Archive for June, 2009

Expect George Bell Arena to be open for waste dropoff.

Expect George Bell Arena to be open for garbage drop-off as early as tonight but possibly tomorrow. City workers are loathe to give out the actually time or date.

215 Ryding Ave. [map flyout] probably best to arrive via Ethel Ave.

Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 The West Mall normally difficult to get a parking space almost empty


Etobicoke Civic Centre  at 399 The West Mall which is normally a very place is all but empty now during the strike, Most days people arrive to do a host of things from tax payments to obtaining building permits, both of which are unavailable services now.

from the city strike site…

Toronto Building

  • No building permit applications will be received, processed or issued.
  • No preliminary project review applications will be received or processed.
  • No compliance, zoning use or property information letters will be processed or issued.
  • Only emergency building inspections will take place.

  • Utility (Water and Solid Waste) and Property Tax Bill Payments
  • Closed

    • All enquiry/cashier counters and drop boxes located in Toronto City Hall and the civic centres.
    • Tax and Water call centre.

Mulock Ave Fish Monger now Vegan Bakery

Blog reader Sarah informed that the the fish smokehouse at 43 Mulock Ave. [flyout map] is now operating as Distribution HQ for local vegan bakery Sweets from the Earth [link] Sarah spoke with a gentleman who works there, and they moved into the space about two months ago (but apparently had it for longer).  The companies web site states they vegetarian restaurants and natural food stores throughout Toronto.


Junction Arts Festival appiles to city for Special Occasion Permit

The Junction Arts Festival has requested the City Council approve the following for the Junction Arts Festival to be held from Wednesday, September 9 to Sunday, September 13, 2009:

a. the issuance of a Special Occasion Permit for a Beer Garden on vacant property located at 2960 Dundas Street West on:

Friday, September 11, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 12 noon to 12 midnight
Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

b. the extension of serving hours of the following licensed establishments for the dates and times of the Junction Arts Festival, with a further extension of service hours to 2:00 a.m. and onto City property, on Saturday, September 12, 2009:

Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West  Bann Thai Cuisine, 2961 Dundas Street West  Celts Pub, 2872 Dundas Street West  Margret Bar, 2952 Dundas Street West  Curry Twist, 3034 Dundas Street West  High Park Spice House, 3020 Dundas Street West  North of Bombay, 2966 Dundas Street West  Pho-Mi Tri Ky Noodle House, 394 Pacific Avenue  Rope Inn, 2883 Dundas Street West  The Friendly Thai, 3032 Dundas Street West  The Hole in the Wall, 2867A Dundas Street West  The Purple Onion -2998 Dundas Street West  Triple Z West Indian Roti Shop, 2910 Dundas Street West  Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House, 3014 Dundas Street West  Young Thailand, 2907 Dundas Street West  Espresso Mi Vida, 392 Pacific Avenue  The Beet Organic Café & Market, 2945 Dundas Street West  The Troubadour, 3071 Dundas Street West  SMASH, 2880 Dundas Street West Espresso Mi Vida, 392 Pacific Avenue

Fatima's Cafe & Bistro Grand Opening, Fatima's Cafe & Bistro

Mediterranean Charm in the Junction: Fatima’s Cafe & Bistro Grand Opening

Recession be damed, Fatima Santos, first time restauranteur brings fine, yet affordable, Mediterranean fare to the Junction – the west end district of Toronto where she has developed loyal fans from having run the Freetime corner coffee shop for years.

This, Tuesday June 23, 2009 from 5.30 pm to 8 pm, Fatima’s Cafe & Bistro invites you for a sampling of fine food along with live latin, jazz and blues by local Junction musicians, Mango Moon.

This summer, go Mediterranean, stay local. The affable restauranteur noticed a need, and an opportunity, for a Mediterranean style bistro.  “I love the Junction and the people here. They appreciate food from different parts of the world.  I wanted to bring a mix of different Mediterranean fare with my new restaurant to continue to serve the local residents and other Torontonians.”

The menu of French, Italian and Portuguese dishes offers a delicious array of quiches, crepes, pastas, grilled panini sandwiches and fabulous daily soups and salads.

The Mediterranean music and charming decor, creates an ambiance of friendliness where one feels transported to a seaside bistro in the old country.

Come in on weekends for organic coffee, breakfast specials and brunch. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Licensed restaurant offers an extensive wine selection.   Take-out available.

Where:    Fatima’s Cafe and Bistro, 3108 Dundas Street West

When:     Tuesday June 23m 2009, 5.30pm-8pm

Contact:   Fatima at 647-727-4550

Update on 88 Mulock Avenue – Committee of Adjustment

Committee of Adjustment approves application by the The Society of St Vincent of Paul of Toronto to construct a TWO-STOREY addition, as well as a second storey addition to the property at 88 Mulock Avenue

This update provided by blog reader PJ

After waiting 5.5 hours to deliver their plea, four Mulock Avenue residents and Councillor Nunizata herself were present at the Committee of Adjustment meeting late yesterday, to decide on 88 Mulock Avenue’s application to expand their existing compound by over 50%!  The three members of the committee debated for a few minutes, and ultimately granted the variance, but made it conditional on the owners not increasing the number of residents they accommodate (ie. – eleven

Although locals are thankful for the condition that was placed on the variance, the real issue had been the monstrous expansion.

