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What do you call our neighbourhood? How do others in the city refer to it? What is your preference for an "official" neighbourhood name, and why? This is the spot to leave your answers to these and any other questions that come to mind about names for our community. Check back regularly to see if others have posted opinions about your suggestions, and feel free to post your thoughts about theirs. Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood, a seasoned resident, or somewhere in between, your ideas count.

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Triangle Formed in 1884

The neighbourhood is well known for the triangle of train tracks that loosely forms our boundaries.
The triangle started as a "V" in 1856 when the Grand Trunk Railway laid tracks along Dundas Street. The Northern Railway Company completed the "V" formation in 1857 with tracks running north between Campbell and Lansdowne.
While the Toronto Grey Bruce Railway (1871) and the Credit Valley Railway (1879) paralled the Grand Trunk route along Dundas, it wasn't until 1884 when Canadian Pacific opened a new Western line between Dupont and Davenport that the triangle was completed.
The opening of the West Toronto Station at Dundas and Dupont (Royce) coincided with the opening of the new line and the first residential development in the neighbourhood around Edwin Street and Franklin Avenue in 1884.

Midway Point

We have reached the halfway point of the 120-day consultation period. We have 60 days to go before the January 14 public meeting and the start of the voting process. We have close to 200 name ideas and are looking for more.

We hope that you will join the discussion, if you haven't already. Everyone is welcome and the process is open to anyone with an idea or comment. Everybody is encouraged to participate and no one is representing/pretending to speak for the community. The whole point of the process is to create an opportunity for everyone to add their own voice to the process.

Is there a name from the past you like or do you prefer something new? Do you want a rail-related name or something that points to a quality or attribute of the neighbourhood. Now is a great time to make your case.

So on behalf of everyone working on the Fuzzy Boundaries project, many thanks for all the feedback. Keep it coming!

movie night at the library

What a great event that was! It was wonderful to have Simone Taylor in the audience, and so generous with her thoughts at the end of the film. Personally I'd like to see more movie nights at the library.

re movie night at the library

It was a good event. I didn't know anything about the Travellers before last night. It's always nice to learn a little history. Having Simone Taylor there to talk about the film was an added bonus. If there are any more movie nights I will be coming.

area time capsule

I like the history stuff too. Does anyone know anything about the time capsule between the Loblaws and the Zellers? A friend pointed it out to me a while back, and I'm trying to remember when it's due to be opened. Maybe we need one for our neighbourhood!

I just checked last night and

I just checked last night and the Time Capsule is set to be opened in 2062.

Time Capsule

They should open it on opening day of the new LLBO store.

Area First Called the "Brockton Addition"

The files of the Toronto Archives have revealed that a major part of our neighbourhood in 1880-something (they are unsure of the exact year) was subdivided into lots for sale from Wallace to Davenport and the Dundas rail corridor to Victoria Avenue (present day Emerson) under the name "Brockton Additon."
An 1885 advertisement for lots for sale on Franklin, Edwin and Ethel Streets suggests that this part of the neighbourhood (apparently the first to be developed) was called "Carlton Park."
The area south of Bloor was part of Brockton Village and was annexed to the City of Toronto in 1884 (the third annexation of York County land to the City). The land north of Bloor Street was annexed to the City of Toronto in 1888 (the tenth annexation of York County land to the City).

addition and subtraction

Interesting! Not a name with much of a ring though....... I love all this historical stuff. So hard to imagine what the area must have looked like way back when.

Fuzzy Film Night Thursday

Just three days until Fuzzy Film Night and the special screening of the NFB documentary "The Travellers." It is all happening at the Perth/Dupont location of the Toronto Public Library at 1589 Dupont. The film starts at 6:45 p.m. and it's free, but seating is limited, so come early.

Lord Nelson

The new inmate at the mental hospital announced in a loud voice that he was the famous British naval hero, Lord Nelson. This was particularly interesting, because the institution already had a "Lord Nelson."

The head psychiatrist, after due consideration, decided to put the two men in the same room, feeling that the similarity of their delusions might prompt an adjustment in each that would help in curing them. It was a calculated risk, of course, for the two men might react violently to one another, but they were introduced and then left alone and no disturbance was heard from the room that night.

