445 Horner Avenue Remedial Program Open House

Schneider Electric owns the property located at 445 Horner Avenue. The property currently houses a secure storage unit for soils that are impacted by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Schneider Electric is carrying out a Remedial Program to remove and treat the soil contained in the storage unit at 445 Horner Avenue.

Schneider Electric along with AMEC Earth & Environmental will be holding an open house on October 17, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Franklin Horner Community Centre (432 Horner Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M8W 2B2).

Sherway Trail Extension Update

A 0.7 km northward extension of the Etobicoke Creek Trail known as the Sherway Trail has been in the works since 2009. The trail will connect the northern and southern portions of Etobicoke Valley Park, which are currently separated by the QEW, and connected with a narrow dirt trail.

Approximately 160 meters of the trail has already been already completed in the southern portion of the Etobicoke Valley Park when the Etobicoke Creek Trail was repaved late last year with federal funds from Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

The project has obtained the necessary funding and approvals from the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, as well as the City of Toronto. The final approvals from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) were in the process of being obtained, when the project was put on hold, pending a decision by the Ontario Realty Corporation who is considering selling a portion of MTO land near the Evans Road and West Mall intersection.

In response to this delay, a letter was sent to Minister Wynne from provincial MPP Laurel Broten, and TRCA Chair Suzanne Barrett as requested by Coalition Sherway Trail Project Team, to try to expedite the process and remove the hold on the project. We will post these letters by next week.

Greenfield South 280 MW Sherway Power Plant (Mississauga/Etobicoke)

Greenfield South Power Corporation is in the process of constructing a 280 megawatt capacity natural gas power plant at 2315 Loreland Avenue in Mississauga Ontario. The MIRANET website provides a detailed chronology about the project.

Although the plant is in Mississauga, the residents of Alderwood would be directly affected by the emissions from the power plant, since our community is directly down wind from the Loreland location. The power plant will be located approximately 1.2 km from the northernmost boundary of Alderwood.

We believe that the Loreland location is not suitable for any kind of power plant for the following reasons:

Proximity to Residential Areas

  • The closest home, is less than 100 meters away from the boundaries of the power plant
  • The Coram Crescent community, is located about 200 meters from the power plant
  • The boundaries of the Sherway Neighbourhood (Mississauga), are about 500 meters away from the power plant
  • Havenwood Public School, and the PLASP Early Learning and Child Care Centre, are located about 1.2 km from the power plant, there are also various other schools located within a couple of kilometers
  • The Trillium Queensway Health Care Centre is located about 700 meters from the power plant
  • The Dorothey Ley Hospice, is located about 900 meters from the power plant
  • Sherway Gardens, and the Sherway Gardens Condo Towers are located about 1km from the gas power plant, there are two additional towers currently under construction.
  • The area is primary light industrial
Impact on Property Values

Power Plant Building

  • The Power Plant smokestack will be approximately 40 meters high. That is equivalent to a 14 storey building (assuming 9 foot floor heights)
  • The main power plant building is 20 meters, which is approximately 7 stories high
  • Both the stack and building will be visible from the intersection of West Mall and Queensway

Proximity to Ecologically Sensitive Areas

  • The area is next to the ecologically sensitive Etobicoke Creek ravine
  • The Etobicoke Valley is currently undergoing a clean up and beautification process (See Sherway Trail Update)
Learn More On The Sherway Power Plant
You can learn more about this controversial power plant at the MIRANET website, as well as on the Coalition of Homeowners for Intelligent Power (CHIP) website, which has setup an online petition against the construction of the gas power plant.How Can You Stop The Sherway Power Plant?

Only the current Liberal Provincial Government can stop the Sherway Power Plant.

We urge you to contact your local councilors, and members of provincial parliament, and voice your concerns about this gas power plant:

We will keep you updated as any developments become available.

Marie Curtis Park Redevelopment

Marie Curtis Park at the foot of the Etobicoke Creek is undergoing a two phase redevelopment with the first phase already underway. The CCFEW website has full details on the project. Both phases are expected to be complete by the end of 2012. Originally the park was scheduled to be redeveloped along with the Arsenal Lands in Mississauga, but that redevelopment is stalled in political bureaucracy, so the city of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are going ahead and redeveloping the Toronto side.

Even though the park is located in Long Branch, it is a major regional park and is extensively used by residents from surrounding neighbourhoods of Etobicoke and Mississauga. We will keep you posted on any developments as they become available.