Cherry Blossom Watch

It seems the extreme swings in temperature have put our beloved cherry blossoms on different timetables this year.

Some areas closer to the Grenadier pond and by the sport fields florets are now on stage 4, becoming visible and staring to extend and elongate.  Full bloom could take place anywhere from 6 to 10 days, other areas within the park florets are at an earlier stage, however we will have to see how the warmer weather this week progresses the bud development. An extended warm spell could synchronize all of the trees into quickly blooming together.

Ultimately, Parks and Forestry is still thinking April 25th - April 28th is a good bet for peak bloom.

Plan your visit: parking is limited. Parks Staff recommend biking, walking or taking the TCC if possible.

Prescribed burns at High Park and Lambton Park - Tuesday, April 18th

Urban Forestry are conducting the prescribed burns in High Park and Lambton Park on Tuesday April 18th.  Ignition will begin in Lambton Park at 12:00pm, and burning is expected to last until 1:30pm. Ignition at High Park will follow at approximately 2:00pm

There may be periods of reduced visibility in the local communities surrounding both parks due to smoke. Access to trails and pathways adjacent to burn sites will be temporarily blocked as required to maintain public safety. Residents with asthma or sensitivity to smoke are advised to close windows and refrain from entering the parks during the burn.

Roof Rehab at High Park Station - Mid-April to July 2017

TTC will be conducting roof repairs at High Park Station starting in April. They plan to work on both roofs at High Park Station – the main station as well as the Parkview Gardens entrance/exit. The main station is planned for April to July, while the Parkview Gardens entrance is planned to start in July.

While the majority of work will be conducted during the day, there will be times at the beginning and end of the project when workers are required to work overnight when installing/removing guard rails on the roofs edge with hand tools – this is for safety of both workers and customers. Noise will be kept minimal as best as possible.

TTC Update Notice - The Queensway Track Project

Preliminary work on The Queensway has been underway in preparation for the track project this year between the Humber Loop to the west and Claude Ave to the east.

An updated Construction Notice related to TTC’s work on The Queensway Track Project between Claude Avenue and South Kingsway is being circulated. The City is presently undertaking work to the Humber Bridge and will include new track replacement as well.

The following links are to notices that are on the TTC web related to this Infrastructure Improvements along the west end of the Queen streetcar line west of Roncesvalles Avenue in 2017:

Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Gooch Ave from Dundas St W to Skylark Rd

Toronto Water will be cleaning and structurally re-lining the watermain along Gooch, from Dundas St W to Skylark Rd, starting in the month of March until December 2017. During this process, the City will also replace the City-owned portion of any substandard water service pipes. 

The notice will be delivered to the impacted residents in advance of the construction. As part of this project is to upgrade substandard water services within the City Right of Way, fact sheets on Lead in Drinking Water will also be delivered together with the Construction Notices.

Surrounding impacts could include delays and increased local traffic, disruptions to permit parking, and temporary water disruptions. For water disruptions, residents who are affected by the shut-off will receive at least 24-hours notice.

Spring Prescribed (Controlled) Burn in High Park

Urban Forestry is preparing for their annual prescribed burn program this spring in two city parks: High Park, and Lambton Park. 

The exact timing of the burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and difficult to predict in advance. The weather will be closely monitored and when a date has been selected another confirmation notice will be sent 24-48 hours prior to ignition. 

Spring/Summer 2017 Recreation Program Registration Begins March 4th!

Registration for the City's spring/summer recreation programs begins on March 4th at 7 a.m. Residents should visit before registration day to build wish lists (program titles and bar codes) and have a few options ready in case they don’t get their first choice.

Those who want to register for programs will need to set up an account. Residents can call 416-338-4386, email or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation are offering extended customer service call centre hours on March 1, 2, 3 and 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to assist with account information and answer questions about registration for spring/summer programs.

March Break Fun!

March Break is just around the corner and there is a lot of great programming across Ward 13 and around the City. Here are some highlights:

Toronto Public Library's March Break Series: Toronto libraries are hosting an array of family-friendly events

March Break Day Camp at Colborne Lodge: Children will discover and be inspired by Victorian gadgets and designs in a week full of activities, projects, cooking, park exploration and more. To register your camper for this fun day camp, and to find out about other fun and affordable March Break camps in neighbourhoods across Toronto, staffed by skilled and experienced City of Toronto counsellors, check online or call 416-338-4386.

