Local TDSB School News – Nov 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 old school during construction, or for busing the students to Vaughan Road Academy.
Last week the TDSB announced that students from Davisville Junior Public School & Spectrum Alternative Senior School will relocate to Vaughan Road Academy for the start of the next school year in September 2018.

Hodgson Middle School

The Grade 6 students have joined Grade 7 & 8 students at Hodgson Middle School.
A permanent two-storey addition will be added to the existing school building.
The addition will fit with the existing structure and have space for 12 new classrooms and a new music and art room.
SERRA has been invited to participate in the New School Review Team (NSRT) to provide input on behalf of the community.

To see the plans, please click here to visit the TDSB website. Picture courtesy of MC Architects.


Equity and our specialized schools and programming

The TDSB is committed to providing equitable and accessible school programming for all, and has undertaken an initiative with the mandate to bring people together, learn from each other and explore what’s working, what isn’t. The intent is to improve programming (including specialized schools such as those that are arts and technology focused) and explore how to make programming available to all students. Distance to travel to existing specialized schools, lack of information about availability, potential barriers related to the application and selection process – could be factors inhibiting equal access to specialized programming. Click here to read the Equity Report on the TDSB website

The draft report will be presented to the board in December. It is anticipated the board will refer the report to staff for advice and next steps.
The TDSB Director of Education Dr. John Malloy, provided context in a Star article that can be found by clicking on this link.

Education Development Charges (EDC) – advocating for change!

On October 30, 2017 a ward forum in Willowdale was held to discuss school overcrowding. Attendees had the opportunity to ask Minister of Education Mitzi Hunter to change the current regulations to allow the TDSB to collect Education Development Charges (EDC) and requested that the rules also be changed to allow EDCs to be used for expanding, renovating, fixing or building new schools. These fees are collected by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, but not by the TDSB.

EDCs are levies that developers pay and are used by some school boards to purchase land to build new schools.

Making progress!

Since the meeting, the City of Toronto unanimously passed a recommendation to support the TDSB’s position as did the Ontario Public School Boards Association. You can read their advocacy by visiting the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) website at


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