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  • January 27, 2023 2:38 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    OPA AGM MINUTE SUMMARY 2022

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    THE ORIOLE PARK ASSOCIATION

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2022

    THIS YEAR THE MEETING IS VIRTUAL

    AGENDA

    6:45 PM: Online Registration Commences

    7:00PM : President’s Welcome

    AGM Meeting Moderator: Ms. Lynne Frank

    OPA Board Members Present:

    • -         Lynne Frank
    • -         Daryle Hunt
    • -         Steve Sims
    • -         Ron Hutchinson
    • -         Deborah Staiman
    • -         Bruce Huggins
    • -         Shelley Ortved – Special Consultant
    • -         Regrets – Heather Harris
    • -         Regrets – Nancy Bell
    • -         Regrets – Richard MacFarlane – Special Consultant
    • President’s Remarks

    DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

    Last year we were monitoring 7 major developments in our catchment area and this year we have added an additional 3 for a total of 10 redevelopment projects.

    Nine of the projects are on or bordering Yonge Street and one is on the south side of Eglinton West between Tarlton and Warren Road.

    . This is the updated list from June 2022.

    • -         1910 Yonge Street (W/S north of Chaplin Cres.)-an application is currently under review for a project 2-45 storey high rise buildings which will feature retail  plus 680 residential suites. (No change October 2022)
    • -         1984 Yonge Street (W/S)- an application approved for a project 9 storey high rise building which will feature retail  plus 20 residential rental suites. This project was approved in 2018 but building has not commenced. (No change October 2022)
    • -        
    • -         2010 -2050 Yonge Street  (W/S between Glebe West and Lola Road)-an application is currently under review for a 14 storey high rise building which will feature retail  plus 164 residential suites. (No change October 2022)
    • -         2100 Yonge Street  (W/S -N/W corner of Yonge and Manor Road)-an application is approved for a 14 storey high rise building which will feature retail  plus 164 residential suites. (construction underway October 2022)
    • -         2112-2114 Yonge Street (W/S – S/W corner of Hillsdale West and Yonge -former Sammy’s Garage) approved by the Committee of Adjustment  for 12 storeys and 70 residential units. Construction underway October 2022.
    • -         2128 Yonge Street (W/S N/W corner of Hillsdale West and Yonge (former Firestone Garage) under review  for 12 storey, 80 residential units. (No change October 2022)
    • -         2200 Yonge Street (Canada Square block bounded by Yonge Street /Eglinton West/ Duplex / Berwick). This is a 2-phase redevelopment project currently under review with an anticipated completion date of 10 / 15 years. The OPA Board is actively involved in this process and are advocating for strict traffic measures to control incursion into our community. (No change October 2022)
    • -         25 Imperial Street (S/S between Yonge and TTC ROW)- an application is currently under review for a 14 storey high rise building which will feature 144 residential suites. (No change October 2022)
    • -         26 Imperial Street (N/S between Yonge and TTC ROW)- an application is currently under review for a 9 storey high rise building which will feature 30 residential suites. (No change October 2022)
    • -         523 Eglinton Avenue West – (west of Tarlton)is currently under review for a 7 storey mid rise with 35 rental units. This project is going to the Committee of Adjustment November 2022 for a minor variance.

    Community Involvement

    • -         In the past we have held annual garage sales and Garden of the Year contests. Pre Covid the participation levels dropped but costs including volunteer time and administrative increased. Due to a lack of interest from the community these events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
    • -         We are investigating the possibility of holding a community skating party during the winter to develop a stronger multi generational bond . It is our plan to involve the OPJPS Community to promote this event. More information to be forthcoming.

    Approval of AGM Minutes: November 18,2021

    • -         The minutes were approved.

    Treasurer’s Report

    • -         Our Member Surplus  position increased to $12,987 an increase of +/-$1600  over 2021
    • -         Our Expenses decreased by +/-$1800 as there was not a physical  newsletter distribution.
    • -         Membership Dues received were reduced to $2500 in 2022 vs $4310 received in 2021.This was a result of lapsed memberships.The Board is going to actively pursue renewals of the lapsed membership.
    • -         Copies of the Financial Statement are available.

    Overview of operations

    ·      The association collects annual memberships from its members to support out activities.

    ·      The members consist of residents from Oriole Park who have joined the association.

    ·      All residents are encouraged to join the association and we encourage you to encourage your neighbours and friends to join and support our association.

    ·      The Association charges its members $100 for a 3 year membership or $40 for a one year membership.

    ·      There are no paid positions in the Association – all activities are carried out by volunteers.

