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  • 1 Jun 2020 1:59 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)


    Subway service on Line 1 between Eglinton and Bloor-Yonge stations will end at 11 p.m. nightly from Monday, June 1 to Thursday, June 4, 2020 for maintenance. 

    Regular service will resume at approximately 6 a.m. each following morning. Shuttle buses will operate.

    Summerhill Station will be closed. All other stations will remain open for the purchase of PRESTO fares and connection to surface routes.


  • 1 Jun 2020 1:56 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,

    I write to you today with an important community alert. We are back at Queen’s Park and the Ontario Government has decided to move ahead with non-COVID related bills.   

    I want to provide you with an update regarding Bill 171, An Act to enact the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020. The Doug Ford government has announced a new timeline for the Bill’s progress through the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

    You can access the entirety of the Bill here: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-171

    A concise summary of the Bill is provided in the attached document.

    If you are interested in appearing before the Committee to share your concerns regarding Bill 171, please see the information below and take note of the dates: 

    1.   The Committee will hold public hearings on Bill 171 at Queen’s Park on:

    Mon 8 Jun – 10:00am-12:00pm AND 1:00-6:00pm

    Tue 9 Jun – 10:00am-12:00pm AND 1:00-6:00pm

    Wed 10 Jun – 9:00-10:15am AND 1:00-6:00pm

    2.   Deadline to request to appear: Thu 4 Jun, 10:00am. The process to apply to appear before the Committee is here - https://www.ola.org/en/apply-committees

    3.   The amount of time each witness will receive will be determined at a later date by the sub-committee, but it will likely be 10 minutes for a presentation followed by 20 minutes for questioning

    4.   Deadline for Written Submissions: Wed 10 Jun, 6:00pm. The process to submit written submissions is here - https://www.ola.org/en/apply-committees

    5.   The Committee will meet to introduce amendments and go clause by clause through the bill on:

    Mon 15 Jun – 10:00-12:00pm AND 1:00-6:00pm

    Tue 16 Jun – 9:00-10:15am AND 1:00-6:00pm

    The Bill can be called back for third reading as early as Tue 16 Jun.  

    We have a lot of concerns with this Bill, and will likely be voting some clauses of the Bill down. 

    In addition, after talking to many of you, we will likely be introducing some amendments including possibly the following:

    ·         Requiring a Community Benefits Agreement for all projects

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx must publish information about construction impacts on the community, and keep it updated

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx, in consultation with community, must set standards for construction impacts (eg: noise, dust, road access, utility service disruptions, access to store entrances, etc) and lay out consequences for failure to do so

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx must establish a construction working group that includes local stakeholders to exchange advice and information during construction

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx must coordinate with City of Toronto on construction permits, work orders, and access to municipal services/rights of way

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx must ensure access to a responsible person to address community concerns about construction or access to municipal services/rights of way

    ·         Project contract cannot require Minister/Metrolinx to exercise a power under Bill 171 (ie: the contract cannot allow the effective delegation of ministerial powers to a private contractor)

    ·         Minister/Metrolinx must compensate municipality or local board for construction damages

    ·         (If above fails) Minister/Metrolinx must compensate BIA for construction damages

    ·         Opposes sections that allow Minister to close roads or shut off power/water without consent of municipality

    Let me know if you have any questions.  

    Have a good weekend,

    ______________________

    Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD (she/her)

    Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s

    Ontario NDP Critic for Culture and Women’s Issues


  • 26 May 2020 10:10 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    RECEIVED FROM TTC  LAST NIGHT AT 6:00PM WITH NO ADVANCE NOTICE.

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    Hello,

    I have just learned of some scheduled overnight maintenance work north of Davisville Station starting tonight for approximately 2 to 3 weeks. As part of its preventative and corrective maintenance program, TTC will be carrying out wood-tie replacement in the open-air section between Davisville and Eglinton stations. The work, which can only take place when the subway is not operating, will range from replacing ballast (stones), replacing wood ties and tamping new ballast to secure the track system in place. The work is essential to maintain the track in state of good repair and ensure a safe and smoother subway operations through the area.

    In support of this work, subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and Bloor-Yonge stations will end nightly at 11 p.m. on May 25 to 28. Regular subway service will resume each morning at approximately 6 a.m. These early subway closures will allow crews to expedite the wood-tie replacement work, which would normally take up to 5 weeks of nightly activity between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. to complete.

