Saturday, August 30, 2008

Why I love the lakeshore

Why I love the lakeshore.

taken by Robin McCubbin

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lakeshore Events

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Lakeshore events such as:
Lakeshorelicious, and
Shop the Shore
Got to love those captions!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dancing on the Shore

Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons
Beginners and Intermediate

New Session STARTS: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Course#1: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm --- RUMBA
Course#2: 8:00 pm t0 9:00 pm --- SALSA
Course#3: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm --- SLOW WALTZ

Location: Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Blvd., West, South Etobicoke
West of Royal York Rd. and East of Islington Avenue
Southwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd., West and 1st Street, and
Across the street from McDonalds

Each course is 8 weeks = $80.00
Singles and Couples, All ages welcome
Dance partner not required
For more information and registration please call (416)-255-6819 or

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lessons from Mississauga about Smart Growth

From: The Mississauga News

OMB decision a smart move

2008-08-19 19:34:01.000

The message is clear: Mississauga residents want development that fits into their communities, rather than buildings that simply adorn them.

While Mark Bozzo’s Queenscorp proposal for a “landmark” building in Lakeview was thorough and innovative, the project just didn’t fit into the neighbourhood.

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) had no choice but to uphold the City’s planning guidelines and restrictions for a site that is currently zoned for a maximum four-storey development.
Queenscorp’s proposal for a 21-storey building is more than five times higher than that allowed under the City’s planning policies: Allowing the development would have made a mockery of Mississauga’s planning authority.

While Bozzo is understandably, if somewhat naively, upset by the “imaginary municipal border” that separated approval for a similarly sized Etobicoke building from disapproval for his Mississauga initiative, the boundary between the two communities is very real.

Mississauga is a unique and separate city, distinctively different on many levels from its neighbour to the east. What’s good enough for Etobicoke, or Toronto, isn’t necessarily good for Mississauga.

Nobody would argue — probably not even Ward 1 councillor Carmen Corbasson who led the City’s charge against the Queenscorp proposal at the OMB — that Lakeview could use an esthetic shot in the arm.

But Corbasson was bang on when, in response to the OMB decision, she said, “Smart growth doesn’t mean dumping...height everywhere, especially in a very stable area like Lakeview.”
While parts of Lakeview are decaying and aging less than gracefully, any development in that area must fit comfortably with existing structures and community expectations.

Smart growth is not just about adding height and increasing densities: It’s about creating harmonious communities that combine to make the city, as a whole, a better place.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

June 5, 2008 Public Meeting on Colonel Samuel Smith Park Ice Trail

Hello all,

Attached please find the summary notes from the Colonel Samuel Smith Park Ice Trail public meeting held on June 5th for your records. The report includes a cover letter from the City, as well as the report from Urban Forestry that was requested.


Susan Hall, B.Sc, MES Vice President, Central Canada
LURA Consulting t:416.536.9674 f:416.536.3453 c:416.886.8205515 Consumers Road Suite 201, Toronto, ON M2J 4Z2, Canada

The Summary Report is not attached here.

Opening Letter...

August 14th, 2008

On Thursday June 5th 2008, Parks Forestry and Recreation staff in conjunction with Councillor Grime’s office organized an open house to present the conceptual plan for the proposed Skating Trail in Etobicoke Lakeshore. The meeting was hosted by LURA Consulting, a firm hired by the City to facilitate the discussion, collect and organize comments and feedback from the community, and prepare a summary report.

Some residents expressed excitement and support for what will become a great family destination in your neighbourhood. Others raised concerns regarding the potential impact of a skating trail in this area. Be assured that City staff are committed to developing this project taking into account the importance of the sensitivities of the park and community, and without disturbing the existing Wetlands-Wildlife Restoration Trail.

In proceeding with the project, the City will be issuing a proposal call in September for qualified and experienced firms to initiate the design phase. It is anticipated that the project would be complete and
operational for the 2009 skating season
I appreciate the time and effort you have taken to be engaged in this process and providing your
opinions and input. LURA Consulting will continue to receive your comments as the Project progresses so please forward any comments to

Yours truly,

perMichael Schreiner
Manager Construction Management
/Capital Projects

Friday, August 22, 2008

I Opt Out

The Canadian government passed legislation in 2005 mandating the creation of a do-not-call registry. The registry is scheduled to take effect in mid-2008, yet many Canadians may be disappointed to learn about the exemption of a wide range of organizations (registered charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies, and newspapers). Under the law, exempted organizations are permitted to make unsolicited telephone calls despite the inclusion of the number in the do-not-call registry. However, organizations must remove numbers from their lists if specifically requested to do so. IOptOut takes advantage of this approach by allowing Canadians to create and manage a personal do-not-call list that begins where do-not-call legislation ends. Once you register, you'll be able to view a categorized list where you can opt-out of further contact from exempt organizations. To do this we send an email notification to each organization on your behalf requesting that your name, email address and phone number(s) be removed from their active marketing lists.
If you'd like to learn more, please see

Content from the Ioptout website.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lake Shore Drive Annual Street Sale, Saturday, September 6, 2008 (Rain date, September 7)

Join your friends and neighbours on Saturday, September 6, 2008 for the

Annual Lake Shore Drive Street Sale

with a rain date Sunday, September 7, 2008.

Come and find that special "something" that you have been looking for forever.

And if you are not interested in browsing or shopping, come and meet your neighbours. We would be happy to see you.

You can also support the Lori's Legacy Fund.