Proposed Humber Theatre Re-development

On September 28th, the first Pre-hearing Conference at the Ontario Municipal Board offices in Toronto was held regarding the proposed Humber Theatre re-development. During this meeting, all of the Parties and Participants, who have an interest in the proceedings, were identified and the next steps were proposed and agreed upon. The Bloor West Village Residents Association was very capably represented by our legal counsel Paul DeMelo, a highly regarded lawyer at OMB proceedings. We have also retained David Butler, a noted Professional Planner in Toronto, who also brings many years of experience to our team.

It now seems to be common practice at Pre-Hearing Conferences for the OMB to encourage the Parties to explore the potential for “Mediation” as an alternative to a much more involved and costly “Contested Hearing”. Very often the Parties will agree but the Developer will usually also ask for a Hearing Date, should Mediation fail. However, in this case, it was very encouraging that Plazacorp did not make such a request. Instead, it was agreed there will be a second Pre-Hearing Conference on February 7th, 2018, with the understanding that this will lead to Mediation in the Spring, 2018.

In the mean time, our expectation is that the Developer will make a sincere effort to reach out to and consult with all of the Parties and other concerned representatives of the community. Our Association is mobilizing quickly to be a constructive voice for the community when these consultations begin.

But we need YOUR input ….on the kind of re-development the BWVRA should be advocating for on this site!
So please save the date October 30th, 7:00 pm, for a Community Meeting at the Humbercrest United Church Hall on Baby Point Road, just north of the development site.

Your Executive team has been busy since we last met at the AGM in May, you may have seen us on Bloor St on the weekends and at local meetings. We wish to thank you for your generous donations and support for our Save Our Village campaign. To date we have raised over $26,000 towards the costs of hiring our team of professionals and preparing for the OMB hearing concerning 1990 Bloor St West, scheduled for early December.

You are encouraged to attend a Resident Meeting on Monday Sept 30th at 7:30pm at the Grenadier Retirement Home. We have invited our Planner, Peter Swinton and lawyer, Ian Flett to join us so we can share our perspective and position with you. Sarah Doucette will also be attending to share her views and to field questions on this and other matters of local interest . We want to hear from you as we are reaching a critical timeframe before the OMB hearing. Discussions are ongoing between BWVRA, the City Planning Department and the NDI, the developer.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback to us and your Councillor on this and future development in our area. You are entitled to a voice in shaping the direction of development in BWV. Come to listen, speak your mind, make a donation, sign up for a lawn sign or renew your Membership.

Your Resident Association is also interested in planning for future meetings and address other issues of interest to you and the community besides traffic , new development or community safety. Are you interested in local improvements and clean up, parks and playground development, local farmer’s markets or art sales, neighbourhood beautification, social and recreational activities etc.? You can tell us what is on your mind by sending an email to or chatting with us at the meeting.

Monday September 30th @7:30pm
Grenadier Retirement Centre
2100 Bloor St West (corner of Clendendan- opposite Starbucks)

We look forward to meeting with you.

Dianne Bradley
on behalf of BWVRA

The BWVRA 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up Day is being held this Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10am to noon.

Please join us on the north side of Bloor St. at Beresford Ave, just around the corner from Accessorize Me. (2258 Bloor St. West).

We will supply bags, gloves and maps for the areas to be cleaned up in our community. Please bring your family, friends and neighbours. We are pleased that our sponsors will be providing complimentary coffee and hot chocolate and nibbles.

We are also selling raffle tickets for Art Work which has been provided to us by 2 local artists. This will assist us in raising funds to support the work we are doing in the community on your behalf.

Please come out and join us on Saturday to help keep Bloor West Village a beautiful place to live, work and play.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Pizza Pizza (Beresford & Bloor)
Shoppers Drug Mart
Bread & Roses Cafe
Max’s Market
Anna’s Bakery & Deli (Armadale & Bloor)
Tim Horton’s

…And all of our wonderful volunteers

Get informed!
Get ready for a much hotter, wetter, Toronto.

Tuesday, April 9
Swansea Town Hall

Green 13 welcomes speaker Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance.

In the wake of extreme and costly events such as the wash out of part of Finch Avenue during a one-hour intense summer storm in August 2005, and the marked increase in summer temperatures, the City commissioned SENES Consulting to examine monitored data (2000-2009) and to model results for 2040-2049. The result: Toronto’s Future Weather and Climate Driver Study outlines the severe weather we can expect in 2040 due to climate change. Toronto will be facing dramatically warmer temperatures and an increase in heavy summer rainfall.

What are the implications? How will this hotter, wetter weather affect our health? our homes? our environment? our infrastructure?

Please join us at this important meeting to learn more about what the study predicts, what the City is – or should be – doing, and to discuss what we can do to prepare.

For some useful background, here are two key documents:
1) Toronto’s Future Weather & Climate Driver Study: Outcomes Report

2) Toronto’s Future Weather & Climate, Presentation to Parks & Environment
Committee, Jan. 29, 2013

Swansea Town Hall
95 Lavinia Ave.

