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What every citizen should know about the Earth’s atmosphere,Dr. Hind al Abadleh

What every citizen should know about the Earth’s atmosphere @ TORONTO: Medical Sciences Macleod Auditorium
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
What every citizen should know about the Earth’s atmosphere
Dr. Hind al Abadleh & Let’s Talk Science
The presentation “What every citizen should know about the Earth’s atmosphere” covers key historical environmental crises since the industrial revolution that led to the birth of nature conservation and environmental movements. In particular, acid rain, its chemistry and how it was solved, the ozone hole, its chemistry and recovery progress to date, and climate change, the greenhouse effect and humanity’s influence in amplifying that effect that are leading to numerous impacts on countries, species, individuals. Finally, the role of human societies in mitigating climate change.


Best report design this blog has ever for a Junction Development.

Bousfields Inc. PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN RATIONALE for  produced in Feb. 2016 to rationalize for city approval the development companies conversion of 248 & 260 HIGH PARK AVENUE is a triumph of design and information presentation. The quality of the report in providing urban design and heritage information, as presented data and throughly thought thru “worded data” makes the report much more important to the community than a mere report as part of a development proposal.

Just take a look at this graphic from the report, depicting our areas LAND USE DESIGNATIONS. Beautiful with clear information.

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You may not need to regularly, read development texts submitted by developers, as this blog author does, be sure if you want a good balanced view of issues and needs of planning in the Junction and High Park this is a great report to read. It is also a visual coup of report design for those of you interested in the graphic communication of data.

Yep, the blog has no commercial or any other conflicts of interest that would could this opinionated post.

The cover of the report. Salivating.


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The full report click here, Bousfields High Park


Bousfields Inc.
3 Church Street, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1M2

Union Stock Yard Probe – 1933 Rumor Condemned Meat Used

Feb 24, 1933


Liberal M.P.P. Promises to Press Kennedy for Investigation.


Rumor Condemned Meat Used Improperly, He Tells House.

   Relief that the Ontario Government should instruct or Influence an inquiry into the administration of the Union Stock ‘Yards in Toronto, to determine if, as rumored, condemned meat Is used for purposes other than properly intended –  “possibly human consumption” —was voiced to the Legislature yesterday, by Charles; A. Robertson, Liberal member for North Huron.

    Mr. Robertson told the press. following the conclusion of his Debate speech, that he would take the matter up with Hon. Thomas L. Kennedy, Minister of Agriculture, Immediately and would press for the investigation be had suggested before the House.

   The North Huron members probe remarks were only part of the general attack to which he subjected Government policy, particularly in respect of school end road grants, but It was sufficient to elicit from Premier Henry the remonstrance that Mr. Robertson surely could not be charging that such condemned meat was “sold to stores” for consumption. “

    “ 1 won’t go as far as that, Mr. Speaker.” Said Mr. Robertson. “but I have been told—in fact, its common rumor—that a lot of this condemned meat- is used for purposes it should not be.”

Objects to Prices.

   It was also stated by Mr. Robertson that prices obtaining at the stock. yards were equally as high now, is hard times. as they were four and five years ago. That situation also demanded Government attention and inquiry, he believed.

   Mr. Robertson’s references to the school and road grants situation—and he charged that the municipalities had been allowed to “run wild” In these connections, to the undoing of many—were, in part, as follows:

    “The system of grants as It has ‘operated In Ontario, especially In reference to -roads and schools has been the undoing of many municipalities School boards have been compelled to do many unnecessary things in order to participate in grants.s. Now the grants are reduced but the regulations still exist and the overhead, must be met. High school boards are not responsible to the electors, yet they must obey school laws and regulations Irrespective of their ability to finance the situation. If the reduced grants are to go Into effect, there should be cleaning up of laws and regulations.

   “The two-year Normal term should be abolished. If a teacher Is not a succeed after three years’ teaching experience, another Normal course will be of no benefit. A cheaper and more practical course for junior high pupils should be inaugurated. The increased examination fee is a hardship in many cases.

  “Inspectors encouraged by the department have too much latitude in condemning schools, school equipment and municipal councils have too little control of school expenses.

Grants Much Fairer

    The system of grants for rural elementary schools that went into effect a year ago is much fairer that that which existed in the previous 10 years because now, to a certain extent, they are based upon the

ability of a section to pay.  Teachers salaries are nearer to the $600 general school levy than they were, thus tending to equalising school rates something desired by the township school board.

   “If the general school levy is lowered to $500 as intimated, teacher’s salaries will be reduced and the Government grant accordingly will be lowered.  The pendulum may swing too far and defeat the object desired.

   “I would like to call the minister’s attention to the great disparity in county grants given by the Government to the various counties, altogether out of proportion to the contribution they make to highway finances, and I think there should be some relation, one to the other, under approved expenditures, the grants range all the way from $400,000 to $100,000, certainly not according to assessment, population, acreage or ability to pay.  When the Government pays 50% of county road cost, they should have a right and an interest in protecting themselves, and in the light of present day knowledge and conditions, they would ne doing a kindness to some county municipalities.  A study of expenditure and debenture debt will prove the truth of my statement.

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Adopted Parking Regulation Amendments – Junction Road

Quick explainer followed by the full details after the read more jump.

amend the existing No Parking Anytime and No Stopping regulations on the north and south sides of Junction Road, between Keele Street and Old Weston Road, to reflect the existing signage in the field



Adopted Ward:11

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980 Lansdowne Avenue common elements condominium Adopted by council,

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application proposes a common elements condominium for a shared driveway, walkways, meter room and landscaped areas to provide legal access to the 56 townhouse units and to ensure shared ownership and maintenance of the common elements by the condominium corporation.

