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Leaside Residents Association
September 2021 newsletter

The candidates debate hosted by the Leaside Property-Owners' Association (now Leaside Residents Association) on September 23, 2019, at Leaside Gardens.
The candidates debate hosted by the Leaside Property-Owners' Association (now Leaside Residents Association) on September 23, 2019, at Leaside Gardens.

Candidates debate - Tonight!

The Don Valley West federal election debate is tonight (Monday, September 13), 7pm-9pm, and will be held virtually on Zoom. To attend, please register online if you haven't done so.

An important update: the NDP and PPC candidates have withdrawn from the debate, and the Green Party candidate has not confirmed. The two confirmed participants are Rob Oliphant (Liberal) and Yvonne Robertson (Conservative).

Check our website for event details and descriptions of past debates.

Construction at southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton (2021).
Construction at southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton (2021).


High-rise watch

The LRA is continuing to seek more information about possible high-rise construction on the southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton. We reported on this in February, and while we've confirmed that there is no municipal planning application, this is Metrolinx property, and the provincial government has shown its willingness to use Minister's Zoning Orders to circumvent local planning processes.

To be clear, the LRA favors sensible development: Concert Properties at Sunnybrook Plaza and RioCan at Laird and Eglinton are good examples of developers working within the municipal planning framework and with neighbourhood communities to reach outcomes that balance the need to accommodate new residents with locally appropriate scale and design. But a high-rise at Bayview and Eglinton would not qualify. 

In the words of one reader:

"In my professional opinion, the concrete structure is definitely designed for more than a station entrance building. The concrete columns, beams and slabs are sized to support a significant future structure. These column sizes are typical for the base of a high rise tower. The roof slab ... transitions from about 18” thickness to 4’ or greater. The thicker element is likely a transfer slab, required to support a point load (column) mid span. The size of the rebar lying on the site is typical for a much larger structure.
"The white steel framing is a curtain wall system for future glazing. It will form part of a future facade and has no load bearing capacity. The much lighter framing at the northwest (Metro) corner station is typical for the structure required for a one storey building."

Check the photos for yourself:


146-150 Laird staging area

The LRA has expressed its strong opposition to a proposed construction staging area at 146-150 Laird Dr, which would close one southbound lane for 24 months and the west sidewalk for 39 months, starting October 1. The lack of parallel planning measures to calm streets where traffic is likely to divert, particularly Randolph Rd, creates significant risks. Further, the lack of serious consideration of alternatives, such as the vacant property at 134 Laird, is concerning. Read our full letter [PDF].

Committee of Adjustment / LPAT

The LRA continues to be active in Committee of Adjustment and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) processes, specifically on applications that would negatively and materially affect neighbours and the community. In addition to our own advocacy, we encourage local residents to make their views known. We have an online guide for participating in Committee of Adjustment proceedings.

Tennis court at Trace Manes Park. Photo courtesy of the City of Toronto.
Tennis court at Trace Manes Park. Photo courtesy of the City of Toronto.




The City is inviting comments - positive and negative - on midtown parks, which include (in Leaside) Howard Talbot Park, Trace Manes Park, Father Caulfield Park, and the green space on the northwest corner of Eglinton and Bessborough. (In the City's definition of "midtown", Leaside's other parks are not part of the study area.)

Have opinions about playgrounds, dog parks, safety, or more? Read about the consultation and go directly to the map to make your comments. The deadline is Tuesday (September 14).

Wonscotonach Trail

A local group is pushing for the conversion of the rail spur between the old Leaside Station and Riverdale into a recreational trail: the Wonscotonach Trail. The LRA supports all initiatives to enhance access to, and use of, local parkland, and opposes Metrolinx's plans for the Don Valley which include a diesel train storage facility, diesel train parking, and a parking lot. 

Decriminalizing drug possession

Toronto Public Health is inviting public comments about possible drug decriminalization, i.e. an exemption from criminal penalities for the possession of drugs for personal use in the City of Toronto. Read more about the consultation and take the survey. The deadline is September 27.

Public appointments

The City has put the call out for public members to serve on City boards, committees, and tribunals. Check out the existing opportunities and subscribe to the City's appointments mailing list to hear about future vacancies directly.

Membership matters

Annual memberships

Please support the LRA by purchasing a membership (now for 2022!). It costs $30 (+$1 for online payments). You can pay by e-transfer, credit card, Paypal, or cheque.

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