Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Montreal-based AGF Access Group has been selected by Ship tan Constructors to provide access equipment for the construe lon new twin-span stay-cable Sam Houston Ship Channel


Montreal-based AGF Access Group has been selected by Ship tan

Constructors to provide access equipment for the construe lon

new twin-span stay-cable Sam Houston Ship Channel

of the massive,

Bridge in Harris County, Texas. AGF Access Group's major projects

along with its Hydro Mobile and Winsafe manufacturing divisions,

developed a variety of standard and customized access solutions to be

used during the next six years of the bridges construction and demolition.

Hydro Rents, a company within the group, will supply 1 ,000 feet of stairs

to access both main pylons and the road deck at different locations;

two Raxtar temporary elevators, 525 feet high, for pylon and form work

access; four 90-foot custom-designed Hydro Mobile traveling gantries

for under-bridge deck operations including stay-cable installation and

finishing works; and eight specially adapted Winsafe suspended platforms

for pylon construction activities and stay cable installation. The access

equipment will improve the efficiency and safety of all workers during

the construction of the bridge. The current Ship Channel Bridge will

be replaced by two one-way bridges of four lanes each. The new Sam

Houston bridge will be 500 feet high, 1,800 feet long and have a total

of 128 stay-cables, making the bridge the sixth-longest main span in the

U.S. and the second-longest in Texas.

"Given our track record, and most recently with the execution of

several high-profile bridge projects including the new Champlain Bridge

in Montreal and the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, we were in a

competitive position to offer these solutions under a single roof," said

Alex Di Domenico, vice- resident f

access solutions from one source 's reproojeoctcajhe ability to supply

nd efficient for the

customers overall project management."

"We are proud to fulfill the access needs for the Sam Houston

replacement bridge project," said Rick Harland, regional manager of

Hydro Rents. "We have provided equipment to major projects in Texas

before and fulfilled their needs with the same focus on safety and on time

execution true to the Hydro Rents reputation."

A2cess Group's deliveries are.scheduled for July 201 through

ry 020. The bridge will take SIX years to be completed with th

southbound bridge set for completion in 2021 and the

northbound bridge

in 2024.

Tel: 6475705039

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The condo project at 1808 St Clair St. W will be required to provide these community benefits.

A new large condo dev, is happening at Old Weston Rd and St. CLAIR W.

 Required local improvements under section 37.

Habitat for Humanity LAND SPACE for 20 units

Dsign and construction of 
On-site parkland 

Below the cities legal language for the above

Prior to the earlier of the registration of a condominium or the residential 
occupancy of any part of the proposed development on Blocks A to E, the owner 
shall convey, in fee simple to Habitat for Humanity, a part of the site with a 
minimum area of 1,011 m2 for the purpose of constructing 20 affordable housing  
d. The owner shall provide, at its own expense, the design and construction of 
Above Base Park Improvements to the on-site parkland dedication, to the 
satisfaction of the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, subject to 
Recommendation 5 and in accordance with Recommendation 7.f. The 
conveyance of the parkland dedication shall be in environmental condition, 
satisfactory to the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in 
accordance with the City standards and would occur prior to the earlier of the 
registration of a condominium or the residential occupancy of any part of the 
proposed development on Blocks A to E. 
e. Prior to the issuance of the first above grade building permit, the owner shall 
submit a cost estimate and plans for the Base Park Improvements, to the 
satisfaction of the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Prior to the 
issuance of the first above grade building permit, the owner shall also post an 
irrevocable Letter of Credit in the amount of 120% of the value of the Base Park 
Final Report - 1800-1818 St. Clair Avenue West and 383, 423 and 425 Old Weston Road Page 3 of 95

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tug arrives at Jarvis slip to turn sugar ship Wed.

3600 horsepower out of Hamilton 

Canadian federal governmentto spend $15 million to save a tree-planting programme in Ontario

THE Canadian federal government has pledged to spend $15 million over the next four years to save a tree-planting programme in Ontario, which was cancelled amid various other budget cuts by Premier Doug Ford's government. The money is coming from Ottawa's $420 million low-carbon economy fund, which was announced last year as a way to bypass the province and give money directly to institutions after Ontario cancelled a cap-and-trade system and various green programmes that were funded by it. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the 50 million trees programme is an important part of fighting climate change. She commented: "Planting trees means cleaner air, it means cleaner water, it means more habitat for animals 
Tel: 6475705039

Monday, July 22, 2019

A new capacity-building project for community agencies.


