Join Me – March 31 – We Talk About The Power Of Mentorship

WXN Breakfast Event: The Power of Mentorship

When you have a mentor, you have the ultimate head start: someone who has already been where you’ve been. You get to learn from their successes, and—perhaps even more valuable—you can study the failures they’ve had the time and wisdom to reflect on, understanding where it all went wrong. They can help you identify your strengths, areas you need to work on, determine what direction you want your career to go in and create a plan to get on that path.

On the other hand, taking on the role of a mentor can infuse your current role with new purpose, knowing you are instilling confidence in the next generation of leaders. Plus, there is always the opportunity for cross-mentorship—everyone has something important to teach us, regardless of age or stage. Simply put, the value and power of mentorship is immeasurable.

Join us for an exciting event in Richmond Hill, where we’ll take a deeper look at mentorship, hearing from entrepreneur Lisa Patel, Owner and CEO of The Property Princess, Published Author, Public Speaker and Mentor at Futurpreneur Canada and her mentor Chris Slightham, President & CEO, Royal LePage Signature Realty. Lisa will delve into her story and, during an interactive Q&A with mentor Chris, tackle important questions you need to know: How can you go about identifying what you specifically need in a mentor and then find that person? Why are women less likely to seek mentors, yet offer themselves as mentors? What is the relevance of male mentors and how is allyship between the genders a key element of progress?

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Cool neighbourhoods!

Toronto’s West Queen West rated No. 2 on Vogue list of hip districts

Fashion magazine likes area’s mix of boutique hotels, homegrown labels and Graffiti Alley

Where is the world’s second coolest neighbourhood? Toronto’s West Queen West — according to Vogue.

The magazine posted its list of the world’s hippest neighbourhoods, and Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue was second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa.

The story that accompanies the list describes the area as “a verifiable artery on indie patisseries, homegrown labels and hidden-from-view galleries.”

For local businesses, the piece is a vote of confidence that money can’t buy.

“It brings recognition to the area and TIFF is happening — what better time to have this come out when the reporters from around the world are here, to hear about West Queen West?” said Rob Sysak with the West Queen West Business Improvement Association.

With its focus on arts, culture and fun, Vogue says, West Queen West has all the hallmarks of hipness — anchored by the hippest hotels, the Gladstone and the Drake.

“To be able to welcome a thousand people a day in through our doors and to know that we’ve become a monument on Queen Street, that’s pretty exciting,” said Mia Neilsen with the Drake.

In making the case for West Queen West’s hipness, the piece also mentions the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Graffiti Alley, “a block where street art is both 100 per cent legal and lauded.”

Here’s the complete Vogue list of cool neighbourhoods.

1.Shimokitazawa, Tokyo.
2.West Queen West, Toronto.
3.Soedermalm, Stockholm.
4.Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
5.Centro, Sao Paulo.
6.Canal Saint-Martin, Paris.
7.Bushwick, New York.
8.Brera, Milan.
9.Wynwood, Miami.
10.Zona Rosa & La Condesa, Mexico City.
11.Fitzroy, Melbourne.
12.Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
13.Hackney, London.
14.Kreuzberg, Berlin.
15.Dashanzi Art District / Beijing.

CBC News Posted: Sep 09, 2014 9:36 AM ET

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Transit Update…

Transit Notice
Temporary streetcar diversion
510 Spadina streetcars
Date: December 7, 2014 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Work description
Streetcars on the 510 Spadina route will be diverted on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in order to accommodate curb-cutting work along the streetcar right-of way south of Bremner Boulevard.
All work will occur from within the streetcar right-of-way, and will have no impact to the adjacent traffic lanes.
Work hours
The work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Service changes
 510 Spadina Streetcars: will be diverted both ways via:
Spadina Avenue, King Street West and Bathurst Street
and Queens Quay West.
 510 Spadina buses: will provide service on Spadina
Avenue between Adelaide Street and Spadina loop.
We regret any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of this work.

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Fellow Downtowners Just A Reminder DVP Closed 10pm Friday!

The City of Toronto has announced that the Don Valley Parkway will be closed this weekend for fall maintenance to keep the roadway in a state of good repair as winter approaches.

The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway from Friday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m. to Monday, October 27 at 5:00 a.m.

Motorists may use Don Mills Road, Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road as alternative routes during the closure.

In order to mitigate traffic congestion as a result of the closure, the City will be taking the following measures: •Implementing timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes,
•Providing real-time traffic information on the City’s overhead signs, and
•Co-ordinating other construction projects to avoid major work taking place along parallel routes where possible.

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Good News on the 510 Spadina line….

Good News!!!!
New Street cars rolling out….
On August 31, new streetcars started service on the 510 Spadina route. The vehicle rollout schedule for all streetcar routes will take several years to complete.

Rollout Schedule •510 Spadina: Now
•511 Bathurst: 2015
•509 Harbourfront: 2015
•505 Dundas: 2015/2016
•508 Lake Shore: 2016/2017
•501 Queen: 2016/2017
•504 King: 2017
•512 St Clair: 2017/2018
•502 Downtowner: 2018
•503 Kingston Road: 2018
Here is a link with details on Toronto’s new ride:

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Upcoming Events to Check Out!

Word on the Street Festival

Each year, The Word On The Street provides 20 literacy organizations with free exhibit space in the Marketplace. Make sure to visit Literacy Lane this year to visit with the many different and wonderful literacy organizations that Toronto is home to, and learn how you can support their work.

More Info:

Sunday September 21, 2014

Queen’s Park Circle – 11am – 6pm

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Happy Thursday….Construction Update in the Entertainment District!

Here are a few updates happening in the entertainment District…
Construction along Adelaide Street West will begin September 15th and is expected to be completed by November 14th, 2014. Please see attached notice for more details. Below are the contacts you can reach for this project if you have any inquiries or concerns.

Scope of Work: • Replacing old watermain;
• Removal of TTC tracks;
• Resurfacing of the road; and
• Reconstructing sidewalks with upgraded details (concrete with grey granite at curb).
Start Date:
September 15, 2014

Expected Completion Date:
November 14, 2014

Work Hours:
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The City will maintain at least one through traffic lane along Adelaide Street and the East-North Left turn lane at the Adelaide and University Avenue intersection.

Driveway Access will be maintained

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