Archive for May, 2011

Great Toronto Star Article City councillors form their own committees, task forces — without Rob Ford

snap from the paper - great reporting by the star on this issue

This author hopes our local rep joins them.


Full story from Star site – story by David RiderUrban Affairs Bureau Chief

Mayor Rob Ford’s tight but apparently slipping grip on the city agenda faces a new challenge — councillors launching their own committees and task forces.

Mike Layton, an ardent cyclist, is forming an ad hoc body to replace the cycling advisory committee, which is among the city’s 20 citizen groups Ford is trying to scrap.

The committees, offering input on everything from cleaning up the Don River to child care, are in limbo but council recently voted to have Ford take another look at several, and report back by July. It was one of a handful of recent votes the mayor has lost.

Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) got the idea from his father, federal NDP Leader Jack Layton, who countered frustration at the loss of the cycling committee by asking: “Why don’t you just start your own?”

Layton plans to be the committee’s voice at council, asking questions of city staff and passing on input on the plan for separated downtown bike lanes to be unveiled by public works chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong in June.

The new committee will use the terms of reference of the old one as a starting point, Layton said, adding he still must sort out membership but hopes to have representation from the Toronto Cyclists Union.

Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton Lawrence) also wants to get cyclists on a task force — with drivers, pedestrians, transit users, cabbies and business representatives — to work on solutions to Toronto’s costly and frustrating traffic gridlock.

Colle, one of council’s rookie centrists, hopes to get colleagues’ support to make the committee official, bringing players together to curb the “cyclists versus motorists” dynamic. Ford is fond of talking about “the war on the car.”

“We have all the (players) in silos but really their interests are aligned — getting around more efficiently, more quickly and more safely,” he said.

John Filion recently resigned from the government management committee, angry that Ford’s office ignored his requests to return to the planning and transportation committee that he chaired when David Miller was mayor.

Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) said he’ll continue participating in planning committee meetings as a visiting councillor, without a vote, but he’s also thinking about taking a page from Layton and starting his own planning committee.

“It could involve a lot of citizens,” he said. “I just might do that.”


link to story on Toronto Star site

Massif exterior. Changes to Runnymede industrial building taking place

Over a period of days recently and continuing today the exterior of former furniture manufacturing plant has been undergoing renovations which have included closing in the storefront windows and raising a false bulkhead at the south west corner of the building – probably for a Sign.

Former user of building

Early Canadian Furniture
731 Runnymede Rd, Toronto, ON M6N 3V7
Bus: Runnymede Road at St Clair Avenue West Farside

– iph

@quebec and Dundas St west north side

Lots street concrete breaking by what appear to be city teams, quite exciting as city crews move in with such authority. Unlike private city contractors who put up a lot more barriers

– iph

This blog should now work on most mobile gear


Hi everyone


The blog should now work on most mobile gear, and adjust its format as required for smartphones and tablets.


…so far i have tested it on a iphone 4 and both ipads


i will test it on a Android™ phone this evening.

Please use to bookmark the site, as I  plan to move the blog to its own hosting plan and off my project domain later this year, after the Junction Arts Festival.



MOCKERY NIGHT IN THE JUNCTION, Friday, June 3, Shox, 8:30 pm

Mom2Mom Sale Wise Daughters Craft Market



Mom2Mom Sale for those who would like to buy second-hand maternity/kids’ clothing and equipment, the $2 admission will be donated IN FULL to the Redwood Women’s Shelter in our neighbourhood, this shelter houses moms and their children who are fleeing domestic abuse.

If you do not need to buy anything but would still like to donate your $2, please come on by from 9:30 am to the Wise Daughters Craft Market (address below), and THANK YOU in advance.

The came up with $250 and our mom-sellers came up with $40, we’re hoping to raise much more. I am a mom of 2 little girls, I don’t know what’s it like to live in a shelter with my kids, I know that Redwood needs money for basic necessities, like food, clothing, art supplies, counsellors, even school supplies for kids who had to leave everything behind… I can’t even imagine, let’s help them out.



This I don 't understand

They are taking down the diamond, yet the parks grounds keepers are grooming the baseball area ground as that have for years of baseball use.

I know about image posting from phone working in it

– iph

Annette fun fair this weekend

Annette PS fun Fair this weekend

Skate park for Vine Ave Parkette?

As talk about a skatepark at the parkette continues…

Here our some snaps of the current Skateboard Park at Coxwell Ave and Lake-shore Blvd east. In addition to the skateboarders you can see a non skate boarding couple walking though.

UPDATE: had commenter go all heated in the posts just after posting this – urging me to talk to the skaters. (read his comments in the comments sections) Although I wonder why he got so mad at my posting of an exciting skate boarding event.  Although seems he didn’t have the time to care to go to the event and support these skaters. Note: if you have trouble with a post on thus blog, before yelling at me put your mind to action and feet to ground.

for world class small park skate yards…see



Heritage Roundtable at City Hall + Doors Open 2011

Councillor Peter Milczyn, in partnership with Heritage Toronto, will be hosting a public heritage roundtable on Monday, June 6th at City Hall.

The roundtable is a follow up to the release of Heritage Voices, Heritage Toronto report on the state of heritage which was drawn from issues brought to our attention by the heritage community. The roundtable will provide further recommendations on how to improve heritage management in Toronto.

The discussion will be open to the public, although presentations will be limited to invited speakers who will represent a broad spectrum of the heritage community.
All are welcome.

Date: Monday, June 6th

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Location: Committee Room 2, City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

To see the attached invitation, please click here.

Please click here for the agenda.