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47 e-mails in May

May 31, 2009, 2 e-mail

May 30, 2009

R. M. wrote:

Hello, can you e-mail me the dates and times of the upcoming Metrolinx open houses. I couldn't download the attachments.

C. wrote:

sorry R. they did not include the dates in their attachment. I would check the local newspapers for their upcoming dates as this seems to be their method of communication thus far.


May 29, 2009, 4 e-mails

K. M. wrote:

I appreciate the support that we have been given as citizens by the politicians. My impression is that the politicians West of the tracks have been very helpful while East of the tracks ( where I live and am a constituent) their support - including Adam Giambrone and Tony Ruprecht - has been ambivalent and wavering.

So this is a slight modification to the persons listed below as supportive


May 28, 2009, 7 e-mail

R. wrote:

I don't understand how this is a victory since these "improvements" were dismissed by the West Diamond Group/Hook Ave in past meetings with GO. Now they propose the same thing and it's a 'victory'. I understand that there is a date now - June 8, but if it was seen by the community as not a solution, why is it a victory now? It's not enough. Unless there is an strategy on how to deal with it, it seems more like stalling on the part of GO. I heard Cheri on CBC this morning and I appreciate her saying we have reason to be skeptical, but that means we have to wait until June 8 to say it's not enough and then listen to GO grandstand again.

Anyway, the interviewer on the CBC was good at describing how bad the pile drivers are. I hope there is a strategy on how to deal with the piledriving after June 8 because we all know and have already said it's not enough.


May 27, 2009, 4 e-mail

M. M. wrote:

Some good news neighbours.... GO has agreed to study electrification for all of its rail corridors, including ours. A huge step in the right direction though no news yet on whether the Union Pearson link operated by SNC-Lavalin will also consider electrifying.

The Globe and mail: Metrolinx to study all-electric GO trains May 27, 2009.

Great work Clean Train Coalition and all of those who sent in letters! Keep it up.


May 25, 2009, 2 e-mail

May 23, 2009, 1 e-mail

R. K. wrote:

A point I'd like to emphasize that Jan made, keep a log and not in digital form, it should be hand written in a book that can't have pages added to it (it is not something that you wrote after the fact). Get everyone that is affected to write in the book and date each entry. Those with dexterous pets can get them to add their comments too! It won't be enough to say you suffered months of punishing noise but if you hold up a book with day after day of notes detailing your suffering, that will have impact and will be highly regarded as evidence.


May 22, 2009, 3 e-mails

M. D. wrote:

Hello, can a request be made to the City of Toronto to have Street washing trucks employed daily to clean the streets surrounding the GO construction site, in an attempt to keep the dust/dirt down from the site? Since the beginning of the construction process the streets in our neighbourhood, our verandas and our cars have been covered in sooty grime, regular washing of the streets will help to minimize these issues.

Your help in making this happen would be greatly appreciated. Read More >>

May 21, 2009, 1 e-mail

From: Elizabeth Littlejohn

Here is the link for my blog for your CELOS site regarding working on the clean train campaign- I would be pleased if you would post it on the CELOs site.



May 19, 2009, 1 e-mail

SRA wrote:

The volunteers representing the community affected by the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project met with GO last week.

They were informed that vibratory hammers would not be replacing the diesel explosion pile drivers, as originally suggested in GO's May 6 update. As well, there has been a decision not to replace diesel explosion pile drivers with augers for the centre line of piles to be driven beginning in September.

There is no schedule for other noise-reducing measures that may or may not be implemented.

As a result of this, we have asked the Canadian Transportation Agency to initiate mediation right away and to issue an injunction to stop construction until the matter is resolved. We have also asked the CTA to help the community by providing an independent expert to advise us.

Please continue to reach out to your elected representatives if you are concerned about the noise and vibration impact on your home, business, family and community.


May 15, 2009, 1 e-mail

City Councillor Joe Pantalone's Letter: Urgent Update on Strachan SuperBridge

Dear Ward 19 resident;

If you live south of Dundas Street West, you have received emails from me about the at-grade crossing at Strachan Avenue, the City of Toronto*s urban-friendly design for the separation of the rails, and MetroLinx and the Province of Ontario*s plan to add a bridge. After a backgrounder on the issue, there is a brief update.


As you may know, MetroLinx is a new provincial body with a mandate to improve and increase rail transportation including the Georgetown and Pearson Airport lines. Everyone agrees that a change at the level crossing at Strachan Avenue is needed as the sheer volume of trains will make the current crossing both unsafe and impractical. In September 2007, I requested that the City of Toronto*s Transportation, Urban Design, and Planning sections work together to come up with an urban friendly design for a new grade separation at Strachan Avenue.

Through 2008, the City, in consultation with the community, developed a plan that would lower the rail tracks and keep Strachan basically at grade, thus leaving the east-west streets open. (See the City of Toronto

Staff Report: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-16917.pdf)


There was a community consultation process and the City*s design earned broad community support. Over the past four months, City staff have worked with MetroLinx staff on the design.

