Meetings

volunteersMonthly Meetings of the SERRA Board of Directors

The SERRA Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Manor Road United Church (corner Manor Road and Forman Avenue), 2nd Floor.

Note that meeting times, locations and dates are subject to change. Please email us in advance of a meeting at serra@southeglinton.ca to confirm meeting information.

Meeting attendance

SERRA members in good standing are welcome to participate at Board meetings. Non-members may also be invited to participate in a meeting, but should contact us at serra@southeglinton.ca in advance.

SERRA members provide the input the association needs to accurately represent the area’s concerns, the authority to speak with a strong voice, and the energy to tackle the many issues that face the South Eglinton area.

Volunteer with SERRA – join our team in 2017

If, in addition to lending your support through a membership with SERRA you are interested in a more active role within the association, please indicate the areas which interest you. Examples include, writing, research, urban development, traffic, Web site, legal, parks, property taxes, etc. Everyone has a skill or interest that SERRA can use. We frequently provide a Board member to mentor new volunteers.

In addition to our current volunteers, we are searching for volunteers with experience and training in urban planning/design, architecture and construction management and those who have time to devote to the association. 
2017 Monthly Meeting Dates:
  • January 25th, 2017
  • February 15th, 2017
  • March 22nd, 2017
  • **changed ** to April 19, 2017 (the original meeting was the 26th)
  • May 24th, 2017
  • June 28th, 2017
  • July 2017 / No Meeting
  • August 2017 /No Meeting
  • September 27th, 2017
  • October 25th, 2017
  • November 22nd, 2017
  • December 2017 /No Meeting

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Our 2017 AGM at Greenwood College School was a great success. To read about the AGM click here.

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Past Meeting Dates (from 2016)

Jan. 27,  Feb. 24,  Mar. 30
April 20 – Annual General Meeting
May 26 (special meeting featuring Shelley Laskin, TDSB Trustee)
June 22,  July 27,  Sept 28
Oct 26, Nov 23
Dec 2016 – no meeting

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SERRA’s Annual General Meeting took place on April 20, 2016

Read here to learn more about this well-attended event! More than 150 people showed up to learn more about SERRA and the neighbourhood we cover: Read more here.Welcome by Andy Gort, President and Chair for the 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was called to order at 7:12 p.m. Attendance: 156 persons (members and guests).

  1. Prior to meeting opening, residents and members took part in development and community display stations, including Metrolinx.
  1. Manor Road United Church – Overview of changes to the church and thank you for hosting SERRA AGM. Due to changes with church, this is the last year for hosting SERRA AGM at Manor Rd. church and SERRA has appreciated a long working history with Manor Rd. church and will continue our relationship – Andy Gort
  1. SERRA Housekeeping Issues

– Introduction of the Current board and Executive

Andy Gort, President; Geoffrey Jones, past president; Paul Newbigging, Treasurer; Greg Russell, Secretary; Dale Mathews, Membership; Margaret Walker, Director; Nandy Heule, Director and Communications portfolio; Al Kivi, Director and chair – Tall Homes Working Group, Jane Auster, Director; Charles Iscove, Webmaster

– Approval of the Minutes of Last Year’s AGM held April 23, 2015

Motion: “That the Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association be accepted”.

Moved by Loo Russell, seconded by Drew Williamson. Carried.

– SERRA Treasurer’s Report:

Bank balances at February 23, 2016:

  • General Operating Fund Account          $ 5,045.58
    • Legal Expenses Account             $ 1,918.63

Motion “That the 2015-2016 Treasurer’s Report of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association be accepted.”

Moved by Jane Auster, seconded by Jane McKinnon. Carried

  1. Initial Remarks by Andy Gort, President of SERRA

Mr. Gort told the meeting about the change in president through the previous year with Geoffrey Jones taking on the role of past president in December 2015 and Andy Gort assuming the role as interim president. There was a brief report from the Tall Homes Working Group, led by Mr. Al Kivi. SERRA has been to Committee of Adjustments (CoA) 25 times, and successful a number of times for appeals. An overview was provided of the Tall Buildings Working Group as well, highlighting a few key projects SERRA is working on.

