news from our new blue edge

April 2014


City Council decision on Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

An aerial view of the waterfront and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

The proposed expansion of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will now move into detailed negotiations between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Port Authority.

Toronto City Council voted unanimously to proceed with an approach recommended in a City Staff report that would see the Toronto Port Authority, agree to the approach, carry out detailed design work and an Environmental Assessment on the proposed runway extension, while committing to meet a series of conditions. These conditions include completing an airport master plan, addressing existing traffic congestion problems in the area and confirming that extending the runway would not increase the size of the marine exclusion zone around the ends of the runway. During the negotiations, there would be a cap on the number of passengers allowed to use the airport.

City Council also passed accompanying motions; including making all future infrastructure costs associated with expansion the responsibility of the Toronto Port Authority and ensuring that Waterfront Toronto are part of the City and Toronto Port Authority public consultations.

Waterfront Toronto has expressed concerns about the proposed expansion. The Board of Directors passing a resolution recommending airport expansion not proceed without further information and a better understanding of how the expansion would affect waterfront revitalization. This position was underlined in a recent op-ed in the Toronto Star by Board Chair Mark Wilson and President and CEO John Campbell.

Regarding Council's decision John Campbell said “We’re pleased to see that City Council adopted the staff report. We need to have the right information to make the best decision possible on this important question, so we need to proceed with due care. Waterfront Toronto looks forward to actively participating in this process.”




Canadian artists to create public art for intersection of Sumach and Eastern

Rendering of Sumach Silhouette by Scott Eunson and Marianne Lovink

Canadian artists Scott Eunson and Marianne Lovink have been commissioned to create a new work of public art for the intersection of Sumach Street and Eastern Avenue in Toronto’s West Don Lands neighbourhood.

Eunson and Lovink’s artwork, entitled Sumach Silhouette, will be composed of two complimentary panels of steel installed along the retaining wall at the edge of the Inglenook Community School property. Intricate laser-cut silhouettes will tell the story of the site beginning 12,000 years ago after the first glacial retreat. Archival information, artifacts and related stories are abstracted into patterns that are woven together to form a tapestry that creates a unique style of visual storytelling with variations of scale, density and context.

A central focus of the work commemorates the story of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, African-American slaves who escaped to Toronto using the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s and built a house near the current site of the school. The Blackburns went on to become prominent and prosperous members of Toronto’s business community and the operators of Upper Canada’s first taxi cab company.

Waterfront Toronto is leading the largest community wide public art strategy in Canada. The strategy emphasizes the importance of early planning for public art, ensuring it is integrated at the time of design for the public realm - streets, overpasses, parks and other public spaces, rather than added as an afterthought. Learn more about Waterfront Toronto’s public art strategy and master plan.




Waterfront Toronto at the Empire Club

John Campbell, Waterfront Toronto President and CEO, was the keynote speaker at a luncheon event held at the Empire Club on April 3. There were approximately 140 people in attendance to hear John give a progress report on waterfront revitalization and speak about how the renewal of Toronto’s waterfront is good for the economy.  

During the presentation, John noted that one of Waterfront Toronto’s primary objectives is to leverage revitalization work to deliver key economic and social benefits. These benefits enable Toronto to compete aggressively with other top tier global cities for investment, jobs and people. He then provided an update on the numerous waterfront projects underway, including Queens Quay revitalization, Pan Am Athletes’ Village and Canada’s first open access ultra-broadband community network. These projects are contributing to Toronto’s economic health and competitiveness.



Read Waterfront Toronto’s Economic Impact Analysis report to learn how waterfront revitalization is good for the economy.

The Empire Club, which was established in 1903, is recognized as one of Canada’s oldest and largest, more important speaker’s forum.


In brief

Name a waterfront street

We asked for street name ideas and you delivered. Over a two week period, we received almost 700 suggestions for the new waterfront street in Bayside via Facebook, Twitter and from our online poll. Our Selection Committee is reviewing all of the names against the City’s street naming guidelines. Starting April 22, vote for your favourite waterfront street name from the shortlist on

Recap of Ontario Place Park & Trail public meeting
On March 19, the public had another opportunity to view and comment on the proposed design for the new park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place. The design continues to reinforce the inspiration provided by Ontario’s iconic natural landscapes and powerfully references the concept of “where land meets water”. LANDinc and West 8 refined the conceptual design in response to the extensive input and feedback received from the public, stakeholders and Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. Stay tuned for the final designs to be unveiled later this year. View the updated designs.



