Monthly Archives: October 2010

Recent Rash of Break-ins and Lane Way Robberies in Seaton Village!

Sadly, we are getting accounts of neigbours suffering the consequences of homes and cars being broken-in to in Seaton Village…AGAIN or is it STILL!

In the past week, cars in the laneway behind Vermont Ave/Leal rental were broken in to. The same goes for the laneway in between Markham and Palmerston from Follis to Barton!

Homes were broken in to in broad daylight (computers, jeweley being stolen) along the same stretches of Markham AND Vermont – more than twice in 2 nights!!!

Please lock doors and windows!

Please go to the Crime Prevention of Toronto website for info: www.cpatoronto.org and report crimes to the police at 14 Division. We all need to keep our eyes open and request more community bike police presence in the neighbourhood. The community response officer for 14 Division is at 416-808-1500. You can call that number to voice your concerns. If you have been a victim of a theft, destruction of property or vandalism, CALL THE POLICE AND FILE A REPORT. Ask for the FILE NUMBER.  The number to report a crime is 416-808-2222.

Below is part of the text from the 14 division September newsletter (p.9):
Remember, all crimes should be reported to the police immediately, even if it is only an attempt. Hesitate only long enough to ensure your safety. Crime cannot be controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself and others. Confrontation with suspicious people or suspected criminals is not recommended. Remember your safety is paramount. If a crime has occurred, do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected it for evidence.
– Become the best witness possible by noticing details about the suspect, mannerism, age, height, weight and appearance, compare them to yourself or people you know
Memorize tattoos, scars or prominent features
– Note clothing worn but keep in mind that outer clothing can be changed
– Vehicle licence number, make, model, colour and number of doors
– Call police immediately! Hesitate long enough to ensure your own safety
Help us help you. Opening your eyes to your surroundings can mean closing your neighbourhood to crime. To obtain brochures or further information, please contact P.C. Gord Reid, 14 Crime Prevention at 416-808-1529 or email Gord Reid: gordon.reid@torontopolice.on.ca

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Community Response Meeting October 26, 2010

CORA (Christie Ossington Resident’s Association) and Friends of Christie Pits Park along with the  Crime Prevention Assosciation of Toronto http://cpatoronto.org/home  and 14 Division, met with the community to discuss community safety and health in response to the recent shooting on Bloor St at Crawford.

Jenny Foster SVRA Traffic and Safety Chair attended the meeting. Her comment:

The meeting on Tuesday really focused primarily on gun, gangs and violent crimes, particularly west of Crawford where territorial struggles are taking place  – less on vandalism and property.  The tone was informative and constructive, and the key message that kept getting repeated is the importance of reporting any suspicious activity.  The officers noted a few recent cases where simple tips and minor details provided by citizens led to arrests and convictions.  I will provide a more thorough profile of the meeting for the next SVRA meeting, but in the mean-time here is part of the text from the 14 division September newsletter (p.9).
“Remember, all crimes should be reported to the police immediately, even if it is only an attempt. Hesitate only long enough to ensure your safety. Crime cannot be controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself and others. Confrontation with suspicious people or suspected criminals is not recommended. Remember your safety is paramount. If a crime has occurred, do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected it for evidence.
– Become the best witness possible by noticing details about the suspect, mannerism, age, height, weight and appearance, compare them to yourself or people you know
– Memorize tattoos, scars or prominent features
– Note clothing worn but keep in mind that outer clothing can be changed
– Vehicle licence number, make, model, colour and number of doors
– Call police immediately! Hesitate long enough to ensure your own safety
Help us help you. Opening your eyes to your surroundings can mean closing your neighbourhood to crime. To obtain brochures or further information, please contact P.C. Gord Reid, 14 Crime Prevention at 416-808-1529 or email to: gordon.reid@torontopolice.on.ca ”

To read Jenny Foster’s brief: Christie Pits Safety Meeting w

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November 1st Community Charette Workshop

The SVRA, the Vermont Square Park Renewal Committee, and Plant Architect Inc. in partnership with the City of Toronto are holding the second of 2 community design workshops (Charettes) Monday November 1st 7:00 -9:00 @ St. Albans Boys and Girls club in the library on the second floor.

