1540 Bloor Street West Community Consultation

Posted on April 4, 2008

This is a reminder of the “official”community consultation meeting for the 1540 Bloor Street West site (at the northwest corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West) to be held on Tuesday April 8th, 2008, 7pm at the Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor Street West).

This is an opportunity to provide your comments and feedback on this proposal as well as to ask questions of the developer’s team. Many of you have expressed interest and/or concerns with this site since I held a community pre-consultation in May of 2007, and I encourage you to bring any further insights to this very important meeting.

Please see the attached notice for more information. You can also visit the Friends of Dundas and Bloor website at www.dundasandbloor.ca to find out about their work to date and how you can get involved.



Dufferin Jog Elimination Working Group Wrap Up

Posted on April 4, 2008

Over the course of the last 6 months, Councillor Giambrone and I have hosted 5 community meetings regarding the Dufferin Jog elimination project. As some of you may be aware, a “Dufferin Jog design working group”was formed to narrow the scope of the 5 design elements presented at the Design Charette meeting on March 1st. The group’s “mission”was to take the comments recorded from the charette meeting and apply them when deciding on how to proceed with the following elements: Wall and ceiling treatments inside the underpass, landscaping of the green spaces, the Queen St. Edge, Heritage Plaques, and Handrails.

As you know this project is going to tender very soon and construction is set to begin this August (tentative completion date June 2009).

Throughout this process the design working group, comprised of residents, business owners, artists and other stakeholders, posed key questions and made informed comments and suggestions that have contributed towards the final design. I look forward to presenting the final proposal to the community in the next month.

I have attached the minutes from the last two design working group meeting for your reference. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to contact my office.



Request for Proposals document, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on April 4, 2008

Please find attached the Request for Proposal document (No. 9118-08-7065 for the 2008 Avenue Studies) issued this week. As you will see, the study area reference map in Appendix F on page 42 has been updated to include the northwest corner of Boustead Avenue and Dundas Street West as discussed at the March 26 meeting.

The RFP document is 43 pages. Below are sections that will likely be of interest to you:

a) Section 2 Purpose – pages 4 to 5

b) Section 3 Scope of Work (including details on each of the Study’s three phases) – pages 6 to 10

c) Section 3.1 Phase I – Local Advisory Committee – page 6

d) Section 3.2 Phase II – Charrette – page 7 to 10

e) Section 3.4 Study Output – seventh bullet point – strategic transportation assessment – page 10

Section 4.4 on page 12 identifies the Schedule of Events for the RFP process with a May 12 date as the “contract start” date for the winning consulting team.

Kevin Edwards (City Planning) has also provided the material (notices, agendas, presentations, meeting notes) from the Bloor Visioning exercise. This material will be packaged for the winning consulting team along with the planning report and council resolution on the outcome of the exercise.

Should you have any comments or questions, please contact Corwin Cambray, Policy and Research, City Planning at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca You can also contact Shana Almeida in my office at 416-338-5174 or by email at salmeida@toronto.ca

RFP 9118-08-7065.pdf

20 Minute Toronto Makeover

Posted on April 4, 2008

Last year’s 20-Minute Toronto Makeover successfully saw more than 140,000 Torontonians take a bag and glove in hand to fight litter. The fifth annual GTA-wide 20-Minute Makeover at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 18, 2008 is gearing up to be the most successful year to date.

Special litter bags and gloves for the fifth annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza retail outlets and Toronto’s Recreation Community Centres. Get equipped and join students, seniors, business professionals and government officials and staff in the city-wide 20-minute clean-up taking place on Friday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

Organizations and large groups must register by April 11 for either event by going online at www.toronto.ca/litter or calling 416-392-7899. Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pick-up. Individuals can place their bagged litter with their regular household garbage, although the six-bag limit still applies. The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, please also contact my office and let us know what site you plan to tackle!

Items of Interest

Posted on April 4, 2008

I am speaking at Cycling Advocacy Workshop!
Sunday April 13 –
11:00am to 4:00pm
Council Chambers,
Toronto City Hall (Queen & Bay)

Learn how to improve cycling conditions in your Ward. Become a positive force of change. Learn political process and leadership.

For more information see attached flyer.


Keele Subway – TTC Emergency Planning
Twice daily during the weeks of April 1, 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20 at the Keele subway yard, the TTC and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) will be conducting emergency exercises to test the effectiveness of emergency planning, procedures, equipment and training.

For more information please see attached flyer.


Following are some items of interest that have been forwarded to my office from:





Toronto Rehabilitation Institute



ROOF (subsidy extended deadline to June 30, 2008)




April 2008