Archive for November, 2009

2989 Dundas Street – Update

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 Work continues on the former Stereo King building located near the S/W corner of Dundas and Pacific.

The second floor addition has been clad in vertical metal (aluminium I think) wall panels which run the length of the building and wrap around the rear facade. 

The rear of the building is a mix of re-claimed brick and wall panels plus some interesting windows.   

otherSubmitted by Martin L.

New eating establishment at Annette St & Quebec Ave

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Work has been proceeding for a few months On the building at Annette St & Quebec Ave that for many years held a family Ukrainian grocery store and student lunch service. After serving the community as the grocery the building which it went though a number of short lived efforts.

Now if the rumors are correct the building will house some type of cafe or restaurant, which is wonderful as this could be part of the resurgence of this area of Annette  St. becoming a local stop spot again.

Kingsway Park Ratepayers Fall 2009 newsletter

The Kingsway Park Ratepayers newsletters are always full of useful reporting of what is happening in many areas of their community, from development to historical efforts and all sorts of other issues and noticesy.

The fall 2009 newsletter has informative article about the original lighting on the Humber bridge, reproduced below. to read the complete newsletter click the link.

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Enlarged text from above Bridge Lanterns –  Anna Traer asked me (Madeleine McDowell) about the possibility of restoring the original 1916 lighting on the Old Mill Bridge. This is a photo of the old Mill Bridge the morning after Hurricane Hazel struck. It shows clearly the original lantern lighting on the Bridge. Since the Humewood Ratepayers took on a similar project for the Connaught Gates at Vaughn and Bathurst, just north of St Clair about five years ago, I asked them “WHO DID IT?” It turned out to be a local company just off the Queensway. They did the job working from 1912 promotion drawings and photographs of Sir Henry Pellat’s Connaught Gates, which were of similar age to Frank Barber’s iconic Old Mill Bridge. Heritage Toronto provided the community with a segregated account and issued tax receipts for donations. The results were beautiful and spectacular. The “Lighting” ceremony, which I attended, was on the 24th of May with fireworks and a street party. The project won an award for the quality of its restoration of an important architectural feature. Chris Nelson, who did the Lanterns for the Gates, is looking at the Photographs. We also have a piece of one of the original lanterns in the Swansea Historical Society’s collection, which eliminates measured calculations and guesswork for reproduction. I am prying a cost estimate out of Mr. Nelson. , I expect a jolt for my blood pressure when I receive it. But the Lanterns would properly light the Bridge – And it would be a beautiful piece of restoration. Any assistance to make this happen would be greatly appreciated! Madeleine McDowell

Bridge Lanterns

Anna Traer asked me about the possibility of restoring the

original 1916 lighting on the Old Mill Bridge. This is a photo of

the old Mill Bridge the morning after Hurricane Hazel struck. It

shows clearly the original lantern lighting on the Bridge.

Since the Humewood Ratepayers took on a similar project for

the Connaught Gates at Vaughn and Bathurst, just north of St

Clair about five years ago, I asked them “WHO DID IT?” It

turned out to be a local company just off the Queensway.

They did the job working from 1912 promotion drawings and

photographs of Sir Henry Pellat’s Connaught Gates, which

were of similar age to Frank Barber’s iconic Old Mill Bridge.

Heritage Toronto provided the community with a segregated

account and issued tax receipts for donations.

The results were beautiful and spectacular. The “Lighting”

ceremony, which I attended, was on the 24th of May with

fireworks and a street party. The project won an award for the

quality of its restoration of an important architectural feature.

Chris Nelson, who did the Lanterns for the Gates, is looking at

the Photographs. We also have a piece of one of the original

lanterns in the Swansea Historical Society’s collection, which

eliminates measured calculations and guesswork for

reproduction. I am prying a cost estimate out of Mr. Nelson. ,

I expect a jolt for my blood pressure when I receive it. But the

Lanterns would properly light the Bridge – And it would be a

beautiful piece of restoration. Any assistance to make this

happen would be greatly appreciated!

Madeleine McDowell

Junction Residents Assoc. stewardship discussion tomorrow

….added chair and a constitution discussion

The Junction Residents Association will be holding a AGM tomorrow with the presentation for approval of the members a new chair structure of 3 chairs instead of the 2 they started with when formed last year.   They will also  be electing  a  Treasurer and Secretary.

Planning and discussion will also be on the creation of a JRA constitution, which in this authors opinion all RA’d need, to bring the standards of accountability to community to the forefront and as an overview to the  reasons the RA exists. Not all the residents associations  in west Toronto have a constitution, leaving persons interested in working with a local RA or just those interested on doing their own community project not know the engagement areas of their local RA.