    ·      Activities of the Association include getting involved in those areas which affect the residents:

    o   Traffic and parking.

    o   Development.

    o   Community Affairs.

    o   Infrastructure.

    o   City Services.

    o   Organizing the Garden of the Year award.

    o   Organizing and advertising for a community garage sale.

    Review of financial statements:

    ·      The annual financial statements consists of a profit and loss statement which shows cash received and recorded as income less cash paid out and recorded as expense for the year ended September 30, 2022.

    ·      The balance sheet presents a listing of the assets owned and liabilities of the OPA as at September 30, 2022.

    ·      The financial statements record only cash transactions, and like the financial statements of all Not for Profit Organizations do not record the financial value of donated services by the many OPA members and other volunteers who contribute their time.

    Fiscal 2022

    • ·      The revenue of $2500 represents contributions from approximately 79 families
    • ·      Expenses, typically include:
    • o   Advertising & Marketing- newsletter costs
    • o   Insurance – Directors and Officers insurance.
    • o   Dues and subscriptions - $50 membership fee in FONTRA.
    • o   Garage sale signs
    • o   Newsletters, office supplies, web site and membership software.
    • Governance and Corporate Administration
    • The Board is currently working on instituting all the requirements that have to be in place for 2024 including but not limited to:
    • -         Amended Letters of Patent (Articles)
    • -         Annual motion for no Audit requirement
    • -         Directors Registry
    • -         Committee Reports
    • -         The Davisville Community Centre 
    • -         The Centre is currently  at the design stage and has been approved with minor conditions at the Committee of Adjustment in October 2022. At present we are participating in the choice of the new art installations.
    • -         Oriole Parkway Revitalization
    • The community has had a preliminary meeting  hosted by Councillor Matlow with  City staff to review the designs. Staff are to come back to us with an advanced design for community input in January 2023. The reconstruction is to take place in mid-2023.
    • Eglinton LRT
    • -          We continue to attend Bi-monthly meetings with Metrolinx / Crosslinx and other community groups including the Eglinton Way BIA and Avenue Road Eglinton Community Association. There is still no hard deadline for completion but the Chaplin and Avenue Road Stations are nearing completion and the streetscape is being restored.
    • -         TPS 53 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.
    • In June2022 the Community Safety Unit was greatly transformed and we no longer have the local manpower that we had become accustomed. Staff Sargeant James Hogan was redeployed and not replaced, and the Divisional Traffic Enforcement was disbanded. The Committee is currently in the stages of being reorganized.
    • .
    • -         Election of the Board of Directors for 2022/2023
    • -         The current Board has stood for reelection namely:
    • -         Bruce Huggins; Daryle Hunt; Deborah Staiman; Lynne Frank; Nancy Bell; Heather Harris; Ron Hutchinson; Steve Sims; David McMahon;
    • -         . Shelley Ortved and Richard MacFarlane will remain on the Board for another term as Special Advisers.
    • -         Adjournment of formal portion of meeting

             Questions to the Board

    • -         Those in attendance asked questions to the Board relating to ongoing development; Oriole Parkway Revitalization ; Redevelopment and protection of Tree Canopy and requested an update of the Canada Square redevelopment.


  • January 27, 2023 10:49 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    IMPORTANT REMINDER!!

    Al residential property owners are required to declare the occupancy status of their residential property(s) annually.

    For the 2022 taxation year you are required to submit your declaration by FEBRUARY 2, 2023.

    For further information please visit toronto.ca/VacantHomeTax

       

  • January 13, 2023 10:04 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    City Planning is holding a virtual consultation Opens in new windowfor the next phase of the Midtown Zoning Review regarding select low-rise areas PDFon January 25.

    The four areas referenced are shown in the attached document 

    The OPA lands in question are the lowrise developments on the south side of Eglinton Avenue West between Duplex and Oriole Parkway.

    https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/ready-set-midtown/


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  • January 13, 2023 9:58 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Please join us for an in-person public information session on January 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Northern District Library Opens in new window to review project progress. For additional details refer to Meetings & Events below.

    The Davisville Yard offers an opportunity to reimagine a large site in the heart of the Davisville neighbourhood, with a signature public park and a mix of new land uses. Next Stop: Davisville is a special study by the City Planning Division, in partnership with CreateTO and the Toronto Transit Commission, to assess the feasibility of decking the Davisville Yard. The study includes an engineering review, identifying TTC facility requirements, a land use and built form review and a funding strategy to realize the project.

