Annual Trinity Bellwoods Community Recreation Centre Yard Sale date announced

Many community members have been asking us about the annual Trinity Bellwoods Yard Sale for 2012. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, for one Saturday in the summer, the park turns into a giant community yard sale. Here is a post detailing some of the “Hot Bargains” found in previous years. If you would like to be a vendor at the sale, you will need to preregister and pay a small fee and deposit.

This year’s sale will be from 10 AM – 5PM on Saturday June 16th, 2012.

Registration as well as the deposit can be made at the Centre starting Monday May 14th, 2012 –
Cash only. All funds collected will be placed back into children’s programs at the Centre.

Information about the Participation Fee, Refundable Garbage Deposit as well as General Information about the sale can be retrieved by calling the Trinity Bellwoods Community Recreation Centre at 416 392-0743

A brief history of Garrison Creek.

BlogTO has a great article on the history of the Garrison creek, which used to run through the heart of Trinity Bellwoods park, and still does, albeit underground.

…Garrison changed direction and headed south-east into Trinity Bellwoods Park where it carved out a broad, shallow ravine popular for sledding in the winter. A bridge across the river at Crawford Street was built by R. C. Harris, the former Commissioner of Public Works who lent his name to the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in the Beaches. Like the Harbord bridge, it too was buried where it stood when the ravine was filled in.


Read the full article.

Agenda for tonight’s monthly TBCA Meeting

Here is the proposed agenda for tonight’s TBCA meeting. As always, our meetings are held on the 2nd Floor of the Trinity Bellwoods Community Recreation Centre at 7 pm and are open to all members of our community, so please feel free to join us!

If you would like to see an addition to these minutes, please forward to

1. Capangnolo Patio – Agela forwarded a copy of the generic patio conditions
2. TBCA joining CORRA (Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto) – Paula Capela
3. ML Lumber – Angela Surdi forwarded roof plan w/ dimensions hand written in red again – 24.12 & 25.8
4. Ward 19 Communty Design Charrette presentation – Cllr. Layton (?)
5. Fred Hamilton Park Redesign – Community presentation was March 21 – update – Matt Bremer
6. York West Developments – See email from Mima Vulovic on February 27, 2012. York West is not going to the OMB.
7. Positive Initiatives – Ongoing
8. Logo & Ad – 7 responses. Option 1A gathered the most votes. Ad space in community centre still available.
9. Rio Can Development (Kromer Radio Site) – TTC suggested traffic study was incorrectly done.
Did anyone attend the beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon meeting? Tania forwarded minutes. C of A on April 4, 2012.
10. Trinity Bellwoods Study – 2005 book posted to site
11. TBCA Newsletter – Logo finalised. Chris W and Matt discussed emailing the newsletter and identifying the upcoming meeting in the
subject line. Game of “six degrees” to boost the number of newsletter subscribers.
12. 109 Ossington – Mike Layton and Craig Hunter met, any update from Cllr Layton’s office?
13. Friends Meeting – FoTB Meeting happened March 1 with the Park People, was there an update?
14. Community Police Liason Committee – Cathy Byrd, CPLC Chair – was TBCA invited?
15. Digital sign – By-law prohibits roof signs. Mike Layton they speak with the TBCA and PARA. Allan Reynolds of
PARA appears to be actively involved.
16. Roundtable Meeting – March 8 Chris Walker attended roundtable meeting to RA’s BIA’s and Park groups that was organized by Mike Layton
17. Hawker Bar – Liquor licence application for late night bar on Ossington across from residential development.
70 signatures on petition. Michael attended a meeting with Nicky and Mike Layton and reported back.  Not all members of the TBCA executive agree on a position.
18. Garbage in Trinity Bellwoods Park – update from Matt & Cllr Layton regarding ongoing garbage issues in the park
19. FRONT YARD PARKING PAD – c.c. Tom Barnett, Resident – Request to bring front yard parking pad up to code. Allowed?
20. Hoarding posters – c.c. Resident. A local resident is offended by advertisements on hoarding. Advertising Standards Canada Gender Portrayal Guidelines.
21. Trinity Bellwoods wireless internet access – A number of local residents have expressed a desire for wireless access in the park, and there may be an opportunity to provide this. Is this somehting that the TBCA wishes (or should) support, or is this more of a FoTB issue. There may not be as much community support for this as anticipated by supporters (environmental and health concerns)

Meeting Minutes – February 27, 2012

Trinity Bellwoods Community Association Meeting Minutes for Feb 27, 2012

Introductions made. Present at this meeting:

Anne, Lois, Paula, Mike McGregror, Suzanne Lawston – resident, David Hemsen – resident, Cam property manager for Bathurst / King condo board, Jerry Waise chair of TB BIA on behalf of Shaun Bowring

Announcement from co-chair Chris Walker: Effective immediately Chris S is taking a three month leave of absence from his co-chair responsibilities. The TBCA executive wish him the best and thank him for all his efforts over the past two years. Chris Walker will now chair the group.

