Happy New Year to many area residents!
Fall is upon us and abuzz with lots of neighbourhood goings-on, community events and upcoming meetings. For more information, please refer to minutes from our September 19th SVRA meeting (including Park renewal updates)
SIDEBAR: The SVRA is hoping to attach a calendar on the website publicizing the many community events throughout the neighbourhood and beyond! If you have some web savvy and are also familiar with WordPress, we would so appreciate your creative input! Please help spread the word and send us an email or let us know on Facebook: Seaton Village (Toronto)
THEY’RE BAAAAACK! Water heater scams in the neighbourhood: National Home Services is on the prowl again in our neighbourhood.
Police have been notified by area residents and are well aware of what these guys are doing. These are the water heater salespeople who claim they work for Enbridge and they’re just swapping out old water heaters with new ones for free, and then lock you into a contract with them, and you’re stuck paying out your contract for your old heater as well as the new contract, and also the costs to have your old one hauled away.
***Please be on alert for this company, and other water heater companies coming to the door and asking to come inside to inspect your old water heater.
Bike Theft, Car Smash and Grab and Break and Enter Crimes in the neighbourhood
There are way way way too many crimes of this nature happening throughout Seaton Village with a real rise in the volume of crime being reported to the SVRA.
No matter how beat up your bike, or whether you believe your beloved will never be found, if you choose not to report damages from a smash and grab to your car with your insurance company PLEASE call any incidents of theft and vandalism to the police!!!
Laneway crimes are up, but the police are unaware.
If we want increased police presence in the neighbourhood, then the police need to have just cause to be here – hard facts given WHEN YOU CALL THE CRIME IN!!!
Please refer to our safety page for contact numbers, protocol and more information: http://seatonvillage.ca/safety/
Maple Crete: Sidewalk repair on Manning Ave
Transportation staff has informed us that repair work to sidewalks along Manning will continue for this week. Welcome repairs to sidewalks and roads are happening along Mannig from Dupont to Bloor and also along the south side of Dupont. Transportation/Works Manager Joe Machedo was contacted to discuss the lack of communication from the City including advance notice, the scope of work to be done and roads involved which has impacted acess to the neighbourhood and area homes, as well as seriously reducing parking in the area. It was also discovered that Maple Crete was closing access to laneways and roads without the City’s knowledge.
If you are experiencing any challenges or for more information, please contact City Inspector Mohamed Abdi (416) 938.6183
October 1st: Redistribution of Federal Ridings to include Trinity Spadina.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario released the proposed federal riding redistribution for Trinity-Spadina. The proposed changes will remove the Annex and Seaton Village from the current riding boundaries. The maps can be viewed at http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/content.asp?section=on&dir=now/proposals&document=index&lange.
Local representatives and key stakeholders within the community, including the Seaton Village Residents’ Association, were invited to discuss these changes and view current and proposed maps at Olivia Chow’s constitiuency office on September 10th, 2012. To view the meeting brief please see Community Consultation Meeting Summary: Community Consultation Meeting Summary – September 10, 2012
While the focus was on our riding, there was also discussion about other alternatives to the present proposal, such as suggesting the creation of a new electoral district at the foot of our existing riding, tentatively to be called Toronto Waterfront. This would extend along the harbour, encompassing the Toronto islands and the condo developments in that area.
Please refer to maps of Trinity Spadina:
Commision Riding Proposal: Commission Proposed Riding Boundary Changes – Toronto
Statistics for (Olivia Chow’s) counter proposal boundary changes.
The new proposed boundary changes in terms of population breakdown is as follows:
Trinity – Spadina Status Quo:144,733 [36.27 (variation)]
Trinity – Spadina Commission Proposal: 102,057 [-3.91]
Trinity – Spadina Alternative Proposal: 102,755 [3.2%]
There will be an opportunity for you to make a public hearing when the Commission is in Toronto on Wednesday, November 14 at 10am at North York Civic Centre 5100 Yonge St OR on Thursday, November 15 at 11:30am at Metro Hall 55 John St.
If you wish to make a presentation at a hearing or submit a comment, you should inform the commission in writing no later than October 1, 2012.
It was decided at the September 19th SVRA meeting that the SVRA will be publishing a letter of non support for the redistribution and articulating support for Olivia Chow’s suggested counter-proposal on the SVRA website: coming soon
Please note: Members/Community members are encouraged to write similar letters expressing their agreement/disagreement with the proposed changes.
Please send: Olivia Chow’s office a copy of these letters so that Olivia can also speak on these issues.
Your notice of presentation should include:
- your name, address and contact information the organization you represent (if any)
- the date of the public hearing that you wish to attend
- a short overview of the issues you intend to address your official language of preference, and
- any accommodation needs you may have.
You can also send your written notice by mail to:
Ms. Beverly Hayter
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario
130 King Street West, Suite 3670
P.O. Box 368
Toronto, ON M4X2A2
Where:Miles Nadal JCC (Bloor and Spadina) room 318
****Please also refer to the Annex Residents’ Association’s Bike Policy, written, presented and adopted by the ARA last year: AdoptedAnnex Bicycle Policy_14022011
October 9th: Councillor Vaughan’s Open Community Meetings at St Albans Boys and Girls Club (upstairs library) to discuss:
- 6:00 pm – 555 Dupont St – Leal Rental zoning
- 7:00pm – Barton Street mid-block staggered parking review
Please see Councillor Vaughan’s most recent newsletter for more details and other Ward 20 news: http://www.ward20.ca/
Saturday September 29th: Palmerston Community Daycare Fallfest
- When: 11:00 – 3:00pm
- Where: Palmerston Ave P.S Grounds(734 Palmerston Ave)
- Activities Include: Silent Auction, Used Book Sale, Bake Sale and Cafe, BBQ, Giant Chess Game, Karate Demos, Guessing Jars, Pony Ride, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Photo Buttons, Cake Walk etc…
***Book Donations can be brought to the front lobby of Palmerston School 🙂
Saturday October 6th at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St): 9:00 AM
Build carboard creations of all sorts at home, then bring your creations to Wychwood Barns and turn the 7,000 square foot space into the ultimate Cardboard Playdium!
Starting Sunday October 7th: Kaeja d’Dance at Vermont Square Park
“Summer’s hottest cultural event” The Globe and Mail
This summer, Co-Artistic Directors Karen & Allen Kaeja brought contemporary dance performances to the porches, courtyards and streets of the Seaton Village neighbourhood with PORCH VIEW DANCES .
Now, Kaeja d’Dance invites you to participate in FLOCK LANDING in Vermont Square Park
Missing PORCH VIEW DANCES ?
Wish you could have been involved?
Come out and dance with us!
Kaeja d’Dance invites you to participate in our Flock Landing experiential performances:Flyer1page
Join us every Sunday in October at Vermont Square Park.
Drop by to any or all of these dance happenings, no pre-registration is required!
Flock Landing is suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.
It’s free to participate – and there is unlimited space.
No dance experience is necessary – participants will be guided through the work by Kaeja d’Dance artists
Meryem Alaoui, Kate Knox, Lua Shayenne, Liisa Smith, Kaitlin Torrance, Julia Wyncoll and others.
Sunday, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012
4:00 – 4:30 PM
Vermont Square Park
(south of St. Alban’s and east of the playground)
For performance videos see: http://www.kaeja.org/events_performances.html
New Course for Step Moms being offered at Bloorcourt Therapy:
This is to inform you of two upcoming 8-week Step Mom Support groups that I will be co-facilitating beginning in two weeks, October 9th – November 7th.
All the best,
Jennifer and the SVRA