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Black Friday at Snug As a Bug

Black Friday

Join us and celebrate Black Friday and Saturday extended hrs10-8 and save 30% store wild.

Snug as a bug is a local store in the heart of the Junction, Toronto, that carries a large variety of baby and kid’s gifts. Snug As a bug also designs a line of cozy and warm Canadian onesies for your entire family…even your pets.


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Snug As a Bug

3022 Dundas Street West

The renewed back of 150 Symes Rd is now the Front.

Laneway suites community consultation Nov 30th


silkweed lane Toronto

The City of Toronto is undertaking an initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across Toronto and East York areas of the City.

The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 100 Queen St. W. (Council Chamber)

Information source Parkdale Residents Association – Parkdale.TO

Chicken rights

One of the last pieces of Railroad infrastructure left in the Junction.

One of the last pieces of rail is this double pole from the communications network.

Heritage cannot be trucked in.

The Junction has lost more buildings in the past few years then the entire decade before.

Copy of CPR. Rail Canadian Holiday Train in the Junction Nov 28th

750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

2017-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Performers Colin James and Emma Lee



The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.


Old TD Bank/ MoneyMart for Lease

Kingsway South, looking north from south of Verbena Ave. 1931

Road work in 1931: elbow grease and eco-friendly heavy machinery. This shows the South Queensway in Swansea at Verbena Ave., a bit south and just west of Jane subway station. From the collections of the Toronto Public Library ( Kingsway South, looking n. from s. of Verbena Ave.

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1931


Format: Picture

Rights: Public domain

Courtesy: Toronto Public Library

Pavement markings out for bid by city

This contract is for the custom application and re-application of field reacted polymeric
(Cold Plastic) transverse, arrows, and zebra bars as an expansion on the enhancements
to the durable pavement markings within the City of Toronto; Toronto & East York,
Etobicoke York and Scarborough districts from the period from date of award to
December 31, 2018.


All prices shall include all traffic control and cost of doing
Custom application means the installation of custom and new markings for new
pavement marking projects. Re-application entails the re-marking/re-tracing of worn or
faded markings. The process for re-application will be determined according to the
project. It may include obliterating the worn or faded lines or marking over the worn or
faded lines. This will be decided in conjunction with the Contract Administrator according
to particular projects that will form part of this contract.
Pavement marking removal to facilitate the installation of new ones may be required on
some projects under this contract. On those projects and other projects where removals
will be required, the contractor is to be guided by the methods for removing pavement
markings as set out in the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Chapter 2, page 19. Specific
and preferred methods of removal will be determined on project-by-project basis.
The pavement marking material to be used shall meet Field Reacted Polymeric
Pavement Marking OPSS 1714 (cold plastic) and Glass Beads OPSS 1750. The
application of pavement markings shall conform to Construction Specifications for
Pavement Marking OPSS 710 formerly OPSS 532.
The Contractor shall be responsible for providing all the necessary measures and
equipment required to complete the specified works. The works will include markings for
Bike Lanes (Bike lanes range from 0.1 km to 1 km in length and include bike lane
symbols and diamond installation), transverse work, centre/lane line work, arrow reapplication
and custom work and zebra bar application and re-application.
The quantity estimates in the pricing form are an attempt to identify the needs of the City
of Toronto’s Transportation Division. However, the Transportation Division reserves the
right to add or delete any or all of the requirements identified and the Contractor shall
take note that no claims will be entertained for any damages. Additional work required
over and above or below estimates shall be paid at the Bid Unit Prices quoted in the
Pricing Form.
To be determined by the General Manager of Transportation through the
Contract/Project Administrator.
All cold plastic supplied by the Contractor for this Tender shall meet the Ministry of
Transportation of Ontario (MTO) Designated Sources of Material Lists DSM # 5.85.45.
The Contractor should provide a letter of compliance as part of the Tender submission
from the manufacturer of the cold plastic to confirm that the product meets the MTO
specification for field reacted polymeric pavement marking OPSS 1714 and OPSS 1750
for glass beads. These specifications are available for review.
Should the Bidder not provide a letter of compliance with its submission, then it must do
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so, upon written request by the City, within the time frame provided or its submission
may be deemed non-compliant and it will not be considered for award.
The Contractor shall be responsible for providing the City of Toronto Transportation
Division with the following concerning the cold plastic and glass beads the Contractor
proposes to use:
 Name of Manufacturer
 Manufacturer’s Batch Number
 MTO Approval Number
In the event that any of the cold plastic or glass beads used fails to meet the
specifications, the Contractor shall be responsible for the total cost to re-mark those
sections of the roads where the non-specified cold plastic and glass beads from the
same batch were applied.
The materials shall be applied when the pavement surface temperature is 5°C and
above. The maximum surface temperature shall be 35°C. The maximum relative
humidity shall be 70%. The material shall be applied in accordance with OPSS 710
formerly OPSS 532.
All lines are to be in accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 11, unless
otherwise directed by the General Manager or his Representative.

