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Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


All text below from

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Today public use meeting an extremely important save the EX for the community meeting

 

see this post for complete details 


Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


All text below from

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

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
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63448.pdf)
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 1 – Major Terms and Conditions for Pole Licences
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63556.pdf)
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 2 – Antenna Pole and Utility Cabinet Sketches
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63557.pdf)
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 3 – Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63558.pdf)

 

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”.

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