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January/February 2014


Result of third phase of Gardiner East Environmental Assessment presented

The results of the evaluation of the alternative solutions for the future of the Gardiner Expressway East were presented at a public information session on February 6, at the Toronto Reference Library.  More than 200 people attended the meeting in person or online through a live webcast streamed on

Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting in person may still participate by visiting and filling out the online Discussion Guide. Feedback will be accepted until February 20, 2014. Following closure of the comment period, City staff will draft a formal recommendation for the consideration of City Council based on this preliminary result.

An aerial view of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway.

The Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Urban Design Study (EA) has been looking at the future of the 2.4 kilometre eastern-most portion of the Gardiner Expressway. The study area runs from approximately Lower Jarvis Street to just east of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) at Logan Avenue and evaluated four options: Maintain the elevated expressway; Improve the urban fabric while maintaining the existing expressway; Replace with a new expressway; and Remove the elevated expressway and build a new boulevard.

The high level concepts for each of the four alternatives were developed by the EA project team following input collected during phase one of the public consultations and further analysis of each of the options. Each concept is illustrative of what could be created, but does not represent the final design.

The EA, jointly undertaken by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, has four goals, passed by Toronto City Council in 2009:

  • Reconnect the City with the Lake – Any reconfiguration of the Gardiner Expressway will need to include welcoming and accessible routes to the waterfront, breaking down the physical and psychological barriers that exist today.
  • Balance Modes of Travel – Any new configuration of the Gardiner Expressway will need to support growth and maintain an effective local and regional transportation system, including commuters and freight, and minimize the impacts by balancing alternative travel modes, including transit, cycling and walking.
  • Achieve Sustainability – This project should advance the City of Toronto’s and Waterfront Toronto’s commitments to green, healthy and energy efficient development, and employ sustainable design solutions that can improve environmental quality and biodiversity and minimize public health risks.
  • Create Value – The future shape of the Gardiner Expressway should act as a catalyst for good development and contribute to an integrated, vibrant and successful waterfront. It is understood that any investment in the Expressway should be financially sustainable and maximize opportunities for revitalization and enhance economic and environmental benefits.

The analysis has produced an assessment of the four options, which can be viewed here:

Join the twitter conversation at #GardinerEast.



Conceptual Design for Ontario Place Urban Park and Trail revealed to positive review

The conceptual design for the new Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place was unveiled to the public on January 22, at a second public meeting held to consult the public on the project.  

Members of the public offered feedback and comments on the conceptual design for a new Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place. See more images from the public consultation on Flickr.

The conceptual design for the new Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place proposes a dramatic transformation of a 3-hectare (7.5-acre) portion of the eastern part of Ontario Place into a naturalized green refuge that celebrates the legacy of Ontario Place and the landscapes of Ontario.

The conceptual design, by LANDinc and West 8, is the first step in the design process. The design is based on two interrelated ideas: a new topography that will create an upper and lower park, and a connecting continuous pathway that moves between the upper and lower areas. The new topography and pathways showcase the expansive views of the lake, the city and the Toronto Islands and provide places for multiple activities, as well as relaxed spaces throughout the park. 

The park and trail will be a new landmark on the Toronto waterfront and a destination that draws visitors in all seasons, day and night. Wooded areas, planted slopes and sculpted lawns will bring a green footprint to a section of Toronto’s waterfront that until now has been a gated, asphalt parking lot. Once complete, the new Urban Park and Waterfront Trail will link to the existing 780-kilometre waterfront trail system – stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall.

As the design and public consultation process progresses, design details, materials and plant communities will be determined and further refined. 

Anyone that was unable to attend the meeting in person can still participate by visiting and filling out the online survey. Feedback will be accepted until February 21, 2014.

Join the conversation at #OntarioPlace or follow the project @ExploreON for details of upcoming meeting dates and consultation opportunities.


Toronto recognized in Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2014


The City of Toronto has once again been recognized as one of the World's Top 7 Intelligent Communities.

For the third time, the City of Toronto has been recognized as one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year for its efforts in using broadband communications infrastructure and information technology to enhance quality of life for its citizens, create jobs and attract investment. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the top seven on January 23 in Taichung City, Taiwan. The city will once again compete for the title of Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be awarded in June.

Toronto’s bid for the top spot is being spearheaded by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, along with a coalition of the city’s most innovative companies, institutions and not-for-profits. This year’s application highlighted programs and initiatives that are aimed at increasing access and digital inclusion and innovation, including the Kids@Computers and Connected for Success programs, Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone, and the Centre for Social Innovation. In April, the city will host a tour for ICF judges that will highlight Toronto’s Intelligent Community leadership in innovation and collaboration. The site visit will also put the spotlight on the City's culture including our vibrant, diverse population as well as the many arts and culture attractions. 



In Brief

Meeting materials from second Port Lands consultation now online

The second consultation for the Port Lands Planning Framework & Transportation and Servicing Master Plan was held on February 13 to present the different options for land use, transportation and municipal services. Meeting materials have been posted online and feedback will be accepted until February 28, 2014. More...

Union Station Second Platform progress: Year in Review 2013

Over the course of 2013 the TTC’s Union Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project, with funding from Waterfront Toronto, made steady progress towards opening in 2014. You can view the complete 2013 year in review on the TTC’s website. More... 

Toronto's Executive Committee to review Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport expansion
City officials have announced a special meeting of the Executive Committee on March 25 to review the Deputy City Manager’s report on the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and hear public presentations. The city staff’s review and additional reports are available here on the City of Toronto website. You can read Waterfront Toronto’s statement on the expansion proposal here.

