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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.

Old time trains web site updated March `1st, a site with much about the Junction railroad history 2016-03-02 17-26-27

 2016 is the 16th years for the site


My all time favorite article on the site is the HISTORY OF PRIVATE SIDINGS article which lists private railroad sidings of the past for the city, the article lists a lot of sidings that were in the Junctions.

Here is a link to their update page.


362 Wallace Ave – development proposal by Somerset Wallace Developments includes light industrial units.

362 wallace avenue toronto - actual Maps

362 wallace avenue toronto - Google Maps

25, 2-storey light industrial units

169 stacked townhouse units

a successful grouping?

As many readers of this blog are aware, one of the premises of the blog is to support Mixed-use development – one of light industrial, creative and service  entities as a viable regeneration scheme for the Greater Junction Area coupled with a mixed tenure residential population  – areas with an economically diverse population.

Such mixed places provide balanced – environmentally sound  local economies in turn supporting local employment   public services, such as parks and  schools, than do areas  which uniformly, specially harbor residential, commercial, culture into specific area pockets which are widely dispersed.

…from the city Background Report

Fronting on the west side of this new north/south road, 25, 2-storey light industrial units
are proposed with 58 parking spaces provided underground. These units are permitted
under the current Official Plan designation and the current zoning.

On the east side of the new north/south road are 169 stacked townhouse units, 12.5
metres in height, 3 blocks of which are located north of the MaCaulay Avenue extension
and 6 blocks located south of the extension. All the townhouses face either north or
south, with those on the perimeter of the blocks facing the streets and those on the
interior of the site facing pedestrian walkways.

All 177 resident parking spaces are provided underground with driveway access off Ruskin and Wallace Avenues. Twenty- six visitor parking are proposed to be located below grade and eight are located at-grade
on the new public streets. A 450 square metre community centre is proposed to be located at the southeast corner of
Ruskin Avenue a

from the developers counsel…

City Staff are recommending the conversion of the Site from Employment Areas to

Neighbourhoods with a General
Employment Areas designation being maintained adjacent to the railway corridor on the
west side of the Site. City Staff are also proposing Site and Area Specific Policy No. 419 for
the Site, which will permit residential uses subject to a number of conditions.

…more from the city Background Report

Site and Surrounding Area The irregular shaped site was previously used as a paint factory. All the buildings on the
site have been demolished and site remediation has taken place, details of which are
discussed in the Phase I Environmental report submitted with the application.

The site is located on the east side of the Lower Galt Subdivision rail line, between Ruskin and
Wallace Avenues.

North: To the north of the site, on the north side of Ruskin Avenue is the Toronto Hydro
Junction Substation and low scale, semi-detached houses.

East: To the east of the site are detached and semi-detached houses fronting on Ruskin, MaCaulay and Wallace Avenues.

South: To the south of the site, on the south side of Wallace Avenue is a converted
industrial building containing 38 residential units and a new townhouse
development with 134 units.

West: To the west of the site is the West Toronto Railpath and the Lower Galt
Subdivision rail line which contains both the GO Milton line and the GO
Georgetown line

Junction Railways CN and CPR report higher income for 3rd Quarter over last year.


CNthird-quarter net income of C$705 million (US$685 million), or C$1.67 (US$1.62) per diluted share, up about 6% from C$664 million, or C$1.52 per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2012.


CPR…Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, reported third-quarter net income of C$324 million (US$312.5 million), or C$1.84 (US$1.77) per diluted share, noting it was a record. Results beat CP’s 3Q12 income of C$224 million or C$1.30 per share.

The CPR was also promtoing the operating raio of 65.9% as the operating ratio in company history



Ubisoft’s Toronto headquarters on Wallace Avenue, of course they would come to a part of the Greater Junction Area, The Junction Triangle

Above logo of a truly spot on thinking firm.

The Junction Triangle has it all,  it terms of seedy unused rail sidings, old deeply historical industrial buildings, and quick access to the “downtown” of Toronto.

Soon it will a easy to grab a  shuttle  to the airport by train. Parts of the triangle are in the west side of the Bloor St. subway line.

The triangle also has a great share of  the old time restaurants that have populated the area for years and excelled at creating great ethic food and new restaurants from the huge all Junction areas  restaurant boom.

The Greater Junction Area is the best place to plop down your new light technological business, your engineering practice, your towering vertical farm, your new Bauhaus movement, well you get the idea.

Where would Ubisoft find everything it needs and wants in Toronto other that the Greater Junction Area. Nooooooooooooowhere!

All text below from this article, click here to visit citynews site for full story
Ubisoft’s Toronto headquarters on Wallace Avenue. YONGE STREET MEDIA.


Located in the heart of the Junction Triangle, Ubisoft Toronto currently occupies the old General Electric plant on 224 Wallace Avenue. It is one of 26 worldwide studios operated by Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., a video game developer and publisher based out of Montreuil, France.

The Toronto studio, which officially opened towards the end of 2009, was made possible when the Government of Ontario agreed to contribute $263-million in tax incentives and subsidies over the course of ten years to help offset the cost starting up a new game development operation.

