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  • Starbucks?   4 years 23 weeks ago

    I guess we will have to wait and see but I was told by a pretty good source that Starbucks has looked at DuPont and this seems to fit

  • Starbucks?   4 years 23 weeks ago

    If you look at a map of Starbucks locations you can see that Dupont does not fit the bill for street traffic. I have been in the property and it did not look like a Starbucks layout.A Starbucks will cost over $450,00 to open as it must meet every chain standard to the last detail. You are more likely to see a Starbucks in a new location like in the new Metro where it would be a mini store as somebody else has suggested.

    There are a quite a few successful fruit/veg stores all over like on Roncy (at least 4) and on Bloor at Dorval Road. Dupont may not be busy enough yet but a location in the light commercial space that will go up at the Wallace Bridge could be a go; it gets hundreds of people passing in each direction every day and is next to Railpath.

  • 299 Campbell development & expansion of the Perth-Dupont Library   4 years 23 weeks ago

    This is a great opportunity for the community and a great chance to have our branch named Junction Triangle.

  • 299 Campbell development & expansion of the Perth-Dupont Library   4 years 23 weeks ago

    It started just two years ago during the outcry about closing city libraries. A group of Junction Triangle residents rallied for a bigger library. And presto a proposal that would take us from the smallest branch in the TPL to a full-sized, 10,000 sq. ft. library.
    Help close the deal on Tuesday! Strong resident support is needed to guide the library-approved plan through the public review and formal approval process.

  • Starbucks?   4 years 23 weeks ago

    More and more I'm hearing it's a Starbucks...a pizza place would be nice but it's too small of a for a grocer, that's what the chicken place on Perth used to be for quite a long time...those types of spots would be nice but really it's not a money making venture for anyone who's involved because it's long hours and hard work...unless it's a spot that has commercial whole foods etc

  • Starbucks?   4 years 24 weeks ago

    Anything but another BBQ Chicken or Dive Bar, please

  • Starbucks?   4 years 24 weeks ago

    I am also a bit doubtful on a Starbucks at that location. Bloor street has a lot more food traffic. I dont think Dupont has enough, and the area is already pretty covered for coffee.
    I think once the Metro & Shoppers Drug Mart go in at Lansdowne, there could potentially be enough traffic to have a Starbucks in that development.

  • Starbucks?   4 years 24 weeks ago

    The owners of Cafe Con Leche have been hearing for a while (via landlord's friends) that this is going to be a pizza place. Personally, I'd prefer that over a Starbucks.

    I also agree with Scott. A good green grocer on Dupont would be fantastic. I hear the same thing from other people.

  • Starbucks?   4 years 24 weeks ago

    I dont think that corner is high traffic enough for a Starbucks. There isnt even one Starbucks on the busier streets that surround us.

    What JT really needs is a place for fresh fruit and vegetables. We are in a food desert. Yes there will be a Metro coming but I think small venders have cheaper and better products.

  • Noise Wall Committee Websites   4 years 24 weeks ago

    The Community Advisory Committee looking at designs for Metrolinx's proposed walls finished last week. Unlike what we were led to believe there was no public or open feedback about the need to build all the walls now. Members were given the chance to email their thoughts where basically nobody will see them. One resident Timothy Noronha from West Bend took the time to write a very passionate, thought out, and nuanced response. In an age of tweets his letter is impressive not only for its detail but its analysis of Metrolinx as a culture. I felt his letter raised many points and I encourage you to read it.

    My Public Input on Metrolinx Noise Barrier

    While Metrolinx may not be willing to share public feedback they have received, I joined the Community Advisory Committee to do exactly that. In the interests of fostering a legitimate and productive discussion, I encourage you all to do the same and to honestly and openly share your opinions. I don’t need Metrolinx to be the editor of my input, so I will start by sharing my thoughts. I've included all contacts assembled during the first CAC meeting and so I will choose interpret anybody's non-response as that they 100% agree with me.

    On Full build vs. 2015

    I have been outspoken about my desire to not see 5m walls built through our urban neighbourhood ever since Metrolinx quietly decided to build them nearly 3 years ago. This type of urban construction has never been attempted before and I’m not keen to see our neighbourhood used as a guinea pig. The walls are PERMANENT and mostly unnecessary. Civilizations throughout the rest of the modernized world are tearing walls down (or trying to) yet we are looking to build kilometers of new barriers through the mid-west of our vibrant City.

