Farley Flex is a Canadian music promoter who is best known for being a judge on the reality television series Canadian Idol. Flex grew up in Malvern and got his start in the music business in the area, organizing a break dance competition in the early 1980s. Read more about him and this award on this InsideToronto article.
A new report from Social Planning Toronto and partners shows that, amongst large Canadian cities, Toronto continues to have the highest percentage of children and youth living in poverty. While the overall rate for Toronto is at 29%, the child poverty rate in Malvern is at 33%. Read the full report here.
Curious about the ranking of different neighbourhoods in the City? Want to know where Malvern ranks? Take a look through this website for details.
Malvern’s first outdoor mural was officially unveiled to the public on September 18 in the presence of Councillor Cho’s office, MFRC Staff, students from Heritage Park PS and Malvern residents. The execution of the mural was led by MFRC with funding from StreetART Toronto and creative direction from artist Brad McMillan and youth volunteers from the community.
The mural is located at Morningside and Old Finch.
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Daily Bread has published their annual report on Hunger in Toronto. It reveals that food bank usage has increased in Toronto’s inner suburbs by 45% and overall usage of food banks across the city has risen by 12% since 2008. Read through the report here.
According to the index, 40% of renter households are paying more than 30% of their before-tax income on rent and utilities, an amount widely considered to be unaffordable. Read about it here.
Tamil Fest, which was a 2 day festival in Morningside Heights a few weekends ago, drew about 90,000 participants- three times the estimated 30,000 the organizers were expecting. Click here to read InsideToronto’s report on the event.
The FoodShare mobile food truck continues to welcome Malvern residents at their weekly markets on Wednesdays. Below is a quote and photos from a community member who frequents the food truck:
“I’m getting pretty dependent on that truck for my weekly haul — and eating healthier too — because when I hit the supermarket, i usually spend my budget on the crackers or unhealthy snack sales they have.
Last week, they had hydroponically grown tomatoes! They taste so good! And my kids are devouring those tiny little apples… they make much more sense portion-wise than the huge imported pulpy ones.”
The Malvern skateboarding project was in the news again! Check out this Inside Toronto article to learn more about the Skateboarding competition that took place last month.