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  • April 30, 2021 2:15 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

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    Jane's Walk Toronto 2021

    Over 40 virtual walks, 2 engaging online panels, a night of trivia, a baking sesh, morning Yoga, 3 film screenings... 

    All free. All online. 

    Jane's Walk Toronto 2021 is shaping up to be another extraordinary weekend of community, kinship, and FUN. 

    Join us, won't you?

    This panel discussion will examine the intersection between public space, technology, and community development, exemplified in Kensington Market artists’ responses to the pandemic. Kensington Market is a vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood in the heart of Toronto where engaged artists and community groups work together to prevent gentrification and celebrate the sense of place. Through participatory projects, the people of Kensington have found creative ways to address their needs, keep weirdness thriving, and redefine public spaces. Weird, in this case, is a reflection of the extraordinary character of a neighbourhood and its people.

    Whether it's encampments or supervised injection sites, choosing a parking lot over affordable housing units, there are prevalent notions of what are proper and acceptable uses of land and space in our cities. Through a discussion on community, belonging, notions of safety, and concepts of ownership, this panel seeks to understand tensions that exist in societal and political realms about just who exactly public spaces are for.

    Jane once said, "Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” By hearing from those doing the work on the ground, we will aim to find out how Toronto (and the Jane's Walk audience) can walk this walk.

     

    Register for our 2021 online panels!

    New Walks Just Added!

    A UNITED NATIONS IN THE SUBURBS - BLACK URBANISM AND INTERCULTURAL SPACES IN GLEN SHIELDS
    A Self-Guided Walk by by Jean-François Obregón
    May 7 to 9
    Located in the City of Vaughan’s southern edge and near North York, Glen Shields was built between 1979 and the 1980s. Its residents have reflected waves of immigration, described as a ‘United Nations’ by an original homeowner. It has been home to Marita Payne, a two-time Olympic silver medallist and her son, Andrew Wiggins-Payne, who plays for the Golden State Warriors. The risk of not capturing these stories, particularly that of black geographies, are motivations for this Jane’s Walk.

    TURN IT UP: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF TORONTO’S LIVE MUSIC ECOSYSTEM
    A Live Stream Walk by Ryan Taylor and Michelle Rowland
    May 8th at 2 PM
    This Jane’s Walk will examine the recent history and current state of Toronto music venues through a policy and planning lens. Join us as we reminisce about standing/sitting in a dark room with strangers listening to music and discuss how to foster a resilient and inclusive city for music to thrive.

     

    THE FIRST SONG IS THE DEEPEST
    A Self-Guided Walk by Wesley Reibeling and Zahra Ebrahim
    May 7 to 9
     
    Using recollection and song, this walk highlights Torontonians’ unique stories of “meeting” the city, and the soundtrack that accompanied those moments. What is the place that reminds you most of the city? What song evokes that memory? Where in the city do you get the visceral feeling of wonder that you did the first time you experienced it? In this walk, we hope to share some personal souvenirs of our urban lives and supplement our own integral histories and experiences with a musical experience. 





  • April 23, 2021 1:59 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    TTC Line 1 Closure for Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction Work
     

    April 24 - April 25, 2021 

    TTC’s Line 1 subway will be closed between Finch and St. Clair stations on Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2021, while crews perform TTC platform relocation and associated track level works. Work will take place on a 24-hour basis on Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2021. Berwick Avenue will remain open while this work takes place.

     

    What to Expect

     

    Noise from construction activity, including trucks. All work zones at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue will remain in place.  Property access will be maintained. 


    Hours of Work

    •    Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2021
    •    Crews will work 24 hours during the subway closure.
    •    This work may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

     

    Traffic and Pedestrian Details

    •    No changes to the current traffic configuration and pedestrian routes are expected, as a result of this work.

     

    Transit Information

    •    TTC Line 1 subway will be closed on Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2021 between Finch and St. Clair stations.  Please visit TTC’s website www.ttc.ca, under “Service Advisories” for more information on subway closures and shuttle bus operation.


