Archive for November, 2011

Counterpoint – Should the city library be your neighbourhood Blockbuster between

Counterpoint – Should the city library be your neighbourhood Blockbuster between Councillor Mike Del Grande and Councillor Sarah Doucette

Reported from the National Post newspaper

Should the city library be your neighbourhood Blockbuster? Should it be well stocked with non-English materials? Budget chief Mike Del Grande posed the provocative questions on Tuesday to illustrate the kind of frank conversation he thinks the public library should have about how it spends its money. In a point-counterpoint, Mr. Del Grande makes his case, and Councillor Sarah Doucette, a member of the library board, offers her rebuttal. An excerpt of their comments is below.

Councillor Mike Del Grande, budget chief “I ask this question again: 25% of circulation budget is for DVDs and movies. Should the city library become a Blockbuster? Is that what we should be doing? Is that our core program, or is that program creep? What proportion of our budget should go for non-English movies and books? An argument can be made that this is what makes the city great, but I would dare say our common language is English, we’re spending tons of money for ESL, should we not have a discussion of how much of the library budget should go for non-English resources? ’Cause then we say we don’t have enough, if you don’t deal with your basic first, how can you be doing all these other things? Should I be able to go the library and borrow Pirates of the Caribbean, latest release, which every single library has? Should the library be closed on Sunday when we’re paying our people double time? If we are to be an international language library then let’s talk about how we do that, but right now we’re a computer centre, we’re in the movie business, we’re in the circulation business of non-English language and programming. My issue is: what’s our fundamentals? Now the library is becoming ‘the community centre.’ Is the library to be our community centre? What do we do with our community centres? We have to have some fundamental, frank discussions. By the way, the top borrowing of movies is in the Hindi language.”

Councillor Sarah Doucette, member of the library board “We have books in Chinese, at Swansea Memorial Branch we ask them to be in French because we have a school down the street teaching French. The videos are all over the spectrum. It’s not just first-rung movies, it’s documentaries, in all different languages. We also have a city librarian and staff who select. It’s not up to council to critique what they think they need for each branch. I guess it depends on what you think a library is. As I’ve been saying for many months now, a library is no longer a room full of books. It’s the computers where people can come to get jobs, can improve their education. Some of the videos and CDs are how-to videos. We’ve got the newspapers, magazines, a wide variety of things. It’s where we do programming, people learn English, children learn how to read. It’s a hub of a community, it’s a cooling centre in the summer, it’s somewhere where you can go in the winter. Non-English movies? I agree with [having] that completely because we don’t all speak English. Hollywood movies, I’m sure there’s a small proportion of that, but it brings people into the branch.”

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Posted in: City Hall, Posted Toronto Tags: Blockbuster Inc., Local Politics, Media, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Swansea, Toronto

West local city land sell off – 425 Old Weston Rd

This works yard is on the list to be declared surplus. Just north of St Clair West on old Weston Rd.

This lot is one of largest available development lots in the greater Junction area.

It’s land size and location probably will interest a housing developer.

City council addresses rights to have Backyard Hens in Toronto today


Keeping a screen open on the Toronto council meeting today  to see the Backyard Hens debate on the which has not come up yet, but the childish ruckus sure is visible among councillors, many out of there seats and not listening to answers. The speaker had to call a quorum call. The ward 13 councillor was in her seat.


details on the subject





Investigating the Feasibility of Allowing  in Toronto – by Councillor Joe Mihevc, seconded by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

* Notice of this Motion has been given.
* This Motion is subject to referral to the Licensing and Standards Committee. A two-thirds vote is required to waive referral.


Councillor Joe Mihevc, seconded by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, recommends that:


1.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, to report to the February 24, 2012 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on a proposed strategy for allowing residents to keep a limited number of hens in their backyards.


In response to a growing local urban agriculture movement and desire by people to have greater control over their food supply, an increasing number of municipalities across North America have removed restrictions on the keeping of hens in urban areas. The cities which have modified their regulations include Vancouver, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Kingston, Ontario.


The experiences of these cities have highlighted that residents can successfully keep a limited number of hens in their backyard in balance with the need to maintain the community’s quality of life by establishing appropriate regulations that govern potential issues such as noise, odour, separation distances, selling of eggs, and waste disposal.


In Toronto, there are a number of residents who wish to keep hens in their backyards for the purposes of producing eggs for personal consumption but existing by-laws prohibit the keeping of chickens in Toronto. Backyard hens can be kept in a safe and appropriate manner that limits the potential for nuisances and public health concerns and City Council should give consideration to allowing residents to legally keep hens.


Therefore we recommend that City Council direct staff to prepare a report outlining a strategy that will allow residents to keep backyard hens in a safe and appropriate manner.


(Submitted to City Council on November 29 and 30, 2011 as MM14.8)


background report download

New steel structure going up at 500 keele St. – Keele centre

Grey steel being worked on now,


West local city land sell off – 1978 Lake Shore Boulevard West & Part of 2000 Lake Shore Boulevard West – Ward 13

The City of Toronto Council is today (Tuesday 29th) receiving a report from the City of Toronto’s Chief Corporate Officer about the transfer (read sale) of what it is determining as surplus Lands to Build Toronto. Built Toronto is an arm of the City of Toronto that acts as a  real estate and development corporation for the city. Over the next couple of weeks the blog is going to highlight each of the areas in the local west end.

