Victory at the OMB – Highrise at 1540 Bloor St. West refused

Posted on March 12, 2010

Excellent news, we won at the OMB for 1540 Bloor Street West! Here is the summary of the decision:

“In the final analysis, the proposed structure of 92.5 metres in height at over 16
times coverage is simply too large for the site and inappropriate for the area. In my
opinion, it is not consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Avenue Study,
it does not conform with the City OP and it does not represent good planning.
Based on all of the foregoing therefore, the proposed development is not
approved and accordingly, the Developer’s appeal is dismissed.”

This is a tremendous victory for a group of Ward 14 residents who have given thousands of hours of volunteer time, and for the city as a whole.

Please find attached the report from the OMB.


Jameson Bridge Reconstruction Open House well attended

Posted on March 12, 2010

Thanks to everyone who attend the Open House on Wednesday March 10th regarding the needed repair on the three bridges in the Jameson and Lake Shore Boulevard area. These bridges need to be maintained in a state of good repair, and will be undergoing reconstruction starting May 2010 with an expected completion date of November 2011. The three bridges are:

  1. Lake Shore Blvd. bridge westbound, west of Jameson Avenue
  2. Jameson Avenue bridge over the Gardiner Expressway
  3. Lake Shore Blvd. bridge westbound at Dunn Avenue

If you were not able to attend the open house the display boards at the open house are online here

You can also paste this link into your browser for the direct PDF link:

The Western Waterfront Master Plan was taken into consideration when developing the reconstruction plans for the 3 bridges. The full WWMP can be viewed at






Join in and Celebrate Earth Hour in Ward 14

Posted on March 12, 2010

Earth Hour is a global movement intended to raise awareness of environmental issues. Participants in Earth Hour are encouraged to turn off their lights and appliances for one hour.

This year Roncesvalles Village is getting involved for the first time. A local environmental group, Green 13, in cooperation with the RMRA and the RVBIA, are organizing a candlelight walk up Roncesvalles Avenue, starting at Grafton Parkette and ending at the Revue Cinema.

This will start with a rally at 7:30 at Grafton Parkette, followed by the candlelight walk at 8:30. Local politicians will be in attendance (as well as media), and musicians will perform at various outdoor locations on Roncesvalles during the hour. The MC for the event is local actor and TV personality Diego Fuentes Lopez.

Over the next few days, volunteers will be visiting businesses on Roncesvalles Avenue with posters or ribbons which you can display to show your support for Earth Hour.

For more information on the candlelight parade please see attached flyer:


Clean Train – Public Forum

Posted on March 12, 2010

Join me and my colleagues next week to discuss the proposed Metrolinx expansion of the Georgetown South transit line and the rail link from Union Station to Pearson. The Board of Health supports expanded public transit as a way to reduce vehicle traffic, but remains concerned about health risks and air quality impacts predicted with the proposed diesel rail expansion.

Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.

Moderator: Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership
Panelists: Gary McNeil, Executive VP, Metrolinx
Minister of the Environment, Ontario (invited)
Prof. Christopher Kennedy, Transportation Infrastructure Expert
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto Medical Officer of Health

Questions from the audience will follow the panel discussion.

Everyone is welcome to attend. No registration necessary.

March Break means fun with City recreational activities and camp programs

Posted on March 12, 2010

Looking for something to do during March Break? Have fun from March 15 to March 19 by getting out and being active. The City can help with a wide range of leisure activities and camps for children and families. Schedules for Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs, including indoor skate, swim and ski activities are available at


Indoor leisure skating programs – which include parent and tot, family skate and shinny are free for all ages. Approved hockey helmets are mandatory for shinny, and padded gloves and other protective equipment are recommended. Residents can call 311, visit their local arena for a schedule or go online at for more information

Please note that all outdoor rinks are closed for the season.


Several indoor pools will be offering special March Break swim programs across the city. Residents may call 311, contact their local pool or go online at for more information.

March Break Camps:

March Break camps offer children and youth a great opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, depending on the age groups and locations. Participants can enjoy specialty activities such as dance, visual arts, gymnastics, hockey, or youth leadership. For program information, fees and extended hours, contact the location you are interested in or call 311 or visit Please note that pre-registration is required and some programs may require an additional fee for materials or supplies.

Registration is fast and easy:


Touchtone phone: 416-338-0000

Telephone Assisted: dial 311 and ask to speak to a Parks, Forestry and Recreation customer service representative.

TTY (for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing callers who have a TTY line): 416-338-2564

Drop-in Programs:

Many community centres will offer free or low-cost drop-in programs over the March Break. Residents are encouraged to call or visit their local centre for more information. For a list of community centres call 311.

