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EY ADVOCATE 034: Will it ever end?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

Endless appeals allowed under Planning Act put EY family on bureaucratic merry-go-round Have you ever received a NOTICE from city council’s Committee of Adjustment informing you that your next door neighbour wants to build an addition on his house and needs a “minor variance” from the zoning by-laws in order to do so? In 2015 a Queensdale Avenue family got one of those notices and immediately realized that the “minor variance” requested by their next door neighbour would have a drastic impact on their own property.  Fortunately for the family, when they attended the Committee of Adjustment hearing their next door neighbour did not show up and, after hearing what the family had to say about the drastic impact the requested “minor variance” would have on their property, the committee rejected the proposal on the grounds that the requested...

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Petition for Woodbine bike lanes removal hits 2,000 signatures

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

n online petition started Sept. 18 urging removal of the just-installed bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue has surpassed 2,000 “signatures” acquired after just over 40 hours…

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Councillors and former mayors say Sept. 19 public support for street sign logos is urgent

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Former East York mayors Alan Redway and Michael Prue, along with representatives of local historical and preservation groups and city councillors all say the public needs to let politicians know they want to see the EY logo continue to appear on local street signs at a meeting Tues. Sept. 19.

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Cosburn-Cedarvale stoplight deferred by Council despite overwhelming local support

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \ Despite hundreds of signatures on a petition asking for a traffic light to be installed at the corner of Cedarvale Avenue and Cosburn Avenue in the wake of a pedestrian fatality there last year, Toronto City Council at its July meeting deferred the matter until the fall. The deferment came in part because of the death of longtime Ward 28 councillor Pam McConnell the morning of Friday, July 7, the fourth and final day of the packed-agenda July meeting, which prompted the council to adjourn earlier than expected.  But the proposal, initiated by Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis and earlier approved over staff objections by Toronto and East York Community Council in June, had only been left till late in the meeting due to opposition from some council members who regard the idea as...

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RAT-POCALYSE! Significant increase in number of EY sightings

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Although the City of Toronto claims its garbage bins are racoon-proof, judging by recent reports on social media some East York home owners have found they may not be immune to rats. One member of the Danforth-Woodbine group on Facebook posted that she discovered a “a 4-inch hole on the top of our garbage bin” outside her home in the Gerrard-Coxwell area. Another reported that a rat “ran at me from behind the garbage and hit my ankle!” The rodents have also been reported being found in basement toilets, having apparently crawled up from the sewer system, and also under the hoods of cars. Several posters theorized that the influx may be due to renovations and new construction in their areas, where basements and foundations have been dug, disrupting the pests from their previous habitats. Similarly, watermain replacements and...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 031: How do rent controls and house speculation impact on East York?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

As a former federal Minister of Housing, I have been watching with great interest government efforts to help make housing affordable in East York and elsewhere in the Golden Horseshoe. Although our municipal government has expressed concern, its legal ability to impact the situation is extremely limited.  Any federal government action, such as increasing interest rates, would have to be applied nationwide rather than regionally.  While this might help in Toronto and Vancouver, it would be devastating to other cities, towns, businesses and farmers in Canada.  That means that any government action can only be applied at the provincial level.  In the early 1970s the Ontario government imposed both a foreign buyers’ tax and a land speculation tax.  They were very effective in cooling off housing prices at that time. Recently, the present Ontario provincial government has reacted to...

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