Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Season Events!

Thanks to Geoff Kettel for compiling this list!

Gifts of the Season Show and Sale
Saturday, December 18, 10-3pm
Leaside Public Library - 165 McRae Drive
Gifts to Give - items from the diverse cultures of Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Parks
Gifts of Opportunity - the event is a gift of opportunity for the exhibitors
Gifts for You and Gifts of Neighbourhood - Our neighbourhood is a gift we enjoy all year long.
Exhibitors will make a donation from the show's proceeds to the Talbot Committee in gratitude for the their recent great (and costly) battle to preserve our neighbourhood's heritage

Choir Carol Service
Sunday December 19 at 10:30 a.m. (during the worship service)
Leaside Presbyterian Church (Eglinton at Hanna Road)

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Northlea United Church
125 Brentcliffe Road (where Brentcliffe meets Broadway)
Listen to the Christmas story in music and scripture, and join in congregational carols. Join us after the service to enjoy homemade Christmas goodies and exchange Christmas greetings.

Carols with Friends
Monday, December 20 at 7 pm
St. Cuthbert's Church
1399 Bayview Avenue (just south of Davisville)
Everyone's invited to attend this long-standing tradition at St. Cuthbert's. There are Christmas carols, songs and stories with audience participation, followed by a reception where we serve hot cider and Christmas cookies. Donations of non-perishable food for the Flemingdon Park Community Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1860 Bayview Avenue Development -- UPDATE

A message from the Broadway Residents Working Group

Dear Residents!

It has been a while since we last sent out an update on the 1860 Bayview Ave development application since there hasn't been a lot of activity. However, this case is starting to heat up again so here is a summary of the latest developments since the application for a minor variance was rejected by the Committee of Adjustment on July 6, 2010.

1) The applicant did appeal the decision by the Committee of Adjustment to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board). No date for the OMB hearing has yet been set.

2) On September 10 the developer filed a re-zoning application with the city. The application is essentially for the very same retail complex proposed under the minor variance application. However, the re-zoning process requires more studies to be done and the city staff will schedule a meeting where all residents will have a chance to comment on the proposed development. We expect that this meeting will be scheduled in January. Stay tuned for updates. The city is required to make a decision on the application within 180 days which means by early March 2011. Should the city turn down the application again the developer will have the option to appeal to the OMB.

3) You have undoubtedly noticed that demolition of the former dealership buildings is taking place. The developer has obtained a permit to take down the old building for now, however, this does not mean that the developer has approval to move forward with the planned retail complex.

4) Congratulations to Councilor Jaye Robinson who has been sworn in as the new councilor for Ward 25, Don Valley West. She has previously voiced her concern about the proposed development and we are looking forward to working with her. We hope to meet with her shortly to discuss the re-zoning application that is now in front of the city.

We will continue to need your support to fight this application. Thank you to the many residents who have already donated money for the cause. The funds has been deposited in our bank account so that they are available once we need to engage professional help to fight the application. We will let you know as soon as we know the date for public re-zoning meeting.

Thank you,

The Residents Working Group

PS:  Remember to check out our website for further details and updates: or contact us by email at:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Have a Magical Winter at the CODY FAIR

When:  Saturday December 11, 2010
Time:  1-4 pm
Where:  364 Belsize Drive


Shopping...Picture with Santa...Bake Sale... Games...Aunt Edna's (kids only allowed) for everyone...bring shopping for tickets.

Don't miss the magic at Maurice Cody on Dec. 11th!

TREB Housing Market Charts for November 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sorting out HST misconceptions

TREB President's Column as it appears in the Toronto Sun

November 19, 2010 -- Even though consumers have been dealing with the HST since July 1st, it appears there is still confusion about its applicability to housing.  When it comes to housing, there is good news and bad news about the HST. The good news is that if you are buying a re-sale home, you will NOT pay HST on the purchase price of the home. On the other hand, if you are buying a newly constructed home, HST will apply.

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