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  • 9 Nov 2019 11:13 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Fall Open Houses

    In October, five open houses were held along Eglinton Avenue to provide construction progress on the new Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. Approximately 400 people attended this round of Fall open houses. Feedback was positive and many people are looking forward to seeing the ongoing progress being made in their area.  

    Missed an open house? You can  check out the presentation materials on our website.

    Eglinton Crosstown’s Photos of the Day Series

    To keep you up-to-date on the progress of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project, the ‘Photo of the Day’ blog series features a glimpse into the work being done on the Crosstown! Progress photos are posted on Metrolinx News every week as part of this feature. The most recent story is about the ongoing rail installation along the Eglinton East corridor. Read the article on Metrolinx News.  

    Yonge and Eglinton Pedestrians Crosswalks are back!

    In case you missed it, all of the pedestrian crosswalks at the Yonge and Eglinton intersection have reopened! Crossing guards will continue to assist pedestrians in the area to cross the intersection safely. We want to thank everyone for their continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Fall Business Graphic

    Looking to explore a new spot on Eglinton? We feature new businesses on our Twitter and Facebook page in our monthly business graphic! If you are a business on Eglinton and would be interested in being featuring in our latest business graphic, email the Crosstown Community Relations team at crosstown@metrolinx.com with your information.
     


  • 6 Nov 2019 1:50 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    THIS LETTER IS TO BE CIRCULATED TO ALL LOCAL MUNICIPAL, PROVINCIAL , FEDERAL POLITICIANS AS WELL AS LOCAL SCHOOL TRUSTEES

    The recent senseless and entirely preventable death of a pedestrian at Yonge & Eglinton has finally

    brought street safety in midtown into the public conversation. Councillors Colle, Matlow and

    Robinson have proposed a number of short-term fixes and longer-term studies , and the City

    continuing its Vision Zero 2.0 initiative . In addition to these, to make people safer in the long term,

    we ask for three concrete courses of action: build safer streets, increase enforcement, and

    require safer vehicles. These have been proven in Toronto and other cities around the world to

    meaningfully improve safety for people on our streets.

    1. Build safer streets.

    Our outdated main streets are 50-year-old designs: too wide, encouraging speeding and poor

    driving, and optimized for vehicle volume instead of safety. We need to modernize our streets,

    making safety the priority from the start.

    Fortunately, we know what improves safety for people: simple tweaks to street design that include

    signalized crossings, protected bicycle lanes, narrowed vehicle lanes, improved visibility/sightlines,

    reduced turn radii, shorter crossing distances, and lit crosswalks.

    New York and other cities around the world have halved the number of street fatalities by building

    these kinds of safer, complete streets.

    In Toronto, City Council has endorsed a ‘Complete Streets’ policy for all new planned and road

    reconstruction. We need to begin implementing this policy, such as by following the

    recommendations outlined in the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan , including providing “direct and

    continuous walking and cycling routes” on Major and Primary Streets - which includes Yonge,

    Eglinton and Mount Pleasant - and providing “additional, fine-grained walking and cycling routes” on

    Priority Local Streets.

    Similar designs are already in Toronto! The Eglinton Connects streetscape redesign was approved

    in 2014, and includes wider sidewalks, reduced crossing distances, slower speeds, and bicycle

    lanes.

    We ask the City for:

    a) A study and implementation of a “complete streets” approach to Yonge St and a review

    of street safety on connecting side streets.

    b) Fully funded and accelerated construction of the safer Eglinton Connects street layout.

    Left: Approved design for Eglinton Connects: safe for all users (credit City of Toronto). Right: Existing unsafe

    design at Yonge & Erskine: no crossings, cars blocking sightlines, no bike lanes, narrow sidewalks (credit

    Michael Black)

    2. Increase enforcement.

    Enforcement of basic traffic laws has dramatically decreased over the past 50 years; today there are

    only two traffic enforcement police in the entire 53 Division, which extends from Bloor to Lawrence.

    Motorists, including heavy vehicle drivers, regularly drive recklessly and aggressively: speeding,

    running red lights, driving while distracted, and ignoring vulnerable road users.

    The solution is modern approaches to enforcement: automated speeding cameras and red light

    cameras ( as implemented successfully in New York City and in Vancouver ), traffic wardens at key

    hotspots, and increased penalties to law breakers. Drivers of heavy trucks who ignore basic safety

    regulations should be targeted, and penalties should be increased to align with increased potential

    harm to vulnerable users.

    Revenue from traffic fines should be channeled to municipalities that do the enforcement, not to the

    province, where it currently goes. These funds would incentivize municipalities to increase

    enforcement. Provincial support is still required to enable automated enforcement tools like speeding

    cameras; this is currently under consultation .

