We want your input on priorities for the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood. We also want to encourage participation at our General Member Meetings by ensuring that meetings are conveniently scheduled, and find out if there is a preference for meetings to be held in person or virtually. We’re also interested in what social media people prefer. Please fill out this brief online survey, it will be open until the end of January.
BCCA Survey Link
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the virtual General Member’s Member on Monday January 16th. An interesting presentation on personal safety was made by Constable Anthony Lamanna, Community Relations, 52 Division, Toronto Police Service. The two elements of personal safety are being free from physical harm, as well as fear. Always have a plan and pay attention to your surroundings without being distracted by your phone or music. When you are travelling, do some research in advance to find the location of safe places that are open 24 hours, e.g. fire or police stations, hospitals, retail stores or condo/office buildings with concierges. If you are confronted by a person who may have mental health issues, de-escalate by holding your hands in front of your face and speak slowly and calmly in short, simple sentences. Always be aware of your environment and remove yourself if you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Anthony reminded everyone he is available for on site security review and neighbourhood risk assessments.
Changes to the Constitution were approved by Primary Building Representatives. The major changes were renaming Delegates to Building Representatives, and Associate Member to Community Partner, along with changing the fiscal year to October to September. Frequency of meetings was made more flexible, along with the ability to hold meetings virtually. The requirement to file a T2 return was eliminated. To be a member in good standing, membership dues must be current. Before being eligible to be an Executive Officer, the person must have served as a Building Representative for a minimum of 6 months.
There is a vacant Director position available. Any interested candidates should contact the Executive Board.
The year end report was presented, as was a letter of support for the ActiveTO Midtown Complete Streets Pilot.
A brief survey will be sent out shortly to help determine areas of priority, review the most convenient meeting day/time and encourage engagement through volunteering on committees, following on social media or being added to the mailing list.
Community feedback on various issues included the thoughts regarding removal of the Sir John A. MacDonald statue with an indigenous memorial, problems with blocking of Bay Street bus lane clearway, the stabbing of a woman at Yonge and Alexander last weekend, illegal parking in Cottage Lane and St. Nicholas Street, Fantuan food delivery ebike couriers always driving on St. Joseph sidewalk and the closing of a disruptive nightclub in the neighbourhood. A discussion on the possibility of alcohol being served at local 7-11’s raised concerns about loitering and criminal activity.
Announcements were made for upcoming events. A City Budget Meeting will be held on Tuesday January 17th from 9:30 am onward in person or on the City’s YouTube channel. FoSTRA is hosting an education webinar on Affordable Housing on Thursday January 26th at 6:30 pm. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday March 19th with road closures from 8 am to 2 pm along Bloor/Yonge/Queen. The 52 Division Community Police Liaison Committee will be held Wednesday February 1st at 6:30 pm.
Infrastructure Ontario and its construction partners have issued a Community Update on the Macdonald Block Complex renovations. They are committed to being a good neighbour and prioritize minimizing the impact of construction on the community.
If you would like more details on the renovation of the provincial government buildings at Bay ad Wellesley, please visit their website: https://www.infrastructureontario.ca/Macdonald-Block-Reconstruction-Project/.
Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on Monday November 21, 2022.
We welcomed our newest member buildings, Karma Condos at 15 Grenville and The Gallery at 25 Grenville.
The Treasurer announced that we are in a solid financial position. A motion was passed to waive the preparation of audited financial statements.
Christine Dingemans was elected as President and Norm Waite was re-elected as Treasurer, starting January 1, 2023. The vacant Director position will be up for appointment at the January General Member's Meeting and anyone interested is encouraged to volunteer.
Our keynote speaker, Karen Chapple of the School of Cities had an interesting presentation on Planning for Toronto's Future: Old Challenges, New Solutions. The main challenges for our area are the affordable housing crisis, the Strong Mayor Act and U of T campus. Population growth is uneven in the GTA, with downtown and 'exburbs' seeing strong growth. 4.3 million new Ontario residents are estimated by 2043, with 1/3 settling in the GTA. Auto-oriented suburban growth is drive by immigration, where residents have no local job opportunities. Bills 23 and 39 do not resolve this issue, or housing affordability. Expanding neighbourhood housing options has been minimally successful in the short term, likely taking at least 10 years to gain any momentum if Portland's reforms are used as a model. Gentle density is the missing little, see www.gentledensity.ca for details. The University of Toronto is rethinking campus design by building new housing and repurposing office space for residential use for staff and students.
The Fall 2022 update on the Bay Cloverhill was presented, see below for the details.
Newly elected Toronto Centre Ward 13 Councillor Chris Moise is looking forward to working with the neighbourhood and has fully transition from his previous position as Toronto District School Board Trustee.
Toronto Centre MPP Kristyn Wong Tam has taken on the judicial and LGBTQ2S+ portfolios. She is in the process of arranging media and community consultation on Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act before the bill is passed at the end of the week. MPP Wong Tam noted that provincial mandates have not be released and is concerned with the super strong mayor powers.
University Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell spoke about the land reform Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act and its many challenges for the City, including waiving of developer fees for overpriced 'affordable' housing and the resulting financial shortfall of $230m to the city for infrastructure and amenities for the numerous new residents moving into the area. Some amendments have resulted in allowing third party appeals for the Ontario Land Tribunal, but the potential of legal costs being assessed could result in huge financial awards against third parties. The elimination of site plan control eliminates many beneficial green building standards.
Constable Anthony Lamanna discussed the new sidewalk safety initiative launched in our area. The provincial courts at College Park will be closing and should result in a safer neighbourhood. There were over 1,100 protests at Queen's Park over the year that Toronto Police Services managed. He appreciated the community alerting the authorities to the noisy after hours activities at the nightclub on St. Joseph, resulting in charges and operations closing in the near future.
The history and community activism that resulted in the creation of Dr. Lillian McGregor were relayed and a timeline of the events were presented.
Hello Bay Cloverhill Community Association members, neighbours and friends! The Bay Cloverhill Community Association Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Monday November 21, 2022 starting at 7 pm. We encourage all building representatives to attend, and extend the invitation to interested residents. Voting is assigned to the individuals who are the primary Delegates for member buildings.
There will be an interesting presentation on affordable housing and the Strong Mayors Act by Karen Chappelle of the School of Cities, as well as local politicians. You can hear what’s happened in the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood over the past year and plans for next year. The history of how Dr. Lillian McGregor Park came to be will also be explained. Primary delegates will be asked to vote on a motion to waive the need for an auditor to prepare financial statements.
HOW DO I ATTEND THE MEETING?
You can join the online Google Meet session at the following link: https://meet.google.com/ofo-ztie-opt. If you want to join by telephone, call 1 289-319-9518 PIN: 642 736 190#. More phone numbers are available at: https://tel.meet/ofo-ztie-opt?pin=4322052267822. This meeting link is also on the Calendar of Events on www.baycloverhill.com.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to receive a personalized email invitation. We look forward to (virtually) seeing everyone! Thank you.
You are invited to the 52 Division's Community Police Liaison Committee 2022 Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday November 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 52 Division, 255 Dundas Street West. Please RSVP to Karol.Maharaj@torontopolice.on.ca or call 416-808-5286 by Friday November 18th. There will be guest speakers on the "Streets To Home" project, electric vehicle safety and 'Ask Anthony'.
As the date of our BCCA AGM draws closer, we would like to bring the following to your attention:
With the results in for all polls (except for 1 outside the neighbourhood), here are results for the municipal elections in the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood.
Mayor John Tory was elected for his third term with over 60% of the vote. He has indicated that he will not run for a fourth term in the 2026 election. Urban advocate Gil Penalosa was the only strong challenger with the support of 18% of residents.
Mike Layton’s decision not to run for Ward 11 University Rosedale Councillor left the field open. Provincial Green Party Deputy Leader Dianne Saxe won the ward, closely followed by Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustee Norm Di Pasquale. Norm was endorsed by the outgoing Ward 11 University Rosedale Councillor. Appointed Toronto Centre Councillor Robin Buxton Potts finished in third place.
The departure of Kristyn Wong-Tam, who was elected as MPP Toronto Centre, created an opportunity for TDSB Trustee Chris Moise. Chris received an endorsement from the former Ward 13 Toronto Centre Councillor and was elected as Ward 13 Toronto Centre Councillor by a substantial majority, with about 50% of the vote. Community activist Nicki Ward came in second with 18% of the vote.
Deborah Williams was endorsed by outgoing Ward 10 TDSB Trustee Chris Moise. She received over half of the votes cast for Ward 10 TDSB Trustee. ‘D’ is a parent and community advocate who was endorsed by the former TDSB Trustee.
Norm Di Pasquale was the Ward 9 TCDSB Trustee and turned his attention to run as a City Councillor. Kevin Morrison was elected, after previous unsuccessful campaigns in 2010 and 2014. He is a parent and community advocate.
Overall, voter turnout was lower throughout the city. It was especially pronounced in Ward 13 Toronto Centre, with about 18% of residents voting. This was substantially lower than the 30% in the 2018 municipal election for the area. There was also a decline in Ward 11 University Rosedale participation, with a 23% voter turnout, compared to 31% in the 2018 municipal election for the neighbourhood.
Ward 13 Toronto Centre was created in 2018 from former Wards 27/28 Toronto Centre Rosedale. Kristyn Wong-Tam resigned May 4/22 after 12 years as Councillor and was elected MPP June 2/22. Robin Buxton Potts was appointed Interim Councillor on June 1/22 until November 14/22 and confirmed she would not be running for the position in the October 2022 elections.
There are 9 candidates for Councillor of Ward 13 Toronto Centre in this year's election: