Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Looking forward to working with you in the New Year.

This image is of Jameson Ave in 1912, from the Toronto Public Library Archive.


A Jazz Holiday Party for St. Francis Table

Posted on December 17, 2014

A Jazz Holiday Party for St. Francis Table

Monday, December 29

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St W
Tickets: $20 Advance/$22.50 Door (includes HST)
Performance: 8:30pm

Celebrating the music of Thelonious Monk
with the West end All Stars: Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, Sophia Perlman, Adrean Farrugia, Christopher Butcher, Daniel Barnes, James Mceleney
Special Surprise Guests!
Jane-Bunnett-poster-For St Francis Table -December-29-2014

Transit Notice – Streetcar track maintenance – Rail grinding

Posted on December 17, 2014

Scheduled Grinding Dates and Locations in Ward 14:

December 21 and 22
(Timelines subject to change – weather dependent)
-Dundas Street West – Sterling Road to Sorauren Avenue
-Howard Park Avenue – Indian Road to Parkside Drive

Work description and purpose
As part of its streetcar track maintenance program, the Toronto Transit Commission is exploring rail-grinding technology, which is progressing in the industry.

The TTC has obtained a contracted service to provide rail grinding along a number of sections of its streetcar track network that have developed some rail roughness. This grinding work is intended to improve the current condition of the rail surface that will aid in reducing noise and vibration levels, extend the life of the rail and provide a smoother streetcar operation through those areas.

Work hours
To ensure that this grinding operation is carried out to its optimum potential, the slow moving rail-grinding unit will begin operations from approximately 9 p.m. and will continue until the start of morning streetcar service, approximately 5 a.m. A street sweeper will be used to clean the track area each day following grinding operations. Sparks will be contained however, sound emissions will be evident when the grinder is in full operation. Streetcars will be diverted after 9 p.m. to accommodate the grinding work. A shuttle bus service will be provided.

The TTC will assess and evaluate the effectiveness and the results attained by this grinding equipment for possible future use along other sections of the streetcar track network.

The TTC regrets any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of this night work.

TTC contacts
Diego Sinagoga, Community Liaison, 416-393-2197; diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.
Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps.
TTY Line, 416-481-2523 (daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays).
Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 (INFO) or ttc.ca.Rail Grinding - Surface Dec 2014-page-001

Update – Bloor St. W. Bridge Rehabilitation Work

Posted on December 16, 2014

Spring 2014 to Early 2015

Work continues at the Bloor St. W. bridge. Eastbound lanes and the south sidewalk will be closed until early 2015 starting December 16.


Council Highlights – Toronto City Council meeting of December 11

Posted on December 16, 2014

Council Highlights
Toronto City Council meeting of December 11, 2014

Council Highlights is an informal summary of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk provides the formal documentation athttp://www.toronto.ca/council.

Deputy mayors for Toronto
Council approved amending the City Council procedures to provide for the establishment of up to four deputy mayors, one to assist the mayor in each of the city’s four regions, to be appointed and removed by the mayor. There is a requirement that the mayor designate one of the deputy mayors as a first deputy mayor to act in the mayor’s absence and to perform the roles and functions that the Council procedures and the Municipal Code assign to the position of deputy mayor.

2015 budget schedule
Council approved a process and schedule for developing, reviewing and adopting the City’s 2015 budget. Under the schedule, Council will be able to adopt the 2015 operating and capital budgets by early March. The Budget Committee is scheduled to begin the review of a staff-recommended budget in late January and wrap up its work on the budget in mid February, leading to consideration of the committee’s recommended budget by the Executive Committee and Council in March. Council directed senior staff to prepare a plan for comprehensive community consultation for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets.

SmartTrack transit plan 
Council requested an interim report on a work plan for an accelerated review of the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail plans for transit in Toronto. The review is to include detailed planning as well as an environmental assessment, a business case analysis and an implementation schedule. Council also adopted related motions, such as one that addresses urban development scenarios along the proposed SmartTrack alignment.

Security at civic facilities
Council supported a motion asking staff to present the emergency evacuation policy and procedures for City Hall’s council chamber and committee rooms, and for Torontos civic centres, for a review in closed session. Staff have also been asked to conduct an exercise to test the procedures’ effectiveness.

