Monthly Archives: October 2015

Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch 2015!

Bring your pumpkins!

Bring your Mugs!

Bring the whole family!

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Volunteers always welcome – set up, lighting of candles and, especially, the pumpkin toss at the end of the night!!! 

Great way for students to earn their community hours – come pour hot chocolate and play with pumpkins

Wanted: wheel barrows 🙂

Want to help out? Please contact us

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Honest Ed’s/Mirvish Village Redevelopment: City Planning Public Consultation Process Fall/Winter 2015

The City will be consulting with the public in a number of ways on this application through the remainder of 2015

This proposal is still at an early stage of an ongoing process, which is an important time for community members to give feedback about the design.


On July 10, 2015, City Planning received applications from Westbank to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws to redevelop a number of properties bordered by Bloor Street West, Bathurst Street, Lennox Street, and Markham Street, as well as a number of properties on the west side of Markham Street, also known as the Honest Ed’s/Mirvish Village site.

The application includes the proposal for a number of mid-rise and tall buildings, ranging in height from 29 storeys at the southwest corner of Bathurst Street and Bloor Street West, to 6 and 7 storeys to the south and west, respectively. A number of potential heritage buildings fronting both sides of Markham street are proposed to be retained, while others are proposed to be removed.

Given the size of the site and the application, City Planning have developed a detailed website for the application and its materials. On an ongoing basis, information regarding public consultation, related Planning information (Four Corners study, etc.) will be posted to the website, along with the application itself. The application documents can be found on the website here:


Application Status

City Staff are currently reviewing the application submitted by Westbank. Decisions made at Toronto Preservation Board hearings, Community Council and feedback provided – by community members – at the City Planning’s open community consultation sessions will inform Planning’s decision on this application.Important Dates 2015September 25, 2015: Toronto Preservation Board: Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register 
  • The item was adopted without amendment (and went to inform October 6 Community Council)

Here are the contributions from the SVRA TPB Mirvish Letter September 2015 September 24, HVRA  and PARA boards

October 6, 2015: Toronto/East York Community Council will be considering the preliminary report completed by City Planning on the subject Please see the following link for the agenda item and the staff report:

Here are the contributions from the SVRA SVRA Westbank response letter to CC October 6 2015, PARA PARA CC Oct 6 and HVRA HonestEd’s for CommCouncil Oct2015 MP boards


October 7, 2015: The City’s first Community Consultation session: Open House from 4-8pm at 777 Bloor St. West (Bickford Centre Cafeteria).

The City will be consulting with the public in a number of ways on this application. This was the first of many opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the application, ask questions of City staff and share comments on the proposal. To view all the meeting details.

The presentation Boards are also up on the City’s/Planning’s website:   Though it’s probably easier to just use the shorter URL and and look under the “consultation” tab.


Planners are considering posting the 3D video representation of the development proposal displayed at the first community consultation meeting  – it is very compelling to clearly witness the scale of the proposal in relation to its surroundings. Try this link to access Sketch-up to view the 3D model: 3D model (.skp). Sketch-up is a free program you can use to manipulate the views and massing of the 3D model file –

The next community consultation date and meeting details will be announced ASAP

 Questions and or comments/feedback can be directed to:

  • Joe Cressy: Ward 20 City Councillor email –   Office ph: 416 392- 4044
  • Mike Layton: Ward 19 City Councillor Mike Layton email –  Office ph: 416-392-4009
  • City Planner: Graig Uens, MCIP,  Planner, Community Planning 100 Queen Street W.18th floor (East Tower) M5H 2N2

To note: the SVRA, HVRA (Harbord Village Residents’ Association), ARA (annex Residents’ Association) and PARA (Palmerston Area Residents’ Association)  formed the Mirvish Village Task Group. For a full description of the roles, responsibilities and activity of the group, please go to Mirvish Village Task Group post

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review

In 2014, Toronto City Council launched an initiative to ensure effective representation within the ward structure of the city. This process involves extensive public consultation to find a way to address the current ward population imbalance.

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review Options Report was recently released and it presents five options for restructuring ward boundaries across the city.

Public meetings have been scheduled across the city to present the options and gather feedback. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Metro Hall (55 John Street; Room 308/309) from 7-9pm. Click here for a complete list of public meetings across the city.

From Councillor Cressy: There are significant changes proposed to the boundaries of ward 20 given our large and continually growing population. I am carefully reviewing each of the proposals and will be continuing to consult with all of our neighbourhoods throughout this process. I would encourage each of you to review the report, to attend the meetings, and submit your feedback online.

Please share and pass this along to others who may wish to participate

WHY ATTEND? The purpose of the public meetings is to gather feedback on 5 options for new ward boundaries in Toronto. The meetings will include a presentation of the options, followed by a facilitated discussion. Can’t attend? Read the consultation guide and Complete the Online Survey: online | hard-copy

Feedback from the meetings and survey will inform the Final Ward Boundary Review Report.This Report will include a recommended option and be presented to the Executive Committee and City Council in May 2016.

ACCESSIBILITYAmerican sign language will be provided. Attendant care and translation in the following languages will be available upon request: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese (Simple and Traditional), Tamil, Tagalog. Please email us up to 5 days prior to the meeting to request.

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Review of Dog Behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership underway

The City is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how to balance, manage and address dog behaviour, owner responsibilities and public safety in Toronto.

The Bylaw covers registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property, except where permitted (e.g., off-leash parks), as well as how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.

One of the goals of the review is to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.

Toronto residents are invited to participate by taking part in our survey, found at until October 30, 2015 or by attending a public consultation session:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, September 28, 2015

City Hall, Committee Room 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday October 6, 2015

East York Civic Centre, Committee Room A, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Background on the review can be found at

More info: Jessica Walters, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 416-392-8794 or

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