Fort York Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge

Posted on May 13, 2011

I was horrified when at the end of a 13 hour meeting, with no warning, the Mayor’s council allies decided to sabotage this important project. Please be assured I am working hard to rescue the bridge.


It is often said that people get the government they deserve. If more of us speak up more often we will get better government.


A message from Councillor Layton….



You may already know that the Fort York Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge is under threat.

The next meeting of City Council is Tuesday May 17.

I have introduced a motion intended to keep the bridge on track, on schedule and on budget. This motion will be voted on at the upcoming Council meeting.

I am asking for your help.  If you care about this important project, and the many benefits it provides to neighbouring communities, to historic Fort York and to our waterfront, please write to Council and implore the Mayor and Councillors to vote in favour of this motion.

You can do this very simply by clicking on this link and using the “Submit Comments” button at the top of the page.

If you require background information to write your comments, see my website at

Please circulate this as widely as you can to friends, neighbours and anyone you think would want to keep this important project moving forward.

Thank you for your help and your dedication to your community and your city.

Working for you,

Mike Layton

Councillor, Ward 19 Trinity Spadina”


Dowling Avenue Sidewalk and Signal

Posted on May 13, 2011

Good News!

In a meeting this morning with Public Realm, Traffic Management and Technical Services, it has been  confirmed that the Dowling Avenue sidewalk and signal will both be installed this year by the fall.  This is great news! Increasing pedestrian access to the waterfront has been a top priority for me.

The sidewalk will be installed within a month or so by the contractor working on the Gardiner rehabilitation project under Technical Services supervision. The signalized intersection is being tendered by the Traffic Management group. The signalization tender is an 11-week process so, a contractor will be on board early August, completing the work by early October.

Please note that for public safety reasons, barriers will be erected on the sidewalk to prevent pedestrians from using the sidewalk until there is a safe crossing in October.


West End Food Co-op

Posted on May 13, 2011

The West End Food Co-op has great news
Unique Food Co-op Partners with Community Health Centre

Non-profit West End Food Co-op launches “Food Close to Home Campaign”to raise final funds to open local food store at Parkdale Community Health Centre

TORONTO—Popular Sorauren Farmers’ Market organizer the West End Food Co-op (WEFC) aims to open a store in Parkdale by the end of the year, promoting local food and food security.  WEFC has partnered with key community health provider, Parkdale Community Health Centre at the corner of Queen and Dufferin and will launch their store in the lower level of the building.

“The West End Food Co-op has been offered a unique and historic opportunity to take up residence at Parkdale CHC,”said WEFC Financial Coordinator Sally Miller, “this opportunity will link two non-profit, community-oriented organizations in food security work to create a stronger and healthier west end.”

The West End Food Co-op is a unique multistakeholder model owned and operated by its members who are farmers, consumers, workers and community partners. WEFC members created the co-op to build a sustainable food hub that links local food producers and consumers and provides healthy and culturally appropriate food to everyone. The West End Food Co-op runs the Sorauren Farmers’ Market (Mondays from 3-7 in Sorauren Park), now entering its fourth year, and launched the highly successful Parkdale Community Cannery last year with preserving workshops and the Community Shared Orchard.

“We are thrilled to partner with the West End Food Co-op,”said Carla Ribeiro, Executive Director of Parkdale CHC, “this partnership will represent a step forward for us on the food security front and will be a valuable resource for our clients and the community as a whole.”  Parkdale CHCis a non-profit, community-based health centre offering a variety of health services including primary health care, counselling, health promotion, and outreach. Parkdale CHC gives priority to individuals and groups who traditionally encounter barriers to accessing high quality health care services.

Ayal Dinner, WEFC’s Operations Coordinator, added “in order to create this community landmark, WEFC needs to raise the remaining funds through investments and fund-raising, enabling us to create a community food hub that we can be proud of. We have launched the ‘2011 Food Close to Home Campaign’ to make it happen.”  This fundraising campaign will include events, auctions, donation drives and the second round of WEFC community bond sales. The public can learn more about this campaign and the store at or by writing to:


Sodding at Sorauren Park

Posted on May 13, 2011

I am pleased to advise that the sodding at Sorauren Park is complete. The field should be usuable again in 3 weeks, once the sod has had a chance to knit.