A good  example of a RA constitution is the one used by Parkdale Residents Association [link to their constitution opens in new window]

The introduction of a possible effort to create bike lanes on High Park Ave with be presented to the members for possible inclusion into the agenda for the coming year.
Among some of the other topics being discussed will be motions for the following:

o JRA constitution
o Living Playground in Vine Parkette

This meeting or the RA will really have people set the agenda of the RA for the coming year, so it’s important for people to take an interest and give over an hour to attend.  One of the best reasons is that RAs in Toronto are given attention by the media, who seek their opinion and certain city departments who input at times the statements about community issues into their planning. And yet many RAs are whole fully under represented by the people in the community – so a small group of people get to make a big  statement about community issues from a small membership.

Many RAs  are constantly seeking the involvement of people in the community even if people simply want to set the agenda and let the more active members carry out the agenda, of course only fully voted upon actions and bot those decided by the managing committee.

– come set the agenda –

West Toronto Baptist Church Thursday November 12th, 7pm to 9pm

3049 Dundas St at McMurray Ave

Live webcast at www.junctionra.ca

It’s your Junction, It’s our Junction!

Great & exicting news and a not to miss tour at The Village by High Park, this Saturday 1pm

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get an idea of how all this will work

How exciting can a Junction weekend get, not much more than this …a  walking tour on the construction site of  tallest  construction project ever in the Junction.
People  will not be allowed to enter the construction site. Mike Labbé will  be guiding people around the perimeter of the site, explaining the features, as well as where things are located
How many developers open up their site to the general public for a walk around?, we don’t know but you could probably count them in a breath.
The reasons for attending this tour are many and varied
1. you bought a unit, and want to get a early feel for your building
2. You like views of silos framed by railroad tracks a view which is quickly going away
3. You want to hear the heartfelt description of Mr Labbé’s description of the need and design choices for the building. he gave a great one at the recent tri-government press day at the site recently.
4. You want to see the Deltera created forming system called Aluma in use and close up. Can be seen from the street
5. you want to know where the retail part is going

their invite….

On Saturday, November 14th at 1:00 pm, Mike Labbé, the President of Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation, will be hosting a tour of our development, The Village by High Park, located at 403 Keele Street.

Those interested in attending are asked to meet approximately 10 minutes before 1:00 o’clock at the northwest end of Heintzman Street, in front of Deltera’s customer care trailer.

There is no need to RSVP.

Currently zoned industrial land owner seeks change to retail use

30 weston rd meeting AM

DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber
399 The West Mall, Toronto M9C 2Y2

Read the offical notice over at the

MULOCK AVENUE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION site link

Grown-up Arts & Crafts Camp – Wise Daughters Craft Market

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Grown-up Arts & Crafts Camp
Sat, Nov 14 & Sun, Nov 15, 10:00 – 4:30
Leader: Anna Redish
Come play in Anna’s sandbox!  Enjoy a weekend art retreat without leaving town. Learn secrets for putting art back into your life. Give yourself this time and let the creative juices flow!
You’ll experience creative discovery through altered art journalling, sewing, painting and other mixed media techniques. Explore your creative side in a supportive environment.  No artistic talent or previous training required.
$200 includes all supplies, tea, coffee, snacks and a daily dose of guided relaxation.  BYO lunch. Feel free to bring fabrics, old photos or papers that have meaning to incorporate into your art.

Wise Daughters workshop listing link

Green 13 Community forum coming up on the 17th

TAKING ACTION on CLIMATE CHANGE,  A Community Approach

• Frustrated by the lack of international progress on climate change?

Want to make a difference in your community?

Attend a Green13 Town Hall Meeting

WHAT: A panel of environmental experts -discussing sustainable food, water & energy practices -grassroots advocacy -how other communities are going green

WHEN: 7 p.m. November 17, 2009 WHERE: Swansea Town Hall 95 Lavinia Avenue (south of Deforest/East of Windermere)

Who is green13? Green13 is a grassroots community environmental group active in ward 13, that focuses on public education and advocacy for the protection of the environment.

www.green13toronto.blogspot.com




WTJHS Historical Mystery Tour article

“How wild do you have to be to cut shut down your own bars?”

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3524 Dundas St W enviro. testing for the past couple of days

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Rear of building which is at the front of the lot  of the approx 400 foot deep lot

Rear of building which is at the front of the lot of the approx 400 foot deep lot

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For the past couple of days – not sure about today – two companies have drilled sample holes at this site. Pumping and well collection of contaminates was undertaken on the lot for a number of years. The equipment for that phase was removed a few years ago.  A sign seeking interested retail renters went up about the same time as the well collection effort stopped and the site has remained empty.

The technicians on the site could not relate what phase they were atnow, but indicated nothing was planned for the site at present.

The site was for years a gasoline station and also had a strange collection of old bomb casings and such stuff in the rear of the lot in the 70’s and 80’s.

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