COMMUNITY

SPIRIT AWARDS

Congratulations to our Community Spirit Award Winners!

The Community Spirit Awards recognize people who make a special contribution to our neighbourhood by making it a more attractive and inclusive place to live.  We acknowledge their contributions during our Annual General Meeting.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS!

The Community Spirit Awards recognize people who make a special contribution to our neighbourhood by making it a more attractive and inclusive place to live.  We acknowledge their contributions during our Annual General Meeting.

2020 Winners

  • Best Street Party:  Craighurst Avenue represented by Mark Taylor and Bryan Valve
  • Best and Most Aromatic Garden in a small space: Honey and Mel Laucke on Castlefield Ave.
  • Best Flower Garden: David Vesey on Ansley St.

2019 Winners

  • Best Street Party: Lytton Blvd represented by Terri O’Brien
  • Best Front Garden: Julie Prentice on St. Clements
  • Best Back Garden: Gary Searle & Leighton McDonald on Lytton Blvd.

2018 Winners

  • Best Street Party: Briar Hill represented by Mary-Anne Dennison
  • Best Halloween Decorations: Galbraith Family on Lytton Blvd.

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UPTOWN YONGE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA

Uptown Yonge BIA, represents all commercial tenants along Yonge Street (and on the side streets immediately adjacent) from Glengrove Ave. to Orchardview Blvd. Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are created by the City for the purpose of attracting shoppers to create a diverse market-place in our neighbourhoods. BIAs are funded through a levy added on to commercial tenants’ property taxes.

LPRO and Uptown Yonge BIA have a symbiotic relationship.  LPRO recognizes the benefits of shopping, dining, and accessing a wide selection of services in our neighbourhood, and local area residents make up a significant number of customers in the BIA. It is in everyone’s interest to support and promote a diverse, successful shopping experience along Yonge Street. Lytton Park residents also share many common interests with our BIA:  reasonably-sized development, construction and traffic safety, creating welcoming streets and preventing crime, all of which all lead to a vibrant community. LPRO has participated in several mutually beneficial programs such as the Bonus e-Gift Card, Bike Local, Shop Local campaign and Crime Prevention and as a result have developed a strong relationship with our BIA and many of our local businesses.

Discover more about our local BIA here:

OTHER RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS

LPRO has a close working relationship with the active residents organizations in our vicinity. We share information, and collaborate on a variety of issues of common interest. For example we worked extensively with BPRO and other RAs north of Lawrence Ave to represent the interests of all the neighbourhoods surrounding the 250 Lawrence West development, with the City and the site developer. LPRO also worked with EPRA to represent the community in the mediation regarding 2400-2444 Yonge Street (the former BMO site and Best Buy).

Avenue Road Eglinton Community Association (ARECA)

Bedford Park Residents Organization (BPRO)

Eglinton Park Residents’ Association (EPRA)

Lawrence Park Ratepayers’ Association (LPRA)

The Republic Residents’ Association (RRA)

South Armour Heights Ratepayers’ Association (SAHRA)

Upper Avenue Community Association (UACA)

York Mills Heights Residents Association (YMHRA)

FEDERATION OF NORTH TORONTO RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION (FoNTRA)

Founded in February 2001, FoNTRA is a not-for-profit organization of over 30 residents’ associations, of which LPRO is a founding member. Collectively, this includes more than 175,000 Toronto residents within their boundaries, located generally between Bloor Street and Sheppard Avenue, and between the Don Valley Parkway and Bathurst Street. FoNTRA believes that Toronto and Ontario can and should achieve better development. Its central issue is not whether Toronto will grow, but how. FoNTRA advocates for sustainable urban regions that are characterized by environmental balance, fiscal viability, infrastructure investment and social renewal.

FoNTRA’s mandate includes:

  • Monitoring, investigating and working towards resolution of urban planning-related issues and concerns raised by member residents’ associations;
  • Sharing best practices regarding urban planning;
  • Representing the interests of member organizations before public and private bodies and working constructively towards resolution of issues.

For more information go to: www.fontra.com

FEDERATION OF URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS (F.U.N.)

LPRO is a standing member of The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods (Ontario) Inc. which was founded on November 24, 2001. It is a province-wide volunteer-based umbrella organization of community and neighbourhood associations.

The objectives of F.U.N. are to promote awareness of urban issues, undertake projects which will enhance quality of life for residents of urban settings, establish a resource base for information, share expertise, represent the common interests of member organizations before public and private bodies as well as to encourage citizens to actively participate in and become informed about community and civic affairs. Since its formation, FUN (Ontario) has been a strong and consistent voice on issues affecting neighbourhood associations and civic organizations throughout Ontario.

