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  • July 22, 2020 1:21 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    CafeTO patios are installed! 

     As part of the City of Toronto Cafe TO program, the Eglinton Way BIA installed its 7 curb lane closures last Thursday.
    There are two types of closures: curb lane patios (for the restaurants and bars) and parklets (public spaces for visitors to enjoy and linger on our streets).

    You can find curb lane patios for:
    - The Abbot on Eglinton 
    - Ferraro 502
    - Saucy Affairs (coming up soon!)

    You can find parklets at:
    - 365 Eglinton Ave W. (by Subway)
    - 420 Eglinton Ave W. (by Phipps Bakery)
    - 461 Eglinton Ave W. (by Victory's Menswear)
    - 532 Eglinton Ave W. (by Hotel Gelato)

    With this initiative, we hope to help people enjoy the outdoors while maintaining physical distancing this summer! 
    See all locations on the map and help spread the word!

  • July 17, 2020 3:44 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Metrolinx is building the Eglinton Crosstown, Toronto’s new 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue with a central 10 km underground section. The Crosstown will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today. With 25 stations and stops and connections to 3 TTC subway stations, 54 local bus routes, 3 GO Transit lines and the UP Express, the Crosstown will improve travel times and change the way we move through the heart of the city.         

    Upcoming Concrete Pour at Chaplin Station Saturday July 18, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?

    *        On Saturday July 18, 2020, a large concrete pour will take place at the Chaplin Station Main Entrance site.  900+ cubic metres of concrete will be poured into the station box underground to form an invert slab.  The invert slab will flatten the bottom of the tunnel so that track can eventually be laid.  Two concrete pumps will be placed within work zones and several concrete trucks will deliver concrete to the site every hour.  The pour will take approximately 14 hours to complete.

    Hours of Work

    *        Saturday July 18, 2020 beginning at 5:00 a.m. for approximately 14 hours

    *        Work may be longer or shorter than expected, and may be rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances

    Work Area Map


    What to Expect

    *        Noise from concrete trucks and pumps

    *        10+ concrete trucks per hour

    *        Concrete truck staging within work zones

    *        To allow for continuous turning of the mixer and discharging of concrete, concrete trucks must remain running

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    *        Traffic control personnel will be present to assist with truck entry and egress

    *        There is no change to the current traffic configuration and pedestrian routes associated with this work

    *        Chaplin Cres and the Chaplin-Russell Hill laneway will remain closed until July 31, 2020

    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

  • July 17, 2020 3:41 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St Clair stations on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 to accommodate Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction. Shuttle buses will operate.

    As Lawrence Station is not yet an accessible station, customers travelling southbound on Line 1 who require an accessible connection should exit the train at York Mills Station and see any TTC customer service employee for assistance.

    All stations will remain open for the sale of fares and access to surface routes.

  • July 05, 2020 11:46 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)


  • June 29, 2020 3:43 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,

    I am writing to share an update on safety initiatives on the TTC. Effective July 2nd, 2020, it will be mandatory to wear a mask or face covering on the TTC, with exemptions for children under two years of age and persons with underlying medical conditions.

    Additional information is attached and posted online:

    Thank you for supporting safe transit in Toronto.



    Arno van Dijk
    Construction Liaison Officer
    Community Relations
    CEO’s Office

    T: 416-434-0759

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

  • June 27, 2020 12:02 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Implementation of the New Eglinton Avenue Streetscape and Cycle Track Phase 1: Duplex Avenue to Lascelles Boulevard.

    What Work is Taking Place?

    As part of Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, improvements to streetscape, cycle tracks and utility upgrades will be implemented at certain stations areas and stretches of Eglinton Avenue.  The improvements have been designed in coordination with the City of Toronto’s planned Eglinton Connects Streetscape and Cycle Track Design and include street and sidewalk renewal and reconfiguration, sidewalk widening, designated cycle lanes, on-street parking, trees, and street furniture.  For more information on the City’s Eglinton Connects Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, visit

    The new streetscape and cycle track will be implemented continuously between Avenue Road and Holly Street.  Construction will take place in phases, beginning with Phase 1 on the north and south sides of Eglinton Avenue from Duplex Avenue to Lascelles Blvd. starting in July 2020.  Using traffic barrels, work zones will be erected along Eglinton Avenue.  Using excavators, the existing roadway, sidewalk, and any street furniture will be removed.  Excavated material will be loaded into dump trucks and hauled to an off-site facility.  Once the road and sidewalk have been removed, wet and dry utility works will take place.  Concrete and asphalt will be used to construct the new streetscape and cycle track. 

    Phase 1 will take approximately six (6) months to complete. Crews will work Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with overnight work as required.  Eglinton Avenue streetscape and cycle track construction between Avenue Road and Lascelles Blvd. and in other areas within the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project scope will continue through 2021.  Construction notices will be issued in advance of each phase of work.

    Occasionally, use of a hydro-vacuum truck, jack hammer and/or compaction roller will be required.  Property access will be maintained.  Significant traffic and pedestrian changes will be in effect. Please review the complete notice or visit  for more information.

    Hours of Work

    • Beginning as early as Wednesday July 6, 2020
    • Phase 1 will take approximately six (6) months to complete
    • Work will take place Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Overnight work may be required
    • Work may be rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances

    Duplex Ave to Edith Dr North Side Traffic Setup

    Final Configuration

    What to Expect

    • Noise from construction activity, including trucks, breaking of concrete and asphalt, utility work, and use of heavy equipment
    • Construction vehicles and trucks will stage within work zones and traffic tapers
    • Traffic barrels, fencing, signage, and other equipment will be erected to delineate work zones
    • Property access will be maintained

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • Eglinton Ave W will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Edith Drive and Duplex Avenue while this work takes place.
    • The sidewalk on the northside of Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to 1.5 meters between Edith Drive and Duplex Avenue while this work takes place
    • Pedestrian access to business store fronts will be maintained at all times

    Transit Information

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

  • June 19, 2020 12:47 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,

    I am writing to share an update on safety initiatives at the TTC. 

    Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.

    To support our customers in this change we will be employing a one-time targeted strategy to distribute 1,000,000 non-medical masks to our customers. Working with the City’s Poverty Reduction Office, the distribution will start June 29. We are also doing a multi-lingual customer education campaign to ensure awareness.

    The TTC’s full news release with messages from Mayor Tory, TTC CEO Rick Leary, and Dr. Eileen de Villa, the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, is available here:  

    Attached is an update with additional details. 

    The safety of our customers and employees will always be our top priority. Thank you for your support for safe transit.



    Arno van Dijk
    Construction Liaison Officer
    Community Relations
    CEO’s Office

    T: 416-434-0759

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

  • June 18, 2020 10:32 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Chaplin Crescent Road closure June 8 to July 17, 2020

    4:30 a.m. June 8 to 6 p.m. July 17, 2020

    14 Glencairn

    • Eastbound: from Chaplin Crescent, Eglinton Avenue West, Russell Hill Road,Chaplin Crescent to route.
    • Westbound: from Chaplin Crescent, Tarlton Road, Eglinton Avenue West, ChaplinCrescent.

    Map of route diversion

  • June 18, 2020 10:29 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Sheppard-Yonge and St Clair stations on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2020 to accommodate Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction. TTC will use the opportunity of this closure to undertake maintenance as well.

    Shuttle buses will operate.


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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