September 15, 2018
As of September 10, 2018 the City Clerk will commence preparations to administer the October 22 election under the 47-ward model. The City of Toronto elections information can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/general-information/update-on-the-2018-election/ The City of Toronto 47 Ward Boundaries can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/9834-2018_City-Wards.pdf SERRA is in Ward 26. Above is a map of the TDSB ward boundaries based on the City of Toronto 47 ward model. Local TDSB schools within the SERRA area … Read moreToronto City Council and TDSB ward boundaries based on the 47 ward structure – September 15, 2018 update
September 7, 2018
There is lots going on in our neighbourhood! City of Toronto municipal election We await a ruling from the Superior Court on the legality of the province’s Bill 5 (The Better Local Government Act) to reduce the number of council seats to 25. In the meantime, the number and boundaries of wards continue to be in flux. In the event of a “25-seat council” election, the SERRA area would see FOUR incumbent councillors plus … Read moreCity of Toronto municipal election and other updates – September 7, 2018
August 19, 2018
We wanted to thank the many residents who responded to our survey about reducing the size of City Council to 25 members, and in particular, for offering the many comments to explain your position. A large majority of respondents objected to the reduction in the number of Council members, mostly because they felt that the new size of the wards would significantly impact the level of representation needed in the city. They also felt that Premier Ford’s claim of “for … Read moreMeet the 25 new City Council wards – August 19, 2018 Update
August 10, 2018
August 19, 2018 Update: The map of the new TDSB ward boundries is now available online. Click here to see the map. Click here to see a list of candidates. August 18, 2018 Update: **NOTE Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. More details about TDSB Trustee candidates and wards will be posted to the City of Toronto elections … Read moreTDSB Announced New Trustee Ward Boundaries
August 2, 2018
August 19, 2018 Update: The map of the new 25 wards is now available online. Click here to see the map. August 18, 2018 Update: Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. City Council has been reduced to 25 wards. To read a list of names for the 25 wards, click here. There is a special City Council Meeting scheduled … Read moreCity Council, the Municipal Election and Ward Boundary Changes – August 2, 2018 Update
July 10, 2018
Study Area 40 (Eglinton & Yonge Area) A study is underway to determine the contributing factors for surface and basement flooding in the City of Toronto and recommend solutions to improve the City’s sewer system and overland drainage routes in order to mitigate flooding problems. Study Area 40 location in Yonge-Eglinton area has experienced recurring basement and surface flooding during extreme storms in the past. Residents are invited to attend a drop-in consultation event to … Read moreBasement Flooding and Water Quality Improvements Study – Community Consultation on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
June 21, 2018
By Andy Gort What tall/mid-rise developments are currently cooking in SERRA land and how are we doing on capacity of our “pipes and wires” infrastructure and needed Community Services (schools, libraries, daycares, rec centres, etc.)? We could have 14,500 more residents in SERRA neighbourhoods! Capacity Pressures Continue We thought things would have gone quiet after the rush of development applications last year, with developers scrambling to have their applications grandfathered under the permissive Ontario Municipal Board … Read moreTall Tower / Mid-rise Development in the SERRA area – June 2018
June 21, 2018
The SERRA area is just one quadrant of the Y-E area and when you drive around and see all the construction, one wonders about the impact on our community services such as schools, on the Yonge subway Line (at rush hour) and on our physical infrastructure (water, sewage, electricity, etc). Well, we think the cat is out of the bag .. there isn’t enough! On school capacity, the TDSB has been communicating loud and clear … Read moreCapacity Pressures Continue – Infrastructure and Community Services
June 20, 2018
The following information is from Trustee Shelley Laskin’s weekly newsletter. Subscribe to Trustee Laskin’s newsletter. Many thanks to Trustee Laskin for her support and for continuing to advocate on behalf of our community. Hodgson Middle School On June 11, 2018 the TDSB held a community meeting to discuss the capacity and growth pressures in our local schools. The original plan for Hodgson Middle School was to construct a two-storey addition which would add 12 rooms. Due … Read moreLocal TDSB School News – June 2018 Update
June 15, 2018
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting on proposed building height limits included in the City staff recommended Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan within the vicinity of the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue intersection, as well as the potential for increasing employment opportunities around transit stations. Details are as follows: Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Place: The Roehampton Hotel, Eglinton Room, 808 Mount Pleasant Rd Click on this link to read … Read moreYonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan – Consultation Meeting – Thursday June 21, 2018
June 8, 2018
