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Toronto Tree Bylaws: How to recognize and report contraventions of our street tree and private tree bylaws
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Metro Hall (55 John St) Room 308

Citizens can play an important role in helping the City of Toronto enforce our tree bylaws.

Join LEAF for a presentation and Q&A with:
Mark Ventresca, Supervisor
Arthur Beauregard, Manager, Urban Forestry Tree Protection & Plan Review


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Team is seeking input on additional information requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee.

There are two ways to provide comments:

  • Complete a survey (Online or in PDF)
  • Attend one of four public meetings happening this September (visit drawthelines.ca for details)

Public Meeting Details

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Metro Hall – Room 310*
214 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON

*Please note the change in location for the September 14 meeting. This meeting will take place at Metro Hall, not City Hall as indicated in a previous email.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Scarborough Civic Centre – Committee Room 2
150 Borough Dr., Etobicoke, ON

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 | 10AM – 12NOON 
North York Civic Centre – Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St., North York, ON

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | 10AM – 12NOON 
Etobicoke Civic Centre – Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON

In 2014 Toronto City Council launched the TWBR. From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016), summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.

TWBR Final ReportAt its meeting on May 24, 2016, the City of Toronto Executive Committee asked the TWBR Team to provide additional information on a number of issues (read the agenda item history). The TWBR Team developed this Additional Information Report in response.

During August and September 2016, the TWBR is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items, which are outlined in the Additional Information Report:

  1. A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and
  2. A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.

Based on the input received on these two options, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.

About the Toronto Ward Boundary Review 
More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca.

The developer for 3-5 Southvale Drive has recently resubmitted his proposal with numerous changes.

In order to get your thoughts Councillor Jon Burnside will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

The developer’s team will be in attendance to hear your comments and answer any questions you have.

If you are unable to attend and would like to speak to Councillor Burnside, please contact his office at 416-392-0215 or email him.

When: September 8th, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1073 Millwood Rd.

The City is proposing to update the heritage designation of Garden Court Apartments at 1477 Bayview Avenue to strengthen the heritage values and attributes of the landmark property.

This is on the agenda of the Toronto Preservation Board on August 25 at 2pm in Committee room 2 at City Hall.

It is also on the agenda of the North York Community Council on September 12.

The reason for doing this now is that when staff were working on the owner’s application to turn the rental apartments into condos it was noted that the heritage designation language was weak and outdated. The conversion application was refused by the City but the owner appealed to the OMB. A Pre Hearing Conference for the OMB appeal set for June 30 was cancelled a few days before. The application has not been withdrawn/closed so could become active again at any time.

Please consider attending and/or writing in support of the amended designation.

Dear Residents,

In January, Hydro One launched a Class Environmental Assessment to refurbish two sections of underground 115 kilovolt transmission cable in the eastern part of downtown Toronto. This infrastructure, shown on the attached map, is a critical component of Ontario’s electricity grid and the supply of power to Toronto Hydro.

Since then, we have been busy gathering feedback on the project, conducting environmental studies, and assessing routing options for sections of the underground cable replacement. Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of Public Information Centres and the community ‘Power Walks’.

Leaside Hydro routingBased on what we’ve heard and our analysis of technical and environmental studies, we have selected a preferred routing option for the underground cable replacement between Leaside Transformer Station (TS) and Todmorden Junction (JCT).

We have also further examined our construction methods, considerations and mitigation within the entire project area, which also includes the replacement of the underground cable between Main TS and Lumsden JCT, and replacement of the overhead shield wire that is used to protect our equipment from lightning.

We invite you to drop into an upcoming Public Information Centre to get a project update and provide your comments. The dates and locations for each session are provided below.

We hope to see you there!

Hydro One Community Relations
t: 416-345-6799
e: Community.Relations@HydroOne.com

August 9, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stan Wadlow Community Centre
373 Cedarvale Avenue

August 10, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Leaside Arena, William Lea Room
1073 Millwood Road

August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stan Wadlow Community Centre
373 Cedarvale Avenue

July 26 OMB PHC#4

About 25 community members attended a one day Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) on July 26th. This session was held to sort out the procedural aspects of which cases would be heard, which can be settled without a hearing, and who would have status to be part of the proceedings which are already scheduled for November 21 to  December 9, 2016. It was Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) #4 for the RioCan appeal of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the Bayview Focus Area and PHC #1 for RioCan’s Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) for their proposed development at 660 Eglinton East (Sunnybrook Plaza).