Skiing and Snowboarding:

March Break hours at Earl Bales and Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centres are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take advantage of March Break Double Up Evenings – when you purchase a Snow Pass to ski or snowboard during the March Break between 3 and 7 p.m., your time will automatically double (regular rental rates and conditions apply). The use of helmets is mandatory when participating in programs and lessons at both centres and the use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet is strongly recommended for all other participants in snow centre activities. For details visit the Toronto Ski and Snowboard site at

Riverdale Farm:

The perfect March Break destination for families, Riverdale Farm is located at 201 Winchester St. Tour the Farm’s scenic 3 hectares to see cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats. While you’re there, visit the Residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. The Meeting House hosts drop-in craft activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and farmer demonstrations occur at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is accessible to all and admission is free.

Toronto Track and Field Centre:

The Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University, in partnership with the City, is offering a one-day March Break Track and Field Athlete Clinic on March 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic is for youth ages 15 to 18 where they will be guided through technical practice with experienced coaches from Athletics Ontario. Participants will select three of the following activities: sprints, hurdles strength, pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 400m/800m and 1500m+. Some basic testing will be done to highlight areas for improvement. Admission is free for Athletics Ontario members, $5 for non-members and participants are advised to bring their own lunch. For information, call 416-392-2812. Space is limited to 100 participants, so register now at

Playground Paradise:

Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre (150 Grenoble Dr.), Playground Paradise offers excellent family fun. Children can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends on the talk tube and play in the ball pool with 8,000 balls. March Break Hours of operation are: Monday March 15 to Friday March 19

9 – 10 a.m. (ages 1-6 yrs.)

10 am – 3 p.m. (children up to 12 yrs.)

4:30 – 8:30 p.m. (evening)

Fee: Daily rate of $2 per child, per hour, evening flat rate of $2 per child.

For more information, call 416-395-6014.

Preview of Spring flower shows:

The Preview of Spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) featuring Easter lilies, primula, forsythia, orchids and various spring flowering bulbs such as crocuses, tulips and daffodils. Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Discovery Walks:

Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features, cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available for pick up at civic centres or on the web at

Public Forum – proposed Metrolinx Expansion

Posted on March 5, 2010

This forum is an opportunity for public discussion of the proposed Metrolinx expansion of the Georgetown South transit line and the rail link from Union Station to Pearson.

Can you help spread the word on this important event please, and consider attending it yourself? We are cranking up the campaign to electrify the GO and Air rail Link service expansions on the Georgetown rail corridor by the Pan Am Games. Key decisions will be made on it this year.



City of Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Posted on March 5, 2010

Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program now open

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its Eco-Roof Incentive Program, an initiative designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, and to help Toronto’s business community take action on climate change.

Eligible projects include:

  • Any green or cool roof on an existing industrial, commercial or institutional building.
  • Any above grade green roof on a new industrial building with a gross floor area (GFA) of 10,000 m2 (107,600 sq ft) or greater.
  • Any green roof on a new institutional or commercial building with a GFA of less than 2,000 m2 (21,528 sq ft).

Projects must be above grade; parking garages and at-grade roofs are ineligible.

Owners who install a green roof, which supports vegetation, can apply for a grant of $50 per square metre up to $100,000. Cool roofs, which feature a membrane or coating to reflect the sun’s rays, are eligible for $2-5 per square metre up to $50,000.

The benefits of green and cool roofs are many. Both reduce urban heat and associated energy use. Green roofs also help manage stormwater, enhance biodiversity, improve air quality and beautify Toronto.

Applications will be accepted online until April 1, 2010. A second round of funding will be available in the fall.

For more information, visit

The West End Food Co-op is looking to get more member-volunteers

Posted on March 5, 2010

Are you interested in becoming involved with the West End Food Co-op?

Are you keen to give your time and energy to a dynamic, growing and innovative community organization?

Are you excited to utilize your skills and learn new ones?

Then considering volunteering with WEFC!

The West End Food Co-op is looking to get more member-volunteers onboard, and expand the capacity of our current team of Directors and volunteers. If interested, please check out the Volunteer section on our website, or you can contact Gwen Yorston, WEFC Volunteer Coordinator:

If you would like to support WEFC, but are unable to make the time commitment, you can always purchase a membership or a community bond. Click here for further information.


Reminder: March 11th PRA Meeting

Posted on March 5, 2010

The Parkdale Residents’ Association invites you to join them on March 11th for a general meeting. The agenda will include:

* “A Parkdale Village Walk: A Sense of History and Community,”a

walking tour being created by the PRA, will be previewed. The walk

will debut on May 1st as a Jane’s Walk. Please add your suggestion

to help make the walk a success.

* The new book, “Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in

Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875-2002”by Carolyn Whitzman,

will be reviewed.

* There will be an update on the Dufferin Jog and more…

March 2010