Toronto school board to explore redevelopment of site
If it proceeds, could mean building new Davisville school
(Written for Town Crier Jan. 27)
Trustee Shelley Laskin. Image courtesy of TDSB.
School officials aren’t ruling out the possibility of building a brand new school for Davisville PS as discussions of land redevelopment start up this spring.
The Toronto District School Board is exploring the possibility of a redevelopment with a community committee that will meet this March through fall.
Last June, the school board approved recommendations for the area that focused on enhancing a family of local schools rather than closing them.
While some feared Davisville school would be closed, instead the school board will spend $240,000 to renovate the facility.
Apart from the review, area officials are also looking at possibly building on the site where Davisville PS nows sits on Millwood Road.
No matter where the talks go, the agreement to keep a Davisville school on site is firm. Continue reading
Former mayoral candidate could seek a nomination
May run for PC or Liberal party in 2011 Ont election
(Written for Town Crier Jan 25)
Sarah Thomson at the Town Crier offices last year. Town Crier file photo.
Less than six months after she bowed out of Toronto’s mayoral race, rumour has it Sarah Thomson will be taking yet another stab at politics.
There’s been speculation the Rosedale resident will run in a Toronto riding for the Oct. 6 provincial election.
One political insider told the Town Crier Thomson has been in discussions with both the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties, but any firm decisions have yet to be made.
While Thomson has not ruled anything out, she is mum on a possible jump into provincial politics this election year.
And, in January, she firmly denied reports that she’ll be running for MPP in Parkdale-High Park.
“That was a candidate who had put that out as a rumour,” Thomson said Jan. 24.
“I haven’t talked to anyone about Parkdale-High Park.”
Commission to keep status quo on seven routes
But TTC will proceed with bus service cuts on 41 routes
(Written for Town Crier Feb 1)
Seven buses have now been removed from TTC's service cut list. Town Crier file photo.
After hearing from the public and crunching the numbers the TTC has decided to change its recommendation regarding service cuts to 48 bus routes.
Under the new proposal seven of the 48 routes will be unaltered, while it still plans to proceed with reduced hours on 41 bus routes.
The proposal will go to the TTC for a vote tomorrow. Continue reading
For 20 years politicians have tried to establish local BIA
Councillor Milczyn wants to see local businesses area thrive
(Published Jan. 25 in Town Crier)
Are Queensway businesses ready for a BIA after decades of false starts? Photo by Joshua Freeman/Town Crier.
Queensway businesses are facing the decision of whether to BIA or not to BIA.
There have been attempts to form a business improvement area for the past 20 years, says Etobicoke-Lakeshore councillor Peter Milczyn.
“You can actually go down to the Queensway and see a few shops having decals in their windows ‘member of The Queensway Businessman’s Association,’” he said referring to a previous informal group. “There were all these attempts over the years to get it off the ground.”
For years, his predecessor, former councillor Blake Kinahan tried, and since 2000 when Milczyn got elected he’s attempted to drum up enough interest.