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New branch reflects revitalization of historic Old Queen Street East TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The 1880s were an exciting time for Toronto, already a bustling industrial centre. With the introduction of electric light and electric streetcars, a busy harbour, important new train connections, and major construction projects like Queen's Park, Toronto was enjoying an exciting era of growth and prosperity. It was in this setting that, in 1885, TD - then known as The Dominion Bank - established a branch at Queen and Sherbourne at the heart of Victorian Toronto. With a nod to its historic ties to the Old Queen Street East community, TD Canada Trust today announced its commitment to the area's future with the grand opening of a new branch located at 363 Queen Street East to serve Regent Park, Corktown and the surrounding community. First announced in March, 2006, the news of the new branch was celebrated as part of the current restoration and revitalization of the entire area, which includes the rebuilding of Regent Park in the north, and the massive West Don Development project along the banks of the Don River which will see new housing constructed on unutilized land. "This branch is located in Corktown, which is a unique neighbourhood close to the downtown and rich with historic significance. This community is currently undergoing an exciting revitalization with new developments and new families adding to the vibrancy of the area," said Pam McConnell, Councillor, Ward 28, City of Toronto. "This TD Canada Trust branch will be a great addition to this wonderful community." "TD has ties to the Old Queen Street East community dating back to 1885 and we're excited about being an important part of its future," said Jean-Paul Durdos, Branch Manager. "With so much renewal happening at our doorstep, we're really pleased to be bringing TD's comfortable brand of service to the neighbourhood, including the active and close-knit residents of Regent Park." Pam McConnell, City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 28 was on hand at the branch to celebrate the grand opening along with TD Canada Trust's Suellen Wiles, Senior Vice President; David James, District Vice President and Jean-Paul Durdos, Branch Manager. Those in attendance also enjoyed a display of works by students of ArtHeart, a not-for-profit arts centre that originated in Regent Park to provide an open, supportive environment that uses the arts to foster creative thinking, self-reliance and entrepreneurship among children, youth and adults. A cheque in the amount of $10,000 from TD Canada Trust was presented to the ArtHeart Community Art Centre. The new branch offers a full array of personal and small business products and services with a team of Financial Service Representatives and access to a professional TD Waterhouse Financial Planner dedicated to helping customers meet their financial goals. The new 4,800 square foot branch has been designed and built taking into consideration the accessibility needs of our customers and features a full-service Green Machine ABM which is available 24 hours per day. Branch hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Wednesday; 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday and Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. About TD Bank Financial Group The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group serves more than 14 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust; Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking through TD Banknorth; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world's leading on-line financial services firms, with more than 4.5 million on-line customers. The Bank had $404 billion in assets as of July 31, 2007. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol "TD", as well as on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Photos and chronology of Corktown attached: 1797 Upper Canada's first parliament buildings were erected at Front St. and Parliament St. Early 1800's Corktown was originally settled by Irish immigrants from County Cork. 1812 The parliament buildings were burned down in the War of 1812. 1832 Gooderham and Worts distillery founded 1843 Little Trinity Church built. 1848 Enoch Turner Trinity Schoolhouse was built - Toronto's first free school. 1885 Dominion Bank branch opened at Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street. 1889 Dominion Hotel founded. 1904 Bank of Toronto branch opened at Queen Street East and Parliament Street. 1906 Dominion Bank branch opened at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue. 1921 Dominion Bank branch opened at Cherry Street and Commissioners Street. Late 1940's Regent Park social housing project built Early 1960's Parts of Corktown were demolished to make way for the Richmond Street off-ramp from the Don Valley Parkway and the Eastern Avenue Overpass. 2005 Regent Park - 1st phase begins on plans to demolish and rebuild Regent Park. 2007 Construction starts on the revitalization project of the West Don Lands. 2007 TD Canada Trust branch opens at Queen Street East and Parliament Street. /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at Images are free to accredited members of the media/ For further information: Christa Poole, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 308-0177,; Jean-Paul Durdos, Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust, (416) 364-8977 x250

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