FYI, the Committee’s decision was based on the following input at the hearing:


The owners’ assertion that their 11 residents need a bit more space (ie. – a 50% increase in gross floor area!)


A petition with 77 signatures from locals, Numerous letters from locals,Four residents present for five and a half hours waiting for their turn,Two residents who got up to speak

The good councillor likewise waiting almost six hours to voice her opposition

Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to market naming rights and other private funding arrangements

Grenadier Pond

The  city auditor general is recommending

7. The City Manager, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships, develop, for approval by Council, a comprehensive City-wide policy on naming rights and other private funding arrangements, such policy to

a. consider all existing policies related to

i. Parks and Recreation Naming and Renaming Policy
ii. Donations policy
iii. Advertising
iv. Unsolicited bids
v. Sponsorships and partnerships

b. include guidelines on

i. eligibility criteria for facilities to be considered for naming rights
ii. responsibility and control processes for securing and accepting naming
rights or other private funding arrangements
iii. the creation of endowment, or similar funds, to offset future
maintenance and repair costs for new facilities put in place under this

8. The Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships, in consultation with appropriate divisional staff, identify all potential projects and facilities that may benefit from  naming rights or other private funding arrangements and, with the approva
l of Council, pursue such funding according to corporate guidelines.

staff report [link]

Friday afternoon 3034 Dundas St. W 70's siding being removed


Friday afternoon the siding is being removed from 3034 Dundas St. W and the two buildings on either side of it. the progress of work even at this stage is revelling a building of astounding  beauty.

However many original windows have been removed in past reno, some bricked up.

2803 DUNDAS ST West old Mc Brides site current tax section 323 COTA

A a self serve  car wash is planned by the owner of the old old Mc Brides site at 2803 DUNDAS ST West.

After this blogs 1st posting on the subject from a email note from Martin L.  which generated some comments, the blog received an email from another reader (John) provide his received response from Gord Perks – Councillor to Ward 14 office.

“Thank you for taking the time to contact Councillor Perks with your concern.  I am responding on his behalf. (Meri Newton)  It  is my understanding that this use is as of right under the current zoning. “That said, Planning has advised that they have some concerns with the current application and are circulating plans internally to gather comments from other departments before preparing a report.  The staff deadline for comment is in July at which point the Councillor has request (sic) to meet with the Community Planner.  We will advise once we know more.”

As some people were interested in the development some may also be interested in how section 323 of the City of Toronto Act is currently being applied to the property in relation to the cancellation and reduction of the property taxes. Section 1 below provide the specific amount for the lot numbers of the suite from the most recently available city data, while section 2 provide a except from the  City of Toronto Act  that governs this effort.

1) City Council approved the appeal during the  December 1, 2 and 3, 2008, session.

Appeal information data & roll number

Appeal information data & roll number

Reductions for the year 2007

Appealed Reduction request for the year 2007

Council Detail Hearing Number: 2008H5 – daats source for above  [link]

2) Cancellation, reduction, refund of taxes

323. (1) Upon application to the city treasurer made inaccordance with this section, the City may cancel, reduceor refund all or part of taxes levied on land in the year inrespect of which the application is made if,

(a) as a result of a change event, as defined in clause(a) of the definition of “change event” in subsec-tion 34 (2.2) of the Assessment Act, during thetaxation year, the property or portion of the prop-erty is eligible to be reclassified in a different classof real property, as defined in regulations madeunder that Act, and that class has a lower tax ratiofor the taxation year than the class the property orportion of the property is in before the changeevent, and no supplementary assessment is made inrespect of the change event

Junction Rd closure is here for a splash



This weekend will see the 1st road stoppage on Junction Rd at Old Weston Rd for the Go Transit project; a couple of years after the project 1st announced the closure was to take place.

This is the 1st step in the removal of the intersection which has for so long been a defining part of the industrial character of the Junction. The freight of all manner – the work force of many types that stood to await the crossing of trains as they walked from the industrial buildings to homes and shops, which has lessened in the past decades, but still occurs from the remaining industry will change so much with this rail road bed change. 

But as the Junction served the city greatly with its acceptance and bond with the railroads in the past it will serve even a greater part of the greater GTA population with the new transit improvements.


Oh and there is an increased work load announced by Go and there contractors…

Pile driving will be extended to Monday-Friday from 7am to 7pm, and on Saturdays from 9 to 5 (with other construction occurring between 7am and 7pm on Saturdays).  They say that this is for the next 3 weeks –  June 25 to July 13