Tim Hortons – 1728 Bloor Street West

Posted on November 14, 2008

At our last Local Advisory Committee meeting for the Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study, some of you had questions about the new Tim Hortons that will be going into the former “Galaxy Donuts” site at the above noted address.

As per a request put forward at this meeting, I had Buildings staff go out and investigate whether or not work being carried out was in accordance with a building permit issued for this site. Please note we have been advised by Buildings that Tim Hortons is doing interior alterations to the existing galaxy donuts and putting on a small vestibule entrance like most Tim Hortons have. So, because the addition is only that vestibule entrance and they’re not changing the use, this doesn’t trigger any planning review at all, or Site Plan Control. It is our understanding that they are also repaving the existing parking lot.

Toronto Building visited the site on Monday November 10th and carried out a detailed inspection with permit plans. I have been advised that work is progressing substantially in accordance to plans in as much as foundation work consisting of engineered slab on grade was being formed. Excavation is approximately 2-3 feet deep and site is fenced. The said fence was setback into the private property and inspected by John Richmond of Transportation Services.

I have asked staff to continue to monitor the progress of work at this site to ensure full compliance with the building permit requirements.

Please be advised that this Tim Hortons will not be a drive-thru location. This would alter the existing use and is prohibited by the current by-law. It does not permit any lot to be used for drive-thru’s if it closer than 30m to a residential use under by-law 779-2002. As the Keele Subway station and parking lot are zoned for residential, a drive-thru is not permitted as a residential zone is too close.

Dufferin Jog Update

Posted on November 14, 2008

I am please to say that after twenty years of planning by City staff and an eighteen month community consultation process led by Councillor Giambrone and I, construction is set to begin on the Dufferin Jog Elimination by the end of November of this year.

As you will see in the attached construction notice (delivered to residents in the area of the site and posted on my blog last month) the construction will proceed in three phases. At my request, a representative from the construction group will be available to address residents’ questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week once construction commences. I will be circulating this contact information to everyone involved in this process once it has been confirmed by staff.

I would again like to thank members of the community who were involved in this project. I look forward watching your efforts unfold in the coming months!

Please also visit the AKIMBO (http://www.akimbo.biz/) website to review the call for artists, which should be posted by the end of November.



Official Plan Amendment for Front Street West – Request for Direction

Posted on November 14, 2008


Please be advised that at the Thursday November 13th, 2008 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, we successfully approved item PG20.3 which recommends that staff prepare a draft Official Plan amendment to delete the reference to Front Street West between Bathurst Street and the F. G. Gardiner Expressway from Schedule 2.

In this same meeting, staff were also been directed to undertake an Environmental Assessment to secure planning approvals for the design and implementation of a local, east-west street north of the railway corridor in the Liberty Village area. This is a huge success for many of us who have advocated for a local road in Liberty Village for years! A big thank you goes out to the Liberty Village BIA and stakeholders for their deputations on this very important item.

To view the staff report, please refer to item PG20.3 in the following document:


The amendment will be considered at the January 8, 2009 public meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. If you are interested in viewing this forthcoming report, please keep an eye out for the agenda on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca

Of course, I will be posting the report as soon as it becomes available in the new year.


Light Exchanges in Parkdale and Roncesvalles Village!

Posted on November 14, 2008

Some very exciting news.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA, the Parkdale Village BIA and my office will be hosting light exchanges this year in two locations!! I am pleased to announce that this very special opportunity will take place on Saturday November 22nd, 2008 between 2-4 pm in front of the Polish Credit Union, 220 Roncesvalles Avenue and at the Parkdale Town Square, corner of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue.

I have attached the flyer and kindly ask that you distribute to your respective email lists.

All residents of the City of Toronto can participate in this great event by bringing two (2) old strings of incandescent (traditional) seasonal lights and exchanging them for one (1) set of energy-efficient LED seasonal lights. Please note that this offer is available to the first 500 families and is limited to one exchange per family.

LED lights reduce the amount of electricity used, cost less and are better for the environment. LED lights are long lasting (up to 60,000 hours per bulb) and turn on and off instantly. They are more durable and safer to use, as they do not generate the intense heat of incandescent bulbs.

Use LED lights this holiday season and enjoy the savings that they bring! Please visit www.torontohydro.com/SLED for more information. A big thank you goes out to Toronto Hydro. Without them, this would not be possible.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word!


Reminder, next meeting, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on November 14, 2008

This is a reminder that the next public meeting for the Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study will be held on Tuesday November 18th 2008 starting at 7:00 p.m at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 1701 Bloor Street West. This is a public meeting so all are welcome to participate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or you can call Senior Planner Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca.

A copy of the invite has been posted under the “What’s New” section on the web page for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study – www.toronto.ca/planning/bloordundas.htm

Please forward widely!

Reminder, community consultation for 69 Wilson Park Ave., 54A Galley Ave., 157 Cowan Ave

This is a reminder that the meeting to discuss these three properties will be held on:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Open House (
6:00 p.m.)
Presentation (
6:45 p.m.)
Masaryk Cowan Community Centre,
Room AR 1
220 Cowan Avenue


The meeting will give you an opportunity to ask questions and provide any comments or feedback on these applications. I have also included a link (below) which gives some detailed history of the Parkdale Pilot Project should you wish to know more.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or you can also contact Kevin Edwards, City Planner by phone at 416-392-1306 or by email at kedward@toronto.ca

November 2008