Introductions of and recognition for service and support of SERRA were given to the following people: Greg Russell, Margaret Walker, and to members of the working groups, including Ferris Virani, Jane Auster, and Al Kivi.

A brief overview was provided to the audience regarding the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan, including LRT, zoning, and planning. There was a brief discussion about the OMB and CoA.

A list of priorities for SERRA in the current year was outlined and prioritized, with a new priority outlined with regard to the environment. SERRA will continue to educate residents, following a successful information night (chaired by Ferris Virani) on building issues.

May 18 was announced as the date for a residents’ evening with SERRA to follow up on topics of interest among the SERRA community, with participation sought for those willing to participate in future information sessions.

Last, it was noted there are ongoing relationships with other ratepayers’ associations, namely Leaside Property Owners’ Association (LPOA) and Sherwood Park Ratepayers’ Association (SPRA).

Following the above remarks, Councillor Matlow was introduced by Mr. Gort

  1. Remarks by Councillor Josh Matlow

Mr. Matlow spoke regarding transit and challenges related to planning and fiscal concerns, including improved direction by Mayor Tory and Chief Planner Keesmaat. Other transit areas of note included the Downtown Relief Line and a reformed version of Smart Track. The noise bylaw will be before council in May with a reworked proposal. Councillor Matlow has been appointed as the Seniors’ Advocate by Mayor Tory to develop a seniors’ strategy. Mention of the (Appletree) Farmers’ Market returning to Davisville/June Rowlands park, Metrolinx project being respectful of residents, 18 Brownlow development concerns, BIA streetscape planning, OMB/CoA, and LAB planning issues and dynamics.

  1. Questions and Discussion of Issues

Status of Local Appeals Board (LAB), Eglinton Connects funding – 40% approved per plan; includes Council approval and Section 37 funds. Development objectives vs. transit vs. density raised as a topic. Mid-rise intentions along streets designated as “Avenues”. Discussion around abandoned and derelict properties, including multiple city service co-ordination to deal with areas of mental health and hoarding – numerous cases are present across the city, including cases on Manor Rd., and special efforts by Councillor Matlow to protect the affected resident. Traffic signals at Soudan and Mt. Pleasant under review for timing due to proximity of Britton House seniors’ facility.

  1. Election of new SERRA Board of Directors

All current members of the board (with the exception of Margaret Walker and Greg Russell) are planning to return as follows: Geoffrey Jones, Jane Auster, Charles Iscove, Paul Newbigging, Dale Mathews, Al Kivi, Andy Gort, Nandy Heule.

  • Motion “To dissolve the current Board, in preparation for the formation of a new Board and Executive”.

Moved by Greg Russell, seconded by Loo Russell. Carried.

  • SERRA members were invited to volunteer on the board for one year on the new board. One volunteer, Matias Valente, currently a Board member of QuORA – the residents’ association for the Quantum Towers, 2191 Yonge St.
  • A question of conflict of interest was raised with respect to Mr Valente. Andy Gort spoke on this issue, and remarked that the proposed board member’s home is part of the fabric of SERRA, with the only difference being the format of the person’s home. Condominium owners have equal stake in the community. No further objections/concerns were raised.
  • Motion “To accept the persons just listed to be Members of the Board of Directors of SERRA for 2016-2017”.

Moved by Jane Auster, seconded by Katherine Hancock. Carried.

  • Motion “To accept Matias Valente to join the SERRA Board of Directors for 2016-2017”.

Moved by Drew Williamson, seconded by Diana White. Carried.

  1. Closing Remarks

The Chair thanked members, guest speakers and other guests for attending the Annual General Meeting.

  1. Adjournment of the Meeting

Motion to close the meeting was made by Pat Hancock, seconded by Diana White. Carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. on April 20, 2016.

 

Minutes of the SERRA Annual General Meeting 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
Manor Road United Church, Main Hall, Toronto, Ontario

1. Welcome by Geoffrey Jones, President and Chair for the 2014-2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. Attendance: 109 persons (members and guests).

2. Manor Road United Church – Remarks by Rev. Debra Schneider
The church hall will be sold to the City of Toronto for a park. The church itself will remain.

