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East York Advocate 035: Decisions made at City Hall and by the Province aren’t truly local!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

New provincial appeals board’s adherence to Smart Growth Act will undermine local EY neighbours’ wishes and concerns Have you ever heard someone complain about the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)? Well, as of last May, appeals from decisions of Committee of Adjustments in Toronto are now heard by Toronto’s own Local Appeal Board (LAO) rather than the OMB.  We can only wait to see if this new board will be more sympathetic to neighbours’ concerns. However, appeals from all other planning decisions continue to be heard by the OMB.  But, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne, that will soon be over.  “Planning decisions have to be made locally,” she says. To accomplish that the Ontario government plans to replace the OMB with what it calls the Local Planning Appeal Board (LPAT).  The LPAT, the Province says, will provide a faster, fairer,...

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New Danforth community group already busy with event on Nov. 22

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

There’s a new community organization in the area around east Danforth Avenue between Westlake Ave. and Victoria Park Avenue

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Councillor plans Oct. 30 public safety meeting at Stan Wadlow Park

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

On Oct. 30 residents near Stan Wadlow Park on Cosburn Avenue will have an opportunity to question police and their local councillor about safety there.

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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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SEEING GREEN 034: Moving ahead on TO’s climate change plan

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

On July 4, Toronto City Council unanimously approved the city’s long term climate change plan “Transform TO, Report 2: The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future.”  This is intended to help reduce greenhouse gases 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 through extensive changes in transportation, buildings, energy and waste diversion. To reach this goal will take a significant effort and will be a major challenge for the city.  Work is now proceeding to make the business case to get funding from the 2018 budget. The Transform TO team is encouraging residents to take advantage of the city’s Eco-Roof Program, the Home Energy Loan Program and the province’s Electrical Vehicle Incentive Program. You can download a pdf document of the report from the city’s website.  Go to toronto.ca and search “climate goals” and click on the first result to go...

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Agricultural projects to get 500K through Greenbelt fund

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts was on hand at Shoppers World Metro October 6 to announce new funding of $500,00 for 19 projects supporting local food investments, to be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization supported by public and private sources. Burkhard Mausberg, the CEO of the Greenbelt Fund, was also on hand for the announcement along with a representative of the grocery chain excited about a initiative in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario organization.  It is receiving $20,000 from the fund to send Doug Whitty, “the “Grape King,” to ten Metro stores throughout the province to offer sampling and wine tips for VQA wines made entirely from Ontario grapes.  The Metro store at Shoppers World is the only store in the Toronto area involved at this time. The funding announcement is a continuation of...

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