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Scarborough Subway Project Assessment-Line 2 Extension: Public Consultations Jan.31 & Feb.2, 2015

The following video presents Mayor Ford Remarks On Scarborough Subway Expansion:

  • This video was published on July 17, 2013.

Image by Toronto & TTC
Image by Toronto & TTC

The City of Toronto’s City Planning Division and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are planning an extension of Line 2 Bloor-Danforth north from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue.

The plan is for the Scarborough Subway Extension to be in operation by 2023.

  • The Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments have each committed funding to make the extension a reality.

After almost 30 years of service, the vehicles that run on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line (SRT) are reaching the end of their normal lifespan. An integrated and complementary new rapid transit system is required soon to continue to provide high quality transit that benefits the many users. The City of Toronto, together with the TTC, is beginning to plan an extension of the Bloor-Danforth Subway line to better serve Scarborough’s 650,000 residents.

The proposed Scarborough Subway Extension will consist of at least three new stations….

The City and the TTC are working together on a comprehensive assessment of the proposed extension to determine the route, station locations, construction methods and any steps required to maximize benefits and mitigate potential negative impacts. We anticipate this review will be done in mid 2016.

A map of the Scarborough Subway Project Assessment Study area. All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area. Image by Toronto & TTC
A map of the Scarborough Subway Project Assessment Study area. All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area. Image by Toronto & TTC

Here are the three major objectives of the Scarborough Subway Project Assessment Study.

  1. Planning and preliminary engineering work will examine options and recommend an alignment for the subway.
  2. This will be followed by a formal Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.
  3. Once the TPAP is completed, the TTC will lead the detailed engineering design and construction phases of the project.

These objectives will be acheived in the following four phases of this study:

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You’re Invited: TORONTO 2015 Games’ One-year Countdown Festivities July 10-12, 2014

This video presents “Toronto Raptors Greivis Vasquez at TO2015 1-year-to-go party!”

  • “Toronto Raptor Greivis Vasquez is attending TORONTO 2015’s FREE one-year-to-go party at Nathan Phillips Square on July 11 and 12.
  • Join Greivis and a host of other athletes, celebrities, singers and entertainers for a weekend of TORONTO 2015 summer fun.”
  • 1 year to go! #WeArePanAm

Toronto is the Host City of the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games.

  • The Pan American Games will be held from July 10 – 26, 2015 and the Parapan American Games will run from August 7 – 15, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • “Ten thousand athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, and 250,000 visitors will be inspired by Toronto’s hospitality, diversity and dynamism during the Games.”

Toronto City Hall

  • Starting today, July 10, and continuing throughout this weekend’s festivities, there is the TORONTO 2015 Games Legacy Exhibit in the City Hall rotunda that outlines the full benefits and legacy of the Games for Toronto.
    • This display details the Host City Showcase Program, a unique initiative featuring 28 innovative projects.
    • The exhibit also features facility investments and celebration programs that are being funded by the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada and other stakeholders and sponsors.
  • Learn about the new programs and activities the City of Toronto is offering in the spirit of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

FREE festivities at Nathan Phillips Square include the following:

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You’re Invited: CIBC Trophy – Mayor’s School Cricket Launch in Toronto April 10, 2014

This video presents “Mayor’s Trophy – Cricket 2011 Sunnybrook Park Toronto.”

CIBC Trophy – Mayor’s School Cricket Launch

Thursday, April 10

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Remarks: 10:30 a.m.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 9 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, will launch the CIBC Trophy/Mayor’s School Cricket 2014 Tournament in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recognize last year’s winning teams.
    • The 2014 tournament in Toronto will be held May 12 to 16 at Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park and Sunnybrook Park.
    • Divisional championships will also be held in Mississauga, Brampton and Markham from May 12-28, 2014.
    • The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) School Cricket finals will be at Brampton Soccer Centre (1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton, Ontario) on May 31, which will have the following itinerary:
      • Welcome/Opening Ceremony/speeches: 9.00 am – 9.30 am
      • Games begin: 9.30 am
      • Closing ceremony: Awards presentation: 5.30 pm.
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Union Station Closure Apr.5 – 7 Before 6 A.M.+ Closures of Gardiner Expressway Start Apr.25, 2014

This video presents “TTC’s Signal System Explained.”

