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Leaside Residents Association:

Crosstown, COVID-19, and more

Metrolinx illustration of East Portal looking west on Eglinton Ave E between Brentcliffe Rd and Leslie St.
Metrolinx illustration looking west on Eglinton Ave E between Brentcliffe Rd and Leslie St.

Crosstown virtual open house

Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house regarding the Eglinton Crosstown line, covering stations and stops from Yonge (Eglinton station) to Don Mills (Science Centre station) and everything in between.

The virtual open house starts on Tuesday, April 14, at 7pm. Viewers can post questions for Metrolinx to answer over a one-week period (to April 21). A slide deck and narrated video will be uploaded for viewing on Tuesday, April 14, at https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/eglintoncrosstown/get-engaged.

We urge all Leaside residents to participate, learn, and ask questions about the project and its impacts. In addition to work at two stations (Leaside, Laird), Leaside is also affected by work on the East Portal, where the LRT comes out of the tunnel between Brentcliffe and Leslie. There are various activities (e.g. retaining wall, road, tree removal) with impacts on neighbouring properties and the ravine slopes, as well as general noise and visual impacts.

In the opinion of the Association, there has been inadequate public information and lack of consultation regarding the East Portal, particularly the clear-cutting of over 270 ravine trees including those very close to adjacent properties. We are continuing to work with local residents on Thursfield Crescent to convey these concerns to Metrolinx.

"Spoils of War" by Russell Smith (2009). Examination of captured enemy airplanes at Leaside Aerodrome in 1919; more information by clicking on picture.
"Spoils of War" by Russell Smith (2009). Examination of captured enemy airplanes at Leaside Aerodrome in 1919.

COVID-19: Protecting yourself and others

Thank you to everyone who is making noise in support of #Cheers4HealthWorkers and #TogetherWeCanDoIt! And thank you to all Leasiders who are continuing to comply with the evolving rules set out by the municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

If you see people who are endangering others, you have the option of calling the City (311) or Toronto Police non-emergency (416-808-2222).

The Association discourages calling these numbers if there is no endangerment to other people (e.g. children playing in a park): police and bylaw officers are routinely patrolling all parts of the city and are best placed to address such incidents. Calling about such activities is a burden on finite resources and may prevent timely responses to serious cases.

In a similar vein, the Association discourages confronting alleged violators or putting up homemade signs, caution tape, etc., to inhibit access to, or use of, public lands. Someone recently put up caution tape in an attempt to block access to Serena Gundy Park. This was inappropriate: only the authorities are empowered to regulate access. The City has now removed the tape. Thank you to Councillor Jaye Robinson for following up on this matter, and thank you to all the Leaside residents who reported it.

Photo by Christian Flores (2012) of 56 Leaside bus. Cropped to remove inline credit.

Leaside history

Looking for some online reading during COVID-19? Here are some links to free online resources about our neighbourhood:

"Leaside Pharmacy, Sutherland Drive and Eglinton Avenue East, north-east corner" by Alexandra Studio (1956). Courtesy of Toronto Archives.
"Leaside Pharmacy, Sutherland Drive and Eglinton Avenue East, north-east corner" by Alexandra Studio (1956). Courtesy of Toronto Archives.

Membership matters

Annual memberships

Please support your residents' association with the purchase of an annual membership. You can go to our website and click "Join the LRA" on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can complete a paper form and mail it to us with a cheque. Annual membership is $30 (+$1 for online payment fee).

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