No more parking on Park land

Posted on June 20, 2008

I have some very exciting news.

A recent meeting was held to discuss concerns regarding large events held along the Lake front in past years, and their relationship to motorists from out of town parking illegally along the boulevard and within parks property. As you are aware, motorists mount the curb to access both the boulevard and parks property, including using the Martin Goodman Trail.

As you can appreciate this creates a major safety issue and a unnecessary expense to the City in restoration costs.

As a result of this meeting “No Parking on Boulevard and Park Lands” signage (approximately 60cm x 60cm) will be installed on many utility poles between Humber River through to British Columbia Drive.

I am thrilled with this new installation and to once again communicate that there is no parking in parklands.

Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study Kick off!

Posted on June 20, 2008

Over the past 4 months, I have posted information on my website regarding the Bloor Dundas Avenue Study.

To review, the Avenue Study was approved by City Council on March 5th, 2008 after months of hard work and commitment to the neighbourhood shown by members of the community, City Planning and my office. 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 parameters for future developments in the area. It will also identify various areas for improvement.

I am happy to announce that the web page for this Avenue Study is up and running. Please visit to find detailed background information as well as information about the lead consultant, Brook McIlroy

I would also like to announce that the kick off public meeting date has been set for Tuesday July 8th, 630pm at Saint Joan of Arc Gymnasium. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Again, thank you to everyone who came out to show their support for this Avenue Study. Let’s get started!


Flyer: kick-off-public-meeting-notice.pdf

Lamport Re Opens!

Posted on June 20, 2008

Although the weather was not ideal, the rain held off long enough for me and a core group of Lamport Stadium supporters, Park staff and area residents to officially re open the stadium.

Over the course of the last year I have work with Parks, Forestry and Recreation to have the turf at Lamport Stadium replaced and the fencing changed. Both improvements have been well received by the permit holders, the Liberty Village BIA and local residents.

On Tuesday night, we all had the joy of watching the Ultimate Frisbee and Women’s Field Hockey teams play a great few games on the new turf.

I look forward to being a part of long term improvements at Lamport Stadium.

For information on booking Lamport Stadium please contact Andrea Boylan at 338-3349.

Public Art Competition – Dufferin Jog

Posted on June 20, 2008

Councillor Giambrone and I have been working with the community over the last year to improve some of the design elements of the Dufferin Jog Elimination Project. I am happy to say that, after much input from the community, staff are pulling together the final pieces of the tender document and construction is expected to begin in the fall.

The only outstanding aspect of this project is securing an artist for the Public Art installation in the tunnel of the underpass (location decided by the community).

Through public consultations, with the Culture Divison of the City of Toronto, over the past few months many of you have already expressed your views about what the public art component in this location means to you and how it should communicate civic pride about your neighbourhoods. As Culture staff is beginning to work on the “Terms of Reference” , the document that will be given to artists responding to the competition call, we are welcoming your input not only about the social and economic history of Parkdale and West Queen West, but your personal and family histories and recollections.
Most importantly, we would like to know your thoughts about such intangible things as how you would like to feel while walking through that underpass, and the kind of ambiance you would wish the art to elicit. We hope that when combined together these personal and collective stories and historical materials will inform and inspire the artists and lead to excellent proposals, finally resulting in a Public Art work that will be a source of pride not only for the area but for Toronto.

Please forward all your comments to my staff Amy Johnston – and she will forward the content onto the Culture Division for their consideration.

West Bend – Junction Walk 2008

Posted on June 20, 2008

Come Explore our great neighbourhood

SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2008, 9:45 a.m. Meet at Baird Park, RAIN OR SHINE

Following up on JANE’S WALK May 3rd that honours Jane Jacobs, Toronto’s late beloved community activist, resident and City advocate we’re doing a second Neighbourhood Walk. The Walk will be by Duncan Farnan, local West Bend resident. All walks are free.

Start and Finish: West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club – Baird Park (Keele Street and Humberside Avenue). Allow for 1 1/2 – 2 hrs or just drop in and out: You’ll be back for lunch!

You can check Jane’s Walk out at

You can also see a short transcript of the West Bend – Junction Walk by visiting the website of the West Bend Community Association at

June 2008