Sunday, January 31, 2010

New! Carleton Village Residents Association website

Carleton Village


The Carleton Village Residents Association started a web site


ya!


Carleton Village Residents Association site <-- link



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One of benefits of a RA is the ability of the group to be a connecting agency for the people of a community run by the people of a community, in effect being a headquarters for planning government appeals and  meshing together the common and opposing wants and needs in a community to a better whole.


(text by this blog and may not represent the option of the aforementioned RA :-)









Carleton Village Residents Association site

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New store in the Junction eh?

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The post from a few days ago about the opening of new gift and periodical store generated a lot of discussion regarding retailing in the Junction. As well it led to a discussion about the failure to continue of the Gingerbread Cafe and the Acme candy store. Like many other community blog runners the creation of discussion within the community is one of the hopes I had for this blog, and the discussion about the candy store and the café was great, and I for one read a lot of new information.

The conversation did not turn however to the idea of a gift and magazine store such as the ones spotting up Queen St West in opening up in the Junction. I for one would really  like a magazines and newspapers, section as it is now impossible to buy art, design or political magazines in the Junction. Yet can the Junction support this?

Also after receiving the request to post I began wonder what would  a gift store tailored to the Junction look like. ...bespoke craft based? ...import based as the new Scandinavian themed store. ... gadget techno based?

this post was the original post, and from the requester email...

"to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc."

Wise Daughters celebrates 1 year in business



Mary's text

Hope to see you all this Sat, Jan 30 from 11 – 6 as I celebrate my 1st year in business.

Every visitor to the shop is welcome to fill out a ballot to win one of over 15 wonderful prizes, donated by Wise Daughters’ talented artists.  Those are pretty good odds!  One lucky winner will take home an original piece of framed encaustic art by Supria Karmakar.

The specially named “Keith Jolie and the Wise Daughters” will perform in the afternoon.  If you were here on opening day last year, you’ll remember how awesome this band is.  There will be fresh baked treats to snack on while you listen, too.

The shop is freshly stocked with all kinds of great merchandise, so check out what’s new.

At 8 pm, come on back for Nation of Irony Mongers, a romp through the history of Canadian humour, written and performed by Neil Ross.  You’ll discover why satire is integral to Canadian democracy, and how irony keeps us from killing each other during the long winter months/black fly season.  $12, reservations recommended.

Mary

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Village by High Park, move in dock

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The view as you would be backing in to the area to unload and move in (the temp poles are only for construction purposes) The door to the left leads to the elevators

Moving in to the project will be real different from many of the high rises in the high Park Junction community with an in door move in area.

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Pedestrian traffic issues spur our councillor

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from the CTV site article

Regular readers of this blog will have noted thus authors great interest in public and pedestrian space in the Junction. So it is with almost glee that the issue of pedestrian safety and by associatation pedestrian rights to the public travel routes realm has come to the forefront across the city by our local  councillor.

Disclosure: Coun. Bill Saundercook is the chair of the Junction Forum for Arts and Culture which I - the author of this post am a board member of.

from the CTV site article

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Monday, January 25, 2010

New shop opening in the Junction concerning Design!

Hi there,

I have been reading your blog for what seems like at least a few years now and I really love it.  My name is Micah, I used to live in the Junction on Vine Ave.  I have since moved to Parkdale but I continue to be involved in the Junction community.  I am trying to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc.  Anyway, I am at the tail end of my business plan writing and I need to send out a survey to residents and patrons of the Junction, and I couldn't think of a better way to reach those people than through the Junctioneer.  If you wouldn't mind posting this link to my survey on your blog I would greatly appreciate it.


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The blog has received a request from a upcoming new retailer in the Junction to post a link to the survey about the new retail effort.

They mention the stocking of magazines in store, I anm excited and hope they stock Harvard Design magazine and the ART Newspaper.

