Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lemonade & conversation with St. Cuthbert's church parishioners

A message from Leaside resident, Lorna Krawchuk:

Don't try to walk by Bonnie Byford Real Estate too quickly on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 between 11 am and 1 pm.  You'll miss a chance for a free glass of cooling lemonade being given out by parishioners from St. Cuthbert's Church.  

Why are they here? 

To raise awareness of a world-wide effort by a number of churches, called Back to Church Sunday - which will be Sunday, September 29. Pick up an information pamphlet along with your lemonade. Hope to see you in church. 

Lorna Krawchuk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Help Plan Eglinton!

A message from EGLINTONconnects:

Learn about recommended changes. 
Work with us to get them right.

In May and June 2013, we asked you to give us feedback on some options and ideas for Eglinton’s future. We’ve taken what we heard and developed recommendations for Travelling, Greening and Building Eglinton, including:

• Four general traffic lanes for the majority of Eglinton, with on street parking similar to what exists today
• For Avenue Road to Mt. Pleasant Road, where the volume of traffic is lower, two general traffic lanes plus a left turn lane, with dedicated on-street parking in lay-by spaces
• A continuous protected bike lane along Eglinton, from Black Creek to Brentcliffe (standard bike lanes are already approved east to Kennedy)
• Wider sidewalks, plus room for big trees, benches and patios
• New public spaces, including parks, plazas and forecourts
• Permitting mid-rise buildings along Eglinton, and taller than mid-rise in certain Focus Areas

To learn more and help us refine these draft recommendations, join us at any of three public meetings or visit

West Meeting
Monday, October 7
George Harvey Collegiate Institute
1700 Keele St, just south of Eglinton

Central Meeting
Tuesday, October 8
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W, near Chaplin

East Meeting
Wednesday, October 9
Jean Vanier Secondary School
959 Midland Ave, just north of Eglinton

All meetings:
6:30 - 9:00 pm - Information on display and staff available to answer questions
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Overview presentation, and facilitated discussion

To view full size .pdf, follow this link:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Make a date to donate -- Northlea Blood Clinic October 8, 2013

Notice from Geoff Kettel, Community Connector, Advocate and Consultant

In November of 2002, two Leaside children were diagnosed with leukemia in the same week.  When 10 year old Noah learned that the life-saving blood he received as part of his treatment came from people, not factories, he was amazed. 

When people asked how they could help, both Emmy and Noah suggested they donate blood. A group of 10 mothers joined together to make that happen.

On Tuesday October 8, from 2-8 p.m. Leaside will celebrate our 22nd clinic of giving. 

The need for blood never ends. 

Please join us in the North Gym at Northlea Elementary and Middle School, 305 Rumsey Road 

Make an appointment today 1-8882-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) 

(walk-ins welcome, refreshments provided)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

TREB Housing Market Charts - August 2013

August 2013 Sales and Average Price Up Over 2012

TORONTO, September 5, 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,569 residential transactions through the TorontoMLS system in August 2013. This represented a 21 per cent increase compared to 6,249 sales in August 2012. "Sales were up strongly this past August for all major home types compared to last year. Many households have accounted for the added costs brought on by stricter mortgage lending guidelines and have reactivated their search for a home. These households have found that a diversity of affordable ownership options exist throughout the GTA," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

The average selling price for August 2013 was $503,094 - up by almost 5.5 per cent compared to the average of $477,170 in August 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark was up by 3.7 per cent over the same period.

"Despite an increase in borrowing costs during the spring and summer, an average priced home in the GTA has remained affordable for a household earning an average income. With this in mind, tight market conditions are expected to promote continued price growth through the remainder of 2013," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

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