Social Planning Toronto (SPT) and Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) are working together to support a new capacity-building project for community agencies. The goal of the project is to support agencies in developing organizational structures and policies through creating a hub of web resources. 

Agencies who access these supports and develop the appropriate organizational structures and policies should be able to meet or exceed all the organizational eligibility criteria for the City of Toronto's Community Service Partnerships  (CSP) funding. 

Please note that meeting or exceeding the CSP organizational eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding

While many non-profits already have systems in place to support their daily operations, some have not taken the additional step of drafting those systems into policy. It can be intimidating to know where to start and how to formalize your existing practices! 

Resources provided by this website can serve as a reference for agencies seeking to develop their own policies. They should be used as a guide to start the process or even the discussion on which policies your organization needs, who needs to be involved in drafting them, and how these organizations connect with the people your organization serves.

Policies created with staff, volunteers, and Board members' participation often resonate with organizational mandates. They should not be static documents; try to include opportunities for reviewing and revising as needed. 

Here's a brief article that explains how to start the process: Putting It in Writing: Getting Started with Policies and Procedures

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Farm in TO, overview post 1 showcasing real world examples in other cities

Toronto needs to farm, inside its land area, it sustainable and work in many other North American cities.

1st step get rid of Toronto’s law that forbids se,King food grow in Toronto.

 The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to engage members of the community in sustainable agriculture. We believe that challenges unique to urban communities like Detroit (e.g., vacant land, food security) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. We hope to empower urban communities by using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity.

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is based in Detroit's North End community. Our mission is to use urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community in an effort to empower urban communities, solve many social problems facing Detroit, and potentially develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities.

Our primary focus is the redevelopment of a three-acre area in Detroit's North End, which is being positioned as an epicenter of urban agriculture. This space is heavily themed by "adaptive reuse of the built-environment" in which we are hoping to demonstrate everything from best practices for sustainable urban agriculture, Effective strategies for increasing food security, cost-competitive and scalable models for blight deconstruction, and Innovation in Blue and Green infrastructure.

1st reported by Municipal World magazine Innovating, capacity-building partnership earns award for Durham, NC

Innovating, capacity-building partnership earns award for Durham, NC

by Municipal World Staff
in Innovation
Innovate Durham a partnership within the  City and County of Durham, North Carolina, to learn about new technology and trends, create capacity for innovation in each organization, and support local businesses.
 For 12 weeks, participants are paired with a city or county department to work on a pilot project using an innovative idea or technology.

Transferable Knowledge

This solution, according to the presentation, is replicable in other communities. For example, after the city first piloted the program, it expanded in year two to include Durham County, which opened a host of other types of government services that could partner with startups. For any jurisdiction with a startup or entrepreneurial community, a similar program could be set up to create structure around partnering, prototyping and experimenting.
Staff learned a lot from the first year of Innovate Durham and continue to refine and shape the program based on feedback from the participants, department staff, and other stakeholders, such as elected officials. The most significant obstacles staff have encountered are internal support and recruiting diverse participants to the program. Staff created buy-in with departments by working with city and county attorney’s offices to craft agreements with participants that provided department partners the confidence that the program had a legal blessing, which made the process more official.

Its hot and lake Ontario in Toronto is good for the feet.

Pirate sail boat is embarrassing

Hundreds of people daily come to 333 Lakeshore blvd east daily to board one of several near shore lake tour boats many are tourists. The area really is unsuitable for such a activity and many of the boat operators would like a better created space. yet with the cities constant changes in docking areas and rehabilitation of the water front area, this just does not happen.  

the area is strewn with garbage and old equipment,. and some of the passenger wait areas are a mess. The Pirate Life area is one such messed up configuration, with waste and broken attraction items all around. yes their use of the current dock-age and  possible movement of their dock site restraints the investment they can make in one area, however it can be kept clean  and in good repair.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 13th & 14th, 2019 along Gerrard Street East

