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Resolution re: membership

The following resolution has been endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association and will be submitted to the membership for action at the Annual General Meeting (Monday, November 4, 7pm, Trace Manes Park Community Centre):

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the Constitution of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association (“Association”) grants certain rights to Leaside residents who own property, such as voting at Association meetings and running for the Board of Directors (“Board”), and withholds these from Leaside residents who do not own property;

WHEREAS the Board established a committee to consider whether to maintain this distinction;

WHEREAS the committee considered this issue and advised abolishing this distinction on the following grounds:

  • Although property ownership may have once been the ultimate marker of membership in a community and the goal to which all people should aspire, this view was becoming increasingly inaccurate in an era of escalating property values and growing societal acceptance of alternative arrangements, such as tenancy and multi-generational living, as mature housing choices;
  • The Committee received input that there are Leaside residents who wish to participate fully in the Association but cannot do so, such as people residing in a house in a spouse’s name for liability reasons (e.g. business-owners) or tax reasons (e.g. US citizens), people living with elderly parents whose names are on title, recently separated people, and long-term tenants;
  • There is broad alignment in the interests of people who own and who do not own property in relation to the substantive objects of the Association;

AND WHEREAS the Board accepted the above advice and voted to endorse proposed amendments to the Constitution and to submit them to the Association for action at its 2019 Annual General Meeting;

RESOLVED, that the Association amend its Constitution as follows:

1. In Article I (Name and Area Served), change “Leaside Property Owners’ Association” to “Leaside Residents Association”, and delete “owning residential property and”;

2. In Article II (Objects), change “property owners” to “residents” (all occurrences).

3. Replace Article III (Membership, Fees, Assessment) as follows:

“Article III: Membership

Section 1: Members. Membership in the Association is open to: (a) any Leaside resident; and (b) any other person who meets eligibility criteria established by the Board from time to time.

Section 2: Voting Associates. A Member who is a Leaside resident may become a Voting Associate upon payment of a fee as determined by the Board from time to time.

Section 3: Honorary Members. The Board may grant the status of Honorary Member in recognition of a person’s contribution to the Association and/or the community served by the Association. An Honorary Member need not be a Member of the Association.”

4. In Article VIII (Meetings), section 3, insert the following at the start of the section: “Members, Voting Associates, and Honorary Members may attend the Annual Meeting and any Special Meeting of the Association. Voting Associates may vote at the Annual Meeting and any Special Meeting of the Association.”

5. Change “Active Member” to “Voting Associate” (all occurrences);

AND RESOLVED, that the Association authorize the Board to take all necessary measures to give effect to the above provisions and to substitute a different name for “Leaside Residents Association” if it cannot be used for legal or other reasons.

Notice of 2019 AGM

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

The LPOA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday, November 4th at 7:00pm at Trace Manes Park Community Centre (Tennis Lounge), 110 Rumsey Road.

Agenda items include:

  • Update from Councillor Jaye Robinson after one year as our municipal representative
  • Update from the Association’s Board of Directors on current initiatives
  • Opportunity to raise issues that are important to you
  • Constitutional changes relating to the Association’s name and definitions of membership that will make us more inclusive (text to be posted on the website next week)
  • Association business: minutes from last year’s AGM (posted on the website), election of Board of Directors for the coming year

At the meeting you can purchase or renew your membership for 2020. The fee is $30 (cash or cheque). Thank you to everyone who has done this so far! If you can’t make the meeting, please look at the right-hand panel of our website for instructions to pay online (Paypal) or by post.

Thank you also to those who are helping sponsor the costs of holding and publicizing the meeting:

2018 AGM minutes

The draft minutes of the 2018 AGM will be presented for approval at the 2019 AGM (Monday, November 4, 7pm, Trace Manes Community Centre):

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association

Held Monday December 10, 2018 in the William Lea Room of Leaside Memorial Community Gardens

Directors present: Carol Burtin Fripp, Geoff Kettel, Frank Schimpl, Paul Green, Helen Koyama, Doug Obright, John Lea, Agnes Vermes, Robin Rix

Regrets: Andrea Villiers, Jonathan Colombo

  1. Co-President Carol Burtin Fripp welcomed everyone, reviewed the agenda and thanked our 4 sponsors: Patrick Rocca, Bonnie Byford Realty, Sherree Cerqua and Charlene Kalia.
  2. Geoff Kettel provided a report on the past year’s events and issues. This included a Powerpoint presentation created by and previously given by Connor Turnbull, Co-Chair, Leaside Matters at the National Trust of Canada conference in Fredericton NB, in October 2018. He also reported on activity in regard to 660 Eglinton Avenue East (Sunnybrook Plaza) and 815-845 Eglinton Avenue East (RioCan). The audience registered its appreciation for the work of Connor Turnbull as she leaves Leaside and returns to the U.S..
  3. Secretary Paul Green read a summary of the 2017 minutes and called for a vote in favour of acceptance. The motion to accept was from Agnes Vermes and seconded by Jim Heller. The vote carried.
  4. Frank Schimpl read the Treasurer’s report. A motion to approve was made by Roger Steer And seconded by Marilyn ?(private citizen). A motion to change the membership year to a common annual date coinciding with our fiscal year (January 1-December 31) was made by Doug Obright and seconded by David Hill. Carried.
  5. John Lea presented nominations for Board members for the 2019 year. The nominations were: Carol Burton Fripp, Geoff Kettel, Frank Schimpl, Paul Green, Jonathan Columbo, Helen Koyama, John Lea, Doug Obright, Agnes Vermes, Robin Rix and Andrea Villiers. The motion to accept was made by Barrry Schneider and seconded by Glenn Asano. Carried.
    A further motion was made to define a quorum as a simple majority of Directors. The motion was made by Carol Minik and seconded by Roger Steer.
  6. Councillor Jaye Robinson addressed the meeting. She concentrated on development issues and TDSB issues such as school capacity in light of the increased density coming our way due to the rental and condo developments along Eglinton Avenue. She also fielded answers to a number of questions from the attendees.
  7. Carol Burtin Fripp requested an adjournment of the business part of the meeting. The motion was made by David Hill and seconded by Gerry Turrin. Carried.
  8. Gene Chartier, the LPOA’s Traffic Consultant made a Powerpoint presentation on the various options we can consider to help address the traffic congestion and pedestrian and cyclist safety issues. Lots of questions from the attendees.
  9. Geoff Kettel thanked everyone for attending and reminded people to renew their memberships and keep abreast of issues via reading Leaside Life.
Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association

