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Lots of vegetables

Today, we have #vegetables. Lots of #vegetables. The Food Team never stops the good work. pic.twitter.com/oMi6LQUWe4 — ptp.ca (@ptpliteracy) June 18, 2014

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June 18, 2014

Taking the No Fair box across the city

We're off to the Labour Education Centre to advocate for affordable transit. Also: our No Fair box makes its cross-city debut. pic.twitter.com/3AhbpGUo1G — ptp.ca (@ptpliteracy) April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014

Food Team’s strawberry and yogurt trifle

The Food Team's strawberry and yogurt trifle. These folks are simply amazing. #nofilter pic.twitter.com/LYyNHeRLLR — ptp.ca (@ptpliteracy) April 9, 2014

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April 9, 2014

Summer 2013 newsletter

The students at the East Centre have produced another newsletter. In this issue: the student of the month updates on community building, the women’s group, and health week an article on Haiti Ethiopian culture in Canada and more! Click to view the newsletter.

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September 4, 2013

July 2012 newsletter from PTP East

The students at the East centre have produced another issue of their newsletter, the PTP Advocate. In this release, read about the Student of the Month, Nigerian family traditions, staying safe in the sun and more. View the newsletter.

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July 11, 2012

Come in and see our goals posters

In our communications class, we talked about our goals for when we leave PTP. We each came up with one goal and we talked about what was stopping us from reaching that goal, in other words, the barriers to our goal. We worked in teams and came up with different ideas about how to represent [...]

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January 6, 2012

June newsletter from PTP East

In this edition of the East Centre’s student newsletter, read about the Student of the Month, the recent elections, family events in the GTA for June, Earth Day, results for the digital technology survey, and more. Click to read the newsletter.

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June 23, 2011

Early spring newsletter from PTP East

In this edition of the PTP Advocate, we have: the Student of the Month an article on Black History month an essay on returning to school the results of a survey on the students who attend PTP updates from the Events Team an article on the history of Valentine’s Day health tips for winter a [...]

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March 11, 2011

Writing about the pre-culinary program

Two participants share their experience in the Pre-Culinary program: My name is John Rojas. I have been at PTP for about 1 year now. First I was at the East Centre. I was working on my pre-GED course and once I heard about the PTP/George Brown pre culinary program, I was excited about it and [...]

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February 15, 2011

PTP West Fall highlights

In this issue of the newsletter from PTP West, read about our harvest potluck, financial literacy training, the recent mock election, the Bits and Bites class blog, living with alopecia, helping students to sign up for Parks and Rec programs, and our experience at a numeracy workshop. The illustrations in this issue were done by [...]

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January 5, 2011

Late Fall newsletter from PTP East

In the most recent issue of the PTP Advocate, read about the student of the month, herbal cold remedies, a student survey on the reasons for coming to PTP, making mauby, Prosscovia’s story about her mother, self discipline, and more. Click to read the newsletter in PDF format.

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January 5, 2011

Fall 2010 newsletter

The fall 2010 issue of the PTP Advocate is here. In this issue: The student of the month Our trips to Centre Island and the ROM Our potluck party Home health remedies A book review of A Piece of Cake, the story of Cupcake Brown Click to read the newsletter in PDF format.

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November 10, 2010

Summer 2010 highlights

Summer’s over and we’ve produced a newsletter of some of the activities we’ve been involved in over the past few months. Click here to view the newsletter in PDF format. You can read about our summer picnic, Chipo’s story about her program at Humber College, Job Solutions’ new space, the Bits and Bites employees of [...]

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October 6, 2010

Toronto Public Space map

This map shows some of our favourite public spaces in Toronto. It was put together by the the students at PTP West. They wrote about what they liked about their favourite public space and added to it a shared map. You can view the Interactive Public Space Map in a larger version.

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September 24, 2010

Our trip to Centre Island

We went to Centre Island on the 18th of August. I was there early because I took Wheel Trans. I was inside the gates waiting for everyone. Everyone came inside and we went on the boat which took about fifteen minutes. We got off the boat and went to the beach and found a spot [...]

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August 29, 2010

Our summer BBQ at Centennial Park

Earlier this year the students at PTP took part in a pilot project for the Quill Learning Network and received a $450 honorarium for their work. We chose to put this money toward a special event: The Advocacy & Events Team at the West centre asked all the students and teachers of PTP to choose their [...]

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August 10, 2010

Food, Inc. review

On Tuesday, PTP students watched the documentary Food, Inc. We learned a lot of information about the food that’s consumed through our daily lives, like how they’ve been grown and raised, what it was fed, and what it went through, from the farm to your plate – and it wasn’t pretty. Even though the movie [...]

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August 4, 2010

Spring 2010 newsletter

Another newsletter from the students at PTP East is out. In this issue: gardening, our PTP Spring Fling, Earth Day, Mother’s Day and RESPs. We also report on our trips to the MTML Learners’ Conference and to New Circles, a clothing bank in the Flemingdon Park community. Click to read the Spring 2010 newsletter.

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June 30, 2010

Oral Communication Skills at PTP

Centre Meeting at PTP has become an excellent opportunity for some students to practice and develop their communication skills and overcome their fear of speaking to a large group. The students’ participation ranges from hosting the meeting, giving short announcement about Events group or other teamwork classes to presenting a speech using MS PowerPoint. The [...]

