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What will it take for Toronto to continue to sustain the condo boom?

Shauna Hunt | posted Monday, Apr 3rd, 2017

Look up. Way up. Toronto is booming.

You’ve probably noticed the cornucopia of condos that tower over city streets, especially in the downtown core. The transformation over the last five years is astonishing – 91,855 new condo units in 683 projects were built between the beginning of 2012 and the end of 2016.

There are no signs of slowing down.

“We are now looking at building out the last duration of the downtown,” said Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s chief city planner. “We already have more than 275,000 people living in the core and over the next 20 years we plan to double that population.”

According to data we collected from City Hall, another 272,000 units or 3,200 towers are in the pipeline, meaning they are either under review, being appealed or are actively under construction. In fact, every two years we are building a city the size of Kingston, Ontario.

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The downtown core is beginning to fill up. A simple drive along the Gardiner Expressway shows you the evidence of our rapidly growing skyline.

Click here to see a photo gallery. 

Inside the core, King West, Queen West, City Place and the entertainment district have all undergone the big build. Closer to the lake, Mimico, heading east through the Canary District, which was home to the Pan Am Athletes village, have also become their own self-contained condo communities.

What’s left of the core is now in the cross hairs of developers, with the eastern portion now being targeted.

From Bay to Parliament and Bloor down to Lakeshore, another 54 projects are in the works and could bring another 38,000 units – or 74 high-rises – to an area that’s just 4.5 square kilometers. And these towers are no joke. The tallest, which will be located at the bottom of Yonge Street, is expected to be a whopping 95 stories. The average building will be 43 stories high.

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University of Toronto Professor Matti Siemiatycki, who specializes in urban planning, calls this an exciting time in Toronto.

“This really is a moment of transformation when it comes to how the face of our city is changing, how the social fabric is changing, the liveliness on the streets,” Siemiatycki says, while stressing this rapid growth is also creating a lot of challenges.

“It’s putting pressure specifically on our transportation but also on our energy, waste and water systems, our hospitals, schools and parks. We need to invest to ensure we are keeping a high quality of life.”

Yonge and Eglinton, just north of the core, is another area that is undergoing a complete transformation. By the time the new Eglinton LRT is up and running, tens of thousands of people will have moved into the area. The master plan is make Toronto more walkable and transit friendly, so areas along future and existing transit lines will be developed next.

Bombardier execs to defer payment of part of their 2016 compensation

NICOLE THOMPSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Apr 3rd, 2017

Bombardier further retreated Sunday on a hefty pay increase to six senior executives, announcing they would defer receiving payment on a sizeable chunk until a later time.

A statement from company President and CEO Alain Bellemare late Sunday said he has asked the transportation giant’s board of directors to defer more than half of the US$32.6 million the executives received in compensation in 2016 until 2020.

“This compensation will only be payable if we achieve our performance objectives; delivering value to all our shareholders, including the people of Québec and Canada,” Bellemare said in a brief statement.

 

Public anger about the roughly 50 per cent increase in compensation from the US$21.9 million paid to the executives in 2015 has mounted steadily in the past few days in light of the fact Bombardier has received hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

Two Quebec cabinet ministers called for Bombardier to rethink the pay packages last week and roughly 200 people gathered outside the company’s Montreal headquarters on Sunday to voice their anger against Bombardier. The outcry was acknowledged by Bellemare in his statement.

“Over the past 75 years, our fellow citizens have always been by our side. It is because of this deep relationship that we are sensitive to the public reaction to our executive compensation practices,” Bellemare said.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said in a tweet Sunday that he spoke to Bellemare about Quebecers’ concerns about the pay package and that he was happy with Sunday’s decision.

Public anger appeared fuelled by the fact Bombardier received a US$1 billion investment from the Quebec government in 2016 in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake, and in February, the federal government pledged $372.5 million in repayable loans to the company — a far cry from the US$1 billion it had been asking Ottawa for since 2015.

The company has also laid off thousands of workers worldwide.

