Archive for June, 2018

Heat Warning extended To Monday, daytime highs are forecast to reach the mid thirties with humidex values into the mid forties.

[ms_custom_box backgroundimage=”http://junctioneer.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/4CA43D49-EC9E-41FF-88FE-C90E2BD2C909-300×54.jpeg” fixed_background=”yes” background_position=”top left” padding=”7″ class=”” id=””]Overnight Sunday – Monday low temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties, providing little or no relief from the heat. On Monday, daytime highs are forecast to reach the mid thirties with humidex values into the mid forties. Daytime highs in the low thirties are expected to persist through most of next week.[/ms_custom_box]

 

[ms_alert icon=”” background_color=”#e25914″ text_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”0″ border_radius=”0″ box_shadow=”no” dismissable=”no” class=”” id=””]Heat Warning into its 3rd day[/ms_alert][ms_alert icon=”” background_color=”#e25914″ text_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”0″ border_radius=”0″ box_shadow=”no” dismissable=”Yes” class=”” id=””]This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years.[/ms_alert]

Extreme heat event for the Canada Day long weekend.

Continuing through the Canada Day long weekend, daytime highs are forecast to reach the low to mid thirties with humidex values into the mid forties. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat.

Current indications suggest hot temperatures could persist through next week. This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years.

2706-2730 Dundas Street West, development

Summary
On August 2, 2017 an application was submitted for a 12-storey (45.03 metres including a 5-metre mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building containing 173 residential units, at 2706-2730 Dundas Street West. 

 On December 18, 2017, on the earliest possible appeal date, the applicant appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application without any revisions to the proposal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (the LPAT) citing Council’s failure to make a decision on the application within the timeframe prescribed by the Planning Act.

 Following the appeal, the applicant on April 10, 2018 submitted a revised application for a 9-storey (37 metres including 5-metre mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building containing 151 residential units. 

 This report recommends that the City Solicitor together with the City Planning staff and other appropriate staff be directed to oppose the application in its current form at the LPAT.