    The only beneficial purpose of the proposed 5m walls is reducing noise from the rail corridor and unfortunately such walls are far from the most effective way to do so. The walls are, however, the easiest way for Metrolinx to separate and distance themselves from our neighbourhoods on the other side.

    We have absolutely no idea what we are about to have foisted upon us. We have not seen how the walls might look and we cannot because similar walls have never been constructed before. We have little sense of how well the barriers will work for the intended purpose of noise reduction or what other desirable and undesirable impacts they might have on our neighbourhoods. There are too many unknowns for us to be rushing into such a significant and permanent commitment – especially when there is a fair and rational alternative.

    I strongly believe that Metrolinx should build only the required walls for 2015. They should prove to us they can (and will) properly construct and maintain them. Let us see the walls up close, graffiti them, clean them, climb them, commit crimes by them, and generally learn to live with them. Let us fully understand the proposed solution to a problem that may not even exist before we irreversibly deploy two-storey barriers along our entire stretch of the rail corridor.

    On Preferences vs. Process

    Productive and democratic community engagement is entirely dependent on following process. There are established and proven processes to solicit input from the public including environmental assessments, advisory committees, public meetings, and ultimately; elections. It is nearly impossible to secure unanimity when it comes to decisions that will affect an entire neighbourhood. It is all too easy to focus only on the viewpoints we may want to hear rather that what is actually best. This is why there are guidelines and protocols and to take guesswork out of the decision making process. The EA process clearly identified walls required in 2015 vs. walls required for an unattainable ‘full build’.

    Faced with a contentious decision, the output of the defined and accepted processes should prevail. Decisions must not be changed to accommodate unquantifiable personal and corporate ‘preferences’.

    On the role of Provincial Agencies

    Metrolinx made a significant error when they made the decision to construct the full build walls for 2015. It was supposedly based on feedback they are still unwilling to share and it was made under the assumption that walls will be a net benefit to all affected neighbourhoods. It is not the role of the transportation agency to postulate what is best for our communities. This entire process has been prejudiced by the fact that Metrolinx has stated that walls are always good. They have absolutely no authority to make that presumption especially since many of us completely disagree.

    The role of Metrolinx is to implement and operate a transportation system. They shoud leave non-transportation, neighbourhood impacting decisions to others. Decisions such as whether to build walls that aren’t actually required should be made by politicians and the processes they have created. Metrolinx must not be permitted to make decisions outside of their mandate that they will not and cannot ever be held accountable for.

    On the Community Advisory Committees

    A lot of people I’ve spoken with were considering a boycott of the CAC on the grounds that the outcome was already predetermined. Regardless, they participated on the predicate that we would have a discussion on the option to defer the full-build. This was clearly emphasized at every single CAC meeting. Metrolinx and the facilitator’s decision to withdraw this option and discussion at the last minute ultimately justified many people’s concerns. We could show hands to gauge opinion on everything but the one issue where the community representatives had an opinion Metrolinx did not want to hear.

    Ultimately, it was a complete betrayal of our trust and it threatens the integrity of the entire process. This is further compounded by the charade that Metrolinx will consider our committee members’ feedback (including this feedback) but they have to do so in secret.

    Despite this, I do not believe the CAC process was a complete waste of time. We had been told previously that a transparent wall would not even be considered. Perhaps we got more light by taking it from less-engaged neighbourhoods elsewhere along the corridor. Maybe Metrolinx was being too presumptuous with their earlier statements (an emerging theme when Metrolinx is looking for ‘input’). Or maybe the end result will look nothing like what has been shown to us anyway (think of the little black bars). Regardless; we were able to eliminate the threat of an imposing opaque two-storey wall along Dundas and replace it with a slightly less imposing one-storey opaque-one-storey transparent wall. The rail path will receive plenty more light as well.

    I personally discovered that resistance to a neighbourhood encircling wall is far more widespread than I initially thought it to be. Many people still do not know what is planned (much less have the context to properly understand). If nothing else, we generated more publicity for the issue – even if Metrolinx tailored interpretation of the resulting public feedback is indefensible.

