Highlights of the June 2010 SVRA Meeting
Send us your ideas for community events by emailing email@example.com. We’ll pass them on to the social committee
Annex Jazz Festival at the Trane – August 25-29. Participants include many local jazz musicians –including Jordan Klapman and Scott Marshall—plus international guests from the U.S. Join in the community street event – an outdoor sing along.
We’re planning a fund raising event for park renewal in the near future.
To report traffic concerns on Barton, go to the
police website http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/traffic or call 416-808-1900.
For information about 14 Division contacts go to http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d14
Check the website and watch for the notice of a committee meeting about the development at the corner of Yarmouth and Christie
We’re working to improve our website – stay tuned
We’re also updating our email listing so you can get notifications of new website postings.
Present: Jennifer Hunter, chair and president; Joan MacCallum, treasurer; Mark Fram, Chair, planning; Roxanne O’Brien, Chair, social; Maggie Groves, Peter Groves, Linda Read, Jon Osmond, Suzanna Birchwood, Jay Yedvab, Reinhart Reithmeier, Cathy and Joe O’Connell and Mimi Choi
Regrets: Andrew Ignatieff, Park Renewal Committee; Jen Foster, Safety Committee
1. SVRA constitution: The proposed SVRA constitution has never been passed. To move this forward, it will be sent for review a neighbourhood constitutional expert and brought forward to the 2011 AGM for approval.
2. Committee mandates: The SVRA committees are traffic and safety, planning, park renewal, and social. The playground committee and dog committee are sub sets of the park renewal committee. Each committee will bring a draft of its mandate to the July meeting, with final draft for review and approval at the September meeting. All committees are open to ideas and volunteers.
3. Communication- For improved communication:
-the website is to be reviewed and updated. Neighbourhood website experts have volunteered to help
– all agendas and minutes to be posted on website with copies of the minutes posted at Palmerston Library and St Alban (Linda Read to be responsible for the library and St. Albans posting.)
– SVRA email member list needs updating
– of concern is how to reach members of the community who do not use computers, or may not speak English.
4. Committee Reports
- Social Committee – committee would like to have an event in each season. Last year’s pumpkin patch and family day skate were successes that could be continued. Send ideas to Roxanne O’Brian, chair. Suggestions so far included an end of summer BBQ at the wading pool and a movie in the park night. Suggest also build on events sponsored by other organizations.
- Park Renewal Committee is planning a fundraiser in the near future.
- Traffic and Safety: On May 17, Adam Vaughan and area residents walked Barton and discussed how to slow traffic on this street. Adam suggested local kids could paint the intersections in bright colourful ways to highlight them, that Fiesta Farms could deliver groceries by bicycle, that the speed limit on the school block be reduced, and a zig zag parking pattern which would slow traffic down.
-Palmerston parents and the school are beginning research about car transportation in order to make recommendations regarding traffic around the school. School – SVRA and St Albans-SVRA liaisons being set up to facilitate discussion about transportation of kids.
-Concern about cyclists on Olive ignoring stop signs and travelling fast.
-There is support for increased enforcement of the traffic by-laws. Jen will remind Adam Vaughan of his promise to ask for Barton enforcement. The community can emphasize its concern by personally calling or emailing police.
- Planning Committee: The Chair reported that the proposed development on Christie and Yarmouth has changed substantially and requires a change in zoning, a community meeting and perhaps an OMB hearing. The city planner does not dispute the change which rearranges the already approved elements to move the larger building to face Christie and the town houses to face Yarmouth. A community meeting will be held shortly to discuss the change.
–The Chair will investigate development charges for a development going up on Dupont.
5. Annex Jazz Festival: To raise the profile of Seaton Village, Suzanna Birchwood asked for support for SVRA involvement in the first Annex Jazz Festival, August 25-29 at the Trane (964 Bathurst.) The proposal is to have an “impromptu” street event – a “sing-thing” – around the corner from the Trane. Local media would be informed of the event. Other suggestions included a New Orleans style jazz parade around Seaton Village. Suzanna will work with the Social Committee to organize the SV portion of the event. There would be no promotion costs
6. All candidates Mayoralty Debate: Local residents’ associations are hosting a mayoralty debate at Trinity St. Paul’s on Tuesday June 15. Andrew Ignatieff will represent the SVRA and ask questions from our community. Suggestions for questions included the need for more indoor winter recreation space and the need for the city to be committed to the urban environment. Thanks to Chris Scott-Dixon for creating the poster for all the residents’ associations.