 The proposed building height is too tall and does not fit within the existing and planned context  and does not comply with the Provincial Policy Statement (2014), does not conform to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017) and does not comply with the Official Plan or Mid-rise Guidelines.   
Proposal The Zoning By-law Amendment application proposes a 9-storey (37-metre, including a mechanical penthouse), mixed-use building with 151 units and a total gross floor area of 13,871 square metres.
The site abuts a 3.66 metre wide public lane. The application proposes to provide a 1.17 metre conveyance to widen the public lane.
The building footprint covers most of the site with an overall density of 6.8 times the area of the lot (See Attachment 10: Application Data Sheet).
There is a 5-storey streetwall with no setback from the Dundas Street West property line with the exception of the ground floor which is setback 1.19 metres. There is a stepback of 3.0 metres at the top of the 5th floor and another 1.5 metre stepback at the 7th floor. The 8th
floor projects out 1.5 metres. The 9th floor then steps back 6.0 metres. The mechanical penthouse has a stepback of 4.6 metres from the front edge of the 9th floor.
The ground floor at the back of the building is set back between 2.67 and 4.26 metres from the widened public lane to accommodate a rear pedestrian walkway and landscaped yards for 7-townhouse units fronting onto the public lane. The rear of the building is set back 2.9 metres from the proposed widened laneway with projecting balconies. The 7th floor is recessed an additional 0.6 metres.
The proposed building consists of 13,377 square metres of residential gross floor area. A total of 151 residential units are proposed which include 4 studio units (3%), 83 one-bedroom units (55%), 48 two-bedroom units (32%), 16 three-bedroom/townhouse units (10%). There is 522 sq. metres of retail ground floor space.
A total of 538 square metres of residential amenity space is proposed including 238 square metres of indoor and 300 square metres of outdoor space. The indoor amenity space will be provided on the main and second floors and the outdoor amenity space is split between the second floor and the roof level.
A total of 90 parking spaces (87 residential and 3 retail) is proposed in a three level underground parking garage. Entry to the underground garage is provided through a public lane at the north end of the property from Watkinson Avenue. The proposal includes 181 bicycle parking spaces (163 resident and 18 visitors), and one Type G loading space.
Site and Surrounding Area The subject site is located at the northeast corner of Dundas Street West and Watkinson Avenue, within the West Bend neighbourhood.
The 2,025.4 square metre site is rectangular in shape and has a frontage of approximately 66.5 metres on Dundas Street West and 30.5 metres on Watkinson Avenue. The subject site does not contain any trees. An existing public lane abuts the subject site to the north. The lane is substandard in width at 3.66 metres. The laneway travels east from Watkinson Avenue beyond the eastern property line of the subject site before turning north (at the rear of 2698 Dundas Street West) and connecting with Old Weston Road.
The subject site is a consolidation of five properties and is currently occupied by the following buildings:
– 2706 Dundas St. W.: 1-2 storey semi-detached dwelling; – 2708 Dundas St. W.: 1-2 storey semi-detached dwelling; – 2710 Dundas St. W.: 2-storey commercial building with an eating establishment; – 2720 Dundas St. W.: 2-storey vacant building (former artist studio); and – 2730 Dundas St. W.: 2-storey auto repair shop.
The subject site also includes a surface parking area and rear garages associated with 2706-2710 Dundas Street West, accessed via the public lane, and a paved area at the corner of Dundas Street West and Watkinson Avenue associated with the auto repair shop at 2730 Dundas Street West.
Land uses surrounding the site are:
North: of the public lane are 2-storey dwellings at 9-15 Hook Avenue (located on lands designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan). Also to the north are 1-2 storey industrial buildings at 1 Hook Avenue and 11-12 Old Weston Road. The CNR/CPR railway corridor is located beyond Hook Avenue/Old Weston Road to the north.
South: on Dundas Street West is the 3-storey Lucy McCormick Senior School (2717 Dundas Street West) and its associated school yard area. Also to the south is the 1-storey High Park Junior YMCA (2665 Dundas Street West), a community and child care centre.
East: is a private lane and two 3-storey semi-detached dwellings at 2698-2700 Dundas Street West. Beyond these dwellings toward Old Weston Road is a 2-storey mixed-use building with a retail unit on the ground floor, a 1-storey auto repair shop and a 1-storey eating establishment with surface parking area at the intersection.
West: of Watkinson Avenue is a 2 ½ storey mixed-use office and retail building at 2738 Dundas Street West. Dundas-Watkinson Parkette, a small local park, is located to the west of this building at 2742 Dundas Street West. Further west is a newly constructed 7-storey mixed-use building known as “The Duke”.

2639 Dundas Street West city council item July 4th

This application proposes an 8-storey (27.5 metre, including mechanical penthouse) residential building at 2639 Dundas Street West. The proposed development includes 107 units. Forty seven vehicle parking spaces and 192 bicycle parking spaces will be provided within a two-level underground parking garage accessed from Dundas Street West.

This report reviews and recommends approval of the application to amend the Zoning By-law.
The City Planning Division recommends that:

 1. City Council amend Zoning By-law 438-86 for the lands at 2639 Dundas Street West substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment No. 11 to the report (June 18, 2018) from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.
2. City Council amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013 for the lands at 2639 Dundas Street West substantially in accordance with the draft Zoning By-law Amendment attached as Attachment No. 12 to the report (June 18, 2018) from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.
3. City Council authorizes the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Zoning By-law Amendment as may be required.
4. Before introducing the necessary Bills to City Council for enactment, the owner shall be required to:
a. submit a revised Functional Servicing Report and Stormwater Management Report to the satisfaction of the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services; and,
b. enter into a financially secured agreement for the construction of any improvements to the municipal infrastructure, should it be determined that upgrades and road improvements are required to support the development, according to the functional servicing report accepted by the Chief Engineer and Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services.

Junction east of Keele Street gets Heritage Conservation District, while west of Keele St, a far bigger area gets no protection.

