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Local TDSB School News – Nov 2017

It’s a busy time for our local TDSB schools. We would like to thank Trustee Shelley Laskin for her continued support and for keeping our parent communities informed through weekly TDSB newsletters. Click here to visit Trustee Laskin’s website to access resources and to subscribe to her weekly newsletter.     

 

Davisville & Spectrum Alternative School Rebuild

Plans for the rebuild of a new school on the existing school site are on track.  The TDSB has been supporting the parent community through a process to determine options for staying at the old school during the construction period, or for bussing the students  to Vaughan Road Academy. In early Nov 2017, the TDSB announced that students from Davisville Junior Public School and Spectrum Alternative Senior School will relocate to Vaughan Road Academy for the start of the next school year in September 2018. Click here to read the Nov 10, 2017 article by Aaron D’Andrea in the York Guardian.

 

Hodgson Middle School

The Grade 6 students have joined Grade 7 & 8 students at Hodgson Middle School. A permanent two-storey addition will be added to the existing school building. The addition will fit with the existing structure and have space for 12 new classrooms and a new music and art room. SERRA has been invited to participate in the New School Review Team (NSRT) to provide input on behalf of the community.  To see the plans, please click here to visit the TDSB website.

Equity and our specialized schools and programming.

The TDSB is committed to providing equitable and accessible school programming for all, and has undertaken an initiative with the mandate to bring people together, learn from each other and explore what’s working, what isn’t and how to improve how programming (including specialized schools such as those that are arts and technology focused) can be more available to all students. For example, distance to travel to existing specialized schools, lack of information about availability, potential barriers related to the application and selection process – could be factors inhibiting equal access to specialized programming. Click here to read the report.

The TDSB Director of Education Dr. John Malloy, provided context in a Star article that can be found by clicking on this link.

Send your comments and suggestions about the report, click here for the feedback form. The form is available until November 20th, 2017. The Draft Report will be presented to the Board in December. It is anticipated the Board will refer the Report to staff for advice and next steps.

Education Development Charges (EDC) – Advocating for change!

On October 30th, 2017 a Ward Forum in Willowdale was held to discuss school overcrowding.  Read the news coverage here. Attendees had the opportunity to ask Minister of Education Mitzi Hunter to change the current regulations to allow the TDSB to collect Education Development Charges (EDC) and for EDCs to be used for expanding, renovating, fixing or building new schools. These fees are collected by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, but not by the TDSB.

EDCs are levies that developers pay and are used by some school boards to purchase land to build new schools.

Since the meeting, the City of Toronto unanimously passed a recommendation to support the TDSB’s position as did the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. You can read their advocacy by clicking here.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE -Hillsdale Ave. East at Yonge – Monday October 2, 2017

Dear Residents,

We wish to notify area residents of sewer work that will take place along Hillsdale Ave. East at Yonge St. commencing Monday October 2, 2017. Work is anticipated to be completed by Friday October 6,

2017 subject to weather. This work will be performed by OJCR under contract with city. Work will take place during normal work week‐day hours. During this time, a portion of the roadway (north portion from mid‐point of road) along Hillsdale Ave. East and the sidewalk along the north side of Hillsdale Ave. East running the length of our construction site from Yonge St. will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians respectively.

Construction crews will use cones and traffic control during these closures. A flagman will be present during these times. Once this work is completed, similar work will take place along Soudan Ave. during the weekend after the long weekend. We will advise once we are notified by city.

We apologize for the short notice in issuing this construction notice.

Contact: Phone: 24/7 Construction hotline at (416) 861‐8383

Web: ArtShoppeCondos.com and follow Construction

Barry Gula,

Project Director

barry@freeddevelopments.com

 

SERRA’s No To Brownlow Yardsale on CBC News

Toronto neighbourhood group needs $65K to fight against developers …so it’s holding a yard sale
South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association needs at least $65K to go to OMB

A neighbourhood group in north Toronto is organizing a yard sale on Saturday hoping to raise the tens of thousands of dollars it needs to help pay for its three-year fight against a proposed condo development in the area.

The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) calls its efforts a “struggle” because of the work it has had to do following the developer’s appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after the city of Toronto rejected the high-rise condo proposal last year.

A neighbourhood group in north Toronto is organizing a yard sale on Saturday hoping to raise the tens of thousands of dollars it needs to help pay for its three-year fight against a proposed condo development in the area.

The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) calls its efforts a “struggle” because of the work it has had to do following the developer’s appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after the city of Toronto rejected the high-rise condo proposal last year.

Read the full story here on CBC’s website.

Have Your Say ! City of Toronto survey on rules for short-term rentals.

The City of Toronto is asking residents for input regarding the rules for short-term rentals (such as Airbnb).

Click here to access the online survey until August 18, 2017.

For background information go to: Proposed Regulations for Short-term Rentals for Consultation

 You may also visit the City of Toronto website Have Your Say

 Public consultation meeting dates will be made available online once the survey is complete.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

Metrolinx and Crosslinx Transit Solutions Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

Construction activities at the 15 underground Eglinton Crosstown LRT station sites are underway. Many of the new turning restrictions on the main north-south arterial roads have made getting around our neighbourhood even more challenging for local residents and drivers taking side streets to avoid the traffic.

The Metrolinx team would like to work with the local community and provide as much information as possible and be proactive with communications so residents are aware of the construction activities related to the project. For this reason, a Construction Liaison Committee (CLC) has been formed with local representatives who will act on behalf of the residents and businesses in the community. The committee will meet regularly over the next 12 – 18 months, provide feedback to the project team, and formally communicate back to their respective groups.

SERRA board member Paul Newbigging and SERRA volunteer Ray Miller have kindly agreed to participate on the CLC for the Eglinton (Yonge) and Mount Pleasant stations. Unfortunately, a Construction Liaison Committee does not make construction issues go away, but it can provide feedback to mitigate the worst construction issues. For more information about the Metrolinx project click here

Is this the ‘new norm’ for rush hour traffic jams at Soudan and Redpath?