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Morning Brew: Downsview Park considers housing, fuel spilled in Litte Rouge Creek, Mirvish partners with Sony Centre, electricity rates might go down

Posted by Brianne Hogan / November 22, 2010

Toronto homesDownsview Park is considering proposals from builders for about 650 units of housing on an 11-acre site in the Stanley Greene neighbourhood on the south side of the former military base. The housing would help pay for the park itself. Ottawa said it wanted a self-financing national urban park developed on the site after the base closed in 1994. In order to do that, the plan is to sell or lease 223 acres for development around the perimeter of the base to bring in enough money to build a 349-acre park. Two things I don't understand: developing land in order to conserve the land, and Canada's fascination with the name "Stanley."

The Ministry of the Environment confirmed Sunday that a cleanup is underway after an undisclosed amount of auto fuel as well as windshield washer fluid began leaking into Little Rouge Creek on Friday. The leak appears to have been caused during the crushing of automobiles, causing fuel to seep into the ground and eventually into the creek which winds through the Metro Zoo in the east end and eventually leads to Lake Ontario. However, the municipal drinking water is said to not be impacted. If you're going to crush something, shouldn't all remnants of the item be removed, particularly hazardous material? Thank goodness no one struck a match around there.

Call it the beginning of a beautiful friendship: David Mirvish, the largest producer of commercial theatre in Toronto, and Dan Brambilla, CEO of the Sony Centre and the "David Mirvish" in the non-profit sector, have formed a partnership with great potential for Toronto's show business scene. They will offer their patrons special arrangements to purchase tickets for the other's shows; help each other with cooperative publicity and make the spacious Sony available for up to 10 weeks a year for Mirvish-Brambilla co-productions that would demand the increased capacity and production facilities. Plans are also underway to unite the young talent of Toronto and give them a chance to work in the city's major theatres. Patrons of the arts rejoice.

Government sources tell The Canadian Press that off-peak electricity rates in Ontario will start two hours earlier starting next May, meaning off-peak hours will start at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. The source said, "this will help families with an additional two hours in the evening to benefit from lower rates - or an extra 10 hours a week." Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday. Yes, being able to watch "30 Rock" instead of PVR-ing it will definitely keep my mind off the skyrocketing electricity bills.

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Trank / November 22, 2010 at 08:51 am
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Does anyone know if the land at Downsview is suitable for housing or if it's contaminated much like many American bases are? Would we end up footing the bill for soil testing/replacement if this development goes live?

Ryan L. / November 22, 2010 at 09:20 am
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England's badass Gordon Ramsey is quite nice outside of his shows. Toronto's Mark McEwan on the other hand is still an a-hole, even when the situation does not at all call for it.
Ratpick / November 22, 2010 at 09:27 am
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Re: "Yes, being able to watch "30 Rock" instead of PVR-ing it will definitely keep my mind off the skyrocketing electricity bills."

Ha! You don't have kids, do you Ms. Hogan? Those evening hours are for doing laundry, not watching TV.
HUK replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 22, 2010 at 09:29 am
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Do you have proof of this or are you making a sweeping accusation based on hearsay?
Becky / November 22, 2010 at 09:33 am
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When I had to scrap my car (and I still miss that peppy little car!), I had to remove the gas tank before they'd accept it. I thought that was the standard proceedure... guess not. Maybe it should be?

Ryan L. replying to a comment from HUK / November 22, 2010 at 09:44 am
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I've met the man. He's really quite the self absorbed a-hole.
Mike W / November 22, 2010 at 10:27 am
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"<i>Two things I don't understand: developing land in order to conserve the land...</i>"

What part do you not understand though? You stated yourself in the previous sentence: "<i>the plan is to sell or lease 223 acres for development around the perimeter of the base to bring in enough money to build a 349-acre park</i>"
skeeter / November 22, 2010 at 11:09 am
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what is up with canada's fascination with the number 6? like, omg!
henry / November 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm
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There is a stark difference between the Gordon Ramsay on the Channel 4 shows and his shows on the Fox Network.
bullring replying to a comment from Ryan L. / November 22, 2010 at 08:34 pm
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Why wouldn't he be?

Look at his hair.
at / November 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm
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I'd also like to see affordable community housing if there is development at Downsview...and maybe no overpriced shoddy townhomes.
bob / November 24, 2010 at 09:50 pm
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What happened to Koolhaas/OMA's Downsview Park makeover?

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