Monthly Archives: April 2010


Our park looks great! This past weekend about thirty people came out and clean-up Vermont Square Park. Over sixty bags of debris were collected. What a difference it makes! Thanks to all of you who came out to help. If you have pictures send them in and we will post them.

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The SVRA is holding its Annual General Meeting May 10th at The Palmerston Library starting at with a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Come learn about our activities and upcoming park redevelopment.

In addition we will be electing and re-electing members for the Executive.

The Executive is elected annually and all members are eligible to vote.

 Thus all positions in the SVRA Executive are to be voted upon:

 1)     President (Rebecca Sugarman)*

2)     Vice President (vacant)

3)     Secretary(Joan MacCallum)*

4)     Treasurer (Joan MacCallum)*

5)     Park Committee Chair (Andrew Ignatieff)

6)     Dog Committee Chair (Rebecca Sugarman)*

7)     Playground Committee Chair (Jennifer Hunter)*

8)     Planning Committee Chair (vacant)

9)     Social Committee Chair (new)

*(presently occupy the position and are running for re-election)

Any member of the SVRA can stand for election to the Executive. You can be nominated either before or at the AGM.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more about any of the positions, please send us an email and we can answer any questions that you may have.  Voting for the filling of positions will take place at the SVRA Annual General Meeting, on May 10, 2010 by SVRA Membership.


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Back Yard Trees for $20.00!

Harbord Village Residents Association has a great deal for a healthy, good sized backyard tree for homeowners. Thanks to a funding grant from the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and volunteer work, over a 100 backyard trees have been planted since we began this project in 2008. This is the last time we are making this offer to other community groups before the unspent grant money will be returned to the City. The deadline for orders with us is May 15th.
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2010 Annual General Meeting

The SVRA Annual General Meeting is being held on Monday, May 10, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Palmerston Public Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue, Toronto.  A mixer will start at 6:30 pm where you can have an opportunity to meet your neighbours and other SVRA members.  The Annual General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, with the following agenda:

1. Vermont Square Park Renewal

2. Seaton Village Annual General Meeting

Further details regarding the AGM location and agenda specifics will be posted on this website in advance of the meeting.  If you want to volunteer or find out how to get involved, please send us an email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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Park Renewal Meeting Update – What you should know

The Park Renewal team met last night, April 7.

The project lead from the City’s Parks & Recreation department went through the key responsibilities and general timing for park renewal.  We will be posting updated versions of those documents on line in the coming weeks.

Of  interest:  The city is the lead on the process of getting design consultants and later contractors.

Three (3) VSP renewal committee members will be helping with the initial selection of a designer, similar to a process followed by Sibelius park.

The VSP renewal committee is in charge of the process in terms of getting input from you, our neighbours.

The actual content of what the park will look like is up to you!  The earlier you get involved the better!

Key preliminary dates look like this:

Late April – outreach to the community via door-to-door (and if you want to get involved in this, email us at

Mid-May – big open meeting to explain the process and get input (date will be published shortly)

July-August – once the designer is on board there will be community workshops, probably right at the park…if you want to know more about these check back to this space in June.  The designer will run these.

September – big meeting of the community to review design(s)  – the designer will run these.

October – finalize the plans

What can you do to help?

1. offer to do some door-to-door canvassing  and postering in late April and early May


2. talk to your neighbours about the process – once it’s posted here – especially those who aren’t in cyberspace!

Keep watching this space for updated information on community consultation, a spring meeting and detailed plans for our renewed park.

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Break-In in Seaton Village

A smash-and-grab home break-in was reported by a resident of Seaton Village this morning (Tuesday, April 6) at a home on Clinton Street, north of Yarmouth Road.  The owners of the residence were at home during the early morning break-in when the intruders broke in through a rear window to the home.

In 2009 there were several similar break-ins at homes in Seaton Village located south of Barton Avenue were thieves gained entrance to homes through back doors or windows while residents were home sleeping.

Residents are encouraged to ensure that back windows and doors remain closed and locked overnight and that security lights are installed at the rear of the house as a minimum.  Valuables should be kept out of sight from windows and doors.  Security systems, if available, should be armed in Stay mode at night.  Above all, suspicious behaviour by individuals at unusual hours should be reported to the police as a precaution.


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