The Junction Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study At its meeting on May 13, 2014, Toronto and East York Community Council nominated the Junction (east of Keele Street) for consideration as a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The Junction Heritage Conservation District study area consists of both sides of Dundas Street West between Gilmour Avenue and Humberside Avenue. The subject site is located within the boundary for the proposed Junction HCD.
On January 31, 2018, City Council directed City Planning staff to initiate Phase 1 of the Heritage Conservation District study for the Junction. HCD studies consist of a two part process, and involve a combination of research, field review and analysis, including extensive and meaningful consultation with the community prior to Council considering the designation. At the conclusion of Phase 1, a recommendation is made by staff to the Toronto Preservation Board for the creation of an HCD Plan including a proposed boundary, and/or may recommend other planning tools. This may include the designation of individual properties, creation of urban design guidelines, secondary plans or zoning by-law amendments.
Heritage Preservation Services was circulated on this application. As the study of the proposed Junction Heritage Conservation District has not commenced, staff did not have any comments on the proposed developme

Extreme heat event for the Canada Day long weekend. This is the most significant heat event in the past few years.

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City residential construction dust mitigation report out.

residential construction dust mitigation report highlights.

Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards recommends that:

New By-law

1.   Council establish a Toronto Municipal Code Chapter for dust that is applicable to residential construction.

2.  City Council direct that every person engaging in, permitting, or directing construction activities on residential properties shall comply with the provisions of the Chapter, as set out in the recommendations of this report.

3.    Council mandate that the Dust By-law does not apply to necessary municipal work City, work occurring on commercial and industrial properties, and construction of a multi-residential building, subdivision, or mixed-use development.

4.  City Council mandate that the Dust By-law does not apply to residential demolition projects that have approved demolition permits.

Preventative Measures

5.  City Council direct that the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter for dust include the following:

a.    no person shall cause or permit dust , or direct or cause a person to make dust, occurring   as a result of residential construction activities  that escapes from a residential property where the construction activity occurs and enters another premises;

b.  it is an offence for any person to take any action or fail to take any action that would result in dust under 5a; and

c.  the above does not apply where reasonable preventative measures were taken to prevent dust from escaping a residential property including one, or a combination of, the following dust control measures to the satisfaction of the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards:

i.  wetting the construction material;

ii.  using a wet saw;

iii.  using dustless saw technology;

iv.  tarping or otherwise containing the source of dust;

v.  installing wind fencing or a fence filter;

vi.  using a vacuum attachment when cutting; or

vii.  any other preventative measure deemed by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to be adequate in the mitigation of dust escaping a residential property based on the nature of the activity.

[bmtextbox]As directed by City Council in PG10.1: Strategy for Minimizing the Negative Impacts of Residential Infill Construction Activity, this report recommends the creation of a bylaw to aid in the mitigation of dust created by residential construction activities.
The proposed bylaw would make it mandatory for every person engaging, directing, or permitting residential construction activities to take reasonable measures to mitigate the creation of dust and its impact on neighbouring properties. The bylaw would require that specific actions be taken in order to minimize the generation and distribution of dust. These measures may include using a wet saw, dustless saw technology, a vacuum attachment when cutting, and/or tarping to contain dust. Other measures include wetting construction material and installing wind fencing.
The proposed bylaw would apply to residential properties only. It would not apply to necessary municipal work, large-scale construction projects such as the construction of multi-residential buildings, subdivisions, or mixed use developments, and commercial and industrial properties. It would also exclude residential demolition projects that have an approved demolition permit.
The construction industry plays a key role in the maintenance and revitalization of residential neighbourhoods. However, residential construction has the potential to generate frequent and high levels of dust. The aim of the proposed bylaw is to aid in the mitigation of dust from construction on residential properties. Dust that may have a health or environmental impact will not be regulated by the proposed bylaw, as this type of dust is already regulated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Labour. Toronto Public Health also responds to complaints about dust, if there are health concerns[/bmtextbox]

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You can share your views on the report with the Committee on July 6th, either in-person or through a written deposition. To provide input at Licensing and Standards Committee, please email lsc@toronto.ca or call 416.397.4592. You can find more information about how to provide feedback by following this link

Licensing and Standards Committee

July 6th, 2018, Committee Room 1, City Hall

Meeting starts at 9:30am

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In the Organic Garage July 7th 2018, Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market