    We ask the provincial and City government for:

    a) Effective immediately, triple the number of traffic police/traffic wardens enforcing traffic

    laws.

    b) Increased automated enforcement, including more red light cameras, automated

    speeding cameras, and higher penalties.

    c) Redirection of traffic fine revenue from the province to street safety projects in the

    municipalities who do the enforcement.

    Speeding Cameras in B.C. (credit Jennifer Gauthier); Traffic Warden in Toronto (blogto.com)

    3. Require safer trucks and vehicles.

    An outsized percentage of street fatalities are caused by heavy vehicles and trucks ; the most

    dangerous ones, like the cement truck that killed a pedestrian at Yonge & Erskine, have enormous

    blind spots, poor handling, and negligible safety technology and equipment. Although many safety

    features are now mandatory for large vehicles in European jurisdictions, truck design in Canada has

    barely changed in 50 years; the heaviest and most dangerous vehicles are virtually identical to

    vehicles from the 1960s.

    Fortunately, modern technology exists to dramatically improve safety of these vehicles: side guards

    to prevent people from being sucked under rear wheels, cameras and sensor systems, and high

    visibility cabs that eliminate blind spots.

    Requiring safer trucks can be implemented federally, provincially and municipally. For example,

    London UK has banned the least safe heavy trucks from the city , and in coming years will

    increasingly raise standards so only heavy trucks with moderate or better safety ratings can enter.

    Several cities in the US, including Washington DC, now require side guards on heavy duty trucks .

    And European vehicle standards require all vehicles to be designed for pedestrian and cyclist safety .

    We ask the federal, provincial and municipal governments for:

    a) A ban on unsafe heavy vehicles in Toronto, only permitting modern safe vehicles

    b) Safety features designed to protect vulnerable road users be the required standard for

    all vehicles

    Left: 1970s cement truck. Middle: Typical late 2010s low-visibility truck, soon to be banned in London UK.

    Right: Modern truck with high-visibility cabin, camera sensor systems, & side guards.

    Letter Signatories

    The following organizations have endorsed this position statement

    FoNTRA , Lytton Park Resident's Association, Eglinton Park Resident's Association,

    Cycle Toronto Midtown , Cycle Toronto Don Valley /Midtown


  • 5 Nov 2019 7:42 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)
    UPDATE FROM COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW

    Our campaign to ensure Torontonians have the tools to effectively decide how we grow, get around, and support each other is continuing to gain momentum. I was joined by my council colleague Kristyn Wong-Tam and residents' group Charter City Toronto at City Hall this morning to launch a discussion paper on new powers and protections. 
     

    I first moved a motion at Council over a year ago requesting the federal government to move forward with a City Charter for Toronto. Since then, leaders from other levels of government have acknowledged that a city with a population larger than half of the country's provinces should not have its planning decisions unilaterally overruled, or the basic rules of its election changed, with no consultation and after it was already underway. 

    Today, Torontonians including MP Adam Vaughan, former Premier Bob Rae, and former Mayor John Sewell endorsed the need for more autonomy today.
     

    This morning's event was the kick off for a series of local discussions in neighbourhoods across the city about our future. We are organizing another large event for early next year and I'll personally be visiting communities across our city over the coming months to hear their feedback and priorities for our city. For more information on today's event, please read articles inThe Star and The Globe.

    You can help grow the Empower Toronto movement. Please click here and share this site with your friends and family as well as on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media using the hashtag #EmpowerTO. If everyone sends the link to 10 people in their network our voice will be hard to ignore!

    Upcoming City Charter Events

    Charter City TO Public Meeting

    Thurs. Nov 21 6:30 PM New Horizons Centre                                                              
    1140 Bloor St West at Dufferin Subway
    You must click here to RSVP at Eventbrite!

    Munk School Debate

    Four Experts on local governance and constitutional law debate: Does Toronto Need a City Charter?

    Kristin R Good, Dalhousie University
    Bruce Ryder, Osgoode Hall Law School
    Zack Taylor. U of Western Ontario
    Patricia Burke Wood, York University

    Thurs. Nov 28 5:30 pm
    Auditorium, John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, U of Toronto 
    1 Spadina Crescent
    RSVP here.
     


    Thank you for being a part of this important movement.

    Sincerely,

    Josh


     


  • 2 Nov 2019 11:39 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    FROM COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW'S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER


    SAVE THE DATE: Yonge & Eglinton Town Hall on Improving Traffic Safety and Livability
     
    Traffic safety in Midtown, and across the city, has been of increasing concern. Local roads and sidewalks designed for small-scale residential homes are now serving areas of large condominium developments that bring large construction vehicles. As well, additional traffic is brought to neighbourhoods once new residents move in. Recent provincial initiatives to increase density in the City’s Midtown in Focus plan will only increase the potential for conflict between heavy construction vehicles and crowded streets which led to the recent tragedy at Yonge and Erskine.
     