3. SERRA Housekeeping Issues

– Introduction of the Current Board and Executive

Geoffrey Jones, President; Andy Gort, Vice President; Patrick Cerullo, Director; Margaret Walker, Director; Jane Auster, Membership Secretary; Greg Russell, Past President; Paul Newbigging, Secretary-Treasurer (not present at the meeting); Charles Iscove, Media and Web Master; Al Kivi, Chair, SERRA Tall Replacement Homes Working Group (not a member of the Board).

– Approval of the Minutes of Last Year’s AGM held May 14, 2014

Motion “That the Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association be accepted”. Moved by Drew Williamson. Seconded by Angela Fusco. Carried.

– SERRA By-Law Changes

Motion, as amended following discussion, “That the following changes to Bylaw Number One of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) be accepted:

Article 1: Name and Objects – Replace the word “will” with the word “shall”.

Article 2: Head Office – Remove the words “in the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto”.

Article 4: Membership – Add the following words: “SERRA members in good standing who cease to be residents or ratepayers of the South Eglinton area may continue to be members of SERRA, but shall not have the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting and such other General Meetings of SERRA as may be called. The SERRA Board of Directors may also issue similar non-voting memberships to persons who are not residents or ratepayers of the South Eglinton area but who wish to support SERRA’s activities.”

Article 10: Notice – Add the following words as new subsection 4: “sent by email to the email address as recorded in the Corporation’s records”. Delete the word “monthly” from the existing subsection 4 and renumber this existing subsection 4 as subsection 5. Add the following wording as new subsection 6: “posted on the home page of Corporation’s website”.

Article 12: Amendments – Replace the words “the Secretary of the Corporation is to provide an up-to-date mailing list to such member to enable such member to comply with the requirements herein” with the words “the member is to provide the Secretary with such amendment with 14 business days notice and the Secretary is to provide proper notice (at least seven business days) to all members.” Moved by Andy Gort; seconded by Margaret Walker. Carried.

– SERRA Treasurer’s Report

Bank account balances at December 23, 2014:
• General Operating Funds Account $5,452.21
• Legal Expenses Account $1,869.69
Motion “That the 2014-2015 Treasurer’s Report of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association be accepted.” Moved by Greg Russell; seconded by Linda Wallace. Carried.
It was requested that SERRA investigate receiving electronic bank statements to save money.

4. Initial Remarks by Geoffrey Jones, President of SERRA

Mr. Jones told the meeting that SERRA can affect important local issues. In 2014, this was demonstrated by success at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to modify the Art Shoppe condo project and by numerous successes opposing overly large and tall replacement homes on residential streets. In 2014, SERRA adopted a policy of more actively assisting members at the Toronto Committee of Adjustment and the OMB. This enhanced relevance increased SERRA membership from 62 persons in May, 2014 to 96 persons in April, 2015. (By the close of the 2015 AGM, SERRA’s membership had risen to 137 persons, more than double the membership last year.)

5. Remarks by Councillor Josh Matlow

Mr. Matlow spoke regarding parks projects, a rebuilt ice rink at Hodgson School, and the farmers market in June Rowlands Park. In 2014, he was successful reducing the height of the Art Shoppe condo project. He opposes the condo project at 33 Holly and 44 Dunfield. The project at 11 Lillian does not include enough green space or appropriate transition. At 45 Dunfield, Mr. Matlow wants more park space and a daycare facility. The proposed 9 storey condo on Bayview at Soudan is out of character with the neighbourhood. Mr. Matlow wants Council to lower local speed limits from 40 to 30 kph. He is working with SERRA on tall replacement houses and sponsored a planning study to improve success on this issue. He is actively advocating regarding air traffic noise. Mr. Matlow is working with the City to acquire the Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club property as a park.

6. SERRA 2015 Report: Achievements and Challenges

– President Geoffrey Jones said the issues facing SERRA are similar to those which led to SERRA’s creation 50 years ago: a perfect storm of new large buildings and homes. A list of achievements will be posted on the SERRA website. SERRA has had losses at the OMB because of the cost of lawyers and planners, so SERRA needs donations.