  • April 15, 2021 12:33 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot

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    Artistic rendering of the complete street pilot project for Yonge Street between Bloor St. and Davisville Ave. There are two lanes of vehicle traffic, protected bike lanes, curb lane cafes and people walking on the sidewalk.Artistic rendering of the proposed Complete Street with people cycling in protected bike lanes, people driving in travel lanes and people enjoying curb lane CaféTO patios at Yonge St. and Woodlawn Ave. E. looking southbound.

    Get Involved

    Virtual Public Meeting

    Listen to a project overview, ask questions and provide feedback on how the street will look and function on April 27.

    Give your feedback in a Virtual Public Meeitng on April 27 or a business loading survey on the ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot.. RIGHT CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND OPEN IN NEW TAB

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    About the Pilot

    In April 2021, Toronto City Council approved the installation of a temporary Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue as part of the City’s Pandemic Mobility Recovery Strategy.

    Yonge Street is proposed to be transformed into a complete street through the CaféTO and ActiveTO programs, which were both created in 2020 as quick-start COVID-19 response programs. CaféTO provided urgent support to hundreds of local restaurants and ActiveTO has connected the City’s cycling network like never before.

    The pilot will provide support for local businesses and surrounding communities by expanding outdoor patio areas, improving safety and comfort for everyone, and providing a safe and protected bike lane along the Line 1 subway.


  • April 11, 2021 11:32 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

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    Public Safety Alert,
    Vehicle thefts in 53 Division,
    Theft prevention tips



    Broadcast time: 11:45
    Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    Unit: 53 Division
    Phone: 416-808-5300

    The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an increase in vehicle thefts in 53 Division.

    Over the past month, neighbourhoods have experienced a rise in high-end vehicle thefts from residential areas. The primary targets for the thieves include Lexus and Toyota SUVs, as well as Land Rovers.

    The suspects are using various methods to reprogram or rekey the vehicle and then driving off from the area with little to no damage caused. The thefts are not just occurring overnight but also in the late afternoon and evening hours.

    Owners can take the following steps to help protect their vehicles:

    - Park your vehicle inside or park a secondary car behind the target vehicle

    - Use steering wheel immobilizing devices

    - Keep car keys away from the front door and inside a closed metal container or Faraday box

    - Cover the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the driver’s side dash with a piece of paper

    - Purchase locks for On Board Diagnostics (OBD) ports of the vehicles

    - Consider investment in aftermarket GPS or immobilization devices (ask dealerships for more information)

    If anyone sees anything suspicious, especially if people are approaching parked vehicles including the above mentioned models, they should report it to police.


    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.


  • April 11, 2021 11:30 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Lane Reduction at Chaplin Cres & Eglinton Ave West

    April 13, 2021

    Starting as early as Monday April 13, 2021, Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one (1) lane only between Gilgorm Road and Russell Hill Road weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for approximately two (2) weeks, while crews unload and install panels at the Tertiary Entrance site.  The panels will form the exterior walls of the station entrance.

     

    What to Expect

    A mobile crane will be used to lift large pre-cast panels and place them on the Tertiary Entrance structure. Eglinton Avenue will be reduced to one (1) lane only between Gilgorm Road and Russell Hill Road during pre-cast pane unloading and installation. Traffic will alternate in each direction with assistance from a Paid Duty Officer and/or traffic control personnel. 

     

    At the end of each shift, one lane of traffic in each direction will be restored. Motorists can expect delays when travelling through the area. Noise from construction activity can be expected.