The next morning, the doctor had a talk with his new patient and was more than pleasantly surprised when he was told "Doctor, I've been suffering from a delusion. I know now for a fact that I am not Lord Nelson."

"That's wonderful," said the doctor. "Who are you?"

Smiling coyly, the patient replied, "I'm Lady Nelson."

Do I Need a Library Card for Fuzzy Film Night?

Do I need a library card to attend the Fuzzy film night on Thursday night?

No Card Required

Thanks for your interest in the Fuzzy film night Jane. No library card is required to attend the showing of The Travellers on Thursday evening, but we think it is a great thing to have because of all the things you can do with it for free - borrow a book or a film, even use a computer at no charge.

Shedden History Revealed

The Shedden farm referred to in the 1887 advertisement of Lots For Sale belonged to the prominent Toronto businessman John Shedden.
Originally from Scotland, Mr. Shedden operated a cartage business for the Great Western Railway and then the Grand Trunk Railway in the 1850s and 1860s. His business interests expanded and he became involved in construction of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway and the Toronto Nipissing Railway where he became President. His company also built a number of projects in the City including Union Station.
Mr. Shedden did not live on the farm, but had a house at the corner of Brock and King Street. His large farm stretched from Wallace Avenue to Queen Street and was more of an estate where he raised and sold horses.
Mr. Shedden was unmarried and died at the age of 44 when he fell under a rail car on May 16, 1873. Hugh Paton assumed responsibility of the Shedden Forwarding Company upon the death of his uncle. Thomas Symington served as executor of Mr. Shedden's estate.
There is a town in Southwestern Ontario named after him - Shedden, Ontario's Rhubarb capital, population 861.
I think it is interesting that the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway which he built as the contractor ran through his property. And now part of this defunct railway has been transformed into the West Toronto Railpath through part his old farm property.

Shedden Estate

All this new information (at least for me) about the owner of the Shedden farm makes me wonder if "Shedden Estate" might be a good name for the neighbourhood? It certainly connects to our past - both a prominent figure in the area and to the railway that Mr. Shedden had such a large role in developing. Estate is also unique (unless you're from the UK) and points to Mr. Shedden's use of land as more of a country property than a working family farm.

Fuzzy Film Night One Week Away

Last month there was some discussion about famous people living in the neighbourhood. We will be honouring one of those residents with a special showing of the NFB documentary The Travellers next Thursday, November 12 at 6:45 p.m. at the Perth/Dupont location of the Toronto Public Library (1589 Dupont Street). If you remember the song "This Land is Your Land..." you'll know the Travellers. And if you are curious to know who that resident might be, come on out and meet the former group member and folk singer in person. It's free, but seating is limited, so come early!

Has anyone been able to find

Has anyone been able to find any pictures of when they used to run cattle down the middle of Symington Ave. or the toll gate that used to be at the intersection of Sterling/ Symington/ Bloor?

Wonder If

I wonder if the picture of cows on Symington and the toll gate at the instersection with Bloor Street are from the period before the area became part of the City of Toronto? Nothing shows up in the archives on-line database. The street was called Coopers Lane until the area was annexed by the City in 1889 and the name changed to Symington.

Actually, some of the

Actually, some of the neighbours lived here when the cow thing was happening, that is why I know about it. One neighbour retells of her screaming on her front porch while herds of cattle were escorted up Symington to the slaughter house. Just some interesting facts.

Still Wondering About the History

That's interesting Katie. Wonder where the cattle were coming from?

This discussion got me wondering again about the neighbourhood street names. I went to the City of Toronto Archives this morning and found a map from 1884 of the entire West Toronto area stretching from Symington to Jane Street. It reveals some interesting information about our neighbourhood.

Symington was called a "Street" in 1884 and ended around (present day) Wallace Avenue where it turned into "Coopers Lane" which ran up to Davenport. I'm thinking Symington must have become an "Avenue" in 1889 when the area was annexed by the City of Toronto.

Shedden Farms was actually the second part of the area to be developed into a neighbourhood in 1887 Three years earlier, the 1884 map shows Franklin and Edwin Street divided into lots for sale. That makes sense. Shedden farms was divided into lots the same year the Bloor Street railway station opened. A railway station opened in 1884 at the (present day) intersection of Dupont and Dundas.

It doesn't appear that Dupont Street or its predecessor "Royce" were built in 1884, so the map shows a street called "Williams Street" connecting the new Franklin/Edwin area to Dundas Street and the railway station on the west side of the rail tracks.

Shedden Farms was also just one small section of the neighbourhood - roughly from Bloor to Wallace and Symington west to the rail tracks. In the 1884 map, the area north of Wallace to Dupont and west from Symington to the rail tracks is called "Richard West."

I have ordered a digital copy of the 1884 map and hope to post it here next week.

Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of York 1878

Our neighbourhood above Bloor Street had five property owners listed in the County of York Atlas of 1878. Mrs. Jane Farr owned the property that became the first section of the neighbourhood developed into Franklin Avenue and Edwin Street in 1884. Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell owned a huge swath of land that extended at least as far as (present day) Lansdowne Avenue. The atlas indicates a large orchard in the centre of her property. Jim Harrison and George Cooper (of Coopers Lane) owned farms north of Bloor Street. And there was also Richard West who won a Supreme Court of Canada decision against the Village of Parkdale and the City of Toronto in 1886 for damage to his land during the construction of the railways in the area.
The atlas shows the land south of Bloor Street as part of Brockton Village. The atlas was published five years after the death of John Shedden and much of his land is divided into lots, but no owner is identified in the listing.

Shedden Farm Correction

I have to correct something I stated above. The Shedden farm was "just one small section of the neighbourhood." It was just a small part of the neighbourhood above Bloor Street, but it appears that it stretched as far south as Queen Street, so it actually represents a large portion of the whole neighbourhood.


With all the confusion around using the term "Junction" for our hood, wouldn't it be easier to be annexed by the "real" Junction to the west of our triangular shaped 'hood.

After all, most people can't make a distinction between the two - I already live in the Junction according to our friends at!

Then we'll be one big happy "Junction" neighbourhood.

Just a thought ;>

Realtors are usually not residents, only here for the money

I said this before and I will say this again. Realtors and builders are here for one reason and one reason only, to make a profit. This area is hot and they know it. I get these jokers calling me all the time, asking me if I want to sell my home. If they really cared they would be doing something positive and meaningful and contributing towards the community. Eg:donating, food, clothing, toys and giving money to the Boys and Girls club and other stuff. So as far as the Realtors or Builders having a voice in the community, unless you live here, your voice means nothing.

The A.D.

Heard a great name suggestion the other day that is worth passing along. How about the A.D.? The Arts District. We have artists, musicians and writers living in the area. We are home to the Wallace Film Studios of Centennial College and the arts are expected to play a large part in the re-developed Tower Automotive property. If the name doesn't speak to our past, it certainly points to the present and the future of the neighbourhood.

Most Recent Name Suggestions

Many thanks to all of you who have made name suggestions here on the site. Here is the list of the 25 most recent name ideas:

Railpark Triangle
Railpark Junction
Junction Triangle
The Railpath
Railpath West
Railpath West Village
Shedden Village
HighPark East
Bloor Gardens
Triangle Gardens
Bloorway Village
Triangle Village
The Triangle
The Humble Neighbourhood
Lower Junction
Dundas West Fortress
Social Village
Wallace Station
The Adjunct

Could one of these suggestions be the winner? Perhaps you have a better idea or would like to make a comment, we would like to hear from you.

I will also send a copy to Adam's office

SUGGESTION:I think the best and fair thing to do is to give a ballot card to all the residences, one ballot to each family in the catchment area and ask them to pick one, out of lets say, top five and also have a second question in the same ballot and ask, what they would suggest as a neighbourhood name. The ballots boxes should be placed in differnt locations in the community and then at a community meeting count the ballots.

Fuzzy Correspondent Outed

I changed my suggestion as indicated to Railpark triangle. I had some tongue in cheek suggestions the Bruce Ward Ward and one for a slogan "Falus afore you and a phallus behind you." Tom, I mean that in a nice way!

Got An E-mail From Fred

We got an e-mail from Frederick Knittel with a name suggestion. Frederick likes "Railpark Junction."


I posted a suggestion on another part of the website - Railpark Junction. I was reading above about the problem of "Junction." This brings to mind Railpark Triangle. Seems to me that it incorporates the past and the future. From the past we have the barrier of the distictive triangle of railroads and their importance to the industrial history of the neighbourhood and the future represented by the brilliant transformation of one of those rail lines into a linear park.

What an intellegent & well

What an intellegent & well crafted argument for a name. I would only go one step further and suggest "Railside Park" for the community.

You think this is west? I'm from Alberta.

Interestingly enough, Eddie Shack had a train-related single written about him. #1 on the Canada pop charts in 1966! Clear the track, Here comes Shack!

As for me, I like "Dave". Nothing wrong with that name.

Too cool for words

Thanks for posting that link. That song is too cool for words. There are some other good hockey clips there.

Fall in Line and State Your Name

During this naming project every name new and old is open for discussion. I am starting the process at a different spot than people who like Junction Triangle; I know that I don’t want Junction Triangle, but will accept it if nothing better comes along.

At the end of this project, I’m going with the name selected. Others may decide to do something different. There is nothing binding about this process. Obviously the more people who buy-in, the greater the chance of creating a commonly accepted identity that binds the neighbourhood together and is generally recognized around the city.

There are reasons not to choose Junction Triangle. That’s no slag against those people who like the name.
I know the world would be a better place if just a few more people agreed with me, so please just fall in line and state your name.

Kevin, since you started this, what are expecting to change.

Kevin, I'm still not clear, even to this day, after speaking to you some 2 yrs back. While people are revitilzing the community trying to change things within, you want to change the name. I guess I what to know, what will you expect to accomplish by changing the name of this community. Like the one lady said on the Globe video, she has been living here 35yrs plus and she said she knowns what the name of her community is, her mind is not fuzzy or in an identity criss. To me I like the name Junction Triangle and so do many other residents. Kevin, if it's fuzzy to you now, it will be fuzzy for others later on. Some of the names that were chosen, I think don't really associate anything about this community, both past or present, for example wedge and I mentioned this before. You have taken on this and i hope it's for the best interest of all residents and the community. So you have to make sure that everyone ones best interest is been taken into account, this is not about the fuzzy group.

Throwing My Hat In The Ring for "Railside"

Just bought a house in the neighbourhood and think 'Railside' would be perfect - it sounds cool and rolls off the tongue.

Junction Triangle is Problematic!

I am curious to know what people like about the name Junction Traingle? Is it some sentimental thing or what?
There are lots of issues around the name. First it is historically inaccurate to call the area "Junction-Whatever." This neighburhood was never part of the Junction. If we want to truly reflect the history of the area, we cannot be "Junction-Anything." It is completely misleading and false.
Junction Triangle is simply a name extension of an existing area invented in the 1970s and fails to properly distinguish us from the namesake. We've seen it many times where people simply drop the second word and confuse the neighbourhood with the area at Dundas and Keele. You can see it in last week’s news story on Global TV where the reporter mixes our history with that of the Junction
Junction Triangle is more a hyphenated identity that a distinct one. The name simply states geographical information and says nothing about us other than we are incapable of seizing an opportunity to create a unique identity.
And for those people who claim emphatically that the area has always been called Junction Traingle, enough information has come forward to show the name has fallen out of use. Whether it be in the media, amongst residents or even realtors and local developers. It has fallen off the radar! If it was still a commonly used named, the "Brownstone Builder" would not be putting up signs on all his properties calling the neighbourhood "Davenport Village."

Junction Triangle is still used

There certainly are problems with the name "Junction Triangle", I won't deny it. The main problem is the confusion between "Junction" and "Junction Triangle". But I disagree with the repeated statements that the name has fallen out of use.

When I brought up the Fuzzy Boundaries project at a DIGIN meeting, local residents basically said, "We already call our neighbourhood the Junction Triangle". It was hard to convince some people at first that we needed a "new" name. In other situations where I've told people about the naming project, the same sort of response comes up (e.g. "Why not keep using the Junction Triangle name?).

It continues to be mentioned in the media (although much less often).

City planners and staff who I've talked to still call it the Junction Triangle.

A local residents association was formed a couple of years ago using the Junction Triangle name, although it stuck "South" on the name...but that was also before the borders of the RA were clearly defined.

