Oodles of Noodles


Wednesday July 5 @ 6:00pm in the Community Room 

 Members are welcome to come down and help cook a great noodle dish. These yummy dishes will then be circulated to members who want / need. This will be a fun way to connect with one another and help out members of our community. Many dishes will also feature produce directly from our co-op garden! How cool is that?

For more information or to get involved please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204

6 Nations of the Grand River Bus Trip

Saturday July 15, 9am – 6pm


DFC is excited to announce that we will be hosting a bus trip to the 6 Nations of the Grand River, a vibrant Haudenosaunee community situated along the Grand River just outside of Brantford Ontario. Guests will enjoy a day of sightseeing, learning and get to take in two amazing programs developed by the 6 Nations Tourism Board;

 Where Cultures Meet @ The Kayanse Long House
 On The Water – Canoeing or Paddle Boarding.
 We will also have time to visit museums, galleries and shops.

This trip is open to any members that are interested in attending. It will be a great chance to get out of the city and connect with the rich history and traditions of the Haudenosaunee people. There is space for up to 30 members to attend and a refundable $10.00 fee to reserve your spot.

If you would like to attend or get more information please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204

For more information about 6 Nations of the Grand River, please visit www.sixnationstourism.ca

Kyle Scanlon Memorial


Tuesday July 4, 6pm – 8pm in the Courtyard of 85 Bleecker. 


It has been 5 years since we lost co-op member Kyle Scanlon. All  members are welcome to join us as we celebrate his life and invaluable work on behalf of Toronto’s trans community. We hope to see you there.

For more information please contact
Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204 / rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com



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Many thanks to everyone came out for the co-op’s PRIDE Brunch event on June 17th! It was a great afternoon with laughs, great food, and wonderful entertainment. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

All Abuzz about a Honey of Workshop


Last night our professional bee keepers
 brought down 2 frames from our roof top apiary accommodation to the community room for us to work on.
We set about taking turns at de-capping the combs:  that is lifting off the top portion of the cells to allow the honey to be spun out.  It is a delicate job.  We used an uncapping fork with small teeth.  (In the larger industry they might use a hot knife.)  You don’t want to dig too deep.  The comb underneath should be kept intact, as much as possible.  It will be returned to the hive where our busy little worker bees will tidy it up and refill it, rather than having to build whole new combs on the frame.  This saves time and energy for our hive.
Once de-cap-itated the frames were moved to the extractor and we each had our turn at working the crank handle and spinning the honey free of the wax comb.  Centrifugal force caused it to run down the sides of the extractor where it was filtered to catch errant pieces of wax.  Each frame had to be spun twice to remove all the golden goodness from both sides.  Two frames roughly 1 ft X 2.5 ft each produced a surprising amount of honey, possibly, forgiving my metric math, 2 kg or 4 lbs +/-.  
It was filtered again before each individual small bottle (maybe 4 oz?) was filled from a spout and capped for future enjoyment.  Each hive produces a unique flavour of honey.  There are the standard flavours, of course, clover and buckwheat.  But here we seem to have a unique Cabbagetown flavour.  Our 8th floor rooftop hive had definite hints of pepper!  David, with the small ground level hive used for our demos, reports mint overtones to his honey.
I’m not sure what they do with the wax from the de-cap-itating but I gathered a good measure in a plastic glass.  This morning I found a lovely little puddle of even more honey in the bottom of the glass.  Someone recommended adding the comb wax to hot cereals like oatmeal.  Those bees work so hard making the stuff there have to be microscopic nutrients in there.
We have 10 more frames to harvest, which the professionals, Alvéole will do for us. 
Ryan and Alvéole estimate that we may see 13 kg of honey from our hive.  That’s 28 lbs.
The honey will be sold in the Bleecker lobby later this fall.  Ryan thought we could put the funds towards installing another hive in the courtyard!
Now that is one sweet plan to get buzzed about.


DFC Helping Hands Program Needs You!


What is the Helping Hands Program? 

The aim of the program is to pair senior co-op members (or co-op members experiencing some mobility challenges) with other members who can help with basic errands or chores. Some examples of the kinds of support might be:

o   Picking up groceries / supplies

o   Picking up prescriptions

o   Assisting with light household projects (i.e. moving some furniture etc)

o   Accompanying individual to important appointments

o   What volunteers can’t do: Banking, Laundry, Personal Care, Routine House Cleaning

How does it work? 

o   Once you are confirmed to be taking part in the program you will contact me directly with some specific help / assistance that you might need and when you need it (advance planning is key).

o   I will then reach out to co-op members that have offered their help and see who is available to assist. Once an effective match is made, I will put the two members in touch with each other.

Right now we would like to hear from members who might need some support AND members who can provide some support. If you would like to take part in this program or would like to get more information, please feel free to contact me directly.

Ryan Hayward

Community Projects Coordinator

Diane Frankling Housing Co-op

416 920 7340 x204 / rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com