The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch is making its way across the country in a 41-day journey that began in Canada May 30. The flame was initially lit in a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico before it travelled to Canada and represents the spirit of the games and is a symbol that unites the 41 Pan American Sports Organizations (PASO) member nations. The torch relay will end on July 10.
In between that time the torch will pass through 130 communities and of those 130 communities residents of Roncesvalles Village and Parkdale had the once in a lifetime chance to see the torch pass through their neighborhood.
On July 9, day 40 of the relay, the torch came cross Bloor Street West and head south on Roncesvalles Avenue between 10:30 a.m. and ten after noon. From there the torch made its way west on Queen Street stopping at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where the organization’s president and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn will be a torchbearer.
At 1001 Queen St. W., there was a small celebration as the torch then continued its journey along Queen West passing Trinity-Bellwoods Park, then north on McCaul Street and west along Dundas Street, north on Augusta Avenue and west on College Street until it stops at The Toronto West End YMCA by 1:40 p.m. For full article, click here
Road Closures: Please be advised of temporary traffic changes, including parking changes, in Ward 14 during the PanAm/Parapan Games. These are in addition to the road closures previously announced in my newsletter (click here to read).
Dufferin St (July 11 – July 26) No parking on Dufferin St. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26. No parking on Dufferin St (west side) between King St. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26. No standing on Dufferin St. (west side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
Manitoba Dr (July 4 to July 26) Manitoba Dr. will be closed from Saskatchewan Rd. to Strachan Ave. from July 4 to July 26
Ontario Dr (July 4 to July 26) Ontario Dr. will be one-way northbound between Lake Shore Blvd. and Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.
Springhurst Ave (July 11 to July 26) No standing on Springhurst Ave. (north side) between Jameson Ave. and Dufferin St. from July 11 to July 26. No standing on Springhurst Ave (south side) between Dunn Ave and Spencer Ave. from July 11 to July 26. Springhurst Ave will be one-way westbound between Dufferin St. and Tyndall Ave. from July 11 to July 26. No left turn from westbound Springhurst Ave. onto Jameson Ave. from July 11 to July 26
Strachan Ave (July 4 to July 26) No right turn from southbound Strachan Ave. onto Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26. Strachan Ave southbound will be closed between Lake Shore Blvd. and Fleet St. from July 4 to July 26.
Tyndall Ave (July 11 to July 26) No standing on Tyndall Ave. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26
In addition to traffic changes near Pan Am Park (Exhibition Place Grounds), some traffic restrictions will be in place for road race events near Exhibition Place and High Park. Find out more about the road race routes and traffic restrictions at toronto2015.org or by visiting https://www.ontario.ca/travel-and-recreation/pan-am-parapan-am-games-toronto-2015.
The City of Toronto has revamped its website with a new road restrictions map that will provide real-time information on roadwork and other activities that are taking place on city streets. Residents will have the opportunity to look at the impacts of the road restrictions and see the level of severity – ranging from major to moderate to minor – as they prepare to travel.
The map can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
There will also be temporary public transit changes. Traffic restrictions will result in temporary diversions on some TTC routes, including Route 172 Cherry St., Route 29 Dufferin and Route 329 Dufferin. Be sure to visit ttc.ca regularly for the latest information.
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