The name is still used. Probably more than any other. Current usage certainly counts for something in this name game.

That said...There are a few (really, just a few) other good suggestions on the list of 200+ names. This whole process is great, and I'm glad to see people talking about the 'hood, history, names, and taking pride in it all.

I hear Junction Triangle Almost Every Day

Adam Giambrone used Junction Triangle today at the Railpath opening and so did the area managers from Parks and Rec so City people do use the at times. Junction Triangle is the name used by people in the area in my experience about 80% of the time to describe this area.Saying that the name is rarely used is not true in this residents experience.

Name is Rarely Used

I don't deny that some people use the name Junction Triangle (and that's totally okay). It was the last name commonly applied to the area, so just by default, it is probably used more than other name. However, the name is not used by a majority of people and I bet the kid's name P-Block is probably used almost often to refer to the area.

Maybe there are some people at the City who used the name as a kind of shorthand for the area, but it has not been used in an official document since the mid-1980s.

Perhaps there has been a change at Dig IN. It was just a few years ago that they started an initiative to call the neighbourhood the Wallace Junction. I guess that has been forgotten.

The only time the name has appeared in the media in recent years is when a resident uses the term, otherwise we are most frequently referred to by street locations - Bloor/Lansdowne, Dupont/Dundas, etc.

If you recognize there are problems with the name Junction Triangle, there must be things you find appealing. What is it you like about it? It would be great if someone could articulate how the name fits the criteria outlined and discussed here on the web site.