Construction update: Queens Quay Revitalization

TTC Streetcar Corridor Construction
Construction is in full swing on the rebuild of the Queens Quay TTC streetcar corridor. The first section of track – from just west of Lower Simcoe to the east leg of Robertson Crescent – is well underway. To prepare for the rebuild, crews removed the asphalt road surface in late March. Given the frigid temperatures, ground heaters were used to warm the area to allow for excavation. After the first lift of concrete was poured for the track bed, TTC crews delivered 60 metre long rails to the site for installation.

Concrete being poured for the TTC corridor.

Given the length of the streetcar rails – anywhere from 60 metres to 100 metres in length (200 - 330 feet) – it is common practice for TTC crews to move the rails overnight.  Crews are accompanied by Paid Duty Police Officers who will help guide the crews through intersections and protect the public. The rail storage pile, located east of Yonge Street, will be diminished and cleared as the work between Bay Street and Yo Yo Ma Lane progresses. 

Work is also getting underway on the next section of track – from York Street to Lower Simcoe. Once major construction is complete, TTC crews will begin the overhead wiring required to restore service on August 31, 2014.


Video Recap: Jane's Walk - Building the New Queens QuayA closer look at construction
Take a look at some recent construction photos to learn more about the extensive work underway on Queens Quay.

Queens Quay webcams
Keep an eye on construction from your computer or mobile device using our Queens Quay Webcams.

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. 

Learn more about Queens Quay construction and sign up for weekly notices.


Construction update: Bayside Toronto

Construction is progressing well on required infrastructure for the Bayside Toronto development in East Bayfront. Last month, crews completed the construction of an oil and grit separator – a key section of the area’s stormwater management system. Crews are now preparing to drill caissons for the stormwater management shaft. Caissons are deep holes which are filled with structural concrete pillars, to support the area prior to excavation. Once the caissons are complete, excavation for the 12 metre diameter storm shaft will begin.

Work is also well underway on new municipal services for the neighbourhood including the installation of storm and sanitary lines along the western edge of the development. At the water’s edge, crews expect to complete dockwall reinforcement work this spring. Once complete, landscape work will begin for the eastern extension of the water’s edge promenade which is currently open from Canada’s Sugar Beach to Sherbourne Common.

A sanitary manhole and oil grit separator.




Construction update: West Don Lands

River City
River City, the four-phase, LEED Gold community by Urban Capital, continues to progress at King Street East and Lower River Street. Once complete it will be home to more than 1,100 loft-style condominiums and family-friendly town homes.  

Construction of Phase 2 is well underway. The forming (concrete work) of the building is nearing completion and the installation of exterior finishes are also progressing. Window installation and interior finishing work has begun and the exterior metal panel installation will start in mid-April. Landscape work is scheduled to restart in mid-April. River City Phase 1 is now fully occupied. The last residents of this phase moved in earlier this spring.

River City rooftop overlooking Corktown Common.

Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing’s three-building development located at 589 King Street East in the West Don Lands continues to take shape with residents scheduled to move in this Summer. The 243-unit development will provide affordable rental units for families and seniors.

Landscape work has resumed and progress continues at all buildings.  At the seniors building on King Street, pre-delivery inspections have been completed in most suites. Building elevators have been installed and are operational.  Completion of building finishes in the common areas and the ramp to the underground parking are nearing completion.

The construction progress at Toronto Community Housing.

Pre-delivery inspections are also underway at the family buildings, which are located between Lower River and St. Lawrence Street.  Elevators are installed and operational and window installation and masonry work is complete. Drywall partitions are almost complete and mechanical and electrical work continues to progress. Interior work continues. Flooring, finishes, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances continue to be installed in preparation for occupancy. Landscape work has also resumed.

