Junction Flea - Sterling Rd.

Just learned this via Twitter:

@JunctionFlea
Ok here's the big news we've been waiting to share: WE FOUND A NEW WEST END HOME ON STERLING ROAD!!!!!!!!!! Markets start June 8th

I'm not sure of the exact location yet, but you can find more info about Junction Flea at http://junctionflea.com/ or on Twitter @JunctionFlea.

JT the next Lac-Mégantic disaster?

The issue of knowing and controlling what kind of traffic is travelling through communities by rail is just starting to get on the radar. There are some really scary aspects to be considered. The link below has lot of links to everything that has been written in the past few weeks. Here is a quote from the story:

Meeting: Odours from the Nitta Gelatin facility

Mar 12 2014 18:30
Mar 12 2014 20:00

This event notice came via the Junction Triangle Parents Facebook Group:

Attention neighbours on Campbell, Rankin and on Wallace between Campbell and Rankin and vicinity:

There will be a follow up meeting to discuss the odours from the Nitta Gelatin facility on March 12th, at 6:30pm in Florrie’s Room at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre, 1904 Davenport Rd. Jonah Schein will be joined by Councillor Ana Bailao, Toronto Public Health, the Ministry of the Environment, and Nitta Gelatin representatives.

There's an existing discussion forum about Nitta's odour issues on this site here:
http://www.junctiontriangle.ca/node/1661

French Immersion starting at Perth Ave P.S. in Sept 2014

It's official - Perth Avenue Public School is starting it's own French Immersion program in Sept 2014! This is GREAT news for our community, but a little to late my family and others who had problems getting into FI this school year.

Shine! A concert to support the Jim Fay Music Bursary

Mar 2 2014 19:00
Mar 2 2014 23:59

Although this charity event takes place slightly outside of the Junction Triangle, some of the organizers and participants live in the area. If you like local music for a good cause, check this out. Thanks to TuffyRocks for passing this info to me. For more information go to www.shineconcert.ca

Funding for the Jim Fay Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE!concert event. This year’s event will take place starting at 7PM on Sunday 2 March 2014, at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto). (Dinner reservations guarantee seating – call Lula Lounge at 416.588.0307)

SHINE! 2014 is shaping up to be another fantastic event, as we are thrilled to announce that The Jerome Godboo Band (featuring Pat Rush), The Russell deCarle Trio (featuring Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie), Lorraine Segato (of the Parachute Club), and Andrew Cash, have all confirmed that they will be taking part, along with our first ever bursary winner, Chelsee Livingston, and our 2013 Bursary Winners.

Many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause. Past SHINE! concerts have featured Andy Maize and Michael Johnston (Skydiggers), Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Andrew Cash, Oh Susanna, Julian Fauth, Lori Yates, The Lonesome Ace String Band, Jerry Leger, Jon Brooks, Michelle Rumball, Corin Raymond & The Sundowners (including Treasa LeVasseur, David Baxter and Brian Kobayakowa), Jonathan Lynn, October Brown, Michael O’Grady, The Warped 45s, Mary Rankin, Shelly Coopersmith, and many more.

Extended work hours at West Toronto Diamond

Metrolinx / GO Transit has announced extended working hours at the West Toronto Diamond grade separation project. You can download the announcement here:
http://goweb02.gotransit.com/gts/en/docs/201402_WTD_Construction_Update_EN.pdf

Beginning February 11: Work Hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What we are doing

  • Beginning Tuesday, February 11, we are extending regular work hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the foreseeable future to complete the expanded rail corridor for increased transit service. We will also be working on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Extended hours are required to stay on schedule to reopen the Old Weston Road/Junction Road rail crossing as soon as possible. We will revisit the need for extended hours in the spring.
  • Work will take place in the lowered corridor installing rebar (reinforcing steel) to prepare for pouring concrete to complete the floor.
  • There may also be some excavation; however, the majority of excavation will take place during the day.
  • This work is in preparation for the final bridge slides scheduled for this spring/summer.
  • The Junction Rd./Old Weston Rd. crossing will reopen after the bridges are installed. We will communicate the opening date once it is confirmed.

