Saving Grey Abbey Beach: Progress, At Last

by JaneFairburn on June 2, 2018

I’m very happy to report that significant progress was made on the preservation of Grey Abbey Beach at the City’s Executive Committee on May 14, 2018. The beach, located directly to the east of Guildwood Park, was slated for destruction as part of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Scarborough Waterfront Project.

The Committee has requested that the TRCA, “maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey”, as part of the next design phase of the project. Furthermore, City Council has directed their Chief Financial Officer and City Manager to work with the TRCA to explore partnerships to accomplish this objective.

A special thank you goes out to Councillor Gary Crawford, who moved the Motions, and to Councillor Jaye Robinson for caring about the insidious practice of shoreline hardening. Thanks also to Mayor John Tory for his decency and ability to respectfully listen.

You can check out my submission to the Executive Committee in the video below.

 

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A fundraiser for the orchestra is taking place at the Toronto Hunt on June 21, 2018 — I hope you’ll consider joining me. Please click on the link below to order tickets.

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Out on the Land: From Skibbereen to Killala

May 4, 2018

I’ve had the pleasure of being in Ireland the last little while, exploring the theme of cultural memory. I’m interested in how remembrance in the Irish and Ireland’s diaspora is tied to the land, and how it animates and informs identity and a mystical spirit of place. I thought I’d share a little of what […]

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Up the North: A Chat On the Way to Belfast

April 24, 2018

Here’s my latest missive on landscape, en route to Belfast.

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Longing for the Land: Meditations on Rural Ontario

February 25, 2018

All of us yearn for something. By this I mean a deep feeling of wistful desire, or longing, for myriad objects and aspirations as diverse as our own life experiences — a lost child, the inner peace that comes from solitude, forbidden love. Can landscape embody, or at least metaphorically represent these desires and mirror our internal […]

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Reflections on the Shore: Deconstructing the TRCA’s Paved Paradise at East Point

January 20, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone. I thought I’d get 2017 rolling with some thoughts on the TRCA’s recent update to their Scarborough Waterfront Development Project (SWP). In case you haven’t yet learned, the TRCA is planning to roll out a whole multi-year make-work project at the Scarborough Bluffs lakefront, from Bluffer’s Park at the foot of […]

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The TRCA’s Scarborough Waterfront Development Project (June 28, 2016 meeting): My Comments

July 16, 2016

COMMENTARY: SCARBOROUGH WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, PRELIMINARY PREFERRED EAST SEGMENT ALTERNATIVE, GREY ABBEY, EAST POINT PARK AND VICINITY TO: LIONEL WORRELL, PROJECT COORDINATOR – WATERFRONT, TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (TRCA) FROM: M. JANE FAIRBURN DATE: JULY 12, 2016 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND The comments below are focused on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s proposed destruction […]

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Re-birth of an Island Nation

March 28, 2016

Hello Everyone, Here’s a Facebook post I did recently on the 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador in Ottawa, earlier this year: https://www.facebook.com/janefairburnalongtheshore/posts/1062570570473422. Also, please check out Terry Glavin’s article in the National Post.  

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Walking the Eastern Shore with Christopher Hume

February 28, 2016

I spent last Friday morning walking Scarborough’s beaches with the Toronto Star’s urban affairs and architecture critic Christopher Hume. You can check out the video here:

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Scarborough Waterfront Development Project Submission

February 12, 2016

SCARBOROUGH WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT SUBMISSION TO: THE TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY FROM: M. JANE FAIRBURN DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2016 INTRODUCTION Few outside the Scarborough Bluffs district know that a gaping crevice in the land lies south of the Kingston Road near the foot of Bellamy. Gates Gully has rested silently there since the last […]

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