The request

Hi there,

I have been reading your blog for what seems like at least a few years now and I really love it.  My name is Micah, I used to live in the Junction on Vine Ave.  I have since moved to Parkdale but I continue to be involved in the Junction community.  I am trying to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc.  Anyway, I am at the tail end of my business plan writing and I need to send out a survey to residents and patrons of the Junction, and I couldn't think of a better way to reach those people than through the Junctioneer.  If you wouldn't mind posting this link to my survey on your blog I would greatly appreciate it.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3N637V8

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

Today we have a post sent in by a blog reader (Patrick), I watched the video, it is quite interesting.

Heres the text he sent along with the link

As a Junction resident (Mulock Avenue), I'm obviously VERY concerned about the pile-driving and destructive plans for the rails.  Today I happened to watch a fantastic presentation on "geo-medicine", which makes the case for attention to where you live, being as important as your genes, your diet, your exercise, etc.25-01-2010 2-59-41 PM



Not especially damning for the project, but definitely useful in explaining the situation:

http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_davenhall_your_health_depends_on_where_you_live.html

Friday, January 22, 2010

A History of the World in 100 Objects

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow

Normally I don't post items about art and craft an area that normally dominates my days... and well nights.

Yet this audio program from the BBC is great and I cannot help but think about the Junction areas long history of craft and making whilst listening to it. So I got excited and wanted to share it with you,  and if you are out their the owner of old Majestic glass store on Dundas St, (Now the local BIA office) where my interest in making began.

The Village by High Park, water - fire and domestic use

In todays Village by High Park video  Sean McCaffrey the senior site superintendent for Deltera  provide a audiovisual tour of the mechanical systems for domestic and fire water use.

Next week more about the storm water collection and the design plan for the 100 year strom factor.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5rfkQZpGA0

...oh and a new view image

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[caption id="attachment_5894" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A exciting new view of Keele St and the subway train overpass from the TOP! yes from the TOP! of the subway"]A exciting new view of eele St and the subway train overpass from the TOP!  yes from the TOP![/caption]

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Runnymede Healthcare Centre demolition images

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Runnymede Healthcare Centre recently opened a new building and now the old building is coming down.

....further info to whats happening after the building is down, much better written than I by commenter David in this link to comment

MPP Cheri DiNovo demands new Transportation Minister solve local pile-driving headache

January 20, 2010


DiNovo demands new Transportation Minister solve local pile-driving headache


Parkdale-High Park—NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo is calling on newly appointed Minister of Transportation, Kathleen Wynne to take immediate action on the year-long headache surrounding GO/Metrolinx’s pile driving nightmare in the Junction neighborhood.


“Over a year ago, GO/Metrolinx began an abusive and torturous pile-driving in the West-Toronto Diamond corridor,” she said. “This week we learned that GO/Metrolinx is spending public dollars fighting those very taxpayers who can't live with the soul destroying and out-of-date pile driving,” she added.


“It is time that this government finally accepts responsibility for this project.  This is your agency, Minister Wynne, demand accountability! Do something for the residents now!”




Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Village by High Park, environmental air design

Today I will keep my textual commentary quiet and let you hear Sean McCaffrey the senior site superintendent for Deltera speak about the reclaiming of heated air in the building to save energy.

In the video below he explains the way heated exhaust air from the building is used to save energy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJEwi-hQarY

Oh and of course some exciting images.



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[caption id="attachment_5876" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="One of shared baloney (with temporary plastic and wood wind barriers for the installion of the bricks.)"]One of sahred baloneys (with temporary plastic and wood wind barriers for the installion of the bricks.[/caption]

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Canada Bread Junction plant to close as company plans to builds new state of the art plant elsewhere

[caption id="attachment_5873" align="alignright" width="473" caption="Inside the factory"]Inside the factory[/caption]

1st this author believes this is not good, and is  really not willing to accept the loss of another Junction industrial business, not that I deride the Canada Bread decision to have a state of the art plant and work their business assets to their needs.

Yet local jobs and the industrial commercial viability of the Junction is at stake presently.

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Just last year the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) wrote the following about the community, giving its understanding of the value of mixed use community. Hopefully the cities economic development team will work hard to attract a new business to the building.