Thank you to the Sorauren Soccer Association, and its many members for your patience.

Background, letter from Sandy Straw, Manager parks, Toronto and East York District

Roncesvalles Tree Planting

Posted on May 13, 2011

Tree Planting on Roncesvalles Avenue

New trees are going in on both sides of Roncesvalles Avenue. The tree canopy on our main street is part of a new approach to planting boulevard trees in the city of Toronto. Every new tree on Roncesvalles is being planted in conditions where it will thrive and flourish for generations to come. Together with the existing trees, a hundred new trees will form a beautiful shade canopy.

Planting begins on west side properties May 14th, 2011.  The City is contributing free trees wherever conditions are suitable and an owner is willing to accept one.

Planting begins in east side soil trenches in May and June, 2011.

If you would like a tree planted in your front yard, please contact Bill Montague of the RMRA Greening Committee: 416-534-8772 or call the City of Toronto: 3-1-1.

Tree Planting flyer will be handed out by Roncesvalles Renewed [visit:] to residents during the planting event on Roncesvalles, this Saturday, May 14th.


Roncesvalles Avenue Construction Update

Posted on May 13, 2011

Road Reconfiguration and Reconstruction/Resurfacing, and Streetscaping


Ongoing to May 11:

  • Complete road work on the west side between Howard Park Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Ongoing to May 13:

  • Complete sidewalk and road between Queen Street West and High Park Boulevard.

Ongoing to May 17th:

  • Complete sidewalk and road on the west side from Geoffrey Street to Howard Park Avenue, except for concrete sidewalk repairs around previous gas service work.

Ongoing to May 24th:

  • Complete sidewalk and road on the east side from Geoffrey Street to Howard Park Avenue.

May 25th to June 17th:

  • Complete all minor detailing work not completed in the phases above.
  • Complete westside sidewalk repairs around gas services from Marmaduke Street to Howard Park Avenue.
  • Restoration and site clean-up.


  • The original design for the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue from Marmaduke Street to Howard Park Avenue included widened sidewalks for the entire block, with no provisions for parking.
  • The City monitored the situation during the winter shutdown and noted that vehicles continued to stop or park within this block, causing back-ups to traffic and TTC streetcars.
  • A decision has been made to cut back the sidewalk at the south end of the block to accommodate 5 parking spaces between Marmaduke Street and the transit platform.  As noted above, this work is underway and will be completed by May 17, 2011.


The contractor, Sanscon Construction Ltd., will generally work from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on most Saturdays.  Occasionally, work may need to take place up to 9:00 pm on weekdays.


  • Starting May 15, 2011, TTC will reinstate southbound service for the majority of Roncesvalles Avenue.  Southbound TTC buses will detour around ongoing construction by diverting onto Howard Park Avenue, Parkside Drive and High Park Boulevard before returning onto Roncesvalles Avenue.
  • Bus service will continue to be maintained in the northbound direction at all times.
  • Any additional transit routing details will be posted on the TTC website at – Route Diversions page and notices will be posted at transit stops along the affected routes, as required.


The City’s Urban Forestry section plans to begin planting trees in the open planting beds and soil trenches on the east side of Roncesvalles Avenue starting the week of May 23, 2011.  Urban Forestry estimates that it will take approximately 10 days to complete its work.


Traffic and Parking Restrictions

  • One northbound traffic lane will be maintained at all times; the southbound traffic lane will be reinstated as quickly as possible.
  • Within the areas of active construction, parking will not be permitted on Roncesvalles Avenue.
  • Residents who have their driveways restricted on Roncesvalles Avenue will be provided with temporary parking permits to allow them to park on alternate area side streets.
  • Residents are reminded that the temporary parking permits still require them to park in legal spaces only and adhere to applicable street and parking restriction signs.