  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is updating its 60-year-old signal system with Automatic Train Control in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • This video explains how signals work, why it is replacing its aging system, and what a modern and reliable signal system will do to improve service once completed

Union Subway Station Closure April 5-6

  • As part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC’s) commitment to modernization, signal upgrade work is continuing on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) from Bloor to St Andrew stations this weekend.
  • This will affect the operation of the subway stations, trains and buses in the following ways:
    • Subway trains will terminate at Bloor and St Andrew stations on Line 1.47 shuttle buses on Yonge St. between Rosedale and King stations, and over to St Andrew Station.
    • Union subway station will be closed.
      • There is no access from the subway station to the main train station.
      • Customers going to the Air Canada Centre will need to walk from King or St Andrew stations or take the 6 Bay bus.
      • Customers going to the Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays games should walk from St Andrew Station or take the 510 Spadina streetcar, which currently terminates at King St. because of construction, and either walk or board a replacement bus to continue south.
      • Customers can also use the 504 King or 505 Dundas streetcars to get downtown. Both streetcar routes terminate at Broadview and Dundas West stations on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).
  • Wheel-Trans buses will be available to accommodate seniors and persons with disabilities who use wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility aids.
  • Regular subway service resumes on Monday, April 7 at 6 a.m.
Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo: City of Toronto
Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo: City of Toronto

Gardiner Expressway: Full Closure April 25-28

Long-Term Construction Projects on Gardiner Expressway: Partial Closures Begin on April 26

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Calling Toronto’s Artists to Create Art on Traffic Signal Boxes: Apply Before Apr.22, 2014, 4:30 PM

This video presents “StreetARToronto (StART).”

  • “StreetARToronto (StART) was launched in 2012 as an innovative, public-private partnership program designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its role in adding beauty and character to Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • Discover more about the artists who participated and some of the projects funded in 2013.”

Artwork by Gary Taxali. Photo: City of Toronto.
Artwork by Gary Taxali. Photo: City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create art on City traffic signal boxes at various locations throughout Toronto.

The goal of this Outside the Box project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape.

  • This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.

This year 30 Traffic Signal Cabinets will be transformed.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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You’re Invited: Family Day Activities in Toronto & Ontario on Feb.17 + TTC Alert Feb.15-17, 2014

This video ptresents “Winter in Muskoka.”

  • “Winter is a perfect time to visit Muskoka, Ontario.”

The Ontario government passed legislation to create Family Day in 2007.

  • The first Family Day was observed on Feb. 18, 2008.
  • There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, Canada, with more than 100 providing visitor facilities.
"Get lost in the giant snow maze, one of many seasonal activities in store for families at the annual Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park."  Photo: Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada.
“Get lost in the giant snow maze, one of many seasonal activities in store for families at the annual Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park.” Photo: Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada.

Celebrate Family Day, February 17, through the following great outdoor adventures in Ontario:

“Remove your outerwear to enjoy these great indoor activities:”

  • “You don’t have to travel far to experience the delights of Eastern Canada.”
  • Be amazed by bizarre plants that eat their prey and meet animals with wild defense strategies that help to keep them alive at the Savage Gardens, Nature’s Ninjas exhibits at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • “Bust a move at the all-day dance party and find out “whodunit” as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s gallery-wide game of Clue.”
  • Stay warm in a snow fort or sugar shack at the Fort William Historical Park winter carnival.
  • Celebrate heritage week in Ontario from Feb. 17- 23 at participating museums and heritage sites that are open on Family Day across the province.

Did you know?

Family Day Weekend (February 15-17) at Blue Mountain Village, Ontario

The following events are either FREE or PAY-What-You-Can admission on Family Day, February 17, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

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You’re Invited: Toronto Alerts & Events Nov.9-Dec.15, 2013 + News + Ontario’s Music Funds

Here are some celebratory events as well as green events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

Green Neighbours 21 provides us info on the following green event in Toronto.

“Gasland II”: Free Screenings and Discussion

FREE Admission

November 9, 2013: 12pm-4pm at Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.


November 12, 2013: 6pm at Runnymede Public Library, 2178 Bloor St. W.