Bloor Dundas Avenue study Design Workshop

Posted on August 29, 2008

Please find attached the invite for the Design Workshop on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 starting at 1:00 p.m at the High Park Baptist Church, 9 Hewitt Avenue.

Please note the September 15 RSVP date to register for the workshop. You can register by calling Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or email
confirmation of your attendance to by September 15.

A copy of the invite will be posted under the “What’s New” section on the web page for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study –

Please forward widely! I do hope you come out (again) to share your insight and experiences of living and working in the neighbourhood. Feel free to contact my office should you have any questions.


Jameson Avenue Reconstruction

Posted on August 29, 2008

As many of you are aware, Jameson Avenue is in need of repair, not only the road surface but also the watermain that runs beneath it. I have been in touch with many of you who have asked when Jameson Avenue revitalization will become a priority project for the City.

Please be advised that the Jameson Avenue Reconstruction will be underway starting next week, Wednesday September 3rd, 2008. Please see the attached flyer that was distributed to residents on Jameson Avenue, Springhurst Avenue from Cowan Avenue to King Street, Dunn Avenue, Close Avenue, Dowling Avenue, Maynard Avenue, Leopold Street and Laxton Avenue earlier this week.

City Staff have been working with my office on the details of the Jameson Avenue Reconstruction over the past few months: the scope of work involved, the length of the project and my request for clear communication to the residents affected. I have posted preliminary information regarding this reconstruction on my website as soon as it has become available to my office.

The construction will involve complete closures of short segments of roadways during the watermain installation and the road reconstruction. Driveway accesses to the apartment buildings will be maintained and Jameson Avenue will be accessible only to those living on Jameson Avenue, no through traffic will be allowed. The watermain and water services reconstruction is scheduled from September 2nd, 2008 to October of 2008, with the road and sidewalk reconstruction from September to November 2008. As with many other projects to be completed in November, and our ever changing climate, it is likely that the project including the streetscaping work will be carried over to the spring (April/May) of 2009, in such case, the roadway will be made safe for winter traffic. I certainly hope that will not be the case.

Please note that pedestrian access to the waterfront will not be affected during this entire construction period.

I am also pleased to announce that the sidewalks will also be re-done and, thanks to my office, a new exciting community art project will be incorporated to revitalize the Jameson Avenue streetscape. I have been working diligently with the City’s Clean and Beautiful Secretariat to ensure that this streetscape receives some attention and that funding is allocated for a community-focused project. I will be providing details of this project at a later date.

Please also find attached an alternate route map to use during construction. Feel free to share this map with neighbours and friends.

I will post any updated information about the reconstruction on my website.

Thank you for your patience during this time and I look forward to seeing the improvement to this gateway into the vibrant community of Parkdale.



Tennis Courts at Marilyn Bell Park

Posted on August 29, 2008

Please be advised that in mid September, the courts will be closed for renovations.

In the Parks Forestry and Recreation capital projects for the year 2008, they have a project to upgrade the tennis courts at Marilyn Bell Park. The upgrades include the resurfacing and new fencing and net posts.

The courts will be closed for approximately four weeks.

Items of Interest

Posted on August 29, 2008

Sign By-law Project Summary

It has been more than ten years since Toronto was amalgamated and, with the exception of some specific amendments, the by-laws of all of the former municipalities governing permanent signs are still in force today.

In response, Toronto Building is working towards the creation of a single Sign By-law to regulate permanent signs. Permanent signs include: roof signs, fascia (wall) signs, free-standing (ground) signs and billboards. A proposed draft by-law and enforcement protocol is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009.

The new Sign By-law will recognize Toronto’s beautification and heritage goals, as well as review ‘special areas’ that reflect unique characteristics throughout the City. The Sign By-law project will also explore ways that signage will support the City’s efforts in climate change and energy conservation. And in response to Council’s recommendation October 2007, the project will consider the potential application of a billboard or public signage tax specifically for the purposes of raising revenue to administer the by-law and raise revenues for city beautification, arts or cultural initiatives

The Sign By-law Project will seek to create regulations for the future rather than harmonize regulations from the past.

New technologies such as digital projection and other electronic signs, as well as the wide spread use of vinyl materials creates a challenge. A thorough review of these matters will be undertaken as part of the Sign By-law project and appropriate provisions will be developed to properly regulate these new technologies and materials.

You are invited to participate in one of the public consultation sessions. Please see attached flyer and/or visit the City’s website at for details about the public consultations.

For more information you can:



Phone 416-392-8000.


August 2008