The City of Toronto Planning Department, in collaboration with consultants from DIALOG, is holding a Workshop on how to design a Pet-friendly environment for Toronto’s multi-unit, high-density communities. The Workshop: Planning and Development, as a team with consultants DIALOG, would like to continue the conversation with you on how we can make Toronto a more pet friendly city in our high-density neighbourhoods. We will be hosting a collaborative and engaging workshop to advance key guideline and … Read morePet Friendly Design Guidelines Workshop – Monday June 25, 2018 Hosted by the City of Toronto Planning Department
June 6, 2018
Shop Wine Dine is a ten-day celebration of in-store workshops, special menus, sidewalk sales and music showcasing the Mount Pleasant Village businesses from June 14 – June 23. Guests new and returning are encouraged to stroll Mount Pleasant Rd between Eglinton and Davisville Aves to experience all that the community has to offer. Since 1915, Mount Pleasant Village has been a coveted neighbourhood for both residents and businesses. In 2008, the Mount Pleasant Village BIA … Read moreMount Pleasant Village’s Shop Wine Dine Event Will Bring 10 Days of Exciting Features
June 5, 2018
Working Together for Our Community! Join your elected representatives from all levels of government in Toronto-St. Paul’s to discuss how we can work together to better our community. Panelists: Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP; Josh Colle, City Councillor, Ward 15; Josh Matlow, City Councillor, Ward 22; Joe Mihevc, City Councillor, Ward 21; Shelley Laskin, TDSB Trustee; and Jo-Ann Davis, TCDSB Trustee. Click here to RSVP
May 22, 2018
Councillor Josh Matlow invites the community to come and celebrate the grand opening of Mona Piper Playground and Cudmore Creek Park on Sunday June 3rd, 2018, 12:00 noon. Manor Rd & Forman Ave., Toronto, beside Manor Road United Church. Bring the whole family. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Read about Mona Piper here: Saying Goodbye to A Great Neighbour, Mona Piper Mona Piper, Toronto’s longest-serving crossing guard, dies aged 88 Michael’s essay: We … Read moreGrand Opening Celebration of Mona Piper Playground and Cudmore Creek Park
May 19, 2018
Date: Monday May 28, 2018 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto This is a Midtown In Focus (MIF) community statutory open house, hosted by the Planning and Growth Management Committee, in advance of a session on June 7th when the MIF will be presented officially at the Planning and Growth Management Council. (See below for details.) The official meeting notice can be found here (as a … Read moreImportant Statutory Open House for Midtown In Focus
May 19, 2018
This year’s Annual General Meeting took pace on Monday May 14, 2018 at Greenwood College School. Over 100 residents came out to browse information booths, enjoy some refreshments, and hear guest speakers talk about matters related to high growth Midtown neighbourhoods such as ours. We were very honoured to have Ms. Juanne Hemsol attend this year’s AGM. In 1965, Ms Hemsol was one of the founding members and the first president of The South Eglinton … Read moreThanks for attending our 2018 SERRA AGM
May 17, 2018
The community is invited to attend a community meeting regarding the planned addition / expansion of Hodgson Middle School. The meeting will be held on Monday June 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Hodgson Middle School, 282 Davisville Avenue, in the Gymnasium. To read more, please click here go to the TDSB website. Below is the official TDSB meeting notice from Ian Allison, Superintendent of Education.
May 10, 2018
This consultation meeting is about the planning application for: 90 EGLINTON AVENUE EAST. The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application ask questions and share your comments. Details are as follows: Date: Wednesday May 16, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Place: Best Western Roehampton Hotel – 808 Mount Pleasant Road – Eglinton Room Proposal An application to amend the zoning by-law has been submitted to permit a … Read moreCommunity Consultation Meeting Regarding 90 EGLINTON AVENUE EAST
April 24, 2018
This year our annual general meeting will be held on Monday May 14, 2018 at Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto. (Click here for directions) Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for attendees to enjoy refreshments, renew memberships and browse information booths. The formal meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Guests speakers include Councillor Josh Matlow, TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin, and City Hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro. If you live … Read moreSERRA AGM Notice – Monday May 14, 2018
April 19, 2018
A City of Toronto notice has been placed on the Pottery Playground sign at 601 Merton St. which reads, “Due to park improvements scheduled to begin May 22, 2018 all toys left in the pottery playground will be removed.” You have been warned.
April 12, 2018
By Andy Gort, SERRA President The opposition to overdevelopment in our neighbourhood is growing. We enjoy a strong patrnership with our councillor, Josh Matlow and City Planning/Legal staff, in efforts to work for more appropriate development. Now the TDSB and Shelley Laskin, the TDSB school trustee for Ward 11, are adding their voices. Concerns have been expressed for some time about the wider impacts of development on “hard” infrastructure such as water and sewers, and … Read moreDevelopment Update – (April 12, 2018) : Infrastructure, schools, transit are BIG concerns!
