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Vehicle counting taking place on Vine Ave and Mc Murray Ave. Probably countdown with the proposed retail on Vine Ave.

Junctioneer - July 14, 2014 - 2:14am
Vehicle counting strips have been placed on the roadbed to measure the current type and numbers of traffic occurring. Full city road classification map for ward 13 link It’s spring!

Paved lane way appears behind Dundas west shops, wizards?

Junctioneer - July 13, 2014 - 9:12am
For decades, well let’s say a century the unpaved rear alley behind the stores on the north side of Dundas St. W. From Quebec Ave. to Clendenan Ave, was a […]

Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory

Junctioneer - July 11, 2014 - 9:45am
Working in Miyagi Prefecture in eastern Japan, which was badly hit by powerful earthquake and tsunamis in 2011, Shimamura turned a former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory into the world’s largest […]

Buy a Bench for the new Town Square

Sorauren Park - July 10, 2014 - 9:41pm
You, your family, your street, your company or organization can help furnish the new Sorauren Park Town Square by providing a durable park bench for park goers to enjoy — with your inscription on the backrest as a commemorative tribute. Each commercial-grade bench is available for $1,900 and includes the cost of installation and the […]

Junction Farmers Market night market Saturday

Junctioneer - July 10, 2014 - 9:48am
All text the group   Join us on July 12th from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at Pacific Avenue, just north Dundas Street West, for an evening of fabulous local food, craft […]

108 Vine Ave, some more history, July 1932 new east wing added followed that same year by the addition of the west wing.

Junctioneer - July 9, 2014 - 10:18am
On Sept 14, 1932 Dr Jackson had published an account of how fast his company at 550 Vine Ave ( now 108 Vine Ave.) was growing. In July of 1932 […]

THANK YOU! Town Square Phase 1 opens to blue skies

Sorauren Park - July 8, 2014 - 8:35pm
Phase 1 of the new Sorauren Park Town Square — Toronto’s newest magical public space — opened July 7 to rave reviews and under blue skies despite the day’s rain. While the Farmers Market bustled and soccer players hustled on the park’s sports field, the Square was officially opened by Parks staff removing fencing, on […]

Nissan St Clair Motor Service becoming High Park Nissan?

Junctioneer - July 8, 2014 - 6:49pm
St Clair Motor Service a long time Junction auto Firm near Runnymede Road just on the north side of Dundas St., Now has a sign outside reading High Park the […]

Sadly a tree needlessly was cut down again today in the Junction :-(

Junctioneer - July 8, 2014 - 6:22pm
  Toronto has a no cut rule of. 30 cm at 1 meter for trees on private property is too weak.   Today a tree 30 feet tall, healthy and greatly contributing […]

Lynett Funeral Home Funeral Home • facade changes update

Junctioneer - July 8, 2014 - 6:03pm
 3299 Dundas St W, The last remaining business of its type on the strip, continues the facade changes.  The sills survived. 

The tree at the bottom of Symes Rd. You must see and touch it.

Junctioneer - July 8, 2014 - 5:53pm
Each year the blog highlights this glorious tree in our area. Located next to a small waterway at the bottom of Symes Rd. It is just magnificent, huge and a […]

Data the seller of the High Park Church is using to sell the church

Junctioneer - July 8, 2014 - 9:13am
    260 High Park Avenue Approximately 45,738 SF (1.05 acres) of prime corner land in Toronto’s High Park neighbourhood • Direct frontage onto both High Park Avenue and Annette […]

Don’t flick it!

Roncesvalles Renewed - July 7, 2014 - 9:18pm

New ashcan on Roncesvalles Avenue is part of a pilot study for cigarette litter prevention.

Have you noticed the addition of some black cylinders to a few of the tree guards along Roncy? Perhaps you figured out what they were before additional clues were added.

These ashcans are part of our exploration of more permanent solutions to butt litter after rolling out our hand-made butt tins two years ago. They are also part of a pilot study in Toronto to quantify the difference they make in reducing cigarette butt litter.

