We hope that you are all continuing to take care of yourselves, your families, and your neighbours and community. All Leasiders are urged to familiarize themselves, and to comply, with the evolving rules set out by Toronto, Ontario, and Canada.
Community cheer campaign
The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has launched the #TogetherWeCanDoIt / #CheerforHealthWorkers campaign. Ontarians are encouraged to cheer health providers, social service workers, and other front-line people, from their doorsteps, windows, or other places while maintaining physical distancing. This is a nightly campaign at 7:30pm.
Thank you to Leasider Katherine Kolnhofer for bringing this to our attention and encouraging participation!
Support for local hospitals
Local hospitals are requesting donations:
In addition, Michael Garron Hospital has asked whether the community can make 1,000 fabric masks every week. Instructions for making the masks and dropoff details are available online.
Thank you to Leasiders Chris & Diane Erickson for bringing this to our attention and making a batch of masks!
Want to help but can't sew?
Another way of helping is by donating raw materials. Thorncliffe Park's The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO) is sewing masks. They have reached out to Leaside to ask for donations of:
- Clean cotton, cotton-blend, and polyester fabrics
- Measuring tape
- Professional-grade scissors
- Elastic roll
- Sewing thread
- Sewing machines, if available
Please email us if you can donate these materials, and we'll connect you with TNO to arrange a dropoff time. Note: TNO cannot receive donations without prior arrangement.
Thank you to Leasider Karen Fraser for bringing this to our attention.
Support local businesses
The Bayview-Leaside BIA has put together a map showing which of its businesses are open for takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup, or offering online shopping. See also its Instagram and Facebook pages.
The Association is active in leading and/or supporting local residents' efforts regarding developments in, or adjacent to, Leaside. These include:
- Upper East Village (Camrost Felcorp), SW corner of Eglinton & Brentcliffe. Proposal made for construction liaison committee. See also Urban Toronto page.
- Sunnybrook Plaza redevelopment (Concert). Implementation of construction liaison committee. Demolition scheduled for summer 2020. See also Urban Toronto page.
- Brownstones of Leaside, 220 McRae, NE corner of Sutherland & McRae. Ongoing communications regarding site safety, including a pallet of bricks that spilled onto the sidewalk and road. See also Urban Toronto page.
- Tree removal and retaining wall construction by Metrolinx, north side of Eglinton between Brentcliffe and the Don River. Concerns about removal of 274 ravine trees, including seven over 30 cm in diameter, and inadequate public consultation with adjacent properties.
- Proposed residential demolitions at 27 Divadale, 83 Glenvale, 349 Laird, and 67 Sutherland. As a reminder, the Association considers each application on its merits and in general intervenes on height variances (particularly if accompanied by a flat roof, a "bonnet on a box", or a "jumped up" design), out-of-scale development (particularly if affecting neighbours' light, view, or privacy), and applications where immediate and nearby neighbours voice significant opposition.
As a reminder, Committee of Adjustment hearings are cancelled or postponed until April 3, and Toronto Local Appeal Body in-person hearings are cancelled or postponed until April 3, though its teleconference hearings are proceeding as scheduled. You can see the City's map of development applications here.
The Association supports residents' initiatives to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety, particularly in coordination with planned infrastructure projects such as road resurfacings. You can see the City's map of scheduled infrastructure projects here. If there is a project where you'd like to see an improvement to pedestrian and cyclist safety, please contact us.
Household energy use survey
Well done, Leaside! We are the second-best represented neighbourhood in the City of Toronto's survey on household energy use. If you'd still like to participate, a few days remain to complete the quick and easy survey:
Crosstown open house
Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house regarding the Eglinton Crosstown line, covering stations and stops from Yonge to Don Mills. It's on Tuesday, April 14, from 7pm onward. More information, including renderings and a list of questions submitted to date, is online.
Archive of previous emails
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