    On noise mitigation and the need for a wall

    Cities are already noisy places. There are many different ways to reduce noise levels in urban environments and reducing noise is a good thing. Unfortunately, not all approaches come without their downsides. The single most effective approach is to eliminate noise at the source. Big diesel engines moving heavy trains are by far the biggest sources of noise from the corridor (whistles aside). Freight trains are not an issue through much of the neighbourhood, but anyway Metrolinx will not be helping where they are because that is CP’s problem. It is the big diesel GO engines that generate the significant majority of the rail corridor noise and using lighter electric powered trains is the single most effective way to reduce it. Electrification is how the rest of the world addresses the urban train noise issue, improving vibration and air pollution at the same time. We are supposed to be getting the same upgrade in our neighbourhood in just four years.

    Metrolinx was eventually forced to use a vibratory pile-driver instead of a diesel hammer when preparing the diamond grade separation several years ago. It’s disappointing that this solution was impossible according to Metrolinx until the community obtained a ruling from the Federal Agency overseeing railway noise. Similarly, now we are being told that solid two storey walls are the only option to address rail corridor noise. We deserve much better than that.

    On the effectiveness of a wall

    I sincerely hope those who are bothered by the train noise will find relief. I also hope they fully appreciate what a wall will and will not do for them if that’s the relief they are counting on. If the train noise is bothering you in your living room today, keep in mind that the sound has already passed through at least one much more substantial wall of your house.

    High frequency noises such as wheel clatter, fans, and metal-on-metal squeals are more readily reflected or absorbed by walls. Engine rumbles and dish rattling vibrations are not.

    The proposed walls are clearly stated as intended only for reducing ground level, OUTDOOR noise within ~300m of the corridor. There will be no significant noise reduction on your upper-level decks and little to no improvement within your home. Only controlling the source of the sound will address noise issues in those locations that cannot be masked by towering walls.

    Furthermore, there will be noise bounce-back from the wall along Dundas. Its significance is comparable to the effects from the new airport link and the subject of several opinions but no proper study. There will always be more road traffic than rail traffic and there is even less we can do about road vehicle noise.

    On public vs. private property

    Nearly all the proposed walls in our neighbourhood are adjacent to public property. This is unique compared to many other areas of the corridor. Public property belongs to everybody. There are no defined formulas to weight people’s opinions based on how close they live or how frequently they drive by or how much of an emotional attachment they may feel to a particular space. That land belongs to all of us which all the more reason why already established guidelines and protocols must be applied. It is well outside of Metrolinx’ mandate, authority, and capability to try and invent new policies and to make such determinations especially as they pertain to our public City land.

    On Metrolinx’ ability to build and maintain walls

    I do not have confidence in the Transportation Agency’s ability or willingness to maintain the walls adequately and effectively. It is not necessarily a problem specific to Metrolinx, but rather an issue of how our Province engages with the residents of our City in general. Just look at the history with Social Services & housing, the Ontario Municipal Board, billion dollar canceled power plants, and so on.

    Maintaining this many kilometers of walls is something Metrolinx has absolutely no experience with. In fact, the proposed walls are so new that nobody has any experience with them. Our communities will have absolutely no leverage with Metrolinx should the walls be neglected or fall into disrepair.

    On Metrolinx and their Committments

    We’ve already been told Metrolinx is trying to offload as much responsibility for the walls as possible to the City. Metrolinx has a track record of only responding to community concerns when they no longer have any other choice. Whether they ultimately respond due to media pressure, an order from elected officials, or a ruling from another authoritative agency; Metrolinx has not exhibited a history of proactive community engagement. Even this CAC process was the result of protracted struggle as Metrolinx already had a plan for what they were going to do.

    On listening to the community

    More than two years ago my community association expressed concern about the decision to deploy the full build walls. The Metrolinx spokesperson told us “you’re getting the walls whether you like them or not”. The community asked for green walls. Metrolinx invested a lot of effort coming up with reasons (many invalid) as why that couldn’t be done. Community groups even hired an architectural firm to develop far more innovative and inspiring alternate designs. Metrolinx outright dismissed them.

    Metrolinx spokespeople have been quoted several times in the media saying there is no opposition to the proposed walls when we all know that is not the case. We’re supposed to believe they were repeatedly mis-quoted – yet there has been no public correction. Metroinx has been cited by the Advertising Standards Council in the past for deliberately misleading the public – but it would appear there are no consequences for doing so.

    The unfortunate truth is that Metrolinx does not appear to be listening to the community. Public consultation sessions have been run like public education sessions. There has been little evidence to dispel the belief that Metrolinx already has a plan and that the public consultations are for show.