    In May and June 2022, a short survey and a Social Pinpoint project page were available for people to give their feedback on the project Vision and Guiding Principles, and the future development of the Davisville Yard site. Thank you for your input! Staff will review and consider public feedback with other planning policy and stakeholder inputs in shaping the future of the project.


  • December 21, 2022 3:15 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    In winter, water pipes in your home can freeze leaving you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, which can cause property damage. The City of Toronto has some tips to help you avoid frozen pipes during cold weather.

    • Locate your main water shut-off valve inside your home and add a tag or label to it, so it is easy to locate and turn off quickly if pipes burst in your home.
    • Seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
    • Insulate pipes in your home most prone to freezing including near outside walls, in the basement, or in a garage with an outside water supply. Use foam pipe covers available from building supply or home improvement stores.
    • Keep the house warm even if you’re away to prevent indoor plumbing from freezing, especially in the area near the water meter.
    • When temperatures are below -15C for a few days, you can choose to keep the water moving in your pipes by running a pencil-thin stream of cold water from a tap in the lowest point of the house e.g. a sink or tub in the basement. Ensure the drain is kept clear of debris to prevent overflowing or flooding. However, if you choose to take this step, you will be charged for the water you use.

    More tips including a video on ways to avoid frozen pipes available at toronto.ca/frozenpipes

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    Take care, stay safe and Happy Holidays, Kris

    Kris Scheuer
    Senior Communications Advisor
    City of Toronto
    (w) 416-338-0698 (cell) 416-906-3935

    Kris.scheuer@toronto.ca


  • December 21, 2022 3:10 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    From: Lee Anne Chong <LeeAnne.Chong@torontopolice.on.ca>
    Sent: Wednesday December 21, 2022 14:12
    Subject: Safety Concerns 2022/2023 Survey

    Hi 53 Division Communities,

    As 2022 comes to a close and we welcome 2023, your 53 Division Safety Team would like to ask you to complete a short survey about your concerns over the past year and your expectations for the new year.

    Please use the following link to access the survey.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J5LYM93 

    Looking forward to your responses and thank you in advance.

    Happy holidays!

    Lee Anne CHONG | CRU Clerk

    ________________________________________________________

    Toronto Police Service | 53 Division Community Response Unit

    75 Eglinton Avenue W, Toronto, Ontario  M4R 2G9

    Phone: 416-808-5319


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  • December 09, 2022 3:45 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    OPA 2021 AGM MINUTE SUMMARY

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    THE ORIOLE PARK ASSOCIATION

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2021

    THIS YEAR THE MEETING IS VIRTUAL

    AGENDA

    6:45 PM: Online Registration Commences

    7:00PM : President’s Welcome

    7:05: Guest Speakers / Panelists Theme: Local Issues & Concerns Q&A

    To be moderated by Ms. Nancy Bell

    • -         Councillor Josh Matlow for Ward 12, Toronto- St. Paul’s
    • -         Councillor Matlow provided the annual update to the community
    • -         Toronto Police Services- S/S James Hogan- Community Update
    • -         S/S Hogan provided the annual update to the community and introduced the new Neighbourhood Watch Program .
    • -         Toronto Police Services – D/C Marlon Laptiste -Integrated Gang
    • -         Prevention Task Force.
    • -         D/C Laptiste detailed the TPS gang intervention and human trafficking strategies. We will schedule a community wide meeting in the spring for a full presentation.
    • -         Nancy Bell moderated the Q & A session after the presentations.
    • -        
    • IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING GUEST SPEAKERS:

    AGM Meeting - Chair: David McMahon

    • -         President’s Remarks
    • -         The meeting commenced at 7:00pm and ended +/-9:30pm
    • -         When I joined the OPA Board in 2015 the only issues that we were involved were the planning for the Davisville Community Center and assisting our friends at ARECA with the Yitz redevelopment.
    • -         We are currently monitoring 7 mid rise condo/rental projects as well as the Canada Square Redevelopment proposal.
    • -         Canada Square Working Group is comprised of all the local ratepayer groups in the Y/E area as well as representatives from both school boards and various condo / rental groups. Over the past year we have met many times to chart a path of community wants in the redevelopment process. We concur with the needs for open space and educational facilities and the ‘asks’ in general but our main concern which has yet to be addressed is the current and projected traffic intrusion problems that we face. The OPA is taking up the traffic issue alone as the other members of the Working Group are not effected.
    • -         The Oriole Park Traffic Safety Group has been meeting with our Councillor and various City Departments to try and execute a plan that will make our community streets safer (refer Canada Square).
    • -         The Oriole Parkway Revitalization Committee has been meeting with Councillor Matlow and City Staff to finalize a plan to ‘redo’ the street. This commenced in 2016 and hopefully will be finalized with the completion of the LRT expected in 2022.
    • -         Approval of AGM Minutes: November 18,2020
    • -         The minutes were approved.
    • -         Treasurer’s Report
    • -         Our Member Surplus  position increased to $12,453 an increase of +/-$2000  over 2020
    • -         Our Expenses increased by +/-$400 due to increased newsletter distribution mainly reflecting the Canada Square community notification /survey.
    • -         Membership Dues received were basically unchanged with $4310 received in 2021 vs $4300 in 2020.
    • -         Copies of the Financial Statement are available.

    Overview of operations

    ·      The association collects annual memberships from its members to support out activities.

    ·      The members consist of residents from Oriole Park who have joined the association.

    ·      All residents are encouraged to join the association and we encourage you to encourage your neighbours and friends to join and support our association.

    ·      The Association charges its members $100 for a 3 year membership or $40 for a one year membership.

    ·      There are no paid positions in the Association – all activities are carried out by volunteers.

    ·      Activities of the Association include getting involved in those areas which affect the residents:

    o   Traffic and parking.

    o   Development.

    o   Community Affairs.

    o   Infrastructure.

    o   City Services.

    o   Organizing the Garden of the Year award.

    o   Organizing and advertising for a community garage sale.

    Review of financial statements:

    ·      The annual financial statements consists of a profit and loss statement which shows cash received and recorded as income less cash paid out and recorded as expense for the year ended September 30, 2021.

    ·      The balance sheet presents a listing of the assets owned and liabilities of the OPA as at September 30, 2021.

    ·      The financial statements record only cash transactions, and like the financial statements of all Not for Profit Organizations do not record the financial value of donated services by the many OPA members and other volunteers who contribute their time.

    Fiscal 2021

    • ·      The revenue of $4,310 represents contributions from approximately 71 families
    • ·      Expenses, typically include:
    • o   Advertising & Marketing- newsletter costs
    • o   Insurance – Directors and Officers insurance.
    • o   Dues and subscriptions - $50 membership fee in FONTRA.
    • o   Garage sale signs
    • o   Newsletters, office supplies, web site and membership software.
    • -         Secretary’s Report
    • -         Position vacant so no formal report. No change in administrative matters.
    • -         Committee Reports
    • -         Nancy Bell updated on the progression of the Davisville Community Centre which is at the design stage.
    • -         We maintain our membership in FoNTRA but the consensus is that the organization is branching out to Planning issues throughout the City and are not focused on our Midtown concerns.
    • -         We continue to monitor the progress of the Eglinton LRT project through attendance at the Construction Liaison Committee.
    • -         We are members of the TPS 53 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.
    • -         As previously noted we are members of the Canada Square Working Group; Oriole Park Traffic Safety Group and the Oriole Parkway Revitalization Committee
    • -         Election of the Board of Directors for 2021/2022
    • -         The current Board has stood for reelection namely:
    • -         Bruce Huggins; Daryle Hunt; Deborah Staiman; David McMahon; Lynne Frank; Nancy Bell; Paul Nimigon (leave of absence); Ron Hutchinson; Steve Sims. NOTE: Shelley Ortved will remain on the Board for another term but as a Special Adviser. Richard MacFarlane Special Advisor will assist as time permits due to other obligations. Heather Harris left the Board in July 2021 after being an important contributor for many years. .
    • -         Adjournment of formal portion of meeting


  • December 07, 2022 2:45 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)


    On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 9:52 AM, Lee Anne Chong <LeeAnne.Chong@torontopolice.on.ca> wrote:

    Good day all,

    Presently D53 has been promoting and collecting donations for Project Hope.

    This Holiday drive goes until December 14th.

    After December 14th we will transition to the Ukrainian Holiday drive which will run until the end of the month.

    The donation box is located in the D53 lobby.

    Please consider giving generously this holiday season.

    53 Division - 75 Eglinton Avanue West
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    This e-mail (including any attachments) may contain PRIVILEGED and CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION only for use of the Addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e- mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone or e-mail to arrange for the return or destruction of this document. Thank you.


  • November 09, 2022 3:07 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Dear Resident Association,

    At its June 2022 meeting, Toronto City Council adopted amendments to three bylaws: Property Standards Bylaw, Vacant and Hazardous Properties Bylaw, and the Building Construction and Demolition Bylaw. We are emailing you today to provide an update on some of the key changes in the bylaws and will appreciate it if you share the information with members of your network.

