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  • November 16, 2020 12:00 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

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  • October 24, 2020 4:27 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Please join the OPA Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting to be held virtually at 7:00PM on Wednesday November 18,2020.

    The theme this year is planning, transportation and neighbourhood safety.

    We will be having guests to respond to your questions from City of Toronto Planning, Transportation Services, Metrolinx and the Toronto Police Services. Questions may be submitted via email - up to the meeting date.

    Please make your questions succinct and our guests will be pleased to respond.

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  • October 08, 2020 10:10 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Councillor Matlow's City Hall and Community Update

    Please follow the link to Josh's  October 2020 Newsletter.

  • October 02, 2020 10:19 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    New report says the Eglinton Crosstown LRT could open five months late — and without its Eglinton stop

    By Ben SpurrTransportation Reporter TORONTO STAR

    Thu., Oct. 1, 2020timer4 min. read

    updateArticle was updated 13 hrs ago

    As delays continue to plague the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the consortium building the project has proposed inaugurating service on the line five months behind schedule and without one of its most important stations operational on opening day.

    Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency overseeing the project, conceded earlier this year that the $5.3-billion, 19-kilometre LRT across midtown won’t be finished by the previously announced deadline of September 2021. Metrolinx says it now expects the line to open sometime in 2022, but a firm date hasn’t been set.

    But according to a new report, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the private group contracted by the province to build the line, has floated a plan for a phased opening. It would see most of the LRT in service by Feb. 28, 2022, with the exception of Eglinton station, which wouldn’t be fully complete until September 2022.

    The proposal was revealed in an analysis of Crosslinx’s work on the LRT published earlier this week by Moody’s, the credit rating firm. Crosslinx spokesperson Kristin Jenkins confirmed the plan Thursday.

    “All parties believe having the line open as soon as possible is everyone’s top priority” but “it is not uncommon for major new transit lines to open in phases,” Jenkins said, citing the London’s Jubilee Line extension.

    Metrolinx hasn’t signed off on the phased approach.

    “Metrolinx is focused on ensuring that (Crosslinx) fully meets its obligations to deliver a system as soon as possible — a system that is complete, fully tested and ready to provide high quality, safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster in a stern statement.

    He said Crosslinx “has not achieved necessary production rates to achieve the original project schedule” and Metrolinx “will continue to hold (the consortium) accountable for these delays.”

    The Crosstown’s Eglinton stop will be a crucial transfer point with the Line 1 subway at Yonge Street, offering midtown riders a route downtown. It’s expected to be one of the busiest stations on the LRT.

    But construction of the stop has been unexpectedly complex. It’s being built beneath the existing Eglinton subway station and, midway through work, Crosslinx discovered defects in structures installed in the 1950s during construction of the TTC stop. The defects had to be repaired, significantly delaying work on the new LRT station.

    Jenkins said Crosslinx hopes to complete most of the Eglinton LRT stop by May 2022, but the direct connection to the subway wouldn’t be finished until the fall of that year. In the interim, LRT vehicles would stop at the station but passengers would have to transfer by exiting the LRT stop and entering Eglinton subway station at street level.

    According to the Moody’s report, besides Eglinton, construction has also been delayed at four other stations: Kennedy, Forest Hill, Mount Pleasant and Cedarvale.

    In the report, Moody’s said it has downgraded Crosslinx’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative, citing the lack of a new schedule agreement. Under the terms of the public-private partnership Crosslinx has entered into for the Crosstown, unless a new schedule is agreed to, the consortium could be on the hook for millions of dollars in costs for delays past the 2021 deadline.

    Crosslinx has filed claims with Metrolinx asserting the consortium isn’t responsible for making the LRT project late and seeking compensation. Metrolinx denies those claims.

    “Events outside of Crosslinx’s control have led to delays,” said Jenkins, citing problems with “permitting and approvals, unknown underground conditions and more recently labour shortages and delays in the supply chain related to COVID-19.”

    She said such issues “are not uncommon for large, complex P3 projects” and “Crosslinx continues to seek a fair and reasonable settlement,” adding that the LRT is now 70 per cent complete.

    When construction on the Crosstown began in 2011, it was supposed to be complete by 2020, but in 2015 that was pushed back a year.

    The most recent delays come despite Metrolinx giving Crosslinx $237 million in 2018 as part of a settlement intended to keep the project on schedule. Metrolinx has defended that payment, saying that it addressed earlier problems and the latest setback is a result of new issues.

    Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul’s), whose ward includes the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton, said a phased opening for the Crosstown that initially leaves out Eglinton station isn’t ideal but would be a better approach “than not opening at all.”

    Matlow said repeated delays to the disruptive construction project are undermining the quality of life of local residents and the viability of Eglinton businesses. He accused Metrolinx of not being able to properly manage its contractors.

    “There’s been conflict for the past several years between those parties. And it really makes me question the competency of how the project has been executed,” he said.

  • October 02, 2020 9:16 AM | Heather Harris (Administrator)

    Please note that this is a suggestion only.  Each household must make the choices appropriate for their own health and wellness.

    We wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

  • September 21, 2020 12:36 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Good Day to all our C of A Internal and External Commenting Partners.

    In an effort to address the impact that COVID-19 has had on C of A service delivery in the Toronto and East York District, the other C of A Districts, under the Direction of Michael Mizzi, Director Zoning & Secretary-Treasurer C of A, Infrastructure & Development Services, will be assuming some of the TEY applications.

    Attached are lists of C of A Applications affecting property in the TEY District, that have been transferred to the Etobicoke York, North York and Scarborough C of A Offices. Links to the Application Information Centre (AIC) for each file have been provided.

    These files will be Case Managed by each of the respective C of A offices, and heard at Virtual Hearings (in November) with the respective District Committee of Adjustment Members. Hearing dates and times will be provided to you by the applicable C of A office or you may look for updates using the AIC.

    Please direct your comments/reports/letters directly to the assigned Committee of Adjustment Case Manager and/or the applicable Manager and Deputy Secretary-Treasurer.

    Thank you for your co-operation and you support as we progress through the pandemic.

    Anita M. MacLeod, BAA URPln

    Manager and Deputy Secretary Treasurer

    Committee of Adjustment – Toronto and East York

    City Hall | 100 Queen Street West, 1st Floor | Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

    ( 416.392.0413 *

    Committee of Adjustment


    Toronto and East York Panel

    The following applications will be heard by NY:




    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)




    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    1833 DUFFERIN ST

    Davenport (09)



    37 MANOR RD E

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    62 ST ANNES RD

    Davenport (09)




    Davenport (09)



    223 ROBINA AVE

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    554 BROCK AVE

    Davenport (09)



    File Number


    Ward (Number)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    174 AVA RD

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)




    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)




    Davenport (09)



    132-134 ATLAS AVE

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    132 DUPLEX AVE

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    319 PERTH AVE

    Davenport (09)



    26 ROGERS RD

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    476 ATLAS AVE

    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)




    Davenport (09)



    209 LAUDER AVE

    Davenport (09)



    276 BOON AVE

    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    186 HARVIE AVE

    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12)



    273 HARVIE AVE

    Davenport (09)




    Toronto-St. Paul's (12

  • September 19, 2020 1:14 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    As kids head back to school, it is important you know what

    we have been doing at the TTC to make sure our transit

    system is clean and safe for your children. We are all in

    this together and we want to let you know what changes

    we have made on our end, and also to remind you of

    some steps that you can take.

    The safety of our customers – especially your children –

    remains our priority:

    • If your kids are sick – please keep them home. We

    have signs in all our stations reminding people to stay

    home if they are unwell.

    • We implemented a mandatory face covering policy at

    the beginning of July, which requires everyone to wear

    a face covering or mask if they are able. We know there

    are certain exceptions to this policy, including children

    under two or those with medical conditions who are

    unable to wear a face covering or put on or take off a

    face covering by themselves.

    • We have announcements on all of our buses and in

    all our stations reminding customers that they are

    required to wear a face covering or mask when

    travelling on the TTC.

    • We are disinfecting and cleaning all of our stations,

    buses, streetcars, trains and Wheel-Trans vehicles

    several times a day. We are especially focused on

    common touch and grab points, such as buttons,

    railings, handles and straps.

    • We have installed hand sanitizer dispensers at all of

    our stations and on our streetcars.

    • We have signage posted in all of our stations, including

    markers on the floor and at the fare gates to help people

    enter and exit the station. We also have decals on all

    subway platforms as well as on the seats in our vehicles.

    • We have committed to handing out one million masks to

    our riders. We have employees in our stations handing

    out disposable, one-time-use masks to customers who

    do not have one. This will continue throughout the fall.

    If you have any other questions, visit for more COVID-19 information.

  • September 14, 2020 8:24 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Please follow the link to read Councillor Josh Matlow's current Community Newsletter

  • September 13, 2020 10:00 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)


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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