news from our new blue edge

September 2013


Waterfront projects honoured at Toronto Urban Design Awards


Two waterfront projects have received Toronto Urban Design Awards for 2013. Sherbourne Common and the George Brown College Waterfront Campus – located in the heart of Waterfront Toronto’s emerging East Bayfront neighbourhood – were each honoured with an Award of Merit.

A view of the George Brown Building from Sherbourne Common's splash pad. Both the building and the park were honoured with an Award of Merit at the Toronto Urban Design Awards.

The City of Toronto’s Urban Design Awards acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of our city.  Sherbourne Common was honoured in the ‘Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs’ category and the George Brown Waterfront Campus earned its award in the ‘Public Buildings in Context’ category.

Designed by Phillips Farevaag  Smallenberg, Sherbourne Common spans more than two city blocks and features a striking zinc-clad Pavilion, designed by Teeple Architects, and stunning water channel with three dramatic art sculptures, called “Light Showers” by artist Jill Anholt. It is also the first park in Canada to integrate a neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment facility into its design.

“Sherbourne Common sets a high standard in urban park design through its sophisticated integration of design, art and engineering,” noted the jury in its comments. “As more residential buildings emerge around the park, Sherbourne Common will serve an increasingly important role as an oasis in the heart of the city.”

Sherbourne Common is an ideal neighbour for the George Brown College Waterfront Campus where students spill out into the park’s large open lawn and enjoy views of the park from its eight-storey glass podium.  The jury noted that the campus, designed by Stantec Architecture/KPMB Architects in Joint Venture, “is a bold and expressive addition to the Toronto waterfront.”

Since 2005, Waterfront Toronto has received ten Toronto Urban Design Awards and more than 30 design awards overall.  Design excellence is part of Waterfront Toronto’s vision of transforming the city’s waterfront into beautiful and sustainable new communities. To help achieve and uphold its standards for design excellence, Waterfront Toronto hosts international design competitions, works with some of world’s top architects and landscape designers and incorporates urban design as an important component in its environmental assessment process.



Waterfront Toronto launches New Blue Edge community portal 


Waterfront Toronto's new community portal provides tools for residents and businesses to make smarter decisions in their daily lives.

In collaboration with IBM Canada and Element Blue, Waterfront Toronto has launched a powerful new community portal at for residents, businesses and service providers in Toronto's waterfront community.

The portal uses IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center platform to integrate information from a variety of sources into a single dashboard, allowing users to view useful information in context, such as traffic congestion reports, public transit information, weather and news. The portal also incorporates unique social tools that will allow neighbours, businesses and service providers to connect and collaborate more easily. Waterfront Toronto will continue to add new features and services to on a regular basis. Ultimately, the portal will serve as a platform for a suite of tools that will help people make smarter decisions about everything from their daily commute to health and wellness, energy and water use, and more.

Want to take it for a test drive? Join the New Blue Edge community at! We are looking for active community members to provide feedback and help us shape this unique community tool.



Waterfront Toronto invites you to participate in a Virtual Townhall


Waterfront Toronto is hosting a live, online interactive panel discussion on October 9, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST in support of our first Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, released in July.

Hosted by Waterfront Toronto, and presented by Cisco in association with the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the virtual gathering offers participants an opportunity to engage with a distinguished panel of thought leaders and industry experts in an interactive discussion moderated by Peter Halsall, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

The 90-minute event will feature sustainability leaders from the private, academic and non-profit sectors discussing the interconnectedness between data, performance reporting and city building. Topics include the role that high performance buildings, transparency, data-driven planning processes and innovation play in advancing leadership in city building. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session following the panel discussion.

Waterfront Toronto’s first corporate social responsibility and sustainability report outlines the corporation’s progress in reconnecting people with the waterfront and implementing key economic, environmental, and social benefits that enhance Toronto’s ability to compete aggressively with other top tier global cities for investment, jobs, and people.

