West Queen West (WQW) has joined the City of Toronto’s Bee City initiative. WQW, working along with Green Gardeners, have made sure that all 77 WQW planters have been planted with plants that will attract the over 300 species of Bees and hundreds of other pollinators. The 2 kilometre stretch on Queen Street West from Bathurst to Gladstone has become a pollinator paradise.
“Its super important for the general public to understand the importance of pollinators and bees in our city and this gives WQW a lovely opportunity to educate folks about the importance of bees with respect to food sustainability and food supply” Justin Di Ciano, Councillor Ward 5, City of Toronto
Did you know that the City of Toronto is making pedestrian-focused design a key part of new developments in the city?
This approach is very different from the 1950s when suburban areas like Etobicoke were developed with the automobile in mind. Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, believes that cities should be designed for people and not for cars. For years Keesmaat has been a proponent of getting kids to walk to school. And she cycles all over the city to get her job done collaborating with city departments, councillors and educating the public. In her efforts to design what she calls, “complete communities”, pedestrians take precedence.
By championing a BIA web HUB for Janes walk, the Village of Islington promotes walkability in the city. So far five BIAs including Riverside, Dundas West, Little Portugal, Toronto Financial District and the Village of Islington
BIAs participating in this city-wide event from May 6th to the 8th, 2016 believes in the core values of Janes walk “citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building”.
Village of Islington sponsor Jane’s walk
12 years after opening a suicide barrier spanning
Toronto’s Don Valley
is illuminated with a rainbow of colour
For walkers, cyclists and drivers on Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct at dusk, the only colour comes from the pink-streaked western sky. Then, 25 minutes after sundown, a score of lights appears at the top of the viaduct’s suicide barrier, bathing the steel strings that rise from the bridge, the stony balustrade and the sidewalk in mauves, blues, oranges, pinks and reds. Gradually the whole bridge is illuminated, but fitfully and unpredictably: the colours change, splashing over the strings, retreating, returning to ripple in another place. It’s as if a celestial harpist is meditatively playing a huge instrument, thinking as he goes about the location and the nature of the next subtle effect.