Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Seaton Village Residents’ Association Condemns Recent Smear Campaigns in Wards 19, 20 and TDSB Ward 10

We have been besieged by shameful smear campaigns during this recent pre-election campaign time.

Olivia Chow, Kristyn Wong Tam and Munira Abukar have all experienced horrific hate and racism during this election

Recently, and locally, allegations were made against Terri Chu from a “Concerned Citizen” and now TDSB Ward 10 Trustee candidate Ausma Malik has been the target of hateful, racist flyers circulated throughout the northern parts of Wards 19 and 20, TDSB Ward 10 from so-called “Concerned Parents.”

Three school board candidate meetings have been disrupted by charges of radical extremism, screamed and threatening accusations aimed at sowing suspicions of a Muslim candidate’s fitness to serve as a school Trustee. Police were in attendance at the final meeting and removed one of the disruptive audience members from the hall.

Ironically one of her fellow candidates for Trustee of Ward 10 urged voters to fact check using the internet. It can be argued that neither Google nor Reddit provide actual facts, it can also be argued that newspapers, their journalists and articles can be biased. Ausma Malik can and has responded to allegations claiming she holds extremist, racist views, has participated in fraudulent elections at UofT and more.

She has repeatedly said – and again recently at the Ward 10 School Trustee forum organized by the ARA, HSRO, HVRA, SVRA, Harbord Village BIA and Bloor St BIA – very clearly – she does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. She is not a supporter of radical Islam. She does not support instruction in any religion in Public Schools.  She has been forced into stating the obvious – that she does not support terrorism.

The author(s) of all these flyers have, cowardly, remained anonymous.

Elections are a most serious time in the life of a democracy. Slurs and innuendoes and personal attacks undermine our political system.  This statement does not indicate endorsement of Ms Malik or any particular candidate. The SVRA and other Ward 19 and 20 RAs by taking positions against these tactics are standing up for the democratic process.

The City of Toronto’s motto is “Diversity is our Strength.”Let’s show that now and forever.

The Ausma Malik campaign team have alerted the police and an investigation is underway to discover the sources of the flyers. The SVRA wishes to thank democratically-minded and wonderful community members who have particiapted in stopping these assaults

Please see the Seaton Village (Toronto) Facebook page for more discussion: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2374718721/

Please note: parts of this letter were reproduced with permission from the anti-hate letter signed by the HVRA, HSRO, PARA and Grange RA

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Barton St Traffic and Safety Walk

Area residents will be joined by staff from the Ward 20 office, municipal Transportation Technologist, Arshad Nazir, The VP of Palmerston Ave Public School, representation from 14 Division and members of the Seaton Village Residents’ Association

The first part of this session will be a walkabout to view and actively discuss challenges along Barton Ave and within the school zone.

Walkabout meeting time: 6:00pm at the northwest corner of Barton St and Palmerston Ave, just north of Palmerston Square

Those wishing to continue the discussion are invited to St Albans Boys’ and Girls’ Club for the second part of the meeting where it promises to be bright and warm!

Meeting time @ St Albans: aproximately 7:00pm – 8:00pm

To view past discussions regarding Barton St please read Traffic and Safety Minutes Oct 10 SVRA Meeting and or view the website: https://seatonvillage.ca/traffic-safety/

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Ward 20 Councillor Candidate Forum, SVRA Traffic and Safety Meeting + Central Tech Field position and

Ward 20 Councillor Candidate Forum

A Candidate forum sponsored by the Annex Residents’Association, Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization, Harbord Village Residents’Association, Seaton Village Residents’ Association, the Harbord Street BIA, and the Bloor Annex BIA is scheduled for:

Date: Thursday October 16th, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Trinity St. Paul’s Church (Bloor St. W. and Robert Street)

Forum format:

17 candidates have confirmed their attendance.

Each candidate will be invited to make a 90 second introductory statement. The order will be chosen by the organizers at random prior to the forum starting.

