News notes

  • Three resident associations (PARA, HVRA and Seaton Village) made presentation to the October 6th meeting of Community Council regarding the Westbank proposal.  You can read those presentation on our Vision and Development page HERE.
  • RioCan has submitted a proposal to Committee of Adjustment for a 3 story development at 491 College, currently Latvia House and parking lot. The current Latvia House facade will be retained according to the proposal. The LCBO store currently at 549 College Street will be moving to a 7000 square store in this new building before the RioCan complex at College and Manning begins development. The Latvia House was originally built in 1910 as Freemason’s Hall.
  • City staff are recommending that 35 Markham/Bathurst street properties be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.  Follow Vision and Development for details.

Do you have comments to make on the proposed Westbank development of the Mirvish Village?

We want to hear from you! Please contact us to send your comments and issues.

For more information about the Westbank development proposal view our Vision and Development page.

See “CTS Dome Update” below for the latest news.

PARA MEMBERSHIP – Join or Renew for 2015

PARA is actively working on behalf of area residents to improve the local neighbourhood. Your membership donation helps to fund PARA’s efforts to lobby for sensible development, protect the character and beauty of the neighbourhood, and maintain the quality of life we all enjoy here. You can become a member or renew your membership here

Neighbourhood Focus:

Mirvish Village Development survey results:

The results of the PARA sponsored Mirvish Village Development survey are available on our Vision page. Click here.

Vision page:

Please take a look at our Neighbourhood Development Vision page.  Click here or use the left side menu.

This page explains why we need vision and lets you read and provide comments on our vision statement.

CTS Dome Update:

March 12/2015 Update from PARA Chair Paul MacLean

PARA was a participant in the recently finalized negotiations regarding the proposed development of a domed sports facility at Central Technical School.  A document from PARA’s chair Paul MacLean that may provide you with a better understanding of the original proposal and issues, the negotiation process and the final outcome can be found HERE.  As always, we welcome your feedback through the “contact us”  link on our home page.


March 6/2015: Press Release

Central Tech mediation resolution agreed to by all parties:

TORONTO – After weeks of mediation at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a new field and sports facility agreement for Central Technical School has been settled on, with all parties agreeing to a solution that meets the needs of Central Tech students and families, the TDSB, and the surrounding communities.

Parties at the mediation included the TDSB, Razor Management Inc., the City of Toronto, the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA), the Palmerston Area Residents’ Association (PARA), The Friends and Neighbours of Central Tech (FANCTS), and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh. All seven parties agreed to the mediated settlement.

“From the start, we have focused on the needs of our students at Central Tech,” said Shaun Chen, Chair of the Toronto District School Board. “Central Tech has an incredible history of excellence in academics and athletics, and it is a tradition we hope to continue. Our students deserve a proper field, which is what this agreement will deliver.”

In 2012, the TDSB entered into talks with Razor Management Inc. to redevelop the Central Tech field as part of the TDSB’s Championship Field program that aims to improve access to athletic facilities and enhance opportunities for students across the city. There was wide community agreement about the need to rehabilitate the field at Central Tech, and some support for the original proposal from local residents. However, local politicians, City staff and other area residents were concerned about certain aspects of the original plan.

“This agreement represents a good resolution for our community,” said Ward 20 City Councillor Joe Cressy. “It is a testament to the hard work of everyone at the table, who all came into the room with a willingness to work together to arrive at a real solution. The students will get a new, all-year sports field, while the community will get greater access to the facility, representation on a management team for the facility, and improved public spaces and views.”

The mediation process addressed all elements of the proposal, including the new turf field, winter dome, traffic and parking concerns, and community access.

The agreement provides for a professional-grade field, and addresses concerns about community access to the space and the size of the dome erected over the field in the winter months. It also includes the establishment of a Facility Management and Community Liaison Team that will work to identify, discuss and resolve operational issues, and will include representatives from the local residents’ associations and FANCTS. As well, the agreement allows for improved sidewalk space and streetscaping along Bathurst and Harbord, including expanded public space at the intersection of the two roads.

The settlement still requires approval by the OMB, which the parties will be seeking on March 23, 2015.
Media contacts:

TDSB: Shari Schwartz-Maltz, 416-518-5551
Razor Management Inc.: Matthew Raizenne, 416-799-4955, matthew.raizenne@gmail.com
HVRA: Rory ‘Gus’ Sinclair, 416-543-2785, rory.sinclair@rogers.com or Sue Dexter, 416-964-9527, asusandexter@gmail.com
PARA: Paul Unterman, 416-536-3998, paulunterman@gmail.com
FANCTS: Pete Karageorgos, 416-524-7240, pjkarageorgos@gmail.com or Neil D. Stephenson, 647-855-0020, neildstephenson@gmail.com
Councillor Joe Cressy: 416-392-4044, councillor_cressy@toronto.ca

Honest Ed Property Sale:

October 29/2013

Listen to PARA Board member Ian Scott being interviewed by Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about the sale of the Honest Ed property.

Liquor license conditions created by PARA:

The recent advent of risk-based licensing by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has made possible the creation of a series of conditions to be appended to liquor licenses that will continue to apply to subsequent operators.  PARA developed a list of conditions for ICI Restaurant (538 Manning Avenue).  That list of conditions which PARA initiated and built on has become the basis of all subsequent discussions with businesses applying for liquor licenses in the area.  For the full story “Liquor license conditions help businesses become good neighbours” please see the PARA Fall 2012 Newsletter“.

For the current template of conditions download PARA Alcohol License Conditions.