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HVRA members receive regular email messages about local events and issues. See recent HVRA News messages here.
University-Rosedale Election Debates:
7 pm Fri. Oct. 2 and 7 pm Mon. Oct. 5
Here are two chances to see and hear the candidates in our new federal riding of University-Rosedale.
1. Fri. Oct. 2, Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W
doors open at 7 pm, Forum at 7:30 pm.
HVRA’s past chair Gus Sinclair will chair an All-Candidate Forum this coming Friday evening at Bloor Street United Church (Bloor and Huron). Come early for the Forum start at 7:30 pm. Five registered candidates have accepted our invitation: Chrystia Freeland, Liberal Party of Canada chrystia-freeland.liberal.ca/; Jennifer Hollett, New Democratic Party, jenniferhollett.com/; Simon Luisi, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada; Steve Rutchinski, Marxist-Leninist Part of Canada, www.cpcml.ca/; Nick Wright, Green Party of Canada, www.electnickwright.greenparty.ca/. Karim Jivraj, Conservative Party of Canada, has not confirmed his attendance, www.votekarim.ca/.
2. Mon. Oct. 5, 1 Devonshire Place, 7 pm
Another local all-candidates debate, this time focussed on Global Affairs, will be hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canada International Council, Toronto branch, and will be followed by a reception. Topics will include Foreign Affairs, Defence, International Trade, Development Assistance, Citizenship and Immigration Policy, and others. The debate will be livestreamed. Event information can be found at munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/18981/; obtain a seat free of charge at www.eventbrite.com/e/university-rosedale-all-candidates-debate-on-global-affairs-registration-18522088064. Candidates registered before September 15th have been invited, and these have confirmed attendance: Chrystia Freeland, Liberal Party of Canada; Jennifer Hollett, New Democratic Party; Steve Rutchinski, Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada; Jesse Waslowski, Libertarian Party of Canada; Nick Wright, Green Party of Canada. Karim Jivraj, Conservative Party of Canada, has not confirmed his attendance.
The 2015 Fall Fair, planned for Sun. Sept. 13 in Margaret Fairley Park,
had to be cancelled because of bad weather :(
BUT -- you can still meet your neighbours at the HVRA Fall Meeting
Wed. Oct. 21, 6:30 pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Kensington Health Centre, 45 Brunswick Avenue
AND -- you can still bid in the Silent Auction
-- put in your first bids at the Fall Meeting, Wed. Oct. 21
-- revise your bids and pick up your items at the Pumpkin Festival, Sun. Nov. 1
Scenes from the HVRA Spring Meeting, May 28, 2015
Photos by Richard Longley
Caleb Woolcott (Lord Lansdowne Public School) reading his prize-winning essay. (See also the Student Essay Contest page.)
Callie Deacon (King Edward Public School) reading her prize-winning essay. (See also the Student Essay Contest page.)
The SW caucus reporting on its discussion.
The NE caucus reporting on its discussion.
Letter on Construction at Central Tech: from Ward 20 Councillors and Ward 10 School Trustee
Discussions between the developer and neighbourhood groups about the composition of the artificial turf component are continuing, but the redevelopment of the Central Tech playing field will start soon. A public letter from Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, and Ausma Malik outlines the construction schedule. Click here to read it.
HVRA supports the Community Swim
The 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.
Toronto Heritage Grant Program 2015
In 2015, the city again offered grants for restoration work on houses within our two Heritage Conservation Districts. (For wonderful photos and reports on those districts, see the Heritage Conservation section of this website.) Watch for news on next year's program.
This is how it worked in 2015:
- If you owned one of the 349 heritage-designated houses, you were eligible for a grant from the city for 50% of the estimated cost of conservation work, up to $10,000. Applications are due by 4 pm on April 3, 2015. Forms and information are available online.
- A public workshop on the program and the application process was held in early February at City Hall.
- Advice was available from Gary Miedema at 416 338-3278 or email@example.com
We were disappointed in February 2015 to hear from the City that our community was not chosen for an extension to our heritage districts, simply because of lack of staff. We continue to press for inclusion.
Heritage protection applies only to house facades — what is visible from the street, not the back or the inside.
For more information, please check the City’s Heritage Preservation Services website.
And we hope to share better news soon.
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival — ooohs and aaahs for our 800 carved and candle-lit pumpkins
Left: Volunteers (re)light candles during the very windy Pumpkin Fest on November 1, 2014. Our HVRA chair/festival coordinator Tim Grant is in the middle of the group of three at the back of the table.
Our thanks to the 35+ volunteers who helped make the festival an enchanted evening.
HVRA and board member Wendy Smith win HERITAGE TORONTO awards!
Left: Representing HVRA at the Heritage Toronto Award Ceremony October 21, 2014 (left to right): Eleanor Levine, Oral History Project coordinator Nicole Schulman, Margaret Procter, HVRA Chair Tim Grant, and Wendy Smith. (Photo courtesy Heritage Toronto.)
HVRA was a big winner at the Heritage Toronto Annual Awards ceremony on October 21, 2014, with two awards for its oral-history project. To see what the judges liked so much, visit the Harbord Village History website and enjoy listening, reading, and viewing personal accounts of what it was like to live in this area before 1975.
HVRA board member Wendy Smith was also honoured, receiving Heritage Toronto's Award of Excellence in the Media category for her Toronto Park Lot Project. You can see Wendy's project here: http://parklotproject.com.
For the full story about these awards, see the History Project page on this site.
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 —
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: