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Fort York Visitor Centre Official Opening

Friday, September 19, 2014

1 to 3:30 p.m., remarks at 2 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 &

Grand Opening Celebrations
& On Common Ground Festival

FREE: Admission is FREE All Weekend

September 20 & 21, 2014

12 to 7 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto and the site of Canada’s largest collection of 1812-era military structures.””

Above, Fort York Visitor Centre is located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

Above, Fort York Visitor Centre is located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

The new visitor centre will be located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site – in alignment with the original shoreline of Lake Ontario. The new building will be Fort York’s front door, welcoming and orienting visitors. Conforming to the Toronto Green Standard, the building will provide Fort York’s first secure exhibit space and enable the display of artifacts from the City’s collection that illustrate the history of the city’s founding site.”

Above, Sectional Perspective of Fort York Visitor Centre. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

Above, Sectional Perspective of Fort York Visitor Centre. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

“In 2014, the 24,000 square foot Fort York Visitor Centre will open on the south side of Garrison Common. Designed by the award-winning Canadian team of Patkau Architects Inc / Kearns Mancini Architects Inc, it will help the Fort tell its 200-year story and orient visitors to the entire 43-acre National Historic Site.

Step through our new front door for On Common Ground, a fabulous festival of culture and community energizing the Visitor Centre and grounds of Fort York with culturally diverse music, dance, theatre, craft-making, kidzone, community village and local food.”

Please click here for the complete itinerary of the Official Opening on September 19.

Also, the following five new exhibitions will open inside the new Visitor Centre:

Read more of Celebrate: Fort York Visitor Centre Opening Sept.19 & On Common Ground Festival Sept.20-21, 2014

This video presents “Introducing Bayside: Toronto’s Next Great Neighbourhood.”

  • “Following an extensive competitive selection process, Waterfront Toronto has chosen Hines, one of the world’s premier real estate firms, to develop Toronto’s next great waterfront neighbourhood.
  • Hines will help Waterfront Toronto transform the Bayside development site into a vibrant and diverse mixed-use neighbourhood, complete with 1,700 homes, a bustling retail, restaurant and entertainment corridor, and office and employment space for 2,400 jobs.
  • Situated in a prime downtown location in the emerging East Bayfront waterfront district, the Bayside site consists of underutilized city-owned land south of Queens Quay Boulevard between Lower Sherbourne and Parliament streets in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.”

A rendering of Bayside Toronto. Image by Hines.

A rendering of Bayside Toronto. Image by Hines.

A plan to develop 80 affordable rental homes within a mixed-use market condominium building on the Toronto waterfront was adopted by City Council on June 10th.

$26-million Bayside initiative is to be built and operated through a partnership among the City, Waterfront Toronto, developers Hines/Tridel and Artscape.

  • Situated in the heart of the emerging East Bayfront waterfront district and only five minutes from Union Station, Bayside Toronto is located on a 13-acre site along the water’s edge between Lower Sherbourne Street in the west and Parliament Street in the east.
    • Construction is expected to be completed by 2018-2019.

  • This vibrant, mixed-use waterfront community is part of a 2000-acre waterfront revitalization—the largest such initiative in the world.
  • Hines was selected as the Master Developer for this project through an international competition that drew 17 proponents.
    • Hines is a privately owned, international real estate firm.
    • The Hines portfolio of projects underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties consists of more than 1,317 properties including skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, mixed-use centers, industrial parks, medical facilities, and master-planned resort and residential communities.
    • Currently, the firm controls assets valued at approximately $28.2 billion.