How will this affect you

  • This work typically does not create elevated noise. For example, the rebar is tied together by hand to form the structure which is considered quieter work
  • Lights will be used for safety, and we will do our best to direct them away from nearby properties.
  • For safety reasons, vehicles onsite will sound a ‘beep’ when they drive in reverse when necessary.

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

The Star: GO rail construction for Union Pearson Express keeps residents awake

The Toronto Star has posted an article about some unusually loud overnight construction noise along the Georgetown Rail corridor, near the Wallace Ave. footbridge, during this past weekend:

GO rail construction for Union Pearson Express keeps residents awake

Construction noise kept some residents up all night last weekend along the Kitchener GO line.

By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Tue Feb 04 2014

Rail construction access from Sterling Rd. across Railpath

As part of their ongoing construction work in the rail corridor, Metrolinx will be creating a temporary access road into the corridor from 158 Sterling Rd. (the former Tower Automotive site) across the West Toronto Railpath. Details, with map, are in the attached flyer.

Rail Corridor Access to begin early February at 158 Sterling Rd.

What we are doing

  • We are grading and installing track and signals between Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street to complete the expanded rail corridor for increased transit service.
  • We are accessing the corridor at two locations to finish construction by the end of this year. The first is already in use at Dundas Street West and Brad Street. The second access will be at 158 Sterling Road where we will also store new track materials.
  • Trucks will cross the West Toronto Railpath to enter and exit the rail corridor at the Sterling Road location.

How this will affect you

  • We will begin to use the 158 Sterling Road access/storage on early February until the end of 2014.
  • Railpath users will have the right-of-way over construction vehicles. A traffic control person will be
  • positioned at the access point during construction hours. Appropriate signage will be in place along the path advising users of the condition ahead. Signage will also be placed along the access road reminding drivers to stop and yield to railpath users.
  • Regular work hours are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There may be occasional work on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We expect an average of 8 to 10 trucks per hour to use this access on a daily basis.
  • All trucks will travel along Sterling Road from Dundas Street West to access the construction site.
  • We will regularly clean the roads our trucks will be using, including the West Toronto Railpath.

Really Really Free Market (Campbell Park)

Feb 1 2014 10:00
Feb 1 2014 16:00

From the Really Really Free Market Facebook Page:

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10:00am until 4:00pm

No Money. No Barter. No trade.
Bring what you don't need, take what you need.

Campbell Park
195 Campbell Avenue, near Lansdowne and Wallace
The market will be inside the Campbell Park clubhouse

If you wish to bring something to the market--

The Really Really Free Market is a great place to hang around and meet new people while browsing. We also love a helping hand—keeping items in their labelled sections, folding or hanging clothes, orienting new people to the market. There’s always lots to do.

**We're a small group of volunteers working together in a horizontally structured group and additional volunteers are needed in the organization and coordination of the market, as well as additional help on market day. Without it, we may have difficultly continuing the markets in 2014. If you are interested, please email us: rrfmarket@gmail.com

Clean items in usable and working condition, please.
We cannot accept large items, unless you can take them back with you if they do not find a new home.

See you Saturday, February 1st!

Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment Public Open House

Feb 10 2014 18:30
Feb 10 2014 20:30

Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment Public Open Houses

Electrification of Union Pearson (UP) Express is part of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to dramatically improve how people move in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Metrolinx and Hydro One Networks Inc. invite you to their joint Public Open Houses to learn more about the plans to electrify UP Express. At the Open House, interested members of the community can receive a project update and provide feedback on the preliminary design components, environmental effects and mitigation and next steps/timelines.

The UP Express route and proposed locations for electrification components are shown on the map below.

The Open Houses will provide you with an opportunity to view displays and speak one-on-one with project staff.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, February 10, 2014
Lithuanian House
1573 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1A6

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here to download a PDF file of the full meeting notice, which includes a map, additional meeting dates/locations, contact information, etc.

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