Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bill Bolton Arena Public Skate Consultation – Update

From the BBA Board Chair:
Dear Community Members,
At its April 21st meeting Bill Bolton Arena Board of Management approved the reinstatement of a Saturday Public Skate from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and four hours of contract ice time from 7:30 to 11:30 PM for the 2016-17 programming season.
The minutes recording this decision will be posted on the Bill Bolton Website immediately following the May 17th Board of Management meeting.
We thank the many community members who took the time to participate in our consultation process.
Sharon Bider
Chair, Bill Bolton Arena Board of Management

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Rail Safety Town Hall

Hosted by MPs Carolyn Bennett & Chrystia Freeland with special guest Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Date: Wednesday April 27, 2016

Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

Location: Walmer Road Baptist Church  188 Lowther Ave,  Toronto (Walmer & Lowther)

Join Rail Safety First in welcoming our new Minister of Transport the Hon. Marc Garneau, MP (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount) as a guest speaker at a Town Hall  to examine rail safety in Canada

Are you concerned about the sharp increase of dangerous goods transported by rail across Canada? This is your chance to show our Federal representatives that rail safety needs to be a priority for Ottawa.

  • BLAST ZONE IS ONE KM AROUND THE TRACKS…That is All of Seaton Village…..

View the invitation on Facebook:

City TV news “It’s a stunning increase.. proportionately, a 28,000-per cent increase in a matter of four years” says Henry Wiercinski of Rail Safety First.

Read the article:

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The Ward 20 annual compost drop in Vermont Square Park

Cressy Compost

Saturday, April 16

10:00AM to NOON

Northeast corner of Olive and Palmerston

  • Bring your green bins and a shovel!

Many thanks to Councillor Cressy and staff for this treat!

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Dupont St Corridor Development and OMB Mediated Outcomes

On March 22, Councillor’s Cressy and Layton (Ward 19) hosted an open community meeting at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church on Manning Ave to discuss these appeals and the mediation process underway. (Meeting dupont-corridor-meeting-flyer-march-22-21)

Background: This Appeal Map shows which properties have appealed the Dupont Street Study.

Dupont St Appeals Map

Dupont Street Prepares for a Wave of Redevelopment: Read more on UrbanTo: March 23, 2016


THE GOOD NEWS: Settlement was reached through mediation.

These represent a good outcome for the community, and rather than risking it all through a full hearing, the Councillors advocated recommendations from the Dupont St Study and priorities expressed by community members at the March 22 meeting. It was determined that following staff’s recommendations to protect the community’s vision for Dupont was the best outcome for the neighbourhood.


Councillors Cressy and Layton released a Dupont Street community letter on the Dupont OMB settlements. Additionally, check out Councillor Cressy’s website for more information

To view the City’s Dupont St portal and supporting information about th eDupont St Study

Check out the SVRA website for more in depth material and Dupont St appeals specific property notes _ 2016

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CN CP Rail Line + Town Hall

On February 25, 2016 Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, tabled the Canada Transportation Act Review Report in Parliament.

The Review acknowledges the risks inherent in the interface between commuter rail service and freight service (page 179) but as a solution offers (only) encouragement of interested parties to collaborate.

Minister Garneau stated the government is interested in hearing the perspectives of federal colleagues, provincial and territorial counterparts, indigenous communities, and private and public stakeholders in the coming weeks and months regarding the issues raised by the report.

Good news: The Review does open the door to a longer term permanent solution. Here’s a chance to let Minister Garneau know your concerns and ideas

RAIL SAFETY TOWN HALL MEETING presented by Rail Safety First

Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Walmer Road Baptist Church [188 Lowther Ave (Walmer & Lowther)]


Join Rail Safety First in welcoming our new Minister of Transport the Hon. Marc Garneau, MP (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount) as a guest speaker at a Town Hall  to examine rail safety in Canada

Hosted by Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP (Toronto–St. Paul’s) and Hon. Chrystia Freeland, MP (University-Rosedale).

Rail Safety First Website:



Canada Transportation Act Review and CN/CP Rail Lines in the press + Municipal Reaction

This article from Railway Age (March 2016): “Transport Canada scrutinized for safety snafus”: The reputation of Canada’s much-criticized rail regulator is being further pummeled, both by its elected master and by the union representing lineside safety inspectors.Read more….


The Globe and Mail coverage also March 2016: Ten-second procedure might have averted Lac-Mégantic disaster;  and: Ottawa’s plans to address rail safety under scrutiny


From the Toronto Star (April 6, 2016): City takes rail worries to new transport minister Mayor John Tory and 17 councillors urge Marc Garneau to act on slew of concerns ignored by previous government.


CBC’s The Current (April 13, 2016):  Canada’s most dangerous railway crossings


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