Present: Julie Beddoes, Keith Veira, Michael Brewer, Jane Robinson, Bhavin Lad, Lester Brown
1. Distillery application (Beddoes) Planner Henry Tang has said that the applicant has asked for OMB prehearings to be scheduled. GWNA has asked for participant status.
Public consultations toward designating the district the status of Heritage Conservation District and developing an official plan amendment (OPA) will be held later this spring.
2. Mill St. rebuild: (Jane Robinson) Engineering issues have arisen about turn radii at corners and the alignment of the crown of the road. Technical and public realm staff are working to resolve these and work is still to start in June 2016.
3. Acura Signage (Jane Robinson) The development committee does not support the dealership’s appeal for illuminated signage on its building at 380 Front St. Jane Robinson will draft message to the Sign Variance Committee at its meeting on 22 March; to be circulated and approved by the GWNA board.
4. Transit (Michael Brewer) 514 streetcar to begin operating in June. A pilot project to improve 504 service on King Street to be in place by end of the year. GWNA will ask for seat on SAC if there is to be one.
A study for the Waterfront Reset will begin this month; phase 1 of report will be released this summer. GWNA will ask for seat on SAC.
Relief line: Michael Brewer is GWNA rep on the SAC. Public consultations to take place in April and May. Position of station at Nathan Phillips Square is difficult because of underground conditions in central city; SAC recommends station at Eastern Avenue to service the Unilever site, even if it is not fully constructed until development requires.
5. Gardiner East public realm improvements (Beddoes, Robinson, Brewer) Public realm plans currently unfunded; budget for this project should not be asked to fund already planned improvements to the Cherry/ Lakeshore (Lower Don project) and Parliament/ Lakeshore (North of Keating precinct plan) intersections.
4. Villiers Island and Port Lands (Beddoes, Robinson) There are rumours of major revisions to the draft precinct plan for Villiers Island. Julie Beddoes will ask for a meeting to inform SAC members.
5. Island airport GWNA will ask to be informed of any public consultation
6. Thornton and Lucy Blackburn Conference Centre -- Julie Beddoes attended initial meeting with West Don Lands Committee and Ontario Black History Society. Keith Veira will be GWNA representative in any further discussions over programming etc.
7. Glen Murray’s community meetings Toban Mills will attend Glen Murray’s community meetings and advise if and when committee action is appropriate.
8. Unilever development, AKA East Harbour: George Hume will be GWNA rep on SAC.
9. Report to AGM Current chair will draft and circulate.
Like the rest of us I am sure you truly enjoyed your opportunity to meet with your neighbours at our events over the years. Maybe you even visited or bought something - or sold something – at the Gooderham and Worts Neighbourhood Association’s Garage Sale. These events enhance the enjoyment of our neighbourhood and help build a strong sense of community. The Gooderham and Worts Neighbourhood Association has proudly sponsored many events and many garage sales.
Consulting with Neighbours
The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association also co-chair’s the Round Table. This group consists of The Distillery, the various condo boards and the City Councillor’s Office. This provides us with a forum to develop protocols for events, to discuss traffic, and to plan joint action on items such as transit in the area.
Supporting the Community
Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association is also part of various Liaison, stakeholder and development organizations. Just to name a few, we presently have representation at, The Cherry Street Construction Liaison Committee (overseeing issues around the redevelopment of Cherry Street), West Don Lands Committee, 51 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), The First Parliament Site Working Group and The St. Lawrence Community Centre. We also, among other things, sponsor a soccer team.
Once a month our Board meets. Our meetings are open to the public, giving the membership an opportunity to not only be informed about the business of the Association but to hear some great speakers on those issues that are important to our neighbourhood i.e. policing, planning, the Para Pan Am Games, developments, etc.
Involvement with the City
The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association is a familiar figure at many City council discussions and has deputed on a wide variety of issues. We have promoted productive relationships with many Councillors, especially our own Ward 28 Councillor, Pam McConnell. This ensures that we are well served by our City Government and staff.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR BOARD!
If you would like to join our Board and help promote all the above initiatives please write to:
NOMINATIONS@GWNA.CA We also accept nominations from the floor. I am sure you will find it an entirely great, satisfying and productive experience.
LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
Please review the latest GWNA constitution here
The bathtubs that were installed as standard in many suites are poorly designed in a number of subtle ways.
The bottom of the tub in my suite has a hollow are where a little bit of water remains after the all the rest has drained away. Over time, the evaporation of this pool results in a stubborn stain on the bottom of the tub.
Wiping it up or into the drain after each use is a pain, but necessary to avoid that build up of scale if you take pride in your tub.
The same problem occurs along the back of the tub lip against the wall. The tub has a curl slightly downwards as it approaches the tiled wall. At least mine does. Wiping the water up after each use again saves a lot of scrubbing later.
Another problem, potentially more serious, is that the front corner at each end of the tub is shaped so that the water lying against the wall is not prevented from slipping over the side of the tub and down the face of the tub against the wall. Over time, this periodic wetting of the baseboard can wreak havoc. A wood or fibreboard baseboard may swell and separate from the wall, allowing a crack which is a haven for mold. Even a tile baseboard needs to be properly caulked to prevent water from collecting behind it.
The water, over time, can cause the metal wall studs and plate to rust, mold to appear on the drywall in the wall cavity, and in severe cases to destroy the baseboard on the other side of the wall.
The remedy is relatively simple, if not elegant. Apply a bead of caulking on the rim of the tub from the corner of the tile diagonally to the where the rim turns down inside the tub. This will trap the water from going over the outside of tub and if there is a lot of water, as in a prolonged shower, will direct the extra back into the tub. You can also buy water dams at the hardware store which you caulk into place at the outer corners of your tub.
Also, check that there is no gap between your baseboard and the wall at the tub. As a precaution, run a bead of caulking along the top of the baseboard and along the top and bottom of the quarter round at the floor, if there is one. The bathroom is a humid place; keeping moisture out of enclosed spaces will eliminate the water damage and discourage the formation of mold.