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May 2021 newsletter

Map of 1710-1736 Bayview property, image by Bousfields Inc.
Map of 1710-1736 Bayview property, image by Bousfields Inc.


Mid-rise consultations

The City is hosting online consultations about two Bayview mid-rises:

  • 1446-1500 Bayview (Valumart site). Thursday May 13, 7pm-9pm. Register online. The LRA is concerned about shadowing from a nine-storey building and the potential loss of a grocery store and garden centre (though ground-level retail is proposed).
  • 1710-1736 Bayview (between Soudan and Eglinton). Wednesday June 2 (formerly May 18), 7pm-9pm. Register online. The LRA is concerned about shadowing from a nine-storey building, a lack of any ground-level retail, projections overhanging the sidewalks, and multiple setback variances.


Canadian Tire on Lake Leaside

The City has published details of the application to redevelop 70-80 Wicksteed (Lake Leaside site) and nearby properties. The application proposes the relocation of Canadian Tire, which currently occupies a site slated for development by RioCan. The City is holding a consultation on Tuesday June 1, 7pm-8:30pm. Register online.

Rooming Houses

The City is proposing a city-wide zoning approach to multi-tenant houses (also known as rooming houses). The approach would apply throughout Toronto - currently, rooming houses are permitted only in the former city of Toronto and parts of the former cities of Etobicoke and York - and enhance licensing, enforcement, and compliance. Read more about the initiative, complete the online questionnaire, and register to attend the online consultation on Tuesday, May 11, 12:30pm-2.30pm.

Garden Suites

As we reported last month, the City is proposing zoning amendments for as-of-right garden suites - i.e. a secondary dwelling unit, typically detached, on an existing residential property. Read more about the Garden Suites initiative and register to attend one of three online consultations (scroll down to "Meetings and Events") on Tuesday May 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday May 12, 1pm-3pm, or Thursday May 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

E.T. Seton Park

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is holding a second online consultation about its proposed major maintenance project in E.T. Seton Park on the eastern border of Leaside. It's on Thursday, May 13, at 6pm, and you have to pre-register. You can also join the project's mailing list.

Community Preservation Panels

Are you interested in local heritage? The City is looking for members for the North York Community Preservation Panel. Full details are online.

Neighbourhood Watch for Leaside?
Neighbourhood Watch for Leaside?



Neighbourhood Watch

The LRA is gauging interest in a possible Neighbourhood Watch program for Leaside. The aim would be to share information within the community and with police about serious crime and safety matters. This would include the seven major crime indicators, severe weather events (e.g. downed power lines), dangerous animal sightings, or other acts that could cause harm to others. Please keep an eye out for an article in the next Leaside Life. In the meantime, please take our survey.

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Arts & Crafts for Thorncliffe and Flemingdon

Three local groups - Parenting Group, Friends of Thorncliffe Park, and Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network - are collecting donations of $15 to provide free arts and crafts kits and programming to 100 children in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon. They've raised funds to provide kits for 98 children so far, though there is greater interest and need. Donations can be made online. Tax receipts are unavailable.

Membership matters


June Board meeting

The LRA's June Board meeting is being rescheduled from Wednesday June 2 to Wednesday June 9, at the usual start time (7:30pm). Please contact us to speak or observe.

Annual memberships for 2021

As a reminder, all annual memberships expire on December 31 of every year. If you haven't yet renewed your membership, please support the LRA by purchasing a 2021 membership. It costs $30 (+$1 for online payments). We've just added e-transfers as an option, in addition to credit card, Paypal, and cheque.

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