The report covers the period from the establishment of the Corporation in 2001 to December 2012, and reviews the organization’s performance in a balanced triple bottom line approach, quantifying success not by economics alone, but also through measurable environmental and social improvements. The report is offered as an online microsite available at


Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30pm

Click here for panel member biographies and information about the event

Click here to register. 

For additional information or to inquire about telephone dial-in, please send an email to:


In Brief


Bayside Toronto Presentation Centre
The Bayside presentation centre is now officially open. The sales centre, which currently features Aqualina at Bayside, is located at the water's edge next to Sherbourne Common. Aqualina is the first condominium residence in the 13-acre Bayside Toronto community developed by Hines with its residential partner, Tridel.

The presentation centre includes two designer model suites just steps away from Aqualina's prime waterfront site. Learn more...

Waterfront Toronto shortlisted for Clean50 Award
Waterfront Toronto’s first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Clean50 awards in the Projects category. The Clean50 awards are given out each year to individuals and organizations exemplifying leadership in sustainability and clean capitalism. The top five finalists and best project will be decided in part based on online voting. Learn more about the shortlisted projects and cast your vote at:

Join the Friends of Corktown Common

Already a beloved part of the emerging West Don Lands, Corktown Common has inspired Friends of Corktown Common, a community driven initiative whose aims are “to preserve and promote the green space, and recreational and cultural activities of Corktown Common…” If you would like to be part of this great community project and help care for Corktown Common, Friends of Corktown Common are holding their first get together on Saturday, October 5th at 2:00p.m. at the park. Learn more...

Silva Cells make for healthier trees at Canada's Sugar Beach
In three years, the trees at Canada’s Sugar Beach have almost doubled in size creating a canopy across the park’s promenade. This remarkable growth comes in part from a soil containment system called “Silva Cells.” Check out Deep Root’s year over year pictures from Sugar Beach and learn more about how Silva Cells are helping us bring healthy trees to our waterfront projects.

West Don Lands featured on CBC Radio's Metro Morning
One of Toronto's most popular morning radio shows, Metro Morning, recently featured the West Don Lands in a series called "Four Corners," which is exploring areas of the city that are being transformed. During the segment, the hosts interviewed John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto; Michael Van Valkenburgh, lead designer of Corktown Common; members of the community and more. Read more and listen to clips from the show...

Cheering on the runners in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
On Sunday, October 20th over 5,000 runners will participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. To help cheer on the runners and build spirit, organizers have established twelve Neighbourhood Cheering & Entertainment sites. At 21K near Queens Quay and Sherbourne Common, there will be live music and cheerers will be raising funds for Epilepsy Toronto. At 40K near Parliament Avenue and Front Street East (not too far from Underpass Park in the West Don Lands), there will be live music and the Cabbagetown Youth Cheering Squad will lead spectators and help raise funds for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

Corktown Common splash pad now closed for the season
The splash pad at Corktown Common, Waterfront Toronto’s popular new park in the West Don Lands, closed for the season on Saturday, September 28. The closure allows for seasonal maintenance and preparation of the feature’s equipment for the winter. The splash pad will reopen for the summer in 2014.



Construction Update: Queens Quay Revitalization


More granite is popping up on Queens Quay. Landscape work is progressing across the site in areas where crews are not working on the replacement of aging underground infrastructure such as storm and sanitary sewers.

In September, crews completed the granite sidewalks in front of the Starbucks and International News storefronts. Crews worked overnight in front of these storefront entrances to ensure customers had access at all times during business hours. Work is also underway on a new stretch of maple leaf granite mosaic promenade next to the Rees WaveDeck. Before starting work on the granite, crews had to complete an extensive amount of re-grading which included building a new set of stairs next to the wavedeck. Crews will continue working on the granite west across the front of the wavedeck over the next couple of months. 

If you are interested in more details about construction, please sign up for our weekly Queens Quay construction notice or read it online.


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

Building the New Queens Quay
We're rebuilding Toronto's main waterfront boulevard from the ground up. Watch this video to see how we’re bringing the vision to life. 

Need More Information?
Thank you for your patience during construction. If you have questions send an email to or call 416-214-9990.

