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To the Editor:

While I sympathise with Mayor Tory’s desire to keep costs down, it is false economy to do so at the cost of good government. While voter parity is important, both the Supreme Court of Canada and Elections Canada are on record as recognizing that important factors such as geography, community interests, and community history are more important. Voter parity must not be implemented where it destroys neighbourhood identity and interests.

And that’s what the 44 ward option does to my community, Leaside. It contradicts the City’s consultants’ own guidelines by dividing Leaside into two separate wards, with two separate councillors, ignoring Leaside’s historical, geographic, and social connections, established since 1913 and continuing to the present day. It would inflict damaging results on our community, and possibly throughout the city. The alternate option, which calls for 47 wards, preserves proper representation by preserving us as a single community within one ward. We strongly support this option.

You quote Councillor Pasternak, whose ward would also be harmed by the 44 ward option, as saying,”To just erase the ward as if there’s no history and meaning there is terribly misguided.” He is right. The value of the 47 ward option far outweighs its cost.

Carol Burtin Fripp
Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Ltd.

workinggroupproposalFollowing the preliminary community consultation for 939 Eglinton Avenue East, Councillor Burnside formed a working group with 12 volunteer Leaside residents. The resident group, developer’s team and City staff met over the course of eight months. The developer has a revised proposal option based off discussions with the group. Although Diamond Corp. has appealed the original proposal, they have expressed a willingness to work with the community.

In order to give you an opportunity to discuss the working group option Councillor Burnside will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 pm at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

The developer’s team will be in attendance to present the revised proposal, hear your comments and answer your questions.

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: October 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Leaside Memorial Gardens, 1073 Millwood Rd.

Earlier  this year, Hydro  One Networks Inc. (Hydro  One) initiated a Class  Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Leaside  to Main Infrastructure Refurbishment Project, to replace aging  underground transmission cables  in eastern  downtown Toronto. This  work  is required to maintain a safe and reliable

supply  of electricity to the area. Hydro  One has now completed the draft  Environmental Study  Report  (ESR), which  will be available for a 47-day  public  review  and comment period  beginning on September 29, 2016. [click to continue…]

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