We had a wonderful turnout in Vermont Square park last weekend on Saturday October 23rd. The theme explored was  “Paths and Small Gathering spaces.” Participants used balloons to imagine where a gazebo might be best situated and long ropes to consider where a variety of pathways might bisect and connect our park and neighbourhood.

This Monday night, we will be exploring the themes ” ‘Passive’ (Quiet, Non Recreational) and ‘Active’ (Recreational, Sport) uses of the Park. Yes, this includes, amongst many topics, the playground, the open green space, the empty or under-utilized spaces – the entire park!

To access the briefs submitted by the playground committee, members of our dog community and St Alban’s Youth Council:

Seaton Village Playground Brief

St Alban’s Youth brief

Vermont Square leash free dog brief

Hopefully you have received a flyer from the City in your mailbox ! To see the flyer: November 1 Design workshop VSP

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you either before or after you’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the Pumpkin Patch in the park  from 5:00 – 9:00 pm !!!

If you are unable to attend the charette and want your 2 cents heard, you can reach us at seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com We are always pleased to hear from you and assure you all messages are passed along to the team at Plant!

Happy Halloween!

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Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch

Hi Neighbours!

It’s that time of the year again…time for the Pumpkin Patch!

Please see our flyer for details: Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch_2010_e-flyer

Come with your pumpkins any time after 4pm on Monday November 1st.

If you’d like to help out send us an email  seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com  We are always grateful to those who are able to light and keep our pumpkins glowing.

Come fill up on pumpkin cookies graciously provided by Madeleines with a mug of delicious hot chocolate or apple cider  to keep you warm. Remember BYOMug!

Happy Halloween Seaton Village!

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Friends of Christie Pits and CORA Emergency Community Response Meeting Tuesday October 26th 7p.m.

This message below was sent out by Monica Gupta, Chair Friends of Christie Pits.  To connect with the FCPP website, please go to the “links” section of the SVRA website

The SVRA will be in attendance at this meeting.

Hello all,

The recent shootings in the Bloor and Shaw street area have really shown the need for our community to get together to discuss how to prevent this from happening again.

We will have a joint CORA (Christie Ossington Residents Association) and FCPP (Friends of Christie Pits Park) Emergency Meeting.  I would really like to encourage as many of you to come and participate and share your ideas.  Please tell all your neighbours (especially those without email) to come.

We have confirmed that we will have representation from 14 Division, Business Improvement Area (BIA) and hopefully the new Councilor.  I would like to see other business owners, residents and community groups come.  This is our neighbourhood let’s keep it safe.

Thank you,
Monica Gupta
Chair
Friends of Christie Pits Park

Friends of Christie Pits Park (FCPP) and Christie Ossington Residents Association (CORA)

Emergency Community Response Meeting

Tuesday October 26th

7p.m. to 9p.m.

Bickford Centre Cafeteria
777 Bloor St. W.

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Vermont Square Park Renewal Process – Community Input

The community has provided suggestions and ideas for the Park Renewal Process in the form of submitted briefs, ideas placed in the boxes provided earlier at Palmerston Library and St Alban’s and at the Open Public Meeting held on October 5th, 2010.  These can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

To view the brief provided by the Playground Committee click here: Seaton Village Playground Brief

To view the brief provided by St Alban’s Youth Council click  here: St Alban’s Youth brief

To view the brief submitted by members of the neighbourhood dog community for dogs and off-leash  click here: Vermont Square leash free dog brief

To view notes from clip boards and flip charts October 5th open community meeting click here: Vermont Square Clip Flipchart notes[1]

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Plant Architect Design Brief for Vermont Square Park Renewal Process

Plant Architects have prepared a refined design brief for the park renewal.  A copy of that brief can be found here:

VERMONT REFINED DESIGN BRIEF FA-101021 (2)

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