HarbourKIDS Skating Festival Presented by RBC Play Hockey
This Family Day weekend, from Sunday, February 16 to Monday, February 17 join Harbourfront Centre at The Natrel Rink for family fun skating activities, performances, ice sculptures, and more. Special guest, former NHL star, Wendel Clark will be signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17. More...



Construction Update: Queens Quay Revitalization

Winter Weather Update
Over the last couple of months, severe winter weather conditions including the ice storm, high winds and abnormally cold temperatures slowed construction in some areas on Queens Quay. Crews are continuing to work as much as possible using mobile tents, propane space heaters, ground heaters and thermal tarps.

Using thermal tarps and heaters, crews continue to install granite on the north sidewalk at Queens Quay and the Rees Street Parking Lot. 

Despite the frigid conditions, crews have been proceeding with the installation of essential water services between York and Bay Streets. This construction, which must occur overnight, includes the installation of new fire hydrants, catch basins and sewers for storm water. The new sanitary line, which is being installed along Queens Quay, has reached the Rees Street intersection – the last section to be installed. Once this is complete, crews will begin the new storm line just west of the intersection between the Rees WaveDeck and HTO Park.  All of the underground storm and sanitary work is expected to be complete by mid-March.

Spadina Loop Reconstruction – Update
Crews are making progress at the Spadina Loop where TTC crews have completed the first stage of overhead cabling on Spadina Avenue from Queens Quay to King Street. Concrete pouring for the inner loop and the TTC splicing chamber at the entrance to the loop will continue as the weather permits. 



Video Recap: Jane's Walk - Building the New Queens Quay

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Construction Update: Bayside Toronto

Crews excavate for a waler beam that will reinforce the dockwall at the Bayside Toronto site. 

Early infrastructure work to support the new Bayside Toronto development continues. Crews have been working on reinforcing the dockwall at the southern edge of the 5.3 hectare (13-acre) development which is located between Sherbourne Common and the Parliament Slip. As Bayside progresses, the granite maple leaf mosaic promenade, already open between Canada's Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common, will be extended all along the water’s edge. Excavation work is also underway along one of the first streets in Bayside and early works are beginning on the area’s stormwater management infrastructure.

Learn more about Bayside Toronto.


Toronto Hydro upgrades in East Bayfront

Toronto Hydro’s extensive upgrade of its aging infrastructure on Queens Quay East is now underway. In January, crews began the first phase of work between Yonge Street and Dockside Drive. A second phase of work between Dockside Drive and Small Street is also planned. Crews are building new cable chambers and ducts designed to meet the increased demand on the electricity grid in the area. Work is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

For more information about this project, please contact Toronto Hydro Customer Representative Andrea Ramnares:



Construction Update: Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District

The installation of unit pavers and concrete bases on local streets continues to progress.

The west side of Sumach Street is now open to northbound and southbound traffic. Reconstruction work on the west side between King Street and Eastern Avenue is nearing completion with only some minor items remaining. The construction of the median is underway and the excavation of the east side of the street continues. Street parking is not available during this time.

On Cherry Street, the granite curbs, brick pavers and trees on the west side of the street have been installed.  Work on the east side is on hold due to the frigid winter conditions and will resume when the weather allows.

Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Old Eastern Avenue will remain closed to through traffic to allow for the completion of the reconstruction.  Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College
The curtain wall (exterior windows) on both the east and north tower of the George Brown College student residence is complete. Framing, drywall and mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue to progress at both towers.

Progress inside and out continues at the YMCA. The installation of the exterior masonry, pre-cast, windows, drywall and pool finishes, including tiling, is ongoing. Work to complete the installation of the elevators will continue for several months.  

Affordable Housing Buildings
At both the Fred Victor and Wigwamen buildings, work on the interior of the buildings continues to progress.  Framing, drywall, tile work and the installation of plumbing and electrical fixtures, as well as painting and interior door installation continues.

Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium – the Canary District Condominiums – the pre-cast installation is complete in the north and south towers, and is nearing completion on the podium. Window installation is ongoing and the bridge between the south tower and centre podium has been installed. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins, and framing and drywall continue to progress in the north and south towers and the installation of the elevators is ongoing.

A view of the construction progress on the Canary District market condominiums.

At Canary Park Condominiums – the second market housing building – the pre-cast installation is complete on the north tower and continues on the south tower, while the window installation is ongoing for both towers. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins are progressing and the framing and drywalling continue. The final tower crane will be dismantled and removed by the end of February.
For more information on the award-winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed, visit their website at or their sales centre located at 9 Mill Street. 



Free events to celebrate Family Day on Toronto's waterfront


There is plenty of free, family-friendly fun to be had on Family Day, courtesy of the Waterfront BIA.

On February 17 along the Waterfront, from 10am until 6pm watch dog sport demos, create arts and crafts, discover Inuit art and warm up with a hot drink!

For more details, visit:


Family Day on the waterfront returns! Click to view a series of snapshots from the 2013 edition.


Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage launches new season


Since its beginnings in 1986, Harbourfront’s World Stage has evolved into one of Canada’s most diverse season-length international performance series.

This new season, running February to May, continues to bring the most innovative and groundbreaking performance leaders to Toronto, including work from work from Canada, the United States, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom.




Watch a video preview of World Stage's February to May season.


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