Western Waterfront Public Art / Interactive Sculpture

Posted on June 29, 2012


The artist collective Interactive Arts is creating a new public art piece to be displayed on the Humber Pedestrian Bridge for two months this summer.

“We are so excited to share with you a new public art piece that will be displayed on the Humber Pedestrian Bridge for two months this summer.

Inspired by the bridge and the surrounding waterfront, this project is part of a unique initiative to bring large scale art, created by a shared community effort, to the city of Toronto. The sculpture is a grassroots effort, being created by volunteer artists along with interactive arts as a gift to our city.

Overnight, two 18 foot long dancing creatures will appear on the Humber Bridge suspended 20 feet above the pedestrian walkway.  The creatures will have a glass like appearance and at night they will seem to communicate with each other and their surroundings using bio-luminescence.”


If you are interested to donate or find out more please visit: Interactive Arts Humber Bridge Public Art Project



Fireworks Safety During Canada Day

Posted on June 29, 2012



Fireworks safety during Canada Day celebrations in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s Fire Services reminds residents that safety precautions are important when using fireworks and sparklers at Canada Day celebrations this weekend.

“Fireworks can be dangerous – they have the potential to cause serious injury,”said Acting Fire Chief Ron Jenkins. “Responsible adults must supervise fireworks displays. If you plan to host your own display, please take the time to plan, prepare, prevent and protect.”

Toronto Fire Services would prefer to have families visit a public fireworks display in the community that is conducted by a professional fireworks display company. The following list of safety tips elaborating on the advice to “plan, prepare, prevent and protect” are for residents who intend to hold their own fireworks displays at home.

Plan the display:

– Fireworks displays are allowed without a permit only on designated holidays.

– Purchase fireworks from a retailer displaying a valid, City-issued fireworks vendor permit.

– Always read and follow the label directions on fireworks.

Prepare for a safe event:

– Fireworks and sparklers should be safely stored and kept out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or drawer.

– Ensure that fireworks can be discharged a safe distance away from combustible materials, including buildings and trees.

– Before being lit, fireworks should be buried at least half their length down into a bucket of sand or earth. If portable firing bases are not available, plant the fireworks directly into the ground, making sure each piece is firmly supported before igniting.

– Always have water on hand from a garden hose – as well as a bucket of water in which to soak the fireworks after fired.

Prevent burns:

– Sparklers should only be used outdoors – never indoors.

– After use, sparklers should be doused with water or allowed to cool in a safe place away from children. The ends of sparklers continue to stay hot for some time and can easily burn a child’s skin, clothing or nearby combustible material.

– Children should never be permitted to light fireworks. Adults must be responsible for handling all fireworks materials while spectators watch from a safe distance.- Fireworks are not meant to be hand-held.

– If someone is burned, immediately run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes as preliminary treatment.

Protect everyone participating/attending:

– Only one adult should ignite the fireworks.

– Only one fireworks item should be lit at a time.

– Light the fireworks at arm’s length, then stand back and keep your face turned away. If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to re-light it. Let it sit in the base for 10 to 15 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.

– The adult igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of his or her body extended over the firework.

– People who have fireworks should never throw or point fireworks at other people, carry fireworks in their pockets, discharge fireworks from metal or glass containers, or discharge fireworks indoors.


Note: City parks may not be used for personal fireworks displays.

The City’s fireworks bylaw is a further source of information for those considering fireworks displays: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/bylaws.htm

More fire-related safety tips: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention



Dufferin Street Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Posted on June 29, 2012



Dufferin Street Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Start Date: July 3, 2012 Timelines subject to change due to unforeseen events

End Date: December 2012 Content is accurate and current at time of printing


Beginning on July 3, the City of Toronto -Technical Services and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) willundertake major construction work on Dufferin Street from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. Aprevious public notice was distributed in early April 2012. The work will involve; reconstruction of watermain,streetcar tracks, road, curb and sidewalk areas, traffic signals, and streetscape (e.g. construction of sign wall,seat wall and banner pole).Construction NotificationThe project is being scheduled and staged in a manner to minimize disruption to the general traffic and transitservice during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Construction on this project will be suspended duringthe CNE. Project updates will be provided as required.

General Timeline:

Phase 1: Watermain work begins between King Street and Queen Street with some sidewalk work.

Phase 2: Track reconstruction including road work begins between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street.Remaining watermain work begins between King Street and Springhurst Avenue.



To see the notice, find contact information and learn more about the construction details please see: Construction Notice

Weekend Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on June 29, 2012


Weekend events with road closures in Toronto :
“A number of special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.  Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.  In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.
In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/inview.
Canada Day Celebration at Queen’s ParkSunday closure:• Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Hoskin Avenue will be closed on Sunday, July 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Canada Day Parade in ScarboroughSunday closure:• Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1 to 6 p.m. and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 3 to 8 p.m.• Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 to 5 p.m.
Pride Week FestivitiesWeekend closures:• Church Street Pride Festival – June 29 to July 2Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 2 at 6 a.m.
• Pride and Remembrance Run – Saturday, June 30 Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to and including Queen’s Park Circle will be closed on Saturday, June 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
• Dyke March – Saturday, June 30March route: Starts at Church and Hayden Street, north on Church Street to Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and east on Carlton Street to finish at  Sherbourne Avenue. Roads will be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (the march is from 2 to 4 p.m.).
• Pride Parade – Sunday, July 2Formation area: Rosedale Valley Road, from Bayview Avenue to Park Road. Parade route: Starts at Church Street and Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Gerrard Street, and east on Gerrard Street back to Church Street. Roads will be closed for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (the parade is from 2 to 6 p.m.).

Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Closures

Posted on June 29, 2012




All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2 for Canada Day.


As well, the Parkdale Library will be closed on Monday July 9, 2012 for the installation of self service check out at the branch.  The work required will start on Sunday July 8 through to Monday July 9.  Normal service will resume on Tuesday July 10.


If you have further questions about service hours please find contact information at: TPL Contact




June 2012