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Central Tech dome/artificial turf proposal
On January 14th, HVRA's board of directors passed the following motions:
The HVRA board of directors censures the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Trustee Chris Bolton for avoiding open and effective community consultation about development plans for the Central Technical School playing field.
The HVRA board asks the City of Toronto's Committee of Adjustment to defer a decision about whether to rezone the playing field to allow private development so that negotiations can take place between the TDSB, the City, and the community with a view to making a better sports field and stronger school for everyone concerned. Failing deferral, the HVRA board opposes this project as currently configured.
The hearing will determine whether to grant two zoning variances to the City’s zoning bylaws that have been sought by the (TDSB). The second changes the use of the field from educational to "private."
In case you are not aware, the proposal involves a private development to convert the grass field to artificial turf, upgrade the running track, and for five months per year, cover both with an inflatable dome. Labelled a “championship field,” the dome will enclose the track and four soccer fields and be rented out to sports groups.
In the warmer months, the field and track will be available for public use when it is not rented out. In return for the 20-year lease of school board land, the TDSB gains the use of the dome during school hours but receives no income from either the private development company (Razor Management) or the facility rentals.
HVRA’s board discussed the proposal at great length at its monthly board meeting this past Tuesday night. In the end, we passed two motions, the second one unanimously. We are happy to report that while we began our meeting as a divided board, we emerged with a consensus.
Eleanor Levine honoured
at MPP's 2nd Annual Community Appreciation Event
Harbord Village's Eleanor Levine was recognized for her outstanding volunteer contributions to our community during an award ceremony on November 14, 2013.
The award was presented to Eleanor by Trinity-Spadina MPP Rosario Marchese during his second annual Community Appreciation Event.
Eleanor was an HVRA board member, representing the South Central area, from 2010 to 2013, and an active volunteer for the Bloor-Borden Farmers' Market, which she served as treasurer for three years.
During the past two years Eleanor took a lead role in the Harbord Village Oral History project, recording memories of those who lived in the neighbourhood before 1975. Eleanor conducted more than 100 hour-long interviews, and has captured an amazing amount of information and insight into local history. These interviews provide the material for the Harbord Village History website and a public exhibit that was mounted in November/December 2013.
Eleanor's diligence, patience, and skill have enriched the local community and Harbord Village is much richer for it.
Our congratulations and deepest thanks to Eleanor.
Join the Neighbourhood Dragon Boat Team
It’s very cold outside today.
Warm thoughts keep me hopeful that the seasons will indeed change.
To hold back the cold I think: warm evenings; late sunsets; dipping a paddle into the lake; and camaraderie with our HVRA neighbours. I think of joining the HVRA Dragon Boat Racing Team for the 2014 summer season. It’s fun. I look forward to it.
Leslie Thompson, member of the 2013 Harbord Village Dragon Boat Racing Team,
2013 Harbord Village gold-medal-winning Dragon Boat Racing Team,
paddling in sync with coach Tim MacFarlane at the helm.
Read more about the HVRA Dragon Boat Racing Team on our new Dragon Boat webpage.
Harbord Village ORAL HISTORY Project launched
The Harbord Village Oral History Project was launched in November, 2013 with an exhibition at the Miles Nadal JCC titled Mapping Harbord Village: Stories of a Neighbourhood. The exhibit, created in partnership with the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, closed on December 15.
Our permanent exhibition, which includes audio recordings of all 100 interviews, can be visited online at:
15th Edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties just launched!
NEW! Our 15th edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties was released on November 27, 2013.
Recipient of the 32nd Heritage Toronto,
Community Heritage Award and Members’ Choice Award, 2006.
The Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties is a 72-page booklet that answers this question with respect to every one of a building's street visible elements, from the chimney top to the garden fence(with roofs, windows, doors, porches, railings and paint colours in between).
Our Biggest Litter and Glitter Clean-Up Event to Date!
A huge thank you to the nearly 300 people who participated in our Harbord Village/Annex/Palmerston clean-up event on November 23! This was a biggest event to date and really speaks volumes about our communities. Despite it being a chilly day and having to battle through snow flurries, everyone did an amazing job!
We had a record 67 sponsors and community partners — also more than ever before. We gave out $6,600 in prizes, including a trip for two to any destination on Porter’s network.
A big thank you goes to our hosts, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, for providing the space and accommodating such a large crowd. We had an enormous range of prizes – from dinners to shows to gift certificates to getaway trips! A special thanks to all of our gold sponsors: The Beer Store, CIBC, Creemore Springs, Fed Ex, Harbord Street BIA, Miles Nadal JCC, Mirvish.com, Porter Airlines, the Porretta Team, RBC, Scotiabank, Splendido, Starwood Hotels, TD Bank, and Wright Real Estate.