For Urgent Construction Issues
Please contact Queens Quay Construction Liaison Officer, Robert Pasut at or call 416-505-3073. 


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


Crews continue to make progress on the installation of Silva Cells, curbs, road base, the base for interlocking walkways, sidewalks and road pavers throughout the development.
Construction of the second retaining wall below the underpass on the west side of Sumach Street between King Street and Eastern Avenue is underway. Construction of the Sumach Street median has also begun. To accommodate the median work, until November 4th only northbound traffic will be permitted on Sumach Street. There will be no street parking available during this time.

A view of construction progress at the Canary District condominiums just north of Corktown common.

The work on Old Eastern Avenue is nearing completion. Tree planting is complete and the base coat of asphalt has been laid. The finish coat of asphalt will commence in October.  On Cherry Street crews are continuing the installation of the granite curbs and brick pavers and have begun tree planting.  

Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Old Eastern Avenue will remain closed to through traffic through Fall 2013 to allow for completion of the reconstruction. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College
The installation of exterior windows on the east tower of the George Brown College student residence is complete and installation is underway on the north tower. On the east tower, studding and drywall continue to progress.  The installation of the YMCA roof continues and the exterior masonry is underway. The installation of the elevators has begun and will continue into the fall. 

Affordable Housing Buildings
At the Fred Victor building window wall installation and roofing are complete, and the stud and drywall work is ongoing. At the Wigwamen building, window wall installation is complete and work on the retail enclosure is ongoing. Crews continue to work on the exterior studs and sheathing, fan coil unit installation, elevator installation, stud and drywall work and exterior cladding for both buildings.

Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium, crews are forming and pouring the penthouse level on both the north and south tower, and the third floor of the podium. The mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue to progress and the elevator equipment has been delivered. 
On the second market housing building, crews are pouring and forming the upper penthouse on the north tower.  On the south tower crews are pouring and forming the 11th floor. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins are in progress.
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.



Public Meeting #2: Lower Yonge Precinct Planning


On October 10, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto will hold a second public meeting to present draft Urban Design Guidelines and Transportation Network Alternatives for the Lower Yonge Precinct.

Your input is an important part of the process. We invite you to attend this public forum to learn more and share your thoughts on the guidelines and alternatives being considered. A presentation will be given and you will be able to ask questions, offer input and submit comments.
Complete meeting details are available in our online calendar. You may also learn more about the project or review materials from the first public meeting on our Lower Yonge  project page.


Lower Yonge Precinct 
Between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard East and north of Queens Quay East. 

Public Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall (Room 308/309), 55 John Street
TTC: St. Andrew Station or 504 King Streetcar to John Street
Parking: Car Park 52 – 40 York Street


Public Meeting #2: Help Decide the Future of the Gardiner Expressway East


Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto have resumed the preparation of the Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study. The EA will determine the future of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from approximately Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street. Four alternatives will be considered within the study area, including: maintaining, improving, replacing, or removing the elevated expressway. Improvements to other roadways could also be required.

Please register for the event at:


The Future of the Gardiner Expressway East

Public Meeting Details
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by presentations at 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
TTC: Bloor Street subway station


Public Meeting: Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan for Greater Toronto Area


The Ministry of Natural Resources and four Conservation Authorities – Toronto and Region, Credit Valley, Central Lake Ontario, and Ganaraska Region have initiated the preparation of an Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan for the Greater Toronto and Area. Other partners in the process are the municipalities, federal and provincial agencies and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan effectively covers the north shore of Lake Ontario from the western border of the City of Mississauga extending to the eastern border of Durham Region.
Five public meetings have been scheduled around the Greater Toronto Area in October and November. 

The meeting is open to all members of public. For more information on the plan please visit the website for Aquatic Habitat Toronto


Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan for the Greater Toronto and Area

Public Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday October 29, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. meeting to conclude at 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Metro Hall (Room 308/309), 55 John Street
TTC: St. Andrew Station or 504 King Streetcar to John Street
Parking: Car Park 52 – 40 York Street


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