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Etobicoke Creek thousands of years ago gave rise to what is now an underwater valley

At a presentation I attended in Mississauga of an underwater valley — now located south of teh current shoreline of Lake Ontario — associated with an earlier stage in the history of Etobicoke Creek.

We know from geological evidence that, during its Glacial Lake Iroquois stage, the water level of Lake Ontario was higher than it is now.

There’s a road in Oakville, north of the Queen Elizabeth Way at Trafalgar Road, that is conveniently named Iroquois Shore Road. The road indicates where the Glacial Lake Iroquois shoreline used to be located. Evidence of the shoreline is visible across Mississauga and Toronto as well.

For example, the old shoreline is indicated by a hill that one encounters when travelling north along Avenue Road or Yonge Street when approaching St. Clair Avenue West. Similarly a hill, with a less abrupt slope is encountered, as I recall, in Mississauga when travelling north along Hurontario Street north of Dundas Street West.

An excellent account of the rise and fall of this lake is provided by John Chapman and Donald Putnam in their classic and authoritative text, Physiography of Southern Ontario, 3rd Edition (1984).

Thereafter, the water level went much lower than it is now, during what is called the Lake Admiralty phase of Lake Ontario.

During the time Lake Ontario was at a lower level, Etobicoke Creek formed a valley which is now underwater.

I look forward to learning details about this valley

In an earlier version of this blog, I wrote:

“The map below, which I’ve created to show the configuration of Etobicoke Creek in the years before and after it was channelized, provides useful information concerning the direction in which the creek would likely have flowed during the thousands of years when the water level of the lake was lower than its current level.”

The text above is based on an incorrect assumption on my part.

That is, it’s not likely that the creek has flowed in a westerly direction for thousands of years. In fact, as I understand, the flow might have been in all manner of directions over such a period of time.

We owe thanks to Robert Lansdale for sharing the fact — based on his knowledge as an engineer with direct experience with the physical features of Lake Ontario — that one cannot make the assumption that I have made in the above-noted earlier version of my text.

Robert Lansdale notes that Etobicoke Creek and the surrounding lands have changed drastically over thousands — and even hundreds — of years.

“The spit where Lake Promenade and the cottages were located,” he comments, “was mostly created via sand being dumped in this area from the Lake Ontario beach currents, such as from the Sunnyside areas and easterly. That’s what most likely caused the creek to have become diverted. ”

 

Configuration of Etobicoke Creek prior to its channelization

 

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Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines public meeting is on Sept. 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm, at the Ken Cox Community Centre

Etobicoke Guardian article regarding SvN Architects + Planners

SvN Architects + Planners is involved with development of the ongoing Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines pilot project.

A Sept. 19, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Firm wins Toronto design award for Six Points’ junction transformation: Pedestrians, cyclists included in expanded public realm design.”

SvN staff; the image is from the Sept. 13, 2017 news update referred to at the post you are now reading.

SvN staff; the image is from the Sept. 13, 2017 SvN online news update referred to at the post you are now reading; click on the image to enlarge it

A Sept. 13, 2017 news update at the SvN website reads: “SvN’s Six Points Interchange wins 2017 Toronto Urban Design Award.”

Click here for previous posts about the Six Points project >

Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines project

A previous post is entitled:

August 2017 DRAFT of Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines available online

Another previous post is entitled:

Advisory Group for Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines had a productive meeting on Feb. 7, 2017

As well, as noted at a recent post, the following text is from a notice distributed in Long Branch by the Councillor Mark Grimes’ Office:

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Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines

Dear Neighbour,

The City is hosting a community consultation meeting to hear from you. Details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 6;30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Place: Ken Cox Community Centre – Cafeteria (A) 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

City Staff and the consultant SvN have worked to develop the DRAFT [August 2017] Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines based on the wide range of comments we have received at the previous community consultation and community advisory group meetings.

The purpose of this community consultation meeting is to present the DRAFT Guidelines to the community in order to receive further feedback on suggested revisions.

You can view the DRAFT Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines at this link:

http://svn-ap.com/wp-content/uploads/2017 /08/LONG-BRANCH.pdf

For more information, please contact the Planner, Sabrina Salatino, at 416-394- 8025 or Sabrina.Salatino@toronto.ca

I hope to see you there!

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Commentary

I wish to add a few, random personal comments.

