Property Update: 156 Palmerston Tear Down and Rebuild

156-Palmerston156 Palmerston has filed for a variance with the city’s committee of adjustment department. If the changes affect you, be sure to attend the public hearing on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a new three-storey fourplex.

MEETING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2

156 Palmerston Ave Location Map and Site Plan
156 Palmerston Ave Plans
156 Palmerston Ave Public Hearing Notice

About the Committee of Adjustment:
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit:

Gag filming in Trinity Bellwoods, August 6, 2015


trinity-bellwoods-park-filmingA TV production will be taking place on August 6th in Trinity Bellwoods park. It is filming gag where host is dressed as a nun and accidentally drops a box of condoms in front of random people. People’s reactions will be filmed.


For more information, see below:

Production Type: TV PRODUCTION
Project Title: Flip TFO 2015
Production Company & Address: OTELFO
Location Manager: Camille Lam

Filming Location(s) & Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cast & Crew: 6

If you have questions, please contact Mike Layton (

Ossington Heritage District Nomination Walkabout, July 15, 6-8pm (Queen/Ossington)

Ossington has been nominated for Heritage Conservation District status, Ontario’s gold standard in heritage preservation.

City Planning’s Heritage Department is gearing up the process to get the District specification in order. It starts with a community walkabout, Wednesday of next week: 15 July, 6–8PM, meeting by 1000 Queen West (the Stüssy shop at the corner of Ossington).

Learn about the wild west-like early days Ossington from 1793 to today. It should be fun! Hope to see you there.

Facebook event page:


More Vertical Duplexes are Coming to Ward 19: Have Your Say

85-Bellwoods-Ave-Plans-DuplexThe City has recently changed residential street zoning to allow vertical duplexes—two side-by-side units on a single lot. Some residents feel that this type of building, which can have a large footprint and looms over adjacent properties, is threatening the character of residential neighborhoods.

Developers are responding to the new zoning laws by buying single normal-size houses, tearing them down, and building vertical duplexes (as some have called “mega-houses”), which contain two units, each the size of a large semi. Developers then condominiumize the units and sell them separately (for 1M-1.2M).

In response to pressure from the Ossington Community Association, on Tuesday July 14, the City of Toronto will be holding the first and only community consultation regarding the building of vertical duplexes.

Toronto’s Official Plan says that our residential streets are supposed to remain physically stable, with new development that “preserves the existing character” of the neighborhood. Community concerns regarding the new developments are:

  • Inadequate step backs and increased lot coverage, which “boxes in” neighbors
  • Failure to preserve street character
  • Decreased house affordability
  • Increased property taxes

As this is the only consultation planned for this important change, please be sure to attend.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday July 14, 6-8pm
West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House)
248 Ossington Ave (at the intersection of Ossington and Dundas Street West)

Filming at Trinity Bellwoods Park, July 7, 2015

dog_bowl_squareWe have received a filming request for a TV series from Liftoff Productions 3 Ltd on July 7, 2015.

Filming will involve a cast and crew of 60, will occur between 6am and 8pm, and will involve “Teams of people doing challenging scenarios”. July 8th will serve as the rain date.

Parking spots may be harder to find during the filming. More details are below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Councillor Mike Layton at or call (416) 392-4009.

  • Production Type: TV SERIES
  • Project Title: The Launch 03
  • Production Company & Address: LIFTOFF PRODUCTIONS 3 LTD, 489 KING Suite: 401 TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA, M5V 1K4
  • Production Company Phone #: 416-596-8118
  • Location Manager: Marc Poirier
  • Location Manager Cell #: 647-621-7114