Community meetings

Junction Triangle Hosts First Metrolinx Wall Summit

Community groups to express concern over air rail link barrier walls at weekend meeting
Bloor West Villager by Rahul Gupta

A west-end group concerned about a series of noise barrier walls planned by Metrolinx will hold a summit to discuss the issue this weekend.

Kevin Putnam of the Junction Triangle Rail Committee (JTRC) said his group has invited other community groups for a frank exchange on the controversial walls, which Metrolinx wants erected along the Georgetown South rail corridor.

Carlton Park upgrades in 2013

Dec 3 2012 19:45

From Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's post to the Carlton Park People's Auxiliary facebook page:

Dear Residents,

In an effort to build our local park infrastructure, I am ensuring that major upgrades will happen in the summer of 2013 in Carlton Park.

This is an invitation to participate in the design review process on Monday, December 3rd, 7:45PM at St. Sebastien Catholic School (717 Brock Ave), Classroom 116.

You may be already be aware that a public meeting was held with residents in Fall 2011 to ask for a wish list. Taking our budget for such improvements into account, I then selected several items from the resident wish-list and brought the proposals back to the community for approval in Spring 2012. Once this was received, Parks staff generated drawings and this public meeting is the next step in the process.

I was able to allocate more than $160,000 of Section 42 (park levy) funding to these upgrades, as a result of money raised from nearby development projects. I am pleased that Parks capital staff have also decided to put in additional funding. Our community will soon benefit from:

  • Removal of the baseball diamond and possible conversion to junior soccer field
  • Asphalt path, seat walls, fencing
  • New drinking fountain with dog bowl

You can look forward to seeing visual representations of these proposed changes at this upcoming meeting and I look forward to your participation in the design selection process as we move closer to implementation in the summer of 2013.

Starting up Cycle Toronto Ward 18 Group

Nov 28 2012 18:00
Nov 28 2012 20:00

Event details from Cycle Toronto:

Starting up the Ward 18 group again!

Hello Ward 18 cyclists (and anyone interested in Ward 18 cycling)!

There's a lot going on in the ward and a lot of opportunity and need for cyclists to have a say. If you're interested in becoming involved with advocacy and outreach efforts within the ward, please come out to an introductory meeting next Wednesday.

We'll discuss bike lanes, bike parking, BIXI, and some bike events coming up throughout next year. We're also looking to name one or two people to take on the "Ward Captain" leadership position from Bruce Ward, who has moved to Ward 14.

WHAT: Introductory meeting for Ward 18 cyclists
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00pm
WHERE: Arte Gelato (946 Bloor St W) -- technically a block outside Ward 18, but we couldn't resist the gelato

RSVP to so that we have an idea of numbers.

Thanks! See you there.

Siva Vijenthira
(Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for Cycle Toronto)

GE Uranium Plant - Community Open House

Nov 22 2012 16:00
Nov 22 2012 20:00

Details from the Bloor West Villager:

Uranium plant hosts community open house

The GE-Hitachi nuclear facility at Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street is hosting a community open house Thursday, Nov. 22
The uranium processing plant is inviting area residents to learn more about its work at the event which takes place at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W. from 4 to 8 p.m.

Public Meeting: Bloor GO / Air Rail Link Station

Dec 10 2012 18:30
Dec 10 2012 20:30

Event information from Metrolinx:

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate existing and future VIA Rail and CN freight train service as well as the new Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Bloor GO Station Public Meeting
GO Transit is committed to keeping you informed about our construction activities and infrastructure projects. In keeping with The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, we are planning to update and improve Bloor GO Station, making it a more modern link to safe, comfortable and convenient public transportation by early 2015. The project involves station enhancements, including a new barrier-free pedestrian tunnel and rehabilitation of the existing pedestrian access from Bloor Street. The improved Bloor GO Station will also feature an Air Rail Link stop, providing a seamless connection from Union Station to Pearson International Airport .