    A subway work-car will be used nightly at track level between the work location to vacuum up/remove the old ballast (stones) and expose the wood-ties that support the tracks. Noise can be expected when some equipment and subway work-cars are in full operation.

    The information can be found online here:  http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Construction/Line_1-closure.jsp

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Tran
    Community Liaison
    Community Relations
    CEO’s Office

    T: 647-461-5133 

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    Toronto Transit Commission
    Head Office, 1900 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M4S 1Z2


  • 26 May 2020 10:05 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Notice of Chaplin Crescent Road Closure for Traffic Bridge Removal Works-
    June 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?


    As early as June 1, 2020, Chaplin Crescent will be closed between Eglinton Avenue and Russell Hill Road for approximately five (5) weeks while crews perform traffic bridge removal works at the intersection.  The Chaplin-Russell Hill laneway will also be closed.  Construction activities will include removal of the existing traffic bridge, back-filling, reinstatement of utilities and paving. 
     
    One lane of traffic in each direction on Eglinton Avenue will be maintained.  Local access will be maintained from the south end of the closure and the east end of the laneway.  Upon completion of the work, Chaplin Crescent and the Chaplin-Russell Hill laneway will re-open.  Significant traffic changes will be in effect.  Please carefully review the Traffic and Pedestrian Details below.
     

    Hours of Work

    • As early as June 1, 2020, Chaplin Cres will be closed for approximately five (5) weeks
    • Traffic bridge removal work will take place between 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Monday – Sunday
    • The contractor may not always work during these hours, but may do so at its discretion
    • The closure may be in place longer or shorter than expected
       

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Noise from use of a crane, excavator, trucks, compactor and other heavy equipment
    • Site lighting will be required
    • Truck staging within work zones, traffic tapers and on the median north of Eglinton Ave
    • 24 hour deep excavation work will continue during closure into mid-June 2020
    • Motorists can expect delays when travelling through the intersection

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • Chaplin Cres will be closed between Eglinton Ave and Russell Hill Rd
    • The Chaplin-Russell Hill laneway will be closed
    • One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Eglinton Ave
    • Southbound traffic on Chaplin Cres will be required to turn left or right at Eglinton Ave
    • The west crosswalk will be removed and the north crosswalk will be reinstated
    • The south crosswalk will be shifted further south
    • Parking on Russell Hill Rd will be temporarily prohibited to accommodate the TTC detour
    • Traffic control personnel will be present while traffic bridge removal work takes place
    • Local access will be maintained from the south end of the road closure and from the east end of the lane-way

    TTC Details

    • TTC bus route 14 Glencairn will be on detour for the duration of the closure.  The westbound bus will turn right onto Russell Hill Rd, left onto Eglinton Ave and continue north on Chaplin Cres.  The eastbound bus will turn left onto Eglinton Ave, right onto Russell Hill Rd and continue south on Chaplin Cres.  For more information, visit www.ttc.ca.

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 23 May 2020 11:02 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    TTC COVID-19 Response

    May 21, 2020

    The following is an overview of measures TTC continues to take to keep our customers safe and well informed. Please share any of the following with your colleagues.

    Vehicle and station disinfection

    Since January, the TTC has been performing significant additional cleaning and disinfection of all public places with a focus on touch and grab points, such as buttons, railings, handles and straps. All stations, buses, streetcars, trains are receiving extra attention.

    TTC website links and resources

    The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority. Our website, TTC.ca, provides guidance for riding the TTC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Quick links

    Coronavirus updates

    Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

    Extra buses added to key routes

    TTC COVID-19 case update

    Wheel-Trans updates

    TTC Customer Service

    General TTC information 416-393-4636

    Customer Service

    416-393-3030

    TTY Hearing Challenged Service

    416-338-0357

    Online for complaints or compliments

    www.ttc.ca

    Toronto Transit Commission May 20, 2020

    Reminders to keep everyone safe when travelling on public transit:

    •TTC and Toronto Public Health strongly recommend

    that all customers wear a face covering when taking

    transit .

    •If you’re sick, stay home.

    •Wash your hands when you get to your destination.

    •We’re all in this together.