– Al Kivi, Chair, Tall Replacement Homes Working Group, said the WG has learned about the OMB and can now effectively help members. A sign up sheet for showing interest for a separate meeting was circulated.

– Vice-President Andy Gort said the SERRA team is starting a working group for tall and midrise projects. Both volunteers and donations are welcome. His display regarding local projects excited great interest.

7. Questions and Discussion of Issues

Noise and safety issues at construction sites, including impassible sidewalks, led to this motion, “That SERRA investigate ways of requiring contractors to ensure the safety of pedestrians and neighbours during construction and to limit noise”. Moved by Richard Worzel and seconded by Drew Williamson. Carried. Josh Matlow said people should send him pictures of hazards.

8. Election of new SERRA Board of Directors

• Motion “to dissolve the current Board, in preparation for the formation of a new Board and Executive”. Moved by Janelle Withers, seconded by Vera Kan. Carried.
• SERRA members were invited to volunteer for a one year term on the new Board. Geoffrey Jones, Andy Gort, Greg Russell, Jane Auster, and Margaret Walker agreed to serve for a one year term until the AGM in 2016. Paul Newbigging, who was travelling outside Canada, had also previously indicated his willingness to serve again.
• Motion “to accept the persons just listed to be Members of the Board of Directors of SERRA for 2015-2016”. Moved by Al Kivi, seconded by Shelley Laskin. Carried.

9. Remarks by Shelley Laskin, TDSB School Trustee

Ms. Laskin distributed a report regarding the need for new school capacity, also available on her website. We may see public meetings on this. The government has set up an expert panel chaired by Barbara Hall.

10. Presentation by Metrolinx

Patrick Cerullo introduced Metrolinx Director of Community Relations and Communications Jamie Robinson, who made a presentation about the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. The project is on time and within budget, with completion expected at the end of 2020. During construction, at least one traffic lane will be kept open on Eglinton in each direction. Concerns were raised about train noise and possible underground water problems. The response was that both issues are minor and under control. Bus schedules after project completion have not yet been decided.

11. Closing Remarks

The Chair thanked members, guest speakers and other guests for attending the Annual General Meeting. He asked for a show of hands regarding preferred meeting timing. Two-hour meetings on a weeknight are preferred.

12. Adjournment of the Meeting

Motion to close the meeting was made by Richard Wozel, seconded by Drew Williamson. Carried. The meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m. on April 23, 2015.

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Minutes of the SERRA Annual General Meeting 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
Manor Road United Church, Main Hall, Toronto, Ontario
(To be approved at the 2015 AGM on April 23, 2015)

Welcome by Greg Russell, Chair for the 2013-2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Attendance: 57 persons (members and guests).The Chairman introduced the current Board of Directors:

  • Greg Russell, President
  • Patrick Cerullo, Vice President
  • Jane Auster, Director
  • Margaret Walker, Director
  • Geoffrey Jones, Secretary
  • Paul Newbigging, Treasurer (Note that Mr. Newbigging was not present.)

Approval of Minutes of the 2013 AGM held on May 15, 2013

  • It was explained that the minutes are not intended to record everything said. They record decisions and can also list subjects discussed. It was requested from the floor and agreed to add an additional note regarding discussion of the Greenwood School expansion at the 2013 AGM. Motion “That the Minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) be accepted.” Moved by Stephanie Hatcher. Seconded by Natalie Cerullo. Carried.

Manor Road United Church (MRUC) Redevelopment Working Group presentation.

  • Mr Neil Jacobi, Chair of the MRUC Redevelopment Working Group, made a presentation regarding the different options the church is considering to downsize its property and expenses.

SERRA President’s Report

  • Mr Greg Russell, President, reported the following activities during the year 2013-2014.
  • Liaison with City Councillor Josh Matlow on development proposals;
  • Art Shoppe condo project mediation at OMB – SERRA wants an improved, lower project;
  • Wild Wing Restaurant Patio – SERRA successfully helped neighbours block the patio;
  • Liaison with 27 neighbouring residents associations in FoNTRA;
  • Greenwood School traffic problems and new building – active follow up after MOU with the school;
  • Davisville School Rebuilding Project – meetings re potential co-located condo development;
  • Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (BIA) 2013 Outdoor Fall Fair – SERRA info booth;
  • SERRA has improved its website and begun using PayPal for membership payments.

