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Thanks to our speakers and the 160 people who attended What's Next on the Waterfront

Thanks to our speakers at last night's Speaker Series #5 - What's Next on the Waterfront

FYI: If you attended and logged into our event last night you  can still check out all the information and links to resources we posted to our even welcome page here: https://waterfrontwhatsnext.obv.io 

We will be working on an edited video of the event and hope to have that posted on YouTube sometime in December.

In the meantime please feel free to click the links below to download the presentation slide decks from last night.

David_Stonehouse_Presentation_to_W4A_Nov_23.pdf

George_Zegarac_Presentation_to_W4A_Nov_23.pdf

Should Waterfront Toronto revitalize Ontario Place?

The provincial government has chosen three private "partners" to revitalize Ontario Place, but it did so without public consultation and seemingly without a plan for Ontario Place as a whole, and without reference to the revitalization of the rest of the Toronto waterfront. Inspired by Ken Greenberg's talk at our recent Speaker Series event 'What's Happening at Ontario Place?', our letter to the Premier of Ontario suggests that three-government agency Waterfront Toronto should run Ontario Place revitalization.

Nightclub Court Victory

WFA Chair Ed Hore recently won a pro bono court victory against Cabana Pool Bar, the outdoor nightclub at the east end of Toronto Harbour. He was acting for York Quay Neighbourhood Association (YQNA), a member organisation of Waterfront for All. Huge weekend DJ music events disturbed the Toronto Islanders and others. YQNA teamed up with the Toronto Islanders and the City of Toronto to fight an application by the nightclub owners for a liquor licence allowing more people, longer hours and fewer restrictions on loud amplified music than were permitted under the existing liquor licence. 

On June 14, 2021, in lengthy reasons, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed an appeal by Powerhouse Corporation (a corporation related to the nightclub). The effect is that Cabana is not entitled to hold loud outdoor events extending into the morning hours, as it had hoped. 

Update, November 16, 2021: The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed Powerhouse's application for leave to appeal, so the litigation concluded.

New Toronto Paddle Centre?

 

There may soon be new storage and launch facility for paddlers in the Outer Harbour, east of Cherry Beach. Waterfront for All Chair Ed Hore filed an application with the City's Strategic Partnerships department on June 1, 2021, for a facility to be named the Toronto Paddle Centre.

The City has acknowledged our waterfront needs more space for non-motorized water craft. City Council endorsed city staffs' efforts to boost canoe and kayak storage opportunities in an unanimous show of hands on June 8, 2021. We hope the City will see the Toronto Paddle Centre application as a viable way to meet that need. 

The proposed site would have parking, and allow lots of people to keep a canoe or kayak near the water.

  

Speaker Series: Walter Kehm on Thommy Thompson Park

Walter is celebrated for his work in creating Tommy Thompson Park; on May 11, he talked about his new book "Accidental Wilderness" on how the Park was created.  He also presented his designs for Ontario Place and Humber Bay. Have a look at these incredible images of what Toronto's waterfront could be! The first half of Walter's slide deck is here, and the second half is here.