April 5, 2018
Important information from the Toronto Noise Coalition: The City of Toronto is looking at changing the Noise Bylaw: Watch the April 4 CityNews coverage here: City looking to overhaul noise bylaw – CityNews Toronto There is a meeting about the NOISE BYLAW REVIEW REPORT at: 9.30 am, Tuesday, April 10 Licensing and Standards Committee – Committee Room 1 at City Hall Here is how you can get involved: ATTEND, DEPUTE, WRITE A LETTER We are making … Read moreApril 10, 2018 City of Toronto Meeting – Noise Bylaw Review – Have your Say!
March 24, 2018
This information has been provided by: Amy Buitenhuis, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Policy and Strategic Support, Municipal Licensing & Standards, 416-392-5129. firstname.lastname@example.org , toronto.ca/mls City of Toronto is doing a review of Municipal Code Chapter 447 Fences and to invite you to participate. The fence bylaw is a set of rules for all fences on private property in Toronto and has specific rules about pool fences to enhance safety around pools. There is more information at the bottom of this email regarding … Read moreFence Bylaw Review – Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
February 13, 2018
NOISE BYLAW DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (as of March 9, 2018) Thanks to Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chair of the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations and Member, Toronto Noise Coalition for providing this update. The Noise Bylaw Review Update report will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee, April 10, 2018. The agenda for this meeting, and the Staff Noise report will be available on April 3, 2018 at this link. As … Read moreApril 10, 2018 Noise Bylaw Meeting – Notice from the Toronto Noise Coalition
January 28, 2018
Did you miss this open house? You can still submit your input by taking this survey. Click here for the survey. YOUR MIDTOWN URBAN VISION FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS City Planning MIDTOWN IN FOCUS (MIF) OPEN HOUSE with WORKSHOPS (to read the notice click here) WE NEED YOU! SATURDAY, FEB. 10 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. NORTH TORONTO COLLEGIATE, 17 Broadway Ave. Workshop Schedule: 10:30-11:30: Proposed Secondary Plan / Parks and Public Realm 11:45-12:45: Community … Read moreCity Planning MIDTOWN IN FOCUS (MIF) OPEN HOUSE with WORKSHOPS (Feb 10, 2018)
January 21, 2018
Feb 4, 2018 Update: More than 100 people attended the community meeting to share ideas on how to save the Regent Theatre. Thanks to Councillor Matlow for taking the lead on this important initiative and for his support. Click here to read the Streeter.ca article about the community meeting. We will share more information once it is made available. The Regent Theatre on Mount Pleasant is for sale and there is concern about the future … Read moreSAVE the REGENT THEATRE – Community Meeting on January 22, 2018
January 9, 2018
The cast of CBC’s Workin’ Moms took their act to Davisville Village at ABC Academy (1432 Bayview Ave.) on Tuesday, Jan. 9. According to a media alert by Alina Duviner | Principal, ALINA PUBLICITY “Catherine Reitman (Kate), Dani Kind (Anne), and Sarah McVie (Val) are launching season 2 of the series (which premieres Tuesday night at 930pm on CBC) with a stop at ABC-Davisville Village to show some love to some Toronto moms and dads!” Photo courtesy … Read moreCBC’s Workin’ Moms visit ABC Academy in Davisville Village
December 22, 2017
Many thanks to the Toronto Aviation Noise group for providing this update and for their work on behalf of residents in Davisville Village, South Eglinton and the larger Midtown area. Please visit the Toronto Aviation Noise Group’s website for an details regarding the outcome of the Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) meeting, which took place on December 6, 2017. Members of the T.A.N.G. board are planning on meeting with federal MPs in our … Read moreResponse to NAV CANADA by the Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.) Dec 22, 2017
December 4, 2017
A notice from The Toronto Aviation Noise Group T.A.N.G. This is to let you know that NAV CANADA has responded to Helios’ September 18, 2017 report. Helios’ report is the result of their year long Independent Toronto Airspace Review which investigated ways to mitigate Toronto Pearson aircraft noise. http://www.torontoairspacereview.ca/ This is NAV CANADA’s response http://www.navcanada.ca/EN/about-us/Documents/Response_Independent_Airspace_Review-EN.pdf We are working on a response to NAV CANADA’s document and hope to have it ready before the next Toronto … Read moreCommunity Environment & Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) meeting on December 6, 2017.
December 3, 2017
Below is the December 2 2017 Newsletter. This update was sent with our 2018 membership drive. Please note, the links will not be functional since this is only a snapshot of the newsletter. Please subscribe to our email list if you would like to receive these updates. Click on the page to scroll through to the next one. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
November 30, 2017
The province has committed to OMB reform by promising an independent planning information and support centre for residents and vowing to stop overriding city planning decisions. We expect OMB reform legislation to be passed in the coming months. Developers, knowing their days at the OMB may be numbered, have been frantically putting in new applications and rushing applications to the OMB with the expectation they will be “grandfathered” from the tighter planning regulations and the limited … Read moreOMB Reform status
November 24, 2017
There is a community consultation meeting for this development: Date: Thursday April 5, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Place: Best Western Roehampton Hotel 808 Mount Pleasant Road The preliminary report can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-112585.pdf _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ We have an 18 Brownlow lookalike proposed development (700 Mt. Pleasant) with an application submitted on Nov. 3, 2017 by the Briton House (corner of Mt. Pleasant and Soudan) for a massive expansion of their retirement home with … Read moreNew development on Soudan block between Brownlow and Mt. Pleasant Rd.
November 15, 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 for resources and to subscribe to a 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 … Read moreLocal TDSB School News – Nov 2017
September 29, 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) … Read moreCONSTRUCTION NOTICE -Hillsdale Ave. East at Yonge – Monday October 2, 2017
July 23, 2017
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.
June 29, 2017
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 … Read moreConstruction Liaison Committee (CLC)
June 29, 2017
Davisville Junior Public School & Spectrum Alternative School On May 30, 2017 the TDSB held a community consultation meeting to present the new school design for Davisville Junior Public School and Spectrum Alternative School. To read more click here Hodgson Senior Public School Hodgson Senior Public School Changes to Welcome Grade Six Students in September Starting this September 2017, Hodgson Senior Public School will be converted to a grade 6, 7 and 8 school. To accommodate the … Read moreLocal TDSB School News
May 20, 2017
The community meeting regarding the Davisville Public School & Spectrum Alternative School rebuild was well attended. The presentation and meeting notes are now available on Toronto District School Board website. To go to the TDSB website click here. The information can also be found here: To read the presentation click here. To read the meeting notes, click here.
May 20, 2017
The following is a construction notice regarding continued lane and sidewalk closures along Hillsdale Ave. East and update on activities thru the summer months. To read to notice please click on this link: 2131Y Construction Notice No. 4 (Freed) 19-May-2017
May 19, 2017
Plan to attend this City of Toronto workshop to help shape the future of our Midtown Toronto. The Yonge-Eglinton area has experienced significant growth and change in the last decade. The City is developing a plan – Midtown in Focus – to ensure the ingredients of a livable community are in place in the near term and long term, including parks and public spaces, great old and new buildings, community services and facilities, and transportation and servicing … Read moreMidtown In Focus Open House – Saturday June 3, 2017
May 12, 2017
More than 150 interested people crowded into the Greenwood College School on May 8 for SERRA’s annual meeting. This year’s AGM, with its theme “Take Back Our Neighbourhood,” featured guest speakers Councillor Josh Matlow and Senior Planning Director Gregg Lintern, who updated residents on the state of play in the very busy Davisville Village. This year, we added to the very successful information booths introduced at the 2016 AGM. Among them were booths featuring City … Read moreSold-out crowd for SERRA’s 2017 AGM
May 6, 2017
Forty people, interested in Davisville Village’s rich history, came out on a day threatening rain, wind and cold temps to learn more about the neighbourhood we call home. They were not disappointed. The 90-minute walk, which started at the original J. J. Davis store at the corner of Yonge and Davisville (today a thriving Starbucks), meandered throughout the Village and took in sights as diverse as the Glebe church lands (now the beautiful Belsize area), … Read moreFirst Davisville Village Jane’s Walk a huge success!
May 4, 2017
COME RAIN OR SHINE – WE’LL BE DOING OUR FIRST DAVISILLE VILLAGE WALK ON SATURDAY, MAY 6, AT 2 P.M. SEE YOU THERE! In celebration of the anniversary Jane Jacob’s birthday, SERRA is sponsoring a walk through several of our neighbourhoods on May 6th at 2:00PM. The walk will begin at the historic J. J. Davis store located at the corner of the Yonge and Davisville. We will convene for the start of the tour … Read moreCOME RAIN OR SHINE! SERRA sponsors the first Jane’s Walk of Davisville Village
April 24, 2017
Take Back Our Neighbourhood! The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) invites you to attend the AGM on Monday May 8, 2017, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, ON, M4S 2L8. Doors open at 6 p.m. for attendees to register, renew memberships, enjoy refreshments & browse a number of information booths. The AGM will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Does this sound like your neighbourhood? Massive, unceasing new developments New infill … Read moreTake Back Our Neighbourhood! – Come to SERRA’s Annual General Meeting
April 20, 2017
Metrolinx – Views from the Sky Seeing is believing – from above. With station construction well underway along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, residents and commuters see the construction hoarding and fencing at street level every day. To give everyone an opportunity to see the progress behind the fences, Crosslinx will be flying the corridor every couple of months. Seeing is believing. Check out our first Eglinton Crosstown LRT fly over video to see clearly … Read moreMetrolinx Update: Eglinton Station & Views from the Sky
April 18, 2017
What Work is Taking Place? Since February 2017, crews have been conducting support of excavation work, also known as shoring, at the Main Entrance of the future Mount Pleasant Station. The Main Entrance is located on the northwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road. Beginning as early as April 20, the work zone on the northwest corner will be expanded to provide more space to continue shoring at the Main Entrance. Shoring … Read moreMetrolinx update: Mt. Pleasant Station excavation
March 8, 2017
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 … Read moreJust Published! City of Toronto Good Neighbour Guide
February 23, 2017
Mid to Late March Get ready for lane and sidewalk closures on Hillsdale Avenue East. Read more.