    The increased density and other provincial planning changes, including a potential reduction in community benefits, has affected the neighbourhood’s vision for a livable community. For instance, the Ford government has removed the City’s ability to require a parkland dedication from certain developments.
     
    Please join us at a Town Hall I am co-hosting with my local Council colleagues to hear from City of Toronto experts on the problems and potential solutions to best protect residents on our roads, sidewalks and bike lanes. The meeting will also look at providing and improving community spaces and services in light of recent provincial planning changes.

    When: Monday November 25th 
    Where: North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Ave) in the Auditorium

  • 2 Nov 2019 11:35 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    FROM COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW'S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

    Davisville Hub Takes Important Step Forward
     
    I'm pleased to report that the Midtown Community Hub was officially added to the City's Parks & Recreation Facilities Master Plan. This addition prioritizes the project for funding during the budget process.
     
    Construction of the Hub is expected to begin after the Davisville PS rebuild, currently under construction, is completed. The facility will provide new and much-needed recreation opportunities for our community including:

    • A new double gymnasium within the school that will have community access some evenings and on Saturdays for City-run recreation programs
    • Aquatic facility, In a separate City building on the Davisville PS site, which will include one 25 metre, 6 lane pool and a warm water teaching pool with the appropriate ancillary spaces (i.e. change rooms, administrative and mechanical spaces)
    • Multi-purpose rooms, including a community space of approximately 5,000 square feet
    • Roof top park/garden that will include a green roof, elevator access, patio and walking path
    • 60 underground parking spaces to be shared by both facilities.
    • The aquatic facilities, community spaces, and rooftop park will be City-owned and programming will be for the community. The gymnasium and parking will be shared with the TDSB and will be open to the public during some non-school hours. 


  • 2 Nov 2019 11:30 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    AVENUE STATION CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
    Nov 1, 2019

     

    Mining operations are underway at both the Secondary Entrance and the Main Entrance sites. Mining occurs on a 24 hour a day, seven days a week. Read the construction notice for more detail.
     

    What work is taking place? 

    • The mining excavation sequence continues between the Main and Secondary Entrances and east of the Secondary Entrance between Oriole Parkway and Eastbourne Avenue. This sequence includes drilling roof supports, removal of earth and coating exposed surfaces with shotcrete. Excavation east of the Secondary Entrance is expected to be completed in July 2020.
    • Periodic removal of temporary concrete walls is underway for the next 2-3 weeks in the cavern between the Main and Secondary Entrances. This involves continuous breaking of concrete for short periods of time and may be more noticeable to those closest to the construction location.

     What work is coming up? 

    • Southbound lane closures on Avenue Road will be required for concrete pours in November 2019 – please review the Construction Activity Schedule for more information.

    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 and 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

    • Concrete pours will occur approximately once per week over the next year.
    • Concrete trucks will be staged in the existing laydown area on the north side of Eglinton Avenue and exit the site at the gate on the west end of the site.
    • Some of the trucks will be required to back into the west gate of the secondary entrance due to coordination with other construction activities that will be underway during the concrete pour. 
    • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Weekly
    • November 4, 6 and 7, 2019

    Connection Bore Holes
    West of Main Entrance
    *more details in CLC deck from September 4

    • Additional connection holes to the tunnels are required to facilitate final lining activities and deliver concrete to the cavern level
    • Drilling of the bore holes will occur just west f the Main Entrance.

     

    • Drilling will take approximately one (1) week.
    • Mid-November 2019

    Dewatering Well Maintenance
    Periodic maintenance of dewatering wells as required.

    • Periodic maintenance will be ongoing and require a short duration (1 day) enclosure around the well in the right of way
    • A compressor and occasional hydrovac truck will be used to complete the maintenance
    • Ongoing
    • 9am to 4pm

     

    Monitoring Work

    • Equipment is installed in various locations around the station are to monitor ground movement during construction.

    Read the construction notice for more detail.

    • To install the monitoring equipment in the ground, crews move from location to location around the station area. Typically, a drilling machine is used to drill the hole where the monitor will be installed.
    • If on the sidewalk, pedestrians may need to be routed around the work zone (sidewalks stay open). If on the roadway, a short-term lane closure may be required.
    • Readings will be taken regularly for the duration of the project.
    • Installations planned to be complete in the next few months.

     

    • Ongoing monitoring

    Currently installations are focused east of Secondary entrance


    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.


