Bloor West Village Residents Association – Meeting of the Executive Committee
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Grenadier Retirement Residence – Penthouse Room B
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Attendance: Branka Komparic, Sandi Dunn, Michael Davidson, Shirley Fairley, Jamie Isbister, Robyn Kalda, Steve McNally, Mark Warrack, Krista Wylie
Regrets: Dianne Bradley, Steve Dewdney, Greg Hamara, Dennis Horgan
7.1 Previous Minutes – Review June Minutes – 5 min. – All
June Minutes were approved.
Next meeting dates are Wednesdays Oct. 1, Nov. 5 & Dec. 3
7.2 Review of Actions Items – 5 min. – Krista/Jamie
See Action Item List below for updates
7.3 Financial & Membership – 5 min. – Dennis
Sent letters to 20 members (for whom we have no email addresses) re: expired memberships. As of Sept. 30, if no membership renewal, will remove these people from our membership list since no ability to communicate via email with them.
125 Members + 29 Associate Members for a total of 154 Members.
BWVRA Bank account: $3,721.44 plus $134 in Paypal for a total of $3,855
SOV Bank account: $8,393.30
Donations to date for the 2265 Bloor W campaign: $8,323.00
7.4 Wilmington Tennis Group – 10 min. – Carolynna Gabriel (Ceyla)
TDSB is putting tennis courts out to bid and Wilmington Tennis (a for-profit organization) is trying to gain access to the TDSB tennis courts at Western Tech C.I. to use to run their programs and make these courts accessible to the community on a non-membership basis
Wilmington Tennis plans to build a clubhouse on-site at Western Tech C.I. and find a partner to use clubhouse during off-season months
- BWVRA received the deputation and presentation by Wilmington Tennis and recommended that Wilmington Tennis survey property owners near Western Tech C.I. to educate them and gauge support and report back to BWVRA findings, at which point BWVRA will provide a letter of support.
7.5 Municipal Elections Debate(s) – 5 min – Jamie
- Mayoral Debate will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at Runnymede United Church, 7-9 pm, debate @ 7:30 pm; John Tory & Olivia Chow confirmed; co-hosting with SARA
- Councillor Debate will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Runnymede United Church, 7-9 pm, debate @ 7:30 pm
7.6 2265-79 Bloor Development – 2 min. – Jamie
Etobicoke Community Council meeting on August 12 resulted in two motions being passed:
1) The City Planning Department will attend the OMB and object to the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street W. Included with this motion was the amendment that our Community must be consulted in all future discussions regarding this development (BWVRA is part of the community working group to be consulted)
2) On the basis of a presentation made by Nancy LeBlanc, the City will send a motion to the OMB requesting them to disregard any and all submissions regarding the planned development at 2265 Bloor Street W. until such time as an Area Study that’s being scheduled for Bloor West Village can be completed, reviewed and accepted.
Both of these motions have also been passed by City Council.
- We will use the upcoming debates to continue to educate our community about 2265 Bloor St. W development and to distribute SOV signs.
7.7 Fundraising – 2265-79 Bloor Development – 10 min. – Shirley
- BWVRA is committed to selling 100 tickets for the Nov. 6 performance at the Village Playhouse as a fundraiser – we will sell them at the upcoming debates and via friends/family.
7.8 Other Developments – 10 min. – Jamie/Dianne
2114 Bloor St. W
- NDI to meet with City Planning with a revised proposal by the middle of Sept .
- New architect on the project. The hope is that comments from the 2114 working group meetings will be incorporated. We can confirm this once they meet with the City.
2117 Bloor St. W
- August 20 meeting hosted by developers
- BWVRA agreed to take the lead on the Working Group with the folks from Harcroft (comprised of some BWVRA, SARA, Councillor, Main & Main)
1990 Bloor St. W
- No reply from Phil Carvalino on status of NDI actions.
7.9 Communications/Community Engagement – 10 min. – Shirley/Dianne
- Website has been updated over summer
- BWVRA Brochures: glossy ½-fold costs $195 + $25 for folding for 1000 pieces
- Banner: Stand-up banner that is easy to store, carry and set-up would cost $195+60 for design work
- Approve spending $220 + tax for 1000 brochures
- Approve spending $255 + tax on a stand-up banner
- Volunteer Management, Community Engagement, and determining our focus for the year will be high on our agenda priority for October’s meeting.
- To address emails sent to the info email account that might fall through the cracks and not get answered, agreed that we would be more vigilant and cc others in any reply to all can track replies.
7.10 Policies Group Update (HCD, SPAB, DPS, OMB) – 10 min
No updates. All items currently on hold and will likely be on hold until after Municipal elections.
7.11 BWVRA Org Structure Review & Volunteer Management – 5 min. – Jamie
- Shirley agreed to be Chair of the Community Outreach Committee
- Mark agreed to be Chair of the Policies Committee
7.12 Other Items – 5 min. – Krista
Runnymede Firehall Heritage Designation:
- City is redeveloping as a regional HQ for fire prevention so will not be sold to private investors who could look at alternate development plans so no action required by BWVRA.
BWVRA 10th Anniversary
- BWVRA will mark its 10th year BWVRA with an internal celebration – no community event.
Environmental Issues in BWV
- Robyn will take on role of liaising with LEAF and Green 13 and any other environmental organizations that may find out communication channels to be beneficial to them.
- BWVRA will look to LEAF, Green 13 etc. to be the lead on environmental issues in our community but will take on a supportive role, as required/requested.