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Monday October the 14th, 2019 
Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.

Waterfront Toronto - December 2018 Newsletter

news from our new blue edge


December 2018


Project Update: Quayside (also called Sidewalk Toronto)

Roundtable attendees at the Sidewalk Toronto roundtable on December 8.

On December 8, hundreds of Toronto residents participated in the fourth public roundtable to learn about and discuss the latest thinking in the Quayside plan. Waterfront Toronto shared how it will evaluate the plan in 2019 and the objectives against which it will be assessed. Participants also heard from Sidewalk Labs and had the opportunity to provide feedback in breakout sessions that looked at the Draft Site Plan & Transportation; Affordable Housing & Social Infrastructure; Digital Governance; and Sustainability. Read this summary to learn more about the meeting.

If you were unable to attend the roundtable, there is still time to share your feedback with us. All of the roundtable presentations and supporting materials are available on the website. Watch the presentations, fill out the Roundtable Workbook with your feedback, and email it to or by December 21. We look forward to receiving your thoughts!

The questions, comments, and ideas that were shared with us will be outlined in a Summary Report, which will be posted in early 2019.




Skate with us on the Waterfront

Lace your skates and join Waterfront Toronto at The Bentway on January 9, 18, and 26!

Waterfront Toronto will be at The Bentway’s figure-eight skate trail in January. We’ll be at The Bentway to hear your views about using the waterfront in the winter.

Waterfront Toronto is pleased to sponsor free skate rentals. 

Drop by our booth on the following dates:

  • Free skate rental: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
  • Free skate rental: Friday, January 18, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: This is a PA Day for Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board students)
  • Saturday, January 26, 2018: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit the event page for more details.




Port Lands Flood Protection Construction Update

Excavation of existing, unused underground infrastructure near Cherry and Commissioners Streets.

Construction crews continue demolition near the intersection of Commissioners and Cherry Streets, removing unused underground piping, parking lot surfaces and concrete stockpile. Topsoil is being removed and stockpiled, and swales (ditches) are being excavated to help manage surface water at the construction site. Environmental and geotechnical drilling continues at multiple locations in the Port Lands. These environmental surveys help us assess the condition of soil and groundwater, which informs our design and construction approach. Excavation on the new river is scheduled to begin in early January.
Crews are also making steady progress at the Cherry Street Lakefilling construction site, where some 20,000 truckloads of locally-sourced clean fill is being placed around Essroc Quay to form the northwest corner of the future Villiers Island. While the new shoreline takes shape, dock wall construction in the Keating Channel is now complete.

To sign up to receive construction notices for this project, email
Or to learn more about how we’ll transform the Port Lands by 2024 visit the project website.  




In Brief

Winter Guide to Healthy Street Trees
In the October/November 2018 newsletter, we reported that 154 trees were replanted along Queens Quay West between Bay Street and Yo Yo Ma Lane. A fundamental part of our revitalization plans for the waterfront is to promote healthy trees and help the City double its tree canopy over the next 50 years. To achieve this revitalization plan, we need support from the waterfront community to promote better winter maintenance practices. Which is why we partnered with the Waterfront BIA to promote winter maintenance strategies that will help give the new trees a chance to thrive. To learn more about why the trees were replanted and how to implement winter maintenance practices that will help give the trees a chance to thrive, read our recent blog post and the Winter Guide to Healthy Street Trees brochure.

Creating Aquatic Habitats in the Port Lands
We’re bringing the Port Lands closer to its natural state as a home for wildlife and aquatic species. The habitats we’re creating along the new shoreline at Essroc Quay as part of Cherry Street Lakefilling will maintain existing fish communities in the Inner Harbour, attract new, diverse fish species and provide more access for everyone to the water’s edge. Read more about creating a healthy natural ecosystem in the Port Lands here.







Ice Breakers Return to the Waterfront


January 19 to February 24

Ice Breakers, a collaboration between Winter Stations, the Waterfront BIA, and PortsToronto will run from January 19 to February 24.  This year, the winter-themed public art exhibition will feature five outdoor installations located along Queens Quay West. Each of the engaging designs will respond to this year’s exhibition theme “Signal Transmission”, an exploration “about how humans and other species speak – to each other and to our self, internally,” says Justin Ridgeway, co-founder of Ice Breakers.  

The installations are designed to animate the waterfront and invite everyone out to take a winter walk along the waterfront. For more information on the installations and locations, visit the Ice Breakers website.





Artist rendering of the ‘Stellar Spectra’ by Rob Shostak and Dionisios Vriniotis, an installation that will be exhibited at Ice Breakers.  

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