The use of premix beads will not be accepted under the terms of this Contract for any
The Contractor will be required to use traffic cones when applying all pavement
markings as required. Traffic cones shall be a minimum of 70 cm in height with a white
reflective collar. The cones must have a solid conical shaped body and be fluorescent
red or orange in colour with a 10 cm to 15 cm wide high intensity white/silver retroreflective
band mounted on the upper one-third of the cone taper, 10 cm below the top of
the cone or marker.
Transverse Markings and Symbols
The Contractor will be required to use traffic cones and all the required traffic control
devices when applying all transverse and symbols pavement markings. The Contractor
is responsible for removing all tracked pavement marking material. Pavement marking
removal as required must be done in accordance with Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM)
Book 11 Chapter 2, Page 19. Refer to Clause 11 in this Section for additional contractor
requirements for addressing errors, corrections and complaints.
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The Contractor shall supply, at no cost to the General Manager (cost is to be included in
Bid Unit prices), traffic control persons, barricades, cones, signs and flashers to ensure
the safe movement of all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. All traffic controls shall
conform to Book 7 – “Temporary Conditions” – (Field Edition).
The contractor shall abide by section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
(OHSA) as it pertains to Traffic Control in performing all the work identified in this
section, Section 4 – Scope of Work.
Refer to Section 5A – Specific Conditions of Contract Clause 4 more on Contractor’s
responsibilities regarding the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The Contractor shall provide traffic control plan, traffic control protection plan, traffic
control persons, paid duty police officers, signs, barricades and other traffic control
devices for traffic control as deemed necessary during the work of this contract as per
TS 1.00 – Construction Specification for Maintenance of Traffic. The costs, if applicable,
are to be included in the bid unit prices where applicable.