    During the public consultation session last month, a mention of deferring the full-build walls was one of very few statements that was welcomed with applause from an increasingly frustrated crowd. Metrolinx has unfairly characterized all opposition to their plans as coming from a “vocal minority”. This is inconsistent with what I have observed in our CAC and in the public sessions and it is propaganda that cannot be justified or permitted from public agency that is supposed to be seeking public input. The fact is that we just don’t know exactly what the public feedback has been. We are told that Metrolinx cannot share input received from the public despite the fact that all feedback forms explicitly grant them authority to do so. We don’t need to see people’s names -- just the statements that are forming the entire basis for Metrolinx’ decision making. Do you really believe that only the data that contradicts Metrolinx’ position is subject to privacy concerns?

    Even the appearance that Metrolinx could be manipulating the data to support their predetermined intentions is absolutely unacceptable from a public agency and should be cause for great concern. All feedback gathered from the public belongs to all of us and must be shared in its entirety by the terms under which it was collected. Transparency is fundamental tenet of democracy.

    On what is “best” for our neighbourhood

    If I thought a gigantic wall really would be good for this neighbourhood, I would not continue to oppose it. Unfortunately, I truly believe this wall is only best for Metrolinx. We build walls around prisons, between enemies, and opposed to things we generally don’t want to deal with. In this case, Metrolinx is building a wall against Toronto’s neighbourhoods. It won’t fix all issues with noise and it certainly won’t so anything about air pollution from the diesel trains. What it will do is give Metrolinx all the protection they need from the residents they impact. They need not be bothered by Toronto’s neighbourhoods and communities ever again as they will have done ‘all they can do’.

    I have discussed the noise barrier issue with several people that support the plans for a full-build and I would like to continue the conversation with many more. I understand peoples concerns about train noise and I share many of the same concerns. Many folks are worried about what is to come in future and a few are even bothered by the train noise right now. I do not believe that two-storey barriers are the best way to address these concerns and I welcome an intelligent discussion with anybody who disagrees. I would love to be convinced otherwise as it would be far easier for me to simply accept these noise barriers rather than stand up for the better solution I know we deserve.

    We do not need to gamble with the future of our neighbourhoods. There is a sensible alternative that remains the only proper, official, and right way to go. Metrolinx should build only the walls required in 2015 using the best technology and materials available today. They should prove to community the value and effectiveness of these walls and allow us all to improve on and learn from any mistakes (and there WILL be mistakes). They should continue to monitor the rail corridor and manage its impact on our neighbourhoods. We can all work lessen the negative impact of the rail corridor on our community through collaborative and comprehensive solutions while building upon the many substantial benefits the transportation corridor can provide us.

    Prematurely erecting massive walls throughout our City is an undesirable, shortsighted and unjustifiable decision made by bureaucrats who are supposed to be running trains but have no experience building communities. This wall is being forced upon us without adequate consideration for the negative impacts and like all other bureaucratic bungles it will not otherwise be apparent until it is too late.

    We should all stand up for what we believe is appropriate, reasonable and right. This is our neighbourhood. Not only do we deserve to be listened to, but it is our right to be equipped to make informed decisions rather than being told what we think. Metrolinx should build only the walls they are required to build for 2015 and give our communities the opportunity to make sensible and informed decisions about the rest (until they too are required – if ever). If you feel that your expectations from the CAC have been fulfilled and that your input has been valued; then you have it easy – you need not do anything more.

    Nobody wants to be bothered by diesel train noise, but I think we all deserve better than this feeble attempt to hide it behind walls.

    Timothy Noronha

    The West Bend (Bloor to St. Clair CAC committee)

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 25 weeks ago

    My wife, daughter and I really enjoy the friendly owner and staff, and excellent food and drink at Boo's. We were shocked to hear of this happening to a good neighbour and respected member of the community. We wish you all the best. See you soon!

  • Perth Wallace Crossing Guard?   4 years 25 weeks ago

    Nope - but there should be an easy transfer of the dude at Ernest because with Solways gone, there is no real need for anyone there - particularly if compared to Wallace! Someone should just suggest moving him one block north...!

  • 362 / 370 Wallace Ave. (Former Glidden site) - Wallace Walk   4 years 25 weeks ago

    They started digging in August, but soon stopped. According to the developer there was some minor flooding.

