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  • Town Hall Recap: 5 highlights about the future of waterfront revitalization

    Posted: Jun 15, 2017  

    As we enter the second phase of waterfront revitalization, there are new transformational projects on the horizon. On Tuesday, June 6, more than 240 people joined us at a public town hall where our CEO, Will Fleissig updated the community on our evolving mandate, new strategies and the major projects that will define the waterfront’s future. Here are five highlights from the Town Hall.

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  • Quayside, A New Community That Will Be A Testbed for Solutions to Pressing Urban Challenges

    Posted: May 26, 2017  

    As cities around the world face pressing challenges, such as the imperative to address climate change and the need to provide more inclusive and affordable housing, Waterfront Toronto is aiming to create a new precedent-setting community called Quayside that will transform how we approach urban development.

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  • Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017  

    We've been working hard to make Toronto's post-industrial waterfront a place to be proud of. Old parking lots and abandoned lands have been reimagined as dynamic new spaces for people. From cotton-candy-pink umbrellas and sugary white sand at Canada’s Sugar Beach to the chirping crickets and frogs of Corktown Common’s wetland, it's time to fall in love with your waterfront again.

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  • Waterfront Design Review Panel Seeking New Members

    Posted: Feb 15, 2017  

    Since 2005, the Waterfront Design Review Panel has been a forum for advancing excellence in design and city-building on the waterfront. We are now seeking seven new members to join the Design Review Panel.

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  • Toronto, This Is Your Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 7, 2017  

    For more than a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been working diligently to make Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront a place for people. We’ve already completed more than 20 new and improved parks and public spaces, essential infrastructure to protect the city’s downtown – including the Financial District – from catastrophic flooding, and new neighbourhoods like the West Don Lands. Have you been out to explore our new waterfront?

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  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (North)

    Posted: Feb 1, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the north side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.

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  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (South)

    Posted: Jan 16, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the south side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.

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  • What is a Flood Protection Landform?

    Posted: Sep 23, 2016  

    In this blog post, we explore the importance of the flood protection landform in the West Don Lands - a vital piece of urban infrastructure that sits beneath the surface of Corktown Common and protects more than 500 acres of downtown lands from flooding.

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  • Parking It: Ashbridges Bay Park

    Posted: Sep 7, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Ashbridges Bay Park.

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  • Parking It: Tommy Thompson Park

    Posted: Aug 16, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering Tommy Thompson Park this week.

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  • From the Archives: Corktown Common

    Posted: Aug 9, 2016  

    What was once part of a neglected post-industrial area within a floodplain, Corktown Common now functions as both a captivating public space and critical flood protection mechanism.

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  • Parking It: Discovering HTO Park

    Posted: Aug 2, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering HTO Park this week.

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  • Parking It: Discovering Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Mimico Waterfront Park.

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  • Parking It: Discovering Marie Curtis Park

    Posted: Jul 8, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks.

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  • The next phase of the West Don Lands is coming to life!

    Posted: Apr 7, 2016  

    When Waterfront Toronto was established, our mandate included the planning and creation of high-quality, sustainable, inclusive communities that are connected to adjacent areas and to the rest of the city. Today, the very first of these new communities – the West Don Lands – is fully open for the public to explore and discover.

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  • Net Zero Energy Dwelling (NetZED) On The Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 22, 2016  

    Toronto’s revitalized waterfront will feature some of the greenest buildings and neighbourhoods in the world. To help curb climate change, all of our development partners are required to meet our Minimum Green Building Requirements and build advanced, high performance buildings, and also promote sustainable lifestyle choices by tenants and residents. Tridel, our development partner in Bayside, is going above and beyond our minimum requirements: Aqualina, the first residential building under construction in Bayside, is targeting LEED Platinum certification and will also have a net zero energy suite.

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  • Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future

    Posted: Feb 17, 2016  

    Once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario, the Port Lands is a massive underutilized, brownfield site that is a reminder of Toronto's industrial past. It is one of the last significant undeveloped spaces near the city's downtown core that offers immense potential for jobs, investment and growth, reducing urban sprawl, and for demonstrating global leadership in sustainable city building.

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  • Creating and Restoring Natural Habitat Along Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 11, 2016  

    Creating and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitat is an important part of waterfront revitalization. Together with our partners, we are focused on helping to restore the quality of the lake’s water and shoreline.

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  • A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability: Developing a New Resiliency and Innovation Framework

    Posted: Jan 15, 2016  

    We are developing a new Resiliency and Innovation Framework that will focus on climate change resiliency, advanced innovation, and smart cities development. For example, plans to revitalize the Port Lands and naturalize the mouth of the Don River will things such as green infrastructure, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and passive design.

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  • Why is Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting Important?

    Posted: Dec 8, 2015  

    In the execution of our vision, Waterfront Toronto takes a triple bottom line approach to quantifying accomplishments. The latest results are outlined in our new Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report.

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  • Tell Us What You Think About the Emerging Plans for the Port Lands?

    Posted: Nov 16, 2015  

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  • Shaping the Future: Placemaking in the Port Lands and Connecting South of Eastern

    Posted: Nov 9, 2015  

    The Port Lands, an underutilized industrial area with extensive waterfront access located just east of Toronto’s downtown, offers an unprecedented revitalization opportunity. Roughly the same size as downtown Toronto, we envision transforming this massive brownfield site into a complete and vibrant community comprised of residential, commercial and industrial uses.

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  • From the Archives: Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Sep 17, 2015  

    In 2008, residents of the Mimico neighbourhood in Etobicoke finally had access to the lakefront with Mimico Waterfront Park, after decades of being cut off from it.

