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Ontario Place for All Statement

Toronto, Jan 18, 2019 – Ontario Place For All [https://www.ontarioplaceforall.com/] is calling on the Ontario government to put its redevelopment plans for the lakefront park on hold.

The Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports announced today the government is interested in turning Ontario Place into an “attraction that could include exciting sport and entertainment landmarks, public spaces or shopping.” Michael Tibollo said the areas open for redevelopment include “the Ontario Place Islands, mainland, pods and the Cinesphere.”

AGM

Our AGM was very well attended, with update presentations from Waterfront Toronto on Quayside and their five year vision. See their presentations below. Waterfront for All also elected our slate of officers, elected from the groups along the waterfront that endorse our mission. See below for Waterfront Toronto's slides.

Waterfront for All – Statement in response to the Auditor General’s report on Waterfront Toronto

December 5, 2018 – For Immediate Release

In light of today’s 2018 annual report of the Auditor General of Ontario, Waterfront for
All has had the opportunity to reflect on the value for money delivered by Waterfront
Toronto.

Bathurst Quay Update

The waterfront secretariat recently held an update meeting on the Bathurst Quay revitalization, scroll down for the schedule and a copy of the presentation! Bathurst Quay

Construction schedule overview
1: Consolidation of traffic operations in ferry queue. Late November 2018 for 2 weeks.
2: Western Channel Dockwall Rehabilitation. March 2019 –Fall 2019.
3: Reduced taxi corral and shared parking lot. Spring 2019.
4: Ireland Park Foundation. Renovations beginning Spring 2019.
5: EireannQuay streetscape improvements. Summer 2019 –Fall 2019.
6: New plaza and open space. Phased construction in 2019 and 2020. Opening expected in 2020 (contingent on timing of environmental approvals).

WfA submission on Ports Modernization

Read our submission to Transport Canada on the topic of Ports Modernization here: 

 

Humber Bay for All

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On November 25 the West End Beaches Stakeholders Association (WEBSA) presented their Concept Plan for refurbishment of the breakwater and environment of Humber Bay, from Ontario Place to the Humber River. The presentation was given at the Argonaut Rowing Club. WEBSA, an independent, non-profit coalition, includes the Argonaut Rowing Club, The Boulevard Club, Sunnyside Paddling Club, and Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club, and aims at community engagement as a means to achieving positive changes to the waterfront of Toronto's western beaches.

Bathurst Quay Revitalization Update: November 27th, 2017

On November 25th, the City of Toronto updated the community on the Bathurst Quay Precinct plan, downloadable here. The interest in the plans was evident. Please send your thoughts to Bryan Bowen, Project Manager at the Waterfront Secretariat at bryan.bowen@toronto.ca or 4163384842.

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WfA Letter on Portlands Planning

November 13, 2017
Mayor John Tory and Members of City Council
RE: PG 24.6 Port Lands Planning Framework 
Dear Mayor Tory and members of Council,
 
“Waterfront for All” represents a broad coalition of stakeholders across Toronto’s 46 km waterfront who support a shared long term vision for the transformation of the Port Lands. We believe that the Port Lands Framework Plan does not capture the vision, principles and policies contained in the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan that was unanimously adopted by city council in 2003. The “Regeneration” Official Plan Designation in that plan fully embraced the future potential of the Port Lands to successfully accommodate a diverse range of employment, mixed-use, institutional, community and industrial uses. The real challenge is one of managing the transformation of the Port Lands over an extended period of time while remaining true to that long term vision to realize the full potential of these valuable lands. 
 
After studying the city planning report in detail, we support the adoption of the Mixed Use Residential designation for Villiers Island but recommend that the draft Official Plan Amendment for the remaining lands be deferred as it does not represent the best way of achieving that goal. 
 
Our recommendation is based on the following key points. 
 

 

We’re Optimistic about Quayside

Sidewalk_Labs_Rendering_Sustainability.pngSome media pundits are already expressing suspicions and doubts about plans for Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside joint venture on the Toronto waterfront. At Waterfront for All, we have a more optimistic view.

Quayside Project Poised to Show the Future of Urban Living – Right on Toronto’s Waterfront

Waterfront for All, an umbrella organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront, welcomes the announced Quayside development partnership.