RoncyWorks and the Roncesvalles Village BIA is involved in running a cigarette litter scan on a three-block area of Roncesvalles Avenue to test the effectiveness of the ashcans in combination with a public awareness campaign.

The cigarette litter problem is not just one that upsets our gardeners who see the plant beds they’re working on treated as ash trays. It’s a global litter problem that cities are grappling with. The butts are not biodegradable as many people think. They can take years to break down. They end up clogging our filtration systems and waterways. They leach toxins into our water and soil. And, they get eaten by wild and domestic animals, to their detriment, to say the least.

So, we wanted to make sure the new ash cans would be spotted by local and passing smokers, so we added stickers to these long, black, cylindrical ashcans. There’s a second set being installed that have a silver top rather than being all black, which should make them more visible, especially in the evenings. If the ash cans don’t get sufficient use, we’re rolling out some signs, posters and point of purchase items in an effort to get smokers to stop flicking their butts.

They may be small, but they sure add up fast. During our spring cleanup at the end of April, our Scan team counted over 1,000 butts in one plant bed alone that was in front of Dizzy Gastro Sports Pub. Yet Dizzy has been great these past few years at putting out pails to get their smoking customers to butt out responsibly. Now Dizzy has one of the new ashcans conveniently located out front. We’re hoping the other cafes, restaurants and bars on Roncy, as well as the convenience stores, will want want one near them too. But most of all, we’re hoping the new ashcans will get well used.

Changes to Toronto’s Simcoe Street to benefit drivers and cyclists

Junctioneer - July 7, 2014 - 2:46pm
All City release – the blog has removed the political statement part of the release but the link to the full release is below.      The City of Toronto has initiated road […]

Parkdale Residents Association built form meeting July 10th

Junctioneer - July 7, 2014 - 11:03am
All Text  The Group   City Planning staff are undertaking a study to review the built form standards and heritage character of the properties on both sides of Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue […]

Lynett Funeral Home Facade changing to stucco

Junctioneer - July 7, 2014 - 9:37am
3299 Dundas St W. Facade changing to stucco, sadly it appears the original window sills are disappearing in the process.  3299 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 2A5 

JRA e-newsletter — July 2014

The Junction Residents Association - July 1, 2014 - 4:40pm

JRA board member wanted: Your JRA is looking for a new board member, to replace one who has moved away. Meetings are one evening a month, and duties are variable, depending on your interests and the JRA’s needs. If you live within our boundaries (see http://www.junctionra.ca/mission/) — own or rent — and think you might like to be more closely involved in your neighbourhood, send a note to info@junctionra.ca and chat with one of us about possibilities.

JRA website’s new page on Development: As several sites in the Junction are proposed for new development, we are trying harder to stay abreast of these events. We have a new page on our website called “Development in the Junction” — http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction. Take a look, and please tell us if you hear of happenings that we haven’t yet posted.

==================== News for the neighbourhood ====================

More Development: In addition, there are several projects being considered for the Bloor West Village area. While these are not in the Junction, they would be our neighbours and so we note them here in the e-newsletter. Two neighbourhood organizations have been formed to keep an eye on these projects, and both are keen to receive donations to hire the experts needed to influence developers and the governmental bodies that monitor them, as well as volunteers and “word-spreaders” — neighbours who will tell others about it:

Save Our Village (SOV) — Watching three proposals — 1990, 2114, and 2265-79 Bloor St. W. Composed of four local RAs: Bloor West Village Residents Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, The Old Mill Community Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

High Park Coalition — Proposed are two 26-storey residential buildings, known as Grenadier Square Redevelopment, to replace the townhouses located (back to back) at 51-65 Quebec Avenue and 52-66 High Park Avenue.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is continuing its efforts to inform Ontarians of the importance of verifying their electoral information. As the municipal and school board elections are quickly approaching, they say that if voters verify their information ahead of time, the polls will operate more efficiently this October. Using the website voterlookup.ca, a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections, you can check your registration record and even update incorrect information online. Although we mentioned this service in a previous newsletter, we think it bears repeating.