The reaction last week prompted Bombardier chairman Pierre Beaudoin, one of the other six executives who received a hefty pay hike to announce Friday that he would ask the board of directors to bring his 2016 compensation in line with what he received in 2015, a cut amounting to around US$1.4 million dollars.

The company also issued a defence of its compensation policy and called it “inappropriate” to compare the 2016 compensation to that of the previous year because some of the executives did not start at the beginning of 2015. Bellemare for example started in his job in February, 2015.

Bombardier’s damage control efforts over the weekend appeared to do little to calm the waters.

The crowd outside of the company’s headquarters Sunday chanted in French “shame to Bombardier!”

Jessica Lacombe, a teacher, carried a sign that read “I’m still waiting for my invitation to Bombardier’s shareholders’ meeting.”

She said the company’s actions are especially hard to take after years of government austerity that have included cutbacks to health and education.

“If it’s private money they can do what they want, but now it’s public money,” she said. “It’s our taxes, it’s our money.”

The opposition Parti Quebecois said it would introduce a motion in the Quebec legislature this week calling on all of Bombardier’s executives to renounce their 2016 compensation increase. PQ leader Jean-Francois Lisee tweeted late Sunday that Bombardier’s latest effort at damage control wasn’t good enough.

“The Parti Quebecois, like 93 per cent of Quebecers, refuse a “deferral” of scandalous raises. We demand a cancellation!” Lisee tweeted.

Time to play ball: Blue Jays kick off season in Baltimore

CityNews | posted Monday, Apr 3rd, 2017

The wait is finally over. The Toronto Blue Jays kick off their regular season against the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday.

Right-hander Marco Estrada will the get the start. The game gets underway at 3:05 p.m.

As excited as Jays fans are about the new season, the team appears determined to get down to business.

Slugger Josh Donaldson tweeted “Eyes on the prize, so the vision doesn’t get blurry.”

Russell Martin said the mood in the clubhouse is good.

“We know it’s a long road ahead. We’re just going to try to take it day by day. I know it’s a cliche. We’re in a good spot right now and hopefully we can just keep our mindset and keep moving forward the right way,” Martin said.

But the starting rotation will shoulder a heavy load to start the season after Roberto Osuna was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to back issues. The Blue Jays also released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. over the weekend.

The first home game of the season is April 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The first pitch flies at 7:07 p.m.

Dozens of luxury cars impounded after reported stunt driving on Hwy. 400

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Apr 3rd, 2017

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Ontario provincial police say reports from the public led them to charge at least a dozen people with stunt driving on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses say a group of luxury vehicles were driving “erratically” on Highway 400 and weaving in and out of traffic at extremely high speeds.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the charged drivers all had their vehicles impounded and licenses suspended for a week. Other drivers were let go with a warning.

Among the seized high-end vehicles were a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and an Aston Martin.

OPP caught up to the accused drivers by reducing Hwy. 400 to one lane near the Barrie ONroute service station, which brought traffic to a crawl. Officers then stopped the vehicles one by one.

Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish was on the scene. He watched as several vehicles were impounded, and broadcast the event live on Periscope.

 

Celebrate the arrival of April this weekend with all kinds of fun

SAMANTHA KNIGHT AND PATRICIA D'CUNHA | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

We made it to April, thank goodness. And now, we can just count down the days to patio weather.

As you celebrate the month’s arrival, below are some events to help you plan the weekend. Keep in mind that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be shut down for TTC work.

Events

Pillow Fight Toronto 2017
Grab your pillows and teddy bears for the city’s annual International Pillow Fight Day celebration.

Massive pillow fights will take place around the world on Saturday, and Toronto’s edition will be held at Nathan Phillips Square from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The rules: bring a soft, feather-free pillow; swing lightly; don’t swing at people without pillows or with cameras; and remove your glasses beforehand. Pajamas are welcome – pillows can be left in donation boxes after the fight.

Water Docs Film Festival
Take a trip into the deep blue this weekend at the Water Docs Film Festival.

