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17
Apr

Bremner Blvd Partial Road Closure

Source: http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/40853

Due to concerns of falling ice from the CN Tower after the mid-April ice storm there are pedestrian and traffic restrictions including:

1. Bremner Boulevard is closed, between Lower Simcoe Street and Rees Street
2. CN Tower – full closure
3. Steamwhistle Brewery and The Rec Room – (Restricted Access)
4. Ripley’s Aquarium – (full closure)
5. Rogers Centre – Gates 1-6 closed

The Pathway along the CN Tower/Rogers Centre John St extension over the tracks is also closed.

17
Apr

A Safe Place for Pedestrians

CN Tower Falling Ice – Ice Build Up Deterrent Needed: In 2007, the President of the CityPlace Residents Association, wrote an OpEd in the Toronto Star that made recommendations including a a covered walkway, extension of the path to Spadina, and using conductive film to avoid ice buildup on the CN Tower as safety measures. The article is still relevant today, as Bremner Blvd is partially closed due to falling ice from the CN Tower from the icestorm on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

A Safe Place for Pedestrians

by Gary Pieters

First published on March 10, 2007

Toronto’s sidewalks and pedestrian walkways are, for the most part, attractive, busy and walkable environments.

Pedestrian traffic flow is influenced by local activities and resources, with the highest volumes around schools, commercial hubs and recreational and civic facilities.

Many factors affect the wellness of pedestrian spaces, but of utmost importance for safety is the physical environment.

The wild snowstorm that hit the GTA on March 1 exposed risk factors that affected pedestrian safety.

One of the major issues that emerged was the dangerously harsh wind conditions that turned ice frozen to the surface of the CN Tower into dangerous projectiles that fell for days onto the streets, sidewalks and surrounding buildings.

While no injuries were reported, at least one vehicle was damaged. The danger resulted in temporary closures of Bremner Blvd. from York St. to Rees St., and the Gardiner Expressway from Yonge St. to Spadina Ave. Bremner Blvd., within the shadow of the CN Tower, was closed for more than a week. While this was a necessary safety measure, it hindered pedestrian access to Union Station by creating a large detour.

Considering that the area attracts heavy pedestrian traffic for entertainment and sports events, perhaps the time has come for an enclosed sidewalk along Bremner from the Rogers Centre to the Air Canada Centre, tying into the Toronto underground PATH system.

Another possible solution is that an ice-buildup deterrent, such as the “transparent electrically conductive film” manufactured by Ice Engineering of New Hampshire, be wrapped around the CN Tower to prevent a repeat of the ice buildup. This is an intriguing idea worthy of a feasibility study. If the results were positive, this or similar technology could be incorporated into the design and construction of new buildings and also be used to upgrade existing skyscrapers. The end result would be greater protection for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

Another risk factor that affected pedestrian safety during the recent stormy weather was the road-crossing hazard created by frozen snowbanks at crosswalks and intersections.

The northeast corner of Spadina at Bremner had a snowbank almost a metre high blocking the sidewalk from the roadway for more than a week.

I, along with fellow pedestrians, took considerable risks as we climbed over the snowbank to make our way onto the pedestrian crossing leading to the Spadina LRT streetcar stop.

Pedestrians who chose not to climb the snowbank also took a risk by walking along the roadway in the path of cars making right turns from Bremner onto Spadina, increasing the danger of pedestrian-vehicle collisions.

The situation at this crosswalk clearly was hazardous for pedestrians trying to cross the street to catch the Spadina streetcar and should have been corrected quickly.

If we want to promote walking communities, the physical environment must be safe and pedestrian-friendly.

In Toronto, collisions involving cars and pedestrians are not infrequent. According to data provided by City of Toronto Transportation Services, from January to September 2006 there were 1,493 pedestrian injuries and 27 fatalities resulting from collisions.

