News from the ‘hood – October

TBCA executive member Lois Schklar was kind enough to round up the following items that may be of interest to our community (thanks Lois!).

Did you know that a casino might be built in the city. Plans are underway to find suitable sites. Do you want a casino in our area. What will this mean to you?

The CBC reports that “the full city council will receive a report from city staff in early November outlining the pros and cons of the idea. Provincial officials have said they won’t build a casino where it isn’t wanted.” (CBC – Proposed Toronto casino focus of town hall). The American media, MSNBC reported on October 3rd that “Sands
billionaire eyes Toronto”. The Toronto Star reported on October 15 on the casino plan
unveiled by Oxford Property Group. There is also a concerned citizens group here called No Casino Toronto.


The following info is from a letter circulated by Juan Pablo de Dovitiis, Executive Assistant to Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity-Spadina

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the Ministry agreed to participate in a new meeting with the Trinity-Spadina neighbourhood associations on November 13. Tom Mungham, CEO of the AGCO, and Sabrina Grando, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, will be present at the meeting.

This is a great opportunity for our local community groups (like the TBCA who will attend) to address the concerns of your community to the government and push for changes. A working group comprised of two representatives from each neighbourhood association would meet to prepare for the AGCO meeting.


News from Community organizations and BIA’s in the Hood

1.The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park

The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park are happy to report the new stairs on the north side of the bowl are completed and the gates on Queen Street have been refurbished and freshly painted.

Tuesday October 30th is your last chance of the season to visit the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market in the north west corner of the park., from 3 – 7 PM.

If you’re interested in getting involved with and/or accessing growing space in the community greenhouse in the park this coming winter — or have ideas about how to utilize this space in non-growing seasons, please contact Anna at

The website is best resource for up to date info on the FOTBP. Please check regularly for
postings.  We have recently posted the minutes to our annual Fall Meeting.

2. Friends of Roxton Road Parks

This Friday October 26th, the Friends of Roxton Road Parks is holding their first annual NIGHT OF THE LIVING FRED!!! Neighbours are invited to get into the Halloween spirit by joining the Friends in Fred Hamilton Park for a costume contest, pumpkin design contest, apple cider, loot bags, and movies when it gets dark! More information on their website here. Sounds like a lot of fun!


3. Dundas BIA

The Dundas BIA is pleased to announce their participation in Contact 2013. The venue will
extend from Bathurst to Grace (same as Do Design in January).

Do Design is a unique, street wide event occurring during design week in Toronto. The works of contemporary designers (furniture, objects, architectural or graphic) are showcased in a diverse variety of storefronts/cafe’s/walkups/windows of participating business venues in the Trinity Bellwoods Business Improvement Area ( Dundas St West between Bathurst and Grace streets).

Do Design highlights contemporary design culture in a vibrant neighbourhood during Design week as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. We invite your participation in this exciting program.

If you are interested in participating in Do Design you can contact: Julie or Shaun at MADE T: 416 607 6384 or email the Do Design co’ordinator at

4) West Queen west BIA (

West Queen West BIA members will be having their annual trick or treat this year on Oct 27th & 28th, with treats for the kids and special Halloween offers for the parents!

Update – 420 Bathurst (Kromer Radio) OMB Hearing Info

Councillor Mike Layton’s office has asked us to distribute the following information:

Hello All, 

A big thank you to those who were able to attend yesterday. We appreciate you taking the time to come out and hopefully you took some important information from the meeting. 

Please see attached files for more detailed information on how to be involved at the OMB. (Included in package distributed at the meeting)

Let’s begin with the Logistics: 

The Hearing will be Scheduled for 4 Days beginning on October 9.

Assumed Usual format:

The first 2 days will allow (Rio Can) to present

3/4th day will allow the City Solicitor/Party and/or participants present

(This all depends on how the judge decides to proceed)

Location & Time

  • October 9, 10:00 AM

  • 655 Bay St

  • 16th Floor

In case you missed it, Here are a few key items we discussed at the OMB preparation meeting where the City Solicitor introduced some key issues, pointers and outcomes. Below is a brief description.

The City solicitor emphasized that City Legal does not have a legal position. At the OMB hearing, solicitor will have a planner present in opposition to the variances proposed.

If you register as a party you must attend all 4 Days. (Time Commitment)

An alternative is that you may register as a participant in which requires you attend your pre-scheduled time slot – (Solicitor will ask for this)

These time slots will most likely be available during Wed – Thurs Morning. (I will distribute time slots once I receive more information, subject to its availability)

If you choose to attend you will be considered a witness and subject to cross-examination.

There are no limits to speak, however nice, short, pity bits of information are favourable.

Please Consider:

  • OMB is not influenced by the number of people rather the quality/uniqueness of each argument brought to the witness stand and cross-examined.
  • Avoid repeating similar arguments.
  • Proposing an argument in how you are directly affected defining a personal circumstance has more weight on the decision.
  • A petition or any argument that is not given hardly any consideration because it does not provide as much truth as a single person who is to swear on oath would.
  • If you cannot attend on any of the dates specified, the best method is to send in a letter on your behalf or send a letter and authorize another person to attend and present your letter on the witness stand without cross-examination. However, Items that are not cross-examined carry less weight on the decision.
  • Only BIA’s and Resident Associations may submit a letter and take a position however, this must be in writing and a original copy of authorization is required.

Topics you should consider at the stand:

  • Physical Impact on you directly.
  • ex : *intensity of activity, lighting
  • Official Plan Policies
  • *Avoid references to transit capacity.*
  • ***Overall, the board will be focusing on the use of the area not the construction***

If you have any further questions on the above feel free to contact me.

If you would like more information/guidance on what you would like to propose, kindly contact the City Solicitor directly:

Brendan O’Callaghan
Legal Services
For more information on this process, or for questions regarding this, please contact :
Ashley Da Silva
Constituency Assistant (South)
Office of Councillor Mike Layton
Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina
416-392-4010 (Direct)

Update – City of Toronto Animal Bylaw Public Consultation

The following was sent to the TBCA by the Councillor’s office on the behalf of Toronto Animal Services:

As you may know, Municipal Licensing and Standards is proposing a series of amendments to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349 Animals By-law. You are invited to join us at a public consultation, where you can provide feedback on proposed changes, as well as learn more about several Toronto Animal Services’ programs, services and activities.  More information is available online 

Three consultations will be held:

  • ·        Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers, Monday, October 15, 2012, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm;
  • ·        Metro Hall, Rm 310, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm;
  • ·        North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

ASL interpreters and personal support workers will be present; please advise if other accommodation is required.

Thank you to those who provided input for Survey # 1.  Your input is being analyzed and will be discussed in the upcoming Staff Report.   We invite you to provide us with further input by completing Survey # 2 online before October 22, 2012. Click here to complete the survey online or visit the webpage to download a PDF version.

You are also invited to submit any additional suggestions to Fiona Venedam at

For more information, please contact Lan Vo at 416-392-0856 or 

Thank you,


Toronto Animal Services