I have lived in Long Branch for twenty years, and am looking forward to moving on. Among my goals in life is to write a book about local history as it relates to Long Branch and surrounding communities. That will be easier to do, once I establish some emotional and physical distance, from the community.

I always enjoy learning new things, and learning how to write a book is a project that I look forward to completing. Long Branch is a place and it’s also a state of mind, as I have learned from many visitors to this website, who now live in cities and towns across Canada.

Each person, who moves from Long Branch, carries memories, based on each person’s experiences, during a particular span of time. I like to think of a Long Branch diaspora.

I also have in mind the creation of an informal association of former Long Branch residents. This is an idea that has occurred to me, after many people in recent years have spoken about their fond memories of Long Branch, dating back in sone cases to well over a half-century (and in some cases related to events from three-quarters of a century or more back in time).

The tentative name for the association is Long Branch Alumni. Anybody can join. There are no membership fees. People from adjoining communities – Alderwood, Lakeview, and so on – are also welcome to join.

You don’t have to have moved away from Long Branch to be a member of Long Branch Alumni. If you’d like to join an email list for the group, please send me an email at jpill@preservedstories.com

I’ve been involved for many years with the founding of groups, and with working with others to help to bring people together for projects of mutual interest. I’ve learned many things along the way, and every day I learn something new.

I’ve chosen Long Branch Alumni, for now, as the name for this non-profit organization, because I like to keep names of groups short, based on my volunteer experience with community self-organizing, and with media relations, over the past thirty or forty years.

 

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Please send a letter today to help save the trees in front of No Frills (Brown’s Line & Lake Shore)

I have sent the following email to Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes councillor_grimes@toronto.ca and I urge you to do the same today; you can use my text as a template:

Good afternoon

I would like to add my voice to those residents who wish to request that the trees at No Frills (as described in the following post) be saved:

Documenting tree canopy loss due to severances/variances in Long Branch. What happens to trees near new sign at No Frills?

Sincerely,

[Your name and address here]

 

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Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. (Sept. 3, 2015 Aeon essay)

A Sept. 3, 2015 Aeon essay is entitled: “I am not a story.”

The subtitle reads: “Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?”

Given my interest in story management, and related topics such as storytelling, I found the article of much interest.

Some writers have, indeed, made it their task in life to convince us that life is a story – that we, as individuals, are constantly crafting a narrative that seeks to tell ourselves (and others) who we are, and what we have made of our lives.

It’s refreshing to come across an author who questions such a widely-held view, regarding the role of stories.

With regard to whether or not life is a story, I don’t care either way. My only thought is that some stories are worth preserving, if at all possible, for as long as it may be possible, to preserve them.

 

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Air Traffic Noise Issue – Toronto Pearson Sept. 27, 2017 CENAC Meeting: location and time change

Following message includes this attached file:

CENAC_Sept_27_Ad_FINAL_REV

The following message is from ZZG-Community Engagement at communityengagment@gtaa.com

Good Afternoon,

I am writing to share an update with a change of time and location for the September 27 CENAC meeting. This meeting with be dedicated the release of the Noise Management Program Benchmarking and Best Practices Study.

Meeting details:

Agenda: CENAC Agenda, September 27, 2017
When: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto Congress Centre,
650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON
*free onsite parking

Registration: www.torontopearson.com/noisemanagement

Livestream: The meeting will be live streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person. If you do not wish to be photographed/recorded/live streamed please make yourself known to us at the registration desk, and we will work to accommodate your concerns.

As we have previously shared at CENAC, we commissioned UK consultancy Helios to look at 11 areas of noise management at 26 comparator airports around the world to identify potential new noise management initiatives. Helios representatives will be presenting their research and recommendations.

Please note: The technical analysis for the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives,including Idea 5 (Summer Weekend Runway Alternation) is ongoing. The results of these work will not be available until later this fall, and we will consult on the results in 2018.

Best,

Kathryn Hanford, Manager, Community Outreach
Greater Toronto Airports Authority | Stakeholder Relations & Communications
P.O. Box 6031, 3111 Convair Drive, Toronto AMF, Ontario, L5P 1B2
Phone 416-776-3413 | Cell 416 427 4918 | Fax 416-776-7593
www.TorontoPearson.com

 

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Heritage York’s SPECIAL and Up-coming Events at Lambton House

The image is from the PDF file included at the post you are now reading. Key information: Photographic Evidence: Saturday September 30, 2017 Doors open 1:00pm Exhibition opens 2:00pm Performance 2:30pm Free admission/ A short one-woman play by Rex Deverell and presented by Mixed Company Theatre with Nicole Wilson. Geraldine Moodie is one of Canada's first professional women photographers, best known for her images chronicling the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest and Arctic regions. Although the play is a fictional reconstruction, it is based on true events and extensive historical research.

