Article: West-end community organizations looking to 2012

TBCA co-chair Chris Walker quoted in an article on InsideToronto on what 2012 has in store for our organization.

The Trinity Bellwoods Community Association will continue to engage in matters of enhancing public space, greening the environment, improving transportation infrastructure, recognizing cultural heritage and supporting local food and entertainment establishments in 2012, said its Co-Chair Chris Walker.

“We expect in 2012 to see continued pressure to develop the community in ever-increasing height and density as well as the continued cutting of social services,” Walker said. “The TBCA looks forward to working with Councillor Mike Layton to establish community expectations ahead of large scale development. We will also continue to support the social services that make our community so vibrant.”

In 2012, the TBCA will fully establish its outreach program online with its website,, a Facebook page and a Twitter feed @TBCA_Toronto

The group will continue to coordinate with other organizations including residents associations, business improvement areas, Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto police and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).–west-end-community-organizations-looking-to-2012

An update on the ML Lumber/Nero Condo Development

The Toronto and East York Community Council will hear the developer’s application for the condo and townhouse development at the ML site on January 10.  The City Planning report for the ML lumber development is now complete and can be viewed at:  Please note that the planners will not be submitting a plan that conforms to the City’s recommendations.

Everyone who is interested in development along our stretch of Dundas should read the City’s report and take a look at the developers’ plans at either the Planning office or Mike Layton’s office.  You can also express your views to Council either orally at the meeting on January 10 or in writing.  If you wish to speak you must contact Rosalind Dyers, City of Toronto Administrator, at 416 397 0111 no later than January 9.  If you wish to submit written comments they can be sent to the City Clerk, attention: Rosalind Dyers, Toronto and East York Community Council, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 or by email at

This development will set a precedent for our stretch of Dundas.  It is important that the views of the community, not just those of the developers, are heard.

Saving Bellwoods House

Former TBCA board member Liz Magner is representing the TBCA as well as St. Matthias Church on Wednesday at a city budget meeting to discuss cuts to the city’s 2012 budget that would close Bellwoods House. That’s a shelter for at-risk women located in the old rectory at St. Matthias Church at 45 Bellwoods Ave. The shelter and the community both benefit from the shelter’s location; the shelter’s eight women have the benefit of a quiet setting on a leafy street close to the park, and the community benefits from the diversity the women provide.

Liz writes: “It has been such a perfect fit for the [Bellwoods House] residents… We have found that over the years the women really appreciate the inclusiveness and the convenience to be able to a part of celebrations… The house also offers a lovely veranda and the garden for the residents’ use. I can’t think of any other set up for residents in this circumstance that offers such a peaceful and healthful atmosphere.”

The movement to save funding for Bellwoods House is attracting its share of media attention, which is great, and councillor Mike Layton is fighting to save it.

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Excerpts from the Star:

For the eight battered women of Bellwoods House, the city’s proposed budget cuts will put them back on the street, exposed to lives of homelessness and abuse they were trying to escape.

Bellwoods House, a transitional care home for women 50 or older, near Bathurst and Queen St. W., is among three shelters set to close under Mayor Rob Ford’s recommended 2012 city budget.

If approved by council, the city will save $240,000 in 2012 and $117,000 in 2013, according to the budget.

“These women need a home,” said Trinity-Spadina Councillor Mike Layton at a community meeting on Sunday. “It’s not costing the city a lot of money.”

At the meeting, held inside Saint Matthias Anglican Church, adjacent to the shelter, roughly 40 parishioners, politicians and community members listened to the emotional testimonies of Bellwoods House residents.

Article – The Globe & Mail : Blaming city hall for parks problems is barking up the wrong tree

The Globe and Mail weighs in on Park People’s recent reportPathway to Parks – November 2011 – A New Way Forward for Toronto’s Parks”

Toronto’s 20,000-acre system of public parks is one of its greatest glories – and one of its greatest failings. As lovely as it can be to wander among the oaks of High Park or stroll the lawns of Centre Island, many Toronto parks have a shabby, rundown look after years of deferred maintenance. It is far too common for visitors to find dirty washrooms, overflowing trash bins, broken, unpainted park benches and scruffy, weedy grass.