February 21, 2017
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 … Read moreIndependent Toronto Airspace Review – Public Meeting Dates
February 19, 2017
Our concerns are being heard! Toronto Star City Hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro has written a 3-part series on out-of-control development in the Yonge-Eglinton area (and other neighbourhoods). The proposed development at 18 Brownlow is prominent. OMB Reform | Toronto Star Feb 2017, articles: Part One: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/contested-development/ Part Two: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/planning-power-politics/ Part Three: http://projects.thestar.com/ontario-municipal-board-reform/onward-upward/
February 7, 2017
********Event Cancelled***** Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.. Please contact the organizers if you have any questions.Contact: Cheri DiNovo, MPP ,Parkdale High-Park ,Constituency Office, 2849 Dundas Street West ,Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y6, Tel: 416.763.5630, Fax: 416.763.5640, http://www.cheridinovo.ca
January 14, 2017
In the past few years many area residents have voiced concerns about the safety of the intersection at Bayview and Soudan Aves., particularly for seniors, students and families with young children crossing at the crosswalk. A traffic study conducted by City of Toronto Transportation Services in 2016 confirmed the need for changes in traffic flow. As a result, both Soudan Ave. and Parkhurst Bld. side streets have new signs allowing only right turns onto Bayview … Read moreNew traffic rules at Bayview & Soudan
January 11, 2017
Our students at Davisville School and Spectrum Alternative School will have a much needed brand new school and playing field to enjoy, thanks to the hard work and the excellent collaborative efforts of several groups, including the Toronto District School Board and the City of Toronto. In addition to a new school, our community will also benefit from having a new Community Hub and Aquatics Centre which will be built on the south west side of the existing school site. Congratulations to all the … Read moreJanuary 2017 Update: New School planned for students at Davisville and Spectrum Alternative schools
January 10, 2017
SERRA has actively participated in 4 meetings and workshops this fall which will give direction to the preservation and formation of parks and green space in Davisville Village, an area of the city under great development stress. Parks and Public Realm Update In November Paul Farish, a Senior Planner of Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis with the City of Toronto, organized a well-attended workshop on green infrastructure. Mr. Farish leads Toronto’s Midtown in Focus Plan, which aims to … Read moreKeeping Our Neighbourhood GREEN
January 10, 2017
The City of Toronto is continuing with its plan to establish an independent Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) to rule on appeals of decisions of the Committee of Adjustment and provide quick and efficient hearings. The Local Appeal Body for Toronto will replace the function of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to hear Toronto-based appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions about minor variance and consent applications (relates to appeals for almost all residential homes). The … Read moreToronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) Anticipated in Early 2017
January 10, 2017
Panoramic Overview Picture of the Yonge – Eglinton Area The aerial view in the picture below shows the change the area surrounding the Y-E intersection is undergoing (coloured buildings are future additions) Y-E Secondary Plan Update – Midtown in Focus Midtown in Focus is an initiative led by City Planning as a response to the rapid intensification and change underway in the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan area, which encompasses all of SERRA. The study includes a review … Read moreY-E Secondary Plan Update – Midtown in Focus
December 14, 2016
SERRA is an active member of the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (see http://www.fontra.com). FoNTRA has drafted and submitted a briefing calling for OMB reform in response to the province’s request for input. Here are the highlights from the submission. FoNTRA’s submission is based on the principle that municipal councils should be responsible for local planning decisions, not an unelected body that is not accountable to citizens. The OMB violates this principle in these … Read moreSERRA supports FoNTRA’s submission calling for OMB Reform
December 8, 2016
Residents now have access to a new resource guide to help with The Committee of Adjustment. SERRA board members met with the our Councillor, Josh Matlow, to discuss planning issues in our neighbourhoods. Our most recent meeting was on November 14, 2016, and Josh provided us with copies of a new brochure on the procedures for Committee of Adjustment hearings. The guide is printed as a fold-out guide in eight pages. Although the guide is short, it provides … Read moreCity of Toronto publishes new guide to the Committee of Adjustment
November 30, 2016
Film crews were set up on Bayview Avenue near Belsize on Tuesday, November 29th, to film a new movie called “Molly’s Game”. Residents were excited to try and catch glimpses of Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera…sadly, to no avail. “Molly’s Game” is the true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle … Read moreHollywood comes to SERRA!
