Happy Family Day!

Despite the colder weather, I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some time outside. Before we know it, spring will be upon us. With Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Family Day on February 20 this month, I wish you time well-spent with loved ones.

Black History Month

In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim February as Black History Month through the efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, Toronto Area MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion that was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to recognize Black History Month across Canada.

This month in Toronto, we recognize the past and present contributions that Black Torontonians make to the culture, well-being and prosperity of the city, while affirming our commitment to equal rights, opportunity and freedom from discrimination here and across Canada.

The City of Toronto, Toronto Museums and Toronto Public Library are offering programming to celebrate Black History Month. Visit toronto.ca/museums and torontopubliclibrary.ca for more information.


Registration for CampTO summer programs for children and youth, between the ages of four and 16, begins on February 11, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. Programming will run from Tuesday, July 4 until Friday, September 1 and will include active games, dance, drama, music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. More information on programs and availability can be found at toronto.ca/camps.

Recreation Jobs

The city continues to hire for all recreation positions, including skate program instructors, rink guards, facility attendants and gatekeepers, sports, fitness and swimming instructors and lifeguards. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available. More information about available positions and upcoming information sessions is available at jobs.toronto.ca/recreation.

Skate Lending Library

The Skate Lending Library is a City of Toronto winter sport program that provides residents of all ages with access to skates, helmets and skating aids.

The mobile lending library will visit various locations across the city and will be at Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell Square (150 Borough Drive) on Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This schedule is weather and snowfall-dependent and may change without notice. Use of the Skate Lending Library is free and does not require a reservation. Equipment is sanitized after each use. Visit toronto.ca/skatelending for more information or to check weather conditions.

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