Keele and Bloor Underpass Mural Unveiling This Sunday, October 25th!

Posted on October 23, 2015

There will be an unveiling and ribbon cutting  this Sunday, October 25th at 11:30 am at the mural site (Keele Street north of Bloor West).    We hope you can make it to celebrate this beautiful new addition to our streetscape.

Meet the artists and learn more about their inspiration at the Bloor by the Park BIA’s Toast to Autumn’s 5th Anniversary ( from 12 pm-7 pm at Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor Street West).


Bloor By The Park: Toast of Autumn – October 25th, 20015

Posted on October 23, 2015


Join Bloor by the Park for Toast to Autumn’s 5th Anniversary! Bring your friends and family to this fall-time fair featuring live music with Juno artist Paul James, The Polish Canadians, The Dreamboats, The Spandettes, The Ole Fashion and more. FREE ADMISSION.

There will be plenty of giveaways, $5 food menus, beer, a marketplace, and a ton of activities for the kids including the ever popular FREE pumpkin carving, button making, soap making and more at this Oktoberfest style gathering!

12-7pm. Located at Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor St W). Visit for more info.

Sponsored in part by Tim Hortons, Scotiabank, PARAMA Credit Union, Thornbury Brewery, Pet Valu High Park, Say It With Fruit, System Fitness Bloor West, and Bloor by the Park BIA.

Liberty New Street

Posted on October 23, 2015

Study area: Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street on the north side of the GO Transit Lakeshore West rail corridor

The City of Toronto is studying the possibility of constructing a new east-west local road along the south end of Liberty Village, from Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street, on the north side of the GO Transit Lakeshore West rail corridor.

The new street would improve circulation for all modes of travel and support community development. The study began in 2011 and has included multiple stages of public and stakeholder consultation.

The City aims to complete this study by the end of 2015. If endorsed by Council, potential implementation could follow a phased approach.

Currently there is no schedule for construction. Further background information and materials from the completed public consultation process are available on the project web page:


Liberty New Street 2015 Update Flyer v4


GO Barrie Line Double Tracking Environmental Assessment

Posted on October 23, 2015

If you or anybody you know, that is interested in being part of this conversation with GO Metrolinx, I urge you to attend the community meeting(s) below.


As I receive more information, I will be sure to share it with you.





“The provincial government recently announced funding and support to bring more GO service to residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The Regional Express Rail (RER) capital program will mean electric trains running every 15 minutes or better, all day and in both directions on GO-owned corridors and significant service increases across the entire network.

To deliver this service to communities, we are busy working on the necessary environmental assessments and early enabling works. As part of this work, we are beginning to assess the impacts of adding additional track to the Barrie GO rail corridor which runs through your ward.

We are in the early stages of working through the technical studies to prepare for the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) environmental assessment that will review adding an additional track from Lansdowne Avenue in the City of Toronto to the Allandale Waterfront GO Station in Barrie. The assessment will review necessary space for a possible third track up to the East Gwillimbury GO station to prepare for a possible future express service. The study will also review building a layover facility for up to 8 trains.

We plan to begin this TPAP in 2016, but we want to start a conversation in advance of the formal process with stakeholders and the community to hear any concerns the community may have and to better understand any localized concerns or impacts that will help inform the technical plans.

In addition to looking at adding additional track, there are 54 rail crossings across the Barrie rail corridor. Metrolinx is completing an assessment of all rail crossings to evaluate the potential to create overpasses/underpasses (grade separations), close rail crossings, or enhancements to the crossing given the increase in service from RER expansion.

As part of our community engagement plans, we wanted to let you know that we will be hosting the following introductory public meetings along the corridor to introduce ourselves and begin the conversation that will take place over the coming months in advance of beginning the TPAP process.

Town of Newmarket City of Barrie City of Vaughan City of Toronto
Thursday, November 5
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Ray Twinney Complex, Lounge 1
100 Eagle St. W.

Tuesday, November 10
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

South Shore Community Centre – Hall
205 Lakeshore Drive

Thursday, November 10
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

North Thornhill Community Centre – Activity Room A&B
300 Pleasant Ridge Ave.

Tuesday, November 17
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Ave. W.


The information at these meetings will provide a high-level overview of what is being planned, the related technical studies being completed and speak to next steps. It will also be a chance for members of the community to sign up for regular updates and information as we move forward with this project.

We will be placing ads in community newspapers and a mailer will be delivered to residents living within 100 metres of the rail corridor to promote the meetings.”

