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Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Updated: May 12, 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.

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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