Construction work continues on the MacDonald Block provincial government buildings at Bay/Wellesley/Queen's Park/Grosvenor. Infrastructure Ontario is planning a crane lift in mid-October, but there should be no road closures required. Construction is transitioning from the Ferguson and Mowat towers to the Hearst and Hepburn towers. This includes the dismantling and the addition of tarped scaffolding to revitalize the complex’s limestone exterior, in addition to the installation of new energy efficient windows and podium green roof, further to interior finishes.
Starting October 2021, Toronto Hydro will be upgrading overhead electrical cables and installing hydro poles in the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood, in the area bounded by Bay Street to Grosvenor Street to Queen's Park's Crescent West to Charles Street. Work is scheduled to be completed in December 2022.
FRIENDS OF BAY CLOVERHILL - PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need to raise $30,000 in 30 days. Starting October 1, 2021, all donations up to our goal will be matched by a generous neighbourhood resident. Please give whatever you can afford to help the Bay Cloverhill Community Association (BCCA), keep our unique neighbourhood character and feel, including additional shadow on our new park.
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY KEEP OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER
We need your help to fight a potential development that would negatively affect our neighbourhood.
KingSett owns properties from 510 to 528 Yonge Street, and 7 Breadalbane Street. They want to erase the heritage feel of the neighbourhood by building a 500 unit, 59 storey condominium tower with retail along Yonge Street. In addition, the historic coach house at 7 Breadalbane would be demolished. This project would displace almost 20 residential rental tenants, in addition to the current retail tenants.
The BCCA, your residents’ association, does not support the development. We have registered as a party to the developer’s August 2021 application to the Ontario Land Tribunal, where they want to eliminate the City of Toronto’s planning requirement to prevent any additional shadow on Dr. Lillian McGregor Park. In addition, there are issues with the location and form of the building, in particular the angular plane, stepback and setbacks, which translate to an overpowering presence for pedestrians. These matters are currently before the Ontario Land Tribunal in relation to the City of Toronto’s Official Plan Amendment 183 with the next hearing scheduled in January 2022.
In order to fund our fight, the BCCA is asking residents to consider donating whatever amount they can to pay for the extensive legal fees and costs to hire expert witnesses to bolster our case. Without your help, the BCCA cannot be successful.
TO MAKE A DONATION:
Please give whatever amount you can – we need your participation! All donations are made through our partner, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO). Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $10. Your name and amount donated will remain confidential with the ACO.
Online: Via the ‘donate’ option on the ACO’s website www.acontario.ca. Choose ‘ACO Province Wide Programs’ and specify ‘Bay Cloverhill’ in the donation information areas as the specific project, or use this link Donation Link
Cheque: Send a cheque payable to ‘ACO Provincial’ to ACO, 206-401 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 3A8. Write ‘Bay Cloverhill’ in the memo area of your cheque.
Credit Card: VISA or Master Card are accepted. Call Tai So of the ACO at 416-367-8075 extension 404 during business hours.
Cash: Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash payments.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Toronto Public Health is looking for you to provide your opinion on the possible decriminalization of drugs for personal use. The City of Toronto Drug Strategy is seeking an exemption under section 56 Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. The exemption, if approved, would decriminalize the charge for simple possession and permit the possession of all drugs for personal use within the City boundaries.
Provide your feedback at Toronto Public Health survey before September 30, 2021.
You can also email TPHconsult@toronto.ca with comments, concerns and feedback.
As part of the construction activities to make College Station safer and accessible, overnight work activities are required to carry out work related to utility installation and foundation/structural support for the next three weeks.
The work activities expected to take place overnight include the following:
From August 30 to September 3, the contractor will be conducting activities related to the combined sewer located just south of College Street.
o Equipment used will include work vehicles, an excavator and a hydro vacuum truck.
From September 6 to September 17 (excluding weekends), the contractor will be installing micro piles.
o Equipment used will include work vehicles and a drill rig machine.
Noise can be expected with this work. Crews will monitor the noise levels and make efforts to keep noise to a minimum as best as possible.
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Join the NO MORE HIGHWAYS Day of Action
Saturday July 24, 2021
The Ontario government is planning two new highways through Ontario's precious farmland and Greenbelt - Highway 413 and the Holland Marsh Highway (Bradford Bypass).If built, the highways would pave over farms, forests, wetlands and a portion of the Greenbelt and cost taxpayers upwards of $6-10 Billion. Highway 413 alone would also add over 17 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, at a time when cutting emissions is more urgent than ever.
Enough is enough. We need to show the province that Ontarians do not want more megahighways, we want local produce, effective public transit and livable, walkable communities.
On Saturday, July 24th, Ontarians from across the region will hold rallies and events to tell the provincial government what we want: "No More Highways."
Join an event
See details of events happening below, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event you'd like to add to this list. King-Vaughan:
See more information and updates at Environmental Defense CanadaProvince seeks input on Transportation Vision
TORONTO – The Ontario government has released a discussion paper for public feedback that will inform the province’s first transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Ontario is building a better transportation system to connect communities and keep goods and people moving across the province, including in Ontario’s economic engine, the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
“We have a long-term vision for the Greater Golden Horseshoe that takes us to 2051, built on connected transportation that’s safe, seamless and accessible,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This discussion paper is an important opportunity to gain further insights that will help shape a better transportation network for our province’s future.”
The Greater Golden Horseshoe is an integrated economic region and its communities are diverse with different transportation needs. The discussion paper considers many new challenges including economic transitions, new technologies and shifting demographics that will alter the way people use the transportation system.
The paper outlines initiatives and concepts that address mobility in the region, are designed to meet collective goals and transportation challenges of the future and sets out priority near-term actions as a foundation to achieve this vision.
Through a consultation posting on the Environmental Registry of Ontario as well as an online feedback form, the Ontario government is seeking public input on ways to achieve our vision, including:
The proposed plan would help guide and align decisions and investments over the long-term to ensure other levels of government, transportation agencies, industry, local businesses and other service providers are working collaboratively to shape the transportation system.
The province will carefully consider and incorporate feedback received over the next few months as we work towards releasing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan later in 2021.
The past few years have been tough for everyone, especially restaurants. Let’s all support our local stores with pick up or take out orders, and enjoy the wide variety of food and beverage options available in our neighbourhood. The choice of dining is so large, you could visit a different restaurant every day for 3 months!
Here is a list of restaurants in Bay Cloverhill, organized by location, starting with streets that have an east/west orientation, then streets that run north/south. The starting point is Bay and Charles. This list is not comprehensive, and some locations are temporarily closed. If you have any updates or additions to the list, email us at email@example.com
The Macdonald block renovations progress with some scaffolding on the Ferguson and Mowat buildings being removed. The Hearst and Hepburn buildings will have tarped scaffolding installed by late Fall.
Noise and bright lights will be reduced by 9 pm each evening to minimize inconvenience to neighbourhood residents.
See the attached bulletin for full details.