For more on this great event, see our Clean-Up webpage.
Bylaw blocking Walmart big-box store at 420 Bathurst Street to be appealed at the OMB
Friends of Kensington Market is now fundraising to help participate in future Ontario Municipal Board hearings about this proposal. Link to their fundraising web site here.
In July, Councillors Adam Vaughan and Mike Layton moved an Interim Control By-Law to ensure the Bathurst Street study that is currently underway between Dupont and Queen St W is complete before decisions are made on any further commercial applications. The hold is in effect for one year.
Riocan, the developer that proposes to build a big-box Walmart store at 420 Bathurst Street, at the edge of Kensington Market, has now filed a legal appeal of both the Interim Control By-Law as well as their application itself. Hearings on these applications may be scheduled in the next several months.
(Source: excerpted from Councillor Vaughan's Fall/2013 newsletter.)
A dozen new laneway signs unveiled this summer during deeply moving official ceremonies
October, 2013 Update
Laneways whose signs were erected at official unveiling ceremonies during the summer of 2013
Chapel Hospice Lane
Douglas Campbell Lane
William James Lane
Lewis Family Lane
Barker Fairley Lane
Katharine Hockin Lane
Boys of Major Lane
Alan Powell Lane
Albert Jackson Lane
Barbara Barrett lane
Leah Cohen Lane [private ceremony]
Laneways that will not have a ceremony and whose signs have been installed or will be in the coming weeks
Sappers Lane [sign already in place]
Loretto Lane [sign already in place]
James Hales Lane
David French Lane
Grimsby Dairy Lane
Antonio Fernandes Lane
Barbara Godard Lane
Lord Lansdowne Student Isahag Ibrahim wins HVRA's first Student Essay Contest
For details see our Student Essay Contest web page.
Graffiti Committee Seeks Donations
In late February, 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. Since this past Summer, almost all graffiti tags on Sussex Mews and Harbord Street have been removed or painted over. Two of the most prolific "taggers" have been arrested. Now HVRA’s Graffiti Committee 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 email@example.com.
Up to now, the cost of paints and graffiti removal chemicals has been borne by a handful of individuals. HVRA is now seeking financial donations that will create a superfund to pay for paint, etc that will be used in the coming months on other laneways.
If you can help, please mail cheques payable to "HVRA" to:
HVRA, 360A Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X1.
Please mark "graffiti removal" on your cheque.
Why is this necessary? Many of those whose garages or houses have been tagged, are on fixed incomes. The Graffiti Committee wants to make graffiti eradication painless for them, and will find the volunteers to do the work. But they need funds to make this work.
245 College Still Needs Donations
Thanks to all that made donations to help HVRA, and neighbouring residents’ associations, participate in the current Ontario Municipal Board hearing on a private developers’ proposal for a 24 story student residence. The case is now in mediation. We’ve paid all our legal bills to date, but will need more to press on.
If you can make a donation, please mail a cheque, payable to "Iler-Campbell" to:
Ralph Daley, 41 Soho Square, Toronto ON M5T 2Z2.
Harbord Village Pilot Project Gets Ahead of Emerald Ash Bore Killer
Cost to HVRA homeowners could be as little as $250 every 2 years
Harbord Village EAB Management Plan —
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 in the next four months 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. “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.
Margaret Fairley Park revitalization
Councillor Adam Vaughan has secured developers’ funds to improve Margaret Fairley Park and invited community participation in the process. The Friends of Margaret Fairley Park Steering Committee is leading our community’s involvement in the revitalization project.
photo: Mindy Stricke Photography
The design brief was submitted to project manager Bob Duguid, City of Toronto Parks Department, on March 29. It forms a major component of the Request for Quotations document that is currently being sent to select landscape architecture firms to bid on the project.
According to the terms of the RFQ, the Friends of Margaret Fairley Park will be represented on the project working group along with Rebecca Hewitt from Councillor Vaughan’s office. Three community consultation events will be held over the summer of 2011 and the final design for the park should be ready in the fall. Construction is expected to take place either in mid-to-late fall (definitely after the HVRA Fall Fair!) or early in the spring of 2012.
Everyone is welcome to contribute to the process. To read the design brief or get in touch, please see the Friends of Margaret Fairley Park blog at: http://margaretfairleypark.blogspot.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know our Community Builder Award Winners.
Each year we recognize those who have made outstanding contributions in three categories: Community Builder, Front Yard Garden and Heritage Restoration.
Visit our Award Winners web page to see the amazing collection of individuals and homeowners who have made wonderful contributions to our neighbourhood. Harbord Village is a much better place for their efforts.
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: