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Thanks for attending our 2018 SERRA AGM

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 Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA).

Guest speakers, Councillor Josh Matlow, TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin, City of Toronto Senior Planner Paul Farsh, and City Hall reporter with the Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliaro discussed a variety of current issues including how growth and development impacts communities if social services, school capacity, transit and other infrastructure cannot keep pace. Trustee Laskin’s update from the AGM can be found on this link SERRA AGM 2018-05-14.

There were nine information booths, on topics including tree protection, heritage, tall homes, waste management and recycling, Tree for Me and connected pathways (green initiatives) and tall mid-rise developments. Senior Planners Paul Farish and Cassidy Ritz were on hand to answer questions about Midtown In Focus. Greg Riussell and Ken Burford from the Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.) were at the aviation noise booth offering information about flight paths over Davisville Village.

A special note of thanks to our volunteers and to the staff at Greenwood College School, who’s efforts contributed to making this year’s AGM a great success! Thanks also to the Solid Waste Management team for settting up an information booth about the City’s recycling program.

Read more in this South Bayview Bulldog article.

OPA 405 and Bill 108 Background information and recent news articles – June 2019

Below are some links to recent news articles. Please note that subscription to the news source may be required:   Toronto Star Article by Jennifer Pagliaro, June 5th, 2019:  Province overrules Toronto on plans for midtown, downtown to allow taller, denser towers   Toronto Star Article by Jennifer Pagliaro, June 7, 2019 Province’s planning changes leave future of Toronto community building up in the air   Gregg Lintern’s Report: Ministry’s Approval with Modifications of Official … Read moreOPA 405 and Bill 108 Background information and recent news articles – June 2019

SERRA Residents – ACT NOW! Ontario Bill 108

More Homes, More Choices? Instead it’s RESTORING THE OMB AND MUCH WORSE   The Ontario Government introduced Bill 108, an omnibus piece of legislation, that is really 13 bills in one, which threatens existing and well considered municipal and provincial planning acts. Here are the major changes that will hit cities like Toronto and especially neighbourhoods like Yonge Eglinton and Davisville very hard! 1) The OMB is back (but made even worse)! With the return … Read moreSERRA Residents – ACT NOW! Ontario Bill 108

Invitation to Minister Clark to join us for a walk around our neighbourhood – May 2019

The following letter was sent to Minister Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. We are inviting Minister Clark to join us for a walk in our nieghbourhood, to witness the impact development has had in our community.   May 23, 2019 Dear Minister Clark, We are representatives of a group of Residents’ Associations located in the greater Yonge-Eglinton area of Toronto. We urge you to accept this invitation to join us for a … Read moreInvitation to Minister Clark to join us for a walk around our neighbourhood – May 2019

CALL TO ACTION – New Plan for Midtown needs your help

SERRA Area Residents … CALL TO ACTION!! Whether condo, apartment or low-rise residents, all of us have been watching in horror the never-ending development and construction in the Yonge & Eglinton area … some 21,000 new apartments/condos. Now development is spreading to Davisville and along our main streets of Bayview, Yonge and Mount Pleasant. We are all worried about subway overcrowding, schools overcapacity, loss of green space, lack of community amenities such as affordable daycare and … Read moreCALL TO ACTION – New Plan for Midtown needs your help