Green Feasibility Study – 50 Wabash Avenue

Posted on September 14, 2009

On Thursday September 17th at 7pm, the final meeting of the Green Feasibility Study will be presented.

Through consultation with the Community Design Team (community members, city staff) and a series of public meetings, a preferred design scenario was developed.

The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, environmental and estimated cost to develop an innovative environmental community centre project in Sorauren Park. The goal being to provide a preliminary design demonstrating how a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified community centre embodying the goals of the City of Toronto Green Development Standards may be realized on the site.

The study also focused on the integration of the Community Centre building site with the existing park.

Please join me on Thursday September 17th at 7pm to see this feasibility study.


Wabash-Sorauren Green Feasibility Study Public consultation flyer

Roncesvalles Public Meeting/Open House

Posted on September 14, 2009

Please be advised that staff will be hosting a public meeting to get advice on the detailed design elements of the Roncesvalles Reconstruction project. Attached are the public notices, in English and Polish that are or have been delivered to folks in the neighbourhood. Please don’t hesitate to contact my assistant Meri , should you have any questions. Please circulate this notice to everyone who may not have access to a computer or you feel would be interested in attending the meeting. Roncesvalles Community Consultation Flyer -POLISH

Roncesvalles Community Consultation Notice -ENGLISH

West Bend Residents Meeting: Old McBride site proposed carwash discussion

Posted on September 14, 2009


the Proposed Car Wash @ 2803 Dundas Street West (at the old McBride site)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 7 – 9 pm

Indian Road Crescent Public School

285 Indian Road Crescent (at Humberside)

Should you have any questions, please contact Meri Newton at 416-338-5178, by email at


E-mail: Website:

Come out and

Hear from the developer and the architect

Talk with City Planner Chris Dunn about this proposal

Share your thoughts on this development.

Please see attached flyer.

West Bend residents meeting: Old McBride site proposed car wash discussion

Lamport Stadium

Posted on September 14, 2009

Over the last few years, I have been working to upgrade Allan Lamport Stadium for community use through the installation of Field Turf in 2007 and a field cover in 2008. I now have great enws to share. The addition of a winter bubble will now allow Lamport to be a 365-day operation which is a very positive direction for not only Parkdale – High Park residents but for the City. At its meeting on Friday September 11th, The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place approved a proposal that would see Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. investing $5.5 million in public soccer facilities across the City. The proposal included the following investments:· $3.5 million to replace the Field Turf at BMO Field with a natural grass field· $2.0 million investment in community sports facilities which includes an estimated $1.2 million to upgrade Allan Lamport Stadium with the winter bubble and a $0.8 million investment in the playing field at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute or some other community facility in Ward 6 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) to covert the field to Field Turf Both The Ontario Soccer Association and The Canadian Soccer Association have applauded the plans to upgrade Lamport Stadium and provide natural grass at BMO Field. As stated in their letters of support, the soccer community will be better served because the soccer facility inventory in Toronto will increase. In fact, the upgrades to these three facilities will result in over 2,500 more hours available for community sport use.

Roncesvalles Village: Under Construction But Open For Business

Posted on September 14, 2009

Support your local shops and businesses. Put your money where your house is!

Sewer mains, water mains, streetcar tracks, sidewalks—they’re all being rebuilt. You can get updates on the construction by visiting or

It’s a chance to build community at the same time. Support your local shopkeepers—buy locally! After the digging, dust and detours, we’ll make a great street event better!

Construction doesn’t stop things from happening on our street: the contractors are getting off Roncesvalles, paving and cleaning up, for the weekend of September 19 and 20 to make way for the 2009 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, our great annual two-day party. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival has grown to become North America‘s biggest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto‘s best neighbourhood! For more information on the festival, please visit

Construction doesn’t stop business from coming to Roncesvalles either. Over the past few months we’ve had a number of new businesses come to our neighbourhood. Please welcome Salon 96 (96 Roncesvalles, a very stylish hair salon), Simona (421 Roncesvalles, a new fashion store on Roncesvalles), The Little Hair Shop (477 Roncesvalles, a terrific little hair boutique), Mari Cla Ro (457 Roncesvalles, manufacturers and retailers of purses, handbags, laptop bags, and more, all made from recycled materials), Phila Optical (359 Roncesvalles), NW Styles (402 Roncesvalles inside Q8 Nails) and Rostecki Pharmacy (313 Roncesvalles), Rainbow Songs (277 Roncesvalles, specializing in early childhood music education and fun) and Olfer House of Beauty (51 Roncesvalles, hair salon and spa), all of whom have opened their doors in the past few months.

If construction doesn’t stop business from coming to Roncesvalles, it shouldn’t stop you from coming to Roncesvalles either! There are traffic restrictions—Roncesvalles has one lane of northbound traffic, and parking is limited—but we’re all open for business, so please continue to support your favourite shops through this challenging but exciting time.

September 2009