2017 Water Docs Film Festival Teaser Trailer from Water Docs on Vimeo.

The environmental film fest celebrates all things water. Guests can enjoy features and shorts, take part in lively discussions with filmmakers and guest speakers, and learn about water issues.

The festival runs at three locations in the city: OISE at 252 Bloor St. W., Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema at 506 Bloor St. W., and the Centre for Social Innovation-Annex at 720 Bathurst St.

One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale
Discover the best in Canadian handmade goods at the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale.

The show is in its 39th year and runs through Sunday at Enercare Centre. One of a Kind features over 800 artisans, designers and craftspeople, selling handmade goods including food items, décor and dining, fashion, accessories, art, children’s clothing and toys.

Whimsical Wonderland 2017
Bring out your inner Alice this Saturday at Whimsical Wonderland 2017. Students of the Special Event Management program at George Brown College are running the family-friendly event.

Whimsical Wonderland features a magician, petting zoo, crafts and other entertaining activities. Guests can participate in a silent auction, supporting Kids Help Phone and the George Brown Foundation.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Brown College on King Street West.

Toronto Storytelling Festival
For 38 years, the festival revives the storytelling tradition that permeated communities since the dawn of time. That was when people actually spoke face-to-face with each other instead of hiding behind their smartphones.

Over 10 days, more than 80 storytellers will share their tales through words and song at more than 95 events. Click here for the schedule.

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Partial subway shutdown
If you are trying to get to Union Station this weekend, you will get off one stop before and just walk.

Subways won’t be running on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Andrew and King stations this weekend due to track work. Trains will be turning back at King and St. Andrew stations.

Shuttle buses won’t be used, but Wheel-Trans buses will be available upon request.

Physical activity can prevent depression in kids

Jill Buchner | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

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There are plenty of reasons to make sure your kids get tons of exercise: Among others, they’ll enjoy strong muscles and a healthy weight—and you’ll avoid bedtime antics. But now, there’s another incentive: New research published in the online journal Pediatrics shows that engaging in physical activity can prevent depression in kids.

The Canadian analysis of multiple studies involving almost 90,000 healthy kids from ages eight to 19 found that those who were physically active more often—especially those who did vigorous activities, like dancing or playing tag—reported experiencing fewer signs of depression.

Though we don’t often think of mental illness affecting kids, one to two percent of children under the age of 12 and five to eight percent of adolescents will struggle with depression. But getting moving can offer a mental health boost, preventing or delaying depressive symptoms, says one of the study’s authors, Daphne Korczak, a psychiatrist at SickKids hospital and the director of the Children’s Integrated Mood and Body Depression Program.

Even just delaying the onset of depression in kids who might eventually develop it could be important because those who develop the illness earlier in life typically experience more severe problems, says Korczak. “The childhood years are formative,” she says. “Academically, they set kids up for the future, and socially, [they impact] the ability to navigate interpersonal relationships. So if you have a disabling condition that affects you in those years, the outcome of that and the effects on the developing brain may potentially be more significant.”

Interestingly, though kids who were active felt fewer symptoms of depression, getting moving didn’t necessarily prevent kids from eventually being diagnosed with major depressive disorder, something Korczak says could indicate that some children—like those at risk for more severe, syndromal-level depression—might not respond as well to exercise. “Activity is not the only factor,” she notes.

Even if your kid seems like a little ray of sunshine right now, it’s a good idea to get them moving early on, because preventing depression in kids before it begins is key. Canadian guidelines suggest that kids ages five to 17 should be getting 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, but according to the Canadian Paediatric Society, just seven percent of Canadian youth are moving for an hour six or more days a week. And participation in sports is on the decline.

When it comes to getting kids moving, Korczak says the key is to doing activities your kids get excited about. “The most important thing is to find something that’s enjoyable so that the enjoyment becomes associated with the activity and it doesn’t become a chore.”

Wynne Liberals could lose official party status if election held today: poll

KEVIN MISENER AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

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The governing Ontario Liberals could be decimated if an election were held today, according to a new poll.