Following will be a Q&A session

Please pose questions in 2- 3 sentences avoiding a preamble speech! Thanks Each candidate will be given 60 seconds to respond. A rebuttal, if required, will be for 30 seconds

Confirmed Candidates participating: Mike Andreae, Stephanie Carty-Kegel, Daryl Christoff, Terri Chu, Joe Cressy, Sam Goldstein, Graham Hollings, Anshul Kapoor, Stella Karagiannakis, Albert Koehl, Tonny Louie, Charles MacDonald, Sam Novak, Kat Shermak, Sarah Thompson, Nick Wright, Mike Yen

Barton St Traffic Meeting

Please join the SVRA, Palmerston Ave Public School, the Ward 20 office and Transportation Service technician, Arshad Nazir as well as enforcement officials from 14 Division for a walkabout and discussion of Barton St: the Good, the Bad and the Seriously Ugly…

When: Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Time: 6:00pm walkabout followed by 7:00 – 8:00pm discussion at St Albans Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Meet us at the corner of Barton and Palmerston – Pete the Crossing Guard’s usual spot

This is a follow up meeting to the May 2014 SVRA meeting attended by Mr Nazir and the Ward 20 office

There are a number of very serious, ongoing traffic and safety-related concerns along Barton, in the School Zone and along Palmerston Ave. We are hoping this meeting will provide a tangible plan for some meaningful solutions to many of the neighbourhood/school’s concerns for area traffic and safety.

Please see the SVRA website for the history of this discussion, including minutes from the May SVRA meeting and other traffic/Barton St information: https://seatonvillage.ca/traffic-safety/

If you’d like to be a part of the SVRA Traffic and Safety team or if you have some ideas, and aren’t able to come to the meeting please let us know: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

Other Safety and traffic concerns: please let us know!

Central Technical School and Championship Field Improvements – ongoing

The Seaton Village Residents’ Association Executive members do not support the TDSB’s current proposal for or means employed by the TDSB, former school Trustee Chris Bolton or interim Trustee Briony Glassco to realize“championship field improvements” at Central Tech School through a private deal with Razor Management Ltd.

This is a decision arrived at after many months of the executive learning about both positions and understanding the details of the proposal as it unfolded – from the TDSB and from concerned residents in Harbord Village and from the Palmerston Area Residents’ Association. All information is available for those who seek it at the Harbord Village Residents’ Association website – with significant dates attached – at the Ward 10 Website, for those who wish to sign up for interim Trustee Glassco’s newsletters, from City of Toronto documents – and all other entirely public forum, In fact, Central Tech has it’s own open Facebook page. Information is being posted the the SVRA website ongoing. We apologise for any delays in posting information that contradicts accountability and transparency on the part of the SVRA.

Members of the SVRA executive were at CTS Field information meetings, attended Ward 10 meetings with Trustee Bolton and have been privy to ongoing communications from the Ward 10 School Trustee, from the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA) and its members/task force and from Palmerston Area Residents’ Association (PARA) whose members also participated on the task force working group.

The SVRA Executive has and continues to discuss the matter with the boards of the HVRA, PARA, the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) and the Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization, and we continue to receive communications from interim Trustee Glassco.

Please note: At no point in time has the goal of revitalizing the CTS field been challenged or opposed by the SVRA Executive, or, for that matter, by other RA’s or by the Ward 20 Councillor(s).

Clearly the field is in need of attention and drastic improvement for the benefit of the students. The SVRA does not oppose development of this field; opposition is for THIS proposed development of the field. The SVRA Executive supports their community partners the HVRA and PARA, and opposes the privatization of the field, the deal the TDSB made with Razor, and takes serious issue with the conduct, intention, communication and messaging of former Trustee Bolton, the TDSB, and interim Trustee Briony Glassco.

Furthermore, the Executive believes this matter should be held over until a Ward 10 TDSB Trustee and Ward 20 Councillor have been elected.

TDSB v City of Toronto to view the decision made at Divisional Court on September 30th, 2014

For information including detailed time lines of events from Harbord Village Residents’ Association: http://www.harbordvillage.com/

For information from Ward 10/TDSB: http://www.myward10.ca/

Central Tech’s website: “WTF” updates from Interim Trustee Glassco: http://schools.tdsb.on.ca/centraltech

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Honest Ed’s Updates: Mirvish Village Task Force survey results and…welcome Gregory Henriquez!

Over the summer, The Mirvish Village Task Group, lead by PARA (Palmerston Area Residents’ Association) and comprised of representatives from the ARA, HVRA and the SVRA conducted a survey of area residents to provide an opportunity to voice concerns and opinions about the future development of the Ed Mirvish property, including Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village. The survey closed July 12/2014.

