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  1. DT Toronto waterfront: Sugar Wharf Condos Site Plan Control application submitted for phase 2. Tower B: 90 storeys, 299 metres Tower C: 87 storeys, 290 metres Tower D: 79 storeys, 260 metres 2,705 condos, 196 affordable rentals Picture by Mbrrrrrr
  2. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/amenagement/ French-Language Education in Ontario What is French-language education in Ontario? In Ontario, four school systems are publicly funded: the French public system, the French Catholic system, the English public system and the English Catholic system. There are twelve French-language school boards in Ontario, with more than 450 French-language schools. In these schools the curriculum is taught exclusively in French, with the exception of English language courses. French-language schools in Ontario have a mandate to protect, enhance and transmit the French language and culture. French-language education serves students whose parents are “French-language rights-holders", according to section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Francophone students are achieving above the provincial standard in reading, writing and math. Learn more about the requirements and options for English students studying French as a Second Language.
  3. https://urbantoronto.ca/news/2019/09/detailed-model-canada-finds-permanent-home-yonge-and-dundas Detailed Model of Canada Finds Permanent Home at Yonge and Dundas Little Canada will initially open with six areas represented; Toronto, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, the Niagara region, and the Golden Horseshoe. Additional areas set to be introduced into the installation in yearly increments include the East Coast, the Great Lakes, the North (representing Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories) the Prairies, the Rockies, and the West Coast.
  4. Ford government proposes deal to build French-language university in Ontario https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ford-government-proposes-deal-to-build-french-language-university-in-ontario-1.4579402 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:26PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:30PM EDT TORONTO -- Ontario has secured half of the funding for a proposed French-language university, the Progressive Conservative government said Thursday as it invited Ottawa to come up with the other half. The project would cost $126 million and take eight years to be completed, the province said in its request to the federal government. "Ontario has secured the necessary approvals for its share of the project, (and) is ready to make a financial commitment," Ross Romano, minister of training, colleges and universities, said in a letter to Melanie Joly, the federal minister of tourism, official languages and la Francophonie. The Tories scrapped the project in November as part of their effort to balance the books, a move that sparked outrage and protests amongst Franco-Ontarians. The decision prompted then-Tory legislator Amanda Simard to leave the party caucus and sit as an independent. The government recently said it was reconsidering its decision, and has been quietly negotiating with Ottawa to split the costs of what would be the first French-only university in the province -- home to 600,000 francophones. The school was set to be located in southwestern Ontario. The initial cost for the project was estimated at $83 million when the plans were first announced by the previous Liberal government in 2017. Last week, Joly proposed a formal agreement to build the school and Ontario followed up with its own pitch Thursday. "We're still studying what we received this morning and we'll have an answer shortly," Joly's spokesman Jeremy Ghio said. But the two documents, which have been obtained by The Canadian Press, have several differences, which underscore the apparent divide between the two governments. In its proposal, Ottawa asks the province to begin funding negotiations once it receives "detailed information regarding the relevant infrastructure needs, clear programming and implementation timelines and projections, with related costing to the activities." Ontario's amendments contain language that acknowledge both parties must perform a "due diligence process" addressing those issues. Ottawa also asks the province to agree to pay back the federal contribution to the university should Ontario "not be in a position to provide funding within the expected time frame." The province's amendments remove that clause. Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney said Ontario's amendments are in line with the federal funding proposal. "We sent the agreement back with some modifications but I'm convinced the federal government, which already indicated it's interest in reaching a deal, ... will sign, I hope," she said. Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said the government reversal just adds to the growing list of Premier Doug Ford's "flip-flops". "The premier waited close to a year to reverse this cut," Schreiner said. "If he actually believed in this initiative, he would have done so in the first place, when Franco-Ontarians were speaking out en masse." NDP francophone affairs critic Guy Bourgouin called on both to levels of government to provide a funding guarantee before the federal election. "We cannot let any level of government get away with more empty promises and then abandon francophones after the election," he said.