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 26 weeks ago

    Sorry to hear that...we were actually on our way into Boos when the officer stopped us and told us the place was closed for the day (not giving us any explanation). I'm glad everything is ok now, and we will continue to come to Boo's for the good food, good beer, and great staff!

    Greetings from Wallace Ave!

  • Noise Wall Committee Websites   4 years 27 weeks ago

    Continuing coverage of the wall debate.

    Metrolinx’s Berlin Wall
    Transit agency pushes noise barrier that won’t be needed after electrification of Georgetown line

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 27 weeks ago

    We are sorry to hear this happened at Boo's - we are regular customers there and have seen no negative effects on the community from this establishment.

    On the other note, I live close to a dive bar on Dupont.
    Everyday I witness; drug dealers, drunk drivers (coming out of bars)
    and prostitutes that hung out around bars.
    I have called the police and crime stoppers many times. Nothing has been done.
    Police in Toronto seems to have a selective approach to their duties.

    We are regular customer and will continue to dine and drink at Boos.

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 27 weeks ago

    Really sorry to hear that Mike!

    I hope there's no lasting damage.

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 27 weeks ago

    Yesterday at 5:25 pm I was arrested & handcuffed by six plainclothes officers in front of a shocked dining room full of loyal regulars during a busy dinner rush. I was charged with a series of local break ins on Bloor St. that involved the theft of alcohol from several establishments. Warrents were executed at my restaurant & my home based on evidence that did not exist. I was eventually released, charges dropped (obviously) & sent home with boxes of evidence they secured! I'm sorry doesnt undo the damage inflicted on my reputation I have worked so hard to achieve. Both my wife & I were subjected to a wrongful detainment, during which incredible lies were told in an effort to drive a wedge between our stories. Come on man!
    All know my colourful past. That past comes with a price today. Since my release, Toronto's finest have accused me of crimes I did not commit, with no evidence, on several occasions. This time they actually charged me & caused great damage to both Shelley & I. These are the same cops that ask me to keep my kitchen open late for them!?! Never again boys..... never again.

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 28 weeks ago

    I have been living with this kind of thing for about a decade now. Condo board, Police, the city, and even news agencies have all been contacted and nothing has changed. 10 years. The condo act needs to be revised to offer real protection for owners. IMO, Repeat offenders should be *EVICTED* for non-compliance. Plain and simple, however, neighbors affected by offensive noise/behavior are often the ones that end up leaving for good instead. Why bother to even have a condo declaration if everybody can ignore it without consequence? Nobody, other than myself and my neighbor directly below me, have lasted for more than a year, unfortunately I don't have 5 million dollars to buy a detached house so what can I do?

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 28 weeks ago

    You should call property management and have them send a notice. If you've documented the noise offences, feel free to threaten them with arbitration. Next time they have a party, have an impartial witness come in to your unit to listen to the noise for reference.

  • Interested in moving to the area...   4 years 29 weeks ago

    I live there and have never smelled it. Last night i woke up with shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. There was someone outside doing the same.
    does the gelatin factory affect air quality or allergies?

  • Events at Metropolis on Edwin   4 years 29 weeks ago

    Can anyone report back on the meeting that was held to discuss the Metropolis factory? I wish Anna Bailao's team would have contacted the immediate neighbours to let them know this meeting was happening.

  • Robbery (purse snatching) on Bloor at Railpath   4 years 30 weeks ago


    I am an Active18 steering committee member and I would like to invite your group to participate in our AGM/ ward 18 party. The event is set to take place on Oct 2 in the evening. We're asking that fellow community groups join us and make a presentation about key activities.

    Would you be available to participate? We're getting together the final details and will have a poster/flyer to share with after the weekend.

    Thank you,

    Dupont and Edwin

  • NOISE LEVELS   4 years 30 weeks ago

    We live in the same complex and our requests for help to get normal living condo living conditions to the Board and TAFT have fallen on deaf ears. We're going to consult a lawyer too - but if nothing will come of it anyway, maybe we should keep our money in our pockets.

  • Perth Avenue P.S. And St. Luigi School Festival   4 years 30 weeks ago

    we've received some wonderful raffle prizes from our local community. make sure to get your tickets and you could win a gift certificate from breathe yoga studio, the farmhouse, west Toronto paint and paper, a splatter party from 4cats, a guitar from junction guitar and much, MUCH more! tickets will be available at the event. hope to see you there!