53 Division Open House

Toronto Police 53 Division, which provides policing service for Leaside, is holding its annual open house:

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • 11am-3pm
  • 75 Eglinton Ave W
Poster for 53 Division Annual Open House

Photo of Don Valley West candidates meeting (September 23, 2019)Thank you to all who attended yesterday’s debate for candidates in the Don Valley West federal electoral district! Election day is Monday, October 21, 2019.

Candidates’ meeting

The LPOA is holding a debate for federal election candidates in Don Valley West:

Candidates at the debate are:

  • Amanda Kistindey, Green
  • Laurel MacDowell, New Democratic
  • Rob Oliphant, Liberal
  • Ian Prittie, People’s Party
  • Yvonne Robertson, Conservative

All Leasiders are welcome. Hear the candidates on the issues that matter to you! There will be an opportunity for written questions.

The City of Toronto is hosting a public open house meeting to discuss Laird in Focus and the RioCan Leaside Centre development proposal (815-845 Eglinton Ave E).

  • Tuesday, September 17
  • 5pm-8pm (you can attend at any time)
  • Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road

All Leasiders are encouraged to attend, learn, and provide feedback.

LairdinFocus_PublicNotice_Sept2019

 

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association has taken up the cause of neighbours on McRae Drive opposite Trace Manes Park who are opposing a box-style replacement home at 158 McRae. In an appeal to residents on Friday, August 23,  Co-Presidents Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin Fripp say that the out-of-character box will spoil the look of the street and dwarf its neighbours. In recent years large box homes have made inroads into streets in south Leaside, Bennington Heights and elsewhere.

 

“Do you ever marvel at the view across McRae Drive from the playground at Trace Manes Park – soon to be revitalized as the Georgia Walsh playground – to the row of houses making up the block from Crandall to Field? These seven houses in Revival style are all the same, yet all different. This iconic Leaside streetscape is threatened by the proposed teardown of just one of the houses – 158 McRae Drive – and its replacement with a large modern box with flat roof. The new home, if approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Thursday, August 29, will be wider, higher, anddeeper than any of the other homes on the block. It will dwarf the adjacent homes and simply not ‘fit’, as seen in the drawing attached to the application. The application for this new house and the variances to the zoning by-law that it requires will be heard at the North York Committee of Adjustment on Thursday, August 29, at 9.30am. If like the Leaside Property Owners Association you are concerned about this, please contact the LPOA at info@lpoa.ca.”

 

The LPOA recently sent the following letter to the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee regarding Vision Zero 2.0:

LPOA Letter re IE6.8- Vision Zero 2.0- Road Safety Report

 

Text of letter reads:

25 June 2019

Re.: Agenda item IE6.8 Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update

Dear Chair Pasternak and Committee Members:

I write on behalf of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Inc. (LPOA) in support of the Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update (IE6.8 on your June 27, 2019 Committee agenda).

The speed of traffic flowing along Leaside’s internal residential streets has been a major concern for many years. In December 2018, after much public consultation, the LPOA presented a comprehensive and well-received traffic calming plan for Leaside, a key element of which is speed reduction. Increasing safety by reducing flow-through speed is its key theme

As well, an independent local initiative to gather residents’ signatures in support of implementing a Leaside-wide 30kph speed limit has collected over 1500 positive responses within a very short period.  Clearly, traffic safety is a major issue for us.

We are delighted to read the recommendations in the Vision Zero 2.0 report.  We urge your Committee to endorse its content and its philosophy of danger reduction through speed reduction, and accident prevention.

Thank you for your consideration of this important report.

Sincerely,

Carol Burtin Fripp
LPOA Co-President with Geoff Kettel
and Chair, LPOA Traffic and Transportation Committee

A group of concerned Leasiders has initiated a campaign to reduce speed limits in Leaside to 30 km/h.

You can sign the online petition (http://chng.it/s5zbTBPs) or complete the form and deliver it by mail, email, or hand.

Note: the group is not fundraising. If the online site prompts you to ‘chip in’, just scroll down to choose ‘Sorry I can’t do anything right now’ and/or  ‘Skip for now’.

PETITION Leaside Speed Reduction May 11 2019