The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association invites all residents to join us this Thursday, April 15 for a Town Hall Meeting to protect Canada's First Parliament site which is located in our neighbourhood at south east corner of Parliament and Front St.
For over 10 years SLNA representatives and other local residents have been meeting with our previous Councillor (the late Pam McConnell) to successfull protect the First Parliament site and to eventually develop commemorative elements worthy of this nationally significant historic site.
We are now pleased to have the full support of our Ward 13 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam who has met with First Parliament Site SLNA representatives to establish a strategy for protecting this initiative and the heritage fabric of this neighbourhood.
Attending this week's Town Hall will be representatives from the SLNA, CreateTO, City Planning, and the Transit Expansion Office who will be helping us to learn more about coordinating the Ontario Line expansion with the ongoing master plan process for The First Parliament site.
Since 2018, the City of Toronto has been working with the local community to create a master plan process to guide the redevelopment of the site in order to protect, preserve and support community priorities that recognize the site’s history and support the changing needs of the community for the next decade and beyond.
Recently, the City of Toronto learned that Metrolinx intends to include the First Parliament Site in its Ontario Line development. Due to the extensive planning already underway, it is critical that we coordinate and collaborate to expedite transit while supporting and building complete communities.
The First Parliament site is a nationally significant parcel of land at Front and Parliament that saw the formation and governance of Upper Canada, the beginnings of a united Canada, and the growth of the City into an industrial and diverse region on both a provincial and national scale.
The First Parliament Site encompasses a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park, at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets.
TOWN HALL DETAILS:
When: Thursday April 15, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m.
Where: Zoom, registrants will receive a link to join.
Please RSVP and submit your questions here.
Media Coverage: Ontario Line
See below a link to the April 12th feature in the Toronto Star that examines the province's plans for the Ontario subway line - including "proposing that the first transit-oriented communities for the new Ontario Line subway be built in Corktown."
The "Corktown" stop (working name) is the stop proposed for our neighbourhood - roughly where the current Staples is located on Front at Parliament St. - across from the First Parliament Site.
Read Toronto Star feature.