Wallace Ave: Train crashes into firetruck; Firefighters barely escape

The Globe, December 22, 1930: Click image for full-size versionThe Globe, December 22, 1930: Click image for full-size version

On Saturday, December 20, 1930, four firefighters narrowly escaped injury or death when they jumped from their firetruck moments before it was struck by a train at the Wallace Ave. crossing. You can get the details of what happened in The Globe's article (click for a large, readable image), but here's a quick summary:

Free Outdoor Movie Series at 181 Sterling Road - Amelie

Jul 29 2012 21:15
Jul 29 2012 23:00

From Ward 18 City Councillor Ana Bailao's July 18 2012 newsletter:

Outdoor Movie Series at 181 Sterling Road

"Sterling Cinema Al Fresco" to bring neighbours, families and friends together for a series of outdoor community movie screenings

A screen and projector will be set up at 181 Sterling Road; directly across the street from the heritage building at 158 Sterling Road. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on to enjoy the following films:

If you have any questions please contact our office by emailing councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-7012.

See you at the movies!

BBQ Raises Money for Perth / St. Luigi School Playground

From Ward 18 City Councillor Ana Bailao's July 18 2012 newsletter:

Great Success at Ward 18 Community BBQ!

More than $55,000 raised in support of "Field of Dreams"!

Each year I am happy to host the Ward 18 Community BBQ in support of a great local initiative! This year's BBQ was held in support of an energetic group of teachers, students and parents from Perth Avenue Public School and St. Luigi Catholic School who are striving to animate their shared schoolyard, and our neighbourhood, by fundraising to build a running track and soccer pitch.

Before this barbeque even began the Parent Council had done a substantial amount of work and raised a significant sum of money. In March of this year the project won $50,000 from Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment’s Team Up Foundation in a very competitive, province-wide process that included two rounds of voting and judgement by an expert panel. As Councillor, I supported this important community project by putting the word out and by committing $100,000 raised as a result of local development.

During the barbeque our community showed its spirit and generosity, further supporting this great initiative to the tune of more than $55,000! This sum is made up of the combined funds raised through a yard sale, food donations, raffle ticket sales and contributions by several individuals and organizations. Now with well over $200,000 in the bank to fund this project it is almost certain that the "Field of Dreams" will be built.

Friday Night Supper back on at Dufferin Grove

Friday Night Supper is back tonight at Dufferin Grove, 6-7:30pm. It's good to come early because on busy night food sometimes runs out before 7:30. Tonight's menu is posted here: http://dufferinpark.ca/oven/wiki/wiki.php/FridayNightSuppers.FrontPage

Also, please note the wading pool snackbar will be open all weekend.

No Friday Night Supper or snackbar this weekend at Dufferin Grove

There won't be a community supper this Friday at Dufferin Grove. The snackbar at the wading pool will also be closed this weekend. Below is a public statement issued by CELOS, a research group that over the years has contributed to programming at the park.

Why there’s NO Friday Night Supper nor Weekend playground cafe this week:

- because there are not enough Dufferin Grove program staff left to cook and serve, and clean and help setup and then put away all the dishes.

Railpath Community Run

Sep 30 2012 08:30
Sep 30 2012 12:00

To celebrate the Railpath, and promote health within our communities on September 30th, 2012 a community run/walk will be held on the West Toronto Railpath. The charitable partner for the event will be The Stop Community Food Centre.

This event has a unique format that differentiates it from other local running events. Instead of a set distance (such as 5km), this is a timed lap-based event. In 45 minutes, participants will complete as many laps of the 2.1 km stretch as possible. This is great to practice your speedwork as a competitive runner, or not be overwhelmed by needing to complete a big distance as a new runner or casual walker. There is something for everyone, and you decide what that is for you!

There are lots of prizes available for participants and every registrant before September 7th will receive a commemorative t-shirt and shoe-tag medal. Refreshments after the event are also included. We'd love to see lots of participation from the local Junction Triangle community!

Details about the event are here: railpathcommunityrun.wordpress.com

To directly go to the registration page go here: www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=8247

Sterling Dundas Intersection Community Meeting

Jul 30 2012 18:30
Jul 30 2012 18:30

Dundas and Sterling, looking North (2009)Dundas and Sterling, looking North (2009)

You can download a PDF copy of this meeting announcement, with map, here.

Community Meeting Notice

Sterling Rd. and Dundas St. West Intersection Modifications

Transportation Services Staff and Councillor Bailão invite you to a Community meeting to discuss intersection modifications being proposed by the City to make this intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Map of Proposal click here

Date: Time: Location:
Monday July 30, 2012 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Helen's Church (1680 Dundas Street West - East of Lansdowne Ave.)

Supper at Campbell Park with Campfire 5-7pm

Jul 7 2012 17:00
Jul 7 2012 19:00

The Community Supper for July 7 is Curried chicken, Curried Veg Dish, and a dessert.

Dinner as usual is 5-7, there will be a campfire and lots of fun.
Entree Suggested Donation $5
Dessert Suggested Donation $2
Dinner includes a salad


West Toronto Diamond: 24h/day Construction July 3-16

Construction update provided by Metrolinx. Please download the original notice here (188K PDF file).

Georgetown South Project
Construction Update

The West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project is an important rail infrastructure project that will eliminate a major bottleneck at the most heavily used rail crossing in Canada. When completed, GO trains on the Kitchener line will pass below CP freight lines, and this will improve service reliability, reduce noise, and allow for future service improvements to reduce congestion in the northwest of Toronto.

Annual CP Rail Track Closure
Extended Hours: 24 Hours a day from July 3 -16

What we are doing

  • Removing CP Rail’s connecting track and excavating the roadway so we can work on the walls of the lowered rail corridor in this area
  • Cleaning and reinforcing the pipe piles
  • Forming tunnels under the tracks and roadway to prepare for the final bridge installation and excavation of the corridor

How this will affect you

  • Work will take place for 24 hours a day due to the short period of time available during the annual CP Rail track closure. This track closure is only available once a year for approximately two weeks.
  • This work does not produce elevated levels of noise or vibration. Nearby residents may hear the sounds of construction equipment operating and see lighting in the work area overnight.

Please note: This work is crucial to reopening the rail crossing at Junction Road and Old Weston Road. We plan to reopen the rail crossing in September. It will need to be closed in late 2012 or early 2013 for 2 to 3 months to install the north bridge portion. It will then close again in the fall of 2013 for a few months to install the south portion.

Please visit gotransit.com/gts for updates or please call Kelly at 416-604-9582 for more information.

Really Really FREE Market

Jul 7 2012 10:00
Jul 7 2012 14:00

Event details from the Really Really Free Market website:

The Really Really Free Market is back with a regular schedule. The RRFM will happen every 1st Saturday of the month at Campbell Park. The event will happen rain or shine! (In the case of rain, there's an indoor space at the park that we'll use)

July 7, 10am-2pm
At Campbell Park (7min walk from Lansdowne Station)

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