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Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Updated: June 26, 2022

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There are many issues, large and small, that pop up from time to time but don’t necessarily fit into any of the other pages. So, to help keep people up to date, we have this “What’s Up” page.

May 24, 2022

dam-overviewWe have launched a “Ditch the Dam” petition to get rid of the dam on the Etobicoke Creek. The paper bases version will be launched at the Spring Bird Festival, but the online version is already on Change.org.

This is what it says:

    The dam on the lower Etobicoke Creek no longer serves any purpose except to block the migration of fish. Its removal was promised 20 years ago. Now it is falling apart. Let’s finally get rid of it!

    Why? Barriers to fish movement impair the health and resilience of a watershed. Nothing gets past this dam. As climate change brings an increase in extreme weather events, the ecological resilience of our waterways is more important than ever.

    The dam was built in 1913 to allow the Toronto Golf Club to irrigate their course. They now draw water directly from Lake Ontario. The dam was supposed to have been removed in 2002, but the project seems to have fallen into a bureaucratic no man's land. There is no approved plan and no budget to carry out the work. The dam straddles the municipal boundary between Toronto and Mississauga, and is still owned by the Toronto Golf Club.

    During the decades of inaction, the condition of the dam has deteriorated to the point that it has become a safety hazard for people as well. Massive chunks of concrete appear to be suspended in the air as the underlying substrates have been washed away.

    We ask the City of Toronto, the City of Mississauga, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and the Toronto Golf Club to prioritize the removal of this dam for the health of the creek and the safety of the people.

Click here to sign the petition on Change.org

March 31, 2022

The 13th Annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park will be back as an in-person event this year!

Saturday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We will post full details on our Activities Page when they become available.

March 29, 2022

Parking at Colonel Samuel Smith Park

With the resumption of classes at Humber College this past week a number of members discovered that parking at the Sam Smith south parking lot was full by early morning on weekdays. This is presumably due to use by Humber personnel. Recreational park users they were forced to utilize the paid parking north lot. Note that the south parking lot has free parking with a 2 hour limit. The time limit is intended to discourage parking from people working or taking classes in the area, while leaving it free for park use. Complaints have been filed with the Toronto Police Parking Enforcement Unit who is responsible for remediation.

As a recreational park user if you experience this situation please file your complaint with the TPPEU at tpsparkingcomplaints@torontopolice.on.ca

May 19, 2021

Miles Road End Parkette to Expand

For the past couple of years, CCFEW has been working with the residents of Miles Road to resolve an apparent encroachment on public waterfront. As a 30th anniversary project, we decided to look at all of the “road ends” from Mimico to Long Branch. We used the City of Toronto’s mapping tools to help determine what was public and what was private. For a variety of reasons, that’s not always obvious. At Miles Road we saw something that looked wrong. The map showed the line separating public from private land cutting across the lawn of 9 Miles Road.

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It appeared that the waterfront property didn’t actually have any waterfront! After further investigation, we became more convinced that we were right. After countless emails and phone calls, we had begun to doubt anything would be done about it.

Imagine our surprise and delight to receive the message last week, “The encroachment (including boat/railings) has been moved. The work is not completed yet, and the City is planning to rehab the site at a later date.

It looks like the Miles Road Parkette is in for a major expansion!

April 20, 2021

Looking for Action on the Etobicoke Creek Dam

The dam on the lower Etobicoke Creek was supposed to be removed in 2002. We are asking the TRCA to get this project started before the twentieth anniversary of it’s originally planned removal.

Etobicoke Creek Dam letter to TRCA
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January 20, 2021

Since our activities and expenses have been minimal since the start of the pandemic early last year, we have decided to suspend membership renewals. All paid members in 2019 are considered members in good standing through 2021.

At this point, it appears that resumption of normal activities won’t happen until late this year.

March 16, 2020

The March 24th public meeting listed below has been cancelled due the COVID-19 emergency measures. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

March 10, 2020

This public meeting was announced today (as promised last month). Click on the image below for the full meeting announcement (pdf) or visit the project page on the City of Toronto website.

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February 4, 2020

Christie’s Site Redevelopment

Expect a lot of meetings and consultation this year about the former Christie’s site at Parklawn & Lake Shore. The City and First Captial Realty have reached an agreement that will result in a Secondary Plan for the site. Two things will be happening concurrently: the planning study, and a Transportation Master Plan.

The City has a comprehensive page here with lots of background information.

Click here for a direct link to the Planning Report (47 pages). One point that is repeated several times in the planning report is, “The settlement requires the delivery of a new Park Lawn GO station.”

The next public meeting is expected in March.

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