1st Roncesvalles Ave now Weston Road in Mount Dennis, what about the Junction?

Revitalization of Weston Road in Mount Dennis before the council

Etobicoke-York Community Council:

1.         Directed the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District, in consultation with the General Manager of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, to report to its February 9, 2010 meeting on the feasibility of establishing a Community Improvement Plan for Weston Road in Mount Dennis.

2.         Referred the following motion to the Planning and Growth Management Committee:

"That the Planning and Growth Management Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to ensure that the Avenue Study planned for Weston Road between Ray Avenue and Humber Boulevard (and including Eglinton Avenue West to Black Creek Drive and Black Creek Drive from Eglinton Avenue West to Trethewey Drive), is scheduled for study in 2010.”








Background Information
January 12, 2010 motion
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-26331.pdf)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I’m eager to see a view in the direction of the CN Tower! -The Village by High Park,

Om Monday evening a blog commenter  wanted to see a  view in the direction of the CN Tower.

here you go... (click the image for larger view)

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The Village by High Park, Options for Homes, and Deltera a most winning combination for the community

Building development that recognizes and grows a community is a great goal and often is missed. Not with  The Village by High Park development being constructed On Keele St just north of Dundas St. West. partnership of the Options for Homes corporation and the builder Deltera. Through the study of  the communities past built  history and current needs of the prospective buyers  they have designed and are constructing a building which will not only serve the people who will live in the a building but one that with attend to the community though a integrated visual appeal. During  the blogs tour of the construction site last week I was stuck by the partnerships adept understanding,  reworking and adaption of historical elements of local buildings there cut lines and brick facades with the addition of new methods of design and construction. The partnership is creating a new building greatly suited to the community both past and present.

All of this corporate effort is greatly enhanced and in this authors opinion , handsomely aided and made manifest by the choice a senior site superintendent with deep historical connections to the area. Deltera's senior site superintendent Sean McCaffrey is a direct descendant of Samuel Nordheimer the owner of the Nordheimer Piano factory pictured below.

Unfortunately, the Samuel Nordheimer Piano factory building no longer exists in the Junction. (2nd image below) Yet  what a great visual image it gave to the community and would still have added had it survived.  We no longer have many of buildings and businesses built by the visionary industrialists that made the Junction great during it's manufacturing origin.

Mr McCaffrey who invited the blog to tour the site gave a great amount of useful and interesting information and insights about the project which we will in the coming flow of posts about the project communicate to you. Also he has taken interest and understands how important this 1st major addition to the Junction community in many years will help redefine the community. All be... I felt the same feeling of visionary development and thoughtful effort in him that his forbearer Samuel Nordheimer must  applied to his work in the Junction.

As regular readers of the blog will remember, the blog followed closely Mr McCaffrey, Deltera and their team of masons as they historicity rebuild the return wall of the CPR subway Bridge this past summer. That is just one example of the thought and commitment being put forward on the project more will follow in the coming posts.

Below is  our 1st series of images related to the text above  and below these images the blogs 1st images of the inside of the site  - hope they excite all of you as much as they did this author.

Tomorrow audio and images related the environment efforts of the development and image essay on the flow of construction.

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[caption id="attachment_5854" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Railside wall designed to deflect trains from building, this wall has no concrete connection to the main condo building to further isolate vibration of the rail tracks from the building"]Railside wall designed to deflect trains from building, this wall has no concrete connection to the main condo building to further isolate vibration of the railtracks from the building[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5855" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="electrical systems and plumbing systems go in before the floor slab is poured, One floor (slab and walls per week  is the production timing.)"]Elecrtical systems and plumbing systems go in before the floor slab is poured, One floor  (slab and walls is the production timing.[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_5857" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="INSIDE! the view down one the hallways in the buildings - note the fine working of the poured concrete"]INSIDE the view down one the hallways in the buildings - note the fine working of the poured concrete[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5858" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The view of one the common balcony areas - other areas have private balconies while others have sliding doors which open for a view and open the unit to the outside air"]The view of one the common balconey areas - other areas have private balconeies while others have sliding doors which open for a view and open the unit to the outside air[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5859" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The move in and out elevator which also servers as a normal passage elevator when not in service for a move. It is also the fire services elevator. more on this in a later post. Directly across from this elevator are the normal passenger elevators"]The move in and out  elevator which also servers as a normal passage elevatore when not in service for a move.  It is also the fire services elevator. more on this in a later post. Also directly accross from this elvator are the normal passinger elevators[/caption]