Found something about Wallace Junction, nothing to do with Digin

Wallace- Junction Community Improvement Project
(CIP) Area By-law
Date: May 10, 2007
To: Toronto and East York Community Council
From: Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
Ward: Ward 18 - Davenport
The purpose of this report is to:
1. Recommend the passing of a Community Improvement Project Area By-law for
Employment Areas in the Wallace-Junction; and
2. Seek Council authorization for community consultation on a draft Community
Improvement Plan for the area.
The City Planning Division recommends
1. City Council adopt the draft
Community Improvement Project
Area By-law for the Employment
Areas within the Wallace-Junction,
shown on the map included in
Attachment 1 to this report, and
authorize the City Solicitor to make
such stylistic and technical changes
to the draft By-law as may be
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2. The Community Improvement Plan be developed as an incentive to maintain and
grow employment in the area;
3. The Community Improvement Plan be coordinated with the financial incentive
program to be developed as part of the Long-Term Employment Land Strategy as
adopted by the Economic Development Committee on May 9, 2007;
4. City Council direct City staff to prepare a Community Improvement Plan and
schedule community consultation meetings together with the Ward Councillor
when appropriate; and
5. City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City officials to give effect
Financial Impact
There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report. Staff will
report on the financial implications of the Community Improvement Plan when it is
recommended to Council for approval.
Community Improvement Plans (CIP) enable municipalities to provide financial
incentives to property owners and end users, to support improvement and rehabilitation
of areas that have been defined as Community Improvement Project Areas. Without the
adoption of a CIP, a municipality is generally prohibited from providing financial
incentives to businesses, as this may be seen as providing unfair advantages over other
The Planning Act, the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Official Plan support the
designation of Community Improvement Project Areas and the preparation of
Community Improvement Plans.
Section 28 of the Planning Act authorizes municipalities in Ontario to develop
Community Improvement Plans. Such plans are intended for areas within municipalities
that have been designated a Community Improvement Project Area because of “age,
dilapidation, overcrowding, and/or the unsuitability of buildings due to any other
environmental, social or economic development reason”. The eligible costs for which
municipalities can now provide grants and loans include: “environmental site assessment,
environmental remediation; development, redevelopment, construction and
reconstruction of lands and buildings for rehabilitation purposes, or for the provision of
energy efficient uses, buildings, structures, works, improvements or facilities”.
The City of Toronto Act, 2006 has replaced the applicable provisions of the Municipal
Act that previously related to the use of Community Improvement Plans approved under
Section 28 of the Planning Act. To encourage the cleanup of contaminated lands, under
Section 333 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 the City may provide property tax assistance
to off-set all or a portion of remediation costs. Additionally, the City may cancel or defer
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the municipal portion of property taxes on eligible properties. The Province may match
the municipal portion of the property tax with the education portion of the property tax
through its Brownfields Financial Tax Incentive Program. Heritage grants are also
contemplated under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 which could apply to the preservation
of industrial heritage buildings in a Community Improvement Project Area.
Toronto's Official Plan has established policies for the creation of new Community
Improvement Project Areas, which are to be prepared to promote the maintenance,
rehabilitation, revitalization and/or conservation of selected lands, buildings and
communities facing challenges of transition, deficiency or deterioration or for any other
environmental, social or community economic development reason. Community
Improvement Project Areas may be identified for areas exhibiting one or more of the
(a) physical decline in local building stock;
(b) conflicts between incompatible land uses or activities;
(c) deficient or deteriorated public infrastructure or amenity;
(d) barriers to the improvement or redevelopment of vacant or underutilized land or
buildings; or
(e) declining social, environmental and/or economic conditions.
The proposed Junction Triangle Community Improvement Project Area incorporates sites
in the area generally bounded by: Dupont Street to the north, the GO/CNR/CPR rail
corridor to the west, Dundas Street West on the south, and Lansdowne Avenue to the
east. Many of these sites are designated Employment Areas by the Official Plan.
Employment Areas are places of business and economic activity where a range of uses
such as offices, manufacturing, distribution, research and development, media facilities,
and ancillary retail uses are encouraged and permitted. Significant employment sites
including those of Nestle Canada Inc, Scythes Inc, Tower Automotive, and Moloney
Electronic can be found in the area. The Employment Areas are surrounded by other land
uses such as residential Neighbourhoods, Mixed Use Areas, and Parks.
Development criteria for Employment Areas set out in the Official Plan are designed to
contribute to the creation of competitive and highly functional areas by encouraging the
clustering of economic activity with significant value added employment and assessment
and requiring development to mitigate the effects of noise and vibration, and other
environmental factors that could affect the amenity of neighbouring areas.
This area faces two particular challenges in terms of retaining and increasing employment
uses: the environmental contamination of many sites in the area hinder development and
redevelopment for employment purposes due to high clean up costs. As such, these
employment areas have been under pressure to develop into residential uses which
financially would allow for the necessary environmental remediation. Significant
heritage industrial buildings in the area are in need of preservation which also presents a
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significant cost.
To the area’s advantage, the Official Plan anticipates the creation of a future GO Transit
and TTC interchange and/or a GO Rail Station in this general area as per the High Order
Transit Corridor Plan.
Under the circumstances, the setting out of a Community Improvement Project Area and
the preparation of a Community Improvement Plan are the appropriate municipal tools to
assist in the revitalization of this area, while maintaining employment activities. The key
consideration here is the creation of a Community Improvement Plan for the Employment
Areas that is capable of effectively addressing the enhancement of employment and
compatible land use along with environmental strategies to attract appropriate
reinvestment and revitalization in the area.
Next Steps and Implementation
A Draft Community Improvement Plan for the proposed Community Improvement
Project Area will be prepared by City staff. It will be brought forward for community
consultation, and a public meeting under the Planning Act, before staff's
recommendations to Council for approval. The report will include the identification of
appropriate incentives for the area.
It is expected that the need for incentives will diminish as the viability of the area
improves due to development and redevelopment of employment uses. Incentives are
also more likely to have an immediate impact if they are time-limited. Staff will report
with the recommended Community Improvement Plan on the time limits and phasing out
of the incentives, as well as the roles and responsibilities for the administration of each
The draft Community Improvement Project Area By-law to delineate the boundaries of
the proposed Junction Triangle CIP is attached to this report as Attachment No.1. The
boundaries may be amended if required when the final Community Improvement Plan is
submitted to Council.
The introduction of a Community Improvement Plan for the employment areas in the
Junction Triangle will encourage the retention and enhancement of employment uses.
The financial incentives resulting from the CIP will provide an impetus to promote
investment in the area. Staff will report back on the proposed incentive package, the
financial implications, and the implementation process when the recommended
Community Improvement Plan is submitted to Council.
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It is proposed that a Community Improvement Project Area By-law for the employment
areas within the Junction Triangle be adopted, and that the Community Improvement
Plan be brought back for consideration by Council following public consultation.
Carola Perez, Planner (Acting)
Tel. No. (416) 397-4647
Fax No. (416) 392-1330
Gary Wright, Director
Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
(P:\2007\Cluster B\pln\teycc070045.doc) - pg
Attachment 1: Draft Community Improvement Project Area By-law
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Attachment 1: Draft Community Improvement Project Area By-law
Enacted by Council:
Bill No.
DRAFT BY-LAW No. - 2007
To designate the sites with employment uses in the area generally bounded by: Dupont
Street to the north, the GO/CNR/CPR rail corridor to the west, Dundas Street West on the
south, and Lansdowne Avenue to the east, as a community improvement project area, to
be called the Wallace-Junction Community Improvement Project Area.
WHEREAS subsection 28(2) of the Planning Act provides that the council of a
municipality that has an Official Plan containing provisions relating to community
improvement may by by-law designate the whole or any part of an area covered by such
Official Plan as a community improvement project area;
AND WHEREAS Section 5.2.2 of the City of Toronto Official Plan allows for the
designation of community improvement areas and the preparation of community
improvement plans;
AND WHEREAS subsection 28(4) of the Planning Act provides that once a by-law
designating an area as a community improvement project area has been passed, the
council may provide for the preparation of a plan suitable for adoption as a community
improvement plan for the community improvement project area;
The Council of the City of Toronto HEREBY ENACTS as follows:
1. The area shown outlined by heavy lines on the map attached to and forming part of this
By-law is designated as a community improvement project area, to be called the Wallace-
Junction Community Improvement Project Area within the meaning of Section 28 of the
Planning Act.
ENACTED AND PASSED this day of , A.D. 2006.
___________________________ __________________________
Mayor City Clerk
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City uses the name Junction Triangle

