More Stories from Central – Past/Present/Future

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Jane’s Walk: May‎ ‎08‎, ‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎00‎ ‎PM, 1.5 Hours

‎Begins at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St.

The Walk Team: Helen Kirkpatrick, Frank Soberg, Ron Rubin, Richard Ficek

Introductory talk by Florencia Berinstein, Executive Director, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre

About This Walk: This 90 minute walking tour features Central Neighbourhood residents sharing historical tales about homes, the industrial past, current changes & plans for the future. This walk will begin at the Workers’ Arts &Heritage Centre (WAHC) with a brief presentation of the history of the railway & the Customs House, now WAHC, and the future.

On the walk along Murray St to Bay St, stops include The Witton Lofts, the Fratellanza Hall and the Harmony Apts, both reflective of the Italian history in the area, and the 1842 Stone House at Murrary and Park.

We will then walk to Central Park for presentations on the history in the area and plans for the Barton-Tiffany lands and for Central Park itself. We will then walk along Sheaffe Street to MacNab with a presentation at the 1879 MacNab Terrace and then return to WAHC.

WAHC is part of OPEN DOORS and participants are encouraged to spend time inside learning more about our history and plans for the future.

How to Find Us: We will have a banner More Stories from Central (see picture) and each of the 4 Walk Team members will have a badge and their name with the same picture.

Taking Public Transit:  The Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) is at 51 Stuart St, between Bay & MacNab N. There is street parking available on the surrounding streets. The Bayfront Bus stops at MacNab & Murray, and then a one block walk North along MacNab St.

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Local Neighbourhood Planning Meetings


Three important neighbourhood events happening in the next week:
Tuesday 26th April – Plan Local – Ward 2 Safe Streets – Launch Event – 7 pm to 9.30 pm at 294 James St North
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Thursday 28th April – West Harbour Development Community Conversation – 7 pm to 9 pm at 294 James St North
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Monday May 2nd – Presentation from City Staff on Pier 7 & 8 Urban Design Study – 7 pm – 9pm at Waterfront Banquet Centre, 555 Bay St North
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PlanLocal Ward 2 – A Message from Jason Farr


Ward 2’s $1 Million Question: You know your streets. How can they be safer?

I hear a lot about the importance of safe streets from the residents of Ward 2. I understand this is an important issue for our community. That’s why this year I am dedicating $1 million to making your streets safer!

For this initiative to be a real success, I need your help.  This is your community and these are your streets; no one knows them better than you.

Introducing PlanLocal Safe Streets!  This process encourages Ward 2 residents to help guide our Ward’s infrastructure spending through citizen supported decision-making. I need you to pinpoint the hot spot locations in your neighbourhood, and to tell me what safe streets solutions could make them safer.

What kind of solutions can you submit?  They should be physical improvements to our streets, sidewalks, and paths.  I’m looking for recommendations for specific locations, like new pedestrian crossings, lighting, speed humps, and enhancements to existing cycling infrastructure.

The PlanLocal Safe Streets process is your opportunity to make direct improvements to the streets you walk every day.  This is your community, so let me know how you think we can make it better!


The PlanLocal Safe Streets process will take place in three phases during the coming months.

IDENTIFY your unsafe street locations and solutions

  • Kick-Off Event April 26, 294 James St. N. Open 7-9:30pm
  • Identify locations and submit your ideas from April 26 to May 16, 2016
  • Online at
  • In person (locations to be announced)

VOTE for your top safe street solutions

BUILD safer streets in Ward 2

  • The most popular solutions will be submitted to city staff and added to construction plans for the coming years.

Stay tuned for more details.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and building a safer community together!

Jason Farr

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