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Leslieville traffic study – public meeting

The City of Toronto is holding its first of two Public Open Houses for a Leslieville traffic study. Information presented will include existing traffic conditions, alternatives being considered and mitigation measures. The second meeting will be scheduled later in the fall of 2018, to present alternative solutions for discussion and feedback.

Leslieville traffic study boundaries Queen Street East to the north, Leslie Street to the east, Lake Shore Boulevard East to the south and McGee Street (Booth Avenue south of Eastern Avenue) to the west.

Details are as follows

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Presentation by the City and IBI Group at 6:00 P.M.
Place: Morse Street Junior Public School
180 Carlaw Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 2R9

Proposal of Leslieville Traffic Study

IBI Group has been retained by the City of Toronto to undertake the Traffic Management and Mitigation Study within the Leslieville Community. The Leslieville traffic study area is bound by Queen Street East to the north, Leslie Street to the east, Lake Shore Boulevard East to the south and McGee Street (Booth Avenue south of Eastern Avenue) to the west.

The Traffic Management and Mitigation Study will assess the impacts on traffic from development projects on the transportation network within the Leslieville Community, and include associated mitigation measures. Issues that will be explored include:

  • existing traffic conditions and future traffic conditions with proposed development
  • determining if the existing and future transportation system can accommodate additional traffic generated by the proposed development
  • evaluating if road improvements are necessary in addition to those included in the Transportation Master Plan

If you would like to provide The City with your comments, require additional information, or would like to join
the Leslieville traffic study, please contact the Project Manager as noted below. You can also visit the
study website for more information and updates at:

Satbinder Pabla
Project Manager
City of Toronto
Metro Hall
55 John Street, 17th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

You may also contact Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, at 416-392-4060

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Last chance for look at Weston Bakery before demolition

This weekend is your last chance to have a peek inside what was previously Weston Bakery, the home of Wonder Bread! Located in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Logan Avenue, a photography show is being hosted May 19 and May 20, 2018.

weston bakery leslieville toronto

Here’s the story from CBC:

Abandoned bread factory Weston Bakery on the brink of demolition is getting one final tribute

‘It was important for us to get the community back into the building one last time’

  • A defunct Wonder Bread factory, Weston Bakery, in Leslieville has opened its doors one last time as part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival this weekend. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a bread factory looks like, you’re in luck.

The historic rise and fall of an old Wonder Bread factory in Leslieville is being commemorated this month.

Weston Bakery facility, known for the delicious aroma that used to waft from its walls, was a sort of landmark in the east end before it shut down four years ago.

Since then, it’s been sitting vacant.

Wonder Condo artist's rendition Leslieville Toronto

The Weston Bakery facility, near Eastern and Logan avenues, is being gutted to make room for residential and commercial condo units. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

Still furnished with its original bread-making machinery, the factory’s doors are being opened to the public for a photo show on the weekends of May 12-13 and May 19-20.

The exhibit is part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival and will feature photos from Toronto photographer Laird Kay.

“It was actually quite wonderful seeing the guts and seeing all the machines, all of these wonderful conveyor belts flying through the building,” Kay said in an interview with CBC Toronto.

Inside Weston Bakery Leslieville Toronto

An exhibit paying tribute to the factory will feature abstract photos of the building’s original machinery. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

“I wanted to capture the movement and the feeling of the space — abstract the machinery and show them as sculptures,” he said.

Although portions of Weston Bakery’s frame will remain intact for historic and nostalgic purposes, it’s being gutted to make room for new condominiums being built next year.

That, in part, is why Neil Pattison of Graywood Developments, felt “it was important for us to get the community back into the building one last time.”

‘People are not comfortable with change’

“We wanted to celebrate the history of the building,” Pattison said. “I remember driving down the street, walking past, you’d see people wearing their white coats, wearing their hair nets.”

It’s a history that dates back to 1887, when the factory first opened.

Weston Bakery factory machines Leslieville Toronto

The history of this Wonder Bread factory dates back to the 1800s. (Ousama Farag/CBC)

And community members have mixed emotions about the plan for this plot of land.

“People are not comfortable with change,” Pattison said. “It wasn’t compatible with the neighbourhood.”

Resistance from the community turned into a long battle with the Ontario Municipal Board over the structural details for the new condos, which will now be eight storeys and include a combination of commercial and residential units.

