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Northlea school photos

Did you know that Northlea Elementary and Middle School opened in 1944?

Below are some photos from the collection of a parent in the school’s early years. Elizabeth (“Betty”) Duck was an original 1946 homeowner on Divadale Drive, and these photos feature – and are shared with the support of – her daughter, Mary Jane Backer. Thank you to her and also to neighbour Kelly Nicol for scanning and making these photos available for a wider audience.

Do you have Leaside-related photos that you’d like to share? Please email us for more information.

Northlea school - class photo 1955
Northlea school class photo (1955). From the collection of Elizabeth (“Betty”) Duck, c/o Mary Jane Backer and Kelly Nicol.
Northlea school - graduation photo 1960
Northlea Grade 8 graduation (c. 1960). From the collection of Elizabeth (“Betty”) Duck, c/o Mary Jane Backer and Kelly Nicol.


Have you travelled along Eglinton East, in the stretch east of Brentcliffe and west of Leslie lately? You may have been surprised by the view north. What was a treed ravine slope has been transformed into a clearcut. These are “before” (March 30) and “after” (April 17) views (though even the “before” view is not strictly “before” as it was taken after the first trees were removed – when the LRA became involved).

What’s happening?

It’s the first stage of constructing a retaining wall to allow room for the travel lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalk in the area of the Portal, where the LRT trains will emerge from/enter into the tunnel for the underground portion of the line.
No question the retaining wall is a valid project needed for the Eglinton LRT, but who knew the project, and in particular the tree removal, was happening?

Well, that’s a good question. The LRA is represented on the Metrolinx Liaison Committee for the Leaside (Bayview) and Laird Stations – and they met on March 9 – and this committee was not advised.

The neighbours above on Thursfield Crescent were provided with little information – a crude diagram and map that did not show their property lines. Work started on March 24, but horrified neighbours intervened and work was shut down, ultimately for over three weeks, until April 16 when the tree removal work re-commenced.

The LRA was contacted by Thursfield neighbours, who in addition to the epidemic-related stress that all of us are dealing with right now, were losing (and have now lost) the treed skyline, a big part of the “peace and enjoyment” of their property.

The LRA worked with the neighbours to get proper information from Metrolinx, and helped to compile “20 Questions” to Metrolinx regarding all aspects of the project. These questions were partially answered but In the end the tree removal was total and occurred without an on-site meeting with Metrolinx and contractors present to interpret and explain the tree removal plan – which in the end involved clear cutting right up to the fence lines.

The LRA and Thursfield neighbours thank Kathleen Wynne MPP for her assistance in arranging and moderating a teleconference meeting with Metrolinx.

The City previously suspended yard waste collection on account of COVID-19. This week only, the City is resuming yard waste collection on the scheduled day (i.e. Wednesday April 8 north of Eglinton; Thursday April 9 south of Eglinton).

Two key differences: (1) please use yard waste bags only, not open-top containers; and (2) please be patient and do not call 311 if the collection is missed on the day, as pickups may slip on account of anticipated volume.

Please also ensure that yard waste bags are not placed on the sidewalk.

More information on the City’s website.

Thank you to Leasider Roger Steer for bringing this to our attention.

Please see the following news article from Toronto.com about Sunnybrook Hospital’s new visiting protocol. Note that you have the option of subscribing to local newsletters on this website.


Sunnybrook no longer allowing visitors during coronavirus pandemic
Hospitals tightening visitor policy per ministry request
March 21, 2020
Aaron D’Andrea (toronto.com)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in North York will no longer allow visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Saturday morning, the hospital, which cared for the first coronavirus patient in Canada, made the announcement that as of 7 p.m. on March 21, no visitors would be permitted on site.

“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 change in policy follows a memo issued by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, on March 19 advising all hospitals “only allow essential visitors until further notice.”

“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.

In TorontoSickKids is only allowing one adult caregiver per patient. No siblings or other visitors are permitted.

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 scams

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

Reported scams

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.

Kind Regards

Kulvinder Mann
Police Constable #10609
Toronto Police Service
Phone: (416)-808-0115
Email: Kulvinder.Mann@torontopolice.on.ca

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.

To date, the survey has been shared with a limited number of neighbourhoods, including LeasideHarbord Village, and The Pocket.

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!

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 houses

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

Dear Stakeholders,

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 membership

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.

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
or councillor_robinson@toronto.ca.

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).

General Comment

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),

Detailed Comments

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.

2. Zoning

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 Rd - CCM
922 Millwood LPOA Comments Prel. Report Sept 2019