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Download June 13 Rail Deck Park postcard – for electronic distribution pdf version
Earlier this year, City Council approved taking the first steps to move the bold and ambitious plan forward for Rail Deck Park. Along with detailed implementation plans, cost estimates and growth-related revenue options, and more, the City has initiated an Official Plan Amendment process to formally review re-designating the space above the rail corridor as park space.
On June 13th, the first public consultation as part of the process is being hosted by City Planning – come out and share your thoughts on this critical and potentially game-changing space for our community:
Date: Tuesday June 13th
Location: Metro Hall Rotunda
OMB Review – Public Town Hall Consultation
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Registration and Open House: 5-6pm
Town Hall: 6-9:30pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 201
222 Bremner Boulevard
— ON Municipal Affairs (@ONmunicipal) November 7, 2016
Metrolinx Public Meeting on GO Transit Electrification:
Wednesday, November 9
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, Rooms 717A & 718
Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is studying electrification of GO Transit services including train lines that operate through the Union Station Rail Corridor, south of Front Street. This would involve the construction of new electrical infrastructure in and near the rail corridors and the possible modification of existing structures such as bridges.
Please find details of public meetings that will be held in Toronto and surrounding cities to share the latest update on this work. Metrolinx Public Meeting Information | Metrolinx Public Meeting Details
— Designlines Magazine (@DesignlinesMag) November 3, 2016
On Monday, October 17th, The CityPlace Residents’ Association and other community partners met with the CityPlace Block 31 working group project staff for a status update on Block 31 (site designated for 2-schools, a childcare facility and a community centre at 20 Brunel Court/95 Fort York Blvd, and the public art component of the project was introduced for discussion and comments. Five shortlisted artists are being considered for the public artwork component of Block 31.
The CityPlace Residents’ Association (CPRA) participated in Green Neighbours 20 inaugural meeting o Thursday, October 13th, 2016. We were represented at the meeting by CPRA Director Mo Nur.
Green Neighbours 20 is a grassroots, action-oriented group of people who live, work, study or spend time in Ward 20, Toronto (between Dupont, and the Waterfront and between University and Bathurst), who are working together to respond to climate change and other environmental issues.
It is based on the belief that although the problems we face are complex and challenging, there is a lot that we can do to make a difference, and it’s a lot more fun and effective if we work together. The group helps members of the community to learn more about the issues and to demonstrated environmental stewardship towards a greener and environmentally sustainable planet. It offers an opportunity for neighbours to meet, and helps build strong community.
If you have an interest in connecting with a network of local and city-wide environmental groups, generate plans for local action and learn more about ongoing green activities in the city, including TransformTO, the City’s plan to reduce carbon emmissions by80% by 2050, this is the group for you.
Many ideas were shared by residents in 20 Ward how to make our neighbourhoods greener. One great idea was shared by Barbara Davidson Harbord Village resident on how Harbord Village Residents Association, started a project to make their lane way greener and planted trees/plants. They got funding and other resources from City of Toronto. Ward 20 Councilor Joe Cressy loved their idea and he took their idea to City Council and got city council to endorse it. Now the idea is with City staff.
Residents from CityPlace, Seaton Village, Annex, Harbord Village, U of T, Kensignton, Baldwin Village, Alexandra Park, Grange Park and Entertainment District attended.
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The CityPlace Residents’ Association (CPRA) was invited to participate in the visioning session on the future of 318 Queens Quay. The goal of the visioning session was to engage stakeholders in a participatory design discussion on what a multipurpose, multifunctional new public space on the waterfront would look like in better serving the needs of our increasing diverse demographics in the high density vertical neighbourhoods of the waterfront area. In addition to the CPRA there were representatives from organizations and associations including: the York Quay Neighbourhood Association (YQNA); the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association (BQNA); the Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA); The City of Toronto (Councillor Cressy and staff, the City’s Waterfront Secretariat, the City’s Planning Department); and Harbourfront Centre.
Pictured L-R: Gary Pieters-CPRA; Joe Cressy-Ward 20 Councillor; Gabriel Leung-VP Concord Adex; Andrea McKittrick-CityPlace/Fort York BIA
On October 3rd, 2016 there was a joint meeting to discuss the power failures that affected multiple CityPlace Towers. Here is a recent letter from Toronto Hydro to Residents, and a joint letter from CPRA, BIA, Concord, and Ward 20.
Dear CityPlace Neighbours:
The repeated power outages that CityPlace endured in late August and early September have been a source of serious concern. On five instances over three weeks, these outages caused serious challenges, with the longest outage lasting for about 18 hours. They disrupted the everyday activities of residents and businesses, caused the loss of a great deal of refrigerated and frozen food, raised health issues for people who rely on air conditioning during hot weather, and effectively stranded anyone who was not able to climb stairs for multiple storeys.
