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  • 2014 Municipal Election   19 weeks 6 days ago

    The Toronto Star has written an early endorsement of several candidates, including Alex Mazer for ward 18.
    http://m.thestar.com/#/article/opinion/editorials/2014/10/11/seven_toron...

  • Junction Triangle T-Shirt Logo Contest   20 weeks 34 min ago

    If you are selling the design for profit, why don't you pay for a designer to make something that you as a client are looking for. Getting free work and making money from it is not cool and shows you have no respect for people's craft.

  • 2014 Municipal Election   20 weeks 1 day ago

    Nobody condones drunk driving. But cheap shots by cowards lowers the debate. Lets talk about issues instead.

  • 2014 Municipal Election   20 weeks 2 days ago

    Although criticism of drunk driving is valid, I'd prefer if people didn't post anonymously, especially attacks / criticisms of any particular candidate. In general, I think if you have something to say, you should be able to put your name on it, except in rare cases of confidentiality etc.

    Are there any good candidates? Yes there are. Let's hear about who they are and why.

  • 2014 Municipal Election   20 weeks 2 days ago

    If you missed last night's meeting, candidate Paul Alves made an audio recording and posted it to his website: http://www.paulalves.com/ward18podcast

  • Junction Triangle Boys' & Girls' Club controversy   20 weeks 2 days ago

    Thankyou Tony , It was fun growing up at the Club, I never did believe all the crap they were saying, and really disappointed in management, (directors).
    it's absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    late 50's, 60's and 70's were great years....
    Howard Glaze, Lou, Nick, etc....

    Joe V.

  • 2014 Municipal Election   20 weeks 3 days ago

    Are there any good candidates this year's election... ones that don't get charged for drunk driving?

  • Fuse Condos - Lansdowne & Dupont   21 weeks 2 days ago

    The post from Fuse Condos Team, can that be confirmed as being legit? I have to say even a casual observer would worry it is taking a bit too long for the towers and the commercial space to be up. So whether it is the developer of the Fuse team, give us numbers. When will everything be done?

  • Fuse Condos - Lansdowne & Dupont   21 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi Junction Triangle!

    Hope you are well.

    We love your blog, very informative and supportive of the junction neighbourhood!

    It's simply not true, our developer has confirmed that it's just a rumour!

    You heard it here first!

    All the best,
    Fuse Condos Team

  • Fuse Condos - Lansdowne & Dupont   21 weeks 3 days ago

    Just heard a rumour today that the Metro has pulled out of this development. Can anyone confirm this? Their website has no mention of it and photos have been altered to not show the Metro signage on the front of the building anymore.

  • Exploring the Tower Automotive building on Sterling Rd.   21 weeks 5 days ago

    My dad was General Plant Manager of Algoods, Sterling Road, Toronto in the 1950's. I remember riding in the service elevator when my dad gave me a tour of the plant. All the factory workers spoke with him. They called each other by name. I remember the company Christmas parties in the factory and the company picnics in Muskoka. I vividly remember the great sweeping pillars with lines of sheet metal (aluminium) presses in between.

  • 2014 Municipal Election   23 weeks 3 days ago

    Coffee with the Candidate. This Saturday morning (Sept.20) from 10 a.m. until Noon Public School Board candidate Marjolein Winterink will be at the Caldense Bakery on Symington. If you have questions or concerns about your child's school, this is a great time to chat in a relaxed environment over coffee. Marjolein is interested to here what parents want in their schools and will be ready to share her ideas with you. Please join us! More info about Marjolein can be found at www.marjoleinwinterink.com

  • 2014 Municipal Election   25 weeks 2 days ago

    i only know one, Jacqueline McKenzie:
    //www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqueline-McKenzie-for-TDSB-Trustee-Davenport/318793818277046

    EDIT: it's on the link from the original post - here it is though (currently):

    Dean Eyford
    Liz Jackson
    Jacqueline McKenzie
    Marit Stiles
    Marjolein Winterink

  • 2014 Municipal Election   25 weeks 2 days ago

    Does anyone know how I can find out who the tdsb candidates are? I have searched the internet and found only 1 person. Thanks

  • 26 Ernest Ave (Former Solways scrap / metal sales site): Townhouses   28 weeks 22 hours ago

    Solways had a documented history of licensing problems and was forced by the city to change its operations many times. In fact a licensing tribunal clearly stated "The Tribunal is cognizant of, and concerned about, the impact felt by the neighbourhood from the operations of the scrap yard". On file at City are hundreds of complaints going back to 1983 when M&S took over the site.

    Also on file are the complaints from residents who had their bikes, BBQs and other metal stolen from their property by scrap hunters. If there was no thieving going on then how come it was the number one area complaint to Councillor Giambrone? And why did Solways agree to stop accepting BBQ's as scrap? Knock on some doors on Perth and see what they have to say about stolen property. As metal prices went up the theft of metal made the news worldwide so why would it be different here?

    If the community actually had any power to close Solways it would have happened in the 1990's when Francis Labelle organized the community or in 2003 when residents again appealed to the City for relief. 2003 was the year there were 3 fires in one week at Solways.