TD FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA 2019 CELEBRATES 17 YEARS OF MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP #FSA2019 #LITTLEINDIATO Touted as the Largest South Asian Street Festival in North America, the 17th edition of the ‘TD Festival of South Asia’ hosted annually by Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area (GIBBIA) is all set to open its doors to the community on July 13th & 14th, 2019 along Gerrard Street East between Glenside Ave. and Coxwell Ave. The festival has received Mayor - John Tory, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMohan, MP Toronto-Danforth - Julie Dabrusin, Peter Tabuns - MPP Toronto-Danforth amongst other dignitaries in the past and looking forward to their presence this year as well. The FREE, family-friendly, and fabulous street festival on Gerrard Street East is open to everyone (noon-11pm). As is the tradition of the festival, it will feature special programming to preserve and promote South Asian Culture and at the same time appeal to a larger audience. Mr. Chand Kapoor, Chair of the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area (BIA), extended a warm welcome to everyone to come and enjoy the rich South Asian culture at this year’s Festival of South Asia, which is presented by the TD Bank Group. He said, “During the two-day festival we will be showcasing music, dance, food and the essence of South Asia. There will also be lots of bargains and takeaways. Our mission is to revive the legacy of the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area that thrives along Gerrard Street, and to celebrate and promote South Asian culture and diversity. I am sure that everyone will have a great time with their families.” Tasneem Bandukwala, Executive Director – Festival of South Asia & BIA Manager - Gerrard India Bazaar BIA said, “For this 17th edition of the TD Festival of South Asia we’ve focused on our strength: curating exhilarating dance performances, world-class bands, singers, and a combination of cultural and artistic performances that audiences can only experience at our festival. Paired with cultural and artistic performances, we’ll have irresistible Indian & world cuisines, and one of a kind shopping experiences. From art galleries to Indian fashion & jewellery, to salons specializing in henna and mehndi - these are treasures only available in Toronto's Little India. Free, and family-friendly, the festival offers delights for all ages. 

One of the most exciting aspects of this year’s Festival of South Asia is the Gerrard India Bazaar’s rebrand, including a new logo and branded streetscape that will be rolled out over the fall. This modern look is an homage to the South Asian art form, rangoli. A rangoli is a form of Indian folk art that uses patterns and geometric shapes, it is as decoration believed to bring good luck. The rangoli logo is designed with a modern twist to reflect the changes of our business demographic.

Tasneem added “We have dazzling dance performances by Sanskriti Arts, Bhangra Performance by Shaan Punjab Dee, Reign Yash Dance, Chamma Arts, Flash mobs by Pure Soul Energy, Khathak & Odyssey dance performances by various local artists, a delightful Qawwalli performance by Vishal Vishu & Friends, get-you-up-and-dancing bands this year include Akash Band, Tumako, Prince, Ali Noor of Vaishi Parinde , Desi Muziko Band, and local neighbourhood favourites The Mere Mortals among many other musical and dance groups and workshops who incorporate influences from various styles of popular music, yet maintain a fresh and raw energy. Several artists have been part of prestigious events like IIFA (International Film Academy), Canada's Got Talent, and Raptors Half Time Performance and the like. We also have many soulful singers and so much more!” We will have Arts & Culture on display, Gully Cricket (back on demand), Yoga workshops + aerial yoga demos by Heal With Kare, Bollywood Dance energizer by Fusion Cardio Toronto, Kids Zone, Lego station, Sidewalk Sales, Henna, Hula hooping station by HooperSonic and lots more. With 1500 minutes of programming on two stages and more than 200 artists performing, our audiences will be enthralled with the local talent this diverse multicultural city of Toronto embraces. 