Adopted Ward:17

This is project is part of Phase 7 of the redevelopment of the former General Electric site.

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Repost and update Encouraging a Paddling, Fishing Friendly City, concept up for consideration by Parks and Rec, Feb 27th.



Humber Bay Park West, closest area to the Junctions to be chosen.


The purpose of this report is to respond to the request on how Toronto can become a more “paddle friendly city” and provide information on the location and benefits of waterfront recreational nodes that have been selected by Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The installation of five waterfront nodes is funded through the Parks Plan FY2017 sub-project in the Parkland Development project and is included in the 2017 Preliminary Capital Budget and 2018-2026 Recommended Capital Plan.

Each node will cost approximately $75,000-$100,000 and will be constructed in 2017.

There are no additional resources or operating costs required for the waterfront nodes. Any associated maintenance and/or inspection costs can be accommodated within the current 2017 Preliminary Operating Budget.

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.



With Toronto’s growing population, there are

more and more residents wishing to access all that the City’s waterfront has to offer.

However, this increase is putting greater pressure on the existing access points at the water’s edge.

The construction of waterfront recreational nodes will help relieve this pressure. A ‘node’ is a central or connecting point of activity, and as it applies to waterfront recreation, nodes will provide the public with more points of access to the water and opportunities to engage in various recreational water activities such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, and other passive enjoyment.

Paddle Friendly City Parks

, Forestry and Recreation was asked to consider how Toronto could become a “paddle-friendly” city and these nodes will support such an initiative. They will incorporate launches appropriate for paddleboats, stand up paddleboards, and other small vessels and allow the public to explore the waterfront. As additional nodes are installed in 2017, they will collectively provide paddle routes for exploring the city from the water.

Fishing Fishing

is becoming more popular along Toronto’s waterfront as water quality and habitat improve. Fishing is permitted in City of Toronto parkland except where signs are posted indicating fishing is prohibited. Prohibition of fishing is determined in consultation with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the TRCA, and other stakeholders; and signs prohibiting fishing are only posted where it has been determined that fishing will have adverse effects on the ecology in that area of the shore. The construction of waterfront nodes will provide anglers with more places to fish and mitigate conflicts between anglers and non-anglers.

Aquatic Habitat

The construction of waterfront nodes will also provide much needed aquatic habitats along the water’s edge. This will be accomplished by establishing species-specific structural habitats adjacent to, and off shore from, the waterfront nodes. Such structures could include fish spawning beds, sunken logs, sunken cribs, shoals and rocky reefs. Waterfront nodes provide important focal points for the public and can

Full Background Information link
(February 2, 2017) Report and Attachments 1-2 from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Encouraging a Paddling and Fishing Friendly City

Financial Impact
There is no financial impact resulting from the adoption of this report.

Sewing Junction, one of businesses breathing long term life into Dundas St. W. east of Keele St.

Ontario government reporting number for reporting of actual or suspected abuse or neglect of adults living with developmental disabilities, now live.


Free 1-844-309-1025

ReportON is a new telephone line and email address that the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) has implemented across the province to report actual or suspected abuse or neglect of adults living with developmental disabilities.

MCSS is committed to promoting the safety and well-being of adults living with developmental disabilities, as is Surrey Place Centre and Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region.

If you have witnessed abuse or neglect of an adult with a developmental disability, you can help by calling 1-800-575-2222

or email

the TTY number is 416-916-0549 or call Toll Free 1-844-309-1025. For more information and to find out how you can help visit

Councillor Janet Davis recommends, A Growth Strategy For Recreation, wait lists up 64% in past 3 years.

A Growth Strategy For Recreation

(February 15, 2017) Letter from Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31, Beaches – East York


Councillor Janet Davis recommends that:


to meet unmet demand and address wait lists

Toronto’s Recreation program waitlists have grown by 64 percent in the past 3 years


1. The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation include in her next implementation report on the Recreation Service Plan (2013-2017) any necessary changes to the current plan and timelines, and include a framework for developing a multi-year growth strategy for primary recreation programs to meet unmet demand and address wait lists.


Toronto’s Recreation program waitlists have grown by 64 percent in the past 3 years, most dramatically in areas with high need for these programs. A recent Budget Briefing note stated that “the demand for recreation programs across the city has grown with the addition of new facilities and through the expansion of Centres Where Programs Are Free (“CWPAF”), specifically in free and low cost programs.”

The 2013-2017 Recreation Service Plan implementation has focused on increasing access to programs, engaging residents in hard-to-reach and underserved areas, and reducing barriers for equity seeking groups in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs).

The lack of program opportunities to meet demand affects all residents; however, the shortage of program spaces disproportionately impacts low-income residents who have few, if any, alternatives to experience the social, economic and physical benefits of recreation.

with the waitlist for swim programs over 60,000, the majority of whom are children.

Currently, the total waitlisted clients sits at almost 200,000, with the waitlist for swim programs over 60,000, the majority of whom are children. The scale and scope of this unmet demand is too large to address through local program adjustments and reallocations, and must be addressed at a systemic level.

A 5 year plan was to be completed in 2017, has not and will not be completed on time.


The 5 year plan was to be completed in 2017. However, many of the elements have not been implemented. Two key areas are the creation of a Primary Program Model and a Service Planning system that “plans for age groups and recreation program types at both the city-wide and local scales.”

To develop a plan for the future, the City needs to address equity as well as population growth and service demand to meet the needs of our residents.

Background Information

(February 15, 2017) Letter from Councillor Janet Davis on A Growth Strategy For Recreation