TTC Bicycle Repair Facilities Pilot Project

Posted on September 29, 2015

The TTC has released a pilot project introducing bicycle repair facilities at 10 subway stations. Customers can complete minor repairs while commuting in Toronto. The purpose is to encourage cycling as part of the daily commute. The supplies that will be included are wrenches, Allen keys, screw drivers, a bike pump and wheel chock.

The first 10 repair stops are located at:

  • Kipling
  • Keele
  • Bathurst
  • Spadina
  • Pape
  • Dupont
  • Kennedy
  • Finch
  • Downsview
  • Davisville

The TTC and the City have been working collaboratively on initiatives to make cycling and commuting easier.

Initiatives including:

  • All TTC buses have bike racks for one or two bikes as standard equipment.
  • New accessible streetcars include two interior spaces for bikes.
  • New easier access fare gates make it easier to enter and exit subway stations.
  • Increased bike parking at or near subway stations.
  • Bike lockers at or near seven subway stations.
  • Retrofitted staircases at Pape and Dufferin Stations with customized bike channels.


The TTC bicycle repair stops will be a pilot project for one year where usage will be monitored.

Click here for the full news release: TTC Bike Repair Pilot Project09-29-2015-NR

Reminder: Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary Event and "Young Hearts Run Free" Live Mural Paint – Saturday September 26th, 2015

Posted on September 25, 2015

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Reminder: Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary Event and “Young Hearts Run Free” Live Mural Paint – Saturday September 26th, 2015

Posted on September 25, 2015

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High Park Stewards – Sunday September 27th, 2015

Posted on September 24, 2015

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Seed Collecting:

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Grenadier Restaurant, Colbourne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON


Join the High Park Stewards as we collect native plant seeds from the High Park Greenhouse and one of our restoration sites. We will collect a variety of native grasses, such as Canada Wild Rye, Little and Big Bluestem, Indian, Bottlebrush, and Panic Grass. Many different types of wildflowers are also ready to harvest for next year. A large group is needed!


Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will direct you to the site. Tools, vests, and gloves will be provided.


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Job Posting: Researcher/Policy Analyst, Social Planning Toronto

Posted on September 24, 2015

Social Planning Toronto is looking for a Researcher/Policy Analyst.  The position requirements are outlined in the PDF below.

The deadline for application is October 13th.


Letter to Executive Committee Regarding Muzik

Posted on September 21, 2015

Following a series of violent incidents, Councillor Layton and I have submitted a joint letter to Toronto and East York Community Council requesting the AGCO review Muzik nightclub’s liquor licence. That motion passed TEYCC. You can see the letter here (pdf).


Today we submitted a letter to the Mayor and Executive Committee regarding Muzik’s request for a significant lease extension. You can see that letter here (pdf) and below.


Our letter to Executive Committee:
Dear Mayor and Executive Committee members,


Re: Item EX8.35 Official Plan Amendment for Exhibition Place


We are writing to request a deferral of item EX8.35 until such time as Toronto and East York Community Council’s request to the AGCO for a Licence Appeal Tribunal for the liquor licence can be considered. We also believe details of past and ongoing police and AGCO investigations need to be reported to City Council before an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) is initiated at the City’s expense.


Given the city-wide implications of an OPA for this Official Plan policy, the length of the proposed lease extension (until 2034), and the ongoing dangerous activity at the establishment identified in the report (see below), we feel it would be prudent for Council to defer any decision on initiating a study until such time as all information pertaining to this application can be made available.


Toronto Police Service (TPS) has had on-going dealings with the Premises. Since June 2012, there have been numerous incidents reported to TPS in association with the Premises, including several assaults (9 occurrences), assaults causing bodily harm (7 occurrences), assaults with a weapon (2 occurrences), sexual assaults (2 occurrences) and discharge of a firearm (1 occurrence). In February 2013, TPS conducted a murder investigation directly linked to the Premises. On August 5, 2014, there was a shooting incident directly linked to the Premises. On August 4, 2015, a second shooting incident inside the Premises resulted in the deaths of two patrons. No charges have yet been laid for the August 4, 2015 incident, but TPS officers continue to investigate.


The Premises has a business licence from Municipal Licensing and Standards


(MLS) for operating as an Entertainment Establishment/Nightclub. In the last 18 months, MLS staff have received four noise complaints with regards to the Premises.


Between the years 2012 and 2015, the AGCO conducted 14 inspections of the Premises and have recorded six infractions. Amongst these infractions have been those pertaining to drunkenness on the Premises, promoting immoderate consumption on the Premises, use of narcotics on the Premises, and permitting disorderly behaviour on the Premises. In addition to numerous warnings, the AGCO has levied fines totaling approximately $6,000 against the Licensee in this time period. Currently, we are awaiting the results of a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into the facts surrounding these infractions.


We would also like to draw to your attention that the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, The National Home Show, the Canadian Boat Shows, the One of Kind Show, and the General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition Association have all written to the Mayor and Executive Committee members also requesting a deferral of this item because they believe it to be “premature in that it fails to account for the ongoing development of a broader proposal to unlock the western waterfront currently underway in collaboration with show producers, tenants, residents’ associations and civic leaders.” They “believe there exists an opportunity to re-envision Exhibition Place and the surrounding area in a way that provides greater linkages to the waterfront, increased public space, and continued viability for the activities of current Exhibition Place tenants” and prefer that a lease extension in excess of 21 years not be granted until it can be considered in the context of these broader plans currently underway.


It is for these reasons that we are requesting that this item be deferred indefinitely and placed back on the agenda at a later time when it can be considered following the AGCO’s response and within a renewed planning context for unlocking the western waterfront.


Ward 14 residents have created a petition to close Musik down. You can find that petition here,

Keele Station Track Rehab – Construction Notice for overnight work

Posted on September 21, 2015

TTC has to complete repairs to tracks near Keele Station.

For worker safety, the work can only be done overnight when the subway isn’t running.


Keele Trestle Bridge Construction Notice #2 September 21 2015-page-001 (1)

Community Meeting: Dunn and Dowling Avenue Bridge Demolition and Temporary Replacement – September 28th, 2015

Posted on September 18, 2015

I will be holding a public meeting to discuss the demolition of the Dunn Avenue bridge over the Metrolinx Rail Corridor and the Dowling Avenue bridge over the Metrolinx Rail Corridor and the F.G. Gardiner Expressway. Following the demolitions, the City will install new, temporary structures while an Environmental Assessment for permanent designs takes place. City staff will be present to answer your questions.


This work is necessary as both bridges are approaching the end of their service lives. The project is part of the Council-approved 2015 Capital Works Program.


Please see the attached PDF for full details.





6:30PM TO 8:30PM



Should you have any questions, and are unable to attend the community meeting, Jodie Atkins is the project manager and should be able to assit, Of course, you can always contact my office,, 416-392-7919.

Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary – Saturday September 26th 2015

Posted on September 18, 2015


A Celebration of Community

Save the date: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 4 – 10 p.m.

The park has become everything its founders imagined: a treasured public green space for leisure, recreation, sports and community. Our common ground.

For its 20th anniversary, local non-profit organizations and dedicated volunteers have come together to plan a special event, celebrating the past, present and future of our park.


September 2015