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Sunnybrook Hospital – visiting protocolMarch 22, 2020
Sunnybrook no longer allowing visitors during coronavirus pandemic
Hospitals tightening visitor policy per ministry request
March 21, 2020
Aaron D’Andrea (toronto.com)
“This includes family members or companions accompanying patients to appointments or procedures,” Sunnybrook said on its website. The policy change is in effect until further notice.
“We understand that this is a difficult change for those with loved ones who need to be in the hospital, but it is an important precaution being put in place to ensure the safety of all those at Sunnybrook, including our sickest and most vulnerable patients.”
“The ministry is identifying essential visitors as those who have a patient who is dying or very ill or a parent/guardian of an ill child or youth, a visitor of a patient undergoing surgery or a woman giving birth,” the memo reads. “These visitors must continue to be actively screened into these settings.”
Hospitals across the province are making the policy change.
Humber River Hospital is no longer allowing visitors at its three sites, including its two Reactivation Care Centres. There will be limited exceptions including patients who are at end-of-life, critically ill, pediatric patients, patients receiving surgery, or women in the birthing suites.
North York General Hospital is also not allowing visitors, saying on its website exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Those wondering what the changes to the visitor policy are at their local hospital are asked to check their institution’s website.
COVID-19 scamsMarch 20, 2020
Please see below from the Government of Canada and Toronto Police:
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Please read the below information.
Protect yourself, beware of:
- Spoofed government, healthcare or research information
- Unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment – If you didn’t initiate contact, you don’t know who you’re communicating to
- Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments
- Never give out your personal or financial details
- Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research – Don’t be pressured into making a donation – Verify that a charity is registered
- High-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit
- These items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health
- Questionable offers, such as miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations, faster testing
- Fake and deceptive online ads, including cleaning products, hand sanitizers, and other items in high demand
Fraudsters are posing as:
- Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19
- Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
- Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
- Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation
- Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments, tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
- Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease, offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs
- Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services
- Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale – Only hospitals can perform the tests – No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results
- Selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease – Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws
Trusted resources and advice
Reference the latest health information from these legitimate sources:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (World Health Organization)
Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions
Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up to date.
For further information visit
Please kindly forward this information to your community members so that they are aware of this and let’s help prevent them becoming victims to these scams.
Police Constable #10609
Toronto Police Service
Household energy use surveyMarch 12, 2020
The City is looking for volunteers to complete an online household energy survey. The direct link is:
The survey is open now, with a suggested deadline of April 3.
If enough Leasiders participate, which we estimate to be 30-40 households, Leaside may be selected for a community project. The final question of the survey is consent for the City to contact you about possible participation in this project. Financial support will be available for low and/or fixed-income households to participate in any such project.
The survey does not take long to complete. Note that the most time-intensive part of the survey – providing data about your 2019 energy usage (e.g. from Toronto Hydro, Enbridge) – is optional.
Please consider completing the survey!
In memoriam: ZOLTAN TOTH
By Carol Burtin Fripp, Co-PresidentFebruary 16, 2020
I am saddened to report that ZOLTAN TOTH, long-time Director of the LPOA/LRA, has died age 88.
Zoltan, then living on Astor Avenue, joined our Board in the mid 1970s, and was actively involved in the Traffic Committee until he became ill about ten years ago. An engineer who fled to Canada during the Hungarian uprising in 1956, Zoltan worked in the Planning area at Toronto City Hall for thirty years. On retirement he applied his knowledge, energy, and high standards to work for greater traffic safety in Leaside. In his spare time, he was a master gardener and active member of the Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club. He was also a very nice man.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, who now lives at the Revera retirement home on 8 The Donway East.
Ontario Line open housesJanuary 11, 2020
Edited: February 16, 2020. The open houses have been completed. However, the consultation process continues! All Leaside residents are urged to get engaged.
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The Ontario Line is the proposed rapid transit line from the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place. The proposed alignment would run close to Leaside through Thorncliffe Park. All Leaside residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the proposal and to attend one of the public open houses listed in the message from Metrolinx below.
Ontario Line Public Open Houses
On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.
Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.
The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Details of the sessions are below, and included in the flyer.
Public Open Houses
Date: Thursday, January 23rd
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3
Date: Monday, January 27th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium
55 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9
Date: Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan Community Church (Leslieville)
115 Simpson Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1A1
Date: Wednesday, January 29th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC
105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at OntarioLine@metrolinx.com.
Opening up membershipNovember 22, 2019
For almost 75 years, our constitution has stated that only owners of property are eligible for membership, or to be elected to the Board, preventing people who live in a Leaside property as tenants from being more officially involved.
There are enthusiastic non-owner residents in our community with expertise whom we do not want to exclude from becoming Directors. Most ratepayer organizations in Toronto include both owners and tenants as members, and report that they are stronger for it.
At our recent AGM, our proposal to change membership criteria was approved by a vote of members. A new name reflecting this change is being considered. We are confident that removing the division between Leaside residents who own real property and Leaside residents who do nor own real property will prove to have been the right way to go forward.
For more details, please see the article by Carol Burtin Fripp, Co-President, in the December issue of Leaside Life magazine.
Planning application for 922 Millwood RoadNovember 20, 2019
Please see below for information from the City of Toronto about a community consultation for the planning application for 922 Millwood Road. Please also see below for the input from the Association about this application.
