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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.


CPR Canadian Holiday Train in the Junction Monday, November 30, 2015 8:15pm



CPR Holiday Train


​750 Runnymede Road,

in front of Lambton Yard

arrival 8:15 PM        performance 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

performers Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott


The wonderful CPR holiday Train is coming, sadly this blog author will not be there, but if you go you will have a great time.


all text below CPR


​​​What’s a Holiday Train event like?

A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.  The whole event lasts about 30 minutes, and once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop. 

Please make sure that you keep a safe distance away from the train so we can safely continue our journey.




elsewhere local below, Monday, November 30, 2015


​Oshawa 680 Laval Drive – Behind Walmart, off Stevenson Road South​ 4:30 PM 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott
​Hamilton ​Western approach to Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park 7:45 PM 8:00 PM – 8:40 PM Kira Isabella and Wes Mack


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



GO Transit Service Walking Tours – June 12, 6

GO Transit Service Walking Tours – June 12, 6:00pm

GO walking tours are back! Join members of the West Toronto Diamond project team as we walk and talk about the ongoing construction, and what it means for your community.

West Toronto Diamond Tour
Wednesday, June 12 – Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Meet at 18 Hook Avenue, Suite 204 (Community Office)

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


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,




CPR Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction Saturday, December 01, 2012



The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction

Saturday, December 01, 2012

5:30 p.m., 750 Runnymede Rd,

in front of CP Lambton yard office,

Entertainers on the Canadian train include Doc WalkerMiss Emily, and theBrothers Dube.



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

Dream Bakery for the Junction

here goes…

While we have a Vegan bakery- Bunners for which the community is so lucky, and which many people consider a luxury, there are many of us that are not so inclined to vegetarianism nor always super healthy treats or breads.   We have lots of emtpy store fronts in the Junction even whole  buildings, many of which would be great spaces for producing   beautiful, naturally leavened whole-grain bread, delectable seasonal preserves, and granola for all of us (ok not this author) crunchy-granola types! say one with a milling room where we can purchase fresh milled flour own flour from local grower farms. Plus, a wood-fired brick oven that can also be fired with biomass briquettes manufactured from spent grain from one of the local micro brewery’s that are opening in the area, such as the Indie Ale House.

Operationally for success this would probably have to be a licensed  commercial kitchen  so the operator will be sell at farmers markets, wholesale to restaurants and grocery stores.

Please do come!

Here are some facebook links to the type of foodie establishments that would be great , these are example from the Chicago area


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.





Worth while to take the time to vote this is…



Click here to go directly to the candidates – scroll down and look for Perth School yard and click more then Vote for this  – a orange button


the text about the site…

Perth Avenue Public School/St. Luigi Catholic School

Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will run

With this grant we hope to attain a poured rubber track for approximately 600 students from Perth and St. Luigi Schools as well as 140 children from the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. Perth Avenue Public School and St. Luigi Catholic School are a joint TDSB/TCDSB schools servicing students from JK -Grade 8. Our area is a vibrant inner city school/community located in the South Junction Triangle. Our multicultural student population represents over 16 different language groups. Presently our playground is a barren flat stretch of pavement. We hope to begin to develop it into a community resource to improve the physical health of the students and families in our neighbourhood. We know that physical activity in children prevents various health problems, and this project provides a positive active focus for our community, its children and youth. This community faces challenges such as: 1. in 1965, the previous school building was demolished and was buried under asphalt. The schoolyard has since remained a barren and desolate field. Excavation of the debris is infeasible and alternative synthetic surfaces, such as poured rubber and synthetic turf, are our only options yet are outside of the school’s operational budget or fundraising ability. 2. there is a lack of year round sports and recreation facilities in the area. 3. railway tracks bordering on both the west and east borders creates an isolated community and reduces the frequency and accessibility of trips to sports and recreation facilities outside the neighbourhood for children in the community. 4. 33% of families in this area make below $29,000. At this income level only 39% of students partake in sports activities outside of school according to the TDSB”s 2011 Census. 5. the lack of facilities is one reason many families choose to attend schools outside of this school district. Parents that are more attuned to school choices tend to be more highly educated and have higher incomes. The student population remaining at Perth consists of higher concentrations of disadvantaged students, which widens the socio-economic gap. Many of the most involved parents have left the school creating low parent engagement, which is needed to foster improvements to the school. Anticipating the fulfillment of our plans, our students will then participate in safe, fun playground activities, increased physical activity, decreased playground conflict and bullying. The schoolyard’s facilities would be available to families regardless of their economic situation, physical ability and age creating a community-type centre.

Project Goals

Plans Perth has created a Schoolyard Enhancement Committee to develop plans and priorities for the school and its students. Its consists of two main components; Healthy Active Living and Aesthetic Improvements. Murals have been painted along the walls and doors of the schoolyard and two indestructible steel soccer nets have been erected. Phase one will be complete with the addition of two Basketball Fun Nets. To date, the School Advisory Council has raised $5200.00. In phase two, the Schoolyard Enhancement Committee intends to begin the construction of its sports facility and outdoor classroom. Our goal is to create an artificial turf and surrounding track with various fitness stations around the yard. Due to the fact that the playground contains the rubble from the previous building, the school is limited in what it can do to enhance the school yard. Removal of the debris is costly and infeasible and additions to the playground are restricted. Grass and trees are restricted to the edge of the playground or in raised beds. Alternative synthetic surfaces, such as poured rubber and synthetic turf, are our only options yet are outside of the school’s operational budget or fundraising ability. A poured rubber track is dream we hope to fulfill with this grant. Physical activity can improve academic performance, creativity and productivity, while reducing the likelihood of smoking, alcohol and drug use. This project provides a positive active focus for our community, its children and youth. During recess, after-school and curriculum based programs, students will participate in safe, fun playground activities, increased physical activity, decreased playground conflict and bullying. Students from low-income families struggling with family unemployment, poor nutrition and limited opportunities for recreation, require a safe space at school to foster self-esteem and self-confidence. Sports-based recreation programming will enhance student’s lives by meeting these needs. Improvements to the schoolyard will help to meet the needs of parents when selecting schools, thus retaining more economically diverse families and renewing this inner city neighbourhood. In addition St. Luigi’s school and its 350 students, which shares the playground, will also benefit from improvements. The schoolyard’s facilities would be available to families regardless of their economic situation, physical ability and age. The facility would be available over a large portion of the day and throughout most of the year. Other community partners would benefit from improvements to the schoolyards, such as the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, the Running Club and the Track and Field Clubs. This project will benefit the students and the community now and in the future, thus leaving a legacy.

Click here to go directly to the candidates – scroll down and look for Perth School yard and click more then Vote for this  – a orange button




Roaring through the Greater Junction Area by car – bump! or not


To help enforce road safety some cities in the USA and the city of  “West” Vancouver are giving optical illusion a try,  might it deserve attention here?
They’re must be designed  to gain your attention long enough  to quickly cause you totobey the speed limit.

These optically created speedbumps, or “virtual humps” are written about in the above linked NYtimes article.





Really love this one below.