Category Archives: Community Events

Upcoming events in our communities, such as street festivals, parties or waste collection.

SVRA Meeting January 17, 2018

A friendly reminder about the SVRA meeting Wednesday, January 17
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Longterm Care Facility – 914 Bathurst St – join us in the basement
 
Agenda
 
  • Monsignor Fraser Greening Project – presentation brief
  • SVRA Winter Solstice – event brief
  • Seaton village Lane Naming – project updates
  • Grants: TD Park People (community events) + City of Toronto Every Tree counts
  • Community Updates: Traffic, Westbank + Honest Ed’s redevelopment (OMB hearing)
  • SVRA updates: Planning Committee, street reps + new website
  • Other business
Previous meeting minutes: SVRA Meeting Minutes November 14 2017 
The SVRA continues to build our street rep system, actively looking for community members who can help us with outreach efforts!
SVRA Planning Committee
Are you an architect, a planner, are you interested in neighbourhood planning and development? The SVRA is looking for community members to participate on our Planning Committee to consult on residential and commercial development applications

Please send us an email to  express interest, ask any questions or to connect us to someone you know who might be interested!

seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com
 
Stay warm and keep shovelling 🙂
Meeti
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Monsignor Fraser Greening Project- Public Meeting/Open House Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monsignor Fraser Greening Project- Public Meeting/Open House

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: Monsignor Fraser College, Annex Campus (Gymnasium) at 700 Markham St.

The meeting will be jointly facilitated by City staff, Councillor Cressy, and TCDSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis.

Hey – Seaton Village (and beyond)!

On behalf of Joe Cressy Councillor (an advocate for increased and enhanced green spaces throughout Ward 20) you are all invited to a public open house to discuss improving the Monsignor Fraser parking lot to facilitate expanded student programming and additional community green space for Seaton Village.

View the Open House Invitation: Jan_9_2018_Public_Notice_Msgr_Fraser_final

From Councillor Cressy: Over the past number of months, I have been working closely with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Trustee Jo-Ann Davis, Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff, and the Seaton Village Residents’ Association (SVRA) to revitalize this underutilized space into a brand new community green space. Last year the TCDSB hosted a meeting to discuss initial design concepts and preliminary budget estimates with the SVRA and local residents. There was a lot of excitement for the project and for more green space within the community. However, the proposed budget went far beyond what the TCDSB had available for implementation.

I am happy to report that I have secured City funding to implement the greening vision, and we have partnered with the TCDSB to make the project happen! As a condition of the use of city funds the TCDSB will be agreeing to a long-term lease of the space to the City, creating a new public space open to the community at large.

Hope to see you there!

From the SVRA: Thanks to Councillor Cressy and the Ward 20 staff + Monsignor Fraser School and Trustee Davis for their commitment and all their efforts to realize this project.

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Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto’s Review of Laneway Suites – Nov. 30 Public Meeting(2)

The City’s laneway suites study, called Changing Lanes gets underway with a public consultation meeting on Thursday, November 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. We hope you can attend to learn more about the initiative, the next steps in the consultation and review process and provide us with your initial thoughts on laneway suites in Toronto.

A notice with details of the public meeting, which currently appears in Now Magazine and Metroland media, is attached. Please feel free to share the meeting notice and the contents of this email to members of your organizations.

Background

On July 4, 2017, City Council directed the City Planning Division, in consultation with a number of City Divisions, to study the potential to permit laneway suites within Toronto and East York District, consult with the community, and report on a potential implementation strategy in 2018.

Council’s motion can be found here:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE25.108

What is a Laneway Suite?

Laneway suites are housing units situated on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house, or townhouse, but completely detached from the main house. They are generally located in the rear yard abutting a laneway and are smaller in scale than the main house on the lot.

The City’s Review of Laneway Suites

A small number of laneway suites already exist within Toronto, however, the City’s current policies, application requirements, costs, and many technical factors, limit the opportunity to construct laneway houses. The Changing Lanes study is reviewing the potential technical, policy, and process limitations, and will consider a streamlined strategy to permit laneway suites that are appropriately scaled, have adequate amenity space, maintain existing greenspace and character of their neighbourhood, and contribute to the city’s rental housing stock.

Permitting laneway suites more broadly within the City may provide more rental housing opportunities within the City’s established, low-scale neighbourhoods, and provide owners of suitable properties with a rental income source.

Consultation

The November 30th meeting is an informational meeting intended to introduce the idea of laneway suites, communicate the scope the City’s review process, and receive your initial comments on this emerging initiative.  There will be additional consultation meetings scheduled in early 2018 as City Staff continue their internal review, consideration and development a draft strategy regarding laneway suites.

Consultation with the communities in which laneway suites might be possible is an important part of our work. We will provide many opportunities to comment on this initiative and we look forward to hearing from you and your residents.

From Graig Uens, Senior Planner overseeing the consultation –Connecting with City Planning Staff

If you are interested in the Changing Lanes initiative and would like to schedule a meeting or phone call with City Planning staff to discuss our work on laneway suites, please respond to this email or contact me directly.

I look forward to working with you,

 Graig Uens, MCIP, RPP

Senior Planner, Community Planning

100 Queen Street W.

18th floor (East Tower)

M5H 2N2

416-397-4647

guens@toronto.ca
http://www.toronto.ca/planning/

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Bloor St Bike Lanes at PWIC October 18 and City Council November 7, 2017

At the October 10 SVRA meeting, it was decided the SVRA would depute and provide a “qualified” response to the Bloor St Bike Lane Pilot Project.

Consensus supported the bike lanes WITH significant improvements to the existing design should the lanes be made permanent:

  1. To the cycle track to enhance traffic flow and safety
  2. To the pedestrian realm and to pedestrian safety
  3. With greater consideration of and improvements to accessibility including on-street accessible parking
  4. Better and more parking for bicycles off/adjacent to Bloor St.

The SVRA also sought continued commitment and resources from the City and Transportation Services to work collaboratively with local RA’s and community groups on the permanent design.

At City Hall on the morning of the meeting, the SVRA and other RA’s were assured by Councillors Cressy and Layton, that any permanent design WOULD include SVRA/RA/local consultation and collaboration. Details TBD once the project passed both PWIC then the City Council Meeting on November 7th.

Councillors Cressy and Layton were aware of existing challenges with the track design and are committed to improvements to the public, pedestrian realm, to pedestrian safety and to ensuring greater accessibility on Bloor Streets and immediate, adjacent streets.

Approximately 59 people deputed at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on October 18, 2017

Former City Councillor, avid cyclist and motorist Ila Bossuns stated: “Anyone who commutes long distances by car along Bloor is an utter total fool.”

The SVRA’s priorities and deputation shifted throughout the meeting. Hoping to avoid redundancy (58 other deputations means a significant amount of same or similar messaging) and learning of intense opposition from two councillors on the Committee, our initial deposition was re-composed. You can read the SVRA Bloor St Bike Lanes Deputation_2 October 18.  (It differs than what I actually said. JH)

For an EXTENSIVE summary – including pictures – of the day including the list of deputants, a running record of deputants and main points + commentary from the PWIC meeting please check out this website!

 

 

Note: ABBA – Annex Business Bike Alliance is a group consisting of several businesses along Bloor St, including Fresh Resturant, Midoco, BMV, Theodore 1922, Greg’s Ice Cream etc who are in favour of a modified cycle track with scheduled hours of operation (i.e., not rush hour) that is available seasonally. ABBA disputes the manner in which businesses along Bloor St were surveyed and the results of the several means to determine the financial impact of the lanes to Bloor St businesses. Here is their deputation 

Albert Koehl of Bells on Bloor disputes much of what ABBA claims in an article entitled “The awkward opposition to the Bloor bike lanes.”  To view more about ABBA at the committee meeting and for this alternate perspective and to read Albert Koehl’s response, check out the Bells on Bloor site

Next Steps: 1. Further consultation with local business; 2. meetings (potentially 2) to review/improve design and options.

Schedule:

  • The current iteration of the Bloor St bike lanes will remain in place with some temporary improvements of (green) paint at key points (TBD)
  • Next summer (2018) water mains along Bloor St are being updated.
  • Streetscaping improvements will be made (Bloor St Study [Ph 1] OPA recommendations) in tandem with the BloorAnnex BIA – more info to come
  • Road resurfacing and the permanent lane design will follow infrastructure upgrades (mains instal + Bloor St sidewalk improvements)
  • Funding has been allocated to the permanent lanes within the 2019 Capital works program.

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Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch

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Pumpkins will line the path in the park east from Palmerston Ave 

 

  • We need community member volunteers and WHEELBARROWS to carry pumpkins to the bin after the event ~ 8:30pm 

  • Students can volunteer for Highschool Community Hours!!! email seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com to sign up

  • BRING MUGS  i_love_hot_chocolate_mug-p168575565094505745enw9p_400 FOR HOT DRINKS!

 

Many thanks to Seaton Villager Torie Gervais and Gervais Party and Tent Rental for the beverage urns!

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Many thanks to the amazingly creative and super mixologist Seaton Villagers Alexis Eizinas and Peter Diaz for the poster AND for making our delicious hot beverages!!!

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SVRA Meeting Tuesday October 10, 2017

Please join the SVRA and community members for our upcoming SVRA meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Basement – Vermont Square Long-term Care Facility 914 Bathurst Street Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

[Draft] Agenda

  • Street Rep Program*
  • Traffic and Safety initiatives – street/street requests. I.e., speed humps, Stop signs
  • Updates: Lay-bys; Palmerston Ave north Dupont pedestrian light; Mirvish Village demolition and construction schedules; OMB prehearing for 4 Corners Bathurst Bloor appeals + SVRA incorporation; Lane Naming Project
  • PUMPKIN PATCH! November 1, 2017
  • Other business

Please submit any street-specific traffic/safety initiatives, your questions or agenda item requests to the SVRA in advance of the meeting: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

STREET REP SYSTEM

The SVRA is recruiting community members to act as “Street Reps.”

Responsibilities: act as an information conduit between SVRA and your street neighbours. Forward/circulate information via email. Sometimes act as street representative -or find an alternate neighbour(s) willing to do so- at SVRA meetings

Qualifications: If you know a lot of your neighbours, are Chief Communication Officer for your street party, have a LOT of contact info for your street residents/neighbours, then you’re perfect for the job!

Objective: Assist with raising awareness of the SVRA,  communicate local issues, events and help provide community updates from the SVRA and Councillor Cressy/City Staff

Communication and collaboration with the neighbourhood/our neighbourhood partners are essential to ensure the SVRA is as responsive and effective as possible in addressing neighbourhood issues and to ensure meaningful approaches and treatments of these issues.  This info exchange also helps our Councillor and staff best address community issues at City Hall.
The SVRA believes its success depends on membership and a representative contact list so we can reach as many community members as possible!
The next SVRA Meeting will be November 14, 2017

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Summer Solstice celebration and Bonfire in Vermont Square Park!

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