1st off the old Joy gas station land in Ward 13.

As part of cities make money plan by selling off public land  City Council plans to sell  in Ward 13 a plot in the  middle land between   The Queensway , the Lake Shore Boulevard West and the waterfront.

This site which has already been deemed surplus is now for sale.

Yet what about not selling it and having the community gain from its retention.

proposition idea 1.   Waylay park for the journey to the waterfront from the rest of ward 13.

Most people know the disturbing feelings of danger and just annoyance  that can  brought on crossing  The Queensway and the Lake Shore Boulevard West to gain access to the lakefront park lands and then again back up into the bulk of the ward.

Using this small plot as a Parkette to “join up” the waterfront to the rest of Ward 13 can be proposed with the benefits of providing rest parkette for the crossing of two busy 6o kl. speed roads and the travel under a rather unpleasant bridge. Creating the parkette would ease the travel on this route for disabled persons. Would contribute to the councils claim to be making Toronto in a city within a park.

proposition idea 2. Simply give the land to good community non-profit such as the earlier planed Fred Victor centre which  is a social services organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low income people living all across Toronto.


Current Google image of site




City Rational for selling the land, the make money issue is omitted by the staff writer

The view looking west now Google image Nov. 2011

 The cities own concerns about use of the plot.

Uses and issues of the subject property from the city reports…






Take a look whats the best use Park - rotating art park - condo - fast food - ?


The blog could not find a sale price


package download PDF link

1978 – 2000 LakeshoreBlvW_ sales Flyer from city hired realtor

Pages from backgroundfile-37550 concerning 1978 Lake Shore Boulevard West



One of the great benefits of living in a community bounded on most sides by railway tracks are the great sightings

From just about anywhere whilst walking you can see icons of the Canadian ideals  running along the rails, just this past weekend the series of new technology wind towers floated by on their sides. Also both provincial and federal wheat trains went by.
As the federal government dismantles the wheat board i guess these trains will disappear and private or railroad cars will replace them.
..from the Globe and mail about the  Canadian Wheat Board
Stephen Harper is using his majority power to scrap the wartime-era monopoly Ottawa granted the Canadian Wheat Board over western wheat and barley sales, a move laden with political symbolism for the Conservative Leader.
The change will grant western Canadian farmers, from B.C.’s Peace River district to eastern Manitoba, the freedom as of August, 2012, to sell their wheat and barley to whomever they choose. In most cases, the buyers are expected to be big agricultural firms such as Cargill.

full story at the Globe

CPR Railroad holiday-train location map Tuesday, November 29



Tuesday, November 29 

about the train…
At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food.

This is the 13th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food,  and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S. 

People painting vine parkette shed with jolly characters today

It’s sat and the sheds being painted


Fri night comedy at Shoxxs LOCK UP YOUR POULTRY




LOCK UP YOUR POULTRY, MOCKERY NIGHT RETURNS Well we just rehearsed tomorrow night’s show and it is looking to be a blast of a year end finale. We will be welcoming old friends Ray Landry, Stu Vaughan, Terry Cowe, Jessica Williams, Roy Reid and Scott Yamamura plus newcomers Victor Bateman, Mike Kolberg, Marc Hallworth, and Mike Sniezak, and as always: maybe even a guest appearance by Hart Pomerantz! With the Mockery Quiz, Mockery News

Project Neutral at The Junction Fromagerie Saturday afternoons

Project Neutral message post all text from the project 

Come by The Junction Fromagerie on Saturday afternoons for Free Coffee and to Learn

About Project Neutral!

Project Neutral is working with Green 13, volunteer neighbourhood environmental group, to develop a vision for a carbon neutral Junction. As part of that vision, we are encouraging people in The Junction to complete our online carbon survey.

To help you get our survey done, join us at our weekly meeting location: The Junction Fromagerie (3042 Dundas St W) from 1 – 4 PM. We will be there every Saturday until December 10 to answer any of your questions and have free coffee available while supplies last. Drop by and say hello!

Why do our survey?*

  • To learn strategies for saving energy and reducing your energy bills
  • To work with your neighbours towards developing creative solutions to environmental issues
  • To win guaranteed prizes from Options for Cars and RONA**, and be entered into a draw for over $1000 in cash and prizes, including a $500 cash prize! For more details about the prizes, you can look here on our website.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail our neighbourhood coordinator at or give Jonathan a call at 647-799-4009.

* To qualify for all prizes you need to live in our catchment area’s designated boundaries and to complete the survey between October 16, 2011 and 10 PM on December 10, 2011. The boundaries of the area are Runnymede Rd. to the west, Annette St. to the south, and Clendenan Ave. to the east. The northern boundary is Dundas St. W. from Clendenan to Gilmour, and Maria St. from Gilmour to Runnymede.

** While coupon supplies last. Valid until December 31, 2011. See in store for further details.

You can go to our website to complete our survey any time before December 10