The image is from the PDF file included at the post you are now reading. Key information: Photographic Evidence: Saturday
September 30, 2017
Doors open 1:00pm
Exhibition opens 2:00pm Performance 2:30pm
Free admission/ A short one-woman play by Rex Deverell and presented by Mixed Company Theatre with Nicole Wilson. Geraldine Moodie is one of Canada’s first professional women photographers,
best known for her images chronicling the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the
Northwest and Arctic regions. Although the play is a fictional
reconstruction, it is based on true events and extensive historical research.

The following message is from Lambton House, whose volunteer work in celebration of local history (including local history, in the past largely neglected, and/or vastly distorted, in settler-society accounts) related to the First Nations peoples of Canada) I strongly support:

Attached file:

Geraldine Moodie vignette 30 Sep 17

SATURDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER – Geraldine Moodie Vignette

at 2:00 p.m. – doors open at 1:00

Please join us for this exceptional, short one-woman play by Rex Deverell and presented by Mixed Company Theatre with Nicole Wilson. Geraldine Moodie is one of Canada’s first professional women photographers, best known for her images chronicling the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest and Arctic regions. Although the play is a fictional reconstruction, it is based on true events and extensive historical research.

No admission, however, a good will offering is greatly appreciated

OCTOBER 2017

Thursday, 12 October Heritage Talk, Bailey Bridges of Hurricane Hazel
Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

The Talk is at 7:30. A free will offering is appreciated.

Friday, 13 October Pub with Just Us
6:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00, music at 8:00 p.m. No Cover.

Sundays between 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. we are open for visitor drop ins and tours

 

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August 2017 DRAFT of Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines available online

This draft makes for good reading; I highly recommend the reading of this document:

August 2017 DRAFT Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines

Background

By way of background, a post regarding the PREVIOUS DRAFT [February 2017] is entitled:

February 2017 draft of Long Branch (Toronto) Urban Design Guidelines document is available online

Please note the Sept. 26, 2017 public meeting regarding the Character Guidelines

Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines – Sept. 26, 2017 public meeting @6:30 pm

 

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Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines – Sept. 26, 2017 public meeting at 6:30 pm

The following text is from a notice distributed in Long Branch by the Councillor Mark Grimes’ Office:

*

Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines

Dear Neighbour,

The City is hosting a community consultation meeting to hear from you. Details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 6;30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Place: Ken Cox Community Centre – Cafeteria (A) 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

City Staff and the consultant SvN have worked to develop the DRAFT [August 2017] Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines based on the wide range of comments we have received at the previous community consultation and community advisory group meetings.

The purpose of this community consultation meeting is to present the DRAFT Guidelines to the community in order to receive further feedback on suggested revisions.

You can view the DRAFT Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines at this link:

http://svn-ap.com/wp-content/uploads/2017 /08/LONG-BRANCH.pdf

For more information, please contact the Planner, Sabrina Salatino, at 416-394- 8025 or Sabrina.Salatino@toronto.ca

I hope to see you there!

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LBNA Annual General Meeting (October 23 @7pm) and final call for Board nominations/expressions of interest

The following message includes these attachments:

AGM colour flyer Oct 23

Call for Noms email

LBNA By-laws – Sept2017

The following message is from Brian Liberty, acting chairperson, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association:

Hello Long Branch villagers,

Mark your calendars – the AGM is finally within reach!

We want to thank all of you for your ongoing dedication to our neighbourhood.

The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association has been in the making for a long time and it is happening because of all of us. There were some delays and sidesteps, but the motion is forward and I am sure the new Board will move quickly to set themselves up for action.

The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association is having its first Annual General Meeting. Please see the attached flyer and below for details and share with your neighbours.

Any agenda items may be sent to LongBranchTO@gmail by October 9th.

AGM Info

Date: Monday, October 23‎ at 7:00pm
Location:‎ RCL Legion Branch 101, Banquet Room upstairs – 3850 Lake Shore Blvd. W (West of Browns Line)

Board Elections

Are you thinking of running for a position on the Board of Directors? ‎ Expressions of Interest and Nominations is due by email no later than September 23rd (no extensions). See the attached document ‘Call for Noms email’ for information and instructions on how to run. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Provisional Board by email at LongBranchTO@gmail.com. Should you wish to speak with a PB member directly, please email for further contact info.