    Bayside Toronto
    Toronto, ON, Canada

    Redefining Life on the Water’s Edge

    “Bayside Toronto will contain more than two million square feet of residential, office, retail and cultural uses. The office buildings, called Queens Quay Place I and II, will be designed by world-renowned architects Pelli Clark Pelli, while the first residential phase, named Aqualina at Bayside Toronto, will be designed by New York’s Arquitectonica. Bayside will be a year-round urban destination that will combine functionality and architectural distinctiveness with some of Toronto’s best public spaces. The Bayside community is a vital part of Canada’s first LEED® Gold certified neighborhood (Stage 1 Certification achieved under the LEED ND program). Additionally, each building in Bayside is expected to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification. Bayside Toronto will offer residents and other users Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than generally available to other users.

    Hines has selected Tridel as its exclusive residential partner. Tridel has built over 70,000 homes in the Greater Toronto area in the last seven decades. They are widely recognized for their award winning developments that combine high quality finishes and sustainability.”

    Hines
    http://www.hines.com/country/canada/en/property/bayside.aspx

Above, two renderings of Aqualina at Bayside Toronto (a 13-acre mixed-use development) contains 363 condominium suites, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom residences designed with families in mind. Suite sizes will range from 560 square feet (52m²) to just over 2,100 square feet (195m²). Sherbourne Common is the park adjacent to Aqualina at Bayside Toronto and Queens Quay East street.

Above, two renderings of Aqualina at Bayside Toronto (a 13-acre mixed-use development) contains 363 condominium suites, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom residences designed with families in mind. Suite sizes will range from 560 square feet (52m²) to just over 2,100 square feet (195m²). Sherbourne Common is the park adjacent to Aqualina at Bayside Toronto and Queens Quay East street.

The 80 affordable rental homes are to be part of the Hines/Tridel Bayside development, located between Lower Sherbourne and Parliament Streets in the emerging East Bayfront neighbourhood.

  • The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are to be built in a mixed-use building that would also contain 225 market condominiums and retail space.
    • All the affordable units will be accessible to visitors, with five per cent fully accessible.
  • The affordable housing component would have its own entrance, elevators and parking.
  • The building will be designed to Waterfront Toronto’s Design Excellence standards and built in accordance with the Affordable Housing Office Design Guidelines.
    • The affordable units will be owned by the City and operated by Artscape.

The Bayside development will assist in fulfilling the City’s Central Waterfront Secondary Plan requirement for affordable housing as well as Waterfront Toronto’s commitment that 20 per cent of residential units in new waterfront communities be affordable rental housing.

Above, renderings of Queens Quay Place I and II (depicted on the right-hand side in the top image), which are two nine-story office buildings containing 215,000 square feet each. The buildings share a landscaped plaza and contain retail at the ground level, underground parking and easy access to public transportation. The park adjacent to Queens Quay Place is Aitken Place Park.

Above, renderings of Queens Quay Place I and II (depicted on the right-hand side in the top image), which are two nine-story office buildings containing 215,000 square feet each. The buildings share a landscaped plaza and contain retail at the ground level, underground parking and easy access to public transportation. The park adjacent to Queens Quay Place is Aitken Place Park.

Here are some facts about the Bayside Toronto development project.

Read more of Bayside Toronto to Be Built by 2018-2019: 80 Affordable Rental Homes in a Mixed-Use Condo Building

Here are some great green events in Canada.

Canadian Institute of Forestry and Canadian Forestry Association

Present

National Forest Week: The Greenest Workforce

September 22 – 28

During National Forest Week, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource.

This video presents “Nurture Your Future. Opportunities Abound in Canada’s GreenestWorkforce.”

  • Canadian forest product companies will need to hire as many as *60,000, or more, new workers* by 2020 to meet demand, and you could be one of them!
  • If you want *good pay*, opportunities to *learn on the job*, a *great lifestyle* and the chance to work in *Canada’s greenest workforce*, then check out TheGreenestWorkforce.ca!”

Canadian Institute of Forestry, Canadian Forestry Association, Forest Products Association of Canada and Government of Canada

Launch

The GreenestWorkforce

and

Green Dream Contest

“Wanna live the green dream? If you want good pay, opportunities to learn on the job, a great lifestyle and the chance to work in Canada’s greenest workforce, then the forest products industry is right for you! The GreenestWorkforce is giving 15 deserving students a Green Dream Internship that includes a paid four month summer 2014 internship and an iPad Mini!”

