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Donations to SERRA much appreciated

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 to remind members and other local residents that SERRA does need funds to do a good job protecting our neighbourhood. If you have too much money jingling in your pocket, or if you simply want to have a better neighbourhood to live in, do keep SERRA in mind. The PayPal button on our Membership tab functions equally well for donations, or you can send a traditional cheque to our PO Box address.

Some recent SERRA activities

SERRA has actually been doing well over the last year in general terms. Our membership numbers have almost doubled since last spring. We have been very active helping individual owners of homes in the Davisville area to go to the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) if overly tall homes are planned next to them. SERRA is incorporated as Ontario Corporation 481978, which allows us to be a party at OMB proceedings and influence the result. Recently, an OMB appeal which we opposed was dropped by the applicant. We think this was because SERRA had produced very thoughtful and complete documentation about the project.

Sometimes, though, we need a planning opinion from a professional to bolster our case, and that costs money.

SERRA also recently registered as an interested party with the OMB regarding two new condo projects, because nearby residents are worried about negative effects on them. As an organisation, we are very busy, though unfortunately sometimes too busy to have the time to tell you about what we do.

Volunteers welcome

Even more than donations, some more volunteers to help out would be wonderful. Another North Toronto residents association has both a retired lawyer and a retired planning consultant as volunteers – and a gifted social media coordinator. We are jealous. Tell your neighbours to join SERRA and work with us. Davisville/South Eglinton faces challenges as Toronto grows and changes. Dealing with this is both interesting and, we think, very satisfying work.

So do send us an email at serra@southeglinton.ca if you’d like to talk to someone about volunteering or donations.

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