Daily Archives: June 12, 2010

Eglinton and Duplex high rise development

Proposal would mean building replaced with 53-storey tower
City doesn’t expect current application to go far
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier June 3.)

Plan to build a 53-storey tower isn't getting much traction at all. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

An application to build a highrise tower at the corner of Eglinton and Duplex will need some drastic changes if it’s going to get any support from the city or community, says local rep Karen Stintz.
Premium Properties wants to replace a seven-storey commercial and retail building at the northeast portion of the corner with a 53-storey, 458-unit residential tower.
Stintz called the project in its current status “ridiculous”.
“We had a community meeting on this. Myself, the planner and community told the developer that it’s so big, so out of keeping (with neighbourhood),” she said. “They need to make drastic changes.” Continue reading

Toronto’s first public pay toilet

City launches first pay for use toilet
Is it worth 25 cent per visit?
Kris Scheuer
(Column written for Town Crier June 3.)

Toronto's first pay-for-use facility open for business. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

When you really have to go, some of us would beg, borrow or steal to find a clean, available washroom. But would you be willing to pay a quarter for the privilege?
I wanted to find out for myself if the city’s first automated, self-cleaning, pay-for-use toilet was worth the price of admission.
On a rainy Tuesday afternoon in early June, I headed down to the new $400,000 facility at northwest corner of Rees Street and Queens Quay Boulevard. You can’t miss it. It’s the size of a backyard shed.
Maybe it was knowing I was doing this story on washrooms, but by the time I reached my destination I actually had to use the facility. There was no lineup and a green “vacant” light indicated no one was inside.

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St. Paul’s trustee debate

Outgoing trustee Matlow hosts all-candidates’ debate
Trustee candidates square off in heated race
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier June 4.)

St. Paul's trustee candidates Shelley Laskin, Mike Wiener, Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, Mark Tishman at debate. Photo by Kris Scheuer.

About 30 parents and educators peppered St. Paul’s school trustee candidates with questions at a June 3 debate hosted by outgoing trustee Josh Matlow.
Matlow’s running for a council seat and five trustee candidates have registered for the wide-open race. Candidates Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, Shelley Laskin, Mark Tishman and Mike Wiener debated issues raised by parents in the audience at Maurice Cody PS. A fifth registered candidate, Maya Worsoff, wasn’t there because Matlow wasn’t able to find contact information to invite her. Continue reading