March Break Discovery Camp at High Park Nature Centre: Campers explore the nature of the park through hikes, games and crafts. Activities will be different each day! Sign up for any or all sessions. Register your camper online

City Skating Rinks: Many rinks offer additional public skating times during the school breaks. Skating on your own, with friends or family is a great way to be active and have fun. Visit for details.

Family Fan Day: Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and Shaw Rocket Fund present Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Meet your favourite stars, have your photo taken with celebrities, see some of the amazing animals from Hands on Exotics and enter for your chance to win access to be part of the red carpet experience before the live broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards. And it’s all free for everyone. Doors open at 10:00 AM. The first 100 people are guaranteed entrance to the Meet-the-Stars area and a door prize. Bring the family and enjoy meeting celebrities, games, interactive attractions, free giveaways and much more.

Community Consultation for the Bloor West Village Avenue Study on February 27, 2017

The City is having its first Community Consultation Meeting and Public Open House for the Bloor West Village Avenue Study on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Pius X Catholic School at 71 Jane Street.

City Planning's Bloor West Village Avenue Study website is now live and provides updated information about the study and upcoming public meetings.

Runnymede Library Temporarily Closed for Renovations

After an unexpected delay, the Runnymede Branch is closed for a 4 to 5 month renovation. 

Alternate service during the closure period is as follows:

  • Users to pick-up holds and use branches in close proximity with TTC access or adequate public parking, including Swansea Memorial, Annette Street, Brentwood and Jane/Dundas branches
  • Hours of operation at Annette Branch will be expanded from 50.5 hours to 63.5 hours, and will include service on Sundays. Hours of operation at Swansea Memorial Branch will be expanded from 28 hours to 57.5 hours
  • Continued outreach services including: Kindergarten and Grade Four outreach, as well as other school outreach; visits to local child care centres, after school programs, and parent/child programs; and outreach to clients of local community agencies
  • Ready for Reading story-time programs to be delivered at Swansea Memorial and Annette branches
  • Youth Advisory Group (YAG) program to be delivered at Annette Branch
  • Adult book club program to be delivered at Swansea Memorial Branch
  • Polish book club program to be delivered at Brentwood Branch 

Bloor West Village Avenue Study - February 27 Meeting

The City is having its first Community Consultation Meeting and Public Open House for the Bloor West Village Avenue Study.

The first Community Consultation Meeting and Public Open House for the Bloor West Village Avenue Study will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the gymnasium at St. Pius X Catholic School at 71 Jane Street.

City Planning's Bloor West Village Avenue Study website is now live and provides updated information about the study and upcoming public meetings.


Baby Point Gates BIA Study - February 6 Meeting

This City Planning study will look at the properties within the Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area (BIA) boundaries, that are located along Jane Street and Annette Street.

The first Community Consultation Meeting for the Study will be an opportunity for local residents and businesses to participate in looking at ways to protect the character of the Baby Point Gates BIA.  

Street Cars to be replaced with buses on Queensway begining January 8

The TTC and the City of Toronto start working on various projects affecting TTC service on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway.

The projects include:

  • renewing the TTC tracks and overhead wiring on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Symons Street (east of Royal York Road) and Humber Loop;
  • renewing the TTC tracks and overhead wiring on The Queensway between Humber Loop and Parkside Drive;
  • rehabilitating The Queensway bridge over the Humber River; and
  • improving Humber Loop, including
  • installing new tracks, accessible streetcar platforms and new shelters;
  • rebuilding the tunnel walkway;
  • replacing the roof service building; and
  • building a new electrical substation.

Starting Sunday, January 8, the construction affects TTC services along several routes:

  • 66 Prince Edward;
  • 80 Queensway;
  • 301 Queen overnight; and
  • 501 Queen.

Shuttle buses replace streetcars west of Roncesvalles Avenue. The buses operate along two routes:

  • 301L / 501L Queen / Long Branch shuttle: between Long Branch and Dufferin Gate Loops; and
  • 501M Queen / Marine Parade shuttle: between Park Lawn Road and Windermere Avenue.

These buses do not operate through Humber Loop.

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard West, in Humber Loop and on The Queensway and the TTC detours continue throughout 2017, or until December 31.


Minto development pre-application meeting - November 2, 2016

Minto is hosting a pre-application meeting for the site which incorporates 111 Pacific Ave, 255 Glenlake Ave and 66 Oakmount Rd. Councillor Doucette encourages the community to attend this meeting, hear the presentation on the proposed development and provide comments.

The Councillor is concerned about more development on this site. While this is not a City Planning meeting, City Planning Staff and Councillor Doucette will be there to listen to residents' concerns and comments.

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Lithuanian House (Ballroom), 1753 Bloor St