Archive for December, 2011

Open and Shut: 2011 ….remember any openings and closings


Hey everyone ,i am  tying to put together of businesses in the greater Junction area that opened and shut or opened or simply shut. Of course I as one person could not remember all of it, so I am asking anyone who remembers of any to take a minute or two and email the blog at  thejunctioneeer@gmail with any you remember.


Thanks in advance

Sides of buildings along west Annette St.

From Clendenan Ave on this author has noted a rather interesting feature created by the wide difference of building types and the setbacks used on the various lots on both the north and south sides of the street.

Coupled with Annette streets wide roadway and rather long vista view to Jane St. The sides of many buildings can be seen. A wide variety of buildings facades and design choices can be seen, much of this variety can contributed to the first use of the building.

Here are a few of building sides.





















West Toronto Keys currently has a article on the group which provides activities for adults with developmental disabilities.

link to story

Great idea to have locally.


Bridge link over the tracks always wanted in the Junction …another close by west end community gets one.

King Liberty Pedestrian/Cyclist Link location on image to go to the cities site on this project


One of the 1st items many people who come to live in the Junction wish for is a bridge over the tracks to connect the two areas north and south of  Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. This has been an always ongoing discussion in the Junction and while there are some locations for the ground fall of the bridge on the north side of the tracks there are few if any on the south side.

This want/need? in bound to get even more community interest as development on the north side of tracks increases. Although this author can see such as bridge, …which the author is not so interested in having but wonders if it would be a good community addition… would service a very small section of the the community.

A railroad bridge in the Junction would probably be well used residents just north of Annette St. Would those people living south of Annette St. walk or ride over the bridge enough to justify building a bridge, and would northern residents come south over the bridge?


..well here the info on the King Liberty area Railroad topping bridge….

full study link at City of Toronto site

full study link at this blog



The City of Toronto undertook the

 “Toronto West-Central Area Strategic


Network Review” in 2006 and identified

 the need to better integrate the communities
north and south of the CN/GO railway corridor

between Atlantic Avenue and Strachan
Avenue. At its meeting of February 13, 2007,

 Toronto and East York Community Council
in considering a further report on a proposed

 pedestrian link at this location (TE3.45)
recommended that Transportation Services

 undertake an Environmental Assessment (EA)
study for a Pedestrian Link between King

 Street West and Liberty Village.

This item was considered by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

 on November 3, 2011 and was adopted with amendments.

It will be considered by City Council on November 29, 2011.

further in package  Reference Drawings / Plans / Profiles appendix_e_reference_drawings and Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment appendix_d_arch_assessment

same files as package hosted at this blog

January 26, 2012 – West Toronto Diamond Public Meeting

all text but that in brackets is

We (They) will be hosting quarterly public meetings to update the community on the construction progress, what to expect in 2012 and to present the final operational noise and vibration mitigation report.

Note: There is a separate operational noise and vibration mitigation study underway for the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation. The results of the study will be presented to the public in the near future.

CPR transports wind turbine via Junction rails

Post and image sent in by blog reader Brian Thanks!

These look like rocket capsules but they’re actually the tops of
wind turbines stopped in the junction en route to Sask from Jacksonville

The railway man was nice enough to tell me all about them.
They are huge!


Islington Ave Sunbeam Plant now a dirt field for condo development

Many people from the Junction worked at this plant for decades right up to late 80s Senior management living just below Dundas St, skilled machinists on St Johns Rd. and numerous other workers.

They left a tree will it survive the condo construction it would be fine.






Baby Point Annette St, Retail area

Annette St east of Jane has become a site of many interesting shops.  The effort to new shops seems to moving ever eastward.

While there are many needed and interesting shop in the Jane st area of this local shopping “T” of Jane St and Annette St the Section on Annette has a quiet much less busy atmosphere than say Bloor West Village.


DuPont subway mural seems to best viewed sitting in car while driving though

It is quite immersive, when you are sitting under the subway waiting for the unseen light to change.

You have to look at the mural ad forget your car for a sec.