    But the reality is that because of a grandfathered zoning clause, which the City came to regret, the only way for Solways to close was if the owner Howard Bettel decided to. And he did. He alone is responsible.

    While it is sad that many people, including locals, lost their jobs, most people were happy to see it go. Your last line is a sad cheap shot that reflects the "screw the community" attitude that Solways and its customers sometimes exhibited. If Solways had actually tried to work with the community proactively maybe things would have worked out differently. If you think a community caring about itself is a bad thing then we are guilty as charged.

  • Sterling Social (Bloor and Sterling)   28 weeks 1 day ago

    This place has been getting some good writeups...
    http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sterling-social-toronto

  • 26 Ernest Ave (Former Solways scrap / metal sales site): Townhouses   28 weeks 1 day ago

    No More:
    1. Employees - we all lost our jobs
    2. Drivers - they all lost their jobs
    3. Thieves - or so you think
    4. Owner to harrass - now you can move on and harrass someone else.

    Only memories left. Thank-you to the neighborhood for not caring about anyone but yourselves!!!

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   29 weeks 2 days ago

    FYI: The variance to allow the parking stacker / rooftop parking was approved at the July 23 meeting. Thanks to Sara for the update.

    -Vic

  • Sterling Social (Bloor and Sterling)   29 weeks 2 days ago

    Toronto Life has already written an introduction to Sterling Social:
    http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish/openings/2014/08/07/sterling-socia...

    "Her sandwiches are stuffed with slow-cooked meats, like braised barbecue chicken piled high on a crispy Kaiser, or Dr. Pepper–glazed beef brisket on buttery brioche. Almost everything is made in-house, including a thick Greek yogurt, which is served with granola, and chewy double-chocolate cookies, which can be ordered plain or as part of an ice-cream sandwich."

    -Vic

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   31 weeks 3 days ago

    Yeah, it's definitely not as bad as having some kind of towering robotic parking stacker. It's really just an elevator-accessed rooftop parking lot.

    In some ways, I'd rather have no wall blocking the view of the roof. Anything that adds more walls up around the Railpath just ends up closing it in more. Keep in mind we're also getting some tall noise walls on the other side of the path...

    Someone mentioned snow clearing (I think on Facebook). Looks they they have a designated space on the roof for a snow melter and Bobcat.

    It has also been mentioned that visitors may not be inclined to go through the trouble of taking the parking elevator up to the roof, and therefore some of that parking may just hit the surrounding public spaces. That may be a concern...

    I wonder what the big reason is for not doing the original underground plan. The cover letter mentions "geotechnical considerations"...but are they just looking for a cheaper solution that excavating and building an underground parking lot?

    I agree that in this modern age of computermachines and Internets, this kind of thing should have been communicated better with information readily available on the City's website.

    -Vic

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   31 weeks 3 days ago

    I've taken a look at the plans that Vic posted. Thanks Vic. I'm less up in arms about this now. I was livid, but I'm much calmer now. Take a look at the 362 Wallace Ave Plans.pdf above. If I've read the drawing correctly the elevator is slightly higher than the rest of the building but it will be enclosed. The entrance to the elevator is located at the end of Ruskin just before the path. The parking looks to be only ONE level of 41 spots and NOT STACKED. There's also a wall for that roof parking that will hide most if not all of the visible car parts from the path if it is indeed just a single unstacked layer of cars.

    They could have communicated this way better and saved us all the grief. Can someone else take a look at the plans and tell me if this looks less intrusive than we all thought?

    The real people to suffer will be the people who bought the upper units that will now look down onto car roofs. If I was them I'd be upset.

    Comments anyone?

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   31 weeks 4 days ago

    Thanks for sending the docs, Sara. I have posted them all (linked above).

    -Vic

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   31 weeks 4 days ago

    Further to Scott's post, I also spoke with Kyle Strik. He advised he had not yet had anyone ask for a deferral of the decision. He did not have any drawings of the proposed amendments. He did provide a few additional documents (some maps (including revised map), architecture firm cover letter, and a copy of the Notice). If anyone would like a copy just let me know. I'm not sure how to attach documents here.

    Kyle Strik,
    Application Technician, Committee of Adjustment
    City Planning Division
    City of Toronto, 1st Floor, West Tower
    100 Queen St. W, Toronto ON M5H 2N2

    t: 416-397-7771
    f: 416-392-0580
    e: kstrik@toronto.ca

    http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/City%20Planning/Developing%20...

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   32 weeks 22 hours ago

    Kyle called me too. Nice guy.

    First off not having documents online is an embarrassment in 2014.

    2 questions that I have are I ssupect that many will not want to be bothered doing the elevator and will park on the street so how can we stop that. And I had hoped that the roof could be a green one to offset the increase of pavement in this development. Is this rooftop going to be a big holder of heat or is there some kind of surface that can be used to reduce heat.

    I am sure there are other questions out there that people have. Did people get notices ?

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   32 weeks 22 hours ago

    I spoke to Kyle Strik, and what I understood is that the rooftop parking will be an open parking lot on the roof (which will be very ugly), and that the all detailed plans could be reviewed at the Committee of Adjustment Office.