For more information go to: https://urbanneighbourhoods.ca/

OUTREACH

The Roehampton Shelter

In the wake of COVID-19 the City of Toronto used emergency powers granted by the provincial government to open temporary homeless shelters around the City, including in our vicinity, in the spring of 2020. The purpose of these temporary shelters was to reduce the transmission of the virus among the homeless living in outdoor encampments and on the street and to encourage this population to transition to permanent housing. Two such shelters were opened in our vicinity in empty apartment buildings awaiting redevelopment (55 and 65 Broadway Avenue). In early July a third shelter was opened at the former Roehampton Hotel on Mt. Pleasant. There was no prior consultation with the community.

The shelters became controversial with residents and local businesses shortly after opening when the surrounding area began experiencing unprecedented crime, vagrancy and vandalism, compounded by an unwillingness on the part of the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA), the City department responsible, to acknowledge the severity of the problems and take steps to address them. The proximity of the shelters to elementary schools, Northern Secondary high school, and several day cares, and SSHA’s acknowledgement that it lacks the authority to vet shelter residents for criminal histories, intensified community concerns.

Thanks to considerable public pressure on politicians at all three levels of government, a number of measures to address these problems were put in place: private security retained by the Upper Yonge Business Improvement Area (UYBIA) for businesses, increased police presence in the area, the creation of City-hired Community Safety Patrols around the local schools and surrounding streets, more security and other staffing at the shelter, and an increase in mental health, addiction, harm reduction, and other support services for shelter residents. SSHA also developed a School Safety Plan. These measures have collectively led to a considerable decrease in break-ins, alleged drug dealing and vagrancy. 

The owner-developer of the two transitional shelters on Broadway exercised his option to terminate the lease with the City early, forcing SSHA to close the Broadway facilities in early September. The Roehmapton shelter is expected to remain open for the duration of its lease term: 2-years with an option on a third year, at an annual rent of just over $2,000,000. 

SSHA also took a number of steps to improve communication with the community:  a virtual public information session in August attended by over 1000 people, regular Community Bulletins, and the establishment of a Community Liaison Committee (CLC), an advisory group consisting of City staff, Toronto Police Services (TPS), local politicians from all three levels of government, and representatives from approximately 20 community groups. LPRO was invited to be a member of the Roehampton CLC which meets once per month. The CLC is an advisory body with no decision-making authority or responsibility. Its role is to encourage Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) to optimize communication with the local community and make decisions that reflect community concerns. Through its participation on the CLC LPRO will continue to monitor developments and report to the community.

The Terms of Reference for the CLC, CLC meeting summaries, Community Bulletins and other information regarding The Roehampton Shelter can be found here: Community Engagement for Roehampton Residence – City of Toronto

LOCAL RESOURCES

Some helpful links in finding your way to public services and our elected representatives.

Toronto City Council (Ward 8):

Councillor Mike Colle
Email address: councillor_colle8@toronto.ca

TORONTO CITY HALL
100 Queen Street West, Suite A20
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Telephone: 416-338-2500

CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
2952 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON M6B 3S9
Telephone: 416-338-0008

 

Provincial Legislature (Eglinton-Lawrence riding):

MPP Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health.
Email address is: robin.martin@pc.ola.org

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
5th Floor
777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Telelphone: 416-327-4300

CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
2882 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON M6B 3S6
Telephone: 416-781-2395

Federal Parliament (Eglinton-Lawrence riding):

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Email address: marco.mendicino@parl.gc.ca

PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE
Confederation Building, Suite 203
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-992-6361

CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
511 Lawrence Ave W
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 1A3
Telephone: 416-781-5583

Our local community centre is:

NORTH TORONTO MEMORIAL COMMUNITY CENTRE
200 Eglinton Ave. W.
Toronto,  M4R 1A7
416-392-6591
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre Website

 

NORTH TORONTO LIBRARIES

We are fortunate to have two libraries serving our community:

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/northerndistrict/

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/locke/

North Toronto Memorial Community Centre

TORONTO POLICE SERVICES 53 DIVISION 
Non Emergency: 416 808 5300
75 Eglinton Ave W. 
Toronto, M4R 2G9
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d53/

Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC) are made up of community volunteers and police service representatives from the local division’s geographic area. Each committee is inclusive to reflect the demographics of the local community. An LPRO director sits on the Committee for 53 Division.

The committee’s mandate is to work together in identifying, prioritizing, and problem-solving of local policing issues by being proactive in community relations, crime prevention, education, mobilization, communications initiatives and acting as a resource to the police and the community.

 

NORTH TORONTO ONTARIO HEALTH TEAM

The North Toronto Ontario Health Team is a collaboration of healthcare organizations and providers who are working together to improve the coordination of care among family physicians, hospitals, long term care facilities, and home and community care. It is one of 24 Ontario Health Teams. To find out more see http://northtorontooht.ca.