Highpark Stewardship – November 10 and 24

Posted on November 8, 2013

Buckthorn Busting 1-2-3 – Sunday Nov. 10

“Our 3 fall sessions on October 27, November 10 and November 24 will again focus on removing Common Buckthorn. Lots of people are needed for this and it has been a favourite volunteer option for high school students. We will also have an option for a small group to work with Henny Markus on the Boulevard Beds on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 if conditions allow.

Please meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. We will go to our site from there so please try to come on time. If you miss us call 647-769-7740.

The November 24 session will be followed by our annual pot-luck lunch. All participating Stewards are invited.

More on Buckthorn: This highly invasive shrub forms dense even-aged thickets that often cause an overall reduction in the establishment of shade tolerant native shrubs and herbs. It rapidly produces seeds early in the season that are highly viable and germinate quickly.

European Buckthorn on Invasive Plants Atlas and European Buckthorn (pdf) and HPN Invasive Plants  “

Close Avenue Watermain Construction Information

Posted on November 8, 2013

Close Avenue Watermain Construction

Expected Project Start Date: November 11, 2013
Expected Completion Date: May 30, 2014

The City of Toronto will be constructing a new watermain beneath the GO Transit/Metrolinx rail corridor, the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West, and the Gardiner Expressway to improve the water distribution system and drinking water quality in the area.
This watermain will connect to two existing watermains, one located below the intersection of Springhurst Avenue and Close Avenue, and the other located below the eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West.

As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, it will be
necessary to completely close Springhurst Avenue, just east of Close Avenue, for two days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each day. To avoid additional traffic impacts in the neighbourhood, the City will ensure that this closure occurs after the temporary Dufferin Street Bridge over the rail corridor is open to traffic.


For full details, click here: Close Ave Watermain Construction Notice

Public Open House: TTC Second Exit Planning and Consultation

Posted on November 8, 2013

Please share with your neighbours.


Chester, College, Donlands, Dundas, Dundas West, Greenwood, Museum, and Summerhill Subway Stations are all getting second exits to improve customer safety and convenience.


The public is invited to an Open House to find out about the new planning and consultation process, meet the panel, and provide feedback on the draft framework.


Date: November 19, 2013

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church

Great Hall

227 Bloor Street East


If you cannot attend the meeting, the presentation will be posted at projects.ttc.ca along with an online form to provide feedback.


Please see the attached Open House Notice for more information, and feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions.

TTC Customer Town Hall – November 21, 2013

Posted on November 8, 2013

On Thursday November 21 the TTC will have their Customer Town Hall. Take this opportunity to share your experiences and priorities with the TTC. They`re listening.


  • Thursday, November 21
  • Marketplace: main floor Rotunda 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Town Hall: Council Chambers 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


  • Toronto City Hall
  • 100 Queen Street West
    (North-west corner of Queen Street West and Bay Street)
    Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Dufferin Street Bridge Closed to Pedestrians November 12-15

Posted on November 8, 2013


Dufferin Street Bridge
Daily Closures (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
to Pedestrians & Cyclists

Expected Closing to Pedestrians & Cyclists: November 12, 2013
Expected Re-opening to Pedestrians & Cyclists: November 15, 2013

The City of Toronto will be removing asphalt from the Dufferin Street Bridge over the Metrolinx/GO Transit Rail Corridor between November 12, 2013 and November 15, 2013. City pavement tests have identified that asbestos is present in the asphalt on the bridge.
Standard methods of removing asphalt containing asbestos are not appropriate because the work site is on a bridge. To ensure public safety, the bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists daily (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) while the asphalt is being removed. Air monitoring will be conducted daily to ensure that re-opening the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists is safe.
During the closures, pedestrians can use Atlantic Avenue to access Exhibition Place.

Please see the attached for full details:

Dufferin Construction Update November 8th, 2013

November 2013