The results of the July 26 PHC were:

  • The LPOA requested and was granted Party status by the Chair.  This means that the LPOA will be able to call witnesses and cross-examine the City and the other side’s witnesses.  RioCan and the City already had Party status.
  • Five individuals requested and were granted Participant status, which means they can make a formal submission to the Board.  The five were: Adam Brueckner, Linda Martin, both residents of Bessborough Drive, Marney Charles, resident of the condominium building at 1801 Bayview,  David Sprague, resident of Hanna Road, and Heather Mitchell, resident of Cleveland Street.
  • The Chair refused to allow a request from RioCan and the City for a mediation, as the Board procedures for establishing mediation had not been followed. From our perspective this was a relief as this might have occurred without the LPOA and residents being part  of the discussion. Now that the LPOA is a Party, in future we will be part of whatever goes on.
  • A date was set for another Pre-Hearing Conference (October 12) when the Issues List (i.e. the topics for which evidence will be brought forward) and the procedures for the Hearing will be decided by the Chair.
  • The next step for the LPOA and the residents is to prepare for the November-December hearing, including submitting what we see to be the key issues for the Issues List, and working with our lawyer and our planner on our case.
  • The other thing that happened was with respect to the OP for townhouses west of Hanna on the south side of Eglinton where the LPOA has appealed the OPA, and a property owner has come out in support of the City. The owner (Lindsay Lorimer) claimed they already had Party status and the Chair did not agree and deferred a decision to the Oct. 12 PHC.

Transit in the Yonge St. corridor is at a crisis point. The Yonge subway line, opened in 1954 to serve a city of just over 1 million people, cannot handle today’s population of more than 2.8 million in Toronto and a further four million in the suburbs.

Just how badly the Yonge subway line’s capacity is exceeded today is clear in morning rush-hours, when trains are so packed riders often must let several trains go by before being able to squeeze in. The Eglinton LRT, when finally completed, will pile yet more riders onto this under-built, inadequate subway.

Read the rest of the July 6, 2016 article at the Toronto Star website

Responding to residents’ requests, the TTC has extended the South Bayview 28 bus schedule.

New all day every day service

New service will be operated from Monday to Friday, and during the evenings on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, so that service is provided all day, every day to Bayview Avenue, south of Davisville Avenue, and to the Evergreen Brick Works. The service will operate every 20 minutes in the peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes at all other times.

Check out the new schedules:

660 Eglinton Ave. E. ProposalThe residents involved with the RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton), in partnership with the LPOA, are meeting for a status report about this proposal and to discuss next steps, as there have been several key events and developments over the past 3 weeks. Feel free to join us at 9:30 am this Saturday (June 18th) on the lawn at 281 Bessborough Drive (north of Eglinton and across from the proposed new development). Councillor Jon Burnside will be there. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like.

All residents of Leaside are welcome to attend – because we in Leaside are all being affected by the massive proposed overdevelopment along Eglinton in particular. The potential influx of additional cars and people from this and future developments is enormous, putting further strain on our already-stretched resources. The RioCan proposal will serve as a precedent for what developers can expect to get when appealing to the OMB. The meeting on Saturday will give everyone an opportunity to exchange ideas and stories.

The RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza proposes a 19 storey tower and 12 storey tower, which would add more than 400 new residences and two levels of parking to Leaside. The planner for the City of Toronto has been working with us on the City’s recommendations for the proposal. RioCan has essentially dismissed the recommendations and has gone directly to the OMB.

A group of concerned residents, with the LPOA, will be hiring a lawyer and planner to represent the interests of the residents of Leaside at the OMB. Please consider a donation** to support this initiative (https://www.gofundme.com/28f4f8k). For those who would prefer, donations can also be made through the LPOA’s Paypal account (see donation button for the campaign on top right – this is separate from general donations to the LPOA), or by cheque sent to the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, 1601 Bayview Ave., P.O. Box 43582, Toronto ON M4G 3B0.

Visit www.leaside660.com for more information on this redevelopment, and come find out more on Saturday, June 18.

**Please note that should we not require all the funds raised for this OMB appeal, any remaining funds will go towards funding other Leaside community interests, including other OMB appeals. Donations to the LPOA are not tax-deductible, as we are a non-profit, but not a charitable organization as per CRA definitions.

This is to express our strong support for the staff report recommendations refusing the application for 1073 Millwood Road (Leaside Memorial Community Gardens). This LPOA position is further to a Motion that the LPOA support refusing the application, which passed unanimously at the June 2nd meeting of the LPOA Board. The application is for a third party electronic sign in an OS Open Space sign district, where such signs are prohibited.

The sign would stand at a height of 11 metres (36 feet, or three storeys high!) and contain two sign faces displaying electronic “static” copy, each with sign face dimensions of 10.67 metres (35 feet) horizontally and 3.05 metres (10 feet) vertically, i.e. higher and approximately twice the size of the existing sign. The north‐west facing sign face would identify the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and include a digital section (10 feet by 10 feet) for information on programs and events that occur on the premises and in the community. The south‐east facing sign face would be 100% advertisements.

Digital signs have significantly more impact compared with traditional billboards with respect to each of the impact categories:

  • Driver distraction (safety concerns)
  • Resident distraction (enjoyment of home/property)
  • Precedent

Read entire letter: http://lpoa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LPOA-letter-to-PGMC-June-14-2016-1073-Millwood-Road.pdf