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Demand Keen in West Toronto For Jitneys, until they ran out of licences.


Ran out of Licences licenses for running Jitneys.


Demand Keen in West Toronto, No Trouble in moving People.

West Toronto, June 28. 1920 Apart from the fact that they were charged more for their rides, the people in West Toronto who did not walk had no dlttlculty in securing transportation to the downtown districts. Most of the city firms sent conveyances to pick up their work people  Dundas and Keele streets literally swarmed with every conceivable kind of “jitneys.” The 70 or 80 regular jitney drivers started business an hour earlier than usual, and In addi-tlon tola large number of special licenses which had been issued at the Hall, 100 licenses were issued at Keele street police station before eight o’clock,and when the supply had run out. private owners of autos were still asking for more Most of .the motor truck drivers Keefe the City Hall are charging per mile. Others. from Royce avenue and Lansdowne,” are oalllng for a fare: and many trucks were filled to eapaclty during the rush hours by workpeople traveling from College and Dovercourt for a 10c fare. Inspector Duncan made excel-lent police arrangements at the “busy corners.” The early morning for West Toronto on the were well natronlzed. The memorial service held at the Salvation Citadel. Dovercourt road and Northumberland avenue. last night, was largely attended. During the service handsome tablet in memory of the 37 men belonging 10 in action, was unveiled by Captain Lambert. Lambton Lodge. Manchester Unity Independent Order of fellows met last night at the Moose Temple, Dundas street. Bro. A. E. Penfold was elected N.G., and Bro. S. Wodham Grand. Victoria Presbyterian Church congregational picnic fixed for tomorrow, has been postponed till the “Glorious Twelfth,” on account of the street car strike.


a more current article appeared in click here to read it.


here’s an except,

The current kerfuffle confronting cabs and Uber in cities across Ontario is strikingly similar to a battle a century ago. That’s when jitneys arrived – private passenger cars offering rides to strangers for a fee, originally five cents. Like Uber, the arrival of jitneys confused and puzzled legislators, was praised by riders and provided a chance for car owners to earn some money. Also like Uber, there were concerns about safety, insurance coverage and the qualifications of drivers.

Jitneys disrupted the traditional passenger transportation system; it was not the taxi industry that was affected, but the privately owned municipal street railway system


the article from which the top 1920 text was taken, image


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Car Prices in the Junction in 1931

1935 SAND FROM LAKE BOTTOM PUMPED  1 1/2 MILES IN VAST RECLAMATION JOB Creating 25 greater land mass



In three and a half month the waterfront at the foot of Cherry Street will be 25 times bigger as a result of the dredging now being done by the Shuniah. 


Equipped with the most up-to-date sand sucking equipment in the world it will draw up several million cubic yards of sand from Lake Ontario and pump it though pipes 20 inches in diameter. A section of this pipe is shown in (2), where it runs along the Consolidated Coal Company’s dock.  of pipe is under. When completed it will be called the Marginal waterfront at the foot of Cherry St. The whole reclamation job will cost about $1,000,000.

Remarkable ideas on Residents Groups and Associations. | Committee on Governance — Consultation with Neighbourhood Assoc. — Workshop

below are some of notes made from community input concerning neighborhood associations or as commonly called by the populice of Toronto,  resident associations.

Below are some of notes made from community input concerning neighborhood associations or as commonly called by the populice of Toronto,  resident associations.


section 2.1 row 6, Special Committee on Governance — Consultation with Neighbourhood Associations — Workshop Notes | this text accessed Jan 27 2020 Data last refreshed by city: Jan 24, 2020

An office at City Hall dedicated to supporting RAs. There is a gap of service delivery that has been filled by volunteers – either TANGO, or in all the hours that all the leaders/members of RAs put in for community association. This gap should be filled by this office and this office would facilitate neighbourhoods access to their municipal government.

Register RAs, provide resources, provide small funding to help RAs open, pay for their websites, special events, and pave the way forward to Neighbourhood Councils where neighbourhood issues and initiatives can be resolved and passed in timely manner rather than being delayed for years waiting from Council decisions.

At the very least an office similar to the Office at Civic Innovation with a small number of staff initially (3-10) that will support RAs and to use a neighbourhood lens within City Hall to advocate for neighbourhood initiatives and concerns.

It could be 1 office or at least 1 office in each City Hall or civic centre. It should also provide free meeting spaces (that you could book online in advance). Additionally: Community Councils (of which we only have four that is arbitrary and not related to populations) should be further divided for more efficiency and better access to municipal government on issues that are local to those neighbourhoods and need not be held up for extended time due to bureaucracy.


At their meeting on April 12, 2019, the Special Committee on Governance asked staff to provide targeted engagement opportunities for neighbourhood associations across Toronto to reflect on the impacts to the City’s governance structures and decision-making processes that resulted from a reduction in the size of Council. Neighbourhood associations (NAs) are local, geographically focused groups such as neighbourhood coalitions, groups and partnerships, organizations that receive City grants to support community networking, ratepayer groups and resident associations.