Bylaws

A copy of the Bylaws is  attached. They were created by the Planning Group over the past 18 months. They have been reviewed by the Provisional Board and are to be enacted at the AGM.

New Facebook Page

A public Facebook page has been published. It will become a place for sharing, celebrating and a forum for discussion. Visit, Like and Share the new page at:
https://www.facebook.com/LongBranchNeighbourhoodAssociation/

Best wishes,

your LBNA Provisional Board

LongBranchTO@gmail.com

 

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Documenting tree canopy loss due to severances/variances in Long Branch. What happens to trees near new sign at Non Frills?

Update:

A more recent post is entitled:

Please send a letter today to help save the trees in front of No Frills (Brown’s Line & lake Shore)

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The email refers to this sign. Sept. 23, 2017. Jaan Pill

The email refers to this sign. Sept. 23, 2017. Jaan Pill

View looking northwest. Jaan Pill photo

View looking northwest. Jaan Pill photo

View looking west. Jaan Pill photo

View looking west. Jaan Pill photo

View looking east. Jaan Pill photo

View looking east. Jaan Pill photo

Email messages have been circulating for some time, among Long Branch residents, regarding efforts to document tree canopy loss. The following message is an email text that I received on Sept. 19, 2017.

The following message is from a long-time Long Branch resident:

Another tree tragedy is shaping up! You may have noticed the large sign that was erected some time ago outside “No Frills”. It is between two of the mature trees and invisible from either direction. Fearing that when the new Shoppers now under construction beside No Frills was completed there would be a request to remove the trees I have been in contact with 311Toronto asking why a permit was issued for a sign in such a location. They have now confirmed that there has been an application to remove the trees! I spoke to the No Frills owner weeks ago who said he knew nothing of the sign approval. Please add your voices to mine and insist that the sign be moved!

 

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Lot splitting in Alderwood: Message from an Alderwood resident

Please contact Jaan Pill through this website if you wish to get in touch with Tracy Hatten

Tracy Hatten of Alderwood has shared the following message with me; as is my standard practice, I checked with her first, to make sure it’s okay for posting to the Preserved Stories website; Tracy Hatten writes:

As mentioned I live in Alderwood and have noticed a significant change to the neighbourhood since lot splitting has occurred. Presently at the corner or Rimilton and Hallmark where two house once stood, five are being put in their place. Over the last couple of years I have noticed the noise has increased, the traffic has increased, the number of cars parked on the road has increase and where I was once able to look at a tree, I see the side of a house that is too big for the lot. Previously, the driveways went to 3/4 the length of the property. Today they are a third, thus the increased cars parking on the roads. Some of the houses have two cars but don’t use the garage. Some have three cars and thus are parked all over the street.

I want very much to acquire a sign that expresses my displeasure around lot splitting and have been searching for a sign. I was so happy to see them in your area and hope that I can get some for my area as well.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Jaan Pill writes, in turn:

I am pleased we had the chance to meet, on Villa Road. The situation you describe offers details, regarding Alderwood, that I was not aware of.

1) The details regarding the signs are at this post at my website:

Where to get “Stop the Lot Splitting” Lawn Signs in Long Branch

As noted at the post, the person to get in touch with is Debbie Flynn at debbieflynn3@hotmail.com whose father Mike Flynn initiated the signs project. You may wish to check with Debbie to see if a version that says “Alderwood” in place of “Long Branch” may be possible.

2) You may, as well, wish to contact David Godley, who has been active with regard to the lot-splitting issue in Long Branch; he’s at David Godley at mhairig@pathcom.com

David has a mailing list; he emails regular updates. I also post his updates at my website. He would be pleased to add your email address to his list.

3) Still another person, that you may wish to get in touch with, by way of comparing notes, is Steve Nazar [note to site visitors: Please contact me if you wish to get in touch with Steve].

Steve is a former Alderwood resident; he moved from a nice house on the south side of Valermo after twin soldier-houses were built directly to the west of his family’s house. He was active with lot-splitting issues in South Etobicoke for many years. He works from home, meaning he can work from anywhere. He now lives in a beautiful setting on Vancouver Island. He remains on David Godley’s mailing list, I believe.

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