Friday, April 29, 2011

Sat April 30th Walk, Run or Cycle (Sunnybrook Park)

A Message from Geoff Kettel, Community Connector, Advocate and Consultant

Dear Friends!

EARTH DAY will be a spectacular day in Toronto with beautiful sunshine and 17 Degrees forecasted!!

Don't miss out!
There is STILL time to register link or drop by 210 Laird Dr!

This Saturday April 30, 2001 marks the
6TH Annual EARTH DAY 2KM, 5KM or 10KM
Walk, Run or Cycle Through Sunnybrook Park!

Watch the event highlights!

Morning Featuring -
Special FREE Spring Sun Salute Yoga Class, Balloons, Goodie Bags, T-shirts, Live Personal-Young Man's Personal Story With Diabetes, High Energy/Feel Good Ceremony, Polictical Discussion, Live Music, Group Warm-up, Sunnybrook Walk, Run, Cycle Route and the BBQ/Live Music Party!

Leaside United Church's AWESOME SALE!

Leaside United Church
822 Millwood (at McRae)
Fri May 13th ---> 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat May 14th---> 9 a.m. - noon
  •  1000s of pre-sorted, quality items
  • 15 departments including:  Treasures and trinkets, books, clothing, linens, toys, furniture, small appliances, housewares, jewellery and OTHERS...+ snack bar
Bargains galore !!!

Proceeds to fund both church and outreach programs!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues - Letter to Residents - Act Now (April 2011)

A message from The Broadway Area Residents Association

Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues
Your Neighbourhood. Your Community. Act Now.

Dear Residents:

Since the community consultation meeting on April 7, we’ve received good feedback and offers of assistance – we must keep building the momentum. Your support is crucial to changing the path of this ill-conceived proposal.

This is not a done deal – we need to act now – here is how:

Help us raise more funds quickly
We must develop a viable position at the OMB and to do so we will need to engage professional expertise. We have an urgent need to raise more funds. We estimate at least $20,000 is needed to engage experts to help present an effective case to the OMB. Any amount your budget will allow is appreciated. We suggest a minimum of $100 and hope that some of you will consider a larger donation - amounts in the range of $200 to $500 will really help us reach the goal.

Cheques can be made payable to Broadway Area Residents Association.
  Mail to:
  c/o Linda Lokk
  54 Rowley Avenue, Toronto, M4P 2T4

Write to City Staff and Elected Officials
We encourage you to draft your own letter – however a template is available on our website. See for more. Mail, fax or email your letter to:

  Mr. Allen Appleby, Director and Mr. Ben DiRaimo, Planner
  Community Planning, North York District
  City Planning Division
  5100 Yonge Street
  Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
  FAX: (416) 395-7155 Email:
We suggest that you copy your City Councillor - Jaye Robinson Ward 25 or John Parker Ward 26

This developer is seeking to build on 88% of the site versus the allowable 33%. This will have a significant negative impact on the entire neighbourhood – the current proposal has no provision for green space and allows a building mass that offers absolutely no transition to the neighbourhood. It also promises to significantly increase volume of car and trucks. The developer is unsympathetic to our position. We urge you to stay engaged and to act on this important community issue. For more information, please contact us at

Your Neighbourhood. Your Community. Act Now.

Don Valley West All Candidates Meetings

Wed., April 20, 2011,
at 7:00 pm
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church Hall
1340 Leslie Street
• Brought to you by Don Mills Residents Inc. (DMRI)

Tues., April 26, 2011
at 7:30 pm
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens, William Lea Room
1073 Millwood Road
• Brought to you by Leaside Property Owners' Association

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Scouts Garden Product Sale

A Message from Geoff Kettel
Community Connector, Advocate and Consultant

It’s the 132nd. SCOUTS
March 28 ~ April 23

132 nd. Toronto Scouts
Leaside Presbyterian Church
670 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario







CALL US TO PLACE YOUR ORDER – (416) 467-7132


Thank you for your continued support

Monday, April 11, 2011

Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues - Update & Call for Action

A message from The Broadway Residents' Working Group

Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues
Update & Call for Action

Dear Residents:

Thank you for the astounding turnout to the community consultation meeting on April 7.  Your comments conveyed a clear, strong message to City staff, Councillors and the developer that this proposal in its present form is absolutely not acceptable to our community. THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL - WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW.

To be clear, under the current zoning, the developer can build a store of approximately 50,000 sq. ft.  The developer is proposing one that is more than 75,000 sq. ft.  This is why the developer is submitting a re-zoning application.

Our neighbourhood deserves a far more considered approach to the development of this site.  We do not need a big box store that promises to introduce dramatic changes in trailer, truck and car volumes for Bayview and Broadway and surrounding streets.  Traffic jams, illegal parking and endangered pedestrians are likely outcomes.