Weston Bakery developer Leslieville Toronto

Developer Neil Pattison said there was resistance from the community over structural plans for the new condos. (Ousama Farag/CBC)

“It wasn’t exactly what the developer wanted and it wasn’t exactly what the community wanted,” said Coun. Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth). “It was a true Toronto compromise.”

‘I support it’

Community member Sheree Spence has been living in the neighbourhood for 18 years and has mixed feelings about the development.

“I’m going to miss the bread factory,” she said. “Every day I would step out of my house and smell it in the air and it was just a wonderful smell, it’s like home.”

And while she worries the condos will bring additional traffic to the area, she admits the new development will be better than an empty factory.

Weston Bakery factory machines Leslieville Toronto

The building’s machinery will either be donated or recycled. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

“It’s life, it’s evolution,” she said.

Helen Yabu agrees.

“A condo in that area would certainly be much more pleasing to the environment than an abandoned factory,” she said. “I support it.”

source: abandoned bread factory

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South Relief Line – east end details and consultations

Attend a public meeting to learn more about the South Relief Line

Monday, April 23, 2018
Calvary Church Toronto
746 Pape Avenue
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018
St James Cathedral Centre
65 Church Street
9:30am – 11:30am

Monday, April 30, 2018
Morse Street Junior Public School
180 Carlaw Avenue
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Residents along the route of the south relief line are about to start learning how the proposed subway would affect them. The group includes 28 property owners who would lose some or all of their land.

Leslieville Streetcar Yard Queen Street East South Relief Line

Letters explaining the impact of the subway, which is not currently funded, were sent to thousands of property owners on Monday. For the vast majority of these people, the project would mean little more than a legal fix to allow the subway to run near their property. But in a few dozen cases the effect would be much greater.

The city says that parts of a dozen properties and the entirety of 16 others would become the sites of permanent surface structures. Ten other properties would be needed for construction activities, although these could be returned when the work is complete. The specific locations of these 38 properties have not been revealed.

The city, which will hold three public meetings, beginning next Monday, has the legal power to expropriate the land in such circumstances. But these situations have sparked fierce pushback in the past, something local councillor Paula Fletcher said she understands.

“It’s someone’s property. It’s someone’s equity,” she said.

A few years ago, Ms. Fletcher gave her support to residents at the southern end of Pape Avenue who wanted part of the subway route shifted away from their street. Those residents were concerned that the subway construction could damage their homes, and said that nearby Carlaw Avenue is wider and has more density, making it a better choice.

Pape Avenue resident Jim Barr was one of the opponents, signing a petition at the time and saying he didn’t want to lose his house. He argues now that the concern of homeowners was legitimate, but also feels that public opinion may be too easily whipped up.

“I think that people are too pro-active now, too worried now,” he said.

City council ultimately agreed with those concerned residents. As the proposed project comes closer, though, it will not always be possible to shift its effects. The relief line would be the first downtown subway built in Toronto in decades and the area will likely be inconvenienced during construction.

Increased traffic due to work vehicles and lanes being closed is one likely outcome. Noise, dust and vibration are others, although the area may be spared some of the latter.

David Nagler, who manages community relations for the Toronto Transit Commission, said that the surface-level impact of the tunnelling work should be minimized for two reasons: The proposed tunnel would be deep – with the top of it lying between 18 and 25 metres below the surface – and it would run through bedrock instead of softer material.

The combination, he said, would mean a “likely imperceptible level of vibration during the tunnelling.”

The south relief line would be deeper than the Crosstown light-rail line that was recently tunnelled along Eglinton, sparking complaints along the way. It would also be much deeper than the older parts of the current subway system and would be built with modern techniques to minimize the amount of vibration when operating.

The downtown relief line has been proposed for decades as a way to take pressure off the crowded Yonge subway line.

The section of it now being planned runs south from Pape subway station, hooking west and crossing the Don River before finishing at Osgoode subway station. It is unfunded and its price tag of $6.8-billion is several years out of date and expected to rise.



details of downtown subway

relief line south

photo: Ford Thurston

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Leslieville trees cleared for new pumping station

“Diana Walton remembers the path between Leslie Street and Coxwell Avenue as a beautiful mini forest, occupied by rabbits and the occasional coyote, when she used to walk her dogs there about five years ago. Today, she describes it as a graveyard.