    To further support the important message about wearing a face mask or face covering, TTC CEO Rick Leary wrote an Op-Ed in the Toronto Star. The full article can be read here:

    Safety on the TTC

    The TTC looks a lot different these days. A number of measures have been taken to enhance safety for our customers:

    • hand sanitizers are installed at all subway stations;

    • cash, token and TTC ticket fares are suspended – pay fares with your PRESTO card;

    • COVID-19 screening posters are up at the entrances to all stations;

    • disinfecting our vehicles twice a day including hand holds and touch points;

    • supporting our vulnerable communities with additional special constable patrols on vehicles and in stations;

    • providing additional service on our busiest routes;

    • providing masks, face shields, gloves and hand sanitizers to all our frontline employees;

    • partnering with the City in promoting COVID-19 public health messaging on all of our communication channels.

    Thank you for your support of our essential service to Toronto.

    Richard Leary

    CEO

    Toronto Transit Commission


  • 23 May 2020 11:00 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Line 1: Eglinton to King single day closure May 23

    There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Eglinton and King stations on Saturday, May 23, 2020 for Automatic Train Control signal system installation.
     
    Shuttle buses will operate. As King Station is not yet an accessible station, customers requiring an accessible connection should exit the train at Union Station and see any TTC customer service employee to request assistance.

    Summerhill, College, Dundas, Queen and King stations will be closed. All other stations will remain open for the purchase of PRESTO fares and connection to surface routes.



  • 8 May 2020 3:17 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    AVENUE STATION CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
    Friday May 8, 2020

    Mining operations are ongoing at the Secondary Entrance and occur 24 hours a day, five days a week. Read the construction notice for more detail.
     

    What Work is Taking Place

    • Mining excavation continues between Eastbourne Avenue and Lascelles Boulevard. This sequence includes drilling roof supports, removal of earth and coating exposed surfaces with shotcrete. Mining excavation is expected to be complete in late-May 2020. 
    • Demolition of the inner station walls will continue intermittently through to late-May 2020. 
    •  Approximately three concrete pours take place every week lasting 12 – 18 hours each.  The concrete forms the station structure below grade.  Some pours require temporary use of the westbound curb lane at Main Entrance.  The lane will re-open after each pour is complete. 

    What Work is Coming Up?

    • As early as Saturday, May 9, 2020 crews will perform the next concrete pour at the Main Entrance, temporarily occupying the westbound curb lane.  
    • Once mining excavation is complete, permanent works, including final lining and concrete pours, will begin east of the Secondary Entrance. 

    Hours of Work:

    • As early as Monday, May 4, 2020 crews at Avenue Station will shift to a 24/5 work schedule.
    • Crews are expected to operate on a 24-hour basis Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Occasionally, crews may be required to work through the weekends to complete critical activities.

     

    Mining Information


    General mining activities occur in a continuous sequence, including drilling roof supports, excavation under the roof supports and spraying of concrete to finalize exposed areas underground. Within the excavation portion of the sequence, periodic removal of concrete sections of the existing tunnels is required as well as periodic chipping of temporary concrete linings. When possible, crews complete higher impact works during the day, however due to the sequence nature of the work and the engineering requirements related to ground stability and cavern integrity, sometimes noticeable activity occurs overnight. 

    Noise & Vibration Mitigation


    Noise and vibration impacts to your building depend on your proximity to the source and how the vibrations travel through the soil and interact with the foundation and structure of your building. Crosslinx Transit Solutions has implemented several noise reductions measures on site to mitigate the impact felt by the community during mining activities. Enclosures are used to cover equipment like generators and pumps, silencers are used to reduce noise from fans, and delivery routes and times are selected to minimize disruption – just to name a few.

    If you experience disruption from mining activities, please call our 24/7 phone line at 416-782-8118. 
     

    Construction Activities

    ACTIVITY & AREA

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    DURATION

    TENTATIVE DATE

    Concrete Pours

    • Approximately three (3) concrete pours per week
    • Concrete trucks will be staged within work zones, including Eglinton Park, and will exit the west gate of either site.
    • Trucks may be required to back into the site gates.
    • Some pours will require temporary occupancy of the westbound curb lane, west of the Main Entrance
    • 12 – 18 hours each
    • Approximately three (3) pours per week

     

    • The next pour with lane occupancy is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 9, 2020.

    Wall Demolition

    • Demolition of temporary walls between Eastbourne Avenue and Lascelles Boulevard
    • Wall demolition will take place on a 24-hours basis, with crews operating 5- days a week.
    • Intermittent wall demolition is expected to continue through to late-May 2020.

