Monthly Archives: May 2010

Park Renewal Committee Progress Report

Helping out on clean up day, April 2010

At its meeting on May 25, the Vermont Square Park Renewal Committee (VSP), discussed next steps in community consultation, fundraising, youth involvement,  and outreach to YOU during the summer months.
Andrew Ignatieff, who chaired his first meeting, is speaking to city staffer, Bob Duguid, this week to confirm that we are still on track for the two summertime consultations.  Watch this space for further updates. Based on the plans the city submitted to us in March, we are aiming for  consultations in July and August.  We will confirm once the design consultant is on board.  The consultant will be leading the community consultation.

The fundraising team, led by Liza Jerome, will pull together a plan in the coming months.  They will focus fundraising activities  in three areas – the neighbourhood, local businesses, and relevant foundations. If you want to be on the fundraising committee, or think you know of someone who could help the community raise funds, contact Liza at <>

Vermont Square? Name this park at

On the issue of youth involvement,  Andrew will be talking to the St. Alban’s Youth Council in the coming weeks, as part of a bigger effort for youth in the neighbourhood and St. Alban’s youth to have their say.  Graeme Lovatt, who will be replacing Megan Desjardins, on the VSP Renewal Committee, as the St. Alban’s rep,  will have details, which we will post in this space. Paul Tonin, the new Playground Committee chair, will work with Graeme to make sure neighbourhood kids’ views are included before the end of the school year.
The committee also discussed how we are going to keep the neighbourhood informed of the consultations.  Here is what you can expect.

Check this site in late June-early July to find out about the dates.  They will be posted here first. We will put up about a dozen big posters in high-traffic areas to remind you. If you think your neighbours may not visit the site, or read the posters,  but may be interested in participating, please pass along the information.

Attending: Andrew Ignatieff, Joan MacCallum, Suzanna Birchwood, Bob Luker, Paul Tonin, Jennifer Hunter, Diana Moeser, Peter Groves, David Rezmovitz, Liza Jerome, Megan Desjardins, Eleanor Smollett.  Regrets:  Greg Gaetz, Peter Smith


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SVRA Annual General Meeting, May 10

The Seaton Village Residents’ Association held its AGM on May 10 at the

Palmerston Public Library.  About 75 people attended the meeting.  The

new executive elected is listed below.

President – Jennifer Hunter

Treasurer – Joan MacCallum

Park Committee Chair – Andrew Ignatieff

Planning Committee Chair – Mark Fram

Safety Committee Chair – Jenny Foster

Social Committee Chair – Roxane O’Brien

Playground Committee Co-chairs – Beatrice Van Dijk and Erin Mitchell

Details about what the committees’ mandates and how to reach the committees will be posted after the June 2, 2010 SVRA Meeting (7pm, St. Alban’s Library).  All invited!

Minutes of the meeting will be posted in the coming weeks.

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Meetings & Dates

Mark these dates in your calendar!

The Vermont Square Park Renewal Committee is meeting on May 25, at 7pm in the Library at St. Albans.

On June 9, at 7pm, the SVRA will hold its next meeting. Everyone welcome.  Location:  St. Albans Library.

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G20 Updates

Councillor Vaughan’s office is posting new information routinely about how downtown Toronto will be affected by the G20 summit in June.
Go to for the latest information.

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Barton Street Walk – Monday, May 17

This is a reminder that after the compost pick up at 2pm in Vermont Square Park, Councillor Vaughan will lead a walk of Barton Street to find solutions to safety and traffic issues. Information reprinted from Councillor Vaughan’s website (because I can’t figure out how to link!) is below.

The purpose of the walk is to look at creative ways that we can calm traffic on Barton Street in particular so that pedestrians, especially children walking to and from school, will feel safer in their neighbourhood.

Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities – a non-profit organization that works with communities around the world to create safe, liveable streets for all – will be joining us to provide his insight and expertise.

Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Time: 3:00pm
Starting point: Vermont Square Park (meet on the west side of the park – by the compost drop!)

The idea for this walk came out of the Seaton Village traffic meeting that I held in partnership with the Seaton Village Residents’ Association on February 3 of this year. Following the meeting, I promised to arrange for a group of local residents to join me and an expert in the transportation field for a walk along Barton Avenue.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP by contacting my office at: 416-392-4044 or If you can’t attend and would like to provide ideas or feedback, we would love to hear from you.


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Arrest made in local B&Es

According to a police report issued on Wednesday,  May 12, a man has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering into multiple residences in and around Seaton Village.   If you have information that could further the police investigation, contact Constable Tony Vella at 14 Division, 416-808-14000.

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May 17 – compost drop and neighbourhood walk

Mark Monday, May 17 in your calendar!  At 2pm, the compost will be delivered to Vermont Square Park for the neighbourhood.

At 3pm, Councillor Vaughan will lead a safety walk of Barton Avenue, together with community traffic and safety experts.  You’re invited.  The walk will start from Vermont Square Park (Palmerston & Olive).

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