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  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 34 weeks ago

    I noticed last night, maybe a little after 7:00pm, that there was a woman that appeared to be sweeping the entire street in front of Solways. Is this something new, or do they clean up the street regularly?

  • Bloor Dundas Condo - Giraffe Living (Tas Design)   9 years 34 weeks ago

    This letter from Councillor Gord Perks this morning should clear things up a little:

    Good morning,

    You are receiving this email because you have asked to be put on my mailing list for either the 1540 Bloor St West development, the 1638-1650 Bloor St West development, or the Bloor Visioning Sessions.

    I understand from speaking with some of you that a sales office for 1540 Bloor Street West has been erected at the former Joe Mercury's site.

    It's my understanding that a sales office is a completely legal use that only needs permits (it does not need sign off from planning staff or approvals from City Council). Interestingly enough, after speaking with planning staff I have come to find out that in various areas of the City, developers have erected sales offices prior to an application being submitted.

    Here is the latest update on the 1540 development: my office hasn't heard from the developer's team in quite some time - the last meeting we had with them was our 1540 Working Group session meeting (comprised of selected residents, business owners and stakeholders in the area). At this meeting the group asked among other things that they do a revised Traffic Impact Study and take a more detailed look at the access/egress issue for the site.

    It's my understanding that the City's Planning department received the revised study this week, and that the City's Transportation dept. hasn't had a chance to go through it yet. City Planning and I will be discussing the study with the working group once it has been reviewed. There has been no further discussion on the built form, but Planning has indicated that they should expect some sort of revised proposal in the next few months. Once that revision comes in, then we can expect a report and the application will go off to Community Council. Of course, I will be sending out that information as soon as it becomes available.

    There has also been no OMB appeal to date.

    Should you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I have also copied Community Planner Kevin Edwards, who can be reached at or by phone at 416-392-1306.

    Thank you,

    Gord Perks
    City Councillor
    Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

    Toronto City Hall
    100 Queen Street West
    2nd Floor, Suite A14
    Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2

    We must change how we live, or the climate will change it for us.

    There's also a long thread about this site over on the Urban Toronto Forums. Skip to the later pages for more recent comments etc.

  • Bloor/Symington/Sterling Developments   9 years 34 weeks ago

    News came last week that Canwest is pulling out of the beloved Cinevillage studios on Heward Avenue in the east end. There are a lot of industry issues at play here and technically most of Canwest's space was TV studio space as opposed to film studio space, so the author of the Star story is slightly confusing uses. The industry sees Canwest's move purely as a money saving tactic as Canwest is in a crisis financial mode right now.

    The bottom line is that a really nice facility has now entered the market place at a time when production in film (and TV to some extent) is low. Cinevillage is now a competitor to West end studios like Studio City on Pardee Avenue and to be honest most people would chose Cinevillage if they had the option. So there could also be a further concentration of production services in the east end. Sim Video on Atlantic and Whites on Islington are now the only big service suppliers in the west end. The point here is that studios are more than just big rooms, they need easy access to gear and support services. Pinewood will need to entice a lot of that from scratch in a market that currently has extra capacity. I would be surprised to see anything firm about Pinewood at this time.

    I reiterate that I personally would love the studio to happen.

  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 34 weeks ago

    Hi Scott,

    If you have access to post to the Railpath website, feel free to grab any of my RP to post there.

    I'll have to go back someday again when the sun isn't setting.

    I didn't notice that the rocks had been moved. Just a few days ago when I took these photos, the rocks were still there. I assume it wasn't the city that moved them out of the way?


  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 35 weeks ago

    I have some older RP photos that I will put up on the RP site when I have some time. Can I put these up ?

    You will notice that at Ernest the rocks denoting City property have "mysteriously" moved to allow Solways trucks to turn around.

  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 35 weeks ago

    I went for a ride along the whole Railpath last night, just before that amazing sunset. Took a ton of photos along the way. Might not be the most interesting photos right now, but I think it will be nice to look back on them after the work is done to see the difference. I wish I could have gone out to do the same before any of the work started.