All field staff employed by the Contractor are to provide a distinctive and reasonable
appearance as representatives of the Contractor. It is preferred that the Contractor
issue to all field staff distinctive and appropriate shirts, pants, overalls and safety
The Contractor shall employ only orderly and competent persons to do the work. Should
the General Manager inform the Contractor of any person(s) who is, in the opinion of the
General Manager, incompetent, such person shall be removed from the work at no cost
to the City of Toronto?
The Contractor shall grant the General Manager access to their premises for the
purpose of inspecting all facilities and materials that pertain to this Contract. This
access will permit the General Manager to observe and measure the mixing of cold
plastic components A and B and the glass beads to be used by means of hand
broadcasting after screed application of the cold plastic material for this Contract. Such
inspections, observations and measurements shall be at the General Manager’s
discretion. The Contractor shall grant permission for the General Manager or his
designate to ride in or on the Contractor’s vehicle or equipment during the application of
cold plastic (field reacted polymeric).
The Contractor shall provide a daily report of work done under the contract. The report
indicating the work completed on the previous night/day is to be faxed or e-mailed to the
appropriate City of Toronto Transportation Division office by 10:00 a.m. each business
The Contractor shall provide Weekly Work Schedules, as detailed in Section 4A –
Appendices – Weekly Work Schedule. The report is to be faxed or emailed to the
appropriate City of Toronto Transportation Division office by 2:00 p.m. on the Friday
before the start of the week as appropriate and required.
The Contractor shall be responsible for immediate corrections of any errors, poor quality
or tracking at no cost to the City. Correction methods are subject to approval by the
City of Toronto. Error includes improper application or installation of pavement markings.
Improper application also means inadequate bonding of pavement marking material to
the surface.
For any corrections, the contractor will bear the full cost of the re-installation exercise
and any related cost
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All debris from any form of removal must be properly removed and disposed of in
accordance with
the Ministry of the Environment regulations.
The Contractor, when notified of errors, poor quality or tracking, shall make the
corrections within three (3) business days of notification.
In emergency cases, to be determined by the City of Toronto, corrections are to be
made immediately (24 hrs) after errors are identified and reported back to contractor.
Liquidated damages of $500.00/day, in accordance with Section 5A GC 8.02.09
Liquidated Damages, may be deducted from invoiced amounts if corrections are not
made within the specified time for all reported errors, poor quality or tracking.
The Contractor shall be responsible for any damages to property or services arising out
of the performance of the work covered by this Tender.
The Contractor may sublet (subcontract) up to 49% of the Contract value of the work to
a pavement marking contractor (must meet City requirements) with the exception of
activities related to corrections as specified in section 4 clause 11 and safety back-up
vehicle service. Activities related to corrections and safety back-up vehicle service may
sublet at 100%.
Any proposed Sub-Contractor must meet City requirements as identified within this
Work that is subcontracted shall not include the work that is in turn subcontracted by an
additional party. Subcontracted work shall be limited to work performed by the
subcontractor’s own forces.
The names of all subcontractors to be employed on the Contract are to be provided and
are subject to approval by the General Manager. The Bidder is required to submit this
information when requested.
A working day shall be defined as any day, except Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holiday
or one on which the Contractor is prevented, by inclement weather, or conditions
resulting immediately therefrom, which are adverse to controlling operation or operation
as determined by the General Manager, from proceeding with at least 60% of the normal
labour and equipment force engaged on such operation or operations.
The majority of work shall occur between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday
to Thursday. However, please be advised that due to cooler fall temperatures and other
scheduling requirements, the Contractor may be required to work between the hours of
6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. as well as on other days (Saturday, Sunday, Statutory
Holiday). The Contractor will be given 24-hours notice to work at other times. All costs
for work outside of the normal work hours shall be included in the Contractor’s bid prices.
The field representative of the Contractor and the General Manager will determine
whether the day is a working day within the meaning of the definition, any days, which
are identified as non-working days will be added to the end of the Cont

Does Toronto need a per household park levy, to build park infrastructue, parking lots, trails and washrooms

Maybe a Children’s science tech, and nature park?

The program in BC has made much more parkland available to residents, for s very small annual fee for households.

In all possibility if such a plan in made in Toronto the funds could be used to buy land in the rail district of the Junction, for parks and culture centres – maybe a rail and or stockyards museum?


Below is the outline of the Victoria BC plan


Greater Victoria are to pay a  $20-per-household levy collected specifically to buy parkland and may be asked if the funds can also used to build park infrastructure such as parking lots, trails and washrooms.


Full  Victoria, BC document on the issue here.

Land purchases the existing policy.

• To purchase land and open new newly acquired lands with trails, parking lots and more.

• To purchase land, build infrastructure and cover maintenance costs of existing parks and trails.

The Parks Land Acquisition Fund, the levy was initially $10 per household when established in 2000. In 2010, it was extended for 10 years, starting at a rate of $12 per average household assessment. It was to increase $2 per year to a maximum of $20 in 2014 through to 2019.

The fund generates about $3.7 million per year.

Over the past 16 years, it has enabled the CRD to contribute $36 million to buy — with partners — more than 4,500 hectares of land valued at more than $52 million.



What can be done with old grain silos _ stunning.



Above is a image of the now gone north silo which stood at 43 Junction Rd. Taken down to assist with the redevelopment of the site. Although the site conversion has greatly enhanced the lot and the area, it could have been so much more and accompanied the fitness and grocery store now on the site.


Below are images of a silo conversion in Cape Town.

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CPR. Rail Canadian Holiday Train in the Junction Nov 28th

750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

2017-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Performers Colin James and Emma Lee



The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.


developers of 150 Symes Rd save destructor crane cage, great effort. Before and after photo.

Click image for full size.


Repainted and and placed on the north west corner driveway entrance the control cage for the grad claw pictured below aphas been kept by the developers. Great effort. It’s proably time the local historic association gave theses people an award.