November 24, 2016
Parks and Open Spaces Update (Jan 2017) : Senior City Planner Paul Farish, responsible for leading the Midtown in Focus initiative, arranged a workshop on green infrastructure for our area. The Yonge-Davisville neighbourhood is the latest to be singled out and, through Mr. Farish, the City of Toronto sought public input into the future of the area’s parks and public spaces. The meeting was well attended despite the cold, rainy weather, and the attendees walked the … Read moreParks & Public Realm Workshop attracts big group – despite the rain!
November 7, 2016
We want your ideas! This is your chance to help plan for a safer, better connected, more inviting and beautiful public realm. The City of Toronto Planning Department is asking residents to participate in this workshop and to provide feedback about the developing parks and public spaces for the Yonge-Davisville area. Councillor Josh Matlow has been advocating to secure extra green space and park lands to our Davisville Village and South Eglinton neighbourhoods. He is to be congratulated with the … Read moreIMPORTANT WORKSHOP! Come out on November 19, 2016 to the Davisville Parks and Public Realm Workshop
October 19, 2016
SERRA has officially formed a Party at the OMB to oppose the proposed development at 18 Brownlow Ave. SERRA is heading to the OMB, and we need your support. To help us with the funds to hire a lawyer for this OMB hearing, please fill out the pledge form found here: 18-brownlow-pledge-formfinal:
September 26, 2016
Margaret Walker, Councillor Josh Matlow, and Lilly McIsaac Margaret Walker makes her point while Sharon Mourer and Lilly McIsaac ponder her observations. A young resident (not yet a rate payer) beats the developer at the OMB in a heated game of Serr-opoly.
September 15, 2016
Plans are afoot to create something special in Davisville Village, and you’ll want to learn more. Parents and residents of the Davisville/Spectrum community are encouraged to attend a public open house to receive information about the status of the project and provide community feedback on the plans and designs for the new school, child care facilities and the Midtown Community Hub. Shortly after this public open house, consultants will begin preparing options for the TDSB. … Read moreInterested in the new Davisville Midtown Community Hub?
July 6, 2016
Toronto and Ontario need to halt further projects until transit and other infrastructure are radically upgraded. Photo courtesy of cbc.ca By John Bossons and Geoff Kettel Transit in the Yonge St. corridor is at a crisis point. The Yonge subway line, opened in 1954 to serve a city of just over 1 million people, cannot handle today’s population of more than 2.8 million in Toronto and a further four million in the suburbs. Read more…
June 18, 2016
Residents of the Davisville/South Eglinton area continue to be “surprised” by the size of the new infill houses appearing in our neighbourhood. The current approval process for these houses is often described as the “Wild West”. SERRA members and residents will have an opportunity on June 29th to learn more and offer their opinions on planning in our residential neighbourhood. City Planning staff are undertaking a neighbourhood study for the area known as Davisville Village, … Read moreDid you see the new MONSTER HOUSE down your street?
June 16, 2016
Please renew your 2016 SERRA membership or join us today for the first time. Our neighbourhood organization is run by volunteers. Your contributions help pay for information sessions, Board of Directors insurance, occasional legal and urban planning fees, and some administrative expenses. It’s the best $25 you will spend on membership fees this year! Click here.
May 2, 2016
Almost 150 Davisville residents and friends attended our AGM at Manor Road United Church. (Above) SERRA President Andy Gort welcomes the record crowd and introduces speaker Josh Matlow, our Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2. Many thanks to our volunteers! The AGM offered lots of excellent discussion around our information booths, a productive Q&A with Councillor Josh Matlow, and, last but not least, carrot cake and coffee.
March 28, 2016
Plan to attend this important neighbourhood meeting! Annual General Meeting April 20, 2016 6:30 p.m. at Manor Road United Church During the pre-meeting, chat with Toronto City Councillor Matlow and SERRA board members. Learn about condo development, Y-E city plan reviews, super-sized new homes, and safety concerns. Also learn about the proposed bold pilot project to issue tickets at bad construction sites in Toronto, just like parking tickets. Finally, get an updateon the Local Appeals … Read moreSERRA AGM April 20th at Manor Rd. United Church!