    Here's the link to the gallery:


  • Rankin Park Mural Meeting   9 years 35 weeks ago

    Thanks for working on this, Dave. The mural will make a nice addition to the dead-end of Paton Rd. Even better if the proposed garden happens!

  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 36 weeks ago

    Here is the response from Adam Giambrone's office regarding the Railpath and Blu22. I saw Adam in person and he assured me that getting the land to continue the Railpath south to the lake is his preferred option and will do what he can to make that happen. As you can read below, a lot of this is out of City's hands.

    Hi Scott,

    Possibly we need to be concerned, but really it's a bit too early to tell yet. Up until a few weeks ago, Blu22 was a dead project in all but name, but now, with the new-found Provincial interest, perhaps it will actually go forward. If so, and if they construct a new line of tracks for it through the rail corridor, it could potentially not leave enough space afterwards for the continuation of the Railpath south of Dundas.

    The Parks Dept. and Facilities and Real Estate Dept. are in regular contact with the people at CP Rail to make the case that they should sell the land we need for the continuation of the park to the City. CP's position is essentially that they are waiting to see what happens with Blu22 before they make a decision.

    Based on what we know so far, it sounds like the province will need to conduct an Environmental Assessment process about whatever revised version of the project they decide to try to move forward. Those meetings would be a good opportunity for residents and others who want to see the Railpath extended southward to make their views known.



    Chris Gallop
    Constituency Assistant to:
    Adam Giambrone
    Toronto City Councillor
    Ward 18 Davenport
    Chair, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
    Toronto City Hall
    100 Queen Street West, Suite C42
    Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2
    p: 416.392.7012
    f: 416.392.7957

  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 36 weeks ago

    I hope one day they will extend the path to Parkdale and Liberty village.

    I for one will be using it to do my groceries at the Ol' Knobhill Farms site (No Frills) - beats walking up the Sterling street hill to Dundas W.


  • Railpath construction underway   9 years 36 weeks ago

    There's an article about the progress of the WTR in today's Toronto Star:

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago

    I agree, Go is a better solution than this expensive private railway. I still doubt they would drop Bloor as it is such an obvious connector point and deflect critics who say that you have to go all the way downtown to catch the 22.

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago

    If today's Star story is true, it sounds like the Bloor stop is going to be dumped to pay for changes that will (they hope) pacify Weston residents, and/or to speed up the EA.

    That seems stupid from the standpoint of the line's financial viability (a stop along the Bloor line would probably draw more riders), but this project has been motivated more by political expediency and international bragging rights than real need, from the time the former federal government proposed it.

    This train will basically be an "expense account" service ($20 -- probably $25 by the time it is built -- each way ). People in our area can't afford to pay that to go to work or the airport, and we already have pretty good transit options, so I think the main issue for our community is really the noise and vibration.

    But it is plain that Blue 22 would take priority over GO service on this corridor, and thereby subvert the supposed goal of GTA transit integration espoused by the province and Metrolinx. Theoretically, this is supposed to mean more options for people to travel across regions by transit, and from the 416 to the 905, instead of the mainly Union-station focussed expansion we have seen. So far, we have gotten the Barrie GO train rammed down the CN line on our East side, and now this executive-class service rammed down our West side.

    But Davenport is a safe seat for McGuinty (while he lost the Weston seat in a by-election and regained it in the general election). Giambrone and Perks are supposedly more transit-supporting, so it will be interesting to see what they do, if anything.

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago
  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago

    Yes.....and there originally was some concern that Blu22 might scuttle the south end of Railpath south of Dundas. I am trying to get info as we speak.

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago

    Could someone explain how this might affect the RailPath? Wouldn't the RailPath and proposed Blue 22 line be effectively running side by side?

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 36 weeks ago

    Here's the link:

    I still like the idea of the train to the airport, but it definitely needs to be more of a public transit service than a non-stop express train between Union and Pearson.

    Some quotes from the article:

    "It appears to be heading toward a non-stop train ... between Pearson and Union Station," Sullivan said. "I suspect that's what we're going to be faced with."


