TTC Introduces New Articulated Bus

Posted on October 4, 2013

The TTC unveiled is new articulated buses on Thursday.

The articulated buses are 60-feet long as opposed to the current 40-foot bus. Due to its length and design, there is a 45 percent increase in rider capacity.

Roll-out of the new buses begin in December.

Compared to the bendy buses that were used in 2003, Chief Executive Chair Andy Byford says the new Quebec-made buses are far superior and stainless steel.

The buses will roll out to other high demand routes next year and all of them will be in service by January 2015.

The buses will be introduced on the following routes next year:

  • 7 Bathurst – first bus December 2013
  • 29 Dufferin – first bus January 2014
  • 36 Finch West – Spring 2014
  • 63 Ossington – Summer 2014
  • 6 Bay – first bus Summer 2014
  • 85 Sheppard East – Fall 2014
  • 53 Steeles Express – Fall 2014

Update on the Close Springhurst Park

Posted on October 4, 2013

Councillor Perks held a community meeting in 2011 with Parks staff and community residents to talk about uses for the Close Springhurst Park to help animate this space. The idea of a ‘tot-lot’ arose as families with very young children felt it could be a welcoming space for little ones not able to use the school play areas.

Construction operations for the new ‘tot lot’ commenced at the Close Springhurst Park in winter 2011/12. The site on which Close Springhurst Park sits is leased by the city. The property owners, concerned that there might be damage to the waterproofing membrane of the underground garage, requested that operations stop soon into the reconstruction. Structural engineers have provided evidence that there has been no damage to the underground membrane.

City staff from Parks Legal and Real Estate have all been involved in trying to negotiate an agreement with the owners of the site so that the ‘tot lot’ can be installed. Unfortunately, an agreement cannot be reached.

Close Springhurst Park will be restored to its original condition by the end of October, 2013. Picnic tables and benches will be installed spring 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update on the Close Springhurst Park

Posted on October 4, 2013

Councillor Perks held a community meeting in 2011 with Parks staff and community residents to talk about uses for the Close Springhurst Park to help animate this space. The idea of a ‘tot-lot’ arose as families with very young children felt it could be a welcoming space for little ones not able to use the school play areas.

Construction operations for the new ‘tot lot’ commenced at the Close Springhurst Park in winter 2011/12. The site on which Close Springhurst Park sits is leased by the city. The property owners, concerned that there might be damage to the waterproofing membrane of the underground garage, requested that operations stop soon into the reconstruction. Structural engineers have provided evidence that there has been no damage to the underground membrane.

City staff from Parks Legal and Real Estate have all been involved in trying to negotiate an agreement with the owners of the site so that the ‘tot lot’ can be installed. Unfortunately, an agreement cannot be reached.

Close Springhurst Park will be restored to its original condition by the end of October, 2013. Picnic tables and benches will be installed spring 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Making Space for Culture community event

Posted on October 4, 2013

In 2011, City Council unanimously adopted the Making Space for Culture initiative, laid out in the Creative Capital Gains report. This initiative seeks to find space in Toronto neighbourhoods for arts-based projects, such as dance, music, film, performance and art.

 

Ward 14 will be holding their meeting to discuss, with community members, local arts priorities in our neighbourhood. We strongly encourage you to attend to share your voice on what projects you feel should be undertaken to build arts spaces in the Parkdale-High Park area.

 

The meeting will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 2:30 to 4:30pm at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West). We look forward to hearing your opinions about this important topic. If you have any questions relating to this initiative, please contact makingspace@toronto.ca

 

Renew the Revue

Posted on October 4, 2013

Toronto’s iconic Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue, one of Canada’s oldest movie houses, is embarking on a crowd-funding campaign to assist with a much-needed facelift.

The non-profit community-run theatre, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, requires major interior updates to the ticket lobby, main lobby and auditorium. Upgrades to the theatre’s plumbing, lighting, wall treatments, doors, walls and floors are also desperately needed. All told, the estimated cost for the ambitious “Renew the Revue” campaign is $150,000 and our goal for the crowd-funding campaign is $90,000.

From October 1 to November 30, Revue supporters are encouraged to donate via Rockethub: http://rkthb.co/32787. In appreciation for donations, the theatre is offering incentives such as buttons, T-shirts, postcards and movie posters, free movies and screenings, and commemorative plaques on theatre seats.

The continued existence of the Revue Cinema should be of interest to cinephiles, heritage buffs, neighbouring Torontonians, local businesses and anyone else who believes in the value of independent community-based organizations.

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