Just Published! City of Toronto Good Neighbour Guide

SERRA and other resident association volunteers have worked with the City of Toronto to help create a new reference guide for residents to use when they have questions about nearby infill (new home or renovation) construction projects in their neighbourhood.

The Good Neighbour Guide will help answer many questions. Here are some examples of information in this new guide:

✅ What types of permits need to be displayed at the renovation site?
✅ How are trees protected and who is responsible for their protection?
✅ When do the owners / builders communicate information to nearby residents?
✅ How are the construction sites maintained to ensure safety, cleanliness and minimal disruption and inconvenience to neighbours?
✅ Where do residents report safety, traffic, nuisance, noise or other concerns?

The City of Toronto’s Good Neighbour Guide is now available online. By using the digital version of the guide, residents will be able to click on links for additional resources and bylaw information.

Brochures of the Good Neighbour Guide will be available at City Hall and each of the civic centres. The online version and the paper version of the Good Neighbour Guide will be translated into other languages based on the needs of each ward ( determined by the most Infill projects by ward & specific languages spoken in the community). The approved languages for the guide are as follows: French, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian.

Upcoming Events with Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP

Wear your green with the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP for Toronto-St. Paul’s. March 12th is the MP’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.





Art Shoppe Notice – upcoming road closure

Mid to Late March

Get ready for lane and sidewalk closures on Hillsdale Avenue East. Read more.

Independent Toronto Airspace Review – Public Meeting Dates

Important Announcement

This is a notification from the Toronto Airspace Review – HELIOS – listing the next meeting dates about the Toronto Airspace Review by an independent consulting company – HELIOS.

This will be one of the last public meeting dates before a final publication (late June/early July) on HELIOS recommendations to NAV CANADA, to address airspace management issues creating noise impacts to residents of Toronto. At the meetings, presentations will be made regarding the mitigation options, however more ideas are welcome as the report has not been finalised. Attendees will have this opportunity to identify and discuss more options during these public meetings.

The dates and venues for the public meetings in March are open to all residents; you may attend any of the meetings, regardless of where you live. The Saturday morning meeting is also an option for residents who are unable to attend the evening sessions in Mississauga or Oakville.

Contact: Helios, T +44 1252 451 651

Wednesday 1st March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga, L4W 0B3

Thursday 2nd March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas St West, Oakville, L6M 4J3

Saturday 4th March
10:30am— 12:30pm
Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, North York, M2N 6L3

This notice is courtesy of Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.)

Say NO to Brownlow – 18 Brownlow OMB Update Feb 2017

It’s Official!

SERRA and TSCC2120 (aka 83 Redpath and the Redpath townhomes) have now joined forces as one (strong) PARTY at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

We have hired a municipal lawyer and an urban planner with extensive experience at the OMB. In fact, our lawyer recently opposed the developer on one of his other projects, in Etobicoke (no ruling from the OMB yet).

Our new “team” participated in a second pre-hearing at the OMB on Feb. 9, that ended with a good first win – the developer agreed to designate parkland on the property. The next debate will be on the location and size of the parkland (representing almost 20% of his acquired land).

As a result of the parkland designation, the developer has to submit a new design for the site by the end of Feb. We will need to comment on the revised design and amend the issues list (our concerns) that we submitted to the OMB. We will arrange a public meeting to discuss the new proposal.

Behind the scenes we have been busy with communications and fund-raising activities. We are working on a dedicated NoToBrownlow website – details to follow soon! We already have a Twitter account – @notobrownlow – and Facebook and Instagram will be on board soon.

But most important, we have been actively fund-raising. Professional lawyers and planners cost A LOT of money. A BIG THANK YOU to those who have already given to the cause. Please consider topping up your donation. For those who have yet to support NoToBrownlow, you can donate easily through the SERRA website:

(Use PayPal and write “18 Brownlow” when you sign on. PayPal also allows you to use a credit card.) Once our new website is up and running, you’ll be able to donate directly to NoToBrownlow.