Monthly Archives: February 2011

Adam Vaughan to host Barton Ave Traffic Meeting March 1st 2011

The Seaton Village Residents’ Association encourages all local residents to attend a meeting organized by Councillor Adam Vaughan to discuss traffic on Barton Avenue

 The meeting will take place on Tuesday March 1st  at 7 pm in the Palmerston Library basement.

This meeting follows a series of focused discussions about strategies for improving safety along Barton Avenue, between Christie Street and Bathurst Street.  Over the past three years, local residents and the SVRA have worked cooperatively with Councillor Vaughan to explore a variety of approaches to enhanced safety, including changes to the traffic management plan and traffic calming measures.  Traffic studies reveal that over 3500 vehicles utilize Barton daily.  Key concerns are cut-through traffic, speed and volume.  The road was designated as a relatively narrow (7.3 meters) “collector road” in the last comprehensive traffic plan completed over a decade ago.  Enrolment at Palmerston Avenue Public School has increased significantly since the current traffic management plan was established, and the school has also raised concerns about the local traffic pattern.

 In 2009 a by-law was approved restricting southbound left hand turns from Christie Street onto Barton.  In the days after the new signs were installed, numerous residents from streets in the area complained and Councilor Vaughan sought further community consultation and subsequent suspension of the turn restriction pending review.  Most recently, a study of traffic calming measures was prepared by the Director of Transportation Services Toronto and East York District. The staff report and recommendations can be viewed online at

 The purpose of the 1 March meeting is for Councillor Vaughan to gather input on this issue and the recommendations of the report.  Please review the report in advance of the meeting, and rsvp to Rebecca Hewitt of Councilor Vaughan’s office (email or call 416 392-4044).

 PLEASE NOTE: Local residents have also reported traffic volume and safety problems on other Seaton Village streets, such as Palmerston north of Barton and Rossmore Road.  While these are certainly also important concerns, this meeting will focus specifically on Barton Avenue and the 25 January 2011 Transportation Services report.

The SVRA will provide opportunities to consider all other traffic related issues in the very near future. Date to be decided. If you have other traffic-related concerns  please email the SVRA @

With thanks,


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Super Fun Family Day Skate!

We had a blast skating at Bill Bolton Monday! Many thanks to all our Seaton Village friends and family who shared Family Day with us…

A big thanks to Bill Bolton Arena  – to Larry Powers and the rink staff who were so generous with their time and energy and smiled their way through the afternoon sharpening our skates, pouring hot chocolate and scooping (and sweeping up!) bags of popcorn. We really do appreciate the time at the rink and the hospitality. Now that’s COMMUNITY!

It was much fun!  Thanks for putting on another great event Roxane O’Brien (our fabulous Social Cmttee Chair)

All the best,


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Seaton Village Family Skate Monday February 21st 2:00 – 4:00

Please join the Seaton Village Residents’ Association for our annual Family Day skate at Bill Bolton Arena!

Bring your friends and family for skating from 2:00 – 4:00

Hot chocoloate will be available courtesy of the SVRA, so BYOM (bring your own mug)!!!

Information will be available about membership and volunteering opportunities and members of the Vermont Square Park renewal committee will be on site to discuss the revitilization of the park starting this summer!

We look forward to seeing you there:

All the best and happy Family Day!


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Drug Investigation at Pizza Gigi

14 Division – Man faces 15 charges in drug investigation, Marihuana seized, valued at $1 million

On Sunday February 13, 2011, members from the 14 Division Major Crime Unit, Vice Section, started a drug investigation at Pizza Gigi, at 189 Harbord Street.
It is alleged that:
– the accused sold marihuana from the business.
On Monday, February 14, 2011, at 1:30 a.m., police executed a search warrant at 189 Harbord Street,
It is further alleged that:
– police seized a quantity of marihuana, valued at $1 million, 1/2 ounce of crack cocaine, Oxycocet, Oxycontin, MDMA and $8,000 in cash.
Salvatore Crimi, 57, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Traffic in Marihuana,
2) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
3) Possession of Cocaine,
4) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
5) Possession for the Purpose Marihuana,
6) Possession of Marihuana,
7) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
8) Possession for the Purpose controlled substance,
9) Possession of Controlled Substance,
10)Possession for the Purpose controlled substance,
11)Possession of Controlled,
12)Possession for the Purpose controlled substance,
13)Possession of Controlled Substance,
14)Possession for the Purpose Marihuana,
15)Possession of Marihuana.
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Monday, February 14, 2011, room 103, at 10 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
< p>Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Brian Kelly, 14 Divison

To read the CBC story:

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February 9th, 2011 SVRA Meeting

The SVRA will be meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm Wednesday February 9th 2011 at St. Albans’, upstairs in the library.

The meeting will feature Ed Janiszewski, a member of the Community History Project. Ed  intends to resurrect the plan to name the 52 lanes in Seaton Village, first attempted by the SVRA in 2008.
With a map display provided by the Community History Project (CHP), Ed will give some background of the city’s plan to name lanes, the successful Cabbagetown effort, contacts with Cabbagetown and Harbord Village Resident’s Association, the CHP resources, and offer some examples of noted former residents of Seaton Village.
Ed informed us that he will be looking for support from the SVRA to involve the neighbourhood in suggesting lane names, in researching their appropriateness, and using the SVRA website and possibly poster displays, interviewing residents and business owners, using archival records and newspaper archives to authenticate selected names.

While Ed is happy to take a lead role, participation from the neighbourhood is needed to have city approval for funds.

We hope you can join us to hear more about this project and participate in what we hope will be a lively discussion.

Note: Jane Beecroft, Board member of the Toronto Historical Association, the Community History Project and the Toll keeper’s Cottage will be our key speaker at our March SVRA meeting to tell us all about the history of our fine neighbourhood. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming meetings! 


7:00 – 8:00 Lane Naming initiative: Ed Janiszewski

8:00 – 8:30

  • Park renewal update: please see park renewal page for the latest revisions to the master plan drawings
  • Upcoming Social and Community Events: The Stirrup Cup and Family Skate – need participants, cheering squad and for the skate VOLUNTEERS to help with membership, cash, hot chocolate flow etc…
  • Traffic Committee update – Adam Vaughan/City reccomendations to Barton Ave traffic flow and brief
  • SafetyCommittee: Neighbourhood Watch  – quick update
  • Website: changes including Membership.

Agenda may be subject to some changes.



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