World Health Organization today classified diesel as carcinogenic to humans

The World Health Organization (WHO), today classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans

The main takeaway is that:

-- the WHO is unanimously saying there is no longer any doubt.

--that the results shown in the higher risk/dosage tests on miners will be born out in the general population

--that even diesel released from new higher standard emission sources needs research to determine how dangerous it is

Perth Community Garage Sale

Perth Community Garage Sale
Saturday June 23rd 9 - 12

Located at the Perth Public school yard.

  • Many exciting tables of artists, sale items and bike tune up booth.
  • A wonderful raffle.

All proceeds going directly to Perth school yard improvement fund.

Come support your community, meet your neighbours and find a treasure.

Police request assistance in Dundas/Sterling stabbing investigation

Via Toronto Police Service TPSlinks and 11 Division email:

Police Request Public Assistance in Stabbing Investigation

On Friday the 8th of June 2012 at 1:45AM police responded to a call for a stabbing in the Dundas Street West and Sterling Road area.

Metrolinx Georgetown South Electrification Update

Meeting notice 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.

Electrification Update
Public Meeting

Metrolinx is holding a public meeting to provide an update on the Electrification of the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors, including the new Airport Rail Link (ARL) service.

We hope you can join us to learn about the process and discuss it with us further.

Wednesday June 27, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1A6
This venue is wheelchair accessible

At this public meeting, project team members will provide information and an update on the:

  • Environmental Assessment process for electrification of the ARL service along the Kitchener corridor
  • Electrification design for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors
  • Development of performance standards for electrification for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors

Boo Radley's 5th Anniversary

Shelley at Boo's: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-05-26Shelley at Boo's: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-05-26

From Mike and Shelley at Boo's:

We at Boo's are celebrating our 5th Birthday, this Saturday! We have lots of food & drink to share with our loyal regulars (between 7 & 10 P.M.) who have supported us throughout the last five years. Also welcome are the folks who have long wondered to themselves, "what IS that place like?" Hope to see you folks too!

Thanks Michael

DIGIN Meeting: Special Transportation Summit

Details provided by DIGIN:

Special Transportation Summit : Wed 13 June @ 6:30pm
Please note the revised time and location for this month's DIGIN meeting!

Wednesday, June 13th
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Bloor-Gladstone Library, Meeting Room

  1. Special Transportation Summit… TTC, GO Lines, Clean Train, Bike Lanes, Walking. Talk with Jonah Shein, MPP for Davenport & Ontario’s Urban Transportation & Environment Critic, plus the Clean Train Coalition, Cycle Toronto, and More! How the major changes to the GO lines will affect our neighbourhood. Will the trains just use our neighbourhood to get somewhere else, or will they serve us, too? Bringing Bixi Bikes ( to the ‘hood?
  2. We Love Parks… weekly Campbell Park Community Suppers (maybe on Saturdays?); plus, cool new Prezislideshow about Ward 18 parks and the new Parks Conservancy
  3. Here’s where the CIVIL comes in… Encouraging better disabled signage on Bloor Street West – no more $450 tickets pushing people to shop at malls
  4. New Business? _______________(your item here)
  5. New Business? _______________(your item here)

A big thank you to Councillor Ana Bailão’s office for helping organize this event.

Montreal Proposes Superior Airport Link

The Montreal Airport Authority is proposing finally building an airport rail link. Following the lead of Vancouver they are going electric, making it truly available to most people, and building a commuter aspect that will create greater ridership and revenue. It gets harder and harder to justify the system that Dalton McGuinty wants as a photo op for the Pan Am games when other cities are building systems of the future.

Opening of new Railpath to Perth/Sterling Link

Railpath connection to Perth/Sterling, under construction: May 20, 2012Railpath connection to Perth/Sterling, under construction: May 20, 2012

If you've been down the West Toronto Railpath, south of Bloor St., in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed something new: A connection from Perth Ave. and Sterling Rd. to the Railpath is currently under construction. In the photo above, taken May 20th, it's just a gravel path, but since this past weekend it was freshly paved.

Carlton Park - Big upgrades coming in 2013

A message from Ward 18 City Councilor, Ana Bailao, via the Carlton Park People's Auxiliary Facebook page:

Hi Carlton Park People's Auxiliary,

As follow-up to our May 14 meeting at St. Sebastien Catholic School I submitted a project list to the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation capital improvements branch. The City is now committed to carrying out several major improvements in 2013, including: removal of the baseball diamond and addition of junior soccer field; removal of concrete pad and associated restoration; addition of hard landscaping elements like an asphalt path, accessible park entrances with planters, seat walls and fencing; new drinking fountain with dog bowl. We will also ensure the City's Parks department adds additional park benches, tables, landscaping and topsoil. This work will be carried out in consultation with the community and my office will stay top of the file to ensure we have a project manager working with us as soon as possible.

If you would like to participate in this continuing process and receive periodic updates from my office with respect to these improvements, please email with your name, address, telephone number.

Please also pass this message along to neighbours who are not part of the Facebook group, but who may nonetheless be interested in participating.

Thanks for your continued efforts to improve our local parks!


Ana Bailao
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport

Notes from the 299 Campbell Ave. Pre-Application Meeting

299 Campbell Ave. - Preliminary Streetscape Rendering299 Campbell Ave. - Preliminary Streetscape Rendering

Here are my notes from the May 16 2012 pre-application public meeting for 299 Campbell Ave., at the corner of Dupont St. There were approximately 40 people in attendance, including residents, Councillor Bailao and her staff, as well at the developer (TAS Design Build) and their staff.

It's important to note that no plans have yet been submitted to the city. The purpose of this meeting was for the developer to meet the residents, get us acquainted with their ideas, and to give us a chance to provide feedback before they even begin the development application process. Plans may, and are very likely to, change significantly before it gets built.

If you would like to discuss this development, we have a forum set up for it here.

First, a summary from the meeting announcement:

The developer intends to propose the construction of a mixed-use commercial and residential building with a podium height of 6 storeys along Dupont Street and Campbell Avenue. The building would step up and back to 8 storeys and further up and back to 18 storeys in the eastern portion of the site. The proposed redevelopment would have a mix of single, one, two and three bedroom units, two levels of retail/commercial and office space along Dupont Street and Campbell Avenue, as well as Live/work units along Campbell Avenue and three levels of underground parking.

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