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Photo update of new playground construction  | High Park playground near Bloor St West and High Park

Photo update of new playground construction  Jan 15 2020

Weston Rd and Eglinton Avenue West 1965


A level crossing which had been the scene of

Avenue West several fatal traffic accidents was eliminated with the

opening on October 27, 1966, of the three-bridge grade

separation over the C. N. R. and CP.R. on Eglinton Avenue West, at Weston.

A design feature of the structure was a 780-foot cantilevered retaining wall, built from three basic components-precast wall

panels, precast post-tensioned concrete pylons and cast-in-place footings

to which the pylons were anchored. Earth pressures holdthe panels tight against the back of the pylons.

Major advantages over the standard cast-in-place walls

for similar applications were the rapid installation, being pretested to full

load in place before backfilling, improved appearance and durability, and

simplified Winter construction. It resulted in an attractive yet economical

concept in retaining walls, thereby eliminating large drab expanses of grey

concrete as seen in conventional poured in-place walls. There was also

the time-saving factor.

The retaining wall was part of a $2,600,000 project,

which included the grade separations of the Railways, a bridge over Black

Creek and widening of the roadway from Trethewey Drive to Weston Road,

completed in 1966.

It all formed part of a general development of Eglinton

Avenue West which will extend from Caledonia Road to Royal York Road.

Construction of the earth embankment across the Eglin¬

ton – Jane Flats is scheduled to commence in 1967, and construction of the

bridge over the Humber River is slated for a 1968 start.


A unique operation in the widening of Eglinton Avenue

West was the relocation of a one-storey Bank building, estimated to weigh

700 tons, and moving it a distance of 93 feet. To accomplish this, holes

were punched in the concrete basement walls at 4-foot centres and a grid

of steel beams inserted. The building was jacked two feet and placed on

seven runs of steel rollers.

The new site was excavated, footings placed, and the building winched to its new location over a two-month period without interruption of business.

Jane Street was undertaken in 1965 with the reconstruction and widening of the section from Foxwell Street to Lambton Avenue to four lanes.

Jane Street – A further improvement to Jane Street was undertaken in 1965 with the reconstruction and widening of the section from Foxwell Street to Lambton Avenue to four lanes.

This work included extension of the concrete

arch culvert over Black Creek.

Considerable difficulty was encountered in the

latter area due to poor soil conditions. The original arch was sitting on

35-foot jack pine piles, and a similar type was specified for the culvert

extensions. When the driving of piles commenced it was found essential

to penetrate to a depth of 50 feet to obtain satisfactory resistance, and it

was necessary to change the type to steel tube piling, so that additional

sections could be welded on as required

Canadian National Railway |acid transport contract in Ontario and Quebec.


January 10, 2020

CN and NorFalco Sales, a division of Glencore Canada Corporation, announced they have signed a new multi-year agreement that will provide freight transportation of Sulphuric Acid from NorFalco’s rail served productions facilities in Sudbury, ON; Rouyn-Noranda, QC; and Valleyfield, QC. The agreement reconfirms CN and NorFalco’s strategic partnership for years to come.

NorFalco is one of North America’s largest merchant marketers of sulfuric acid, responsible for the marketing and distribution of about 2 million tons of sulfuric acid per year. Through parent company Glencore, NorFalco has exclusive access to sulfuric acid production from four major North American production facilities and to an unrivaled global sulfuric acid supply and trading network.

“This agreement furthers our strategic partnership with NorFalco reaching new facilities throughout eastern Canada,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer of CN. “Safety is a core value at CN as it is for NorFalco, and NorFalco has consistently won CN’s Safe Handling Award recognizing customers that meet strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products. CN will continue working closely with NorFalco thanks to this renewed long term partnership.”

“We are pleased to continue our strategic partnership with CN. This agreement provides NorFalco, and our customers, with a reliable rail transportation infrastructure, underpinned with a shared commitment to safety in handling and moving our product throughout our diversified customer base,” said Kunal Sinha, CEO of NorFalco. “We anticipate this agreement will further our strategic growth supported with manageable transportation costs.”

From a Canadian National press rerelease.

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Ontario Line project, transit local meetings listing.


all text the relief line group.

Ontario Line Public Open Houses


On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project.  With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work.  As this new process gets underway, we hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.

Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.

The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Details of the sessions are below, and included in the flyer.

Public Open Houses

all listed, 1st in list closet to the Junctions,


Date: Wednesday, January 29th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC

105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3



Date: Thursday, January 23rd

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Ontario Science Centre

770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3

Date: Monday, January 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium

55 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

Date: Tuesday, January 28th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan Community Church (Leslieville)

115 Simpson Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1A1


Toronto Public Space Committee. It will take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Council Chambers at Toronto’s City Hall. 

Wednesday January 15 for the first meeting of the rebooted Toronto Public Space Committee. It will take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Council Chambers at Toronto’s City Hall. 

We’ll start the evening off with a discussion on past/future public space activism in Toronto featuring: 

Sabina Ali, Executive Director, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

Lanrick Bennett Jr., Hub Manager, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Geoff Kettel, Steering Committee Member, Walk Toronto

Daniel Rotsztain, Co-lead of plazaPOPS

Facilitated by:

Cara Chellew (DefensiveTO)

Dave Meslin (Founder, Toronto Public Space Committee / Author, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up)

Juice and cookies will be provided 🙂  All are welcome!

Event link:

All text the group

Dupont community meeting, Jan 15th.

West Toronto historical society Feb 6th

In Conversation with Sarah Doucette Former Toronto City Councillor The WTJHS Archives will open at 6 pm, meeting room doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentation at 7:00 pm, Refreshments and Business Meeting to follow. Annette Public Library, Lower Level, 145 Annette Street, Toronto. 

1296-1314 Queen Street West (includes the former Cadillac Lounge, former Club OVs, as well as Copenhagen Cafe & GUU Izakaya) pegged for redevelooment.



All text Parkdale Residents Assoc.


The proposal is to construct a 7-storey mixed-use building at 1296-1314 Queen Street West (includes the former Cadillac Lounge, former Club OVs, as well as Copenhagen Cafe & GUU Izakaya) with hotel suites, event space, and retail space, as well as townhouses on Noble Street. The redevelopment would also include underground parking, bicycle parking, and improvements to the public realm.

There will be a short presentation at 7:00 pm by the developers project team members who will be available to hear your comments and answer questions throughout the evening. Councillor Perks and City Planning Staff will be in attendance.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Presentation at 7:00 pm followed by Q&A)
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

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