Archive for August, 2009

High Park Ave and Dundas St West traffic lights ribbon cutting ceremony

The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to cerebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate there efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments as the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.

If you have any ideas about the ceremony or want to help please email the blog at thejunctioneer@gmail.com.The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to cerebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate there efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments as the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.

The lights at the intersection of High Park Ave and Dundas St West are going in right now to the joy of many, to celebrate the community building benefits these lights will bring to the Junction, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the completion of the installation of the traffic control lights.

Improved walk ability, easier back and forth flow when moving across Dundas St West., easier left hand turns, much easier for families push strollers around, are all great benefits of this installation.

Having a ribbon cutting ceremony will give the community a chance to let the city staff, local councillor, planning department, and the police department all know we want the Junction to a high priority and let  them know we appreciate their efforts.

The ceremony will receive official City of Toronto ribbon for this event.

Right now we getting in touch with the transportation and planning departments and the construction company doing the work to find out the completion date for the lights so we can post a date.

Bea Mozdzanowski of the councillors office will help pin down the completion date of the installation, she also helped get the ribbon.

If you have any ideas about the ceremony or want to help please email the blog at thejunctioneer@gmail.com.

Gerard Kennedy Seeks Director of Community Outreach

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The office of MP Gerard Kennedy has posted this call for a Director of Community Outreach:

Position Title: Director of Community Outreach

Location: Toronto

Function: Political/Community/Administrative

New/Replacement: New

GENERAL

Reporting to Gerard Kennedy, MP, the Director of Community Outreach is responsible for engaging Parkdale-High Park community organizations and the public-at-large by acting as a liaison, organizing meetings, events and advocacy campaigns, and creating a variety of different types of communications.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Work with groups (local, business, resident/tenants, ethnic, religious, service, arts, issue oriented, etc.) in the community on federal issues; supervise and support a diverse volunteer team to: organize meetings, special events, and campaigns on specific issues; manage correspondence and appointments in the community; represent the MP at community functions that he cannot attend; create content for newsletters, websites and bulletins; achieve publicity in local and regional media.

SKILLS REQUIRED



Management/Leadership:

· Provide analysis and recommendations to the MP on outreach strategies.

· Manage projects with a view to creatively optimize volunteer contributions at a variety of skill levels.

· Use advanced problem solving to form recommendations on developing situations on issues.

Coordination:

· Build and maintain relationships and act as liaison with community groups.

· Plan and organize community events, meetings and MP involvement with local initiatives.

· Create and support volunteer teams for standing programs and projects.

Communications:

· Build and maintain a system of communicating to groups and members of the public both according to their specific interests and generally on over-arching issues.

Standards:

· Maintain a professional administrative environment for the outreach program. This includes proper handling of confidential information and timely completion of tasks.

· Help set goals and track outcomes achieved for the public.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

· Knowledge of political and public issues.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, proven problem solving, organizational and multitasking abilities.

· Supervisory and/or managerial experience.

· 3 to 5 years minimum work experience with progressive responsibilities.

· Understanding of media and of communications creative for print and web.

· Ability to work with and for a broad diversity of people.

· Strong work ethic.

· Demonstrated commitment to public interest and social justice.

· Sound judgment and tact.

· University degree or college diploma.

Desired:

· Previous involvement with community of Parkdale-High Park and knowledge of community organizations.

· Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.

· Experience in related fields, such as politics, community organizing, social services or communications.

· Event planning experience.

· Good listener with attention to details.

· Result oriented with proven initiative.

· French and/or other languages than English utilized in the riding.

· Driver’s license and access to vehicle.

Hours of work: regular work week but with frequent flexibility for evening and weekend events

Training: will be provided.

How to apply: resume and cover letter by email with subject line “Director of Community Outreach” to kenneg8@parl.gc.ca or by mail or hand delivery to Mary Ng, Gerard Kennedy Community Office at 2849 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y6.

Closing date: August 28th

High Park and Dundas St West traffic lights going in now

…has started today in earnest with Beacon contracting on site cutting the concrete for installation of the poles and the laying of the wire.  YEA this is going to be great – you will be able to cross at High Park and Dundas St West with safety and ease.

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removing sidewalk segments for wires and poles (which will be replaced)

BACKGROUND information from city staff reports
At the request of Councillor Bill Saundercook, Ward 13, Parkdale–High Park, on behalf of area residents, Transportation Services staff investigated the feasibility of installing traffic control signals at this intersection.
…city staff COMMENTS
Dundas Street West is classified as a major arterial roadway with a speed limit of
50 km/h. High Park Avenue is a local roadway operating northbound and southbound with a speed limit of 40 km/h. The TTC operates transit service on both Dundas Street West and High Park Avenue.