PARA points out that “our neighbourhoods are coming under increasing pressure from development and intensification, from conversion of houses, to to potential infill (along Dupont, Bathurst and Christie Streets Sts. within Seaton Village,) to the redevelopment of the massive Honest Ed site, to proposals for large commercial and sports facilities on our borders.” As PARA states, “if we are to play an active and positive role in shaping the future of our neighbourhood, we need to articulate the values that make this neighbourhood an attractive and vibrant place in which to live. A vision for the neighbourhood is an essential basis for negotiations with the city and developers, however large or small. Furthermore, the proposed changes in the municipal approval process for development assume a neighbourhood vision that reflects the collective values of the community.”

Here are the mvtg survey report – final results: PARA and the task group would like to express our appreciation for all those who took the time to complete the survey!

The results were presented to Westbank Management Corp who have purchased the site in its entirety.

Westbank is well-known for community and stake holder engagement as an integral component of each specific project it undertakes. Revisioning Honest Ed’s – realizing this is the deconstruction of an icon – is a complex endeavour that Westbank is keenly aware of. Already this project is being developed with a strong foundation of community consultation and of mindfulness towards stakeholder (for eg., CSI Bathurst St) and resident’s/neighbourhood concerns, priorities, and values INCLUDING the deep and varied feelings that exist for Honest Ed’s and recognizing the historical significance and emotional attachment so many who live in or visit the neighbourhood have for Mirvish Village. In fact, the first question from the architect, Gregory Henriquez, hired to re-imagine Honest Ed’s and Mirvish was ” What are the dilemmas facing your neighbourhood and how can this project address this?”

To find out more about Mr Henriquez: http://henriquezpartners.com/ and Westbank Corp: http://westbankcorp.com/

Plans will be presented to the City as early as later this Fall  –  check out the planning process

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Ward 20 All Candidates Forum – Councillor – October 16th, 2014

A Candidate forum sponsored by the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA), Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization (HRSO), Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA), Seaton Village Residents’ Association (SVRA), the Harbord Street BIA, and the Bloor Annex BIA is scheduled for:

Date:                Thursday October 16th

Time:                7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location:           Trinity St. Paul’s Church (Bloor St. W. and Robert Street)

 

Check out this recent Rogers debate and Position Primer to learn more about the candidates!

Trustee candidates forum Ward 10 (Trinity Spadina)

Date: Thursday, October 23

***Details to follow

For a list of all Mayor, Ward 20 Councillor and All Ward 10 TDSB and TDCSB candidates

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Central Tech update — TDSB has lost another round in its fight to force an 8-storey commercial sports dome onto the Central Tech playing field

Courtesy of the Harbord Village Residents Association:

 

September 30, 2014
The TDSB appeal to Divisional Court was turned down today by the three justices who heard the appeal.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The day after the loss at Divisional Court, TDSB lawyer Gordon Petch wrote the Ontario Municipal Board requesting a 10-day hearing as soon as possible. He also requested the assistance of a board mediator “on an emergency basis” in hopes of fast-tracking a settlement between the city, the communities and the school board that will clear the way for the dome.

For details on legal and planning developments, please see our new Central Tech Legal/Planning webpage.

HVRA will soon be launching a fund-raising appeal to pay for expert planning, legal, and other advice needed to properly represent ourselves at any such proceeding.


An OPEN LETTER TO ELECTORS opposing the Central Tech dome proposal has been signed by 20 Councillor and Trustee Candidates in Trinity Spadina (Municipal Wards 19 and 20, and TDSB Ward 10).

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SVRA Executive Position on the Central Tech Field Improvements (Dome) Project

The Seaton Village Residents’ Association Executive members do not support the TDSB’s current proposal for or means employed by the TDSB, former school Trustee Chris Bolton or interim Trustee Briony Glassco to realize “championship field improvements” at Central Tech School through a private deal with Razor Management Ltd.

This is a decision arrived at after many months of learning about both positions and understanding the details of the proposal as it unfolded.

Members of the SVRA were at CTS Field information meetings, attended Ward 10 meetings with Trustee Bolton and have been privy to ongoing communications from the Ward 10 School Trustee, from the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA) and its members/task force and from Palmerston Area Residents’ Association (PARA) whose members also participated on the task force working group.

The SVRA Executive has and continues to discuss the matter with the boards of the HVRA, PARA, the Annex Residents Association (ARA) and the Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization (HSRO) .

Please note: At no point in time has the goal of revitalizing the CTS field been challenged or opposed by the SVRA Executive – or, for that matter, by other RA’s or by the Ward 20 Councillor(s).

