Last fall, we launched a search for a community organization, social enterprise or small business with street level storefront access in order to provide free internet wi fi to visitors and travellers in the vicinity.
We're very happy to be working with Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services to move on to the implementation stage.
In the coming weeks, reBOOT Canada (www.rebootcanada.ca), PARC (www.parc.on.ca) and PCLS (www.parkdalelegal.org) will be launching the first reBOOT reLAY Neighbourhood Network hotspot from the PARC and PCLS facilities at 1499 Queen St. West and 1266 Queen St. West respectively.
The goal is to have free wi fi coverage along Queen Street West between Sorauren and the Dufferin area, for use by the public, in order to see what if any impact free access to the internet has on members of the community and assess opportunities for expansion and replication. Discussions are ongoing with other Parkdale organizations and more information on those developments will be shared once available.
The hot-spots are expected to be live by the end of June, 2016.
We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and support of PARC and PCLS and their commitment to this pilot . We also look forward to fine tuning and expanding the network and hopefully growing it to serve more of the community.
Are you an IT professional looking for an opportunity to oversee a project with abundant social benefits?
Are you a great coach? Think on your feet? Like people? Celebrate differences? We want to hear from you -
please read the job description and send you resume with cover letter to:
Hiring Committee at Info@peachyouth.org
The deadline is, June 15, 2016 – 11:59pm
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Here's Francine - she organized a great Earth Day event for employees at the offices of Jonview last Friday April 22, 2016. Over 200 employees were invited to bring their unwanted electronics to work and donate them to reBOOT Canada. Besides a tax receipt and free breakfast, they were given the confidence that their electronic waste was being recycled responsibly and helping Canadians get low cost technology to support skills development, job search and community engagement.
We even got some new signs for the occasion. Great job Brent!
Join these awesome folks in improving people's lives by making a small cash donation. Most laptops we receive are completely reusable with replacement battery - your $25 cash donation can bring one more person online and equipped with the tools to move their lives forward. Here's the link.
The reBOOT team hopes everyone had a safe and fun holiday - and you're as excited as we are about helping more folks across the country get connected, learn new skills and move forward with their lives.
We didn't get everything done that we wanted to last year - we'll need a little more help through donations of quality computers from our excellent donors this year but we have a good team on the ground that seems to be growing and can accomplish a lot.
Last fall we sent out a survey to over 1,000 donors and a third of you provided some great feedback that we'll use to drive our strategy. Your told us that you were concerned with Aboriginal and First Nations issues, poverty and health - and we want to make sure your donations are going to work to support those causes. Stay tuned for updates on that.
More recently, we appreciate the positive feedback on the pick up fees - and sincerely appreciate the concerns as well. The pick up fees were designed to allow us to continue to offer the pick up service in a sustainable way that also offers significant value when compared to a similar service. If we can share the costs, we can help more people - and we can do it with your help.
Operating hours this week:
Scarborough location: phones/inquiries 9am to 5pm, drop offs 930am to 430pm Monday to Friday.
Peterborough location: Mon-Wed 9am -5pm, Thu 9am 6pm, Fri is 9am-5pm and Sat 10am - 2pm.
The reBOOT Canada team
2015 is winding up and we'll be closed down at the Scarborough warehouse from noon December 24th 2015 to 9:00 am Monday January 4 2016 for so much needed recovery. Our Peterborough offices will be closed from Noon December 24 to Monday December 28th, then again from noon December 31st to January 4 2016.
2015 was a good year for reBOOT Canada. We helped many individuals and organizations get connected through our reSTART and reSOURCE program and diverted 100,000 kgs of electronic waste from landfill. We reached out to over 1,000 recent donors and got valuable feedback on how we're processing donations and the issues that we should be focusing on. To all those who responded, thanks for the excellent feedback, we're excited to act on it and look forward to having some updates early in the new year.
We joined forces with reBOOT Peterborough this year, and the addition of Lars, Krijn and Scott - and Simon too - to the team has made an enormous contribution to our capacity to service our clients.
We also grew along with our recycling and logistics partner Electronic Recycling Services and would especially like to thank Paul, Tony, Christine, Keith for your dedication to making the partnership work and Sam for his generous support, both financial and through encouraging us to set high targets.
In 2016, we'll use the previous year as a platform to continue to help people across the country - long-time residents and new comers alike - get access to the tools and connections they need to improve their economic opportunities and stay connected with their community.
On behalf of the reBOOT Canada team - thank you and we wish you a happy and safe holiday,
Your support of reBOOT Canada in the form of donations of used electronics helps members of our community develop skills, increase their economic opportunities and stay connected to family and friends. Since 1995, your donations have helped us dispense over 2,000 laptops and desktops to individuals and important organizations such as Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services, Weston Frontlines and Rise Asset Development.
In order to build on our charitable activity - and reach even more people in need - effective December 1, 2015, we will require a $50 fee (plus HST) for residential pick ups and $100 fee (plus HST) for small business and corporate donation pick-ups. Also please note disposal fees may also apply for items included in pick ups not suitable for refurbishment or donation. Some examples include non-functioning UPS, batteries, CRT monitors, medical equipment and light bulbs.
You may continue to drop off donations Monday to Friday from 930 am to 4 00 pm at our warehouse at 2450 Lawrence Avenue East Unit 1 (between Kennedy and Midland) at no charge. We may be adding drop off locations in the future, please check our website for updates in that regard.
As a prior donor and in recognition of your generosity, these fees will be waived for you until January 1 2016. You are invited to take advantage of the free* pick up service until then, subject to restrictions.
You can schedule your free* pick up before December 31, 2015 by completing this form or by contacting certified reBOOT Canada agent Keith at 416 534 6017 extension 1.
Appreciate your understanding and ongoing support,
*Some restrictions apply. Charges may apply for corporate pick-ups, please contact us. We will not accept CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) televisions for donation. however we can arrange for removal subject to a flat fee for service as low as $75.
It's been a tough couple of days as we digest the news from Paris and experiences in our own communities.
The team at reBOOT Canada express our concern of the actions leading to the intentional fire and destruction at the Masjid Al-Salaam (Mosque of Peace). Here's a link to the story
Meet Brent Hayes - our reBOOT Canada operations and warehouse manager in Scarborough and a Blue Jays fan since 1977 - before he could form sentences!
Brent's responsibilities include managing donation processing, refurbishing and quality control - and he's the helpful and pleasant guy greeting you as you're dropping off your donation.
On behalf of the reBOOT Canada team we wish Canada's Team the Jays a successful Game 6 in KC!