the low-income community. Everyday, … Continue reading Gentrification Surge: Developments in the vicinity of Watkinson Park
Friends of Watkinson Park gathered on the eve of Halloween to practice the magic of effigy creation. Making effigies was a very potent experience: there was a lot of joy but also some flaring emotions. But as the bodies take … Continue reading Halloween Installation in Watkinson Park