Monday, January 18, 2010

blog.to rates Wise Daughters tops

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101 Union Street environmental and health concerns by residents

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Etobicoke York Community Council recommends that:

1.         City Council request the Ministry of Environment to investigate the environmental and health concerns of the community in the area of Hard Rock and Santos Excavating, 101 Union Street, particularly the air borne contaminants and the effects of the noise and vibration on the nearby residential community at Hard Rock and Santos Excavating, 101 Union Street.

Etobicoke York Community Council:

1          Requested the Manager, Municipal Licensing and Standards, Etobicoke York District:

a.         to monitor Hard Rock and Santos Excavating, 101 Union Street, on a frequent basis with a view to determining whether additional charges should be laid before the courts.

b.         to investigate the feasibility of laying bylaw charges for excessive noise and violent shaking of the nearby residents’ homes due to the huge concrete and stone smashing that goes on at this location.

c.         to meet with the local Councillor and nearby residents to obtain input from the community before the next Court day in July 2010.

d.         to report to its April 27, 2010 meeting on the status of their investigations of Hard Rock and Santos Excavating, 101 Union Street.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Village by High Park, photo, video and audio extravaganza starts Tuesday

Well the blogs tour of the Deltera construction  site for The Village by High Park development - which this author is really thankful for - was just so wonderful and exciting even two days later, I still feel excited about communicating all the information and sharing the photos, video and audio with all of you.

There is so much to share I thought we would do a series of about 15 posts one every two days.

Also in the 1st post a very special revelation about how how the Junction just does not let its people go ....even after a couple generations bringing families back to serve her further.

Just to get you hooked ...well this image hooked me when I took it,

lick on the image to see the 4 meg version

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fire service arrives at 2968 Dundas Street West early Sat evening

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fire callout data

TO Fire - Commercial/Industrial Dundas St btwn Medland St & Pacific Ave R423 P424 A423 C34 P422 C42


UPDATE: welder working in basement was cause

Approved - the naming of the park situated at 85 Birdstone Crescent as "Upper Junction Park”

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Etobicoke York Community Council:

1.             Approved the naming of the park situated at 85 Birdstone Crescent as "Upper Junction Park”. Quote are  marks used by the city in their report


Why the quotation marks? -  well this author believes although the council approved the name, in their hearts they must have known they were participating in culture destruction. (see orange text below detailing the use of the marks)

Dictionary:quotation mark

n.
Either of a pair of punctuation marks used primarily to mark the beginning and end of a passage attributed to another and repeated word for word, but also to indicate meanings or glosses and to indicate the unusual or dubious status of a word. They appear in the form of double quotation marks (" ") and single quotation marks (' '). Single quotation marks are usually reserved for setting off a quotation within another quotation.

The Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division is recommending that the park located at 85 BirdstoneCrescent be officially named “ Upper Junction Park” in recognition of  the important role the Upper Junction played in the City’s history.








Background Information
December 15, 2009 staff report
(
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-25681.pdf)

EY29.37 Extract
(
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-25684.pdf)

Etobicoke York Community Council recommends refusing Revised OPA/rezoning application for 195 & 203 Oakmount Road, 200 Keele Street

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Etobicoke York Community Council recommends that:



1.            City Council refuse application No. 08  208726 WET 13 OZ to amend the Zoning By-law and Official Plan, at 200 Keele Street, and 195 and 203 Oakmount Road, and support the decision of the Deputy Secretary-Treasurer of the Etobicoke York District panel Committee of Adjustment to refuse consent to sever the rear portions of 195 and 203 Oakmount Road.

