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Video of Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Published on Apr 28, 2016

A mostly complete video of Metrolinx’s meeting regarding the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation on April 27 2016, at St. Sebastien Catholic School 

by Vic Gedris.

The Symes Rd train Wall

“When the wall was built originally it suppose to serve as a sound wall. Now that there is no track behind it something should be done to reduce its height. 100 Symes now has 15+ businesses including a brewery (Rainhart) + Sports gym (Monkey Vault). People are getting lost driving around trying to figure out how to get across. A simple rail will do to prevent traffic.”

As a sound barrier wall from the train noise, the wall had a a very short life. The land that was the rain tracks was then sold to St Helens Meat packers which uses it as a parking lot for their employees. The wall most probably belongs to the City of Toronto, or the development if the houses built on the sound side of the wall at are some type of condo development.

The best solution to increased traffic on the south side of the wall now that is looking for 100 Symes Rd. would be directional signage.

However the wall does present a rather special iconic reuse that retains the memory of the tracks that once fed the Canada Packers site.



Sarah Doucette , Frances Nunziata, , Joe Mihevc are the only 3 GJA single registrants for City Councillor the 2014 election in their wards

CofT grants Auth Permiting Install of Stand-Alone Cell Antenna Poles – how they voted


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Rogers Communications proposed pole drawing

City of Toronto is granting the  Authority to  cellular companies  to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles. 

The staff report for this City Council Decision contained an extraordinary amount of letters from organizations and residents, the large number of concerned people prompted the posting of the item.

In a simple sentence the telecommunications companies that supply services such as cellular telephone service want to install their own poles on the city streets to gain a wider footprint for their services. The companies now place  there equipment and masts on private buildings and property. Now the will use the public streets.

Below are some extracts from the city documents concerning the decision. the voting record of the elected members of the GJA is pictured below 1st.

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so that Section 1.1 now reads:

“The City will evaluate the location based on the following criteria with the preferred locations being:

• Arterial roads versus residential streets; based on the City’s review poles may be located on streets where the right-of-way is 36m or greater;
• Locations adjacent to industrial areas;
• Flankage streets. If no flankage street exists, locations which will minimize impacts to view corridors; avoid view terminus and intersections;
• A preferred clearance of 20 metres from structures greater than nine metres in height;
• Locations that are not directly in front of a window, doorway, balcony or the frontage of a residence;
• Any other locations will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
• The placement of more than one antenna within a one-block radius shall not be permitted, except on a case-by-case basis;
• A pedestrian clearance of 2.10 metres is required;
• The antenna pole locations and associated infrastructure must not impede on the City’s ability to plant trees in the right-of-way; and
• The antenna pole location and associated infrastructure should not impede the ability of adjacent commercial properties to establish a boulevard or flankage patio.”

5. City Council direct that the following conditions apply to the authority provided to the General Manager, Transportation Services by Parts 1 and 2 above:

a. Rogers and/or any of the Other Carriers (the “Licensees”) shall enter into a licence agreement in accordance with Parts 6 and 7 below;

b. the Licensees shall develop, in consultation with City Planning Urban Design staff and Transportation Services Public Realm staff design aesthetics for proposed pole attachments that are satisfactory to the City’s Director of Urban Design and Transportation Services Director of Public Realm;

c. proposed Pole locations must comply with the “Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines”, established by the General Manager of Transportation Services, as Appendix B to the report (October 11, 2013) from the General Manager, Transportation Services; and

d. the Licensees must pay an application fee for each location reviewed to ensure compliance with the placement criteria.

above from this document

links  info at the city site to all the documents publicly available

Background Information (Committee)
(October 11, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Telecommunications – Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 1 – Major Terms and Conditions for Pole Licences
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 2 – Antenna Pole and Utility Cabinet Sketches
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 3 – Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines



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The city has published a study area overview,


…./and it really is necessary read if you live BESIDE THE TRACKS: as they call the publication.

all copies below  are hosted at this blog

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The cities background file at the city site and at this blog backgroundfile-63438


The motion can be found through the following website link:
A webpage has been created for this Study. It is found at the following website link: (not working at present Nov 28 2013)

