Roncesvalles – Construction Update

Posted on February 5, 2010

Watermain and sewer replacement continues on Roncesvalles Avenue between Fermanagh and Boustead. Comer, the contractor south of Fermanagh has completed their portion of this contract and Varcon, the contractor to the north, is scheduled to finish in March. The Project Engineer has advised that this delay will not affect the second contract. Streetscape, track and road work will begin in June and is scheduled to finish in late fall 2010 – Public notice will be circulated to folks shortly.

My office is in regular contact with the Project Engineer and we are making every effort to expedite the work. Unfortunately, Varcon and Comer are working off service information that is over 100 years old. As a result the locations of the sanitary services have to be field verified and for many locations there are multiple service connections, not all of which are active. For each location the contractors have to go into the buildings and determine where the discharge comes out to determine which services are live and therefore need to be replaced.

Varcon has 4 crews working right now and at points have split one crew into two, making five crews to speed up the servicing.

Servicing will be completed from Fermanagh Avenue to Marmaduke Street over the next month or so. After that time, the only outstanding work will be watermain connections within this section. Connections are localized to the various quadrants at intersection and each connection should take approximately half a day to complete.

The sanitary services from Howard Park Avenue to Boustead Avenue need to be replaced from north to south as the west sewer is being abandoned, but flow still needs to be maintained until the last service is transferred.

The last section of work will be from Marmaduke Street to Howard Park Avenue.

Please be advised that as part of this project some trees on Roncesvalles will have to be removed. Forestry has recently granted authority for the removal of the tree at 373 Roncesvalles Avenue to replace the sanitary service. 373 Roncesvalles is within the block from Grenadier Road to Neepawa Avenue. This block has the stepped sidewalk, which will be replaced with a parking lay-by with the upcoming surface works contract. Forestry will be replacing trees, in more optimal planting conditions, along Roncesvalles as part of the next contract.

In order to construct the lay-by, all the trees / planters in the block will require removal.

I thank all the business owners on Roncesvalles and residents in the neighbourhood for their patience over the last number of months. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Dufferin Jog Update

Posted on February 5, 2010


The contractors are in the process of dismantling the northern wall, as seen in the picture, the majority of the work should be complete this week. Most of the work is being done behind tarps and hoarding along Queen.

Below is a good article from the Torontoist – the pictures (prepared by Delcan) in the article give folks a sense of what the underpass will look like when it is complete.

Hidden Exposures: Informing pregnant women and families about harmful environmental exposures

Posted on February 5, 2010

This resource was published December 2009 by the Toronto Public Health as part of a fact sheet series to help service providers inform pregnant women and families about the most harmful environmental substances and how they may affect the fetus, infants and young children. The series includes numerous tips for pregnant women and families to take action to reduce exposure to lead and mercury and the chemicals found in pesticides, cleaning products, plastics, paint, personal care products and the air.

To view this factsheet, please click here:

The factsheet is also available at


Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study

Posted on February 5, 2010

City Planning is undertaking an Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (authorized by Council 2007) which is intended to help urbanize our Avenues. This study builds on and learns from Avenue Studies already completed, and will identify the historic, cultural and built form characteristics of Avenues not yet studied. It is generating Performance Standards which will inform new zoning and design guidelines for mid-rise buildings.

The Study Area is outlined in the attached map. It generally includes all Avenues that have not yet been studied. Avenues that are part of a Secondary Plan area or have been subject to a completed or ongoing Avenue Study, Revitalization Study or Planning Study are not included.

Four public consultation meetings will be held – one in each of the districts. Please see the attached flyer for dates and times.


Items of Interest

Posted on February 5, 2010

Skating at Fuller Park

The PRA has helped create a public ice pad at Fuller Park (Albert Crosland


The park is just north of Queen Street and may be reached from either Fuller

Avenue or Saunders Avenue.

This Friday, February 5th, there will be an impromptu skating party from

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or so. Afterwards, interested volunteers will be shown

how to flood the pad.

If you have questions, please email Warren Sheffer at

Sorauren Farmer’s Market and West End Food Coop Silent Auction

The West End Food Co-op welcomes you to a night of entertainment and great prizes at this month’s Sorauren Farmer’s Market and WEFCSILENT AUCTION. The market and auction will take place at the Sorauren Fieldhouse, Monday February 15th from 3-7 p.m.

Join us to bid on exciting prizes that include: local/organic food gift baskets; art and photography; handmade crafts; massages and reiki treatments; gift certificates from local businesses; preserving workshops; and other unique items. Stay tuned to to see the updated list of sponsors!



Regulating Gas Powered Small Engine Equipment

This site was last updated January 14, 2010

Public Consultations

Lawson Oates, Director of the Toronto Environment Office, invites residents to share their thoughts on potential measures, including regulatory options, to help reduce the harmful greenhouse gas emissions and smog-causing pollutants caused by older, two-stroke lawn and garden equipment, i.e. leaf and snow blowers, chainsaws, lawnmowers, trimmers and concrete saws. The next consultation will take place as follows:

Date: Monday, February 8, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting Room 1

Location Details: South-east corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall, Toronto ON M9C 2Y2

Take TTC: From Islington Station, take 50 Burnhamthorpe to 399 The West Mall.

Automobile and bicycle parking available.

To register for the discussion, call 416-338-2848 or 416-397-0831 (TTY)

Please see the Public Consultation Notice (PDF) for additional details.

Your Comments are Welcome:

Consultation with members of the public is vital to creating environmental programs that everyone can embrace. Should you not be able to attend the February 8, 2010 discussion, please share your comments by February 19, 2010.

Call: 416-338-2848



Small Engine Equipment Consultations

c/o Toronto Environment Office

City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

21st floor, East Tower

Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas – ‘Think Big’ and ‘Buy Local”

Help TABIA get Toronto to ‘Think Big’ and ‘Buy Local”- Write your own headline about your favourite neighbourhood business. The 20 winners will have their posters published – many more prizes to be won. See attached flyer for more information.



February 2010