    1. Enforcement of the Property Standards Bylaw

    The City is currently working to establish fines for violations of the Property Standards Bylaw, which will allow bylaw enforcement officers to issue tickets when required. Information about the fines will be made available on the City's Property Standards webpage.

    Residents can contact 311 to submit a complaint about a bylaw violation. If there is a complaint or information about a possible violation, Bylaw Enforcement Officers will review the complaint and if validated, investigate, educate and/or take enforcement actions. The goal is to resolve issues and ensure that property owners/operators and occupants are following the bylaws. Each issue is addressed on a case-by-case basis to make sure reasonable, fair and appropriate actions are taken. For example, in some cases the issue may be resolved through education. In other cases, further enforcement action is required.

    If a property owner/operator or occupant does not comply with the Property Standards Bylaw, they are guilty of an offence. Enforcement action may include an Order to Comply, a fine or a summons to appear before the Court. If property owners/operators do not comply, the City may carry out maintenance work to ensure compliance, with the cost of the work added to the property tax bill.

    2. Changes in the Vacant-Derelict Properties Bylaw

    The Vacant or Hazardous Property Bylaw, applies to all vacant buildings and hazardous properties in Toronto, including unsafe properties that pose an immediate danger to the health or safety of people. In addition to the requirements of the Property Standards Bylaw, the owner of a vacant property must protect the building against risk of fire or danger by preventing the entrance of all unauthorized persons, ensure that all materials used to secure a vacant building are compatible in colour to the exterior of the building, and disconnect utilities if the building is vacant for more than 90 days. More information is available on the City's Property Standards webpage.

    3. Changes in the Right of Entry Requirements

    Right of entry is required when property owners need to enter a neighbouring property to repair their own property, as the repairs cannot be done from within the boundaries of their own property. Effective March 1, 2023, new requirements in the Building Construction and Demolition Bylaw will be effect for right of entry. Right of entry permits will no longer be required; instead property owners will have to follow a set of rules if entering neighbouring property to conduct work.

    If there is a need to access a neighbour’s property to do work on own property, property owners should first speak to their neighbours and must provide reasonable written notice to the neighbour at least 24 hours before entering. The written notice must include the description of the work being done, the date of entry and duration of the work, and the resident's telephone number. When entering neighbour's property, property owners should ensure that they are not creating any hazards and should restore the property to its original condition after the work is finished. Compensation needs to be provided for any damages caused by entry.

    4. Guidance for Using Security Cameras on Private Property

    Property owners and residents may choose to use security cameras for a number of reasons, such as identifying visitors and ensuring the security of delivered packages. However, it is important that cameras are installed and used in a way that considers the privacy of residents and neighbours.

    The City does not regulate the use of security cameras on private residential properties, but there are best practices that can be considered when installing cameras on private properties. These are available on the City's Using a Security Camera on Your Property webpage.

    If you have questions, please email MLSFeedback@toronto.ca.

    Sincerely,

    Municipal Licensing & Standards Division

    City of Toronto


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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY ISSUES

As we all know our neighbourhood is subject to serious development pressure, and development issues have occupied much of the board’s time. Among these issues are:

Community Development Committee of Adjustment – Single Family Homes

The OPA keeps a close eye on applications for home renovations and tear- downs in our neighbourhood.

We receive details about applications from the Committee including a description of the proposed changes and the deadline for submitting to the committee. We forward information about homes in our area to a special email list. You can subscribe here: Oriole Park Association - Committee of Adjustment notices.

Metrolinx – Eglinton LRT

The OPA is involved in the ongoing process of the development of the new Light Rail Transit line in our area.

One major concern for the community is that Eglinton Avenue is to have restricted lanes westbound between Oriole Parkway and Braemar Avenue for the construction of the Avenue Road Station.

The proposals as detailed below will last until 2021.

The businesses on the north side will have very restricted access and visibility.

The second concern is that Metrolinx in their initial proposal wished to ‘clear cut’ the area on the south side of the North Toronto Community Center between the eastern driveway and the western boundary beside the ‘Art Barn’ building. The area is to be used for storage and construction vehicles

The OPA community involvement is:

  • We attend meetings on behalf of the membership and community as well as sit on a ‘working group’ Chaired by Councillor Cristin Carmichael-Greb (Ward 16) and as supported by our Councillor Josh Matlow ( Ward 22).
  • The working group is comprised of elected officials; Senior City of Toronto Staff including Metrolinx and Crosslinx staff. The local residents associations are represented by the Eglinton Avenue Road Community Association: the Eglinton Park Ratepayers Association as well as the OPA.
  • We will provide updates via our Twitter and Facebook Accounts as well our email subscribers as they come available.


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