Leslie Street to Coxwell Avenue trees cleared in Leslieville

“I just walked past there this morning. Horrific … What a travesty,” Ms. Walton commented on a Facebook post in the Leslieville community group.

Two weeks ago, the city of Toronto started clear-cutting weeping willows and other trees at Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant for the construction of a new integrated pumping station. Trees along Ashbridges Bay Park were also taken down to relocate the Tubs & Gee Gage Rugby Field and install a parking lot off Coxwell Avenue.

This is just the latest big cut for the neighbourhood that has left some residents devastated.

Ms. Walton said she recalls the same thing happening when the construction of the TTC Leslie Barns began in 2015.

“To see [trees] come down by developers or the city … I don’t think they give it much thought. I think they’re just doing it the quickest, easiest, most inexpensive way,” Ms. Walton said.

A total of 65 trees will be cut down to replace the two pumping stations – one of which has been in operation since 1919 and the other since the 1970s. An additional 19 trees will be removed within the construction area at Ashbridges Bay Park.

Stephan Schmelzer, who lives on Alton Avenue in Leslieville, says the city shouldn’t take down trees when private owners wouldn’t be able to do the same.

“Seems hypocritical – looks like a scene out of the Lorax movie now,” says Mr. Schmelzer, referring to a scene where a truffula tree is cut down in a forest valley.

Ellen Leesti, spokesperson for Toronto Water, wrote that there had been years of public consultation in which the city worked with the community to develop some of the improvements that are being made to public spaces.

Ms. Leesti said the new pumping station will replace aging infrastructure, help manage a growing volume of storm water and provide additional capacity for population growth.

Some of the tree trunks looked like massive 100-year-old maples, Mr. Schmelzer said.

Ms. Leesti said the trees being removed vary in size with the smallest tree being six centimetres in diameter and the largest being 121.

She added that the city will be planting three trees for every one removed, and that it will take approximately 10 years for them to be replaced.

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said the city has received a few complaints about the trees coming down, but the project is vital to eliminate sewer overflow, which is a major problem across many cities in North America.

“People aren’t aware of how old our current infrastructure is,” said Ms. McMahon. “[This] needs to be done if we want to have clean water and we want to deal with our wastewater properly.””


source: tree cutting blitz

photo: Dr. Seuss “The Lorax”

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Leslieville condo climate change

“Residents of nine condos in Leslieville’s Carlaw-Dundas area are coming together to look at how they can reduce waste, increase energy efficiency, and make more low-carbon transportation choices.

Leslieville Condo Climate Change

The new initiative, called TransformCarlaw, is spearheaded by area residents Ravi Joshi, Megan Meaney and Kaitlin Lane, who all live in The Carlaw at 345 Carlaw Ave./1190 Dundas St. E.

It is essentially an expansion of a discussion the Leslieville residents’ condo board held back in 2016 about how to make their building more energy efficient.

During a recent interview, Joshi, Meaney, and Lane said they felt the things they were talking about doing at The Carlaw could easily be applied to other nearby condos and decided to think bigger.

One idea that made sense to explore further is the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the area. Late last year, the trio met with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher to get some advice about the idea as well as their community-led response to climate change in the Carlaw-Dundas area.

The trio have been in communication with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and the City of Toronto’s energy and environment office, who are both supportive of the charging stations project.

On Tuesday, March 20, condo dwellers near Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue are invited to attend a TransformCarlaw kickoff strategy session at Queen Street East Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E. at Carlaw Avenue. The gathering will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A social will follow afterwards at Dundas & Carlaw, 1173 Dundas St. E.

“The idea is get a handle on people’s priorities and go from there, set up committees and use everyone’s skills to the benefit of the group,” Joshi said, adding TransformCarlaw is also about community development and giving neighbours more opportunities to make connections.

“It’s a chance for local condo owners to have a stake, ownership in their neighbourhood. It’s a way for people to get involved.”

Community members, including those unable to attend the meeting, are invited to have their say on the TransformCarlaw initiative by filling out a survey at

TransformCarlaw’s co-founders said the timing is right to launch the movement as Toronto moves forward on its new TransformTO climate change plan. They said it also makes sense to launch the initiative as the Carlaw-Dundas area is in the midst of several public realm improvement projects.”

Visit for more information.


photo: google street view (edited by Thurston Olsen Team)

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