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May 31, 2010

Newsletter from PTP East

The most recent Newsletter from PTP East is out. In this issue: volunteering with the Events Team, Chinese New Year, Black History in Canada, the Olympics, Easter, a look at the upcoming municipal elections, suggestions on healthy snacks, and more. Click here to read the newsletter in PDF format.

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May 25, 2010

Cooking at Mustard Seed

Last week students from PTP visited Mustard Seed. It was a really nice place. All the students loved Mustard Seed. We met in Kipling Subway station at 9:00 a.m. When we were in the train we took some photos. Because the students in PTP like each other we talked. When we got to Mustard Seed [...]

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May 13, 2010

Fire safety presentation

On April 6, 2010, the students and staff at PTP had the pleasure of acting captain Ron Jones from Toronto Fire Services giving a presentation on fire safety. This presentation was very insightful. We learned what to do in case there is a fire in your home or apartment. We also learned you should always [...]

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April 19, 2010

Taking part in the Men’s Group

The Men’s Discussion Group The Men’s Group at PTP West recently finished a 9 week session. The men’s discussion group aims to foster reflection, self-knowledge and personal development. The discussions take place in a safe, and respectful environment. It allows the participants to express themselves in a group setting and to develop listening skills. The [...]

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April 6, 2010

Signing up for Toronto Parks and Recreation programs

Looking for the registration page for Toronto Parks and Recreation programs? It’s available here. Read on below for our post on helping students sign up for programs. The students of the Advocacy and Events Planning team carried out a project to assist the students at PTP with signing up for the Toronto Parks and Recreation [...]

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March 29, 2010

Raising money for relief efforts in Haiti

Today, the students at PTP West raised money for relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti. The Food Team prepared macaroni and cheese and a rice and lentil dish; the Bits and Bites Team sold fruit, juice and pop, and both teams donated their sales. Students also donated cash. Our total was $172.64.

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January 21, 2010

Sweaters for breast cancer awareness

Staff and students and PTP West wearing their sweaters to promote awareness of breast cancer.

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January 4, 2010

Trip to the Ontario Science Centre

Recently, the students and staff at PTP took a field trip to the Ontario Science Centre. To prepare for this trip, we sent emails to the staff members to see if everyone was on board with it. We also had to make sure that everyone agreed to a set date. After it was agreed upon, [...]

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December 24, 2009

Fall 2009 newsletter

The Fall 2009 newsletter from the students at PTP East is here. In this edition: Ramadan, Thanksgiving, Labour Day, the Employment Standards Act, our visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, photos from our summer picnic, and more. Click here to view the newsletter.

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October 26, 2009

Spring 2009 newsletter from PTP East

The Spring 2009 newsletter from the East Centre has been published. This edition features articles on the student of the month, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Family Day, a student’s perspective on her experience at PTP, and more. Click to read the newsletter.

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April 9, 2009

Visit to the National Film Board

Last Thursday, February 26th, students from the LBS classes at PTP West visited the National Film Board. February was Black History Month, and we spoke about visiting the National Film Board in class. We made a decision to go. Last Thursday, we met at PTP, and took the subway downtown. It was my first time [...]

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March 3, 2009

Personal finances workshop

On January 28 and 29, 2009, Sulakshan Mohan, a financial advisor from JVS Toronto, came to PTP and did a workshop on how to take control of your personal finances. Sulakshan talked to us about the pros and cons of having credit cards, how we should deal with paying our bills, and gave us advice [...]

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February 3, 2009

Working with the Bits and Bites team

Bits and Bites is part of the Teamworks component in the Literacy and Basic Skills program. The Bits and Bites team manages a small snack shop that serves the participants and staff at PTP West. Members of the team sign up for shifts, purchase and repackage items for resale, and make sales using a Point of Sale system. Below are some pictures of the team at work. Click on any picture for a larger version.

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November 12, 2008

Mock Elections at PTP West

“From October 7th to the 14th, the students at PTP West Centre held a mock election. During this week we learned the correct process and procedures of voting in elections, while practising our computer skills by making voters lists and ballots. We also had the opportunity to practise the roles of election officer and DRO’s [...]

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October 15, 2008

Trip to Kensington Market

Recently, our Food Team at our West Centre went on a trip to Kensington Market. Among our stops was a cheese shop, a European deli, a chocolate shop, several fish markets and the St. Stephen’s Community Centre. We had lunch at a restaurant on Spadina, then we explored the fruit stalls and grocery stores in [...]

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August 7, 2008

PTP East Newsletter, June 2008

The most recent issue of our Newsletter from PTP East is here. This issue covers Earth Day, an interview with the Student of the Month, heart disease, the GED, high school dropout rates, and our visit to the Royal Ontario Museum.

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July 2, 2008

PTP West Newsletter

In this issue, read about the mock election at PTP, students’ experience working as Returning Officers during the recent election, a profile of our Job Developer, a knitting workshop and more.

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March 26, 2008

Safety Signs

Our LBS level two class recently worked on safety signs and their meanings. The participants created their own posters displaying various signs.

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March 26, 2008

PTP East Newsletter

Catch up on the Student of the Month, our trip to the Ontario Science Centre and tips for your job interview, Black History Month, Family Day and more.

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March 9, 2008