Update: 1540 Bloor Street West

Posted on September 12, 2008

As some of you are aware, a sales office for 1540 Bloor Street West has been erected at the former Joe Mercury’s site.

It’s my understanding that a sales office is a completely legal use that only needs permits (it does not need sign off from planning staff or approvals from City Council). Interestingly enough, after speaking with planning staff I have come to find out that in various areas of the City, developers have erected sales offices prior to an application being submitted.

Here is the latest update on the 1540 development: my office hasn’t heard from the developer’s team in quite some time – the last meeting we had with them was our 1540 Working Group session meeting (comprised of selected residents, business owners and stakeholders in the area). At this meeting the group asked among other things that they do a revised Traffic Impact Study and take a more detailed look at the access/egress issue for the site.

It’s my understanding that the City’s Planning department received the revised study a couple of weeks ago, and that the City’s Transportation dept. is currently reviewing it. City Planning and I will be discussing the study with the 1540 Bloor Street working group once it has been reviewed. There has been no further discussion on the built form, but Planning has indicated that they should expect some sort of revised proposal in the next few months. Once that revision comes in, then we can expect a report and the application will go off to Community Council. Of course, I will be sending out that information as soon as it becomes available.

There has also been no OMB appeal to date.

Should you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I have also copied Community Planner Kevin Edwards, who can be reached at kedward@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-392-1306.

Reminder: Bloor/Dundas Design Workshop Saturday Septmeber 20th!

Posted on September 12, 2008

This is a reminder for the attached 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. So far only 30 community members have registered! You can register by calling Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or email confirmation of your attendance to ccambra@toronto.ca by September 15.

Please forward widely!


Items of Interest

Posted on September 12, 2008

Know the law before pulling the plug on your pool

As the end of summer approaches, many homeowners are preparing to empty their pools. Whether they do it themselves or use a pool maintenance company, they may not realize that there is a bylaw that governs the way they can legally discharge pool water into the City’s sewer system.

As of June 2008, changes were made to the City of Toronto’s Sewer Use Bylaw, addressing the discharge of pool water from privately owned swimming pools, hot tubs and spas into the City’s sewer system. The new changes include mandatory adherence to Environmental Best Management Practices, which are supported by the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada, to prevent or limit discharges in order to protect the natural environment (creeks, rivers and streams).

Water from pools, hot tubs and spas is filled with chemicals such as chlorine/bromine, salt, copper-based algaecides and more. These chemicals are harmful to the fish and organisms that live in water systems across Toronto and in Lake Ontario.

Owners of pools, hot tubs and spas must ensure that chlorine/bromine levels are below .01 mg/L prior to releasing water into the storm sewer system. Since these chemicals dissipate on their own, leaving the pool uncovered for two weeks is usually enough time to reduce the levels to a legal amount. A neutralizer can also be used to reduce the levels of chlorine/bromine to an acceptable level.

The water from salt water pools has high levels of chlorides and cannot be discharged into the storm sewer system – it must be carefully discharged into the sanitary system by way of temporary or permanent connection to the sanitary sewer system or onto the property of the pool owner. Salt water pool owners choosing to make a permanent connection from their pool to the sanitary sewer system must obtain a permit from Toronto Building.

Water from pools, hot tubs and spas can never be discharged into or near the ground level of a ravine or valley. Their water can cause erosion to the land banks and serious damage to vegetation.

For more information or to view the Environmental Best Management Practices for private swimming pools, hot tubs/spas in Toronto, visit www.toronto.ca/water/swimmingpools, e-mail p3help@toronto.ca or call 416-394-8447.


The 2008 6th Annual Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC)

will see visitors stroll through Trinity Bellwoods Park, the main hub for the festival. Spreading west along Queen West from Spadina to Roncesvalles, numerous venues participate as satellite locations for the Community Partner Crawl.

Visitors will be able to connect with over 230 artists and shop at stalls filled with their jury-selected works. QWAC also incorporates performance artists and an interactive kids zone for junior art crawlers. The population that incorporate QWAC into their weekend to do list generally fall into the category of 25-44 years old. They can be described as urban, social, active, educated, media savvy, and cultural consumers. QWAC is an innovative marketing tool to reach this targeted audience.

PLEDC mandate is to strengthen the cultural fabric of the community by celebrating and cultivating the unique character, diversity and ethos of Queen West. As one of the city’s most precious cultural resources – Queen West is a natural habitat for individual artists, not-for-profit arts organizations, artist run centres as well as a dynamic range of creative enterprises who live, work and play in the neighbourhood

Upcoming Food Drive

Please help The Stop Community Food Centre stop hunger and build a community.

See attached flyer for more details.


September 2008