Sterling studio loft residents face eviction

NOW Magazine is reporting that the residents of the "studio lofts" at 221-227 Sterling Rd. are facing eviction.

The speculation at this time is that the owners of the building are trying to get it re-developed and need the tenants moved out of the way.

Please read the article for details. A PDF version is also attached, in case the link dies.

New murals on Symington Ave.

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Mike Foderick, Executive Assistant to City Councillor Cesar Palacio, sent an email with photos of the new murals painted on the walls of the Symington Ave. railway underpass, just north of Dupont St. They will also be installing another mural on Dufferin St. You can read his email below, and view the attached sketch of the Dufferin St. mural.

The addition of murals in the railway underpasses around our neighbourhood is really perking up the streetscape. The Dupont and Dundas underpass murals went in several years ago (they could use a touch-up now), and we also have new murals on Bloor St. The dead-end of Rankin Ave. by Erwin Krickhan Park will also be getting a mural soon.

Want to get involved with other similar projects? Contact us to get involved with the Community Initiatives and Beautification committee.

Rankin Park Mural Meeting

Despite the rain, a few brave souls attended a meeting to discuss the future of the wall near Rankin Park, at Paton Ave. Dave Banerjee (me) gave an overview of the project and the process of recruiting and engaging youth, and Joel (the artist) gave the artistic vision. This was followed with a discussion about the wall itself, issues with reaching youth, and further meetings.

If you know a young person interested in being part of this project, please contact Dave at

Paton Mural Meeting

Please join members of the South Junction Triangle Residents' Association to discuss plans for a mural at Rankin and Paton, beside Erwin Krichhan park.

Tuesday August 5, 7pm at the wall, or at 55 Rankin in case of rain.

Environment Committee - July 7, 2008 - Meeting Minutes

Here are the notes from the South Junction Triangle Residents Association's Environment Committee meeting, July 7, 2008. Notes are submitted by Bev Agar.

Eight members of the Environment Committee met with two members of TEA, Toronto Environmental Alliance (

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  1. Brownfield remediation at 370 Wallace Ave.
    1. The topic was discussed, including effects on health of people last summer.

Railpath construction underway

 The West Toronto Rail Path, under construction.  Looking north over the Bloor St. bridge.    Photo by Ranajit Singh, July 9 2008.Railpath Construction, July 9 2008: The West Toronto Rail Path, under construction. Looking north over the Bloor St. bridge. Photo by Ranajit Singh, July 9 2008.

If you haven't noticed yet, the West Toronto Railpath is now under construction. The first stage of this new linear park / pathway will link Cariboo Ave. in the north to the Dundas and Sterling area in the south.

Construction started this spring, and should be completed by next year.

Ranajit took some photos of the path yesterday, and has sent them along for us to post on the website. You can view these photos in our photo gallery. Thanks Ran!

Environment Committee Meeting

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The Environment Committee is meeting on Tuesday July 8th at 7pm at Bev's house. Please contact the Environment Committee for specific location details.

The main topic of the meeting will be Brownfield Remediation.

Why Lansdowne is on the up and up

Saturday's National Post had an article by Leah Sandals, Why Lansdowne is on the up and up.

The article mainly focuses on the local art scene that is migrating to our neighbourhood, particularly from Queen St. West. Three major art projects are mentioned:

  1. Georgia Scherman Projects at 300 Campbell Ave.
  2. Public Art, by Dyan Marie and Richard Mongiat
  3. Toronto Free Gallery at 1277 Bloor St. W.

As the article says, "Grab a coffee at local fave Yasi's Place and come along."

You can view the article online at the National Post Website, or view a PDF of the article here.

Thanks to Joan for bringing this article to our attention!

Kick-Off Public Meeting - Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

The City of Toronto's Bloor Dundas Avenue Study web page is now online. There will be a "kickoff" meeting on July 8th, details are listed below. Please see the attached PDF file for the original version.

Kick-Off Public Meeting
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Saint Joan of Arc - Gymnasium
1701 Bloor Street West (Map)

Bloor Dundas Avenue Study: Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study Area.  map from the City of Toronto, June 2008.
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

The City is undertaking a study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street West and for Dundas Street West between Glenlake Avenue and Boustead Avenue.

The purpose of the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study is to create a framework for new development and identify needed service, transportation or streetscape improvements. The City Planning Division’s recent Bloor Street Visioning Initiative will inform the study’s work and help shape a vision for the area.

Join us! Come learn about the study and how you can participate.

Looking for more information? Visit to learn more
about the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study.

Busy Saturday in the Neighbourhood!

This Saturday, June 21st, will be a busy day in our neighbourhood!

BIG on Bloor Festival
The BIG festival starts at 1:00pm, on Bloor St. between Lansdowne Ave. and Christie Pits. Bloor St. will be closed to automobile traffic, but opened up to community groups, local shops and restaurants, art exhibits, performances, and more. At 6:00pm, the whole street will turn in to a 2.5km long dinner party.

Also, artist Richard Mongiat will officially unveil his new murals on Bloor St., west of Lansdowne Ave.

Perth Park Community Festival
The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club is hosting a community festival in Perth Ave. Park. There will be games, live music and dancing performances, food, dancing, surprise guests, and more.

Have fun!

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