Jameson Bridge and Construction Projects across the City

Posted on June 6, 2008

I have some good news about the Jameson pedestrian bridge. This week, after many conversations with senior City staff, they have renegotiated the arrangement with the contractor to accelerate the construction schedule. The bridge will now reopen to pedestrian traffic on July 18th (as opposed to late August/early September). This will cut the length of time the bridge is closed almost in half.

Also, the series of motions that I brought to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Jameson bridge closure passed in their June 4th meeting. From now on, before proceeding with construction projects that impede pedestrian Waterfront access, City staff will have to go through a series of steps including consultation with Waterfront WWMP staff and my office. This will allow for adequate time to consult with the community. My motion to change the process for notification of all construction projects also passed. See attached letter for details.

I want to thank all of you for sending me your comments and for working with me on this issue. I have said before this experience should remind us all to work very hard to get a great waterfront access plan through the Western Waterfront planning process. If you aren’t already involved please take a moment to browse the City webpage on this project:


Letter to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee :


Bloor Street West Avenue Study Underway!

Posted on June 6, 2008

The process for the Bloor Avenue study is underway. The consultant has been hired for the above noted study (Brook Mcilroy, http://www.brookmcilroy.com/ ) and I met with them last week to finalise the process as well as the meeting dates with the Local Advisory Committee and the public.

To review, the Avenue Study will examine the areas on Bloor between Keele Street and Dundas Street West, and Dundas Street West from Boustead Avenue to Glenlake Avenue and discuss the parametres for future developments in the area. Some of you may be aware of the proposed developments at the corner of Bloor and Dundas, as well as at Bloor Street West and Indian Rd. and the Bloor Visioning Sessions that were sparked by these proposals (in particular the 1540 Bloor Street West development). Much of the work we have done to date will help to inform the Avenue Study as it moves forward.

As part of the process (see terms of reference attached), I have selected 14 stakeholder groups that I would like to be involved in the Local Advisory Committee (LAC). This committee’s responsibility will be to work with the consultant to guide and review the study as it develops. The committee will discuss their experiences in the neighbourhood, and give the consultant feedback on how they feel the neighbourhood should develop.

The dates confirmed are:

LAC meeting: Thursday June 26th, 2008 – 630pm

Open House: Tuesday July 8th, 2008 – 630pm, Saint Joan of Arc Gymnasium, 1701 Bloor Street West (at Indian Grove)

LAC meeting: Wednesday September 3rd, 2008 – 630pm

Public Charette: Saturday September 20th, 20081pm-5pm, location TBA

I will be posting official notices as they become available through City Planning. Many of you in the areas surrounding the study site will also be receiving a hard copy invitation to the Open House and Public Charrette closer to their respective dates.


Lamport Lives! The Official Stadium reopening

Posted on June 6, 2008

Many of you have contacted my office with questions about Lamport Stadium. I am happy to report that after months of this great space being closed to the public, Lamport is now ready to host games, fans and fun!

I hope you will join me on Tuesday June 17th, 2008 at 7pm to officially re-open this great Stadium. The ribbon cutting will take place at the South Gate at 7pm, with tours beginning at 7:15pm. Come out for the ribbon cutting ceremony and get a sneak peek at the new turf and the Toronto Women’s Field Hockey team in action! Please see the attached flyer for more details.

I look forward to hosting Ward 14 sports and games days at Lamport very soon!




Construction Notice

Posted on June 6, 2008

Dorval Road, Edna Avenue, Ritchie Avenue, Parkway Avenue, Maple Grove Avenue and Strickland Avenue Road Reconstruction / Resurfacing and Watermain Replacement

Dates are subject to change depending on weather and any changes to the scope. Further public notices will be issued to residents prior to changes. Individuals with parking permits are requested to park in adjoining streets and if they are tagged, they are advised to give their Parking Infringement Notice to Ed Yathindra immediately so that it could be cancelled. Residents with driveways should contact Ed. Yathindra at 416-394-5421 to receive their temporary parking permits which allow them to park on the adjoining streets during construction.

For more information please see attached notice:


Items of Interest

Posted on June 6, 2008

Weekly Sunday Farmers Market 9am to 2pm in Liberty Village

The Farmers’ Market at Liberty Village is now open and operating weekly until Sunday November 2, in the Green P parking lot at Atlantic Ave and Liberty St. In season and Ontario grown asparagus, rhubarb, early strawberries and much more are available. MyMarket Liberty Village is committed to helping you enjoy the benefits of eating local as well as supporting farmers from Ontario’s protected Greenbelt region. www.my-market.ca

Green P parking lot at Liberty St & Atlantic Ave, Sundays, 9am to 2pm, till November 2

Fifth annual Give Me Liberty After Work Party, Thursday June 12, 4 to 10pm

From 4 to 10pm on Thursday June 12 you’ll have opportunity to meet your neighbours, celebrate the creative energy of Liberty Village, enjoy demonstrations from Liberty Village health and wellness businesses and sample the specialty foods of the local restaurants. Cold drinks…hot food…cool music!

Fraser Ave south of King St West www.lvbia.com

Liberty Market Lofts Art Festival: A Showcase of Liberty Village Artists, Saturday & Sunday June 14 & 15, noon to 5pm

An art exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and mixed media as celebration of the work of talented artisans of Liberty Village.

Liberty Market Loft Presentation Lounge, 171 East Liberty Street, Suite 140 (directly south of Dominion)


Join the Parkdale Project Read community:

Volunteers are being sought, who are committed to equality, diversity and learning, to be adult tutors in reading, writing and strengthening voice. PPR offers a 15-hour training (over four days) to prepare you: Thursday June 12 from 6 – 9, Saturday June 14 from 10 – 4, Tuesday June 17 from 6 – 9, and Thursday June 19 from 6 – 9. Contact Mary at 416-531-6308.

Annual Fun-Raising Dance: 4 out of 10 people in Ontario struggle with literacy, and yet 8 out of 10 love to dance! Plan to attend and dance to Skeets and the Clay Pigeons on Friday June 20, 8 p.m., Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen Street West (at Shaw). Fundraiser Tickets are 2 for $30 or $20 at the door.

Parkdale Project Read 416-531-6308 www.parkdaleprojectread.ca.

Toronto Police Services $5 Car Wash, Wednesday June 25, 9am to 1pm., in support of Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-government charitable organization dedicated to eradicating poverty housing in the Greater Toronto area. The “Women Build” is an opportunity for all-female crews to build homes. The home, located in the Lawrence Avenue East and Manse Road area in Scarborough is scheduled to be build during a two-week period in late September and early October.

The TPS Traffic Services Unit, located at the south end of Hanna Ave., has put a team together in support of the Women Build. The “TSV Mortar Mamas” have undertaken the task to raise $9,000.00 for their share of the funds required to provide materials for the new home. For further information or to pledge more support contact PC Lee Bishop 416- 808-1954 lee.bishop@torontopolice.on.ca

TPS Traffic Services, 5 Hanna Avenue, south of Liberty Street

June 2008