A data map illustrating the worst intersections for collisions involving pedestrians is available online at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/publications/brochures/2006_ped.pdf. The tally illustrates that pedestrian-related collisions occur with high frequency at major intersections in the downtown core on Bloor, Wellesley, College, Dundas, Queen, King and Front Sts.; and also Yonge, Bay, St. George, Spadina and Bathurst. Other areas of the city, including Danforth Ave. and Yonge St. at Steeles Ave., show a similar danger.

I believe that frequent pedestrian traffic reports provided by the print, broadcast and wireless media could be used to foster awareness or warn pedestrians of hazards at intersections that develop as a result of weather, excess pedestrian traffic, vehicular collisions, defective traffic lights and/or road damage.

Increasing pedestrian road-safety awareness would be a preventative and caring way to improve the city’s walkability by reducing the risk factors that result in collisions.

Similarly, timely maintenance of sidewalks and other walkways, quick snow clearing, appropriate signage alerting pedestrians to temporary or ongoing risks on roads and at intersections would encourage more people to walk.

The city benefits ecologically, socially, physically and economically from being pedestrian-friendly. A walkable city with safe, attractive and accessible sidewalks, street lights, traffic lights and public transportation stimulates greater pedestrian movement to places within reasonable walking distance.

As more people walk, their increased daily physical activity should result in better health. The intensification of the city core already provides greater opportunity for more Torontonians to work, study and participate in recreational activities within walking distance of their homes. Greater pedestrian traffic, in turn, improves the identity and vitality of neighbourhoods.

For these good things to happen, safety must come first.
Source: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/2007/03/10/a_safe_place_for_pedestrians.html

12
Apr

Call for Proposals: The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program

Call for Proposals: The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program

Calling all emerging groups, individuals, and organizations! The Bentway’s 2018 Community Incubation Program is now open for proposals. If @thebentway’s winter season got you excited, here’s your chance to shape their upcoming Fall season.

As Toronto’s newest public space and programming platform, The Bentway is looking for community-based programming that will animate their space, strengthen community ties, and increase visibility to community organizations and interests. They’re especially interested in proposals tackling the theme of “If, But, What If?” – exploring what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be within our ever-evolving city.

Info Session: April 11 (6-7 PM) at Fort York Visitor Centre.
Deadline: April 29.

Funding Available: Up to 5k in funding per project
More Info: http://bit.ly/Bentway-CP-2018-FB

12
Apr

Foodshare Toronto Good Food Market

Foodshare Good Food Market

Enjoy the fresh taste of Spring at the 150 Dan Leckie Way Good Food Market, brought to you by FoodShare Toronto.
Coming this Wednesday, April 18th, from 5pm to 7pm at 150 Dan Leckie Way, 3rd Floor Community Kitchen – it’s our best kept secret for those who love fresh food on fleek, without the price gouge! Also featuring pop-ups by the Urban Swine with his Artisinal Market Fresh Sausages and Chef Buoyardy All-Natural Ultra-Spicy Jerk Sauce. FREE sweet treats for the first 25 customers in the door! Doors open at 5pm sharp. Shop early for best selection. Bring along your reusable shopping bags.
See you there!

12
Apr

Bishop Macdonell Catholic School Community Meeting

Bishop Macdonell Catholic School Community Meeting

Bishop Macdonell Catholic School, serving students Kindergarten to Grade 8, will be opening in 2019 at the Canoe Landing Community Centre!

Along with local trustees and senior staff from the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Concord CityPlace presentation centre at 23 Spadina Ave will host a community meeting on May 3, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

For parents who will be attending, light refreshments and child care will be available!

12
Apr

Artificial Turf in Canoe Landing Park to be Fenced

Artificial Turf in Canoe Landing Park to be Fenced

We were made to understand that as the Canoe Landing Community Facility approach completion and scheduled opening in Fall 2019, a fence will be installed around the Turf field. Attached is a photo showing a rendering of the area to be fenced, and an image showing the type of fence to be used.