============= Events coming up in and near the Junction =============

====== See below for Recurring events === and === Events for children ======

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Thu., July 3 – Public Consultation meeting on 108 Vine St., 7 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Following two motions that were moved at the behest of Councillor Sarah Doucette during a recent meeting of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee, the City’s planning department established a date for a public consultation meeting BEFORE the province’s decision on Toronto’s new employment policies. While all are welcome to attend the meeting, only those living within 240 m of the site will receive an official notice of it from the City. Those who do not receive notice can still attend the meeting and give feedback, or they can give feedback via email and/or register as “interested parties” by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1mksE6T      For more background on this project, see http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/

Sat., July 5 – High Park Coalition (HPC) community garage sale, 9 am – 2 pm, at 50 Quebec Ave. Items for sale include jewelry, housewares, glassware, vases, clothes, shoes, luggage, linens, decorative pillows, small appliances, books, and much more! All money raised will go directly to funding the professional witnesses required for HPC’s upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. More info from info@highparkcoalition.ca

Tue., July 8 – “Revenge of the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Whereas “Who Killed the Electric Car” ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars from California’s clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film “Revenge” features the birth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive, and you get to see and test ride a Electric Car afterwards. See more at: http://www.green13toronto.org/event/revenge-electric-car-free-screening-and-discussion

Sat., July 12 – Blood Donation at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. More info.

Sat., July 12 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm. A community food festival to benefit the Junction Farmers Market food voucher program. $5 for local food, $5 for local craft beer and wine. On Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas St. West intersection — just down the street from the regular market’s Train Platform. (Editor’s note: This was a huge success last summer, and should be even better in the more open area of the street.) More info.

Wed., July 16 – “Alice in Wonderland,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Tim Burton’s version, with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, and many wonderful others. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Tue., July 22 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk leaving Lambton House at 10:00 am and returning around 1:00 for tea and refreshments. (Information available by publication time is less than I would wish, so please confirm details well ahead of time with Lambton House (admin@lambtonhouse.org) or Toronto Field Naturalists (office@torontofieldnaturalists.org) .

====================== Recurring events =======================

Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated.

• Wed., July 2, 1:30-3pm, “Forest Foodie” — Get caught in a forest food web! Find out who eats what in the wild, make a squirrel salad, and munch on some human edibles too!

• Wed., July 16, 1:30-3pm, “Wetland Wander” — Everybody loves Grenadier Pond, but the eastern wetlands of High Park have tons of wonders to explore too! Visit an ancient underground water source, lift a log in Salamander stream, weave a willow crown and wind your way along Spring Creek.

• Wed., July 30, 8:15-10 pm, “Moth Night” — Discover the “butterflies of the night” at the annual High Park Moth Night. We will explore moth habitat and spread moth broth on tree trunks before members of the Toronto Entomologists Association will set up special lights and help us identify moths. Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Cafe. Please bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.

• Sun., July 6, “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett.
• Sun., July 20, “Exploring Spring Creek” with Stephen Smith.

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (July 8 and July 22). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories!
• Wed., July 2 – Coming to Canada Stories – Stories of Migration
• Wed., July 9 – Round the World in 90 minutes – Travel Tales
• Wed., July 23 – Neighbourhood/Local History Stories
• Wed., July 30 – Creation Myths

Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

• Wed., July 2, 2-3 pm – “Inventionation!” Mad Science will be presenting an interactive and fun workshop showcasing the wonders of invention and discovery! Kids will learn about famous inventors and inventions and engage their creativity in a hands-on science activity. Start your summer with a memorable science experience! For ages 5-12. Call 416-393-7692 to register. More info.

• Wed., July 16, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers. Also on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.  More info.

At Runnymede Library, Tuesdays 2-3 pm: more info

• Tue., July 8 – Tissue Box Monsters (all ages)
• Tue., July 15 – LEGO Fun (6-12 years)
• Tue., July 22 – Cardboard Instruments (all ages)
• Tue., July 29 – ?IS IT MAGIC OR IS IT SCIENCE?? with Professor I. M. Confused


 JRA Community Meeting  - Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
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