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Save Humbertown? – Humbertown shopping centre that is…

Humbertown a courtyard strip plaza north of Dundas St W. On Royal York Rd. which is regarded as a shopping enclave by the community surrounding it, is heading for a possible redevelopment . The details of which are in the following paragraph. The  Humber Valley Village Residents Association (HVVRA) is not against the redevelopment of Humbertown Shopping Centre, but not a development of this magnitude. To direct the redevelopment outcome to what the group says are the priorities of the community, they are running  an ongoing and  resource campaign that can be seen here and here
below is the current proposal, the site sates their is a new one coming
a 40% increase in retail space (from 111,000 square feet to 160,000 square feet)
• a 250% increase in office space
•an addition of 650 – 700 new condominium units (in five new high-rise buildings up to 210′ or 21 storeys tall)
• a 180% increase in parking (from 500 current above-ground spaces to 1,400 spaces, most underground)
•a 660% increase in total floor space (from 129,000 square feet to 877,200 square feet).
Developer image below of redevelopment.

sat map Google of the area

The Save Humbertown site


Plazza current details

270 The Kingsway, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 3T7

Major Intersection:
Dundas Street West / Royal York Road

Square Feet:
135,000 Total

Major Tenants:

Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Royal Bank of Canada, LCBO, Scotiabank, Bulk Barn , Second Cup

Toronto GJA Councillors: Office Expense Reporting 2010 to 2011..oh the changes


During 2011 new councillors aimed and accomplished the reduction of their office budgets of their old counter parts, while returning councillors greatly reduced their spending. Is this all  simply political thrift, that has come about by the seeming dissatisfaction with the politicos running the city, or do the people really want their elected people saving ten to twenty thousand dollars of their office budget.

Considering that these budgets are used by the councillor to service their electors. Is there simply grater loss than the saving of the funds.


below the blog has captured the 2010 and 2011 spending amounts of the area councillors.


Descriptive text from City web site…

Each Councillor has an office expense budget to pay for expenses that are allowable under the Councillor Expense Policy. City Council, at its meeting of April 15, 2010, approved a 5% reduction in the office expense budget for each Councillor. The annual budget of $53,100 has been reduced to $50,445. As 2010 is an election year, Councillors are allocated 11/12ths of the approved office expense budget until the end of the Council term, November 30, 2010, therefore each Councillor has an office expense budget of $46,241.25. The remaining 1/12th of the budget is allocated to December for returning Councillors. New Councillors also receive 1/12th of the allocation, $4,203.75 for the month.The Mayor has an annual operating budget approved by Council. Expenses disclosed relate to non-salary expenditures from this budget.



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Budget with Councillors Perks and Doucette Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor Street West)


Councillors Perks and Doucette (Ward 1) are holding roundtable meetings hosting on the upcoming City of Toronto Budget.

The Councillors are saying the meeting is a workshop with residents and community leaders about how to protect and build the essential services which make Toronto great. Topics to include city services and delivering and funding same.

Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Place: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor Street West), in the 3rd floor staff room.

They want people register though Councillor Perks’ Office. by e-mailing or calling 416-392-7919.

What they have… we don’t in community building resources

The reason for the trip to the Bloordale area today was to visit Nelison Park Creative Centre, a place for families and children, a making place for kids, a leaning environment for everyone for everyone.

A gallery, a community meeting place ringing with light sounds from adult classes and kids summer events, which I can hear as I sit in the gallery.

Why provide you with all this information about a building and it’s community two citys wards away and blocks from the Junction? Well the local police will move from their current building on 209 Mavety St in the next month or so.

When · 11 Division, on Mavety St. leaves the city will offer the building internally to any department in need of it. Or worse sell it! .. For development, to private businesses for use.

Yet this blog believes the community should have the building for it’s own uses. In our ward the community has a very special place in the area of Swansea the Swansea Town Hall. This building is wonderful for the community, ward 13’s current councillor came out the town hall, undoubtedly having community gain opinions and knowledge of her while she worked there. What a great way to see the values and operational skills of a future politician.

Yet it is not of the Junction, Swansea Town Hall. It’s too far for families to walk to. Activities and needs for the local people probably differ in many ways. The Junction is much more urban and industrially gritty than Sawnsea. Further the Junction is strip community straddling a rail network.

The Junction consisting of the Upper Junction and lower Junction could benefit greatly from the conversion of the police station into community use.

What could it be like … Here are a few photos of the Nelison Park Creative Centre in Bloordale. Left out are images of the activity rooms as they were occupied with people.