The Layton Legacy Project
"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." Jack Layton’s words 10 years ago have never been more true than today. To honour the former university professor, City of Toronto Councillor and leader of the federal NDP, the Layton Legacy has been launched.
Apply by July 25, 2021 to be considered for the Indigenous Leadership Award or the Activism Award. There will also be a Scholarship for Progressive Change, details to be released later.
Celebrate Jack Layton’s life of service on August 22, 2021, which will sadly be the 10th anniversary of his death. There will be a nationwide virtual celebration featuring activists, artists and special guests. Steven Page, former lead singer for Barenaked Ladies is helping to coordinate this event.
Launch of Toronto Centre Projects!
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has launched a new online platform to engage community members and crowdsource ideas.
Toronto Centre Projects is designed to engage community members and crowdsource neighbourhood projects supported by the Councillor’s office and your neighbours. Over the next year, her office will be launching consultations for several parks and dog off-leash area revitalizations, public realm improvements, and more.
Through this new platform, you can:
· Submit your own ideas
· Vote and comment on ideas submitted by your neighbours
· Learn about and participate in current public consultations happening in Ward 13
Have ideas to make our communities more liveable, vibrant, and safe? Submit them at www.TorontoCentreProjects.ca
Welcome Karma Condos!
A very warm welcome to our newest member, Karma Condos at 15 Grenville Street! We congratulate the Board of TSCC 2532 and their Property Manager on becoming part of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association and look forward to their participation in making the neighbourhood better for everyone.
In 2009, Lifetime Developments partnered with CentreCourt Developments to create a 50 storey, 498 unit condominium building named Karma Condos. Occupancy began in 2016.
One of the interesting parts of the complex is the John Irwin House at 21 Grenville. This Second Empire style home is designated under Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, since it was built in 1873 for John Irwin, and occupied by a civil engineer named W. D. Hale. The property survived demolition of many houses on Grenville in 1922, as a result of the expansion of Bay Street to accommodate Maple Leaf Gardens and Eaton's College Street store (now College Park). During the construction of Karma Condos, the historic house was relocated from the northwest corner of the property to the northeast corner, at the leisurely rate of 10 inches per day.
On June 9, 2021, City Council approved streetscape improvements for Breadalbane Street, between the eastern and western limits of Dr. Lilian McGregor Park. The project will improve the public realm by visually connecting the two public parks (Dr. Lilian McGregor Park and Opera Place Park) on the street and by potentially calming traffic and reducing vehicular speeds.
Construction will be undertaken by Lanterra and funded by $750,000 in Section 37 development funds from the Britt Condos, located on the former Sutton Place premises at 951-971 Bay Street and 36 Wellesley Street.
Although the City staff are finalizing the scope of work, there will be increased infiltration of rain and snow melt through the road surface by using permeable pavers. Work will start this year and be complete in 2022.
The result will be an environment that will allow pedestrians to safely enjoy the invaluable green spaces in our neighbourhood. Councillor Wong-Tam and the Bay Cloverhill Community Association look forward to animating the parks with special events, to benefit the entire neighbourhood.
A coalition of downtown resident associations from the area bounded by Christie Street, Don Valley, College Street, and the CPR rail line/Rosedale Valley will be hosting an information session to learn about recent trends and initiatives, and to exchange ideas on how to better engage with the City and developers in the development process. The Province's Growth Plan means that the City's Official Plan must be revised to meet densification of 200 people and jobs per hectare for areas within 800 metres of a subway station by 2050. City Planning has started working on amendments to the Official Plan that will go to CIty Councillor in Q4 2021, and then must be submitted to the Province before July 2022.
Participating will be Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13), Mike Layton (Ward 11) and City Planning staff from Strategic Initiatives. They will present their draft Official Plan amendments for Downtown densification to the Roundtable, including provisions for Inclusionary Zoning of affordable housing.
Members of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association Development Committee will be participating and we invite any interested residents to join us. Attached are more details and the agenda. Contact email@example.com if you would like to attend the meeting.