By transit: From Runnymede station, walk south 1 block to Deforest; west 3 blocks
to Lavinia; south to 95 Lavinia.

From the Cyclometer newsletter:

You’re invited to a Public Open House to review and provide comments on a proposal to install bicycle lanes on Annette Street between Jane Street and Dundas Street West. This is part of a 3.5 kilometre east-west bikeway planned for installation this summer. The Public Open House will take place on Thursday April 17 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Annette Recreation Centre, 333 Annette St.

If you are unable to attend the Public Open House but would like to provide us with your comments, you can email them to or fax to 416-392-4808.

Parks and Recreation staff are reviewing the current policy for dog off-leash areas in our local parks. It’s a contentious issue that never fails to generate spirited debate. They want to hear from users. Details below:

Notice of Public Information Update
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Staff are hosting a public information update. The current off-leash area of the park has been assessed to be suitable for off-leash activities.
The purpose of this meeting is to:
Review the People, Dogs and Parks Strategy
Review and fine tune the Off – Leash Area
“Conditions of Use” with respect to High Park and Rennie Park. Share ideas, comments and solutions.

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 7:00 pm
Location: Swansea Town Hall
95 Lavinia Avenue – Rousseau Room
Contact Information: Helen Sousa, Supervisor 416-392-6599

The Bloor West Village Residents Association

presents its

1st Annual General Meeting


Safety in the Village
Staff Inspector Brady Smollet
Toronto Police Services

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00 pm
Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Rd.

Meet the top cop in the Bloor West Village. Raise your concerns and ask questions about law enforcement, crime and parking.

  • This is the BWVRA’s first Annual General Meeting. Come and join up – just $10! Members will vote for executive members and on bylaws.
  • Any member wanting to stand for office can nominate themselves.
  • All local residents are welcome to attend!
  • For more information email

Informed & active residents keep neighbourhoods strong!

The Bloor West Village Residents Association presents

“Meet the Federal Candidates”

Take this special opportunity to challenge our local candidates on the issues that matter most to our community on the eve of the January 23rd election.

Wednesday, January 11th, 7:30 pm
Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Road

Confirmed participants so far include:

  • Sarmite Bulte (Liberal Party) incumbent Member of Parliament
  • Jurij Klufas (Conservative Party)
  • Peggy Nash (NDP)
  • Robert Rishchynski (Green Party)

Meet the candidates. Hear their views. Have your say.

The BWVRA exists to provide a forum for local residents to voice and debate issues of importance to the Bloor West Village community.

All residents living in the area are invited and urged to participate.

The Ontario Government will soon table legislation giving Toronto its own charter and expanded powers. Learn more about the important changes this will mean for planning, development and governance.

MPP and Education Minister Gerard Kennedy will hold an open meeting Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 7:30 p.m. Officials from the City of Toronto will also be present to speak and answer questions.

Location is the Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue, in the General Purpose Room. The meeting is being hosted by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association. All are welcome.

The Bloor West Village Residents Association cialis canadian pharmacy is happy to announce another public meeting, to which you are warmly invited.

The topic is “Our Vanishing Urban Forest“.

Have you noticed the mature trees in our parks and along our streets are dying, infested, blowing down? Hear and question a panel of experts on the loss of our urban canopy in the village and what steps, if any, we can take to restore our forest.

Participating on the panel will be:

  • Richard Evans, Director of Urban Foresty, City of Toronto
  • Regina Gudelis, Supervisor of Urban Forestry Planning and Protection
  • Shelley Petrie, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 pm
Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Rd.
(2 blocks north of Bloor, across from Runnymede Public School)

Doors open at 7:45. Meeting starts at 8:00.

The Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, appointed by Toronto City Council, is preparing recommendations for changes to the City’s governance system in anticipation of broader powers under a new City of Toronto Act. The Advisory Panel has been hearing from Torontonians since it was appointed in July. You are invited to bring your ideas to a final public session before the Advisory Panel prepares its advice for Council.

In small roundtable discussions, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions on governance issues such as public engagement, balancing neighbourhood and city-wide decisions and the roles and responsibilities of Council, the Mayor, Community Councils, etc.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence Market Complex – North Market
92 Front Street East
(closest intersection – north side of Front St. E., west of Jarvis St.)

To register please call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 TTY 416-338-0889
Weekdays 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Other ways to get involved: complete an online survey at or email the Advisory Panel at

For more information on the Panel visit

(via World19)

Thursday, November 3rd
7 – 9 PM
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School Auditorium
1515 Bloor Street West
South east corner at Dundas St. West

MPAC has now sent out the 2005 Property Assessment Notices in Parkdale-High Park. Please join me to hear representatives of MPAC discuss changes in the 2005 Notices and answer your questions about how your property is assessed. Learn how to ask for reconsideration from MPAC or appeal your assessment (appeals deadline is March 31, 2006).

Special guest Councillor Sylvia Watson will be on hand to discuss how your municipal taxes are calculated.

Hope to see you there!

416 763-5630