March 28, 2016
Urban planner Terry Mills and construction lawyer Paul Hancock addressed concerns raised by almost 60 people attending a construction seminar on March 9th at Greenwood College School in North Toronto. Both Mr. Hancock and Mr. Mills agreed that residents should try to negotiate with builders and neighbours well before a project reaches Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment. SERRA thanks both gentlemen for their participation in this free event. Mr. Hancock is an associate with the construction … Read moreFull house at SERRA construction seminar
February 11, 2016
The City of Toronto is conducting a comprehensive review of its urban planning priorities for the neighbourhoods surrounding Yonge and Eglinton streets. This review of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan is expected to have a major impact on commercial and residential development, park space, heritage preservation, cycling paths, sidewalks, and transit issues. The Y-E plan will become a policy blueprint for the future of our neighbourhoods, including streets within SERRA’s territory. This process is running concurrently … Read moreSERRA watching Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Planning process
February 11, 2016
• Worried about new residential construction next door? • Concerned about development proposals in the area? • Planning to build yourself & want to avoid conflicts with neighbours? • Attend this free seminar to learn about your rights March 9, 2016 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. Greenwood College School 443 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2L8. An urban planner, a construction lawyer, and SERRA board members will answer your questions about city planning, the Committee … Read moreFree Seminar: Construction issues in Davisville
December 17, 2015
• Art Shoppe demolition is ongoing, asbestos safely removed, construction plan proposed. • Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan update is in full swing. • Two tall rental towers are proposed for north side of Soudan between Redpath and Brownlow. • Positive development changes have been made for 1 Eglinton E. • Discussions with developer for 1674-1684 Bayview are leading to significant project changes. • Residents’ protest stops massive homes at 15 and 111 Belsize Dr. • SERRA … Read moreDecember 2015 Newsletter
November 6, 2015
SERRA worked with neighbours on Belsize drive and once again helped to stop the development of an over-sized building planned at 15 Belsize Drive. The decision to reject the building proposal was made unanimously by a five-member committee at City Hall. This is a newly assembled panel and it was good to see this decision from them. There are two other flat-roof applications in play for very large buildings: one at 585 Hillsdale (OMB) and … Read moreSERRA protecting neighbourhood’s charm
November 6, 2015
The City of Toronto is planning to conduct a survey to “improve (its) response to nuisance type issues at residential infill construction sites.” SERRA will provide input into the way the City conducts this survey. SERRA plans to formally survey all its members for issues that relate to construction so that we can aggregate and submit the data we gather to city hall. These data will be extremely valuable for the following reasons: Councillor Josh … Read moreNeighbourhood construction issues: your input needed!
October 8, 2015
Enjoy our first update for the new season! Learn more about our activities to reduce air traffic noise. Also learn more about a new approach to working wit developers! Download PDF 2015-Oct-SERRA-newsletter -final2
September 17, 2015
SERRA supported 50 residents on Hillsdale Ave. who went to the Committee of Adjustment to stop a completely inappropriate tall homes development on the street. The committee agreed with the neighbours. But the fight isn’t over yet! Town Crier article
September 8, 2015
“The Autumn Shift Festival is an annual Mount Pleasant BIA initiative presented with the assistance and support of a number of community and arts organizations in the neighbourhood. Each September, a few Mount Pleasant streets and lanes close to traffic and open to artists, performers, musicians and thousand of visitors. Join us this year on Sunday, September 13, 2015 for free family fun.” – Learn more
September 8, 2015
The City of Toronto has issued a lengthy report on city ward boundaries. A review is being undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council. Learn more. SERRA is carefully reviewing the report to assess how any change in boundaries may impact our role as a neighbourhood association. For example, a change may impact our ability to work on various city planning and development proposals we have studied, in … Read moreCity of Toronto reviewing Ward boundaries
September 8, 2015
On Wednesday, Sept. 9th starting at 7pm, 53 Division will be hosting a Town Hall for residents of our Division at North Toronto Collegiate in the auditorium (17 Broadway Ave). Meet the new Chief of Police Mark Saunders and learn more about Human Trafficking from detectives working with the Sex Crimes Unit. See you there!
August 25, 2015
The Mount Pleasant Business BIA has hired consultants to review how to revitalise Mount Pleasant Road. A member of the SERRA Board of Directors, Jane Auster, sits on a BIA committee working with the consulting firm “Public Work”. Their streetscape study may end up recommending significant changes which would affect both the shopping area and the traffic flow. The SERRA Board will keep you posted.
