In the Spotlight, January 8
Please see the important notice from Councilor Kristyn Wong Tam
Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Councillor Wong-Tam about College Park. We like to provide you with a quick update on the status of this initiative, as well as solicit your feedback.
Construction on the multi-million dollar revitalization of College Park is set to commence late in 2015. Beginning in 2012, the redesign process involved several community consultations and stakeholder meetings over the course of several months in 2012 and 2013. The design concept for the park can be seen here.
Since the last consultation, City Legal staff have been working with the adjacent property owners in an effort to secure leasing agreements to areas contiguous to the park that are privately owned, with the goal of ensuring that these lands remain green space. These negotiations have been difficult, but the City is nearing agreements that would allow these parcels of land to be re-designed and maintained with the rest of the park.
With these agreements in hand, construction on the park is anticipated can begin, in conjunction with necessary work of replacing the waterproofing materials of the parking garage underneath the park. The water proofing and below grade park construction is expected to last for one year, with the rest of the park being completed afterwards. While the elongated construction period is not ideal, it was decided that it would be preferable to completing the park in one year, only to have to tear it up a few years later to do work on the garage.
The future of the Barbara Ann Scott ice rink was one of the main points of discussion during the consultation process, as the current rink and adjacent facility are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. The estimated cost of rebuilding the rink was equal to the total budget of the entire redesign. After much consideration the community decided to focus on re-designing and revitalizing the rest of the park, leaving the construction of a new rink to a second phase of development. The current park designs are structured in such a way as to easily facilitate the addition of a skating pad in the future. Many people were disappointed to hear that the park would be without a rink, at least in the short term. Others preferred the omission of the rink from the current design, since the rink was used 24/7 and can be very loud at night.
Councillor Wong-Tam would like to solicit feedback from you as to whether she should be try and secure the additional funding required to include an ice skating feature in the current phase of redevelopment. We have created a short survey that asks whether you would support an ice feature, and if so, should the design be similar to the original rink, or should it function more like the ice trail at Evergreen Brickworks that allows recreational skating but not ice hockey. The attached photo illustrates this kind of ice trail. Please take a minute to fill out the survey prior to January 15 2015 here.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite A5
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Public accountability and government transparency are important to Councillor Wong-Tam. Scheduling a meeting with the councillor or her staff, may require you to register as a Lobbyist. You are advised to check online for more information http://www.toronto.ca/lobbying/index.htm
TOKENS 4 CHANGE RAISES AWARENESS OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS ON FEBRUARY 6
Over 500 Toronto students/volunteers are gearing up for the fifth annual Tokens4Change™. On Friday, February 6, 2015 look for T4C volunteers throughout the downtown in the TTC, PATH, and offices raising awareness and collecting donations for Youth Without Shelter.
Five years ago, a group of young Toronto volunteers set out to raise awareness of these issues by creating Tokens4Change™, focused on youth supporting youth.
On Friday February 6th, 400+ students from more than twenty GTA schools will turn the heads of commuters across thirty TTC, PATH and office locations, performing theatre pieces, dance routines, spoken word poetry and presenting art installations. Over the course of the day, these students will collect donations to support transportation costs and essential support programs at Youth Without Shelter. The students will be joined in their efforts by employee volunteers from more than 12 GTA companies.
In addition to art installations and performances in subway stations, within the PATH system and at office locations, students will perform on Friday, February 6th in a 12:30 pm arts showcase at the Tangerine Downtown Toronto Cafe, where the KiSS 92.5 Street Team will be on location.
We encourage our members, visitors, residents and students to donate either online at www.tokens4change or throughout the downtown on Friday, February 6, 2015.
Twitter: @tokens4change and @YWSToronto
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tokens4change & www.facebook.com/Youth-Without-Shelter-YWS
Instagram: tokens4change and ywstoronto
Websites: www.yws.on.ca and www.tokensforchange.com
CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship
TORONTO IS BASKETBALL!
In just two months the CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship comes to Toronto. The best in basketball talent from across Canada will gather at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre - former Maple Leaf Gardens, as the top 8 University teams compete for the title of CIS Champion. This is the first time ever the championship has been hosted in Toronto and we want to show Canada, Toronto is Basketball!
This years championship will include a 4-day festival, the Downtown Yonge Final 8 Fan Fest will also be on-site at the former gardens. Fans will have the chance to meet celebrities, check out skills challenges, hall of fame exhibits and fun activities for all ages, best of all admission to the Fan Fest is FREE!
See all the action live March 12th - 15th 2015 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Online at ticketmaster.ca / By phone 1-855-985-5000.
For more information go to www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca
What's New in Downtown Yonge
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games
The Games call for more than 10,000 athletes from 41 countries to compete in 51 sporting events, making it the largest international multi-sport competition Canada has ever held.
And the celebration has already begun!
Toronto will ignite the Pan Am spirit on Tuesday, February 17th, as The Ontario Heritage Trust launches its annual Heritage Week. The event celebrates Ontario’s Sport Heritage.
The launch will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Ryerson University’s campus. Starting at 9:30 a.m., Torontonians can:
- experience interactive sports activities including wheelchair basketball
- view sport demonstrations by official Games supporters
- meet sports personalities and PACHI, the official Games mascot
- visit a sports heritage expo and parts of the former Maple Leaf Gardens
- enjoy refreshments
Our Canadian athletes need your cheers to support them as they compete fiercely for a spot on the podium. Pan Am Games tickets went on sale December 8, 2014 and Parapan Am Games tickets will follow in March. Visit www.ontario.ca/games2015 to learn more and be a part of Canadian history.
