Toronto 2050: Creating a Vision for Toronto

To create a good film, you need a script.

Astra Burka, the founder of Toronto 2050, has extended this concept from the film industry into the realm of city building.

For those of us who have had to apply for permits or work with city bylaws, the Official Plan may sound familiar. It is Toronto’s vision for development—the guiding principles that are meant to create a harmonious city.

However, those who have worked with the city know that it is anything but harmonious. According to Astra, the city is a mishmash of wards with competing interests and fractured visions; while, as a whole, Toronto is still suffering from the effects of an incomplete amalgamation.

Even worse, although we have an Official Plan, Section 37 of the planning act allows the City to negotiate with developers behind closed doors to allow bylaw violations in return for cash and community amenities.

Given these issues, Toronto 2050, aims to bring together these fractured pieces to create a picture of what we want Toronto to look like.

Toronto 2050 proposes three key solutions:

  1. Create one city through true amalgamation
  2. Create a script, a unified vision
  3. Visualize how we want Toronto to look

In order to visualize the City, the project aims to render the city and the Official Plan in three-dimensions. The technology, which was developed to render realistic cityscapes in film, has already been used by the City of Seattle.

To learn more about the project, visit the Toronto 2050 website.

The website provides a rich visual experience—partly because the Toronto 2050 team includes an animator, Pasquale la Montagna and documentary film maker Lisa Ellenwood—that features interviews from city building experts and residents about what this vision may look like.

If you have questions for the Toronto 2050 team or would like to help advance the project, you can contact them here:






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 (

Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) in the Neighbourhood this Summer

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) will be canvassing this summer in the community.

TEA has been around for over 27 years, and advocates on behalf of all Torontonians for a green, healthy and equitable city. They work on a range of issues including air quality, climate change, the greenbelt, public transit, toxics, and waste.

TEA’s hard work over the years resulted in getting green bins across the city, passing the pesticide ban in Toronto and passing the Community Right to Know bylaw. To learn more about TEA, you can visit

Take a few minutes to chat with a canvasser from TEA at your door and learn more about what you can do to help build A Greener City for All. You can also get an update on TEA’s recent local victories, get a copy of the new dry clean scorecard, and find out what you can do to help build a Greener City for All.

Portuguese Day Parade this Sunday, June 14 (Road Closures)

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, at 11 am, the Portuguese Day Parade will take place. Event organizers anticipate 10,000 participants, 100 motor vehicles, 40 floats, and six musical bands.

Parade route:
• Formation area: Lansdowne Avenue and College Street
• Southbound on Lansdowne Avenue to Dundas Street W
• Eastbound on Dundas Street West to Trinity Bellwoods Park
• Dispersal area: Dundas Street W and Gore Vale Avenue as well as Trinity Bellwoods Park

Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation.

Full road closures:
9 am – 1 pm: Lansdowne Avenue, from Bloor Street West to College Street
10:45 am – 3 pm: Lansdowne Avenue, from College Street to Dundas Street West
Dundas Street West, from Sorauren Avenue to Bathurst Street

The TTC will be re-routing buses during the event and will experience delays.

The parade will take place regardless of weather conditions.