On a more-local level, the hope is that the company can replicate in Toronto the success it experienced in Montreal. As with its Toronto studio, Ubisoft was persuaded to come to Montreal when the provincial government of Quebec agreed to a generous subsidy plan. Since it was founded in 1997, Béland’s old workplace has grown to employ more than 2,300 individuals, making it one of the largest game development houses in North America.

Béland says the fortunes of the studio’s neighbourhood, Montreal’s historic Mile End district, have changed significantly as well. What used to be a neighbourhood down on its luck is now one of Montreal’s most vibrant. Ubisoft and the individuals that come every day to work at its Toronto office have already had a similar effect on the Junction Triangle.


The disappearing street curbs of the greater Junction Area.



Ever notice that the curbs in the Junction are disappearing with the rising levels of road paving material and the build up every time they do remedial road surface work.

For a long time the city ripped up the old road surface and laid down new underlayment and asphalt.

Most Junction streets have not been resurfaced in this manner for over 2 decades, they have had the surface ground and overlaid with a thin liquid re-coating. This Slurry Seal it is a mixture of emulsion, aggregate, water and mineral filler applied to an asphalt surface, but now, in most cases this seal usefulness has been worn away.

The curbs in many streets that a car or truck can simply roll over the curb with little speed.
How curbs lead to greater safety.

While most curbs are psychological deterrent to drivers than a barrier to vehicles. Cars are only redirected at low speeds and shallow glancing angles.

It does make a difference in traffic speeds. A recent study found that streets with curbs and sidewalks have average speeds 7 mph less than similar roads without curbs or sidewalks. To put this into perspective, at 25 mph, a pedestrian has an 80% chance of surviving getting hit by a car. At 35 mph, it’s 50%. At 45 mph, the chances of living are only 20%. Slowing traffic down dramatically increases safety.


from wikipedia …

A curb (US English), or kerb (UK English), is the edge where a raisedpavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median, or road shoulder meets an unraised street or otherroadway.


Curbs may fulfill any or several of a number of functions. They separate the road from the roadside, discouraging drivers from parking or driving on sidewalks and lawns. They also provide structural support to the pavement edge. Curbs can be used to channel runoff waterfrom rain, or melted snow and ice into storm drains. There is also an aesthetic aspect, in that curbs look formal and “finished”.

Since curbs add to the cost of a road, they are generally limited to urban and suburban areas, and are rarely found in rural areas except where certain drainage conditions (such asmountains or culverts) make them necessary. Curbs are not universally used, however, even in urban settings (see living street).

best curb site anywhere on the internets

Are suspended coffees available in the Junction?


This blog author  always thought suspended coffees were available in the Junction, not being a coffee drinker, and thus only entreating into a coffee shop one or twice a year, I never saw someone suspend a coffee. Today the The Star newspaper has reported on the practice in a big way.

Is it hat new to the city?images

what is it? …people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal. From QUORA


Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse in the Junction Triangle – Ontario Heritage Act

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In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act
R.S.O. 1990 Chapter 0.18
City of Toronto, Province of Ontario

Notice of passing of by-law

948 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue and now known as 31 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse)
Take Notice that the Council of the City of Toronto has passed By-law No. 165-2013, to amend By-law No. 1415-2012 being a by-law to designate the property formerly known municipally as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue and now known as 31 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse) as being of cultural heritage value or interest, to correct a typographical error in the municipal address.

Dated at Toronto, this 5th day of March, 2013.

Ulli S. Watkiss
City Clerk

30 Powerhouse Avenue: Canada Foundry Company Office Building Descriptive Information The property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue is worthy of designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, and meets the criteria for municipal designation prescribed by the Province of Ontario under the three categories of design, associative and contextual values. Located on the northeast corner of Powerhouse Avenue and Foundry Avenue, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building (1902) is a four-storey industrial building. The site was listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004. Statement of Cultural Heritage Value The Canada Foundry Company Office Building has design value as a representative example of an early 20th century industrial building that forms part of a surviving collection of structures associated with the manufacturing site. The Office Building is associated with the Canada Foundry Company, a subsidiary of the Canadian General Electric Company, which constructed the building on its 60-acre (25- hectare) tract to manufacture a range of steel and cast iron products, including steam
locomotives, railway tracks and turntables, bridge components, elevator cages, fences, staircases and architectural ornaments. Known as the Davenport works, CGE produced electrical transformers on the site for nearly 60 years. Contextually, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building is historically and visually related to its surroundings where, with the adjoining Canada Foundry Company Warehouse and Powerhouse, it is a surviving example of the industrial complex that filled the area southwest of Davenport Road and Lansdowne Avenue for most of the 20th century.

Heritage Attributes The heritage attributes of the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue are: The four-storey office building The scale, form and massing of the structure with its rectangular-shaped plan The materials, with brick cladding and detailing The flat roofline that is decorated with corbelled brickwork The brick piers that symmetrically organize the segmental-arched window openings with voussoirs and sills.