A new Environmental Assessment began on April 2, 2009 (now a-6-month long process). Under this Assessment process, at their first Open House on April 9, 2009, MetroLinx suddenly dropped the City's option and instead proposed a design that would add a super-bridge over the rail corridor.

The bridge would start just south of King Street West and end north of the existing bridge on Strachan Avenue. The Strachan Avenue Super Bridge will be 8 metres high and the rail corridor will be lowered by 2.5 metres. Wellington Street and Duoro Street would tunnel under Strachan Avenue and vehicles will no longer be able to turn onto Strachan Avenue.

On the other side, due to the slope of the bridge, East Liberty Street and Ordnance Street will be raised by 2.5 metres to meet the bridge.

See the attached two images developed by the City of Toronto that demonstrate the differences between the City's and MetroLinx's proposals where Strachan Avenue meets Wellington Street and Duoro Street. Not only is the bridge an eyesore, but the design is unfriendly to cyclists, pedestrians, our urban landscape, Historic Fort York and our Waterfront gateway.


Just today, I learned that the Province of Ontario does not care about what happens on Strachan Avenue. I have been hoping that reason would prevail given the only sensible solution is the City*s design and given that MetroLinx*s plan is so obviously a bad plan. However, MetroLinx and the McGuinty government do not seem to be ready to do the right thing.

I have been shocked by the Province of Ontario and MetroLinx*s disregard for Toronto but I am proud of the tenacity with which our local businesses, residents and community groups have rallied to protect our west downtown community.

If you agree with me that City of Toronto proposal is the ONLY proposal that works for our community, please send or re-send emails to:

jbradley.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, rob.macisaac@metrolinx.com, dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

cc: mayor_miller@toronto.ca, councillor_pantalone@toronto.ca, chowo@parl.gc.ca, rmarchese-co@ndp.on.ca

Thank you,
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone


May 14, 2009, 3 e-mail

May 13, 2009, 1 e-mail

May 9, 2009, 3 e-mails

May 8,2009, 1 e-mail.

From: Clean Train Coalition

Thank you for signing up to support the Clean Train Coalition! We know that you are as concerned as we are about the proposed plan. Working together we will make a difference and prove that Clean Transit is Possible!

The Clean Letter Campaign!

Clean Letter Day was a smashing success! While we can't track precise numbers, our best estimates put the total at about 3,000 - 5,000 letters sent with 1,000 letters landing this week on McGuinty's desk. This is incredible! Thanks so much to our Outreach Team and to each of you who took the time to send in your letters - and to convince others to do the same. Read More >>

May 7, 2009, 4 e-mail

M. D. wrote:

Please confirm it is that should be contacted with regards to reportage of and compensation for the damages that have occurred to my home as a result of the GO construction underway across from my residence at 31 Hook Avenue? Read More >>

May 6, 2009, 2 e-mails

From: Belinda Cole

Nicholas finished stuffing and glueing shut the remaining letters last night, and helped Percy and Davey with the final count today.

here are the numbers:

Premier Dalton McGuinty - 144

James Bradley, Minister of Transportation - 110

David Caplan, Minister of Long Term Care - 33

Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance - 131

Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour - 129

John Gerretsen, Minister of Environment - 33

Rosario Marchese, MPP Trinity Spadina - 91

Deborah Matthews, Minister Children and Youth

Tony Ruprecht - MPP - Davenport - 109

George Smitherman - Minister of Energy & Infrastructure

Jim Watson - Minister Municipal Affairs - 33

Kathleen Wynne - Minister of Education - 129

Cheri diNovo - 1

Total = 1109

Yahoooooooo!!! Off we go to the adventure of the Legislative mailroom and delivery "system" Read More >>

May 5, 2009, 2 e-mails

From : Elizabeth Littlejohn
To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am a Toronto resident who is very concerned about the expansion of the Georgetown corridor (including the Union-Pearson Rail Link) and Newmarket corridors using diesel trains.

This rail expansion should use electric trains to ensure that significant environmental concerns are resolved, and the expansion of this service does not merely shift the cause of pollution from highways to rail corridors.

These rail corridors run beside schools, nursing homes, playgrounds and through residential neighbourhoods. The rights of the citizens who use these services, and live in these areas, should be considered as a major part of the Environmental Assessment process. Read More >>

May 2, 2009, 1 e-mail

SRA wrote:

This is an update on negotiations with GO Transit on behalf of the community affected by noise and vibration from the West Toronto Diamond grade separation project.

A small group met with GO last Tuesday. GO reported that they are investigating the following:

- the use of vibratory hammers (*see explanation below) for the first 80 per cent of every pile, using diesel hammer pile drivers only for the final 20 per cent of the necessary depth. This should result in a significant noise reduction. - shrouds and noise barriers, sand bags to reduce noise - Use of augers rather than pile drivers for the third (inner) line of piles. (The project includes three lines or rows of piles to be driven in parallel.) This would significantly reduce the duration of piledriving noise and vibration. Read More >>

May 1st, 2009, 4 e-mails

F. D. wrote:

For those of you who are canvassing your streets, here is the flyer(Black&White, colored ) in Portuguese. Please share with your neighbours! I believe this was done courtesy of E. M. (Thanks E.!)


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