Presentation : Jerry NXNE Stage proposal in TB Park

–       Jerry mentioned that it is not the same weekend as the Portuguese weekend

–       This event is to take place at within the bowl

–       Michael asked about the security being provided for the event

–       Michael asked about liquor licensing.

–       Matt mentioned the FOTB Park meeting on Thursday

–       Mike M asked about the MLU with Right to Play

–       It was moved and seconded to support the effort in principle pending further communication with Shaun


Presentation : Susan Austin – Kiosk Solar
  • Kiosk solar, focus on residential solar installations.
  • In conjunction with the Ontario government’s microFit program, this presents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to sign into an agreement with the government that would potentially give approved homeowners a 11% return on investment
  • Kiosk solar is an end to end solution that manages the installation and maintenance of the install : site evaluation, paperwork, capacity checks etc.
  • Their systems are specifically designed for residential 10KW systems that feed back into the power grid.
  • They offer a number of plans and solutions in regards
  • Includes accommodations for roof replacement/repair
  • The solar panels must be Ontario compliant
  • The question was raised as to how we as a group we promote one business over another, this may warrant further discussion internally
  • Kiosk Solar’s differentiator is in the financial aspect
Campangolo – support for flank letters
  • We have yet to see the specific patio conditions for the Woodlot and Campagnolo patios, we have seen the generic ones.
  • Chris W offered to draft a letter of support for the three business. Woodlot was approved, without our letter. We don’t know what the conditions under which they were approved.
  • We support in principle, but we will not issue letters without seeing the specific details.
  • Mike’s office should be able to provide us with the details. Matt will ask Marco what those conditions
The Fresh Patio agenda issue is now considered closed
Naming Rights – Jamie Turnery TPSI deferred
Downtown residents association summit – Paula had sent a summary. Tim Grant asked if we are interested in CORRA, Paula will look into the advantages
 ML Lumber :
  • Chris W looked into the height for confirmation, and got three different answers, so we are not sure what the final height was.
  • We agreed on 27.25 overall including Penthouse.
  • Anne will investigate further
Charrette – Mike Layton will organize final presentation
  • Lois complained that previous Charrettes did not take into account previous charrettes that were committed by the BIA’s
 Bellwoods House is saved, issue closed
Fred Hamilton Park – Matt Bremer
  • Group is preparing to present to the community at large the improvments that the group would like to see.
Jan 30 meeting – York West Development
  • Paula reviewed the MO of the group and current issues include noise, drug use, cleanliness
  • Layton’s office and the police are aware
  • 114 & 116 Robison have applied for a third floor, which will have further community impact. Went to council on Feb 6 for resolution.
  • Any further issues are to be directed to the police
  • Layton was trying to get a list of the properties that this company owns

–       Logo – once decided we can get it into the newsletter, website and print

–       TBCA will defer involvement in the Rio Can development (Kromer Radio)

–       Mike M asked if the TBCA would ever take a party status within an OMB case

  • We have not in the past, but we potentially would if necessary
    • To do that, incorporation is almost a necessity, which is a cost and effort that has not been contemplated by the group.

–       Archival Photos – Lois

  • Would warrant further discussion
  • Lois will follow up on the installations done by Contact

–       Rosario Marchese outreach – possibly for the March meeting

–       Projected advertising :

  • Jayme Turney was to discuss – deferred

–       1974 Trinity Bellwoods Study

–       2005 study – Matt will ask author for the permission to post online

–       Clothing donations – should we reach out to organizations

–       West Queen West outreach – Paula update

  • no formal city street scape plan, but the BIA’s pick up the slack.
  • BIA’s also run additional iniitiatives that are primarily geared to bring in traffic for the businesses, but all members of the community end up benefiting
  • It’s important to remember that as the area becomes more gentrified the trend is for the larger big box business to come in, and that we should not necessarily rail against this.

–       Info to Go pillars – Jayme Turney discussion

–       236 Palmerston

  • went to committee on Feb22, which after expansion left zero green space, we don’t know what the outcome was.
  • I will ask the committee of adjustment to send us notification of any adjustments in our nieghbourhood

–       103, 109, 111 Ossignton – application for six story development

  • Michael Sims is going to try to influence the project.

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