Final LAC meeting, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on March 4, 2009

Review of community meetings to date:

  • 3 Local Advisory Committee meetings (including a walking tour)

Meeting 1 – Thursday, June 26, 2008

Meeting 2 – Tuesday, September 3, 2008

Meeting 3 – Wednesday, November 5, 2008

  • 1 Design Workshop

September 20, 2008

  • 3 Open House Meetings

Tuesday, July 8 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, January 26, 2009

Please be advised that the final Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting will be held on Wednesday March 18th, 2009. I will be sending out the location as soon as this information becomes available.

Note: The public are welcomed to attend the LAC meetings and observe the LAC discussions. To ensure a focused discussion that will provide an opportunity to review the materials to date and provide opportunities for feedback as we move forward (see page 6 of the Avenue Study terms of reference), we ask that members not appointed to the Local Advisory Committee reserve their comments for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study public meetings, or convey them to Senior Planner Corwin Cambray if you have not yet done so. Corwin can reached at or by phone at 416-397-0244.


You may also want to connect with your area Resident’s Association, Business Improvement Area or community agency (see list of LAC members below) to ask that your comments be included in the LAC discussions.


LAC membership includes representation from:

  • Area Residents
  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School
  • Bloor By the Park B.I.A.
  • Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park
  • Friends of Dundas and Bloor
  • High Park Community Advisory Council
  • High Park Residents Association
  • Lithuanian Lutheran Church
  • Loblaws Properties
  • Loyola Arrupe
  • Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association
  • Roncesvalles Village B.I.A.
  • South Junction Triangle Residents Association
  • The Crossways Complex
  • Vilnius Manor
  • WestBend Community Association

Please feel free to connect with my assistant Shana Almeida ( should you require further assistance in finding the appropriate area representative.


Next steps:

After the final LAC meeting, the consultants will draft a report for early spring. A final report will then be posted on the City’s dedicated website

The Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study City Planning report (including comments and feedback from City staff) will go forward to Toronto and East York Community Council at it’s May or June meeting. You will have an opportunity to make a deputation (in writing or in person) at this meeting. I will be sending out information to my mailing list on the exact date of this meeting once it has been confirmed, as well as how to register to depute. Of course, I will also be posting information on my website.


Thank you, and feel free to contact my office should you have any further questions.

Noise and Vibration issues, West Toronto Diamond Rail GO project at

Posted on March 4, 2009

As many of you may be aware, GO Transit received environmental approval for the proposed grade separation of the CN Weston subdivision tracks (that carry Georgetown’s line rail traffic) and the CP North Toronto subdivision tracks. A map is attached so you can see the full scope of the work.

Over the course of the work, many residents and business owners have approached my office for help. The noise is loud and disruptive but plays a secondary role to the vibration which is preventing some residents from working, sleeping and enjoying the comfort of their homes.

City staff paid numerous visits to the site but have been told that they have no jurisdiction as the work is taking place on federal lands. I have written to MP Gerard Kennedy and suggested that his office look into regulations in the Canada Transportation Act that might apply in this case. I understand that there are some stipulations to address vibrations due to operation and construction.

MPP Cheri DiNovo held a community meeting to discuss this situation last week and I understand that she has also met with representatives of GO Transit. My office has connected with Cheri’s office to advise on what remedies we took in 2007 when work was being done on City property.

Please also see the attached letter that was sent out to residents on Hook Avenue last week. Since sending out this letter, folks from the surrounding area have also contacted my office with concerns about these vibrations. I will continue to work on municipal issues regarding this site and have asked that my staff connect with you via the Hook Avenue Pile Drivers mailing list with updated information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.




Roncesvalles Update

Posted on March 4, 2009

Thank you to everyone who continues to stay engaged in this project. I know that it has been a while since I touched base, but I just wanted to give you quick update on our progress and working timelines to date.

The EA process is wrapping and they have scheduled a public meeting for March 23 (details to follow) at which point they will be presenting to the community the preferred option for streetscape reconstruction. Once the public meeting is complete staff will prepare a report to Public Works & Infrastructure Committee – May 5, pending approval a report will be submitted to City Council – May 25, then a Notice of Study Completion will be issued in June.

The anticipated schedule for the surface work on Roncesvalles Ave as follows:

1. Detailed design – Beginning of September to end of December 2009

2. Tender advertising – Mid-January 2010

3. Award date – mid-March 2010

4. Construction commencement – last week of March / first week of April 2010

The timelines above are dates that staff established to meet the construction completion date in fall of 2010.

The detailed design phase of the project, which will determine location of trees, street furniture, etc. will begin this summer. Once the EA is complete I will be meeting with residents to flush out the design aspects of the street to create a pedestrian realm that suits the diverse needs of the community.

Reminder, Toronto West End Bikeways meeting

Posted on March 4, 2009

Please be advised that the West End web page has been updated.

Please also be advised that City staff will be hosting an open house for this project on Tuesday March 10th, 2009 at the Parkdale Public Library, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to share with the community the preferred bikeway projects for the West End study area as identified by staff in consultation with the public. This consultation process began in October 2008, and has included a call for submissions, public meeting and ground proofing workshop.

Attached are documents that summarize the process to date. If you have any comments and/or questions, please do not hesitate to contact staff at or by phone at 416-338-5072.





Items of Interest

Posted on March 4, 2009

Holly’s Law Canada: A Child’s right to learn about Sexual Abuse

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March 2009