Open Streets TO crosses Toronto’s iconic Bloor Street Viaduct, expands programming


TORONTO, September 16, 2016 – This Sunday, Open Streets TO will expand to its longest route to date, crossing the Bloor Street Viaduct to the Danforth. Torontonians will be treated to a spectacular view from the city’s most iconic bridge, free to walk, bike, and play without car traffic.

The full route will run along Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Hampton Avenue, and along Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to have Open Streets TO cross the viaduct and come east to the Danforth,” said Paula Fletcher, Councillor, Ward 30. “The Danforth is one of our City's most vibrant neighbourhoods, and I know our community will embrace this bold, unique, and inclusive event.”

The route expansion means that this Sunday’s instalment of Open Streets TO will be the most expansive to date. ‘Activity Hubs’ will be placed the full length of the route, hosted by local businesses and organizations, and inviting Torontonians to participate. Some organizations participating this Sunday include the National Ballet School of Canada, the Invictus Games, the Native Youth Resource Centre, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

“Open Streets has seen tremendous support from both the city and the community,” said Emily Munroe, Co-Chair, Open Streets TO. “This expansion is an important step towards our vision of a truly expansive community-oriented recreation program, accessible to everyone who lives in and around Toronto.”



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Take Back George Street


Take Back George Street!


10 September 2016

12 – 2 pm

291 George Street

 Everyone is Welcome

 Live Music

Food & Drink

Toronto Zoo Touch Table


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Another Opportunity to Comment on the Toronto Ward Boundary Review


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) team is seeking feedback from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on information presented in the TWBR Additional Information Report

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Shuter Street Construction Notice

Watermain Replacement, Road Resurfacing, Trench Restoration on Shuter Street from Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street


Contract #: 16ECS-TI-18SP

Expected Start Date:  August 8, 2016

Expected End Date:  October 28, 2016

*Timeline is subject to change.


The City of Toronto is replacing the 140 year-old watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Shuter Street from Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street. This project also involves road resurfacing from Yonge Street to Church Street.

The water service is the underground pipe that brings water to your property and is owned by you and by the City. The part you own is from your house to the end of your property, the part the City owns is from the end of your property to the watermain.

This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk watermain breaks and is part of the City's comprehensive and coordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade our roads for current and future needs.

If you live in a house on this stretch of Shuter Street that was built before the mid-1950s, your water service may be made of lead. Please read the attached fact sheet with important information about the risks of lead in drinking water, especially if someone in your house is pregnant, there are children under six years old, or there is an infant drinking formula made using tap water.



This work on this project has been phased in order to be the least disruptive to businesses, residents and road users.




Phase 1: Yonge Street to Victoria Street


  • Excavate a section of Yonge Street on the northbound lane at Yonge Street intersection to connect the new watermain to the existing water main connection.

  • Excavate the road and dig a trench to access and install the new watermain

  • Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line


    Phase 2: Victoria Street Church Street

  • Excavate the road and dig a trench to access and install the new watermain

  • Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line


    Phase 3: Church Street to Sherbourne

  • Excavate the road and dig a trench to access and install the new watermain

  • Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line



  • When all watermain work is completed crews will resurface the road from Yonge Street to Church Street and permanently restore the road over the watermain trench from Church Street to Sherbourne Street.


For more information on what to expect and how this will impact you, please visit www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects .



Councillor Wong-Tam Announces Launch of Yonge Street Environmental Assessment

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, joined by Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President of Ryerson University, and Gary Switzer, CEO of MOD Developments, announced today the release of the RFP for the Yonge Street Environment Assessment (EA).  The EA is the culmination of years of advocacy and consultation.


In 2011, the renowned architects and urban thinkers Marianne McKenna of KPMB Architects and Ken Greenberg co-authored the Yonge Street Planning Framework, laying the initial foundation for a new vision of Yonge Street, calling for improved public spaces, innovative wayfinding, fine grain retail expressions, heritage and cultural preservation, and wider sidewalks. 


Celebrate Yonge, a pilot program launched in the summer of 2012, put those recommendations into action.  Converting both curb lanes on Yonge Street between Gerrard and Queen into dynamic public spaces for patios and performance, Celebrate Yonge successfully demonstrated the desire for a more flexible pedestrian friendly street.


In 2014, the Downtown Yonge BIA launched Yonge Love, a seven month long community consultation, gathering feedback from thousands of participants from across the City. The campaign clearly illustrated support for widened sidewalks, pedestrian only events, public art, and unique retail opportunities.  


The next step in this process, the Environmental Assessment will focus on designing the new public realm, with consideration given to reconfiguring the street towards increasing pedestrian space, cycling infrastructure, tree planting, lighting, pavement treatments and street furniture. 


There is significant support for revitalizing Yonge Street from community stakeholders and Torontonians, who will be provided with numerous opportunities to get involved and have their say about the future of Yonge Street.


Media Contacts:


Councillor Wong-Tam




Mark Garner, Downtown Yonge BIA

416-597-0255 ext. 225