  5. https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/projects/2019/08/2-billion-brightwater-project-rise-mississauga-brownfield-site $2-billion Brightwater project to rise from Mississauga brownfield site Don Wall August 28, 2019 The 72-acre, $2-billion mixed-use Brightwater development on Mississauga’s waterfront has taken two significant permitting steps this summer, clearing the way for developers Port Credit West Village Partners to revitalize a long-standing brownfield site and create homes for 7,000 new residents. With 2,995 condo and rental units, 300,000 square feet of commercial, office and other components along Lakeshore Road West and a new 10-acre Waterfront Park, the developers are positioning Brightwater as the new western extension of the Port Credit community. “For the first time in over 100 years, these former Texaco/Imperial Oil lands are going to finally be cleaned up, with no government or taxpayer money going into the remediation effort. We should all be really excited about the future of this site,” commented Councillor Stephen Dasko at the City’s planning and development committee meeting on July 29. The developer’s vice-president of planning and development Christina Giannone has a unique take on what the development means for the region. “I was born and raised in the area so I only knew the site as a fenced-off property,” said Giannone. “Everybody had different opinions of what it could be, but I think what the community wanted, and what council and staff were looking for, will complete Port Credit and tie the west side of the river to the east side of the river.” Port Credit West Village Partners includes the Kilmer Group, DiamondCorp, Dream Unlimited Corp and FRAM+Slokker. Toronto-based architects Giannone Petricone Associates led the design and COBE from Denmark joined the architectural team after the developer judged COBE’S proposal to be best suited for the project’s marquee Campus waterfront precinct. Urban Strategies, Urbantech, BA Group and Public Work are other consultants to the developer. From the late 1800s to 1933, prior to its use by Imperial Oil, the site was a base for shale excavation for brickmaking so COBE’s recognition of that heritage in its designs for the Campus precinct was a perfect nod to the industrial past, Giannone said. The Campus will feature 156,000 square feet of commercial, retail and public amenity space. “COBE took inspiration from the nature and the original ties to shale and they were inspired by the stacking of rocks and shale and it was a really inspiring presentation they gave us,” Giannone said. The tallest condo tower in Brightwater will be 29 storeys with other condo and rental buildings of diminishing heights supplemented by townhouses and stacked townhouses. The anticipated total residency when the project is completed some eight years in the future will more than double the current population of Port Credit. Beyond the developer’s allotment of 2,995 units, there will be additional affordable homes built by the Region of Peel — possibly up to 150 units. There are also plans for a YMCA and an elementary school. Despite the developer’s appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) — it was largely a procedural step with only minor issues to take care of, Giannone said — the City and the developer worked in full collaboration throughout the planning process, Giannone said. The master plan was approved in June, two years after the proposal was submitted to the City. Mississauga City Council unanimously endorsed staff’s recommendation report for the proposal on July 31 and the lingering issues were settled at the LPAT level Aug. 7, meaning the project will achieve official planning and zoning approval status by order of the tribunal on Sept. 7. Sales will begin next year with the start of construction targeted for later in 2020. Remediation of the lands is already underway, with completion expected this year. Stantec is the owner’s consultant on the remediation, which is mainly focused on removing petrochemicals, and the Cannington Group is responsible for the demolition and remediation work. Some but not all existing water and sewer services are adequate to accommodate the development, Giannone explained. The Region of Peel is undertaking an extension and expansion of the sanitary line with upgrades meeting needs beyond those of the developers’ site, she said, and there will also be upgrades to the stormwater line along Mississauga Road. But the existing water system has sufficient capacity. Similarly, the transportation and transit puzzle benefits from existing infrastructure such as the nearby Port Credit Go station and the Lakeshore GO corridor, which will be upgraded through the GO RER electrification project to eventually provide 15-minute service. The Hurontario LRT line will also connect to the Port Credit GO station and Mississauga’s MiWay will loop through the village. The developer aims to develop an active transportation component — cycling and walking — that will minimize the use of private automobiles on the site. Incorporating the commercial and office component will provide residents with local opportunities for shopping and work, but for commuters, the goal is to avoid car trips to the Port Credit station. “From the early stages we have said we wanted to create a shuttle to the GO station,” said Giannone. “The GO station is already congested in the morning.” At some point in the future, automated vehicles may well be involved in the first-mile, last-mile accessing of the GO station from Brightwater, Giannone said; the developer is already studying those opportunities. Proposed sustainability features include rainwater harvesting, green roofs, bioretention via tree pits, vegetated swales, geothermal heating and photovoltaic energy generation.