"Maybe there are some people at the City who used the name as a kind of shorthand for the area, but it has not been used in an official document since the mid-1980s."

Not true. It has been used as recently as May 10th 2007 in official city documents, such as this one that talks about the Wallace Junction Community Improvement Project.

This City page about Richard Mongiat's Murals on Bloor St. refers to the 'hood as the Junction Triangle.

Bylaw amended in 1997 about auto body shops in the Junction Triangle...

This one from April 2009 even uses "South Junction Triangle".

This staff report from Jan 2000 references the Junction Triangle official plans...

...and there are others...

"Perhaps there has been a change at Dig IN. It was just a few years ago that they started an initiative to call the neighbourhood the Wallace Junction. I guess that has been forgotten."

I don't recall DIGIN ever proposing to call this area "Wallace Junction". I'm relatively new to DIGIN (2007), but even looking through the mailing list archives doesn't find any mention of that. back in 2004 they did appear to try to name the broader general neighbourhood in the Dupont / Lansdowne / Bloor / etc. area, but it seems like that was inconclusive. Any DIGIN folks have more details?

The first I ever heard of "Wallace Junction" was from that Wallace Junction Community Improvement Plan (CIP), AKA the "Wallace Junction Focus Area". More details here.

I've already posted why I like the name "Junction Triangle" in previous messages. I may re-post again.

I may also post why I do not like the name too. :-)


I have not seen some of these references, but a couple clearly appear fleeting. Even the first one mixes the use of Wallace Emerson with Junction Triangle, but I'll check them out further.
About Dig In, you can check with the Past President. She told me about the effort and I know that John Barber makes reference to it in his May, 2009 article.

Flickr uses Junction Triangle

When you post pictures to flickr you can indicate where the photo was taken with what is called a geotag. You do this by dragging photos to a location on a map of Toronto. When I drag photos of Campbell Park to the map, flickr adds the tag Junction Triangle.

Go here:

Flickring Junction Triangle

Flickr's idea of "Junction Triangle" adds a bit of confusion to this too.

Check this link for their neighbourhood map:

Their idea of "Junction Triangle" includes the area north of Dundas, west east of Keele, south of the tracks. It also includes the Crossways corner at Dundas and Bloor. It excludes Perth and Sterling south of Bloor, which are lumped in with Roncessvalles. So there are lots of "Junction Triangle" pics on Flickr that are actually in The Junction at Dundas and Keele. I have also seen some pics of Annette St. on flickr tagged with "Junction Triangle".

