Monthly Archives: November 2010

SVRA Community Safety Awareness and Crime Prevention

 As a part of November 10th’s SVRA meeting, PC Kozak from 14 Division spoke to community members about the most recent incidence of Break and Enter Crimes plaguing the neighbourhood.

A summary has been written up detailing a series of prevention strategies and the protocol if you find yourself a victim of a (break and enter) crime. To read the Crime Prevention Strategy and Protocol Summary: Community Awareness Document_draft1

Thankfully, 14 Division has confirmed the crimes have since ceased.The SVRA Safety Committee, however, is working on a number of initiatives involving the community to display our spirit of solidarity TBA!

 Comments, questions, want to get involved with the Traffic and Safety Committees? Send us a message at

Thanks to everyone in attendance.

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Friends of Christie Pits Park and Christie Ossington Residents’ Association Form Collaborative Partnership!

We would like to call attention to the recent creation of an umbrella group created by Friends of Christie Pits Park and CORA – Christie Ossington Residents’ Association, in to what will now called ” Christie Pits Residents’ Association.”

Congratulations go to Dawn Vrablic and Monica Gupta on the amazing collaboration. We at the SVRA look forward to many wonderful opportunities to partner in the future.

Please read below for a message from Dawn regarding these changes:

My name is Dawn Vrablic and I’m the new Chair of CORA.  As you know, Angela has done an outstanding job and I intend to continue that work, particularly in places like the Irene Avenue Parkette.  And don’t worry – Angela will stay with us as Chair of our Safety Committee.

At our meeting last night we discussed the future of CORA.  It was a lively discussion and we covered a lot of ground.  I will forward minutes soon, but I wanted to share some points here (in case you find reading minutes as tedious as I do).

    – a membership drive will begin in the new year to let all our neighbours know we’re here and they are welcome to join

    – a small website will be created to include our goals and general information about the group

    – CORA will be renamed the Christie Pits Residents’ Association and our website will be at, along with the Friends of Christie Pits Park.  The reasons for this name change are both practical (, and all other logical variations are not available) as well as symbolic.  This neighbourhood is known throughout the city as Christie Pits.  We decided last night to fully embrace it.  

    – Our new Google Group will be The Christie Pits Residents’ Association  Those on the existing CORA list will be automatically added soon, all other residents are welcome to join.

    – The Christie Pits Community Association will be an umbrella organisation enabling the friends of the park and the residents’ association to work more closely together.  We will invite other area groups to join – giving us a unified and stronger voice on issues that affect us all.

I feel this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the group’s history.  CORA is a great group and a great base on which to build.  Please feel free to contact me with your feedback, questions or suggestions.  I’d love to hear what you want from your residents’ association!

All the best,

Dawn Vrablic
Christie Pits Residents’ Association (formerly CORA)

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Vermont Square Park Concept Designs

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to those of you who came out to view the three concept designs and share your opinions.  For those of you who were not able to come or who wish to review the designs again, please click on this link:  Vermont Open House One Panels[fa]small

To read comments written on the clipboards at the open house: 3 Scheme-public-comments

Please forward any additional comments to


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Vermont Square Park Renewal Process Open House – Tonight Wednesday November 17th

The SVRA would like to remind you all of the Vermont Square Park Renewal Open House tonight 7:00 – 9:00pm in the Library Room of Palmerston School.

Tonight is the first of 2 open houses scheduled to review the draft plans for the Park presented by Plant Architect Inc., Bob Duguid City of Toronto Planner, and the VSPRC.

Tonight’s open house presentation is the first public consultation on the first draft plan.

The next open house is scheduled for Monday December 6th 7:00 – 9:00pm also at Palmerston School in the library.
This is the community’s opportunity to review the revised draft plan for Vermont Square Park.

 Celebratory and festive holiday mixer to follow  – first drink courtesy of the SVRA!
****location TBA!

We look forward to seeing you tonight AND on the 6th!

Have a question? email us at:

With thanks – SVRA and VSPRC

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Vermont Square Park Renwal Process – Notes, Briefs and Images

To read notes from from the community meeting and briefs submitted to Plant Architect Inc., and to view images/briefs from our 2 design charrettes:

Vermont Square leash free dog brief

St Alban’s Youth brief

Seaton Village Playground Brief


Notes from Open Community Meeting:

Vermont Square Clip Flipchart notes[1]

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Design Charrette Number 1:

Vermont Charrette 1 clipboard notes[1]


Design Charrette number 2

Design Charrette no. 2

Design Charette no. 2

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Community Open House to Review Draft Plans of Vermont Square Park

There are two open houses scheduled with Plant Architect Inc. for the presentation and review of the first and then the revised draft of  the plan for the park AT PALMERSTON SCHOOL – LIBRARY

  • Wednesday November 17th 7:00 -9:00 pm  – first public consultation on first draft; 
  • Monday December 6th 7:00-9:00pm   – second public consultation on revised draft plan

We look forward to seeing you there!

With thanks – SVRA and VSPRC

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14 Division Representative to Attend November SVRA Meeting

A police representative will be in attendance this Wednesday November 10th at the SVRA meeting to discuss the recent and ongoing occurrence of home B&E’s and car vandalism in Seaton Village.

While there has been an arrest made in conjunction with 33 B&E’s in the neighbourhood, homes continue to be burlarized and individuals have been observed walking the neighbourhood checking door handles of area cars – throughout the day! Night time sees windows of cars being smashed, especially in back laneways.

The officer will be available to speak and respond to questions between 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

 The SVRA meeting will continue addessing agenda items from 8:00-8:30ish.

We look forward to seeing you at St. Alban’s upstairs in the library. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward any questions or concerns to and we will pass them along to the officer in attendance.

If there is something you would like to add to the SVRA meeting Agenda, please forward those ideas to us!

If there’s a topic you would like to see included in a speaker series or have presented at our monthly meetings, please let us know!

Again, our email address is


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