 Vegan Social Events Presents: The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market, Saturday, July 7th, 2018
TORONTO, June 19, 2018 – Vegan Social Events is back this summer with The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market, in support of Tree Canada. This exciting event will bring together influencers, media makers, the community and local companies for delicious vegan food, drinks, eco-friendly shopping and more. This event will be held at Organic Garage in the Junction and is open to the public and free to attend from 11 am – 5 pm. Guest speakers including: James Aspey, an Australian Animal Rights Activist who is known for taking a 1-year vow of silence to raise awareness about animal cruelty, and cookbook author Sam Turnbull of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.
What: The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market When: Saturday, July 7, 2018 Where: Organic Garage, 43 Junction Road, Toronto Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Vegan Social Events is proud to partner with Organic Garage, a Canadian grocery store that is dedicated to providing high quality organic products at everyday affordable prices. This event will be held outside their Junction location, overlooking the downtown Toronto skyline, with a view of the CN Tower.
More than 50 vendors will be joining the event to showcase sustainable, environmentally friendly products, including many locally-made items. There will be no shortage of delicious vegan food and drinks. Treat your taste buds to guilt-free eats and treats that will satisfy any craving, while enjoying eco-friendly shopping for cruelty-free and sustainable products. There will also be a raffle in support of Tree Canada, featuring over $1,000 worth of prizes to be won.
 
 This event is proud to feature special guest speaking engagements and panel discussions, including keynote speaker James Aspey, an Australian Animal Rights Activist. James has overcome a battle with leukaemia, an eating disorder, and drug abuse, to become one of the most well-known animal rights activists in the current movement. He is best known for taking a 1-year vow of silence to raise awareness about animal cruelty, in addition to cycling 5,000 km across Australia and being tattooed for 25 hours straight for charity. James will have his sustainably made activism t-shirts available for sale at the event.
This event will also feature special guest Sam Turnbull, a local-Toronto cookbook author and creator of the popular blog, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken and YouTube Channel. Sam will be hosting a talk on how she went vegan coming from a family of chefs, butchers, and hunters. Her talk will be followed by a book signing of her debut cookbook Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized.
In an effort to make this Toronto’s most sustainable event yet, the event organizers are working with the vendors to make this a minimal waste event. Vendors will be considering the environment by limiting the number of boxes, plastic, and other waste that may be produced from their booths. Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers, cutlery, metal/ glass straws, reusable bottles and bags. Every little bit counts!  “We are looking forward to showing Torontonians how easy it is to live a more sustainable life,” says Avra Epstein, Creator of Vegan Social Events. “This event will exemplify the ways in which we can vote with our dollar through our consumer choices, including the food we eat, the clothes we buy, and the lifestyle products that we use, all while supporting local business owners and a worthy charitable cause.”
A portion of the proceeds from this event and all funds raised by the raffle will go to support Tree Canada, a registered charity proudly dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. For 25 years Tree Canada has engaged with communities, governments, corporations, and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. They have proudly planted more than 80 million trees since 1992.
Vegan Social Events is a special events platform created by Avra Epstein, founder of the popular blog Love Wild Live Free. Avra has gained a dedicated following and is passionate about inspiring others to live a sustainable vegan lifestyle. In September 2016, Vegan Social Events hosted the first ever Toronto Vegan Social Event. This event brought together influencers, media makers, and local vendors in celebration and support of the thriving Toronto vegan scene. This event was unique to the vegan community and well received by all who were involved. Since then, Vegan Social Events have completely sold out with line-ups out the door.
SOURCE Vegan Social Events

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Scarlett Road Bridge reconstruction Part 1.


Just the basics as published by the city for this important and historic reno.

2008, the City completed a study to address the safety and traffic operations in the area around the Scarlett Road Bridge. The study recommended making changes to the bridge and surroundings roads in order to improve the road capacity and reduce congestion.

Bridge and Road Improvements

Replacement of the railway bridge above Scarlett Rd and the addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane under the bridge for a total of two lanes in each direction.

  • Lowering of Scarlett Road to allow large vehicles and trucks to pass underneath the bridge.
  • Improved sidewalks under the bridge and at the intersections at Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road and St. Clair Avenue West.
  • Addition of second northbound left turn lane on Dundas Street West and future bike lanes added on both sides of Dundas Street West.
  • New southbound left-turn lane from Scarlett Road to Dundas Street West.
  • New traffic control signal at Gooch Avenue and Dundas Street West and new left-turn lane from Dundas Street West to Gooch Avenue.
  • Road widening for future dedicated bike lanes on Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road.
  • New landscaping and public art.
  • The City is now moving forward with approved plans to reconstruct the bridge and reconfigure the intersection. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and is expected to last approximately three years.

 

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