16-Year-Olds Protect the Waterfront

In late August, I invited my grandson, Noah (16), to join me with his camera as we went out canvassing in the Beaches area for signatories to our NoJetsTO Petition against the expansion of Billy Bishop Airport. He overheard many comments from people.  A few hours later, we ran out of sunlight (and steam). I was leaving for a five-week trip to Europe, so Noah stepped in and said he would have a go at putting together a film. Until our walkabout, he had not realized how serious the damage of an expanded airport would be for his generation. He presented this film as a gift to NoJetsTO:

Noah lives in Councillor Josh Matlow’s Ward 22 (St. Paul’s), well away from the Waterfront. He invited his friend and classmate, Gideon, who lives in Mary-Margaret McMahon’s Ward 32 (Beaches and East York), to join him. Gideon was already troubled with the noise of the current Q400 turboprops “that even fly over the residential areas.”

I can’t say how proud I am of these boys, as I am sure you will be when you see their video.

Braz Menezes

YQNA member

    Sign this online petition and say no to jet aircraft at the Island Airport.

Jack Layton Statue Unveiled

Sid Ryan, President Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Olivia Chow (MP, Trinity-Spadina) and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford unveil a bronze sculpture of Jack Layton. (Screen capture from YouTube)
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford help unveil a bronze sculpture of Jack Layton. (Screen capture from YouTube)

More than a thousand people met on August 22 at the foot of Bay Street for the naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and the unveiling of a great sculpture of Jack on a tandem bike. It was donated through fundraising by the OFL on behalf of the working people of Ontario and is valued at approximately $350,000. The artist is the well-known David Pellettier of Toronto. It depicts the late Jack Layton, who was an avid cyclist and Toronto MP, riding on the back seat of a tandem bicycle. The front seat welcomes visitors to sit and have their photo taken “with Jack at their back.”

Olivia Chow, our MP for the Waterfront and Jack’s partner through their long private and political life together, said:

“Jack loved the city of Toronto, Toronto Islands, and most of all, the people of Toronto. How fitting that this sculpture will serve as a reminder to the people of Toronto and visitors to the waterfront that Jack always had their back.” She was met with great applause.

Councillor Pam McConnell praised her former colleague and introduced the many speakers and musicians as well as the Layton’s extended family. Emotions ran high, as many in the large crowd remembered this very popular MP and his generous nature. Mayor Rob Ford spoke of his first year as city councillor. He and Jack sat side by side in Council, and although they had different political views, Jack was always kind and ready to help him with advice.

Take a stroll to the ferries and hop on the bike with Jack! This will probably become the most photographed work of art in Toronto.

Waterfront Transit Update July 2013

Queens Quay 3
Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto

Transit expert and blogger Steve Munro has posted a thorough summary of ongoing transit changes and long-range plans affecting the waterfront.

A few of the highlights:

  • Spadina streetcars are expected to operate again to Queens Quay Loop (the corner of Spadina and Queens Quay) by Christmas. However, construction at Union Station will continue to block access to the Union Station underground loop until February 2014.

  • Development plans for the Lower Yonge Precinct (Yonge to Jarvis) are still unclear, but will likely include tall condo towers on the north side and redevelopment of the LCBO warehouse and store. Redevelopment of the Loblaws site is also possible.

  • A reconfiguration of Harbour Street will include demolition of the York Street off-ramp. (YQNA notes: a park will be maintained at York and Queens Quay.)

  • Development of the East Bayfront between Jarvis and the Parliament Street slip is underway to make it similar to the western section of Queens Quay. But transit plans are incomplete, with LRT a possible future option and some sort of enhanced bus service likely.

Munro’s report includes detailed analysis of transit plans for the entire area. It also has links to detailed reports covering transit activities on the Central Waterfront, Lower Yonge Precinct, East Bayfront, West Don Lands, Cherry Street, Lower Don Lands, Port Lands, Union Station Second Platform, and the Gardiner Expressway Replacement or Reconstruction. Click for the full article.

Message to YQNA Residents – News from Harbourfront

Dear YQNA friends,

Harbourfront Centre offers both entertainment, culture and education.
Below is a list of the courses they offer this winter.

We have updated information on YQNA’s website, so take a look at
www.yqna.ca. Among other things are new photos from our successful
recent garage sale.

Sara Hsieh
YQNA Communications

Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops provide adults and families with exciting, fun and creative learning experiences!

Explore a new genre! Expand a skill! Embark upon a learning adventure of a lifetime! Harbourfront Centre’s stimulating Courses & Workshops return for a third year with a wide range of new programmes including creative workshops for families. The fall semester of Courses & Workshops runs from October to December, 2007.

Register early as courses and workshops require a minimum number of participants. To register or for more information, the public can call 416-952-4046 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/courses.

We are trying to inform as many area residents as possible. If you have a newsletter, could we be included? Would you be able to post this information on your website or distribute in any other available manner to area residents?

Please see information below. If you click onto the document below, it links directly to our Courses & Workshops website that contains complete programme information.

Best regards,

Linda Liontis
Media Relations
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8
Phone: 416-973-4381
Fax: 416-973-6055
Email: lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

Sun and fun garage sale!

YQNA had a successful Garage Sale at the Radisson Hotel on Sunday, September 23rd, 2007. An energetic group of members on Queens Quay pulled it all together. They filled the empty store front with donations from condos in our area; they promoted the event and brought in plenty of customers; and they got volunteers working for four days.

The sun was shining on YQNA in more ways than one, because we raised $1,500. As an added bonus, we had a lot of fun working together and meeting new people in the neighbourhood. We’ll keep most of the proceeds for YQNA projects, but a generous donation of $500 went to the scholarship fund for underprivileged youth, sponsored by our friends at Toronto Police 52 Division.

Local businesses gave generously, especially prizes for the raffle. Our MPP Rosario Marchese dropped by to visit and to pick the winners. Many thanks to the following businesses for donating these raffle prizes:

Toula Restaurant at Westin Harbour Castle Hotel: Dinner for two ($200 value)
Pier 4 Restaurant: $70 gift certificate
Il Fornello: $50 gift certificate
Swiss Chalet: 6 vouchers for 1/4 chicken dinners ($45 value)
Shoppers Drug Mart: bag of items including cosmetics, skin care, and 15% off coupon valid till Dec. 31 (over $100 value)
Pharmasave: L’Oreal Skin Treatment $50+ value
Second Cup: 2 bags of specialty teas, tea canisters, teacups, and Belgian chocolates (each bag $80+ value)
Sobey’s: $30 in gift certificates
David Hillis Salon: Salon packages:
1. Colour with Hanna, Cut and Blow dry with Sangeeta, Make-up with Kimberly – $125 value
2. Cut with Rose and Manicure with Ildiko – $82 value
3. Cut and Blow dry with Melissa – $55 value
Harbourfront Centre, signed novels:
Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid
Step Across This Line by Salman Rushdie
You Can’t Read This by Val Ross
Voyageur by Robert Twigger
In Bad Taste? by Dr. Massimo Francesco Marcone
The Stowaway by Robert Hough
4. Power Plant: 2 family passes
5.HarbourKIDS passes: voucher for 4 passes to Luminarium, $20 value
6. Wheel Excitement: child’s cycling helmet and accessories

A huge thank you to the Radisson Admiral Hotel for the generous donation of space and furnishings for this event, and for their continued hospitality at our bi-monthly meetings.