    Hours of Work

    • As early as Monday April 13, 2021 for approximately two (2) weeks
    • Lane reduction will be in effect Monday to Friday between 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Traffic & Pedestrians Details

    • Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one (1) lane only between Gilgorm Road and Russell Hill Road, alternating traffic in each direction with assistance from a Paid Duty Officer and/or traffic control personnel
    • Motorists may experience delays when traveling through the area
    • The laneway behind the Tertiary Entrance, between Chaplin Crescent and Russell Hill Road, will remain closed
    • No changes to the existing pedestrian routing are expected with this work

    Transit Information

    • Access to TTC will be maintained at all times
    • Please visit www.ttc.ca for more information


  • April 11, 2021 11:26 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Update: Crane Mobilization on Berwick Avenue

    April 9 – April 16, 2021
     

     

    As early as Friday April 9, 2021, crews at Eglinton Station will resume pre-cast panel installations at the Berwick Portal site. To facilitate this work, use of a mobile crane will be required at the Berwick Portal until approximately Friday, April 16, 2021. 

    For safety reasons, Berwick Avenue will be reduced to one lane only, with traffic alternating in each direction, during this work. Berwick Avenue will remain open at Yonge Street.  TTC buses will continue to enter the Eglinton Station Bus Bay from Yonge Street. Traffic control personnel and/or a Paid Duty Officer will be present while this work takes place.  

    This work is expected to take place Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Currently, 24-hour work is ongoing for Eglinton Station Box construction and will continue, throughout this work. 

     

    What to Expect

     

    Noise from construction activity, including trucks, material loading, and a crane can be expected. All work zones on Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue will remain in place. Expect delays while travelling through the intersection.  


    Hours of Work

    •    As early as Friday April 9, 2021 for approximately one (1) week. 
    •    This work will take place between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
    •    24-hour work is currently ongoing for Eglinton Station Box construction and will continue, during this work. 
    •    Work may be rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or unforeseen circumstances. 


    Traffic Details

    •    During this work, Berwick Avenue will be reduced to one lane only, alternating traffic in each direction. 
    •    Berwick Avenue will remain open at Yonge Street. 
    •    On-street parking will be temporarily prohibited


    Pedestrians Details

    •    Pedestrian access will be maintained along the north side of Berwick Ave from Duplex Ave to Yonge St. At times, pedestrians may be asked to stop or divert around the crane movements.
    •    The south sidewalk of Berwick Ave from Yonge St to the west end of the work zone will be temporarily closed. 


    Transit Information

    •    TTC buses will continue to enter the Eglinton Station Bus Bay from Yonge Street.
    •    Access to TTC will be maintained. 

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  • March 28, 2021 10:47 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    BACKGROUND & ACTION REQUIRED

    This neighbourhood is growing so rapidly with booming populations of seniors, children and new Canadians, but it does not have the relevant infrastructure that is accessible, affordable community programs for our families and residents of all ages. Since 2011 Josh Matlow along with local residents have had a vision to create a fully accessible community center to include swimming pools, gyms and meeting rooms with intergenerational needs in mind.  A demographic study proved them right. In 2016 Josh was able to secure municipal funding for this space and make an agreement with the TDSB to have a portion of some of their public property on the Davisville School site for this community center (initially the TDSB wanted to sell a portion of land to a developer for an apartment building)

    This 30,000 sq ft fully accessible building will be located east of the intersection of Yonge and Davisville adjacent to the Davisville School.  This is a very exciting, creative project and will involve the sharing of swimming pools, gyms, a playground and underground parking .  It will include a net-zero energy building design, gender neutral family change rooms, traditional change rooms, leisure/tot pool, community multi-use spaces and a green roof.

    The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division take the lead in this project and a design team has been hired. We urge every member of the Oriole Park Community to answer an on line survey at Toronto.ca/Davisville CAC to provide much needed input to the design team.  The survey closes April 5, 2021. 


  • March 27, 2021 2:57 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    YONGE EGLINTON DEVELOPMENT/ CANADA SQUARE CALL FOR ACTION

    The proposal for the re-development of this publicly owned land include five residential and office towers ranging from 45 to 70 storeys. This will add 2701 condo units, 864 parking spots and 2900 bicycle spaces. The developers Oxford Properties and Canadian Tire REIT have a long term lease with the City and TTC to develop this property. Previous height limits for the site approved by City Council allowed for a maximum of 40 storeys.