2.            City Council refuse application No. 08 208852 WET 00 RH for a permit under Municipal Code Chapter 667 to demolish rental housing at 200 Keele Street.

3.            City Council direct the City Solicitor and other appropriate staff to attend, if necessary, at the Ontario Municipal Board, to support City Council’s decision to refuse the Zoning and Official Plan Amendment applications and to support the decision of the Deputy Secretary-Treasurer of the Etobicoke York District panel Committee of Adjustment to refuse consent to sever the rear portions of 195 and 203 Oakmount Road, as represented by the proposal and appeals outlined in the report (December 16, 2009) from the Director, Transportation Services, Etobicoke York District.

2010-01-12 Decision Document link PDF hosted at the blog

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mari Cia Ro 457 Roncesvalles Ave.

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Mari Cla Ro is a beautiful new store in Toronto on Roncesvalles.

from their site:

Mariclaro Canada is a small design collective based in Toronto whose aim is to create sustainable designs. We focus mainly, but not exclusively, on the production of bags. All Mariclaro bags are 99% recycled (the 1% is made up of thread and our logo; still not available recycled) and made in a sustainable way (more >>).

We think it is important to demonstrate that it is possible to create functional and aesthetically appealing goods from waste material. We value producing a high quality finished product, made locally by hand. Furthermore we try to create an alternative income and apply the knowledge of reusing material as a development project.We support fair trade, sweatshop free production, and pay fair wages. It is one step to environmentally conscious consumer culture.

For two reasons the idea to reuse material and make bags was born in Campeche Mexico. First, in this region the recycling culture is not well developed. Second, there are a lot of usable materials including a large variety of vinyl event posters all over the place. Mariclaro was created on a specific night in Campeche. We just put together the names of the three ladies at the table Marilyn, Claudia andRosie.

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Keele subway spicy concrete

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Text from the TTC's planning statement


The structural upgrades will generally consist of the construction of five new piers within the parking lot to provide additional support of the bridge deck. All work will be conducted within the property of the commuter parking lot.


keele sub 2 DSC00117A large drilling rig will be used to auger 10 large diameter caisson holes located outside of the bridge structure; 5 holes on either side of the bridge. The caisson holes will be drilled below grade to a depth of approximately 18 metres with a diameter of 1.8 metres.  In this regard, the augering, the installation of reinforcement steel cages and placing concrete into the holes will be conducted primarily during the daytime hours however, work may extend into the evening hours in order to complete key operations associated with the caissons.


Each pair of caissons will be joined by excavating the area between 2.2 x 3.0 x 13 metres and placing concrete to grade level to form a concrete beam over the caissons.  A steel frame will be placed and permanently rest on each beam, which will be jacked up to the underside of the bridge to provide added support.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oh.... to be the people of Roncesvalles Village

Rip up....Bang ...Boom ...Dig.... drop...Pave and Rip up....Bang ...Boom ...Dig.... drop... again is the action of the day and every day  ... all along Roncesvalles how lucky they are,

and can the Junction get some.

At the end of all this work they will have the most welcoming , and walkable street scape of all the west Toronto local communities

  1. better for businesses and their sales

  2. better for strolling loving couples and the truly committed for eons of time (you can always tell can you not?)

  3. better for open public activity

  4. better for local BIA events


Way to go people.

Oh here is  the guide to shopping in the village now [link]

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Book found - thanks

Thank to the two blog readers that sent in the title of the book (SP & Jay) for helped me locate the book

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Toronto Sprawls: A History (University of Toronto Centre for Public Management Monograph) (Paperback)


Lawrence Solomon (Author)

here is the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Toronto-Sprawls-University-Management-Monograph/dp/0772786186

(link provided by SP)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

290 OLD WESTON RD ground scraping occuring

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Ground surface removal is occurring at the old cadet clothes cleaning plant. Two years ago much of the internal machinery and contaminated materials inside were removed.