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 182 Bessborough Drive (St. Anselm Catholic School – Library)
The application proposes to amend the Official Plan and the applicable zoning by-laws to permit the development of a five-storey residential building containing 35 dwelling units with a gross floor area of approximately 3,261 square metres. A total of 29 resident parking spaces are proposed within two levels of underground parking.
The development would be accessed via Krawchuk Lane, a rear public lane to the north of the property connecting to Randolph Road. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:
To speak to the planner directly, contact Simona Rasanu at (416) 395-7687
or Simona.Rasanu@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner
at North York District, 5100 Yonge St, ground floor, Toronto, ON, M2N 5V7.
You may also contact Councillor Jaye Robinson, Ward 15, at (416) 395-6408
Notice to correspondents:
Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Our public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Other
reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. Please contact Simona Rasanu at (416) 395-7687 or Simona.Rasanu@toronto.ca with your request. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
For more information visit our website at: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/developmentapplications
Leaside Property Owners Association Incorporated
1601 Bayview Avenue, P.O. Box 43582
Toronto ON M4G 3B0
September 14, 2019
North York Civic Centre
Main floor, 5100 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
Re: NY8.7 Preliminary Report – Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Application – 922 Millwood Road (Ward 15)
(Planning Application Number: 19 183673 NNY 15 OZ)
Dear Chair Councillor James Pasternak and Members, North York Community Council,
The Leaside Property Owners’ Association submits the following comments with respect to the above noted Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment application.
The Development Application
“This application proposes to amend the Official Plan, City of Toronto Zoning By-law No. 569-2013 and the former Leaside Zoning By-law No. 1916 for the property at 922 Millwood Road to permit the development of a five-storey residential building with a height of 16.5 metres (excluding mechanical penthouse) or 21.5 metres (including mechanical penthouse) containing 35 dwelling units with a gross floor area of approximately 3,261 square metres and a floor space index of 3.48 times the area of the lot. Vehicle access to the underground garage would be via a single driveway off Krawchuk Lane, a rear public lane to the north of the property connecting to Randolph Road. A total of 29 resident parking spaces would be provided on two levels of underground parking, and three visitor surface parking spaces are proposed off Krawchuk Lane for a total of 32 vehicle parking spaces. The development also proposes 36 bicycle parking spaces; a total of 32 long-term spaces would be in the underground garage and four short-term spaces would be at the rear of the building”. (Preliminary Report, p. 2).
Given the existence of a 4 storey residential building to the east, and 4 and 5 storey residential buildings to the south, a multi-family residential building on the subject site would be in keeping with the Official Plan’s Neighbourhoods’ policies. However the scale and density of the proposed development is excessive, given the size of the subject lot (936.23m2),
1. Official Plan
The site is designated Neighbourhoods on Map 17 of the Official Plan.
Neighbourhoods are considered physically stable areas comprised of residential uses in lower scale buildings up to four storeys. The proposal to amend the Neighbourhoods policies via a Site Specific Area Policy (SASP) and to permit a five storey building on the subject site lacks justification and would create a precedent setting change to the cap of four storeys Once an exception is made for more than 4 storeys in the Neighbourhoods designation, developers will use the exception as the new base and soon seek additional storeys “as of right”.
LPOA has recently experienced this type of height creep elsewhere in the community. It is appreciated that there is a five storey residential building nearby, however, it dates from 1988 and was approved under an earlier planning regime, and should not be used to justify a general increase in the four storey cap. In addition one would have expected that the number of storeys would decrease further away from the Avenue (Laird Drive), representing transition to the two storey format west of Randolph Road.
a) The proposed density (FSI) of 3.48 is excessive being much more in keeping with a tall building in a Mixed Use or Apartment Neighbourhood designated area than a building of the proposed height in a Neighbourhood designated area.
b) The disclosed lot coverage ratio of 0.72 proposed for the subject site would appear to be an error given the minimal setbacks being proposed. Zero set backs are proposed for the west, south and east building frontages, and a setback of only between 1.64 and 1.84 metres along property’s northern boundary.
c) The proposed zero setback on the east side adjacent to 928 Millwood presents an architectural challenge for the proposed building to “fit” into the streetscape character presented by 928. The current design proposal does not appear to be in sympathy with the 928 façade.
d) Three visitor parking spaces would appear questionable given the number of units proposed.
3. Other Comments
a) Krawchuk Lane has a width of 6.0 metres and is one-way east bound at least where it meets Southvale Drive. Is the lane adequate to support the number of proposed units as well as the number of units to the east already dependent on it?
b) Given that it is proposed to cover most of the site with building, what provision is being made for snow removal and storage?
c) The façade of the proposed building is “boxish” and is out of keeping in design and materiality with the nearby multi-family residential buildings.
d) The site has a long prior use history as a dry-cleaning establishment, and as such is (or was) heavily contaminated; our experience of development on other contaminated sites in the area is that despite remediation efforts, contamination is persistent, and careful attention needs to be paid to testing and monitoring during construction.
In summary the LPOA has significant concerns about the massing, density and architectural design for this project.
The LPOA recommends:
* That the City refuse the request for a SASP, i.e. maintain the current four storey cap for lands designated “Neighbourhoods” in the Official Plan.
* That the massing and density of the proposed development be reduced to appropriately reflect the size and context of the site.
* That the building be designed to be in sympathy with the streetscape and Leaside context.
922 Millwood LPOA Comments Prel. Report Sept 2019
Resolution re: membershipOctober 21, 2019
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):
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 AGMOctober 19, 2019
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: