Yes you can.  Or at least, pose any question to Dr. John Maloy who’s the TDSB Director of Education.  The meeting will be at Bloor Collegiate Institute, 1141 Bloor Street West from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, February 5.  Refreshments and childcare will be provided.  And answers.

 

Bloor West Village is a special place but remains within a big city.  The Canadian Urban Institute is a non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development.  We’ve added a link to their web site, on the right.  Check it out to see interesting stories and media about the broader urban community we’re part of.

There will be a certified inorganic waste collection happening on Saturday, January 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Annette Public Library.  Bring your dead technology like phones, computers and TV’s for safe disposal.  Materials collected will be sent to ADL Process, a Toronto based OES processor.  For more information, check this out.

Curious?  There is a Ward 13 and 14 Community Meeting on the City of Toronto 2018 Budget coming up in a few weeks.  If you are interested, please drop by Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School on January 25th at 7 PM.  The address is 1515 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor Staff Room.

For more information, reach out to either Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette (ward13.ca) or Ward 14 Councillor Gord Perks (gordperks.ca)

 

The High Park Community Alliance (HPCA) has been informed that the Ontario Municipal Board has scheduled pre-hearing conferences with:

  • GWL: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 10:00AM
  • Minto: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 10:00AM

They will take place at the:

Ontario Municipal Board
655 Bay Street, 16th Floor
Toronto, ON

HPCA has contacted legal counsel to represent our organization at these important pre-hearing conferences which deal with preliminary and procedural matters, including:

  • Identification of parties
  • Identification of participants
  • Identification of issues
  • Possibility of settlement of any or all the issues
  • Start date of the hearing
  • Duration of the hearing
  • Directions for pre-filing of witness lists, expert witness statements and written evidence.
  • The hearing of motions
  • Such matters as the Board considers appropriate

For more information, read the OMB Pre-hearing Conference Info Sheet.  It is important to note that the OMB’s notices state: “If you do not attend the pre-hearing conference, the Ontario Municipal Board may proceed in your absence and you will not be entitled to any further notice of these proceedings.”  As noted above, HPCA will be participating in these important pre-hearings.

Individuals are also welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to register as either “parties or participants” at the actual hearings.  For more information, read the OMB “Parties and Participants” Info Sheet

We will be discussing strategy/planning for the pre-hearings at the:

HPCA Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00PM
Grenadier Retirement Residence
2100 Bloor Street West

We hope you will be able to attend.

A big “THANK YOU” to those of you who included a donation to the Save Our Village fundraising campaign on your To-Do List last month!  In December, we raised just over $4,300 which has helped take us closer to our $20,000 goal.  We still have a ways to go, so please help us with your donation by clicking here, and also let us know if you’d like a lawn sign to show your support.

The first Pre-hearing Conference was held on September 28, 017, during which a number of Parties and Participants were identified and registered by the OMB.  As importantly Plazacorp, the developer, asked for Mediation but did not request an alternative date for a Contested Hearing, should Mediation fail.  BWVRA has interpreted this as positive sign, that the applicant would like to expedite a negotiated settlement; however, with an unusually large number of five Parties being involved, and with many divergent interests to address, this is not expected to be easy.

In the mean time, through consultations with our Members and with the advice of our Lawyer and Planner, we have been preparing to be able to clearly articulate the community’s interests when further negotiations, and possibly formal OMB Mediation, take place.  Negotiated settlements are usually dependent on all of the Parties narrowing down their focus to two or three key issues that matter to them most. From the perspective of BWVRA, these are as follows:

  • The proposed building is much too high, bulky and out-of-scale for the location,
  • Predicted shadow impacts on the adjacent neighbourhood are unacceptable
  • Wind tunnelling is already a concern at street-level, and the additional impacts of the proposed building need to be understood and properly addressed.

Our next date with the OMB is the second Pre-hearing Conference scheduled for February 7, 018.  Watch for further updates, before and immediately after that date, on the progress of informal negotiations that may take place, along with the scheduled date for Mediation, should this step be needed.

You may have noticed the holiday lights on Bloor West Village sidewalk trees absent this year.  Several years ago, when the sidewalks were replaced, Toronto Hydro removed all power to the trees.  In its place, solar power units were used but they are now obsolete. Early next year, new solar powered pedestrian lighting will be installed to illuminate the sidewalks.  Later on in December, this system will hopefully allow the tree lights to reappear.  

This holiday season, the entire Bloor West Village Residents Association would like to thank you for all the confidence you have shown in us throughout the year.  We are especially thankful  for the donations we have received towards the Humber Theatre redevelopment.  We are getting closer to our goal of $20,000.00 by December 31, 2017, but we’re not quite there!

We realize that this is a very busy time, you’re engaged in holiday planning and many organizations are reaching out to you for donations. A contribution to the Save Our Village fund is an investment in your neighbourhood and a future that includes sustainable, integrated and community supported development that will complement the Bloor West Village community. Your $200 donation will help us to pay for the time required by our legal and planning professionals.

Please donate today!

With all our best wishes,

Jamie Isbister, Chair BWVRA

 

…as the song lyrics go.  Our BWVRA signs are starting to appear everywhere and they’re going fast.  If you support our involvement with the Humber Theatre development, show it by getting sign.  Just email us at info@bwvra.ca with your address.  Thank you.

With wonderful snow now in our village, a reminder to those who have a sidewalk in front of their homes or properties: be sure to clear it of snow and ice within 12 hours after a storm.  The City does clear away snow, but not all of it and likely not the patch of concrete in at the end of your driveway.  Read more about your obligations here.

As for the snow you don’t have to worry about shovelling – the snow on the street – here’s a cool online map where you can track all the action (if you’ve used Uber, you’ll feel at home.)  It shows you when roads have been salted and plowed and displays the real-time location of salters, plows and sidewalk plows.  Check it out here.