August 11, 2015
SERRA is doing very important work to address neighbourhood concerns about this development project. Learn more at Art Shoppe Development
August 6, 2015
Tom Hanks and rainy Seattle have nothing on Midtown Toronto when it comes to missing sleep. Since 2012, Pearson airport has diverted air traffic to fly over Davisville. Visit the website of T.A.N.G. (Toronto Aviation Noise Group) at https://northtoronto.wordpress.com/about/ to hear the story of our neighbour, “Sleepless in Wychwood” (near St Clair). SERRA met with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) in August, 2015. Federal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt recently directed the GTAA to … Read moreSleepless in Wychwood – SERRA working with GTAA
August 1, 2015
SERRA booth for “Cause Day” Come visit us at the Davisville Farmers Market in June Rowlands Park (corner of Davisville and Mount Pleasant) on August 4, 2015. SERRA reps will staff a booth from 3 to 7 p.m. to talk about development issues such as new condo projects and overly tall replacement houses on traditional residential streets. Traffic and pedestrian safety are also big issues for many of us. What are your issues? SERR-OPOLY Go … Read moreCome visit SERRA at Davisville Market on August 4
July 14, 2015
Ms. Nandy Heule, President of Davisville-based Heule Communications, joined SERRA in July, 2015 to be our new Head of Communications. She will develop and implement strategies by which the SERRA communicates with members and with the broader community. In the future, we look forward to communicating with you more effectively, by newsletters, e-newsletters, a more interesting website, and social media. The Head of Communications, as a committee chair, can also invite other SERRA members to support SERRA’s communications work. Interested volunteers can contact … Read moreSERRA Welcomes New Head of Communications
May 7, 2015
Contact email@example.com if you are interested in joining a Working Group. SERRA now has three working groups related to development and also safety for residents in Davisville. We are looking for volunteers who care. You would work with knowledgeable SERRA directors who have negotiated with the City of Toronto and appeared at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on behalf of members. You would attend sessions of the Committee of Adjustment and the OMB, sometimes as … Read moreSERRA Working Groups in August, 2015
May 7, 2015
Contact president@southeglinton if you are interested in joining the SERRA Board. SERRA’s bylaws allow up to 17 directors. We want to enlarge the Board from its current 8 directors. Work packages can reflect personal interests. Board members include: – people with a specific issue who join the Board directly; – people with past experience or enthusiasm who join the Board directly; – volunteers who learn by mentoring before deciding to join the Board.
May 7, 2015
Contact president@southeglinton if you are interested in volunteering. SERRA generally lets volunteers choose what they want to do. That way, volunteers are happy and energetic. Here is a list of some interesting positions available.Social Events Coordinator (pub nights, etc.) Contributors of photos to go on website Contributors of stories/opinions to go on website Website content coordinator (we already have an excellent techie) Fundraising coordinator Social media coordinator (Retired) lawyer – we think every board should … Read moreVolunteering with SERRA
March 20, 2015
SERRA wishes to thank two local residents who recently sent us $100 donations to thank SERRA for the assistance we gave to them at the Toronto and East York Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board respectively. Not only is this money that SERRA will use for future legal expenses. It is also nice for us to know that people appreciate the work we do. Though these two donations were unsolicited, they prompt us … Read moreDonations to SERRA much appreciated
March 20, 2015
Massive new residential and retail projects in the construction pipeline will bring thousands of new residents to Yonge and Eglinton. The north corners of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue are marked with dusty grey rubble, a sign of development. Two pillars are certain to rise from the ashes and join the glass jungle that surrounds them. Other lots are marked “For Sale,” prime real estate for future development just waiting for a buyer. Read the … Read moreOver a billion dollars in Midtown development and counting
March 11, 2015
Midtown in Focus, the Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton area, creates a framework for coordinated public realm improvements in the middle of the city. The Plan, adopted by City Council in August 2014, identifies how the existing network of parks, open spaces, streets and public buildings can be improved over the next 5 to 10 years to create an attractive, safe and comfortable network of public spaces that supports City life … Read moreMidtown in Focus – Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton Area – March 23rd
September 5, 2014
Yes, residents can be successful opposing developments near their homes. Five South Eglinton homeowners went to Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment with SERRA’s help. These South Eglinton residents didn’t want tall replacement homes beside them, with decks that overlook their backyards and blank walls that shade out the sun. Each time, the Committee agreed with the residents and turned down the supposedly minor variances that developers were requesting. Four of these widely welcomed decisions have been … Read moreFive Local Residents Win at the Committee of Adjustment
September 5, 2014
Sadly, the historic Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club ceased operations in 2013 and the property is up for sale. If you want to look at a graceful piece of Toronto history, drive along Manor Road. The small white clubhouse, with its trim green lawn, is on the north-east corner of Mount Pleasant Road, immediately behind the shops on Mount Pleasant. SERRA opposes putting any high-rise building here, like the tall condos you see on Yonge … Read moreGlebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club To Be Sold
September 5, 2014
The Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.) is canvassing the neighbourhood on this important issue affecting residents. If you haven’t signed at the door, please sign the petition online asking NAV CANADA to engage in effective dialogue with our federally elected representatives to resolve noise issues in our neighbourhoods due to NAV CANADA airspace re-design (February 2012).