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City of Toronto municipal election and other updates – 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 new candidates canvassing in our area. If a “47-seat council” prevails, we would see only our current councillor, Josh Matlow, plus any new candidates asking for your votes.

Although SERRA does not endorse specific candidates during elections, we would be remiss in not thanking Josh Matlow for his excellent service to our community over the last four years. For example, Josh has been front and centre in opposing inappropriate developments, both mid-rise/high-rises and residential homes. In addition, he has championed the creation of new and renovated parks, and heritage properties in our area are being recognized and protected. Josh has also been advocating for a north-south relief transit line to take pressure off the Yonge Line. Lastly, he has been a critical voice advocating for the abolition of the OMB and for the creation of a new City plan for the Y-E area (“Midtown in Focus,” now in the approval stage at the province).

Josh has invited interested residents to attend his official re-election launch party. Josh Matlow’s Campaign Kick-off – Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

You may not be aware, but if you support a candidate running for City Council, the City of Toronto offers a generous rebate program (almost 75% of your contribution). So a $100 contribution will, in fact, cost you only $25 (after the rebate). Learn more at the City of Toronto “Contribution Rebate Guide for Contributors.”

School trustees
We would also like to thank our school trustee, Shelley Laskin, for her tireless efforts to improve school capacity in our fast-growing area. In addition to securing a brand-new replacement (and larger) Davisville Public School, she has also secured a significant addition to both Hodgson Middle School and Eglinton Jr public school. With Shelley’s support, the TDSB is now also formally on the record for agreeing to secure another elementary school for the Y-E area. Together with Josh Matlow and local residents, Shelley also secured our first community centre in the SERRA area at the Davisville Public School grounds! Lastly, together with the Eglinton Jr parents, Shelley has fought for Crosstown LRT construction safety improvements.

To celebrate Shelley’s achievements, come out to her event. Shelley Laskin’s Campaign Kick-off  Sunday, September 9th 2018

Tree for Me
SERRA proudly announces our second annual “TREE FOR ME” event in support of improving our neighbourhood tree canopy. If you’ve been thinking of planting a locally grown tree or shrub (free) at your house or apartment, then click here to read the TREE FOR ME information.

Andy Gort,
President, SERRA

 

Recent News Articles 

The Star.com article by JENNIFER PAGLIARO, Aug. 31, 2018
Judge to decide by Sept. 11 on Tory bill cutting Toronto city council wards from 47 to 25

CBC article by The Canadian Press, Aug 31, 2018: Judge expects to rule quickly on Toronto challenge of council-cutting bill

Update – September 11, 2018 

Read the Judge’s ruling and see the ward maps in this Toronto Star article by JENNIFER PAGLIARO, City Hall Bureau and ROBERT BENZIE, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief
Mon., Sept. 10, 2018 Ford plans to invoke notwithstanding clause for first time in province’s history and will call back legislature on Bill 5

CBC News article by John Rieti, Sep 09, 2018 Premier Doug Ford to use notwithstanding clause to cut size of Toronto city council

 

Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more