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.

Coyotes.  And that’s OK, providing they’re left alone and not fed.  There have been calls received by Sarah Doucette’s office about coyote sightings around the Rennie Park area as well as near the Humbercrest Blvd. and Dundas St. West areas. Residents and coyotes can (and have) lived together but if you do see one, you can report it to 311 so Animal Services can investigate, and the City can track their location.  More information about coyotes in the city can be found here.

Many shoppers today on Bloor, dropped by to chat with us and learn about the BWVRA, including several of you from outside the neighbourhood – even a few from outside the city.  Thank you.  We increased our membership, raised money for our Save Our Village Fund and gave out a few lawn signs.  And some lucky person won a candy machine.  Keep an eye on our web site for frequent updates on our involvement in local development.

On December 6th, Toronto City council voted unanimously to oppose Plaza Corp’s proposed development on the site of the Humber Theatre! This is great news and now we need to prepare for our Mediation session with the developer on February 7th, 2018. 

A big thank you to the many generous people who have already stepped up with a donation to the Save Our Village Fund: we’ve raised close to $9,000 so far but we still have a long way to go.  To help get us there, the BWVRA has agreed to match donations, up to a total of $2,000, between now and December 31, 2017.  If you’ve been planning to donate, now is your chance to have double the impact!  It’s fast and easy to do at our donation page

A big victory for residents of Bloor West Village yesterday when Toronto City council voted unanimously to oppose Plaza Corp’s proposed development at the site of the Humber Theatre!  Thank you Sarah Doucette (@DoucetteWard13) for your leadership!  We’re now two months away from mediation with the OMB and residents support will be crucial to a successful outcome: follow our page to stay informed as to how you can help.

On November 18, many residents picked up their new (and free!) trees and shrubs at the Tree for Me event at the Annette Street Public Library.  Native trees and shrubs were provided by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.  Residents learned how to plant and take care of their new woody friends and received free mulch to help get them off to a good start.  Over 150 trees and shrubs were distributed. The goal is to increase Toronto’s tree canopy to 40% coverage.  More trees in yards are a big part of that and every tree counts.

Check out the photos at snapd Bloor West.

Thanks to Green 13 and the Annette Street Public Library for hosting the event and, of course, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.  And keep an eye out for the Spring 2018 Tree for Me event – not long from now at all!

The Bloor West Village Residents’ Association is a group of resident volunteers committed to fostering a well-balanced and liveable community, both now and into the future. Our neighbourhood is currently facing an urgent challenge with a proposed development on the site of the Humber Theatre.

The Theatre sits on a landmark site with most of the stores now empty and windows papered over, awaiting development. Renewal of this block is urgently needed and the BWVRA supports responsible re-development that respects the existing scale and character of the immediate neighbourhood.

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Jane Jacobs has inspired more than one generation to take action in defence of the neighbourhoods they value.  If you missed the screening of Citizen Jane at the Revue Cinema, here’s a link to a review on Variety: http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/citizen-jane-review-doc-nyc-1201916211/

The City of Toronto is undertaking an initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across Toronto and East York areas of the City.  If you missed the meeting held recently at City Hall, feedback can be found here.

 

At the Community Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th, Sarah Doucette, along with representatives from the BWVRA and the community, rallied her fellow Councillors in support of a motion to have City Planning and City Legal oppose, at the OMB, the development that’s been proposed for the Humber Theatre site.  The next step will be to have this Motion passed by City Council at their Meeting on December 6th.  Then it’s on to a second Pre-Hearing at the OMB, scheduled for February 7th, that hopefully will lead to a Mediation session rather than a full Hearing.

If you’d like a lawn sign showing your support of our involvement, please send an email to info@bwvra.ca

The majority of those who completed the survey (and the total number exceeded our expectations) have lived in our neighbourhood for over 25 years and boy, do you have some interesting thoughts and ideas on what makes a great neighbourhood.  You can read more by clicking this link.