The President said the following issues would be important in the upcoming year:

  • Art Shoppe OMB Mediation hearing in June, 2014 – SERRA seeks changes to project.
  • Development pressures (including transit, traffic, schools) – monitor projects, oppose if needed.
  • Aviation noise – cooperate with other residents associations and TANG.
  • SERRA costs and fundraising;
  • Electrical power grid. (The December 2013 ice storm showed its weaknesses.)
  • SERRA Membership Report
  • Membership Secretary Jane Auster reported that membership had risen to 62 persons. There was a lively discussion about membership issues.
  • SERRA Treasurer’s Report (Read by Vice President Patrick Cerullo.)
  • Current bank account balances at February 22, 2014:
    • General Operating Funds Account $3,393.81
  • Legal Expenses Account $1,974.93
  • Motion “That the 2013-2014 Treasurer’s Report of the South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) be accepted.” Moved by Dale Mathews. Seconded by Geoffrey Jones. Carried
  • Dissolution of the current (2013-2014) Board of Directors and Executive

In compliance with SERRA By-Laws, the current Board stood down.

  • Motion to dissolve the current Board, in preparation for the formation of a new Board and Executive, moved by Patrick Cerullo, seconded by Jane Auster. Carried.

Election of new Board of Directors for 2014-2015

  • SERRA members were invited to volunteer for a one year term on the new Board.
  • Geoffrey Jones, Patrick Cerullo, Jane Auster, Greg Russell and Margaret Walker agreed to stand again and serve for a one year term, until the next AGM in 2015. Paul Newbigging, who was travelling outside Canada, had also previously indicated to Mr. Russell his willingness to serve again.
  • Motion to accept the six persons listed above to be Members of the Board of Directors of SERRA for 2014-2015. Moved by Josh Matlow, seconded by Natalie Cerullo. Carried.

Remarks by Councillor Josh Matlow

The Chairman introduced City of Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow, who spoke on the issues facing our city. Local issues included OMB mediation regarding the Art Shoppe condo towers, just south of the Yonge-Eglinton Urban Growth Centre. City planners want Yonge Street south of the growth centre to have a “Parisian model” of moderate midrise buildings instead of tall towers. Public realm improvements should include more parks, including one near the Yonge-Eglinton intersection, on the former TTC lands. The condo project at 33 Holly-44 Dunfield does not include an appropriate transition to the single-family dwellings beside it. The patio of the Wild Wing Restaurant at Bayview and Millwood has been opposed by nearby residents. The Bazis condo project on the north-east corner of Yonge Eglinton is supported by neighbouring residents associations and lies within the urban growth centre, which are points in its favour. The Davisville School redevelopment was to include a condo tower. Mr Matlow is reluctant to see this project set a precedent at this “Neighbourhoods” location. A lively question and answer period followed, with many questions about the Toronto Hydro problems during the Christmas ice storm.

  • Remarks by MPP Dr Eric Hoskins
  • Dr Hoskins spoke regarding the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). He is aware that there is significant dissatisfaction in Toronto regarding OMB activities, including proposals to exempt Toronto from OMB jurisdiction. His policy, he said, was “Exempt Toronto if necessary, but not necessarily exemption.”
  • Guest Speakers
  • Toronto Police Service, 53 Division, Staff Sergeant Matt Moyer, Community Response Unit.
  • Mount Pleasant Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), Kathleen Mackintosh, Administrator.
  • Greenwood School, John Southwood, Consultant.
  • Brian Gallaugher, City of Toronto Planning Department, Eglinton LRT Transit Plan

Closing Remarks

The Chairman thanked the guest speakers, members, and other guests for attending the Annual General Meeting. He urged members to continue to support SERRA actively during the coming year.

  • Adjournment of the Meeting
  • Motion to close the meeting was made by Greg Russell and seconded by Patrick Cerullo. Carried.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m. on May 14, 2014.

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These 2014 AGM minutes were approved at the AGM on April 23, 2015.

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