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Like most of Toronto’s inner city rail corridors, the Georgetown
Rail Corridor along the west edge of Ward 18 has been
evolving and needs a new blueprint for the 21st century. This
area reflects the general character and demographics of Ward
18. It is diverse in its uses, building forms, range of housing
and rich cultural communities. Increasingly new development
is beginning to fill in some of the vacant and underutilized lots.
At the request of City Council, City Planning, in consultation
with other Divisions, has conducted an area-wide review
of lands abutting the CN railway that forms the western
boundary of Ward 18. The Study:
• identifies potential locations for new parks and open
spaces and/or the expansion of existing parks and open
• reviews the transportation network, including the
potential for reconfiguration and expansion of the public
road network;

reviews potential improvements to the pedestrian
and bicycle network, including the expansion of, and
connections to, the West Toronto Rail Path;
• identifies deficiencies in community services in the area;
• is complementary to the Municipal Comprehensive
Review now underway as part of the 5-year Official Plan



A post to suggest why you should visit the Junction Triangle blog frequently

The blog is one of the best hyper local blogs in the city. Not visiting it will diminish your thoughtful milieu. 🙂


Below are 2 outtakes of their recent posts with links to the original posts.

Bloor GO Station – temporary relocation

April 8, 2013 – 9:17pm — Anonymous

For all those of you who use the Bloor GO Station, note that as of afternoon service this Thursday (April 11), the GO Trains will stop at the new platform which is north of the existing platform (access via the railpath, from Ernest Ave). So Thursday afternoon you will disembark at the new platform, and on Friday morning you need to board there too until further notice.

More information available at: sadly there is no map posted there to clarify things. See the ones posted at the station.)




Junction Triangle Traffic Management Plan – Feb 2013 Draft


The Junction Triangle Traffic Management Committee is ready to present their finalized traffic management plan to the local community.
Over the past year, committee members have worked very hard with my office and Transportation Services staff on a traffic management plan for the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. The purpose of this exercise was to find solutions for various resident traffic related concerns, which include: increased traffic volumes due to non-local traffic in the neighbourhood, as well as speeding.
Please join us for the release of the final traffic management plan and provide us with your input., or call (416) 392-7012.
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Time: 6:30 p.m.
St. Luigi’s Catholic School, 2 Ruskin Avenue, in the gymnasium on the main floor
For any inquiries, please feel free to, or call (416) 392-7012.
Per informazioni in italiano, chiamate Michael Vieira 416-338-5277.
Para información en español llame a Anna Kral 416-338-5273.

Six City of Toronto City Council members write Minister of Transportation urging to commit to electrify rail corridor



Text of letter sent,


April 2, 2013

Hon. Glen Murray

Minister of Transportation
Corporate Correspondence Unit
3rd Floor, 77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8

Dear Minister Murray,

We, the undersigned members of Toronto City Council, wish to formally request the electrification of the Georgetown Air Rail Link and to remind the Minister that two years ago this past March, Toronto City Council adopted a motion requesting that the Minister of Transportation immediately explore options to electrify this rail corridor in advance of the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Additionally, this April marks the one year anniversary of Council’s request to the Premier of Ontario to add a minimum of eight additional stops to the Air-Rail Link and strong support for ensuring ticket affordability along the Georgetown Corridor in order to promote local ridership.

We, the undersigned, also recognize the report of the Toronto Board of Health, which compared a rail service using the proposed Tier 4 diesel engines to a service with different levels of electrification. Looking at five factors – environment and health, user benefits/quality of life, social and community, economic, financial, and deliverability – the study concluded that electric trains provided opportunities for an improved service with lower running costs, and that electrification was currently cost-effective for the Lakeshore and Georgetown corridors.

As the local Councillors representing the areas and residents directly affected by the Air Rail Link’s diesel trains, we also support the Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations, that;

1. the Board of Health urge the Minister of Transportation to provide secure and dedicated funding to electrify the GO Transit rail service as soon as possible, starting with the Georgetown and Lakeshore corridors; and

2. the Board of Health request the Government of Ontario commit to electrification of the entire GO Transit rail service.

