Newsletter #6

Read the June edition of the Pocket Change Project newsletter

Join us at the Eco Fun Fair

We're so very excited to get out under the sun in Phin Park to meet neighbours new and old.

We have a big day planned with speakers, information tables, a native plant giveaway, house tour sign-up, tasty treats and eco programming for kids of all ages.

Bring your family and friends and join us for lots of great activities about going green, reducing our carbon footprints, and celebrating and protecting the climate in our community!

There will be talks under our big tent from 2 – 4 pm on topics such as home retrofits, e-assist bike and induction stove bulk buy programs, and lots more.


- bike safety checks
- Electric vehicle showcase
- Fair Market – with locally made products
- Energy saving displays
- Tasty treats
- Face painting and bubbles
- Indigenous eco-activities for kids

Click here to RSVP.

If you're interested in helping out on the day of, we're looking for folks to pitch in setting up tables and tents and taking them down again. Please email [email protected]


New public EV chargers coming to the Pocket

After a big push from Pocket residents, the city has announced 12 publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in our neighbourhood.

There will be two on-street chargers at each of three locations:

  • 453 Jones Ave.
  • 503 Jones Ave.
  • 132 Chatham Ave.

There are also plans to add four more chargers in the Fire station parking lot on Chatham Ave, which will be available to the public, and two more in the TTC employee parking lot off Oakvale Ave, which will be made available to the public during off-hours (more details TBD).

Read more about the EV charging announcement and our ongoing EV infrastructure project.


Welcome Pocket Change interns at your door this summer

Pocket Change is reaching out this summer to learn from Pocket people about their energy use for home and travel.

Interns Biancka and Harrison will be asking residents to answer a few questions at the door, and then complete a survey online at their convenience.

The information gathered in the Pocket and in three other Toronto neighbourhoods will be used to improve the home energy and transportation activities of Pocket Change.

The survey and recruitment of the interns through the Canada Summer Jobs program is coordinated by the Green Neighbours Network. People who complete the survey will be eligible for a draw.


Comic Relief

We just loved Australian artist Brenna Quinlan's cartoon and she has generously shared it with us.


Missed our Air Sealing and Insulation Webinar?

Not to worry! We've posted the slide deck with lots of useful tips on the easiest and most inexpensive ways to save on utilities bills, lower your carbon emissions and make your home more comfortable.

Check it out here.


Native shrub giveaway

Along with the TRCA, the Pocket Change Project is pleased to be able to offer native shrubs to anyone who lives in the Pocket, free of charge, for fall delivery.

The shrubs will be delivered to Phin Park on a weekend and you'll be responsible for picking them up and planting them. However, the Pocket Change Project has a small team of volunteers who will plant shrubs for anyone who cannot do it themselves.

Please fill out this form if you're interested. We'll also have a table for old school pen and paper sign ups at the Eco Fun Fair.


Volunteering and other opportunities to get involved

The Pocket Change Project is always looking to connect neighbours to share resources and make it easier to live a low carbon lifestyle. Here are some of our initiatives. Please get in touch if you're interested in learning more.

  • Garden sharing: connecting those who want to garden but don't have a yard with those who have gardens but have no interest in tending them.
  • EV car share / charger share: connecting neighbours with EV charging stations on their property with those who cannot install their own, but need to charge their vehicle.

Email [email protected] if you're interested.


See you on the 18th!


Liisa and Marco

Pocket Change Project

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