However...their version of "Junction Triangle" is actually closer to the City's version back in the 70s / 80s, which also included the Crossways corner and excluded south of Bloor for some reason.

Fuzzy Boundaries indeed.

I still like Junction Triangle

Calm down. A large number of residents like the name Junction Triangle and for that alone you will have to deal with it. The why's and the hows don't matter, as Jane Farrow said at the last FB meeting, names often become popular for reasons beyond the control of the residents themselves and for reasons that defy logic.

"historically inaccurate" ? What does that mean? Lots of names and things we take for granted are historically inaccurate but become used regardless. The name of this City, this country have been called historically inaccurate but we use them. Maybe there is a bit too much navel gazing going on but the Davenport Village thing, which I think is confusing, cannot be faulted when we are all in the Davenport riding. One could argue that it actually makes perfect sense being close to the centre of the riding. (I personally think Davenport is the a poor name for the riding by the way.)I would also argue that it is risky to use builder Tom Falus as some kind of measuring stick for accuracy given that based on his designs he would not know a Brownstone if he tripped over one; stacked townhouses are not Brownstones.(I would add that his original designs for the "Brownstones" on Wallace before the community complained was vinyl siding and fake field stone.)

One can see here from the suggestions that Junction Triangle is one of the choices people are making and nothing can invalidate that. As I have said before Junction Triangle has never been promoted by any BIA or other group, if it had been there might not be confusion about it. And in terms of confusion there are communities with names that are only a mile away that I bet residents here would have a hard time telling the difference between if they could remember at all.

If some people want to vote for Junction Triangle, let them, thats what this process is about.

Not Sure What You Mean

Not sure what you mean by "calm down?" That is a cheap shot. Who is getting vexed here?
It's a simple question, what do people like about the name Junction Triangle? Is it a sentimental attachment or something else?
Historically inaccurate is quite straight-forward, Junction Triangle creates the impression the area was part of the Junction. Nothing too deep there. "Junction Anything" is misleading and false. It leads people to naturally assume we are part of the Junction.
People can like and choose any name they wish, but if we are going to have a intelligent discussion about the choices, some explanation about its appeal would be warranted rather than thinly veiled personal attacks.

People use Junction Triangle and its not the end of the world

"thinly veiled personal attacks" ? Really I don't see any attack on anybody.

The only attack I see is an attack on the fact that many many people still use Junction Triangle as a name for the area. Those that use the name and like it must be "sentimental" or "historically inaccurate" "or what?". Don't they know that using the name is "problematic!". Its obvious who is doing that attacking here.

People keep saying here and at meetings that Junction Triangle is still being used. Period. But somehow this reality seems to be challenged with assertions that it has fallen out of use.

I have always said that I would be open to a new name if one that hit me the right way came up and I still feel that way but I don't think it is fair to marginalize the many people who do use the name Junction Triangle and like it.

More neighbourhood history: Eddie Shack

Do people still remember Eddie Shack? For anyone who doesn't know, Shack was a Leaf player in the mid-sixties before being traded to Boston. Then he came back to Toronto at the end of his playing days in the mid-seventies. I think he was a good player in his prime but at the end of his career he was more of a personality than a hockey player. I would remember he would make a big show whenever Hockey Night in Canada selected him as one of the three stars of the game.

Shack has a connection to the neighbourhood, because he was married at St. Josaphat's church on Franklin. He comes from a Ukrainian family whose name was changed somewhere along the way. I wanted to make sure my memory wasn't tricking me so I looked up his wedding in the Star archives.

On page 53 of the Friday September 14, 1962 edition of the paper we read:

"Maple Leaf hockey star Eddie Shack exchanged wedding vows with Norma Carol Given in St. Josaphat's Cathedral. Rt. Rev. B. Filevich officiated at the ceremony."

I don't know how important this is but I remember as a kid being thrilled that an actual Toronto Maple Leaf player had been married in our church - the same church where I used to pray every Sunday that the Leafs would win the Cup.


I grew up in Halifax where the local station carried the games of a real hockey team called the Montreal Canadians, so we were spared the weekly torture of the Leafs games. I remember Eddie Shack quite well though from his Pop Shoppe commercials and his signature line "I've got a nose for Value."