Read more of Invite: Green Events in Canada Sept.22-Oct.24 + Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®Toronto Sept.26, 2013

What’s Happening at Toronto City Hall?

Mayor Rob Ford appoints Norm Kelly as Toronto’s Deputy Mayor

  • Today, August 20, Mayor Rob Ford announces the appointment of Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt) as the new Deputy Mayor for Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • Councillor Kelly replaces Doug Holyday who was recently elected to serve at the provincial level of government.
  • The Deputy Mayor’s duties and roles include:
    • assisting the Mayor,
    • Vice Chair of Executive Committee, and
    • acting as Mayor when the Mayor is absent from the City or absent because of illness, or when the office of the Mayor is vacant.
      • The Deputy Mayor has, and may exercise, all the rights, power and authority of the Mayor, except the by-right-of-office powers of the Mayor as a member of a community council.
Above, the new Nathan Phillips Square after its makeover is completed. Plant Architect Inc. (Toronto), Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (Toronto), Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc. (Chicago), and Adrian Blackwell (Toronto) are the winning team in the international design competition to revitalize the City's Nathan Phillips Square.

Above, the new Nathan Phillips Square after its makeover is completed. Plant Architect Inc. (Toronto), Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (Toronto), Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc. (Chicago), and Adrian Blackwell (Toronto) are the winning team in the international design competition to revitalize the City’s Nathan Phillips Square.

Third Phase of Nathan Phillips Square’s Revitalization Starts August 26

  • Construction for Phase 3 of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project will begin on Monday, August 26, with the installation of the construction hoarding at the southwest end of the square along Queen Street West.
    • This phase of the construction will be completed in two stages.

Since yesterday, Toronto was delighting in double happiness as the following two facilities opened for the benefits of Canadians in Toronto as well as Ontario.

Earle Bales Park before the Earl Bales Stormwater Management Pond was built in 2011.

Earle Bales Park before the Earl Bales Stormwater Management Pond was built in 2011.

Tomorrow, Toronto will recognize the members of the Canadian National Cricket Team and their contributions to the sport of cricket.

Cricket is gaining popularity among young people from culturally diverse communities thanks to the inspiring cricket moves of the members of the Canadian National Cricket Team, who played in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The City of Toronto in partnership with Cricket Canada and the International Cricket Council will host the recognition ceremony on:

Date: Monday, April 18
Time: 6 to 8 p.m., Remarks: 6 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Tomorrow is Toronto's Recognition Ceremony for Canadian National Cricket Team, April 18

Tomorrow is Toronto's Recognition Ceremony for Canadian National Cricket Team, April 18

Contact Info:

Toronto City Hall

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call us. We are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Connect with us on Twitter @311toronto

Congratulations Canadian National Cricket Team!

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This Tuesday Toronto Opens Affordable Public Golf Courses, April 12

This Tuesday Toronto Opens Affordable Public Golf Courses, April 12

The City of Toronto’s golf courses (Ontario, Canada) are teed-up to open this Tuesday, April 12.

If you like golf or want to try golf, you may want to consider starting the golf season at one of the City of Toronto’s five public golf courses which are accessible by public transit, are affordable and offer a variety of programming for families, youth, adults and seniors.

Toronto’s golf courses program includes:

  • green fees are reasonable,
  • with reduced rates for juniors and seniors,
  • a 9-hole morning rate off the back nine,
  • a twilight special for early evening players,
  • easily accessible by public transit and open everyday from mid-April to mid-November, it’s easy to make a round part of your day,
  • all five golf courses will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12,
  • holes 3, 4 and 5 at Don Valley are temporarily closed for construction. Twilight rates apply until the holes are re-opened

Fore! Enjoy!

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