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said with just over a year to election day, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals face a tough task in reversing their polling numbers.

“The path to victory for the Liberals keeps narrowing each month. I’m not saying it’s impossible, it just becomes more and more difficult,” Bozinoff told 680 NEWS on Friday.

The Forum Research poll, which was published in the Toronto Sun, found not only would the Liberals suffer a crushing defeat in the election, they would also lose official party status.

The poll suggests voters would elect the Progressive Conservatives with a huge majority at 43 per cent support, while the NDP would be the Official Opposition at 28 per cent. The Liberals would be in third place at 19 per cent support.

The Tories would snag 86 seats with the NDP at 29 seats. The Liberals would only manage to snag seven seats. Right now, there are 107 seats at Queen’s Park, but that will rise to 122 seats in the 2018 election. Parties need eight seats to maintain official party status in Ontario.

Bozinoff said soaring hydro rates continue to hobble the Liberals, despite Wynne’s efforts to make bills more affordable.

“The announcement that they’re going to reduce the rates in June doesn’t seem to have helped them very much. It might be because people are waiting until June to see the actual reduction on their bills,” he said.

The governing Ontario Liberals could be decimated if an election were held today, according to a new poll.

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said with just over a year to election day, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals face a tough task in reversing their polling numbers.

“The path to victory for the Liberals keeps narrowing each month. I’m not saying it’s impossible, it just becomes more and more difficult,” Bozinoff told 680 NEWS on Friday.

The Forum Research poll, which was published in the Toronto Sun, found not only would the Liberals suffer a crushing defeat in the election, they would also lose official party status.

The poll suggests voters would elect the Progressive Conservatives with a huge majority at 43 per cent support, while the NDP would be the Official Opposition at 28 per cent. The Liberals would be in third place at 19 per cent support.

The Tories would snag 86 seats with the NDP at 29 seats. The Liberals would only manage to snag seven seats. Right now, there are 107 seats at Queen’s Park, but that will rise to 122 seats in the 2018 election. Parties need eight seats to maintain official party status in Ontario.

Bozinoff said soaring hydro rates continue to hobble the Liberals, despite Wynne’s efforts to make bills more affordable.

“The announcement that they’re going to reduce the rates in June doesn’t seem to have helped them very much. It might be because people are waiting until June to see the actual reduction on their bills,” he said.

Police probing fake GoodLife memberships bought on Kijiji

Tammie Sutherland | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

A day after CityNews reported on hundreds of people allegedly defrauded of GoodLife memberships, another apparent fraud involving the company has come to light.

Toronto resident Tiffany Ferrer said last month, she found an ad on Kijiji offering a discount on a membership at the gym — $400 for a full year.

Ferrer said she replied to the woman, who claimed to be a GoodLife employee. The woman told her she had to pay cash to get the pass, which was really a complimentary “friends and family” membership.

Ferrer said she validated the pass at the GoodLife on Bloor Street East, west of Church, and then e-transferred the money to the woman. Everything seemed fine for a couple weeks.

“Then all of a sudden it was cancelled,” Ferrer said.

“They said they didn’t know why at the GoodLife, but then I called customer service and they told me it was a fraudulent voucher.

“I’m just wondering why they weren’t able to detect this fraudulent gift card right away.”

As a result, the company cancelled the membership.

GoodLife said it has a record of 34 people who have purchased these memberships from Kijiji, but claims no former or current GoodLife associates are involved.

The company said the former employee whose name is on the counterfeit pass does not appear to be behind the alleged fraud.

Police suspect someone is using one of her old complimentary membership vouchers to create counterfeit passes.

GoodLife also said the issue is not linked to one in York Region, in which an employee has been accused of taking cash for annual memberships, but not passing on the money to the company. The company says it’s missing $125,000.

Toronto police confirm they are investigating at least three other reports of similar Kijiji purchases.

GoodLife is reminding customers that annual memberships can’t be bought online.

For more information on your rights when joining a gym, check the Ontario government website.

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