New stop signs (Paton/Campbell) are not stopping traffic

New stop signs were recently installed at the intersection of Paton Road and Campbell Avenue for east-west traffic. This is a good thing, and it has been a long time coming: this route is frequently used by speeders as a short cut. The intersection is heavily used by children and families, often walking north to Perth Public School.

The problem is, for the most part, cars are not stopping. I have made multiple observances of cars speeding through the new stop signs since their installation. Perhaps it is because the signs are inset from the road and difficult to see?

So a "heads up" to those using this intersection and assuming cars will stop for you, your car, or your kids. I've submitted a complaint, we'll see what happens. The more the better.


Farmer's Daughter - 1588 Dupont St.

Farmer's Daughter, a new restaurant opening soon at 1588 Dupont St., NW corner of Franklin Ave. Run by the same owners as the Farmhouse Tavern.

Find them on Twitter @DupontDaughter

"A bustling & convivial eatery. FARMER'S Daugter serves a small dinner menu. A little brunch/A lot of booze. Sunny patio. #FriedShrimpAndFriendship1588 Dupont"

Junction Flea - Sterling Rd.

Just learned this via Twitter:

Ok here's the big news we've been waiting to share: WE FOUND A NEW WEST END HOME ON STERLING ROAD!!!!!!!!!! Markets start June 8th

I'm not sure of the exact location yet, but you can find more info about Junction Flea at or on Twitter @JunctionFlea.

JT the next Lac-Mégantic disaster?

The issue of knowing and controlling what kind of traffic is travelling through communities by rail is just starting to get on the radar. There are some really scary aspects to be considered. The link below has lot of links to everything that has been written in the past few weeks. Here is a quote from the story:

Meeting: Odours from the Nitta Gelatin facility

This event notice came via the Junction Triangle Parents Facebook Group:

Attention neighbours on Campbell, Rankin and on Wallace between Campbell and Rankin and vicinity:

There will be a follow up meeting to discuss the odours from the Nitta Gelatin facility on March 12th, at 6:30pm in Florrie’s Room at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre, 1904 Davenport Rd. Jonah Schein will be joined by Councillor Ana Bailao, Toronto Public Health, the Ministry of the Environment, and Nitta Gelatin representatives.

There's an existing discussion forum about Nitta's odour issues on this site here:

French Immersion starting at Perth Ave P.S. in Sept 2014

It's official - Perth Avenue Public School is starting it's own French Immersion program in Sept 2014! This is GREAT news for our community, but a little to late my family and others who had problems getting into FI this school year.

Shine! A concert to support the Jim Fay Music Bursary

Although this charity event takes place slightly outside of the Junction Triangle, some of the organizers and participants live in the area. If you like local music for a good cause, check this out. Thanks to TuffyRocks for passing this info to me. For more information go to

Funding for the Jim Fay Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE!concert event. This year’s event will take place starting at 7PM on Sunday 2 March 2014, at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto). (Dinner reservations guarantee seating – call Lula Lounge at 416.588.0307)

SHINE! 2014 is shaping up to be another fantastic event, as we are thrilled to announce that The Jerome Godboo Band (featuring Pat Rush), The Russell deCarle Trio (featuring Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie), Lorraine Segato (of the Parachute Club), and Andrew Cash, have all confirmed that they will be taking part, along with our first ever bursary winner, Chelsee Livingston, and our 2013 Bursary Winners.

Many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause. Past SHINE! concerts have featured Andy Maize and Michael Johnston (Skydiggers), Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Andrew Cash, Oh Susanna, Julian Fauth, Lori Yates, The Lonesome Ace String Band, Jerry Leger, Jon Brooks, Michelle Rumball, Corin Raymond & The Sundowners (including Treasa LeVasseur, David Baxter and Brian Kobayakowa), Jonathan Lynn, October Brown, Michael O’Grady, The Warped 45s, Mary Rankin, Shelly Coopersmith, and many more.

Extended work hours at West Toronto Diamond

Metrolinx / GO Transit has announced extended working hours at the West Toronto Diamond grade separation project. You can download the announcement here:

Beginning February 11: Work Hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What we are doing

  • Beginning Tuesday, February 11, we are extending regular work hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the foreseeable future to complete the expanded rail corridor for increased transit service. We will also be working on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Extended hours are required to stay on schedule to reopen the Old Weston Road/Junction Road rail crossing as soon as possible. We will revisit the need for extended hours in the spring.
  • Work will take place in the lowered corridor installing rebar (reinforcing steel) to prepare for pouring concrete to complete the floor.
  • There may also be some excavation; however, the majority of excavation will take place during the day.
  • This work is in preparation for the final bridge slides scheduled for this spring/summer.
  • The Junction Rd./Old Weston Rd. crossing will reopen after the bridges are installed. We will communicate the opening date once it is confirmed.

How will this affect you

  • This work typically does not create elevated noise. For example, the rebar is tied together by hand to form the structure which is considered quieter work
  • Lights will be used for safety, and we will do our best to direct them away from nearby properties.
  • For safety reasons, vehicles onsite will sound a ‘beep’ when they drive in reverse when necessary.

Please visit for updates or call Kelly at 416-604-9582 for more information

The Star: GO rail construction for Union Pearson Express keeps residents awake

The Toronto Star has posted an article about some unusually loud overnight construction noise along the Georgetown Rail corridor, near the Wallace Ave. footbridge, during this past weekend:

GO rail construction for Union Pearson Express keeps residents awake

Construction noise kept some residents up all night last weekend along the Kitchener GO line.

By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Tue Feb 04 2014

Rail construction access from Sterling Rd. across Railpath

As part of their ongoing construction work in the rail corridor, Metrolinx will be creating a temporary access road into the corridor from 158 Sterling Rd. (the former Tower Automotive site) across the West Toronto Railpath. Details, with map, are in the attached flyer.

Rail Corridor Access to begin early February at 158 Sterling Rd.

What we are doing

  • We are grading and installing track and signals between Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street to complete the expanded rail corridor for increased transit service.
  • We are accessing the corridor at two locations to finish construction by the end of this year. The first is already in use at Dundas Street West and Brad Street. The second access will be at 158 Sterling Road where we will also store new track materials.
  • Trucks will cross the West Toronto Railpath to enter and exit the rail corridor at the Sterling Road location.

How this will affect you

  • We will begin to use the 158 Sterling Road access/storage on early February until the end of 2014.
  • Railpath users will have the right-of-way over construction vehicles. A traffic control person will be
  • positioned at the access point during construction hours. Appropriate signage will be in place along the path advising users of the condition ahead. Signage will also be placed along the access road reminding drivers to stop and yield to railpath users.
  • Regular work hours are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There may be occasional work on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We expect an average of 8 to 10 trucks per hour to use this access on a daily basis.
  • All trucks will travel along Sterling Road from Dundas Street West to access the construction site.
  • We will regularly clean the roads our trucks will be using, including the West Toronto Railpath.
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