 

Clearly the field is in need of attention for the benefit of the students. For the community as well. The SVRA does not oppose development of this field; opposition is for THIS proposed development of the field. The SVRA Executive supports their community partners the HVRA and PARA, and opposes the privatization of the field, the deal the TDSB made with Razor, and takes serious issue with the conduct, intention, communication and messaging of former Trustee Bolton, the TDSB, and now, interim Trustee Briony Glassco.

The Executive also believes this matter should be held over until a Ward 10 Trustee and Ward 20 Councillor have been elected.

 

Issues:

The selling off and privatization of the field

  1. CTS students will enjoy the field 30% of the time. Private use of the field 70%. Only 3% use by the community is scheduled – availability/schedule subject to permitted use;
  2. b) For 20 (1) years less a day. Financial benefit uncertain although Matthew Raizenne of Razor Management Inc. claims it will invest $6 – 7 million in field improvements….How will the lease roll over? What process is involved? There exist too many gaping uncertainties.             

Traffic Study and parking:

The maximum capacity on each of four mini-fields is 30 players. 120 players in total. Plus runners on the track. Plus coaches, family, other supporters and Razor Management staff. That’s 100 cars an hour, 700 cars a day, potentially 5,000 a week, arriving at the drop-off site on Borden Street. City Transportation believes virtually all young players will be driven to the site and the same will hold true for most adult players in the evening, regardless of encouragement by the rental organizations for their members to take public transit to the dome. Drivers will naturally seek street parking close to the proposed drop-off zone on Borden Street. The closest free parking is in the adjacent neighbourhood — in the area between Bloor, Major, Ulster and Palmerston. City Transportation reports street parking is already at capacity in that zone. Of 301 possible permit parking spaces, 267 are taken, leaving 34 for visitors, trades, health workers, relatives, and patrons of our local businesses.

Inevitably, the dome customers would seek free street parking spaces that our neighbours have parking permits for, meaning neighbourhood permit holders would be displaced from parking until the facility closed at midnight.

The TDSB has repeatedly mentioned cancelling or reducing Central Tech night school classes to free its Borden Street parking lot to customers using the facility.

Transportation’s traffic and parking studies indicated “severe” impact on the neighbourhood.

Other impact on surrounding neighbourhoods (HVRA and PARA – perhaps even the Annex):

Permits will be issued until 11:00pm – midnight every night. An equivalent to a 7 storey dome will be erected during the winter months, installation of new flood lights around the field. Again, sub-divided field, 8 teams + supporters. Post-game revelry spilling onto neighbouring streets. To start with…

Significant environmental concerns and the loss of green space:

Unlike Seaton Village, neither the Harbord Village nor the Palmerston Area south of Bloor has parks. None! All that exist are parkettes. In the HVRA’s case, their 2 parkettes total .4 of an acre. By contrast, the CTS field, which has been well-used by the community outside of school hours, is 4 acres in size. It is, effectively, the community’s only green space.

Other enviro-issues: A report by the TDSB of its own sites with artificial turf confirms that on 30+C days, plastic turf fields show temperatures of 60+C. This means that on hot days when heat alerts are in effect, a plastic field at CTS will be increasing the health risks and air conditioning costs of residents in the immediate vicinity. Beyond the heat island effect, is the crumb rubber infill associated with plastic turf. It is illegal in this province to landfill tires due to the levels of lead and cadmium found within. When people play on plastic turf fields, the crumb rubber is ground into smaller and smaller particles until it becomes dust that attaches itself to clothes and is easily inhaled. Crumb rubber also off-gasses and inside the winter dome, the levels of those gases may be dangerous for young children. No children should be exposed to lead and cadmium.

Finally, when residues of leaves find their way into plastic turf, bird poop or other natural substances, their decomposition will generate bacterial activity that require chemicals, in order to stop that activity. Both the TDSB and Razor Management were unwilling to address questions about this that were posed to them during the Working Group meetings last winter.

Nature and quality of communications and information-sharing with former Trustee Bolton and the TDSB

For a full account please see the Harbord Village Residents’ Association’s website and page dedicated to the proposed dome project 

and: The City offers $ to rescue the field — why won’t the TDSB talk?

Please also see PARA’s cts field Briony Glassco letter to interim Trustee Glassco

 

To view information provided by the TDSB and proponents for the project:

http://myward10.ca/message-from-trustee-briony-glassco 

Myths and Facts 

and http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/centraltech

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