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COMMUNITY MEETING – THE NEW 11 DIVISION

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

COMMUNITY MEETING – THE NEW 11 DIVISION
On Tuesday the 25th of August 2009, a community meeting will be held at
the Davenport – Perth Neighbourhood Centre.  This centre is located at
1900 Davenport Road.  The meeting will take place from 7:00PM –
8:30PM in Perth Hall at the centre.  The purpose of this meeting is to
present the draft designs for our new police station to the community,
and to answer any questions that may arise.  Present at this meeting will
be representatives from the Toronto Police Service, Stantec Architecture
Ltd, the design committee and the advisory committee.

This project is on schedule and actual on site work will begin in the
near future.
Our anticipated occupancy of the completed building is in November 2011.

Source: 11 Division Community Bulletin, August 2009
www.torontopolice.on.ca/d11/20090817-d11_community_bulletin.pdf

last nights storms bring tree and tree branches down in the Junction

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The storm last night bought a tree down onto a house in the Junction causing some damage to a second floor deck. When the insurance agent arrived he said this is the 5 place he had visited this morning in the west end of the city.

Another tree across the street lost a large branch also.

Many streets in the Junction have large branches or sections fall off during big storms in the past few years, it seems just about very big storm causes some of this.  Could this show a need for more preventive tree maintenance?

Soil Day With John Slack – At Downsview Park Wednesday September 16th at 5pm

Soil Day With John Slack – At Downsview Park

Wednesday September 16th at 5pm

FoodCycles is a non-profit city farm, based in the Downsview Park. It raises worms, produces nutritious, vibrant soil and grows food.

The theme of this presentation will be:

“How and why to nourish your soil”.

Learn how to keep your soil healthy and productive. This presentation is especially important for organic gardeners. It will include a soil test demonstration for the fertility of the soil .

There will be an open discussion of gardening techniques and you will be able to ask John your gardening questions, and concerns.

Location: 70 Canuck Ave. Toronto Map Date: Wednesday September 16th

Time:from 5:00 – 6:30pm

We are planning a potluck and invite you to bring bring your favorite dish for your family or to share.

..Please bring bio-degradable, or re-usable plate and cup and cutlery

This lecture and demonstration is free but participants should register.

For more information, and to register, please contact Susan at perth-dupontcg@frogstar.com

about Jack slack

excerpt from

By Rob Wallbridge – Special to The AgriNews

If John Slack had his way, farmers, especially organic farmers, would spend a lot less time worrying about the amount of soluble nutrients in their topsoil. The former mining prospector and current head of the Northern Organic Research and Development Co. (NORDC) spoke at the recent Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario symposium in Dixon’s Corners. According to Slack, the topsoil and its soluble nutrients are only a small, and even relatively unimportant, part of a much larger picture of what’s happening in the planet’s most complex system – the soil.

While he acknowledges the usefulness some soil test measures — cation exchange capacity and organic matter in particular – John Slack calls for a much more holistic approach to soil management. In particular, he wants us to pay attention to the geology and the microbiology of our soils.[link to complete article at agrinewsinteractive]

Junction Arts Festival banners up today

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The Junction BIA went all out and rushed though the banners for the Arts Festival to get them up on the street poles.

Just so everyone knows the Junction BIA office is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays.

Symes Rd separation wall flowers

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Symes Rd is now closed to traffic about at its mid point, this was accomplished by installing a wall across the  roadway at the intersection of the industrial point of the road and the residental area.

The constructed wall has left with an opening between the two distinct sections of the roadway. Now residents have placed flowers pots at this opening. just wonderful, exhibiting a great community contribution.

for further images see the related posts below.

2141-2137 Bloor Properties Retail life in Bloor West Village

As retail in the junction is such a concern the blog thought it would posit what life is like in Bloor west Village retail leasing space. One of the most interesting items about this property owners retail offering is it’s just being out of the BIA area – meaning lower rents.

Unique Retail Spaces of approximately 800 sq. ft, 2200 sq. ft,plus. All the benefits of Bloor West Village without Business Improvement Area surtaxes. Located next door to an associate branch office of Manulife Securities, a national financial services business. Suitable for many retail uses, including service businesses and destination locations. Located in one of the most successful and sought after retail locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Located on Bloor Street West, close to Runnymede Road. The Retail has high vehicular and excellent pedestrian traffic with ample area parking that includes rush hour street parking. Starbucks and other National Retailers such as Tabi International, Trade Secrets, No Frills and many more close by is a major plus. Copy and paste web address www.2141-2137bloor.com into browser for more information and photos. 5 Year NET Lease. Brokers protected.

2141-2137 Bloor Properties

Mom to Mom sale Sept 19 9:30am in the junction

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source junction parents blog