June 2013

Happy June!

First, the SVRA would like to send an long-overdue thanks to everyone who came out to fill up on compost in the park, and for their on-going generosity to the SVRA


                       We truly appreciate Councillor Vaughan’s efforts to deliver the Black Gold to the park and are grateful our gardens can continue to benefit from his generosity THANKS SIR!

Seaton Village Laneway Project!

Congratulations to Ed Janiszewski and his generous group of volunteers:  Special thanks to avid historians Katie and Sally Thomas, Susan Wright, Peter Groves and Dorothea Jakob. Special thanks to Natasha Milijasevic for her photographic skills which has made for easier identification of the lanes. Also thanks to Mark Fram for sharing his knowledge of maps of Seaton and vicinity and creating the lane map you see. And more thanks to Matthew Kleinosky for his web skills to make the map interactive.

PLEASE see the amazing fruits of their labour: The Seaton Village Laneway Project Website  and check out the posting on the Seaton Village (Toronto) Facebook page


Planning: Bathurst St. Study

Planning Study Background

The City of Toronto has initiated a study to develop a built form and land use vision for Bathurst Street between Queen and Dupont Streets.

The purpose of this study is to develop a planning and urban design framework that addresses land use, built form, heritage, and the public realm.

This study emerged in response to recent development activity along Bathurst Street, specifically RIO CAN’s recently submitted development proposal for a Walmart on Bathurst, at the site previously occupied by Kromer and 3 other businesses, as well as other significant proposals, including here in Seaton Village (please see below for more information)

Bathurst Street plays a unique role as a boundary between the area our Official Plan identifies as “Downtown and Central Waterfront” and the rest of the city  (Official Plan is currently under review)

Note from SVRA: The western side of Bathurst St in Seaton Village has an Avenues designation (problematic in iteself, for our little neighbourhood) and across the street, the East side (Annex) is qualified as Downtown.

You are invited to meetings for the public :

  • Monday June 10 2013: Public Meeting from      6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Sunday June 23 2013: Study Area Bus Tour      and Design Day from 1:00-7:00 Pm

Both events will take place at the College Street United Church at 452 Bathurst Street, northwest corner of Bathurst and College

Please RSVP to this invitation by contacting Ian Malczewski imalczewski@swerhun.com at Swerhun Facilitation. If you are interested in participating in meetings but are unable to attend, please let us know so we can explore alternative meeting times for future meetings. We will share meeting summaries with all interested individuals. We look forward to speaking with and learning from you.

To submit comments or questions, please contact: Liora Freedman
Planner, Community Planning
City Hall, 18th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Tel: 416 338 5747
Fax: 416-392-1330
Email: lfreedm@toronto.ca

 147,000 s.f. Development Proposal for Bathurst, south of College, to include Walmart

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For those interested in attending the public meeting to discuss: Thursday June 6th, 2013   7:00pm College St United Church @ College and Bathurst St (entry of College)

The store would be part of a 147,000 square-foot proposed retail project to be built by RioCan real estate investment trust.

The complex would be three floors, and Walmart would occupy levels two and three. Underground parking for about 300 cars would also be provided.


255 Christie St: the next stage of construction has, very obviously, begun at this site. Concerns about the project have been made known to Barry Brooks and David Oikawa our Mid Town Planners, with Ted Winiarz and Sam Choy at Building Inspections and have also been brought to the attention of Councillor Vaughan and his staff. Protective fencing, tree hoarding, landscaping, parking and access as well as laneway activity are being addressed. For more information on the development please refer to the SVRA planning page: http://seatonvillage.ca/planning/  or refer to attachments



14 Division – Public Safety Alert, Police request assistance with     robbery investigation Bathurst/Barton

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 10:30 p.m., on Bathurst Street north of Barton Street, a man approached the victim, asking for assistance in getting directions to a certain street

  • the victim, who had been on his iPhone, assisted the man
  •  the man stated he couldn’t understand the directions and asked to look at the phone
  • the victim let the man hold the phone, the man ripped it from the victim’s hand and attempted to drive off
  • the victim reached inside the vehicle and was dragged by the vehicle as the suspect attempted to flee
  • the victim was dragged down Bathurst Street to Barton Street, then eastbound on Barton Street, where the man rammed a parked car to dislodge the victim
  • the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries

The vehicle is described as a white Charger- or Dart-type vehicle with LED lights on the rear

It is further reported that:

– on Saturday, May 18, 2013, the same man, in two separate cases, stole two women’s iPhones, one in the College Street/Spadina Avenue Area, the second in the Bathurst Street/Harbord Street area

In the incident relating to the theft investigation at Bathurst Street/Harbord Street, the man was with a woman. The woman is classified as a suspect. She is described as white, 35, 5’5″, thin, bleached blonde hair, cut to the chin.

The man is described as white with tan skin, 35, 6′, with short, brown hair and spoke with a distinctive British accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-140 0, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Detective Christopher Chilvers, 14 Division.

P.C. Gord Reid #1703, 14 Division.

Note: The SVRA has tried contacting Officer Gord Reid to update the status of this case and provide more information. We will provide any updates ASAP


The Climbing Tree

 Emerald Ash Borer Tree Management Plan

Do you have an Ash tree on your property or know someone else who does? Not sure if your tree is an Ash? Green Seaton is here to help!

The Green Seaton Committee is collaborating with the HVRA and Uof T to create an inventory of Ash Trees in the ward in the effort to preserve trees that are being killed by the European Ash Borer (EAB).

Check out Linda Read’s posts on Seaton Village (Toronto) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2374718721/

Please connect with the SVRA seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com so we can assist with identifying your tree and its condition, and to discuss options!

Also you can check out: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/E2892Ash.pdf and http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ash+tree+identification&id=F4ED622F9546833E80B17F847FF94794044F7772&FORM=IQFRBA



Park Renewal: Our Municipal partners are confirming start dates for the upcoming phase of the park renewal, to include work on the main playing field and dog off-leash, area early next week. We apologise for the delay and small bursts of information, but we will publish the schedule ASAP/as soon as we receive it!

Please note: we can keep the bocce courts open for the most part, but we will have to close them for intervals as we do grading work east and west of the courts. This means that access to the diagonal path south of the courts (including seating/bench area and trees) will also have to be blocked for the same intervals. The courts, seating area, pathway and trees will all be protected during construction.

The City will be replacing information on the notice board within the park pertaining to the playground renewal/previous stage of construction with updated information about the upcoming construction phase. Keep an eye out for that within the next week (or so J)

Community Gardens: The SVRA and St Albans Boys and Girls Club continue to work on the gardens around the north east corner of the park. If you love to weed, have a penchant for plant identification or love garden design, please let us know!



We sincerely apologise for the irregularities in our meeting schedule this year; this is something the SVRA would like to – is trying to – remedy since our regular meeting space became unavailable !

We would also truly appreciate hearing from you about SVRA meeting times and any barriers preventing your attendance at meetings!

  • Child Care?
  • Location?
  • Meeting times?
  • Content – is there something of interest you’d like to bring to the table?!

The SVRA needs YOU!  Do you enjoy event planning?  urban planning? Do you have a thing for neighbourhood safety? Want to have a say in neighbourhood transportation issues? Just HOW much do you love your park – want to be a part of a Friends of Vermont Square Park? Do you have ideas around improving the SVRA (as an) organization?!