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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."
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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.
"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." Jack Layton’s words 10 years ago have never been more true than today. To honour the former university professor, City of Toronto Councillor and leader of the federal NDP, the Layton Legacy has been launched.
Apply by July 25, 2021 to be considered for the Indigenous Leadership Award or the Activism Award. There will also be a Scholarship for Progressive Change, details to be released later.
Celebrate Jack Layton’s life of service on August 22, 2021, which will sadly be the 10th anniversary of his death. There will be a nationwide virtual celebration featuring activists, artists and special guests. Steven Page, former lead singer for Barenaked Ladies is helping to coordinate this event.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has launched a new online platform to engage community members and crowdsource ideas.
Toronto Centre Projects is designed to engage community members and crowdsource neighbourhood projects supported by the Councillor’s office and your neighbours. Over the next year, her office will be launching consultations for several parks and dog off-leash area revitalizations, public realm improvements, and more.
Through this new platform, you can:
· Submit your own ideas
· Vote and comment on ideas submitted by your neighbours
· Learn about and participate in current public consultations happening in Ward 13
Have ideas to make our communities more liveable, vibrant, and safe? Submit them at www.TorontoCentreProjects.ca
A very warm welcome to our newest member, Karma Condos at 15 Grenville Street! We congratulate the Board of TSCC 2532 and their Property Manager on becoming part of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association and look forward to their participation in making the neighbourhood better for everyone.
In 2009, Lifetime Developments partnered with CentreCourt Developments to create a 50 storey, 498 unit condominium building named Karma Condos. Occupancy began in 2016.
One of the interesting parts of the complex is the John Irwin House at 21 Grenville. This Second Empire style home is designated under Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, since it was built in 1873 for John Irwin, and occupied by a civil engineer named W. D. Hale. The property survived demolition of many houses on Grenville in 1922, as a result of the expansion of Bay Street to accommodate Maple Leaf Gardens and Eaton's College Street store (now College Park). During the construction of Karma Condos, the historic house was relocated from the northwest corner of the property to the northeast corner, at the leisurely rate of 10 inches per day.
On June 9, 2021, City Council approved streetscape improvements for Breadalbane Street, between the eastern and western limits of Dr. Lilian McGregor Park. The project will improve the public realm by visually connecting the two public parks (Dr. Lilian McGregor Park and Opera Place Park) on the street and by potentially calming traffic and reducing vehicular speeds.
Construction will be undertaken by Lanterra and funded by $750,000 in Section 37 development funds from the Britt Condos, located on the former Sutton Place premises at 951-971 Bay Street and 36 Wellesley Street.
Although the City staff are finalizing the scope of work, there will be increased infiltration of rain and snow melt through the road surface by using permeable pavers. Work will start this year and be complete in 2022.
The result will be an environment that will allow pedestrians to safely enjoy the invaluable green spaces in our neighbourhood. Councillor Wong-Tam and the Bay Cloverhill Community Association look forward to animating the parks with special events, to benefit the entire neighbourhood.
A coalition of downtown resident associations from the area bounded by Christie Street, Don Valley, College Street, and the CPR rail line/Rosedale Valley will be hosting an information session to learn about recent trends and initiatives, and to exchange ideas on how to better engage with the City and developers in the development process. The Province's Growth Plan means that the City's Official Plan must be revised to meet densification of 200 people and jobs per hectare for areas within 800 metres of a subway station by 2050. City Planning has started working on amendments to the Official Plan that will go to CIty Councillor in Q4 2021, and then must be submitted to the Province before July 2022.
Participating will be Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13), Mike Layton (Ward 11) and City Planning staff from Strategic Initiatives. They will present their draft Official Plan amendments for Downtown densification to the Roundtable, including provisions for Inclusionary Zoning of affordable housing.
Members of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association Development Committee will be participating and we invite any interested residents to join us. Attached are more details and the agenda. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the meeting.
Many female-identified persons, including trans people, women, and gender non-binary individuals, residents, and workers have reported feeling increasingly unsafe while engaging in their daily activities and routines across the city and in particular, parts of the downtown. This can be attributed to many things such as fewer people commuting as individuals are working from home and increasing rates of poverty - making the existing mental health and homelessness crises more visible.
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in partnership with Dixon Hall, Councillor Wong-Tam will be hosting a Women’s Safety Panel Discussion to name and bring to light these realities, as well as to provide strategies and resources for female-identified community members. We will have presentations from special guests Susan Davis (Executive Director, Gerstein Crisis Centre), Pauline Larson (Director of Economic and Community Development, Downtown Yonge BIA), Uppala Chandrasekera (Social Worker), Scott McKeen, (Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit, City of Toronto), and Inspector Susan Gomes (Toronto Police Services, 51 Division), followed by a Q & A. If you wish, please submit your questions in advance of the meeting, you will be asked after RSVPing to enter them.
When: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
Where: RSVP to join https://www.kristynwongtam.ca/safetypanel
Links to the event on socials:
Toronto Hydro will be starting work in July 2021 on Underground Civil & Electrical Work related to the TTC Museum Station Relocation. There may be minor road and sidewalk restrictions for about 6 months in the Queen's Park/Charles area. Construction will typically be done between 7 am and 7 pm weekdays.