    A rail link to the airport has been in discussion for a decade. Five years ago, the federal government introduced plans for what was then dubbed Blue 22, for the 22 minutes of travel time between the airport to train station. The link would have had one stop, at the Bloor West GO Transit station, and a one-way ticket would have cost $20.


    If the plan goes ahead, the group hopes to see the trains stop in their community, along with nine others.

    For example, Sullivan said it would make sense if the train stopped at St. Clair Ave W. and Eglinton Ave. W., where it could hook up with planned streetcar lines. It should stop in needy communities such as Rexdale, and near Humber College, he said.

    "If they're going to do it, then make it into real public transit, make it into something that serves the people of Toronto, not just the business travellers," he said.

  • Environment Committee - July 7, 2008 - Meeting Minutes   9 years 36 weeks ago

    I am not sure if the committee is referring to ALL sources of noise or just commercial ones. As a resident of Perth Wallace, I would add these to the list:

    1. The dorks who squeel their tires at Perth Wallace and at Symington and Wallace.

    2. The Adventist Church at Perth and Wallace that has a habit of disrespecting the area on many levels such as horn honking and yelling (even after 11 pm) and drum core practices on weekend afternoons. I would imagine that part of the issue is that the vast majority of goers don't live in the area so it does not affect them. Some residents may recall a few years ago when they had a bake sale and positioned PA sized speakers all around the church and some guy blathered on all day at full volume until the Police showed up. A little respect for others please.

    3. The constant rumble of large and small trucks on their way to Solways metals. (Large trucks are prohibited but they come anyway. Worst offender? Arizon Haulage.)

  • Environment Committee - July 7, 2008 - Meeting Minutes   9 years 36 weeks ago

    I reviewed some of the information posted about our area on the TEA site and found it to be full of conjecture, inaccuracies, and leading statements.

    I found comments about the soil remediation on Wallace to be leading and inaccurate. Many residents did not know what was up but I somehow got info and received additional information from Bio-Genie and the City about DOE monitoring and I was also able to contact the current landowner. That may not bring comfort to those who had to inhale the compost smell of the process, and I know for a fact that it made many sick but the TEA's claims that nobody knows what is going on and that there is something secret are just not true.For years I could not find anybody who cared about the groundwater cleaning stations that existed on the property, a very potentially toxic brew. But as soon as people could smell something then there as an issue. The good news at the end of the day is that the toxic material will be dealt with on site and not just dumped in somebody else's backyard (as was the Mike Harris plan) and that the area (after DOE approval) will be developed bringing new faces and activity to dead area. Hopefully the last remediation will not be as smelly or irritating as the first part was. (On the TEA site there is a photo of "800 Lansdowne" but it is in fact Wallace.)

    Their review of the situation at Solways metals on Ernest was obviously written by somebody who has not been involved with the situation. Many are involved in trying to get them to move and there has been a fair amount of oversight and conditions placed upon them by MLS tribunals...the point is that things have not moved as fast as we would like but Solways is certainly on the radar of many at City, MLS, DOE, Transportation, and residents. And for the last time....the residents of the area were here FIRST, not the other way around. I don't know where this myth started but it's continued use creates sympathy for a business that came after the people. I have the photos and City maps to prove it.

    Environmental concerns are important and in many ways things are getting better in the area but accurate information should guide the committee, not alarmist supposition. I am quite let down by the quality of TEA's work.

  • Nonna's Place and C-Store   9 years 38 weeks ago

    I just ate at Nonna's Place and the food is amazing!! You got to check it out!! Very homey, great food and excellent service.

  • Bloor Dundas Avenue Study   9 years 39 weeks ago

    Hi there just a followup on the Bloor Dundas Avenue Study. In my frustration I wrote to Mr. Cambray to express my disappointment that the Bloor Dundas West Avenue Study didn't include the Triangle. He has finally responded:

    Original Email to Corvin Cambray:
    >>> "Singhachaudhuri, Ranajit" 07/03/2008 3:22 PM >>>
    Hi Corwin,

    I was disappointed to see that the study excluded anything east of Dundas ie Bloor and Symington.

