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.

Filming in Trinity Bellwoods Park, June 17, 2015 (12 – 2pm)

cropped-PANO_20111023_103034.jpgFilming will be taking place in Trinity Bellwoods on Wednesday June 17th between 12 and 2pm. No streets will be closed as part of the filming.

More details available below:

  • Production Type: TV SPECIAL
  • Project Title: Friends Of Bellwoods
  • Production Company & Address: OLENA DECOCK; 251 MILL TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA, M9C 1Y3
  • Production Company Phone #: 416-898-4327
  • Location Manager: Olena Decock
  • Location Manager Cell #: 416-898-4327
  • Filming Location(s) & Times: 12 pm – 4 pm; 790 QUEEN ST W – one hour interview with two subjects.
  • Cast & Crew: 5
  • Number of Vehicles: 2

Before June 10th: Have your say about the Gardiner Expressway


On June 10, Council will make a choice that could impact Toronto residents for several generations.

There are two alternatives on the table:

  • Boulevard: removes the section of the Gardiner elevated expressway between Jarvis and the Logan ramps, replacing it with a modern 8-lane Boulevard that ties directly to the remaining Gardiner at Jarvis, and to the DVP in the east: price tag – $461 million
  • Hybrid option: maintains the existing structure with a few modifications, like replacing the Logan ramps east of the Don River with new ramps at Cherry Street, and adding a service road: price tag – $919 million

While traffic times are estimated to increase by up to 2–3 minutes if the Boulevard option is chosen, this affects only 3% of the people who travel to the downtown core during the peak time of the weekday morning commute.

CodeBlueTO thinks the money saved by choosing the Boulevard could be better spent helping the majority of Torontonians by funding better transit, creating more affordable housing, or any number of other pressing priorities facing this city.

If you share their view, please fill out the survey at http://togethertoronto.ca/campaigns/gardiner

Enjoying Trinity Bellwoods Park This Summer

park bench trinityThe TBCA recently met with Michael Muir, the 14 Division Police Constable that is responsible for patrolling Trinity Bellwoods Park.

He has served this role for the past three summers, over which he has experienced a lot of responsible behaviour as well as other behaviour that has threatened the enjoyment of the park for others.

For the summer of 2015, the patrol of the park will be known as “Project Growler” and will represent a continuation of the preventative approach, with flyers being handed out and warnings being given, rather than a blanket ticketing approach.

Mr. Muir will be looking for any behaviour that is blatantly in violation of the laws and regulations governing the park. In addition, Park Ambassadors and City staff (Bylaw enforcers, and Animal Services inspectors) will also be monitoring the park to ensure respectful behaviour that fosters the fair and shared use of the park.

Please use your discretion to avoid receiving one of the following fines:

$360 – for allowing a dog to run at large (outside of the posted off-leash area)
$360 – for consuming, selling or serving alcohol in the park without a permit
$360 – for smoking within 9m of a sports field, playground, or other smoke-free area
$260 – for creating a nuisance or interfering with other’s enjoyment of the park
$235 – for urinating in the park

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to report a park-related incident, please feel free to contact:

Police Constable Michael Muir

Please enjoy the park responsibly and have fun this summer!


Be the First to See Fort York Bridge Designs (June 2, 2015)

Attend the community meeting on June 2 see the design concepts for the Fort York Bridge.

  • Fort York Bridge Community Meeting
    Tuesday, June 2 – 6:00 p.m.
    Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Boulevard (map).

fort york bridgeThe Fort York pedestrian and cycling bridge will be a key piece of infrastructure in our ward. It will link people by foot and bike from Wellington, across to the Ordnance Triangle and Liberty Village, to Fort York – tying together our parks, historic sites, and communities.

This meeting will be your opportunity to view the three proposed designs, ask questions of the design teams, and provide your comments on each.

The meeting format will be as follows:

  • An informal open house from 6:00pm until 6:30pm to allow community members to view the proposed designs and provide their comments.
  • Between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, each of the three design teams will have 15 minutes to present their design and will be available to answer any questions.
  • The informal open house will resume at 8:30pm until 9:00pm to allow community members to review the boards and provide any final comments.

The comments received by the end of the meeting will be summarized and submitted to the project Evaluation Committee the following day.

Please note: there will not be an online opportunity to provide comments on the designs. If you’d like to have a say, please attend this meeting to make your voice heard.

The first Community Information Meeting was held on January 8, 2015. For more information about the project please visit fortyorkbridge.mmm.ca.

Download a PDF of the Meeting Notice here.