    Resident Concerns Include:

    • Development is massive and will overwhelm the area.

    • There is a significant infrastructure deficit, e.g. schools, sewers, water, etc.

    • There is a striking lack of parks and open public space.

    • Traffic congestion and infiltration will worsen.

    • There will be an adverse environmental impact as a result of the demolition and construction on this site.

    Please email your concerns about this proposed project to Councillor Josh Matlow at councillor_matlow@toronto.ca or call him at (416) 392-7906. Please copy oriolepk@hotmail.com.

    TTC Buslands/Canada Square Development Proposal

    CONTACT US

    Email: oriolepk@hotmail.com

    Website :www.orioleparkassociation.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/oriolepkassociation

    Twitter@oriolepk


  • March 27, 2021 2:53 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Update: Overnight Weekend Work at Avenue Station

    Late March 2021

    Crews at Avenue Station will continue 24-hour work on Saturdays for approximately two (2) months to facilitate structural works at the Main and Secondary Entrances. This work includes steel, rebar, and formwork installations. On Sundays, construction will take place between 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

     

    What to Expect


    Overnight noise from construction activities including, hammering, crane use, and material loading can be expected. Expect delays while travelling through the intersection.


    Hours of Work

    • Overnight weekend work is required for approximately two (2) months
    • Monday to Saturday; 24-hours
    • Sundays; 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Work may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • No changes to the current traffic configuration or pedestrian routes are expected as a result of this notice

    Transit Information

    • Access to TTC will be maintained at all times
    • Please visit www.ttc.ca for more information


  • March 24, 2021 1:47 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    An Oriole Park initiative by Adair Roberts.......

    One year ago today, the first Feed the Frontlines TO delivery – 60 lasagne dinners with vegetables and garlic bread from Five Doors North to Mount Sinai Hospital. Since then, they have delivered over 50,000 meals – 25,000 to frontline workers during the pandemic’s first wave and then another 25,000 meals (and counting!) to people facing food insecurity across Toronto.

    Feed the Frontlines has raised almost $800,000 and  aim to raise $200K over the next 3 months – for a total of $1M raised! – to continue delivering meals to Torontonians in need.

    Support this local initiative if you are able.

     https://www.gofundme.com/f/9b896z-feed-the-frontlines-to?

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY ISSUES

As we all know our neighbourhood is subject to serious development pressure, and development issues have occupied much of the board’s time. Among these issues are:

Community Development Committee of Adjustment – Single Family Homes

The OPA keeps a close eye on applications for home renovations and tear- downs in our neighbourhood.

We receive details about applications from the Committee including a description of the proposed changes and the deadline for submitting to the committee. We forward information about homes in our area to a special email list. You can subscribe here: Oriole Park Association - Committee of Adjustment notices.

Metrolinx – Eglinton LRT

The OPA is involved in the ongoing process of the development of the new Light Rail Transit line in our area.

One major concern for the community is that Eglinton Avenue is to have restricted lanes westbound between Oriole Parkway and Braemar Avenue for the construction of the Avenue Road Station.

The proposals as detailed below will last until 2021.

The businesses on the north side will have very restricted access and visibility.

The second concern is that Metrolinx in their initial proposal wished to ‘clear cut’ the area on the south side of the North Toronto Community Center between the eastern driveway and the western boundary beside the ‘Art Barn’ building. The area is to be used for storage and construction vehicles

The OPA community involvement is:

  • We attend meetings on behalf of the membership and community as well as sit on a ‘working group’ Chaired by Councillor Cristin Carmichael-Greb (Ward 16) and as supported by our Councillor Josh Matlow ( Ward 22).
  • The working group is comprised of elected officials; Senior City of Toronto Staff including Metrolinx and Crosslinx staff. The local residents associations are represented by the Eglinton Avenue Road Community Association: the Eglinton Park Ratepayers Association as well as the OPA.
  • We will provide updates via our Twitter and Facebook Accounts as well our email subscribers as they come available.


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