We must prepare to develop a viable position at the OMB and to do so we will need to engage professional expertise.  We have a small fund and our thanks to those who have already contributed.  We have an urgent need to raise more funds quickly. The amount is not insignificant - we estimate that at least $20,000 is needed. The reward is however, quite significant if we can present an effective case to the OMB.  Your support is crucial to changing the path of this ill-conceived proposal.

Help by contributing to our fundraising efforts
Any amount is welcome, however we respectfully suggest a minimum of $100 or more if you can. Cheques can be made payable to Broadway Area Residents Association.  Mail to:
c/o Linda Lokk
54 Rowley Avenue
Toronto  M4P 2T4

Help by sending a letter to the City stating your opposition
You may draft your own letter, however we have attached a template for ease of use ( Mail, fax or email your letter to Allen Appleby Director Community Planning and Ben DiRaimo, Planner. Contact details are at the top of the attached letter.

The developer is unsympathetic to our position and the proposal looks to exploit the site without considering the negative impact on our daily lives and safety.  We ask that you stay engaged on this important community issue.  Get in touch with neighbours and encourage them to voice their opposition and donate to our fund. 

Stay up to date by sending your contact information to and check out our website at

Your neighbourhood.  Your community.  Speak up for it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

URGENT Blood Donor Clinic in Support of Cathy Anagnostopoulos

 July 11, 2011 UPDATE!
(The Star headline reads): Mystery stem cell donor gives Toronto mother a new chance at life
Cathy Anagnostopoulos (centre) and her family were overjoyed when a matching stem cell donor was found. But she still must undergo another round of chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant.
Congratulations & all our best to you Cathy!

Message from the Northlea Community Blood Donor Clinic Committee
In Support of Cathy Anagnostopoulos

Be part of Northlea Community's 17th Blood Donor Clinic/OneMatch Stem Cell Donor Registration

A Leaside mother, neighbour and friend is fighting cancer. Cathy Anagnostopoulos was recently diagnosed with and has begun treatment for leukemia. She has been told that to survive, she needs a successful stem cell transplant. She has also needed blood transfusions and platelets as part of her treatment. Cathy’s 3 children attend local schools.

In November of 2002, two Leaside area students were diagnosed with leukemia in the same week. They required blood transfusions to save their lives and help them fight the disease. The Leaside community began running blood donor clinics twice a year to support them in their battle. This clinic will be In support of Cathy.

There will also be a OneMatch registration for those 17 - 50 years who want to be considered for stem cell donation.

Cathy and her family need our support and encouragement. Your presence and donation at the clinic will give them that, and save lives at the same time.

Where?  Northlea School (North Gym) 305 Rumsey Road
When?   Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P. by calling the Canadian Blood Services appointment number at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) NOW! The criteria for donating can be found at Refreshments are available.

For more information please visit: 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

TREB’s Past President’s $5,000 Scholarship

December 29, 2010 -- TREB’s fifth annual Past President’s Scholarship applications have been sent to public and separate high school principals/guidance staff throughout the GTA. Two $5,000.00 scholarships are awarded on behalf of REALTORS® to two graduating high school seniors going on to pursue post-secondary education.
Based on academics, community involvement and a 500-word essay, the awards are presented to the two winners in June at TREB’s annual Civic Connections reception.

This year’s essay topic choices are:
  1. How do you envision the ideal GTA community? (residentially and/or commercially).
  2. Like the “Doctors Without Borders” concept, what initiatives could be undertaken by real estate professionals?
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011.

Go to the 2011 scholarship application and essay criteria [PDF*]

The application can also be obtained by clicking on the “2011 Past President’s Scholarship” banner link on the home page of

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TREB Housing Market Charts March 2011

Second Best March on Record

TORONTO, April 5, 2011 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 9,262 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in March 2011, representing the second best March result on record. The number of transactions was 11 per cent lower than the record result reported in March 2010.

"The strong home sales reported in March and throughout the first quarter of 2011 have been based on a solid affordability picture and improving economic conditions in the GTA and country-wide," said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Bill Johnston.

The average selling price for March 2011 was up five per cent year-over-year to $456,147. The strongest average annual price growth was reported for condominium apartments and semi-detached houses, at approximately seven per cent for both home types.

"Market conditions were tighter in March compared to last year. With more competition between buyers, we have seen a strong but sustainable rate of price growth," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Read more:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Town Hall on the Future of Canadian Health Care

Town Hall on the Future of Canadian Health Care

April 28, 2011
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Gymnasium
2737 Bayview Avenue

On Thursday, April 28 please join MP Rob Oliphant and MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett for a town hall discussion on the future of Health Care in Canada.