Waste Expo!

 Wednesday, April 17 5pm-7pm in the Main Lobby of 85 Bleecker!

We’ll be handing out reusable recycling totes, clear recycling bags and organic bin liners. We will also a few organic kitchen bins to hand out along with info on our new ORGANIC WASTE PICK UP program! Folks from TEA and the People’s Climate Movement will also be there to talk about our collaborations.

Spring Cleaning!

Saturday April 27 between 10:30am – 11:30am

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy will be sending a truck to the co-op to pick up unwanted and lightly used clothing, bedding, dishes and small kitchen appliances. More information will be available in the main lobby of 85 Bleecker in the coming days or by contacting Ryan Hayward in the co-op office.

Yoga & Fitness Bootcamp – ROUND TWO!

DFC and Janis Mayers are excited to be announcing plans for round two of our Fitness Boot camp classes! Classes will run Saturday mornings from 10:30am – 11:30am starting April 20th to May 25. Spaces are limited and a small, refundable deposit will be  required to secure your spot. All members are welcome to sign up for this!

DFC and Kathryn Payne are happy to announce plans and dates for Iyengar Yoga classes! Classes will start up again on Monday April 15 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm and run each Monday evening thereafter. There is space for a maximum of 8 participants per class! No need to sign up, just be one of the first eight to arrive to secure your spot. There is a sliding scale fee of $5.00 – $20.00 per class.

For more information about these classes, please contact


Ryan Hayward

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



DIY Doggie Treats

Saturday April 6 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in the Community Room



DFC members and their pups are welcome to stop by and learn a simple, healthy and yummy dog treat recipe! This class will be led by member Mymi Jarrell. All ingredients and supplies will be provided. Spaces are limited!

For more information or to claim a spot, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204

No More Yo-Yo Dieting!

Wednesday April 24 @ 7:00pm in the Community Room 

Shauna Mann, a Certified Natural Practitioner and culinary expert, will be stopping by DFC to lead a talk and demo around non-restrictive dieting! All interested members are welcome to join.

For more information, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204

Creative Writing Group

Tuesday April 23 @ 1pm – 3pm in the Community Room 

All members are welcome to attend. No experience or background in writing is required! Just be willing to share your thoughts and be creative!

We’ll use a different approach to self-expression
We’ll talk and write and share what’s important to us
Each voice is important, each story a tale to tell
We’ll create a safe and fun atmosphere

For more information please contact
Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204



According to the latest “Who’s Hungry” report by the Daily Bread Food Bank, food bank visits in Toronto are back to levels seen during the height of the recession, almost ten years ago.

Kate Halsey, a food bank coordinator for Yonge Street Mission in Regent Park, reports that they register 3 new users on a daily basis, “ranging from newcomers to Canada who have Master’s and PhD degrees, but not enough money for food; people who go back to school and are paying tuition; and people who are just trying to make ends meet at the end of the month. It could be anyone, it could be your neighbor, it could be your grandmother, your best friend. It could also be the man on the corner. There’s not a population we serve more than others.”

Indeed, many of our own co-op members may be going without proper nourishment.

With this in mind, DFC is launching the Nourish program, aimed at alleviating the food gap for our own co-op members who may be in need. Nourish  will be funded through internal and external donations, that will enable us to maintain and allocate $25.00 grocery gift cards to members, by request, as needed. All requests are strictly confidential, and can be made to Ali or Ryan, starting in early December.

All members have to do is ask.

The co-op will be accepting monetary donations from members who are able to contribute to the Nourish  fund. If members were planning on giving a holiday gift to staff, we ask that you please consider a Nourish donation instead. No amount is too small, and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Please stay tuned for more details about how to donate.