Sunnyside swimming enclosure is being removed

Posted on June 17, 2011

Toronto City Council approved funding for a three year pilot project to construct a contained swimming enclosure that used ultra violet (UV) treatment to disinfect a section of Sunnyside Beach. In June 2009, the City of Toronto installed the enclosure. The purpose of the project was to try to improve water quality at this beach for swimming. This beach area has historically had poor water quality largely due to its proximity to the Humber River and as a result of bird and waterfowl droppings.

During the first year of the pilot (2009), the results were promising and the water inside of the curtain was safe for swimming 83 per cent of the time versus 68 per cent outside the curtain. As can happen with pilot projects, situations arise that are unexpected. In the case of the curtain, a very hot summer last year led to heavy algae growth, which clogged the intake screens. This caused the pumps, which circulate the water, to shut down, reducing the efficiency of the system. On a number of days, the water outside the enclosure was in fact better than the water inside the enclosure. City staff attempted to keep the pumps running manually, but the algae growth proved to be too aggressive and very costly to control. Due to the poor performance, the City’s budget being spent in two years as a result of the algae problem, the challenge of keeping the system operating, and Environment Canada’s prediction of another hot summer, the City has decided to end the pilot project and remove the curtain.

The City has 11 swimming beaches, eight of which hold a Blue Flag designation. A Blue Flag is granted by Environmental Defence in Canada to beaches that meet the highest level of standards. They are the public’s assurance that they are swimming at a world-class beach. All 11 beaches undergo daily water quality testing, which is examined by Toronto Public Health. Sunnyside Beach is not a Blue Flag beach but at times may be posted safe for swimming. To find out about beach water quality at Sunnyside or to find the nearest Blue Flag beach, go to:  Daily water quality results are also posted at lifeguard stands at all 11 swimming beaches.

To help keep our beaches clean, please don’t feed the ducks, geese and seagulls and place all garbage in proper bins at the parks.


Dorval Gardens

Posted on June 17, 2011

A Thank you message from a West Bend Residents Association member:

“A very big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the Dorval Garden!!!

Today we had the pleasure of finally putting in the plants.  We had a wonderful turn out of helpers – we had so many that we even had extra hands to spruce up the Edna garden!

Volunteers dug, mulched, cleaned, weeded and watered. The end result is amazing.  The previously neglected and unattractive area is now beautiful and inviting.  When our stone bench arrives, it will be lovely to sit among the plants and watch the trains go by.

Thanks so much to everyone involved.

Special thanks to:
Beth Richardson, who spent hours thinking about the plants and planning the garden
Maurice Richter, who managed and planned the hardscaping
Anja and Ray Lavigne, who invested so much time and work
Des McComish, who always came out to give a hand
Hilary Bell, whose wisdom we could not do without
Ken Jensen, who gave us his water
Nancy and Peter Gwin, who look after the gardens
Danny Orlando, our foreman from the TTC who was willing to go the extra mile for us
John Michelis and his crew, who built the patio like no other
Rock Your World, who generously engraved the stones
The Dolmage family, who donated the patio stones
Bloor By the Park BIA, who gave us a grant
The TTC, who gave us the land
The City of Toronto
Humber Nurseries”

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Liberty New Street

Posted on June 17, 2011

The City of Toronto is studying the possibility of constructing a new east-west street along the south end of the Liberty neighbourhood between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue. The new street would provide the opportunity to improve circulation for all modes of travel and support community development.

Public Open House #1
On June 20, 2011, the City will be hosting a public open house where you can learn more about this project. We invite you to drop-in, view materials and speak with the project team:

Date: Monday, June 20,  2011
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Liberty Market Building, Tenant’s Lounge, 171 East Liberty St.

Please see the PDF of the event notice and map, here:

Following the introductory public workshop held on March 1, 2011, this formal Public Open House #1 will present the problem and opportunity statements driving the study, challenges for constructing a new road, various possible solutions, criteria for comparing solutions, and other early study information.

Results from the Introductory Workshop (March 2011)

An introductory public information session was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Liberty Noodle (171 East Liberty St.). A brief summary of the feedback we received is available on the project web page.

For more details, please visit the project web page:

or click here for flyer

This study is being carried out as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Schedule C process.

Staff contact:
Jason Diceman, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
Tel: 416-392-4688
Fax: 416-392-2974
TTY: 416-397-0831


Ward 13, 14 and 18 round table discussion on the Core Service Review

Posted on June 1, 2011

Wednesday June 8th, 2011from 7 pm – 9 p.m.

Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (gymnasium) 1515 Bloor Street West (south east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West)

Seating is limited, please register by June 6th to or call 416-338-5178

A discussion on:
• issues and city services important to you and your community
• keeping Toronto liveable and prosperous, now and in the future
• the role of the City in delivering and funding these services

Tri ward flyer

June 2011