Payment of legal expenses
Council voted in favour of keeping the Citys payment of Council members’ legal expenses at the established limit of $20,000 with respect to a councillors recent legal costs. The existing protocol specifies a maximum of $20,000.

Artscape and Wychwood Barn 
Council authorized staff to establish a 20-year agreement between the City and Toronto Artscape Inc. for operating the buildings and space at the Wychwood Barns facility. As part of the agreement, the City’s permit fees will be waived for Artscape’s special events held outdoors at the site. Toronto Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that develops and manages cultural facilities in the city.

Council meeting of December 2 and 3, 2014

At the first meeting of the new City Council elected for the 2014-18 term, Council appointed the speaker and members of standing committees, agencies and external bodies. Details are available at http://bit.ly/1zbpag2

504 King – Temporary Route Diversion, Dec 13, 3AM-Dec 15, 4:30 AM

Posted on December 12, 2014

Track closure during Metrolinx project

3:00 am, December 13 to 4:30 am, December 15, 2014 streetcar overhead power will be shut off at the rail overpass at Atlantic Avenue.

King Street West 504 King eastbound streetcars will divert east on King Street,
north on Dufferin Street, east on Queen Street, south on Shaw Street and east on King Street.

Westbound streetcars will divert west on King Street, north on Shaw Street, west on Queen Street and north on Roncesvalles Avenue.

504 King replacement buses will provide service on Roncesvalles Avenue and on King Street West between Dundas West Station and Shaw Street Customers must transfer between streetcars and replacement buses on King Street West between Roncesvalles and Dufferin Street or on King Street West between Shaw Street and Strachan Avenue.


Dorval Road Re-opened

Posted on December 11, 2014

Keele Yard Retrofit and Structural Rehabilitation

Dear Residents,

I am pleased to inform you that Dorval Road was restored on December 1, 2014, ahead of schedule.

Work on the structural rehabilitation of the tunnel proceeded as planned and in consultation with the community, TTC was able to maintain pedestrian access on Dorval Road, to and from Bloor Street.

Community Garden – Spring 2015
As part of this structural rehabilitation project, the Dorval Community Garden was impacted. However in consultation with the West Bend Residents Association and the Bloor by the Park BIA, the garden will be restored and enhanced so that the
community can continue enjoying this area next summer.

The area will include new plantings and an open space with rockery and paving stones. Pedestrians will still be able to view subway operations from the street level above; something children in the community have enjoyed for years. The bench
and memorial plaques will also be restored.

As much as we would have liked to have the garden completed this year, TTC decided that planting in the Spring and completing the pavement work during milder temperatures would be more prudent to ensure the longevity of the new plants.

I thank you again for your patience during construction and look forward to providing you with an update in early Spring 2015.

Lito Romano
Senior Community Liaison Officer
Toronto Transit Commission

City of Toronto: Winter Services

Posted on December 9, 2014

A word from the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services:

If you need more information about the city’s plans for snow clearing, visit toronto.ca/transportation.

It’s that time of the year again – winter!

Here are a few things that you can expect as we gear up for another winter in Toronto.

Prior to the onset of a storm, Transportation Services will be applying a layer of salt brine to hills and bridges throughout the city. The application of salt brine is intended to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement and to make it easier to plow the snow to the side of the road.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after this. When two centimeters of snow has accumulated then plowing will begin on the expressways and, when five centimeters has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete.

When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimeters, local road plowing will begin. Plowing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres (five centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen. If the snowfall is less than eight centimeters, it’s your responsibility to clear the snow. You know what they say, be nice and clear your ice!

In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place.

City of Toronto Public Appointments

Posted on December 4, 2014

Some Boards and Committees have appointment applications open now.

The City of Toronto needs local residents to serve on high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards of directors for City agencies and corporations. Being on a City board is a unique opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with others, and gain valuable skills and experience by helping to support a public service.

Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians. Members of a board may include Members of Council, residents, business owners, and community leaders.

To serve on a City board, you need to be a resident of the City of Toronto and at least 18 years of age. Relatives of Members of Council and employees of the City and its agencies and corporations are generally not eligible for appointment to City boards.


December 2014