Side Streets

  • The reconstruction of the concrete road base will require the closure of the side streets that directly interface with the road base under construction.  It is anticipated that the duration of an intersection closure will be approximately one week.
  • Closure of any side street off Roncesvalles Avenue will see the affected side street converted into a temporary two-way, with entry and exit via the nearest north-south collector.
  • Individual notices detailing the closures will be distributed to properties on the affected side streets prior to the closures.

Pedestrian Access

  • Where a section of sidewalk is under construction, a portion of the road will be cordoned off for the temporary use by pedestrians.
  • Sidewalks that are in service will be accessible at all times.

Deliveries and Moves

  • If you have deliveries or are moving in or out, please contact the Contractor as far in advance as possible so that he can coordinate your delivery or move with the work.

Carlo Sansalone, Sanscon Construction Ltd. Cell number:  416-879-4579 E-mail:

Garbage Pick-up

  • For properties along Roncesvalles Avenue that are in the active work zones, we request that you place all waste and recyclable receptacles in front of your property by 6:00 pm for the Thursday night pick-up.
  • The Contractor will collect and consolidate your receptacles at convenient and accessible locations for pick-up by the City’s Solid Waste Management Services.  The Contractor will return all containers to the appropriate addresses, following the pick-up.
  • Please mark your waste and recycling receptacles for easy property identification.


If you have site issues or concerns related to construction, you may contact:

Rick Villeneuve, Site Inspector; Chisholm, Fleming and Associates;  416-992-9727
Carlo Sansalone, Sanscon Construction Ltd.; 416-879-4579

Updates will be posted at:



Dundas Street West Roadway & Sidewalk Reconstruction

Posted on May 13, 2011

The City of Toronto will be doing major construction work to improve Dundas Street West from justeast of Howard Park Avenue to just west of Dovercourt Road.

Dundas Construction Notice

Dundas Street West Roadway & Sidewalk Reconstruction

Posted on May 13, 2011

The City of Toronto will be doing major construction work to improve Dundas Street West from justeast of Howard Park Avenue to just west of Dovercourt Road.

Dundas Construction Notice

2011 Multi-Residential Waste Reduction Workshop

Posted on May 13, 2011

Solid Waste Management Services is hosting a Multi-Residential Waste Reduction Workshop on June 1st, 2011 at the St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto.

The workshop is aimed at improving customer service by providing information on a variety of topics, such as:  the City’s waste diversion services, fee and billing updates, information on the radio frequency identification (RFID) program, best practice case studies and tips and tools on how to engage tenants.

Waste Reduction Workshop invite


Recreation Plan -Consultation Strategy

Posted on May 13, 2011

Further to the approval of Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division’s Recreation Service Plan Consultation Strategy by Council at its April 12th & 13th, 2011 meeting, staff will begin the implementation of the strategy as outlined below.

From May 2nd, 2011 until June 30th, 2011, the Recreation Service Plan survey will be posted on-line at  Hard copies of the survey will be available at all recreation centre locations across the City. The survey will be available in English, French and 10 other commonly used languages in the City of Toronto upon request through 3-1-1.

Four public consultation sessions will be held, one in each Community Council district. Sessions will take place the following dates and times:

Scarborough – May 11th, 2011 (Don Montgomery CRC – 2467 Eglinton Ave. E) 7 – 9 p.m.
North York – May 19th, 2011 (Mitchell Field CC – 89 Church Ave. E)  7 – 9 p.m.
Etobicoke York – May 30th, 2011 (Etobicoke Olympium – 590 Rathburn Rd.) 7 – 9 p.m.
Toronto East York – June 9th, 2011 (Wellesley CC – 495 Sherbourne St.) 7 – 9 p.m.

Additionally, Parks, Forestry and Recreation will be holding consultation meetings with representatives of over 1400 stakeholder groups. Stakeholders and members of the public can also provide their feedback by conducting self-directed consultations with the use of a toolkit which will be accessible on-line. Hard copies will be made available on request by calling 3-1-1.

May 2011