    This area is lacking all of the points which you will be looking at:
    • New development and identify needed service, transportation or streetscape improvements.

    It is unfortunate that the south junction triangle continues to be overlooked, it's a really unique area.



    From: Corwin Cambray []
    Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 5:03 PM
    To: Singhachaudhuri, Ranajit
    Subject: Re: Kick-Off Public Meeting


    Thanks for your email.

    In 2002, the City finished an Avenue Study for the portion of Bloor Street West between the rail corridor and Lansdowne Avenue (see map below). The City's Final Report on the Bloor - Lansdowne Avenue Study is available at:

    Click on the "October 25, 2002 - Council Report" link. The Final report starts at the bottom of page 2. Appendix C starting on page 21 provides a series of recommendations. It does take time to see certain matters implemented, but progress is being made on recommendations that remain applicable.

    Hope the above is helpful.



  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 39 weeks ago

    Hi there,

    As per my original linked article the plan was:
    The proposed service would operate from LBPIA along a three kilometre (km) dedicated spur line to be built by the private sector, then along the existing 20 km Canadian National Railway (CN) Weston Subdivision line and connect onto GO Transit's (GO) Union Station Rail Corridor to its final destination at Union Station.

    So once the existing track ends at Woodbine/Rexdale, they (as in private sector/SNC) would build the remaining distance to the airport.

    I wonder who would pay $20 fare to go to the Race Track? Not me, I rather take the 37A.


  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 39 weeks ago

    I have wondered the same thing for years.

  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 39 weeks ago

    Do you all notice in that picture that the track goes directly to the race track and not directly to the airport... people tell me they are wondering if the intended purpose of blue 22 was ever really for the low ridership volume that would be transported to the airport , but instead that it may have been secretly pushed by big influential players all along as a link to shuttle gamblers in downtown toronto out to the race track....???

    It makes you wonder if there is any relationship between the builders, and developers that are now invading the area from keele to lansdowne on both sides of the Blue 22 station, and the Race Track owners......

    Are these groups or parties tied together in some way????

    I notice that NO mention is ever made of the race track, yet the Blue 22 goes right to the track and not to the airport, it seems you actually need to take a shuttle from the racetrack to get to the airport.. a very slick move indeed .

    really does the city think taxpayers cant read a map...its all right there plain to see, a link from lansdowne, bloor, dundas area straight to the race track just as the map in the link above shows it..

    Its starting to seem like all the city contracted planers/consultants are selling this areas development as some sort of important needed population density increase program when all that it is really turning out to be, is nothing more than a smoke screen to hide a direct link from our low income community out to a gambling venue,,,
    is this all about making profit for a consortium of a few wealthy powerful developers, influential stake holders with strong political ties , and all at the expense of destroying existing old established neighbourhood communities ???...a citys neighbourhood intensification program or a casino costumer base intensification program..???


    now people are telling me that Stronach may be involved in the race track, is that true can anyone verify that , if so then how does federal political influence on this matter play out, seeing that the stronach family has strong ties connections to a major federal party...

    here read this link about stronachs dreams of making a network of racetracks and judge for your self if this is about a airport shuttle or a racetrack gambling network..?

    read near the bottom of the article how his vision includes "property investment", entertainment destinations and casinos in the same sentence...

    Toronto star article -

  • Franklin Avenue fire site   9 years 40 weeks ago

    Hi Ranajit

    If you think it could help why not. Nothing is moving at least at the surface anyway. Maybe the city can be embarassed into doing something. All of us think there are developers in play here, watching the situation.


  • South Perth Bloor U-Haul Property Development and Bluee22 Line   9 years 40 weeks ago

    Some aspect of a stop at Bloor has always been part of the Blue 22 plan. An image from Transport Canada.

    The real issue is whether there will be stops north, especially in Weston,to make this a more useful of the billions it will cost. Personally I think that if it does not have more stops along the way that it is dead.