On September 20, we sat down together with representatives from Toronto Hydro for a detailed briefing to learn about the cause of these outages and find out what Toronto Hydro has been doing to resolve the problem. As an outcome of this meeting, Toronto Hydro agreed to prepare a letter updating the CityPlace community, which you can find attached to this message. (See Toronto Hydro Letter to CityPlace – October 2016)
The power outages were caused by multiple failures in both the main and backup cables that provide electricity to CityPlace directly from the Strachan Transformer Station. The system is designed so that either the main or backup cable can provide full power to CityPlace at any given time, and it is extremely rare to have problems with both at once. Throughout the period of repeated outages, only once – the 18-hour outage – did both cables fail at exactly the same time. During the shorter outages, only one cable had failed, but it takes a few hours to manually switch the electricity supply to the backup cable.
Over the past weeks, Toronto Hydro has replaced both sections of problematic cable entirely, totalling about 1.5 kilometres of new infrastructure serving CityPlace.
As we discussed with Toronto Hydro, there is still more work required to ensure that we can all be confident in the reliability of the electricity supply to the neighbourhood.
First, an investigation is underway to determine the underlying cause of these equipment failures. It should not have been a problem of capacity or aged infrastructure, but all possibilities will be reviewed. Toronto Hydro has committed to sharing this information with the CityPlace community.
Second, Toronto Hydro will undertake a preliminary review of the cost and complexity of installing automatic switches in CityPlace buildings in order to eliminate the time it takes to manually switch buildings from the main power supply to the backup cable.
Third, Councillor Cressy brought a motion to City Council earlier this month to direct Toronto Hydro to conduct a formal review of these power outages and report back to City Council on preventative measures against any future incidents, the state of electricity capacity and planning in the neighbourhood, and ways to improve communications protocols during major power outages like these.
We will continue to work closely together and with Toronto Hydro to ensure that this problem is investigated and permanently fixed. Lessons learned from this experience must help avoid future power outages and improve the protocol for responding to power outages and communicating with affected residents and businesses.
Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina
CityPlace Residents’ Association
CityPlace & Fort York BIA
CityPlace Autumn Festival held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, organized, vendored or assisted on the event date.
CityPlace Autumn Fest at 23 Spadina 11-5pm. There are also events for the little people at CityPlace Autumn Festival @ConcordSocial pic.twitter.com/p8pdkHSvrw
— CPRA (@cityplacera) October 8, 2016
— CPRA (@cityplacera) October 8, 2016
— CPRA (@cityplacera) October 8, 2016
Dan Leckie Way and Fort York Blvd is a busy 4-Way intersection in the heart of the CityPlace neighbourhood that experiences high vehicular traffic volume, serves a bus route (TTC 121), a bustling bike line, and has a high walkability due to its proximity to Canoe Landing Park. To address traffic and pedestrian issues and concerns, as well as, improve community safety at this busy intersection, Traffic Lights have now been installed. The will be operational soon.
On October 8th, join us at the #CityPlace #Toronto Autumn Festival, 11-5pm, 23 Spadina Ave.
Thanks to everyone who attend movie night at Canoe Landing Park, hosted by the CityPlace and Fort York Business Improvement Area (BIA), with support from the CityPlace Residents’ Association (CPRA). It was a glorious night with clear skies, great weather and scenic backdrop of the CN tower!
Stay tuned for upcoming events….
The CityPlace Residents Association is pleased to support Movie Night in Canoe Landing Park on Sept. 25th, at 8:00 pm, sponsored by the CityPlace and Fort York Business Improvement Area!. #BestMovieNightEver
CPRA Letter of Support for Rail Deck Park
Dear Executive Committee,
The CityPlace Residents Association is excited about the possibilities that the building of Rail Deck Park would open to residents. We envision Rail Deck Park as a multidimensional green space that provides access to the waterfront, spaces for recreation, a performance arts outdoor gathering place among a multitude of mixed uses for this new park.
The need for green space for recreation in our neighbourhood is a priority, and Rail Deck Park would provide for a variety of uses along with a versatility that will allow it to be rated among the best spaces in enhancing the livability of residents of our community.
The built environment of nice green spaces that serves a variety of purposes will enable seamless access and connection to the waterfront.
We strongly urge the executive committee of the council of the city of Toronto to accelerate the timeframes necessary to make this park a reality.
We strongly support the building of the Rail Deck Park.
CityPlace Residents Association
The CityPlace Residents’ Association along with the CityPlace and Fort York BIA, councillor Joe Cressy and officials from Toronto Hydro met to discuss the recent power outages.
A joint statement on the outcomes is forthcoming.