Union Pearson Express reveals a flexible fare
Union Pearson Express (UP Express) announced its flexible fare structure on December 10 during a special event at UP Express’ new Toronto Pearson Station, offering significant discounts for PRESTO card users.
Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig announced that with a PRESTO card one-way adult fare between Union Station and Toronto Pearson would be only $19. Riders without a PRESTO card will pay $27.50.
PRESTO, already in use by ten transportation agencies in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa area, is currently being rolled out on the TTC. There are also additional discounts offered to seniors, students, children and people riding shorter distances.
Discounted rates are also being offered to families (two adults and up to three children), and qualified airport employees will be able to ride for $10, or purchase a $300 monthly pass.
McCuaig noted that the service will be delivered on time and on budget, and that the fare structure would mean the service will be self-sustaining in three to five years.
For more details on UP Express fares, click here.
Joining McCuaig and UP Express President Kathy Haley for the announcement were Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca. They unveiled the new 808 square metre UP Express Pearson Station, which sits directly adjacent to the Automated People Mover service that links Terminals 1 and 3. The new station will help shift some of the 35 million passengers that use Toronto Pearson as a vital hub every year.
The Premier was also able to tour an UP Express train for the first time, showcasing amenities specifically designed with air travellers in mind, such as level platform boarding, luggage racks, Wi-Fi and information screens.
With a one-way trip taking just 25 minutes, rain or shine, UP Express trains will leave Union Station and Toronto Pearson every 15 minutes, 19 and a half hours a day starting next spring.
UP Express is just one project among $16 billion dollars of transportation improvements Metrolinx is bringing to the region. For more information, please visit here.
Busy? Get your FLU shot on the go!
Cloud Care Clinics, Toronto’s top interdisciplinary medical health practice, is inviting you to get your free FLU shots. Just drop by during or after work – unless you prefer a Saturday – and speak to the receptionist.
We are located at 55 Dundas Street East (Yonge and Dundas).
Our phone number is: 416-361-6000; and
Our clinic hours are:
Mon, Tue: 8:30am to 7pm
Wed-Fri: 8:30am to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Mackenzie House Events
Haggis Making Workshop at Mackenzie House on Saturday January 17
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.
Dates: Jan 22, 24;
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required
Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Just for Laughs is pleased to present Canadian comedian Darrin Rose at the Winter Garden Theatre. Rose brings his hilarious stand-up act, featuring new material that everyone can relate to about sibling rivalry and pursuing parental approval. Dubbed “one of the hottest comedians in Canada” by GQ magazine, Rose is also the host of Match Game on the Comedy Network.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Hard Rock Café Events
The Hard Rock Café Toronto is located directly across from the massive Eaton Centre department store mall. The memorabilia-stocked restaurant serves up distinctive meals and refreshing beverages for any rocker with a taste for diversity. So roll on in and get ready to rock the night away at Toronto's bustling Hard Rock Café.
Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Café Toronto? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet.
Jan 13 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 17 BEATLES '65....LIVE! - 8:00 PM
Jan 20 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 23 ARYA CONCERTS & EVENTS PRESENTS - 9:00 PM
Jan 25 THE VINYL SESSIONS - BRUCE BRUNCH - 12:00 PM
Jan 27 PAINT NITE - 7:00 PM
Jan 30 DANCE FOR A CAUSE - 9:00 PM
For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com
Address: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge Street
Live nights of Music at Monarch’s Pub
Lively and energetic, Monarchs Pub is downtown Toronto's must-visit live music venue. While HD televisions keep sports fans up to date on the latest scores and games, music buffs can enjoy live jazz, blues or rock performances six nights a week.
Monarchs Pub's menu is as enticing and diverse as its musical selection. Available from 5pm-11pm, the extensive à la carte menu features contemporary pub fare including delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, while a special late-night menu is available from 11pm to 1am. Guests can also sip samples from Monarchs Pub's impressive range of domestic and international brews.
Visit monarchpub.ca or facebook.com/monarchspub to reserve, for more information and monthly music listings!
Wed., Jan. 14 - The Harley Card Quartet
Thurs., Jan. 15 - The Mackenzie Blues Band
Fri., Jan. 16 - Sun K
Wed., Jan. 21 - The Edwin Sheard Trio
Thurs., Jan. 22 - The Swingin’ Blackjacks
Fri., Jan. 23 - Young Runnings
Wed., Jan. 28 - The Vipers
Thurs., Jan. 29 – Mark Bird Stafford
Frid., Jan. 30 - Tennessee Voodoo Coupe
Location: Monarchs Pub in the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St.
Call 416 585 4352 or visit www.monarchspub.ca for more information
Jazz Bistro is Toronto’s newest jazz venue and dining destination
Located at 251 Victoria St., three-level club includes a performance and dining area, wine bar, private event space and expansive rooftop patio. The open-concept design ensures guests on the second floor balcony have a perfect view of the stage, which features a magnificent red pop Steinway piano (the only one of its’ kind in the world). The warm and inviting space serves as an intimate setting for authentic, live jazz performances by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and will focus on promoting Toronto’s own jazz artists. The space creates a comfortable atmosphere for quality modern bistro dining.
Call 416 363 5299 (JAZZ) or visit jazzbistro.ca for more information
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