     


  • 31 Oct 2019 11:28 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)


    A special invitation to the Grand Unveiling!

     

    MIDTOWN YONGE BIA
    HONOURING THE PAST,
    ANIMATING THE PRESENT AND
    GALLOPING INTO THE FUTURE


     

    Midtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is bringing back the much-loved Iron Horse sculpture to the Kay Gardner Beltline Park Bridge as a permanent public art installation.

     

    Saturday, November 30, 2019
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Kay Gardner Beltline Park Bridge
    (Yonge Street, just south of Davisville Avenue)

     

    Keynote speeches by
    Councillor Josh Matlow,
    Artist Robert Sprachman
    and Manufacturer Rick Baker

     

    Light refreshments will be provided

    RSVP

    Follow Us On Social To See Updates and Use #IronHorseMidtown for any photos you take during the event! Tag us @MidtownYongeBIA


  • 30 Oct 2019 5:54 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    We have received the following request for support from the The Deer Park Residence Group (includes tenant members), which is launching a campaign to get all Toronto sidewalks cleared of snow and ice.

     As you might know our streets in "Old Toronto and parts of East York" are not cleared of snow and ice.  If you are in agreement please help The Deer Park Residence Group spread the word and sign the petition on the link below.  

    If you wish more information on this initiative please visit the website 

    www.clearoursidewalks.ca  

    REMEMBER: If you are over 65 years of age or cannot clear your sidewalk for medical reasons you may qualify for the City of Toronto to clear your sidewalk. Keep in mind that the City does not clear walkways or driveways on private property.


  • 24 Oct 2019 10:08 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    In the past week  there have been 2  reported coyote sightings in the neighbourhood west of Avenue Road.

    The sightings were on different days and different times.

    1. In the intersection of College View and Braemar at 7:00 AM

    2. On Braemar Avenue between College View and Chaplin at 9:00 PM.

    Please be careful and vigilant on your early morning / evening walks and be mindful of your children and small pets.

  • 18 Oct 2019 4:37 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    AVENUE STATION MINING UPDATE

    Mining operations are underway at both the Secondary Entrance and the Main Entrance sites. Mining occurs on a 24 hour a day, seven days a week. Read the construction notice for more detail.
     

    What Work is Taking Place?

    • The mining excavation sequence continues between the Main and Secondary Entrances and east of the Secondary Entrance. This sequence includes drilling roof supports, removal of earth and coating exposed surfaces with shotcrete. Crews are currently excavating eastward between Oriole Parkway and Eastbourne Avenue.
    • Periodic removal of temporary concrete walls is underway for the next 2-3 weeks in the cavern between the Main and Secondary Entrances.  This involves continuous breaking of concrete for short periods of time, and may be more noticeable to those closest to the construction location.

    What Work is Coming Up?

    • Mining work between the Main and Secondary Entrances is expected to be complete in late October. Once complete, activities in the cavern, between the Main and Secondary Entrances, will include waterproofing and concrete work to build the permanent station structure underground, also known as “permanent works”. 

    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 and 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 reduction 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

    • Concrete pours will occur approximately once per week over the next year.
    • Concrete trucks will be staged in the existing laydown area on the north side of Eglinton Avenue and exit the site at the gate on the west end of the site.
    • Some of the trucks will be required to back into the west gate of the secondary entrance due to coordination with other construction activities that will be underway during the concrete pour. 
    • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Weekly
    • October 22 and 24, 2019

    Connection Bore Holes

    West of Main Entrance
    *more details in CLC deck from September 4

    • Additional connection holes to the tunnels are required to facilitate final lining activities and deliver concrete to the cavern level
    • Drilling of the bore holes will occur just west of the Main Entrance.
    • Drilling will take approximately one (1) week.
    • Mid-November 2019

    Dewatering Well Maintenance

    Periodic maintenance of dewatering wells as required.

    • Periodic maintenance will be ongoing and require a short duration (1 day) enclosure around the well in the right of way
    • A compressor and occasional hydrovac truck will be used to complete the maintenance
    • Ongoing
    • 9am to 4pm

     

    Monitoring Work

    • Equipment is installed in various locations around the station are to monitor ground movement during construction.

    Read the construction notice for more detail.

    • To install the monitoring equipment in the ground, crews move from location to location around the station area. Typically, a drilling machine is used to drill the hole where the monitor will be installed.
    • If on the sidewalk, pedestrians may need to be routed around the work zone (sidewalks stay open). If on the roadway, a short term lane closure may be required.
    • Readings will be taken regularly for the duration of the project.
    • Installations planned to be complete in the next few months.

     

    • Ongoing monitoring

    Currently, installations are focused east of Secondary entrance


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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