On the principal (north) façade, the three-part frontispiece with corbelled brickwork On the north, east and south elevations, the piers that organize round-arched openings that rise the equivalent of two-stories and contain door and window openings The west wall that originally adjoined the landmark smokestack (now demolished)



This report recommends that City Council state its intention to designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Office Building) and the properties known municipally in the year 2011 as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse). The properties were listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004. As part of the development agreement for the site, the owners have agreed to the designation of the properties. The adjoining property at 1100 Lansdowne Avenue, containing the Canada Foundry Company Warehouse, was designated under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2008 and is also protected by a Heritage Easement Agreement secured between the City of Toronto and the property owners in 2005. RECOMMENDATIONS
The City Planning Division recommends that: 1. City Council state its intention to designate the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Office Building) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.Staff report for action – Lansdowne and Powerhouse Properties – Intention to Designate 2


The properties at the southwest corner of Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road were originally developed for the Canada Foundry Company, which became a subsidiary of the Canadian General Electric Company and the site of the company’s Davenport Works. Canada Square Developments acquired the properties in 1985. The former warehouse at 1100 Lansdowne has been converted to a residential condominium, while the northwest quadrant of the site has been redeveloped with townhouses. With the current demolition of a second large-scale warehouse at 940 Lansdowne and the planned redevelopment of the south part of the properties, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building at 30 Powerhouse Lane and the Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse on the south side of Powerhouse Lane (where in 2011 it is part of the lands identified as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue) remain surviving heritage buildings from the original Canada Foundry Company complex. The owners have agreed to their designation as part of the development agreement for the site. When the development is completed, the powerhouse will be assigned a permanent street number

Minister of Transportation commit to electrification of the air rail link by 2017



…was going to write this up but Ms. DiNovo statement says it all, its important to remember she was also there for the residents during the pile driving, helping too.


On March 4th bowing to pressure from all of us we heard the Minister of Transportation commit to electrification of the air rail link by 2017. Let’s hold his feet to the fire on this! Keep up the pressure by emailing Minister of Transportation Glen Murray at and ask him to provide us with a detailed plan and funding for electrification of the ARL.


the image8528314405_e023bd484a is from her too,




Ruskin Ave and Edwin Ave unique houses

Characteristically different house design can abound in the Greater Junction Area. These few house meet that determination. The blog looked through its large collection of printed and ebooks for style characterization for this grouping of houses, but could not find one.

The stepping of the house on the lots really provides a distinctive removal from the common method of running the houses straight with the street. Rather nice.

Morrow Ave. the most beautiful redefined street in the greater Junction Area?

Morrow Ave has been transformed over the last 15 years from the industrial street it was to a series of redefined buildings. These buildings now redeveloped house an art gallery of much merit, a loft development project and a series of other thought based businesses types. Oh yes and wonder Home Hardware.

This avenue is really worth a stroll particularly in Sunday’s when it’s quite quiet and the parked car and weekday business bustle is absent.

Here a little photo tour.

Click Image for go to Google maps highlighting this area

Junction Rd / Weston Rd shutdown to last for months more.

The west Toronto Diamond separation projection will keep the Junction Rd / Weston Rd roadway shutdown to last for months more.

This section of the airport rail link involves the construction of a major underpass where one railroad track will pass over another.

Historically the trains traveled over trackage that crossed each other at a level crossing, requiring one train to stop while another passed.

All this construction will remove this rail travel limitation.

The congestion this construction causes it appears to be a major headache for the local police who have to come down to southern part of their division by Keele St only.

The reopening of the Junction Rd / Weston Rd way will allow the police a much quicker travel way into the south end of their division.

So what’s the work at the Junction Rd / Weston Rd diamond separate now.

Here are a number of photographs of the site currently. The large round objects are the concrete filled steel tubes that will
form the barrier wall as the dig out the ground to form the underpass.

The following images are of sound deadening shrouds used during the driving in of the steel piles.

The blog intends to put a page of all the image being sent in once the uploading issue presently troubling the blog is fixed.

No window bars please

Why some retailers and commercial building owners see and feel the need to have windows bars fitted to the shop windows of their buildings is odd.

This happens throughout the Greater Junction Area. It is really unnecessary, as smash and grabs are almost unknown here, even during the period of “The Decline” in economic activity in the year.

And with today’s prosperity in the GJA this activity only harms that area the community, especially the residential sector. It causes passers by to get that chilly fright of a risky area, which we are not.

Isn’t it time we let these shops and building owners know we don’t what these window bars blighting our visual views and the living character of our streetscape.

In the following images the black painted shop with the window bars is in the Junction Triangle and the other store is on the Dundas St strip.



Storage fire in Osler Ave. leaves empty lot where historic building stood recently.

The new view of the Dodge Pulley site, without the building.


Junction Triangle light industrial studio building sets pace needed.

Needed, more buildings for light industrial and design and art studios thoughout the greater Junction Area.

To create a vibrant community there must be opportunities for healthy living, good employment, new businesses creation and involved residents.

In the piles of renewed urbanization studies that abound, a common finding is that residents then employment then new creative industrials, be they skilled and tech manufacturing or culture based services followed by general retailing are the path to a healthy growing community.

Throughout the area we need to support such building use.

The images above such a building in the Junction Triangle clearly show the building can be developed and managed well.