Dufferin Jog Update

Posted on February 27, 2009

I am happy to report that although the construction phase has been slightly delayed (unknown fibre-optic cables were discovered that needed to relocated), this project is moving forward well and set to be complete in March of next year.

An update: The contractor is currently working on track piling and expects to start work on the Queen St. side this summer. Staff in the City’s Clean and Beautiful department are working with Parks staff and the BIA to finalize the park design and lighting scheme at the north west corner of Queen and Dufferin.

The call to artists has been closed and the following five finalists have been selected for the public art installation: Vera Frenkel (Toronto), Isabelle Hayeur (Montreal), Luis Jacob (Toronto), Ken Lum (Vancouver), and Aniko Meszaros (Toronto).

I am also pleased to share that the call was put out internationally and the City’s Culture department received over 80 applications (the average is 40) from all over the world including France, UK, the Philippines and the United States. The enthusiasm from artists both near and far confirms an interest in Parkdale’s rich cultural history. I look forward to seeing their submission in May of this year.

Go Transit grade separation project in CN/CP rail corridors

Posted on February 27, 2009

Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the construction noise and vibrations at the West Toronto Diamond Rail Yard.

Please be advised that the City of Toronto’s Noise By-law is not applicable when the noise is generated as a result of activities on either provincial or federal lands.

I have received several complaints about the noise emanating from the site. In response to those complaints, I have asked staff to contact GO Transit who are responsible for overseeing the construction activities. I understand that GO is well aware that some of the noise and vibration as a result of the pile driving activities may be of concern to some of the area residents. Staff kindly asked them to attempt to resolve the neighbourhood’s concerns. I understand that City staff were advised that all construction work is occurring during the hours our Noise By-law would normally permit, however our Noise By-law is not applicable in this case.

The City’s GO contact has provided me with telephone numbers and contact information for the public to call to address any concerns they have about the on-going work. As of February 23, 2009, the public can contact McCormack Rankin, the contract administrator, at 416-604-9582.

You may also want to contact the office of MP Gerard Kennedy at 416-769-5072 or by email at KenneG1@parl.gc.ca should your complaints not be resolved in a timely manner.

Thank you.

Update: Toronto West End Bikeways

Posted on February 27, 2009

Please be advised that the West End web page has been updated. http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/west-end-toronto.htm


The next meeting will be held on March 10th at 6:30 at the Parkdale Public Library.



Items of Interest

Posted on February 27, 2009

Free Chess for Kids!Parks, Forestry and Recreation are hosting free chess for kids at Parkdale Community Centre.See attached flyer for more details:microsoft-word-parkdale-sat-spring-2009.pdf

Fireside Culture Week – NEXT WEEK!!!

Fireside Culture Week begins next week March 2nd – March 7th 2009.

Please take the time to check the Parkdale BIA site www.parkdalevillagebia.com for full event listings, and visit your neighbour’s shops and restaurants during the week, and enjoy some of Parkdale’s Culture.

See attached event listing:


Upcoming Events at High Park Public Library

Wed, Feb. 25, 2009

7-8 pm

“How to Decorate with Colour”

Afraid of colour? An interior designer with Lissee Interiors shows you how colour can add personality, drama and style. Bring a fabric swatch, pillow or accessory for inspiration.

Wed, Mar. 4, 2009

7-8 pm

“Mary Novik – author of Conceit”

The author will read from her critically acclaimed debut novel about the life of Peggy Donne, daughter of poet John Donne.

Mon, Mar. 16, 2009

2-4:15 pm

“Library Bingo”

An annual tradition at our branch. Lots of interesting prizes for the lucky winners.

Tues, Mar. 17 2009

2-3 pm

“Turkey Rhubarb”

The well-known children’s music trio, Turkey Rhubarb, entertains.

Wed, Mar. 18 2009

2-3 pm

“Comedians Evan Carter & Ann Vautour”

Connect with your funny bone. Interactive comedy workshop. Expand your creativity and learn some how-to’s of comedic performance.

Thurs, Mar. 19 2009

2-2:45 pm

“Puppet Show: The Fat Cat”

A hungry cat eats everyone he meets. Will the woodcutter put an end to this? Based on the Danish folktale.

Fri, Mar. 20 2009

2-3 pm

“Paper Airplane Flyers”

We will make several paper airplane designs and then fly them. Followed by contest and award for distance/target flying. Age 6 and up.

Toronto Fire Services

Don’t miss out – Learn More about Careers with Toronto Fire Services

Come listen and ask questions of the recruiters as they focus on the application process and career preparation for Probationary Firefighter, Call Taker/Dispatcher and Fire Prevention Inspector

See attached flyer:


Harm Reduction Speaker Series

Please see the attached flyer from the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force.

This Speaker Series with Ethan Nadelmann will be held on February 27, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at 410 Sherbourne Street, 3rd floor.



February 2009