Monday, January 31, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fords promises

Those promises include:

Targeted tax cuts.

Getting tough with the city’s unions, including a hard look at contracting out services, starting with garbage collection.

The construction of new subway line and stops.

The hiring of more police officers.

A tough review of Toronto’s $9.2 billion operating budget and significant cuts in spending.

A reduction in the ranks of city workers by the thousands through attrition over the four-year term.

The end of council’s aggressive expansion of bike lanes on arterial streets.

An escalation in Toronto’s program to sell off unused assets, mostly real estate.

Reform the city’s procurement practices to save money.

Vine Ave Parkette to get $100.000 in improvements

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The Toronto parks department has identified approx. $100.000 in funding improvements for the parkette. If the city approves the budget in March the funds will be secured.

The parks thinks that the communities priority is a senior playground installed and improved lighting in the park.

The park departments is in contact with the local residents association.

The parks department wants now to have a clear sign of what the community wants.

To express your opinion this author thinks its best to contact both the Junction residents association and possibly the person managing the project for the parks department Helen Sousa 416 392 6599.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best redeveloped building/lot in

The junction this year?




A few lots and/or buildings go under a major renovation each year. Most sadly do not amount to Much - architecturally or historically.


Yet once in a while a site gets rewritten with a building that defines the old, the new and also
Takes from the old to
Create a new building that fits in to it's lot.

The blogs nomination for best redevelopment of 2010 is the old handy man store site


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Art in the Junction:Capitalism and Culture in the Junction



With the recent economic “crash” the system of capitalism has come under increasing questioning by citizens.

Artists and community members respond to life within capitalism: the contradictions and ethical problems it presents,

it’s impact on us as individuals and groups, as well as what we think about it. As individuals who survive capitalism

we generate knowledge about and against it, which is conveyed through a space we have created to explore the language of art.



Multi media works are presented as in dialogue, to open up a public conversation about capitalism in the Junction where we share space.



The works span the mediums from photography, painting, sculpture, video, audio, installation, knitting and performance and embrace

themes of ecology, class, history, war, homelessness, hope, nurturing, friendship, recognition, language, humor...and so much more.

Baptist Church at 200 Annette was officially designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.







While at the present time the church is being converted to  condos with the majority of construction  within the existing brick shell and plot of the building, with exceptions such as  the north elevation where extensive alterations would be made. Its two main street elevations will retain their historical characteristics while undergoing renovations to accommodate new windows and doors.

from the city report..
The applicant has applied for Committee of Adjustment and Site Plan approvals to convert the existing place of worship into eight residential condominium units.

This report addresses the application to adaptively reuse the church structure as a residential condominium.  The proposed alterations are necessary to accommodate the new use of the building and the project retains the original structure of the church.  The majority of the construction would occur within the existing shell and floor plate of the building with the exception of the north elevation where extensive alterations would be made.

The two main street elevations will retain their important characteristics while

undergoing alterations to incorporate new windows and doors.  The north elevation will be altered to provide windows, dormer windows, small decks and covered parking constructed within the existing brick buttresses.  The east elevation will be altered to

The applicant has applied for Committee of Adjustment and Site Plan approvals to convert the existing place of worship into eight residential condominium units.This report addresses the application to adaptively reuse the church structure as a residential condominium.  The proposed alterations are necessary to accommodate the new use of the building and the project retains the original structure of the church.  Themajority of the construction would occur within the existing shell and floor plate of the building with the exception of the north elevation where extensive alterations would be made.The two main street elevations will retain their important characteristics while undergoing alterations to incorporate new windows and doors.  The north elevation will be altered to provide windows, dormer windows, small decks and covered parking constructed within the existing brick buttresses. ....full report

thanks to David for noting this too me

Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency

City Hall Hansard: Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency - by Councillor Brad Bradford, seconded...