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Development Meetings

Development plans are heating up in the neighbourhood, and so is the need for residents' input. Several public meetings are planned for late November and early December 2015. These notices mirror announcements made in HVRA News email messages.

(new location) Mon. Nov. 30, 7-8:30 pm, Madison Pub upper level

Goodbye Brunswick House, Hello Boston Pizza?

In recent years the operations of the Brunswick House at 481 Bloor St. W. have been a source of late-night disruption. The owner of the building has allowed the Brunswick House lease to expire, and as of Dec. 31 it will remain only on a month-by-month basis. (NOTE: This is a correction from a previous statement saying that the lease had been terminated.)

Boston Pizza is interested in signing a long-term lease for the ground floor, but its plans would require a patio. Before proceeding, the company wishes to know whether the neighbouring community would be supportive of a patio. (A public notification is required to obtain a liquor license.)

You are invited to a public meeting to hear from company representatives and the building’s owner, and to ask them questions.

Neither HVRA nor the Annex Residents’ Association (which are co-sponsoring the meeting) has taken a position on this matter.  Both organizations want to hear what neighbours think. We hope you can join the discussion on Nov. 30. Note that the venue has been changed at the last minute: come to the upper level of the Madison Pub, 14 Madison Ave. (first street east of Spadina, 100 metres north of Bloor).

Wed. Dec. 2, 4-8 pm, Trinity-St. Paul’s Gym: Bike Lanes on Bloor Street

bicycle The City of Toronto is proposing a pilot project to install bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road. A pilot project is being proposed to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. You are invited to view possible designs and provide your opinions at a drop-in public event on Wed. Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 pm in Trinity St. Paul's gym. A webpage at toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes shows images of the design options. You can also use a form on that page to subscribe to the project e-mail list and receive updates about project progress, survey invitations, consultation summaries and other opportunities for public input.

Sat. Dec. 5, 1-4 pm, 1 King's College Circle, JJR Macleod Auditorium Foyer: Sussex-Spadina Development Open House

This time it’s Joe Cressy, Ward 20 Councillor, who is hosting an Open House to discuss a development proposal from Daniels and U of T for the northwest corner of Sussex and Spadina. The meeting will take place in the foyer of the Faculty of Medicine auditorium at 1 King’s College Circle. Both the developer and city staff will be on hand to show plans for the site, take questions, and receive timely feedback. From the councillor’s invitation, below, an aerial photo shows the site, and the text gives further information.



2015 Pumpkin Festival and Silent Auction

Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30 pm

The 2015 Pumpkin Festival was a great success! Hundreds of people promenaded along Harbord Street to join their neighbours in admiring the amazing pumpkin carvings and sculptures. (Photos by Graham Rempe and Richard Longley capture the atmosphere -- see a collection here.)

Apple cider drew people into the premises of 106 Harbord, along with the display of items for the silent auction, the chance to renew membership, and information about a local initiative to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Another great evening for Harbord Village community spirit! 

Photo by Richard Longley; see many more on the Pumpkin Festival page


HVRA supports the Community Swim

pool photosThe Central Tech Community Swim is every Saturday from late September to the May long weekend

A donation of $2 per person, accepted at the door, is used to pay the pool lifeguards. 

The pool is divided into three sections each week, so that there is lap swim, a child and family area in the shallow water, and a section in the deep end with a diving board.  Everyone is welcome!

Where: Central Tech Pool at Lennox and Lippincott Streets, southeast of Bathurst, door 16
When: every Saturday from late September to the May long weekend
Hours: 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact: centraltechpool@gmail.com

See more about HVRA's support for the CT Community Swim here.


HVRA Welcomes Mediated Settlement on Central Tech Field

Thanks to a mediated settlement recently concluded under the auspices of the Ontario Municipal Board, the Harbord Village Residents’ Association and its community partners have succeeded in reducing the scale and potentially harmful effects of a proposed large championship field at Central Tech.

Read the whole March 6, 2015 statement here.


Donations sought for Graffiti Removal Teams

In February 2013, 30 people representing police, school, Harbord BIA, residents, the councillor and his staff met to discuss what to do about the continuing graffiti tagging that is going on in our lanes. Following that event, almost all graffiti tags on Sussex Mews and Harbord Street were removed or painted over, and two of the most prolific "taggers" have been arrested. Now HVRA would like to extend the programme to other Harbord Village lanes. 

  • If you would like your laneway to be next and are willing to help, contact HVRA Chair Tim Grant at chair@harbordvillage.com.

Up to now, the cost of paints and graffiti removal chemicals has been borne by a handful of individuals. That amounts to thousands of dollars. HVRA is now seeking financial donations that will create a superfund to pay for paint and supplied to be used on other laneways. Why is this necessary? Many of those whose garages or houses have been tagged are on fixed incomes. The HVRA wants to make graffiti eradication painless for them, and will find volunteers to do the work. But they need funds to support their work. 

  • If you can help, please mail cheques payable to "HVRA" to: HVRA, 360A Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X1. Mark "graffiti removal" on your cheque.

Harbord Village Pilot Project Gets Ahead of Emerald Ash Killers

Cost to HVRA homeowners as little as $250 every 2 years

Harbord Village EAB Management Plan —
for more information, click here to visit our Treeing the Village web pages.

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Finally, some real hope in staving off the green beetle that is threatening one in ten trees in the City of Toronto and is further advanced on the University of Toronto campus than was thought. Some have been found in Harbord Village, but we need to act quickly to save half our trees.

“We need to be in a position to act by June,” said Prof. Sandy Smith, University of Toronto Forestry Department Entymologist, in 2012. “Injections must be within June-August timeframe, or the trees will die.”

“This is way better than we thought,” said Tim Grant, Chair of HVRA, when we were given a quick preview of the plan. “We still have a chance to act.”

What is promising is that the cost of injecting affected trees is considerably less over time than cutting them down, because a major infestation is invariably fatal.
Read more here.

Find your tree!

Our Google Earth map will show you your street, your house, your tree — and the entire Harbord Village canopy.

Check it out on our Harbord Village Trees Inventory web page

Reading recommendation from the HV Tree Committee:
Here's a timely article about tree care from the Fine Gardening web site: What's Wrong with That Tree?

Google Earth