As you are no doubt aware, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved the electrification of these rail lines in 2011. Now we urge you to join with local residents, councillors, Toronto City Council, the Toronto Board of Health, and numerous other organizations to formally announce secure and dedicated funds for the electrification of the GO Rail system as soon as possible.


The Economist reports, Toronto city council has succumbed to political gridlock

Well the Economist newspaper has published a listing of our mayors trips and falls and thrown in a bit about our detached from necessity city council, for all the world to see.

Not to paste up everything we have all followed and endured with the council of shambles, the blog has pasted below some insight – as the Economist usually injects into its stories some real information and ideas about our city.


excerpt of insight from the article below full article here

But some of his fellow councillors want Mr Ford to step aside temporarily to curtail the uncertainty at city hall. The council could call a by-election or appoint a temporary mayor. Mr Ford’s term has been “a constant sideshow of litigation, gaffes and a distracting focus on high-school football,” said Josh Matlow, who represents a central ward. If the city council is to deal with Toronto’s problems, “this circus” must come to an end, he added.

Stand on the platform at St Andrew subway station in the city centre and Toronto’s problems are evident. The walls are grimy, and sections of vinyl panelling are missing. Renovations begun in 2009 are unfinished. Chronic underfunding of an overburdened public-transport network, and the council’s lengthy wrangling over a new plan have created a shabby and truncated subway that is unfit for the world-class metropolis Toronto claims to be. Although several new light-rail lines funded by Ontario’s provincial government are being built, the lack of public transport means that more than 70% of Torontonians with jobs drive to work. They face longer journey times than commuters in car-obsessed Los Angeles.

A second problem is that, whereas Chicago and other American cities have turned their waterfronts into attractive, accessible public areas, Toronto’s is hidden by a wall of apartment towers and separated from the city by an elevated expressway. Last year Mr Ford withdrew the city’s support for a redevelopment plan endorsed by the previous council as well as the provincial and federal governments, which both own parcels of lakefront land. He wanted to replace a proposed park with a mega-mall and a giant Ferris wheel. After much debate and delay, the city has reverted to the original plan.

Toronto still ranks highly on international lists of desirable places to live. But its politicians’ inability to come to grips with its problems is alienating some admirers. Richard Florida, an American urban guru who moved to Toronto in 2007, says the city is now “a more divided and contentious place, its once enviable social cohesion at risk, a growing split pitting downtown against the suburbs”.

Changes for the summer of 2013 in Carlton Park meeting Monday, December 3rd, 7:45PM at St. Sebastien Catholic School

From Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao‘s post to the Carlton Park People’s Auxiliary facebook page: and from the Junction Triangle Site which is a great Greater Junction Area blog to follow

images of the park currently and detail in full post.

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City council approves, donations to groups for use of space for a Town Hall meeting if the organization does not charge rent for their facility


Text of change

1. Councillor donations to community groups be an ineligible expense with the exception of donations to groups for use of space for a Town Hall meeting if the organization does not charge rent for their facility and Section 5 (Allowable Expenses) of the Councillor Expense Policy dated May, 2012 (Attachment 6 of the report (May 29, 2012) from the Deputy Mayor and the City Clerk), be amended accordingly.

Vote (Amend Item)
Jul-11-2012 8:02 PM

Result: Carried


Majority Required – EX21.9 – Motion 8 – Doucette (raised motion)
Yes: 26 Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
No: 17 Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

6 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Lost)
That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 1 with respect to donations to community groups and instead adopt the original proposed policy, in Section 5, Appendix 6 of the Councillor Expense Policy, as follows:

“That Community Expense – Donation to Community Groups be an eligible expense category.”

Vote (Amend Item)
Jul-11-2012 8:00 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required – EX21.9 – Motion 6 – Fragedakis
Yes: 21 Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
No: 22 Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Absent: 2 Frank Di Giorgio, Ron Moeser

7 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor John Filion (Carried)

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Budget issues affecting the Greater Junction Area by Toronto Council Jan 17 2012