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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



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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Transit, Politics blog on Transit, Politics talks about the Junction and Go Transit


GO was so preoccupied with opposition in Weston that it failed to take account of the quickly growing population around the rail corridor south of West Toronto Junction.  Aside from the question of daily train movements, GO further alienated residents with a proposal for the Strachan Avenue grade separation that would have created a major barrier within the new King West / Liberty Village community.  This matter was not resolved until intervention by Metrolinx and a compromise solution acceptable to the City of Toronto was adopted.

GO runs popular services, and as a provincial agency it is used to getting more or less what it wants.  Public participation and accommodation have not been GO’s strong suits.

Full article

Go Transit – Electrification Study Update Meeting – Georgetown Corridor

Train passing over an area of the diamond project where the overpass will be.

The update meeting will be held Thursday, May 27th 2010 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Electrification Study progress to date.  The meeting format will consist of a presentation by the Electrification Study Team, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions and offer feedback on the work completed to date.

The construction and the train

Metrolinx drops West Diamond appeal


The Toronto Star is reporting….

In a major victory for Toronto’s Junction community, Metrolinx has agreed to drop its appeal of a decision that limits the amount of noise it can make in the west-end neighborhood.

In December, the CTA ordered GO to limit work hours and use quieter methods at the rail crossing. GO had already implemented quieter technology and shrouds over the pile drivers to try to reduce the noise.

About 85 per cent of the 2,400 piles required have been completed, Thomas said. But the project, which was to have been finished last year, now won’t be done until the end of this year.

link to full story at TS

Thanks to blog reader Helen for bringing to the blogs attention

Destruction Junction

More and more destruction

More and more destruction


These two photos highlight the changes taking place in the north Junction/ upper Junction. (the author cannot not figure out want the area wants to be called- although I sincerely believe it’s simply part of the Junction)

The removal of the Nina Ricci plant that once stood on the open lot pictured above and the almost complete removal of the old Carlton Village Public school as the site in converted into a new police station.

Federal court denies GO/Metrolinx the ability to bypass a federal CTA decision


Toronto Star article

Court upholds order for GO to halt heavy hammer use –
Court upholds order for GO to halt heavy hammer use: Ruling is a victory for residents of the West Toronto Diamond..

February 4, 2010

DiNovo Congratulates Local Residents over Pile-driving Victory

Parkdale-High Park—NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo is sending her heartfelt congratulations to the citizens of the West Toronto Diamond in Toronto’s historic Junction neighborhood.

Last night, the federal court denied GO/Metrolinx the ability to bypass a federal CTA decision stating that Metrolinx’s pile-driving project was causing undue harm to residents of the West Toronto Diamond.

“This is a clear victory for the West Diamond citizens,” said DiNovo.

“The federal court has stated clearly that Metrolinx must listen to the legitimate demands of citizens. Metrolinx has lost their game of using tax dollars to go after tax payers,” added DiNovo.

DiNovo is now calling on GO/Metrolinx and Minister of Transportation Kathleen Wynne to stop the noise up the line and to settle damage claims without wasting more tax dollars.

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Media Inquiries:
Charles Smith (647) 405-1425

Toronto West Diamond grade separation enters onto changing industrial streets

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Monarch Road at Junction Rd as it is now, ripped up and fading from view the roadpath of Weston Rd to the road had been closed for years yet the sidewalk was there so you legally walk along it to the Monarch Rd.  Now with the sidewalk ripped up and the pile driving crew  working right up to side of old flour mill offices the change is permanent and drastic.

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

Today we have a post sent in by a blog reader (Patrick), I watched the video, it is quite interesting.

Heres the text he sent along with the link

As a Junction resident (Mulock Avenue), I’m obviously VERY concerned about the pile-driving and destructive plans for the rails.  Today I happened to watch a fantastic presentation on “geo-medicine”, which makes the case for attention to where you live, being as important as your genes, your diet, your exercise, etc.25-01-2010 2-59-41 PM

Not especially damning for the project, but definitely useful in explaining the situation:

1st Roncesvalles Ave now Weston Road in Mount Dennis, what about the Junction?

Revitalization of Weston Road in Mount Dennis before the council

Etobicoke-York Community Council:

1.         Directed the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District, in consultation with the General Manager of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, to report to its February 9, 2010 meeting on the feasibility of establishing a Community Improvement Plan for Weston Road in Mount Dennis.

2.         Referred the following motion to the Planning and Growth Management Committee:

“That the Planning and Growth Management Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to ensure that the Avenue Study planned for Weston Road between Ray Avenue and Humber Boulevard (and including Eglinton Avenue West to Black Creek Drive and Black Creek Drive from Eglinton Avenue West to Trethewey Drive), is scheduled for study in 2010.”

Background Information
January 12, 2010 motion

Toronto West Diamond grade separation class action lawsuit meeting

MPP Cheri DiNovo’s  class action lawsuit  at her office at 3136 Dundas Street West 7pm  tonight

Thursday, January 7th, 2010


Thursday, January 14th, 2010

395 Weston Rd fire repairs (corrected post)

396 weston rd


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The automotive repair business at  393 Old Weston Rd was heavy damaged by fire in summer 2009, now extensive repairs have started.

Junction related articles in other media today


Toronto Star article by Joe Fiorito

Fiorito: Metrolinx diesels are dirty,

ugly and NOISY

 full story link

Residents have say on day nurseries

Toronto City Council enacted the bylaw in May of this year, which will remain in effect until May 2010. During this time, city staff is conducting a study of the area bound by Glenlake Avenue to the south, Dundas Street West to the north, the rear lot lines of properties fronting the west side of High Park Avenue to the west and the rear lot lines of properties fronting the east side of High Park Avenue to the east. The study's purpose is to evaluate appropriate standards and regulations for transforming residential homes into day nurseries. The purpose of Monday night's meeting at Annette Recreation Centre, said Senior Planner Philip Carvalino, was to get feedback from community members  "so we have a better understanding of the impacts felt or perceived."

Currently zoned industrial land owner seeks change to retail use

30 weston rd meeting AM

DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber
399 The West Mall, Toronto M9C 2Y2

Read the offical notice over at the


Canadian Holiday Train comes to the Junction for the second year in a row.


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Councillor Bill Saundercook hosted the CPR Railroad and local police in his office today making preparations for the evening  the train visits the Junction. Mr Saundercook spearheaded getting trains here last year moving it here from its downtown stopping place, which took him a number of years. The blog knows he does it for the community but we also think he like the people who attended last year that the  entertainment is great and that the trains are neat too.

about the train…

At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

This is the 11th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S. To date, we’ve helped raise $4 million and 2 million pounds of food with our Holiday Train program.

From the initial partnership with the National Food sharing program this was a new idea formed in 1999.That December, CP began running a freight train decorated with thousands of Christmas lights across Canada, to raise awareness of the issue of hunger prevalent in all communities. In 2001, CP launched a second Holiday Train in the United States.

The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction as part of it’s US and | Canadian tour Toronto – December 1st – 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., 87 Ethel Avenue, adjacent to RONA

Entertainers on the Canadian train include the Odds, an alternative rock bank, bringing their energy and full voiced harmonies to the Holiday Train stage for the first time. They will be joined by Shaun Verrault of the Canadian blues-rock trio Wide Mouth Mason.

CPR Holiday Train Photo Essay of last years visit (opens in new tab)