04
Apr

Janes Walk

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

CityPlace Discovery Walk: Living and Thinking Vertical

Join the CityPlace Residents Association (CPRA) for a Jane’s Walk through the CityPlace neighbourhood, and learn more about how the CPRA have actively led and curated community building events and activities that embrace living and thinking vertical in this multi-dwelling high density vertical neighbourhood.

We will explore Canoe Landing Park, Block 31, The Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch, Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Space (POPS), The Puente de Luz Pedestrian Bridge, and the Chinese Railway Workers Memorial.

Date: Saturday May 5th
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Meeting Place: In front of Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
(SW corner of Fort York and Spadina)

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2093514940869617/

Walk Listings Page: https://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/toronto-walk-listings/

The walk is about 90 minutes long and will proceed rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes! The Walk will end at the Chinese Railway Workers Monument (Blue Jays Way and Navy Wharf Ct)

Photos from 2017 Janes Walk in CityPlace

Janes Walk 2011: Making CityPlace A Place

See Article: Welcome to the neighbourhood? Residents attempt community building at CityPlace https://gleanernews.ca/index.php/2011/09/01/welcome-to-the-neighbourhood/

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by
getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their
neighbours. More than 170 free walking tours are being held across
Toronto this coming weekend. Each walk is led by locals who want to
create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the
places they live and work.

Making CityPlace a Place
Join Councillor Adam Vaughan for a Jane’s Walk through the CityPlace
neighbourhood.

The walk will explore the former railway lands’ past, present and
future as a home for residents and a destination for visitors. Hear
about plans for a new park, a public library, and a pedestrian bridge
to connect to the waterfront.

Date: Saturday May 7th
Time: 11 am – 1:30 pm
Meeting Place: In front of Sobeys, 22 Fort York Blvd
(NW corner of Fort York & Spadina)

Joining Councillor Vaughan on the walk will be local residents and
some of the partners that have been involved in the creation of this
emerging community in the downtown core.

The walk is about two and a half hours long and will proceed rain or
shine, so please dress appropriately! Comfortable walking shoes and
water are suggested.

04
Apr

Clean CityPlace


Clean CityPlace Together

Date: Sunday, April 22

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Volunteer Check In Area: Meet at Canoe Landing Park/p>

Clean Up Zones

Clean Up Zones Across CityPlace (See Map)

On Sunday April 22, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, join us for Clean Toronto Together.

Check in Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd; select one of the 12 CityPlace Cleanup Zones from the map; then pick up litter and help keep CityPlace clean, green and beautiful! Gloves, rakes, garbage bags and recycling materials provided.

Diabetes Canada will have textile donation bins in Canoe Landing Park for gently used clothing.

There will be an after cleanup social at Fox and Fiddle from 12:30 – 2:30 pm, as well as T-Shirts, Prizes and Raffles.

Pre-Registration is not required and we have listed the event as part of the The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate in cleaning up any of the 12 Clean Up Zones. To find out more information contact us at cityplacera@gmail.com

About Clean Toronto Together

Join over 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups as we come together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.

Participants are encouraged to register their cleanups at livegreentoronto.ca Registration helps the City to arrange special litter pickups, avoid duplicate cleanups and measure results.

Now in its 15th year, Clean Toronto Together is Canada’s largest spring cleanup program. It begins with City staff cleaning streets, parks and watercourses. Over a four-week period, the City deploys more than 300 pieces of equipment, including litter vacuums, sweepers, front-end loaders, d‎ump trucks, sidewalk sweepers and power washers.

02
Apr

CityPlace Easter Egg Hunt Highlights

CityPlace Easter Egg Hunt Highlights

The 2018 CityPlace Easter Egg Hunt was a success. Hundreds of children and families showed up and participated.

Thanks again to our volunteers and sponsors who made this a memorable event for children and families to enjoy!

19
Mar

Easter Egg Hunt

CityPlace Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for CityPlace Easter Egg Hunt on April 1, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd. There will be prizes, surprises, and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Download Easter Poster

To find out more information or to volunteer for any of these events, contact us at cityplacera@gmail.com