    Dewatering Well Maintenance

    • Periodic maintenance of dewatering wells requires a short duration closures around wells in the roadway or sidewalk

     

    • Use of a compressor and, occasionally, a hydro-vacuum truck is required.

     

    • Maintenance will occur periodically over the course of construction
    • 9am to 4pm

     

    Monitoring Work
    Equipment installed in various locations around the station are used to monitor ground movement during construction.
    Read the construction notice for more detail.

    • A drill is used to install monitoring equipment around the station area.

     

    • Short duration closures are used to obtain readings from the monitors.

     

    • If on the sidewalk, pedestrians may be rerouted around the work area

     

    • Periodic installations will occur over the course of construction

     

    • Readings will occur regularly over the course of construction
    • Future installation dates to be confirmed


  • 8 May 2020 2:12 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Concrete Pour at Avenue Station
    Saturday May 9, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?

    • As early as Saturday May 9, 2020 crews will perform a concrete pour at the main entrance of Avenue Station. The concrete will form one of the permanent station structures underground. To safely carry out the works, westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane at the Main Entrance. Each pour will begin at 6:00 a.m. and take approximately ten (10) hours to complete.  After each pour is complete, the lane will re-open. 

    Hours of Work

    • As early as Saturday May 9, 2020
    • The pour will begin at 6:00 a.m. and take approximately ten (10) hours to complete.
    • Work may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Lane reductions will be required to facilitate concrete pours at the station’s Main Entrance.
    • Expect delays while travelling through the intersection.
    • 4+ concrete trucks are expected per hour.
    • Noise from construction equipment can be expected.
    • Staging of concrete trucks at Eglinton Park and within the main entrance work zone.

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • Westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane at the Main Entrance.
    • Traffic control personnel and/or a paid duty officer will be present while this work takes place.
    • All pedestrian routes will remain the same.

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 6 May 2020 1:21 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Line 1: Lawrence to St Clair single day

    closure May 10

    There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St Clair stations on Sunday, May 10 for Automatic Train Control signal system installation.

    Shuttle buses will operate. As Lawrence Station is not yet an accessible station, customers requiring an accessible connection should exit the train at York Mills Station and see any TTC customer service employee to request accessible service.

    All stations will remain open for PRESTO fare purchases and access to surface routes.


  • 5 May 2020 1:20 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Updated: Road and Laneway Closure for Tower Crane Installation
    May 6, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?

    • On Wednesday May 6, 2020, Chaplin Crescent will be closed between Eglinton Avenue West and Russell Hill Road, and the laneway south of Eglinton Avenue between Chaplin Crescent and Russell Hill Road will be closed behind Toronto Fire Station 135 (641 Eglinton Avenue West) while crews install a tower crane.  Emergency service vehicles will be permitted through the closure.  TTC buses will be detoured onto Russell Hill Road.  Eglinton Avenue will remain open while the crane is installed. No thru traffic will be permitted through the laneway, however, property access will be maintained from the east end of the laneway.  The crane will be in place for approximately one (1) year and will be used to lift equipment and material in and out of the station box and entrances. The crane will not swing live loads over adjacent properties or the sidewalk.

    Hours of Work

    •  Wednesday May 6, 2020 from 4:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • Construction takes place on a 24 hour basis, Monday through Sunday – read the construction notice here
    • Work may be rescheduled, or be longer or shorter than expected

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • A tower crane will be installed at the Tertiary Entrance work zone  located on the south side of Eglinton, east of Chaplin Cres and will be used to lift materials in and out of work zones
    • Temporary closures and traffic prohibitions will be in effect
    • Some noise can be expected when the crane is installed
    • Property access will be maintained from the east of the laneway

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • Chaplin Cres will be closed between Eglinton Ave and Russell Hill Rd, emergency service vehicle excepted
    • The Chaplin-Russell Hill laneway will be closed behind Toronto Fire Station
    • Property access will be maintained
    • Parking on Russell Hill Rd will be prohibited during the closure
    •  Traffic control personnel and/or a Paid Duty Officer will be present
    • Toronto Paramedic Services Station 18 vehicles will be parked within the closure on Chaplin Cres

    TTC Details

    • TTC bus #14 Glencairn will be on detour during the closure.  Buses will detour onto Eglinton Ave and Russell Hill Rd.  For more information, please visit www.ttc.ca

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


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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