This data set is from a workshop with neighbourhood associations held on 1 October 2019 at Metro Hall in which participants completed two table exercises. In the first exercise, participants prioritized one City program or governance process on a list of twelve that they felt did not work well, and made suggestions for what could be done to improve it. In a second table exercise, participants were asked to write down and discuss what they imagined an Office of Neighbourhoods to be, what it would do, how would it run, and how would it relate to their group.




Don River breaks shore taking mans life 1927 photo


Toronto Daily Star

Extreme cold weather alert all day Feb 14th 2020

Extreme Cold Warning for Southern Ontario Active until 10 am Fri the 14 of Feb · Environment Canada


248 High Park Ave. Demolition


On November 22, 2019, the agent, acting for the owner of the property, submitted an application for the demolition of an existing vacant detached house at 248 High Park Avenue. A building permit for the replacement building has not been issued.

The land at 248 High Park Ave together with the adjacent building located at 260 High Park Avenue, formerly High Park Alhambra Church and Designated by City Council November 9, 2017, are subject to redevelopment application for site plan approval, 16-118663 WET 13 SA, where the former place of worship would be retained and re-used as a new residential building with 70 residential dwelling units. Completing the building is an addition and a two level below grade parking facility containing 101 vehicular parking spaces consistent with the approval granted by Council under Site-Specific By-laws 1397-2017 and 1398-2017.

As the lands subject of the redevelopment include the designated building at 260 High Park Avenue, the request for demolition of the adjacent residential building has been circulated to Heritage Preservation Services for their consideration. This application has also been circulated to Urban Forestry Services and the local Councillor.

At the time of writing of this report, a request to modify the approval granted by council to permit changes to the built form has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment (COA). This application is scheduled to be heard by the COA on December 11, 2019.

Toronto and East York Community Council
Director and Deputy Chief Building Official, Toronto Building

Toronto government’s long term plans are to “renaturalize” the mouth of the Don River

all text the city,

The Case for Flood Protection

Today, approximately 290 hectares of urban land east and south of the Don River are subject to flood risk. The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP), a precedent-setting undertaking aimed at revitalizing the mouth of the Don River, is currently underway and will ultimately transform the existing mouth of the Don into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet while simultaneously providing critical flood protection to Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

Following implementation of the DMNP, approximately 8 hectares of urban land bounded by the Don River to the west, Eastern Avenue to the north, and the Metrolinx railway embankment to the south will remain vulnerable to flooding under what is known as a regional storm (a storm of the same magnitude as Hurricane Hazel).

Currently mixed-use and generally underutilized, this flood-vulnerable area consists primarily of commercial and industrial lands with some residential properties to the north. However, the area is also the focus of a number of key city planning and infrastructure initiatives, including the Unilever Precinct Planning Study as well as the Port Lands and South of Eastern Transportation and Servicing Master Plan Environmental Assessment (TSMP).

As part of the future transit hub also planned for the area, the construction of the East Harbour SmartTrack and TTC Relief Line stations as well as the Broadview Avenue Extension will serve to support the planned regeneration and renewal of the Port Lands and South of Eastern area.

During a regional storm event, flood waters from the Don River would inundate this 8 hectare area and “spill” eastward through the railway grade separation at Eastern Avenue and into the Riverside Community. The depth and spatial extent of flooding would be further complicated under future land use scenarios planned for the area, such as the Broadview Avenue Extension, which would enhance flood risk to the proposed Unilever Precinct and existing south Riverdale Community due to the creation of an additional flood pathway through the new railway grade separation.

Preliminary analysis completed by the TRCA indicates that a flood protection measure located on the east side of the Don River between Eastern Avenue and the railway embankment may potentially remove the remaining flood risk following full implementation of the DMNP EA, without significantly increasing flood risk upstream or to the west of the river.

However, current land uses as well as geotechnical and infrastructure conditions pose a significant challenge to the implementation of a flood protection structure in this area, which will also need to factor into and integrate with parallel development projects.

The BEFP EA will seek to identify an adaptable flood protection solution that will eliminate the risk of flooding currently posed to the area and integrate effectively with current and future planning initiatives.

Click Here to Learn More About the DMNP EA

Project Objectives

The primary goal of the BEFP is to identify a flood protection solution that will remove the remaining flood risk to the lands east of the Don River and north of the elevated railway embankment following full implementation of the DMNP. Specifically, by providing a flood protection solution the BEFP will:
1.Address flood risk up to and including the regional storm for the 8 hectare area of land;
2.Not increase flood risk elsewhere; and
3.Integrate with concurrent planning and infrastructure plans in the area.

Broadview & Eastern Flood Protection Municipal Class Environmental Assessment



W. H. RAY, proprietor of the Peacock Hotel, Dundas Road

As the Peacock hotel building in the Junction struggles to have it’s rightful place in the community, it is proably time for a small amount of history about the hotels genius.


W. H. RAY, proprietor of the Peacock Hotel, Dundas Road. This old established hotel has been in existence since 1820, and is now one of the oldest houses in the Province.

The present proprietor is a native of London, England, and came to Canada in 1870. He was engaged in theb utchering business for some time, and in 1881 took possession of this hotel, since which time he has received steady support from the travelling public.