Monthly Archives: September 2012

Draft Urban Design Guidelines

Below is a link to the Draft Urban Design Guidelines that were presented at the most recent meeting of the Queen Street Vision Study. Your input is very important to this study so please send any comments to or by September 30th, 2012.

Queen East Visioning – CommunityWorkshop 3 Draft Urban Design Guidelines (part 1 of 2)

Queen East Visioning – CommunityWorkshop 3 Draft Urban Design Guidelines (part 2 of 2)

Toronto public works legend R.C. Harris profiled at the Market Gallery

The Market Gallery will present an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Roland Caldwell Harris’s appointment as the Commissioner of Works for the City of Toronto.

“The Water Czar: R.C. Harris Works for Toronto, 1912-45″ will run from September 15, 2012 to March 2, 2013. The exhibition will chronicle his unprecedented and unmatched 33-year career as head of the City’s works department through archival photos, maps and plans, and by artifacts rarely or never seen before.

“This exhibition is a wonderful tribute to a remarkable city builder,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee. “When Torontonians drink a glass of tap water or cross the Prince Edward Viaduct, they are benefiting from his work.”

Harris became Commissioner in 1912 after a series of water-related scandals caused the City Engineer to resign. Appointed for his administrative ability more than for his technical acumen, Harris quickly developed a civic vision that viewed public works as the cornerstone of a greater Toronto.

Harris spent over three decades tackling Toronto’s water challenges – bridging it, making the harbour accessible, obtaining a secure supply of tap water and getting rid of the city’s wastewater. When he died in office in 1945, Toronto was a safer, healthier, better functioning and more beautiful place. Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct and art deco architectural gem the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant are two of his legacies.

This exhibition is sponsored by international engineering firm CH2M HILL. In Canada, this company’s history includes merging with Gore, Nasmith and Storrie, a Toronto-based company that worked closely with Harris through his career.

The Market Gallery is a program of City of Toronto’s Cultural Services. It presents exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and history and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. Located on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E., the gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Temporary Sidewalk Closure, Leslie Street South of Lake Shore Blvd.

Notice of Construction Activity:
Temporary Sidewalk Closure, Leslie Street South of Lake Shore Blvd.

Nature of Work

TTC contractors will be conducting tests on the east side of Leslie Street, just north of Commissioners Street. This work is required to assist with design work associated with the buried utilities.

When will the Work take place?

The contractor is scheduled to commence work on  September 4th , 2012 for approximately one month. The majority of the work will take place between 8:30 am and 5 pm daily.

What to expect

Approximately 50 metres of the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street, between Commissioners Street and Lake Shore Blvd. will be closed to accommodate this work.

The work area on the boulevard will be clearly signed and fenced off for public safety. Construction cones and signage will be used to safely redirect pedestrians onto the Martin Goodman Trail.

This work will have no impact to the Martin Goodman Trail.

Further Information

The Ashbridges Bay Facility will maintain and store Toronto’s new low-floor accessible streetcars. The streetcars will begin arriving in 2013 and will be operational on city streets in 2014.

Thank you for your patience as TTC works to improve our infrastructure.

For more information on the project please contact the Community Liaison:

tel:                   416-397-8699


18th Annual “Art Down by the Bay”

The Beach Guild of Fine Art presents its annual Fall Show and Sale at the Lion’s Club on Ashbridge’s Bay (at the foot of Coxwell Ave, South of Lakeshore Blvd). The show will be held Sat. Sept. 22 and Sun. Sept. 23, from 10am to 5pm each day. This show will feature paintings by over 40 of the Guild artists, and is a great opportunity to view and purchase art by some of the most well-known Beach Artists. In addition to the large art show, there will also be the popular gift boutique. The boutique features very small original works of art (nothing over $100), plus artist’s original prints and cards, at reasonable prices. There will also be a lucky draw that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Free admission and parking in the clubhouse lot.

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