Pan/Parapan Am Athletes' Village/Canary District
Concrete base and the installation of unit pavers on local streets continue to progress. The installation of light poles has begun.
Reconstruction of the west side of Sumach Street between King Street and Eastern Avenue is nearing completion with only a few miscellaneous items remaining. On Sumach Street construction of the median is underway and excavation of the east continues.   
On Cherry Street crews have completed the installation of the granite curbs, brick pavers and trees on the west side of the street.  Work on the east side will recommence as weather conditions improve.
YMCA/George Brown College
At George Brown College’s student residence the installation of doors, suite washroom millwork and plumbing fixtures have commenced, and framing, drywall continue and mechanical and electrical installations continue to progress. At the YMCA the installation of drywall and pool finishes are ongoing. Elevator installation will continue for several months.
Affordable Housing Buildings
At both the Fred Victor and Wigwamen buildings crews continuing to work on the installation of interior finishes. Framing and drywall work, painting, the installation of interior doors, tile work and the installation of plumbing and electrical fixtures are ongoing. Elevator installation is complete and approved, and perimeter landscaping has commenced at both buildings. 
Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium, Canary District Condominiums, pre-cast installation is complete and the window installation is nearing completion. Mechanical and electrical installation and framing and drywall continue to progress in both the north and south towers. The installation of the elevators continues and painting has begun in the north tower.
On the second market housing building, Canary Park Condominiums, mechanical and electrical installations are in progress and the framing and drywall continue. The window installation, elevator installation and roofing are in progress for both the north and south towers. The final tower crane was removed in March.
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. 

Looking over the Pan/Parapan Am Athletes' Village/Canary District

King /Sumach intersection reconstruction update
Dundee Kilmer/EllisDon Ledcor continues to work on the reconstruction of the King and Sumach Street intersection. This work is being carried out in two phases from late March 2014 to approximately end of May 2014. Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 has begun.
Notices will continue to be distributed through multiple channels. In addition to being included in Waterfront Toronto's monthly newsletter and posted on Waterfront Toronto’s website, they will also be distributed and posted online by Corktown Residents and Business Association. 
Phase 2 of the project includes the removal of the existing concrete sidewalk, asphalt pavement, and the existing TTC tracks and concrete bases. The removals are to prepare for the installation of a new concrete road base, new TTC/Street lighting poles and bases, new TTC drain system, new TTC Track system and new traffic lights. Sidewalk repairs, asphalt paving, the installation of new crosswalks and line painting will also be completed as part of this work.
Traffic Impact
A partial closure of the intersection is required to complete the reconstruction. Westbound traffic will be maintained on the north side of King Street for the duration of construction. Access to all businesses adjacent to the intersection will be maintained.
Eastbound traffic on King Street will be rerouted and access to Sumach Street will be impacted during this phase. Sumach Street northbound from Eastern Avenue will be open to local traffic only. Sumach Street South of King Street will be closed to all traffic during this phase.
Work will generally take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. TTC track reconstruction will involve periods of late evening, overnight and extended weekend hours. TTC track reconstruction work is considered “necessary municipal work” under the Toronto Municipal Code by-law, and as such, night work is permitted on this project. Rail installation is generally conducted in periodic phases based on the progress of pouring the concrete trackbed. Dates will be provided in future notices when they become available.
After-hours work by the TTC is required to align construction and to complete the project as quickly as possible. We know construction is disruptive and we have worked to limit night work as much as possible. Unfortunately, for this phase of work it is unavoidable. We appreciate your patience as we complete this phase of work.
Please direct inquiries related to the reconstruction of King Street East/Sumach Street reconstruction to:



Spring Fling Festival arrives at the waterfront

There are lots of family-friendly activities happening along the central waterfront during Harbourfront Centre's inaugural Spring Fling Festival. Sponsored by The Waterfront BIA this new Spring festival is taking place over the April long weekend, from April 18 to 20.

Harbourfront Centre is hosting three days of music, dance and hands-on activities including a scavenger hunt, guided walking tour, storytelling and more. Don’t miss the Ultimutts Dog Show at PawsWay, family films at Queen's Quay Terminal, and Signs of Spring Harbour Tours from Mariposa Cruises. Local restaurants and hotels are also participating. Get all the details including schedule information.



Morro and Jasp GO GREEN is one of many performances taking place during the Spring Fling Festival.


Clean Toronto together

The City of Toronto is once again hosting their annual spring clean-up in celebration of Earth Week, April 22-27. The Corporate and School Clean-up Day takes place on April 25 and Community Clean-up Days take place on April 26 and April 27.

Learn more about other Clean Toronto initiatives happening across the City that you can get involved in.


Volunteer to help keep Toronto clean.


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