You are invited to attend our public information session to learn about the upcoming plans for Bloor GO Station. Representatives from GO Transit, as well as the project’s consultants, will be on hand to answer questions.

Monday, December 10 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lithuanian House
1573 Bloor Street West

G.E.'s Uranium Processing - Public Meeting

Nov 15 2012 19:00
Nov 15 2012 20:45

Click image to download event flyer in PDF format.

Thursday Nov 15
7 to 8:45pm
1900 Davenport Road
Davenport-Perth Community Health Centre

There's also a Facebook Page for this event:

Ward 18 Planning Townhall

Oct 27 2012 13:00
Oct 27 2012 16:00

Anyone interesting in local planning issues in the Junction Triangle or anywhere in Ward 18 may be interested in attending this meeting hosted by councillor Ana Bailao. You can download a PDF copy of the event flyer here.

Dear Ward 18 Community [please distribute this notice to your group members and any others who may be interested]:

As you are no doubt aware, Ward 18 is going through a great deal of growth and development due to the fact that we live in a very desirable area. Many new developments are currently being proposed and this will have a future impact on Ward 18. While change is coming, we have a tremendous opportunity to manage this change, to guide this process, and to work together for a combined vision of what we want to see for our neighbourhoods.

I strongly believe that at the heart of a successful planning process is the involvement and feedback of local residents. For this reason, I have organized a Ward-wide Planning Townhall, to invite residents to review and comment on the various development applications coming forward. On October 27th from 1:00-4:00PM, please join me, members of City Planning, local developers, community groups and fellow neighbours at St. Helen's School (1196 College Street).

Please review the information presented in the attached flyer and contact my office if you have any questions.

I hope to see you there!

Ana Bailão
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport (416) 392-7012

And here is the meeting agenda:


GTS Project Public Meeting: Junction/West Toronto Diamond

Nov 1 2012 18:30
Nov 1 2012 20:30

The following meeting announcement come from Kelly Thornton at Metrolinx:

When: Thu, 1 November, 18:30 – 20:30
Where: 2054 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario (Toronto Police Service 11 Division) (map)
Description: Join us for the West Toronto Diamond Project Public Meeting to get an update on construction and what to look forward to in 2013.

Kelly Thornton
Community Relations

South Perth & Sterling Road Residents Association - Important Meeting

Oct 23 2012 18:30
Oct 23 2012 20:00

Philip from the South Perth & Sterling Road Residents Association sent the following meeting announcement:

At the Church of the First Born – Scheduled for October 23rd at 6:30-8pm – (snacks and beverages will be provided).

This meeting is the final discussion with the residents before the matter of the Rezone application goes before a final vote at Council Nov 8th. Nestles has been invited and it will be interesting to see if they attend.

Notes from March 23 2012 Sterling/Tower/Castlepoint Meeting

I took the following notes at the March 23 2012 meeting hosted by Castlepoint Realty Partners, regarding their redevelopment plans for the former Tower Automotive property on Sterling Rd.

Sorry for the sloppy post and taking so long to type it up... Comments, corrections, and other discussions should be posted in the Discussion Forum.

Following some brief introductions and announcements, Fraser Tompson from Rio Tinto Alcan (the previous property owners) provided an update on soil and groundwater remediation efforts:

  • Groundwater "pump and treat" has been taking place since 2003.
  • Pump and treat to be replaced by with a "permeable reactive barrier". In short layman's terms, the permeable reactive barrier filters the groundwater as it flows off of the site.
  • Ongoing excavation of oil impacted material: TCA, a volatile organic compound. (Note: They did not specify exactly what TCA is, but I think it may be Trichloroethane)
  • Also need to clean up gasoline that is currently under the pump building on the south side of the property. Will do this after demolition (likely April 2012)
  • The remainder of this work will take place from May to August this year.
  • All work is overseen by the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Question about impacts of dust during demolition and cleanup, especially due to the nearby daycare and residences. Answer: A dust management plan was submitted with demo permit. Will be watering the site to keep it from getting dusty. Will do a better job than they have in the past.
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