The work is concentrated in the rear of the building to the east to old steam building.

books I need one that I have little info on......

As the blog runner for the junctioneer I tend to read a number of books on urban development both historical and contemporary. Now I have lost the memory of a book I read last year (I borrowed it from the library and have tried searching the online cagalog there for it - to no avail.)

So I thought I would give a very weak  note of what I remember (all I can remember of it) hoping someone else knows of it.

The books author  was named something like Lawrence Solomon and within the book he speaks about the premise that early workers living in the Junction were possibility downtown office workers rather than working within the community in manufacturing  jobs.

That is  what I can remember, anyone remember reading a book such as this? I know it's a weak link.

Or if anyone knows other books they are reading in this area please let me know. thanks,

as I am asking people want books they are reading I thought it would be fair to give a little list of current books I am reading.

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The books above are for a course I am taking and are quite good if you are interested in brain function and how the body and mind react to stimuli. The 1st two are good reading (and  available at Chapters) while the third a is heavy tome of the science that makes up the elements of the 1st two.

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The books above are about common public space (the commons) and the interaction of people to form a community (strangers in strange lab). The 1st book in the second row discusses reliving traffic issues though information.

2853 Dundas Street West looking good after brick rehab

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Worth the walk... worth the look to see the end result of the work on the south east corner of Dundas St West and Keele St

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Village by High Park, have questions?

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If you have a question that particularly interests you about the construction of  The Village by High Park on Keele St just North of Dundas St West please send it to the blog in the next day or two.

Why? ..because Deltera Construction has very kindly offered the blog a photo and question answer question.  send or comment them and we will ask them when we attend.

what is the blog hoping for right off  in photos...

1) a internal shot the rail tie back wall.

2) A never before shot the Keele st Dundas west intersection from the building - just above the rail subway [1.  an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway, such as the one just north of Vine ave on Keele st -  footnote of meaning suggested by blog reader ]  level

and choice of photo op?

... lucky for us and kind of them.

Please mail (thejunctioneer@gmail.com) or place your questions is a comment

Junction Arts Festival 2010 Call To Artists out 5 months earlier than last year... why?

[caption id="attachment_5791" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Footprint of the festival -  September 8 to 12, 2010 with a two-day street closure of Dundas Street West, September 11 and 12. "]junction arts festival footprint[/caption]

The more time an artist has to create, make, develop and plan even mull over a work of art the greater the depth and the value to the viewer can be. The festival board wants to begin working with artists earlier, provide acceptance of work into the festival, so artists can plan and execute works on a longer term.

Full disclosure: me Robert the author of this post is a board member of JFAC the entity that creates the festival  with the local JBIA

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The Junction Arts Festival is now accepting creative proposals for the 2010 Junction Arts Festival. The Festival runs from September 8 to 12, 2010 with a two-day street closure of Dundas Street West, September 11 and 12.

The festival is  currently accepting proposals only from performance-based artists and art installation works of any combination, including but not limited to, Indoor and Outdoor Installation Artists, Street Dance and Theatre groups as well as any multi-arts ideas that we may be able to support. Our emphasis in 2010 will be for large scale outdoor work but we are accepting all proposals. Fees will be determined on a per-artist-basis.

Additional calls for Visual Artists, Poets and Musicians will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Approximately 200,000 people attend the festival each year, experiencing interactive works that both engage and enthrall.

Proposals should include the following:

- Artist or group contact info  - Bio and history  - Example of past work

- Video and/or photo examples of proposed work. If proposing a new work, please include a description, plus technical requirements

If proposing a new work please be as specific as your present process allows at this time. Also inform us if you are applying for any creative funding from other sources. If applications for government funding precede any agreement between artist and festival, then a letter of intent may be issued on our part.

The Junction Arts Festival has been running its present programming since 2007, but the festival’s history dates back to 1991, with the street closure since 2000. ‘Where the Arts meet the Street’ is the basis for this ever-growing multi-arts Festival that includes visual art, galleries, installation art, main stage music, dance, theatre, performance art, travelling minstrels and anything in between and beyond.

