1638 Bloor Design Workshop

Posted on October 10, 2008

Please find attached the City Planning invitation to attend a design workshop for the above noted site, to be held at the Indian Rd Crescent Junior Public School staffroom, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, on Wednesday October 15th at 7pm.

Please be advised that City Planning is still in negotiations with the developer but has confirmed that this design meeting needs to happen before any revised plans are introduced.

I understand that City Planning has done a mailout and that folks within 120m of the development area should be receiving a flyer as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions.



Revised construction schedule, Jameson Reconstruction

Posted on October 10, 2008

Please be advised that my office met with City staff on site last week and have confirmed the following:

The installation of the watermain from Springhurst Avenue to King Street West is installed and the contractor is installing the water services to each building now. After, that part of the distribution system will be chlorinated and put into service hopefully by the end of October 2008.

As for the watermain from King Street to Queen Street, it is expected to start at the beginning of November 2008 and weather permitting, it may be completed this year. Please note that chlorination of the watermain system can be very difficult in the freezing weather and may have to be delayed until around March/April 2009 before the system is put to use. The project will be shut down during the winter season and after that the road, sidewalk reconstruction and streetscaping works will start by the end of April/ beginning of May 2008. The whole project is expected to be completed by July 2009.

As I understand it, the reasons for the change in schedule were: some unexpected underground obstructions were encountered resulting in extra work, additional investigation had to be carried out because of conflicting information between field observations and drawing notes and some activities took longer to accomplish because of safety concerns.

I have asked that a new construction notice to notify the residents on Jameson regarding the revised schedule be sent out as soon as possible and that another one also be sent out prior to the start of the construction in spring 2009.

I have confirmed that the entire Jameson Avenue, from Springhurst to Queen in both directions, will be open during the winter months when construction is not happening. Again, I have also been advised that pedestrian access to the waterfront will also not be compromised.

Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market Potluck Dinner

Posted on October 10, 2008


This Monday I had the pleasure of joining MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo at the annual Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market potluck dinner. Friends, families and park users came to shop, eat and enjoy each other’s company on a chilly fall evening. I also sampled some delicious market fare while visiting with many of you.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to get out the browse the local and organic fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods you have until October 27th of this year to gather up some goodies of your own. So, bundle up next Monday evening and enjoy Ward 14’s Farmers’ Market!

Nuit Blanche in Ward 14 a HUGE success!

Posted on October 10, 2008

For the second year, Nuit Blanche has come to Parkdale/Liberty Village. This year Nuit Blanche in the Ward was host to many amazing multi sensory exhibits from fire filled windows, to fighting mascots, to contemporary Canadian fashion, to photography, animation, to audio installations and so much more. This was an amazing night of multi media art and an exciting opportunity for us to share our communites with residents from Toronto and abroad.

You should also know that I chatted with many people in and out of the ward who said that the installations in Parkdale and Liberty Village were some of their favourites. What good news!

Although the contemporary art installations are formally over, the ‘Stereoscope’ by Blinkenlights, the world’s largest interactive computer screen, at City Hall will continue to run every night until Sunday, October 12 at 7 a.m.

To play games on City Hall’s East tower, participants can call:

Invaders: 647-259-8560

Mole: 647-259-8543

Breakout: 647-259-8563

To play games on City Hall’s West tower, participants can call:

Tetris: 647-258-1674

Pong: 647-259-8559

Snake: 647-259-8557

I hope you all had a safe and memorable experience this year and Nuit Blanche and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Items of Interest

Posted on October 10, 2008

Optician of the Year awarded to Parkdale BIA member!
I would like to extend warm congratulations to Dr. Belle Tumbokon, a long time Parkdale Business Improvement Area Board member and most recently the recipient of the annual Optician of the Year Award!
Dr. Tumbokon has been the owner of Belle Optical, 1388 Queen St. West, for 30 years.
I am pleased to announce the launch of GreenSceneZToronto, a video challenge designed to give Toronto’s youth an opportunity to express their passion for the environment and help inspire Torontonians to live green.

Youth in grades 7 through 12 at Toronto schools are invited to submit their idea for a 30-second ‘live green’ video on a storyboard; no previous video or filmmaking experience is required. Six winning teams will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers at Planet in Focus to turn their great green message into a 30-second video.
Winning videos will premiere at the 2009 Green Toronto Awards and be featured on the Live Green Toronto website at livegreentoronto.ca for all of Toronto to see.
The deadline to enter is December 15, 2008, and details and entry forms are available at livegreentoronto.ca. Winners must be available to attend a video production camp during March Break, from March 16 – 20, 2009.
Live Green Toronto Scavenger Hunt

The Live Green Toronto Scavenger Hunt is an initiative of Live Green Toronto, which is designed to engage and inspire all Torontonians in taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, be more energy efficient and combat climate change. The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan targets an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

For more details visit: Live Green Toronto at livegreentoronto.ca and Toronto Walking Festival at www.toronto.ca/walking

October 2008