Gardiner Expressway Closed This Weekend for Annual Fall Maintenance

Posted on October 18, 2016

The City of Toronto will be performing fall maintenance activities on the Gardiner Expressway starting Friday night. A full closure of the expressway is needed to ensure safety for the public and for the workers involved.

This weekend presents a good opportunity for the expressway work because no major events are scheduled in the downtown core. The Mayor’s Road Closures Committee meets monthly to select traffic closure dates with the goal of limiting disruptions to motorists.

The City will make changes to traffic-signal timing to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, mitigating traffic congestion associated with the expressway’s closure.

The expressway will be closed between Carlaw Avenue and Highway 427/Queen Elizabeth Way from 11 p.m. on Friday, October 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, October 24 for the work.

Motorists can use Lake Shore Boulevard, the Queensway, King Street, Bloor Street and Evans Avenue as alternative routes during the weekend closure.

The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at

In addition, the City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. Inview can be accessed at

This work is part of the City’s comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

Immigrant Women and Precarious Work

Posted on October 18, 2016

A study published by Ryerson University examines the experiences of new Canadians working in the GTA, finding many that work in dangerous conditions and are limited by precarious employment. The full story can be found from the Toronto Star here.

Our thanks goes out to Tsering Paldon, Winnie Ng, and the others involved for conducting this important work and adding to the conversation about this ongoing issue.

Free Trees for Parkdale Residents

Posted on October 18, 2016

The Parkdale Residents Association is joining up with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) to offer free trees to Parkdale residents. If you own a property or are a tenant (ask the landlord) and want to add a tree to your front or backyard this is your opportunity.

They have two shrub species and four tree species available:

Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm
Place: 220 Cowan Ave. (Masaryk Park)

October 2016