Toronto, National and International applications accepted.  - All inquiries should be directed to Festival Director, Michael Menegon via email atjunctionartsfest@bellnet.ca

Application packages should be sent to:

Junction Arts Festival   3047 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario  M6P 1Z3 Canada



The Junction Arts Festival is now accepting creative proposals for the 2010 Junction Arts Festival. The Festival runs from September 8 to 12, 2010 with a two-day street closure of Dundas Street West, September 11 and 12.

We are currently accepting proposals only from performance-based artists and art installation works of any combination, including but not limited to, Indoor and Outdoor Installation Artists, Street Dance and Theatre groups as well as any multi-arts ideas that we may be able to support. Our emphasis in 2010 will be for large scale outdoor work but we are accepting all proposals. Fees will be determined on a per-artist-basis.

Additional calls for Visual Artists, Poets and Musicians will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Approximately 200,000 people attend the festival each year, experiencing interactive works that both engage and enthrall.

Proposals should include the following:

- Artist or group contact info

- Bio and history

- Example of past work

- Video and/or photo examples of proposed work. If proposing a new work, please include a description, plus technical requirements

If proposing a new work please be as specific as your present process allows at this time. Also inform us if you are applying for any creative funding from other sources. If applications for government funding precede any agreement between artist and festival, then a letter of intent may be issued on our part.

The Junction Arts Festival has been running its present programming since 2007, but the festival’s history dates back to 1991, with the street closure since 2000. ‘Where the Arts meet the Street’ is the basis for this ever-growing multi-arts Festival that includes visual art, galleries, installation art, main stage music, dance, theatre, performance art, travelling minstrels and anything in between and beyond.

Toronto, National and International applications accepted.

All inquiries should be directed to Festival Director, Michael Menegon via email atjunctionartsfest@bellnet.ca

Application packages should be sent to:

Junction Arts Festival

3047 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M6P 1Z3 The Junction Arts Festival is now accepting creative proposals for the 2010 Junction Arts Festival. The Festival runs from September 8 to 12, 2010 with a two-day street closure of Dundas Street West, September 11 and 12.

We are currently accepting proposals only from performance-based artists and art installation works of any combination, including but not limited to, Indoor and Outdoor Installation Artists, Street Dance and Theatre groups as well as any multi-arts ideas that we may be able to support. Our emphasis in 2010 will be for large scale outdoor work but we are accepting all proposals. Fees will be determined on a per-artist-basis.

Additional calls for Visual Artists, Poets and Musicians will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Approximately 200,000 people attend the festival each year, experiencing interactive works that both engage and enthrall.

Proposals should include the following:

- Artist or group contact info

- Bio and history

- Example of past work

- Video and/or photo examples of proposed work. If proposing a new work, please include a description, plus technical requirements

If proposing a new work please be as specific as your present process allows at this time. Also inform us if you are applying for any creative funding from other sources. If applications for government funding precede any agreement between artist and festival, then a letter of intent may be issued on our part.

The Junction Arts Festival has been running its present programming since 2007, but the festival’s history dates back to 1991, with the street closure since 2000. ‘Where the Arts meet the Street’ is the basis for this ever-growing multi-arts Festival that includes visual art, galleries, installation art, main stage music, dance, theatre, performance art, travelling minstrels and anything in between and beyond.

Toronto, National and International applications accepted.

All inquiries should be directed to Festival Director, Michael Menegon via email atjunctionartsfest@bellnet.ca

Application packages should be sent to:

Junction Arts Festival

3047 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M6P 1Z3 Canada

Monday, January 11, 2010

Upper Junction park as a name up for consideration at city council tomorrow





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You can start grieving the lost of some Junction cultural history right now as the blog predicts the council accepts the simply wrong name for this park.


Long live The Stockyards District


Staff action report City document august 7th 2009



upperunction park

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