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  • One Step Closer to Unlocking the Port Lands

    Posted: Jul 22, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto and its government partners recently announced $5 million in funding to complete due diligence work on the proposal to naturalize the mouth of the Don River.

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  • Exchanging Ideas on Planning and Design in a Changing Climate

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015  

    Canadian – Netherlands Resilient Cities Summit brought together experts from both countries to discuss and work on joint solutions to real issues and challenges for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate.

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  • A Walk through the Revitalized Queens Quay

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015  

    After three years of one-way traffic on Queens Quay, the street was fully reopened to two-way traffic on June 10. Before this major change to the street, we invited members of the public to join us on a site walk.

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  • Let the River Flow – Protecting and Revitalizing the Port Lands

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto, working with the government and community partners, has developed a plan to transform this massive brownfield site to include new mixed-use communities with beautiful parks and natural habitats.

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  • It’s Spring on Queens Quay, So We're Planting New Trees This Week

    Posted: Apr 30, 2015  

    Tree planting began on the south side of Queens Quay today. Once planted these trees will grow faster and thrive longer thanks to soil cell technology.

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  • What You’ve Been Saying About the Design for Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015  

    With just a day and a half left to go before the deadline (April 30, 2015 at 11:59pm), this is your last chance to tell us what you think about the preliminary design for Aitken Place Park. Here's what people have been saying so far.

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  • This New Outer Harbour Recreational Node is Home to Fish, Fowl and Fans of Both

    Posted: Apr 24, 2015  

    An inviting outcropping at the water’s edge in Lake Ontario Park, the new Outer Harbour Recreational Node is an accessible space to enjoy recreational fishing, bird watching or to simply sit and enjoy nature. And, it’s also a great resting spot for those using the nearby Martin Goodman Trial and Tommy Thompson Park Trail system.

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  • How Socially Responsible and Sustainable is Waterfront Toronto?

    Posted: Apr 22, 2015  

    Read through our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report and give us your feedback.

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  • Both Beautiful and Functional: Toronto’s Next-Generation Stormwater Infrastructure

    Posted: Feb 18, 2015  

    A new stormwater management system will serve the neighbourhoods in East Bayfront, the West Don Lands and future communities north of the Keating Channel.

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  • Research Project Seeks to Improve Transportation Model and Reduce City’s Carbon Footprint

    Posted: Dec 3, 2014  

    The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute has developed a new app for iPhone and Android that tracks travel behaviour. The data collected will help develop a new transportation model that could help us solve Toronto’s transportation challenges.

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  • We Want Your Questions About Toronto’s Waterfront Revitalization

    Posted: Nov 26, 2014  

    What might Toronto’s Port Lands look like in the future? How will waterfront revitalization affect our city? Ask us your questions. We want to answer them.

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  • About Our New Video: To the Waterfront

    Posted: Nov 5, 2014  

    Starting last Friday, you may have heard about a new Waterfront Toronto video. If you were at the movies over this past weekend, you might have seen it.

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  • More Than Just Green Spaces: Linear Parks Create Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits for Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Oct 5, 2014  

    Our city boasts a diverse and extensive network of green spaces that are treasured by residents from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Downtown to North York. From the big and lively to the small and intimate, each urban park has its own unique character. But one type of park has steadily been gaining popularity in Toronto and around the globe: The linear park. And for good reasons too.

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  • Native Plants Make Healthy Ecosystems in Toronto’s Urban Wilderness

    Posted: Aug 21, 2014  

    Tommy Thompson Park is our getaway from the city, right in the city. And while this green space holds appeal for cyclists, hikers and birders alike, one of its great virtues is the plant life.

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  • The Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Waterfront Green Roofs are Beautiful and Functional

    Posted: Aug 11, 2014  

    Not only can a green roof be aesthetically beautiful, but it can have a number environmental, economic, and social benefits.

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  • Rewarding Fitness and Exercise in Waterfront Toronto Parks

    Posted: Aug 6, 2014  

    As an organization mandated to revitalize Toronto’s waterfront and create a series of sustainable urban communities, we asked ourselves how we could encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy physical activity and fresh air in these new neighbourhoods.

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  • Corktown Common Opening Celebrations a Resounding Hit!

    Posted: Jul 16, 2014  

    Last Thursday, July 10, was a beautiful, sunny day with a gentle breeze – a perfect day for a celebration! Joined by hundreds of people of all ages we officially opened Corktown Common.

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  • River City Takes Home 2014 Pug Award for Favourite Residential Building

    Posted: Jun 20, 2014  

    River City cuts a striking figure in the West Don Lands. The recently completed first phase of the condominium has received a PUG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Architecture and Design.

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  • Photo: Canada's Sugar Beach on a Sunny Spring Day

    Posted: Jun 5, 2014  

    On a warm spring day, Canada's Sugar Beach is a pretty good place to catch some rays and watch the sugar ship unload.

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  • This Vibrant Mixed-Income Community Boasts High-Quality Design and Sustainability Features

    Posted: May 30, 2014  

    This summer, residents will begin moving into three new buildings in the West Don Lands, constructed by Toronto Community Housing on former industrial lands. Two four-storey buildings, containing a total of 115 one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable rental units, are designed for a mix of families and individuals. The third building, an eight storey mid-rise on King Street East with 128 affordable rental units, is reserved for seniors.

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  • Data is Now Starting to Drive the Decisions We Make About Green Buildings

    Posted: May 21, 2014  

    Buildings are responsible for a majority of our energy use and a majority of our greenhouse gas emissions – 61% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. With new energy consumption data coming online, we are gaining more insight into how to dramatically improve our buildings' energy performance.

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