Metrolinx: Overnight maintenance work on southernmost track between King Street West and Dupont Street | October 24 to 25

Posted on October 23, 2015

This weekend there will be overnight track work on the southernmost track, from King Street West to Dupont Street.  This work involves replacing track ties and noise can be expected as the work crew pass through your area. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Timing: Saturday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, 4:00 p.m. (approximately).

Metrolinx: Overnight maintenance work on southernmost track between King Street West and Dupont Street | October 24 to 25

Posted on October 23, 2015

This weekend there will be overnight track work on the southernmost track, from King Street West to Dupont Street.  This work involves replacing track ties and noise can be expected as the work crew pass through your area. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Timing: Saturday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, October 25, 4:00 p.m. (approximately).

Complete Streets Photo Contest

Posted on October 23, 2015


City Planning and Transportation Services are working together to host the Complete Streets Photo Contest, encouraging residents to share inspiring photos, and to show the City what makes streets great for people, as places, and for prosperity.


This contest is one of the public engagement activities for the Complete Streets Guidelines Project.


The contest is starting to gain traction with now over 95 submissions.  We are accepting submissions up to October 31, and invite Facebook users to vote for their favourites during this submission period.   In November, we will also have public voting via an online survey on a short list of photos selected by guest judges.  See full details on the contest web page

Toronto Satellite-Vancouver Zero Waste Conference

Posted on October 23, 2015


The City of Toronto is thrilled to be a satellite host for the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference in Toronto from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday October 29, 2015. All are welcome to attend this free drop-in event, which will take place at the Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Avenue.


Attendees are encouraged to register for a full, or half day, and attend any presentation that is of interest.  Registration for the Toronto event is available here:


Details on the line up of presentations and speakers can be viewed on the Conference website:  From our location in Toronto, we will be interacting and communicating with presenters via live webcast and there will be opening remarks in Toronto from Councillor Mike Layton.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Robyn Shyllit, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator at 416-392-3358 or


Notice of Call for Applications – Community Festivals; Community Recreation

Posted on October 23, 2015

–         2016 Community Festivals & Special Events Investment Funding program – provides start-up or early-stage funding for small not-for-profit festivals and community events held in the City of Toronto that encourage residents to have fun, participate in their community, connect with each other, and contribute to a community’s strength. (Deadline: December 2, 2015.)


–          2016 Community Recreation Investment Funding program – provides short-term funding to Toronto-based not-for-profit groups offering quality projects that a) increase participation in recreation, b) engage diverse residents reflective of their neighbourhoods, c) builds skills, and d) uses recreation as a tool to develop the physical and social health of Toronto’s residents. (Deadline: December 9, 2015.)


Supporting Community Groups

–          The Program Guidelines for Community Recreation and Community Festivals are  attached to this email.

–          Community groups have also been notified of upcoming Information Sessions at which they are able to clarify grant program criteria, and ask staff for input on their project idea for best fit. Information Sessions will be held on October 26 and November 17. Notice of the date and location is posted on the Community Funding website.

–          We also encourage groups to speak with us before they apply. They can email or call 416.392.9125 and ask to speak with a grants staff member.


Grant Program Details

–          Community Festivals grants range on average between $8,000 – $10,000 for a maximum of up to two years to fund small scale, new or emerging festivals, and to help them to start or grow and increase their effectiveness.

–          Community Recreation grants range between $16,500 – $43,000 for a maximum of two years for projects that are enhancements to existing programs or for brand new projects.

–          Funding is available for projects that start April 1, 2016.

–          Past funded Community Festivals/Community Recreation initiatives (run by emerging or established groups) typically have demonstrated: strong community partners; good community development experience engaging residents, participants and/or volunteers in the planning and implementation of the initiative; and, organizational capacity in running similar projects or events in the past.


Investment Funding Programs

Community Investment Funding programs provide time-limited funding to established and emerging not-for-profit groups in the City of Toronto to test new ideas or enhance existing models that lead to meaningful change in organizations and communities.


Grants help the City of Toronto achieve its social, economic and cultural goals for its residents. The City’s goals are better achieved by supporting the work of organizations that are closer to the communities they serve.

High Park Stewards: Buckthorn Busting – Sunday October, 25

Posted on October 23, 2015

High Park Stewards: Buckthorn Busting

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Grenadier Restaurant, Colbourne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Many people are needed to help us remove buckthorn, a highly invasive shrub that competes with native plants. It’s a great way to make a difference while taking out your frustrations on aggressive flora.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. We meet rain or shine, but not during lightning storms. Gloves and tools will be provided.

For more information:


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