Time Lapse Video of Dowling Bridge Demolition

Posted on May 18, 2016

Fantastic job by our Engineering & Construction Services team.


The SNYP Mobile Clinic – Lamport Stadium – Tuesday, May 24th

Posted on May 18, 2016

Toronto Animal Services‘ SNYP (spay/neuter your pet) Mobile Clinic will be rolling into neighbourhood improvement areas throughout the city to provide spay and neuter services for dogs and cats.

Please be aware that Toronto Animal Services wants to connect with residents who aren’t able to access veterinary care for their pet because they are in a low income household.

Residents with an income of less than $50,000 will qualify for subsidized or waived fees.

Please Note: It is not safe for dogs larger than 30 pounds to be spayed or neutered in the SNYP truck. There is not enough room in the truck to move a large dog that is under anesthetic.

If we identify an owner that needs help with a large dog, we will do our best to accommodate the dog in our shelter clinic or refer them to another clinic that can help.

SNYP Truck Clinic Dates and Locations:

How do I make an appointment? You will be able to make your request by calling 416-338-6281 or by email spayneuter@toronto.ca to book an appointment.


Budapest Park Playground Refurbishment has Begun

Posted on May 17, 2016

The refurbishment of Budapest Park has begun. Weather allowing, work should be completed by the end of June.

Improvements to the playground and surroundings will make this existing outdoor play space easily accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Upgrades will include :

• a new paved pathway into the play area and onto the boardwalk
• reformed and resurfaced play-pads
• new sandbox and play fixtures, with park bench seating on generous platforms
• restored and increased sodded areas
• The riding dinosaurs and the wading pool will remain.

CNE is now hiring

Posted on May 17, 2016

Canadian National Exhibition is now hiring.
The CNE job portal is now open and accepting applications for seasonal jobs.

Click here to see a full list of jobs available for the 2016 CNE:http://theex.com/footer/other/jobs

West-End YIMBY Festival – Sunday, May 22nd

Posted on May 16, 2016

West-End YIMBY Festival at the Gladstone Hotel!

May 22nd, 2016 // 11:00am – 3:30pm in the Ballroom

The West-End YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) Festival at the Gladstone Hotel is an event for people and groups involved – or looking to become involved – in grassroots, locally driven community development in West-End Toronto. It’s a social space for people and groups to gather, exchange ideas, and establish connections to effect change and strengthen their networks.

Typically a citywide event, for this edition of the festival, the Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Shape My City to create a local version in West-End Toronto. We’re bringing together a range of socially-engaged local organizations to foster a neighbourhood network committed to affecting positive change and building community. 

The West-End YIMBY is a place to learn about the organizations building community in your neighbourhood, and find out how you can get involved. Come find out what your neighbourhood is up to!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/254233951590579/

To learn more about the city-wide festival, check out this video from last year’s city-wide festival.

If you are part of a West-End organization that is interested in being a part of this great event, apply for a table here, or contact Jess at exhibitions@gladstonehotel.com.

High Park Stewards: Garlic Mustard Busting – Sunday May 22, 2016

Posted on May 16, 2016

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High Park Stewards: Garlic Mustard Busting
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colbourne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

High Park’s tablelands contain many rare native plants. As many people as possible are needed to remove garlic mustard from this valuable area, in order to allow our native plants to flourish.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

For more information:

Sunnyside Historical Society @ Parkdale Public Library – Thursday, May 19th

Posted on May 16, 2016

The Heyday, Demise and Future of Sunnyside
Jane’s ideas, told in historical pictures, humorous skits and dramatizations.
May 19, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Parkdale Public Library

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Additional Compost Days this Saturday, May 14th

Posted on May 12, 2016

If you missed the free leaf compost on our Community Environment Day, I’ve arranged for two final compost drops this Saturday, May 14th.

Indian Road Crescent Public School
285 Indian Rd Cres (parking lot) at 9AM


Wabash Ave
(Northeast corner of Macdonell & Wabash) at 10AM

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What To Expect, Dunn and Dowling Bridge Reconstruction, May to July 2016

Posted on May 10, 2016

On March 23, the City of Toronto completed the work on the temporary bridge on Dunn Avenue over the rail corridor and the road re-opened to vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic. The contractor is moving into the final stage of work for this project.

On May 14 and 15, crews will demolish the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway while the Expressway is closed for maintenance.
This work will be loud and disruptive for 48 hours.

The contractor will install the temporary bridges during the early morning hours of June 5 while the Gardiner is closed to prepare for the Ride for Heart event. While the installation of the temporary bridges will be completed on June 5, the bridge will reopen for pedestrians and cyclists by July, 2016.

The Dowling Bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from May 12 to July, 2016.

We appreciate resident’s patience during the demolition and installation of the bridges. You will receive notice when the bridges reopen.


You will experience dust, noise and other inconveniences. The City will make efforts to reduce impacts. We appreciate your patience.

Work Hours: The bridge demolition will take place for 48 hours straight during the weekend of May 14 and 15, 2016 – this work will be loud and disruptive.

The remaining work will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The temporary bridge installation work will take place overnight June 5 between 12:01 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Other work may take place after hours, overnight and on weekends as required.

Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Some of these efforts include adding Local Access signs, revising traffic signal times.

Alternate Cycle / Pedestrian Routes: with the Dowling Bridge closed from May 12 to July, 2016, Cyclists and pedestrians can access Lakeshore Boulevard via Jameson Avenue or Dunn Avenue.

Restoration: The construction work area will be restored with sod and/or asphalt where required. Interlocking bricks, flagstone on a granular base, or other similar features that are removed during construction will be replaced.


If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact us and quote Contract 14SE-15S.

Project Manager, Jodie Atkins, 416-392-9183, jatkins3@toronto.ca General inquiries, 311 Councillor Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca; 416-392-7919 TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-338-0889 (7 Days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed holidays) Website,www.toronto.ca/dunndowling

Please share this notice with your neighbours. Thank you for your continued patience.Bridge Rehabilitation  - Dunn Construction Update3 (00000003)-page-001 Bridge Rehabilitation  - Dunn Construction Update3 (00000003)-page-002

501 Queen streetcars diverting as of May 9, 2016

Posted on May 9, 2016

Queen Street West – City watermain work

Dates: May 9 to October 8, 2016

The City of Toronto will be replacing the watermain infrastructure on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, requiring 501/301 Queen streetcars to divert until work is completed.

TTC service changes

• 501/301 streetcars will be divert both ways via; Queen Street, Spadina Avenue, King Street, Shaw Street and Queen Street.
• A shuttle bus service will operate on Queen Street between Dufferin and University Avenue.
• Streetcars will resume normal service along this portion of Queen Street on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
TTC contacts
• 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 or ttc.ca.TTC Notice - 501 Queen diversion during City watermain work-page-001

May 2016