Inder Jandoo, Vice Chair - Gerrard India Bazaar BIA said, “One of the primary objectives of the festival is to bring the Bazaar back as well as provide the business owners an opportunity to display their unique products and services. Our vision is to continue to inspire, educate and captivate audiences; to continue to flourish our “Little India”, whilst captivating an audience and leading us all to unite as Canadians. I am confident that our visitors and their families will have a great time at the festival.” Talking on the association of TD with the Festival more than a decade now, here is what TD Bank has to say “We are proud to support the Festival of South Asia as a celebration of culture, bringing people together through shared experiences and connecting us though food, music, and dance. TD is committed to creating the conditions so we can all belong, helping open doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow”. The show will see many of our favourite Emcees – Randy Persaud, Anil Vingle, Xulf Ali, Azfar Ali, Srijeet Chowdhury and many more Guest Emcees. Needless to say, food and drinks are a part of it! Nobody can leave any part of South Asia without being smitten by its flavours. “Estimated attendance is 250,000 based on previous year’s report and we hope to give everyone a slice of South Asian setting in two days. A recent mention in CNN Travel, listing us as a must-visit Toronto destination has already helped stir even more interest in our festival” adds Ms. Bandukwala who has been the Executive Director of the Festival of South Asia for the past 5 years. Chandan Singh (Chandan Fashion) and Board Member of Gerrard India Bazaar BIA says “The 17th Annual TD Festival of South Asia represents a rich mosaic of art, crafts, languages, culture, music and cuisines from various parts of South Asia in a festive backdrop. It also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and offers community members a feeling of oneness”. It is a part of the culture to express gratitude before commencement of any task. In keeping with that tradition, the festival had a grand opening today on July 5th to acknowledge the contribution of patrons, sponsors, well-wishers for continuously encouraging and supporting this cultural extravaganza and offered those in attendance a chance to sample what’s to come with Cultural performances, South Asian eats and sweets, and live music. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

July 6, Milky Way Gardeners for a special community celebration featuring tradition Tibetan food and music

July 6th join the Milky Way Gardeners for a special community celebration featuring tradition Tibetan food and music in honour of  the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and a worldwide symbol of wisdom and kindness. Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday, but the Dalai Lama is especially important in Tibet, where he was born. Buddhists typically mark the day with prayers, picnics, and performances celebrating Tibetan culture.

If you plan to attend please RSVP or 647-438-0038

Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place:  87 Milky Way ( behind the Parkdale Library)

Commissioner st elevator for repair to very tall stack.

phots of the under structure being teased for new decking.

The months-long shutdown of the Gardiner Expressway’s westbound Yonge-Bay-York off-ramp is planned to begin later this month.
In a news release issued Thursday, the city said the ramp will be closed from July 15 to Sept. 16 for “extensive repairs.”
For the most part, city crews will work on a 24/7 basis to complete the project “as quickly as possible,” according to the city.
“The majority of the most disruptive work should be completed by 11 p.m., however, in some instances disruptive work must be performed overnight for the safety of crews and the travelling public,” the news release read.
A westbound on-ramp at Jarvis Street will be closed overnight from July 16 to July 31 in order to complete the construction safely, according to the city.
The repairs have been described as the “first phase of work” to rehabilitate the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry streets.
“The section of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets, including the westbound Yonge-Bay-York off-ramp, the westbound off-ramp at Sherbourne Street and the eastbound on-ramp at Jarvis Street, is nearing the end of its service life. This vital work is the first project of the Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation Plan,” the city said.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Galleria on the Park

All text the developer, Introducing Galleria on the Park: a new Dupont city park community coming soon. 

Galleria fuses urban living with a rarely-seen, massive park, public spaces, lifestyle experiences, exceptional retail and innovative office space. Enjoy every new activity and event right here in a community living, working and growing as one. Register now.

Gladstone Hotel Neighborhood Map

All text below from the Gladstone Blog

We’re Bringing Back the Neighbourhood Map!

The Gladstone is bringing back the neighbourhood map.  Every month we’ll be launching a new map that features a guided walk through part of the west end, celebrating everything from food to history. We started in June by publishing a Pride Map featuring a hand-picked mix of queer-owned businesses and Pride month events.

Now, July’s map highlights how to spend a summer day while taking in local history, supporting local business, enjoying parks, and getting a taste of some unique eats and treats. We’ll be giving copies of the West End neighbourhood walk out to guests as they check-in to the hotel, and we want to share it with our community too. 

Welcome to Toronto’s West End! We’ve curated a series of walking tours to show you around town. This neighbourhood walk takes you through three distinct areas—Dundas West, Trinity Bellwoods, and West Queen West—highlighting some local shops and history along the way. 
Use it as a guide, but don’t be afraid to go off-course too; there’s always an adventure just around the next corner site is sat here right now while changes are made to the normal host This was done on May 28th 2019 This update post will...