SLNA News - October 21, 2020
St. Lawrence Market Advisory Group Invites Applications
The City of Toronto is currently looking for engaged and enthusiastic residents to join the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee.
The St. Lawrence Market is a renowned international food market featuring over 120 merchants, vendors and farmers, offering the freshest produce, meats and specialty items. The Market is a community and cultural hub in the heart of Toronto and a major historic site for the City. Serving residents of Toronto and international visitors since 1803, the Market is regularly recognized as one of Toronto's most popular destinations and was ranked the number one food market in the world by National Geographic. The St. Lawrence Market Complex is comprised of St. Lawrence Hall, the South Market and North Market – now in its temporary home at 125 The Esplanade.
Members of the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee support and advocate the St. Lawrence Market, providing advice and recommendations to the City to enhance the Market and Precinct for the benefit of the community and all Toronto residents.
*** What does the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee do?
The role of the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee is to advise City staff on the following elements as they relate to the St Lawrence Market Precinct:
(a) the long term strategic direction for the St. Lawrence Market Precinct;
(b) operational improvements to the Market Precinct;
(c) marketing and event planning and promotion;
(d) tenant activities and relations
(e) heritage conservation within the Market Precinct;
(f) capital projects, including the North Market Revitalization;
(g) public outreach and consultation;
(h) partnering opportunities;
(i) setting of performance goals and benchmarks; and
(j) other matters regarding the St. Lawrence Market Precinct that the Manager wishes advice on.
*** What qualifications do I need?
Members of the committee should demonstrate a range of qualifications in one of two areas:
Other qualifications beneficial to the committee include:
Applicants should also demonstrate in their submission information regarding or experience with the following attributes:
For more information and to apply, visit https://secure.toronto.ca/pa/decisionBody/662.do.
To be considered for the vacancies, you must apply by November 15, 2020.
Heritage Highlight: Tour The Esplanade
By Bruce Bell
FREE Walking Tour of the Esplanade with Historian Extraordinaire Bruce Bell
Sat October 31 at 10am- 90 mins
The Esplanade today is world famous as a leader of Urban planning.
It has shown other cities what can be accomplished when intelligent thought goes into mixed and affordable housing. But it wasn't always like this.
In 1966 historian F.H. Armstrong wrote in his book- Toronto- of its crumbling deterioration:
'The Esplanade today is so completely cut off from the lake that what was intended as the showplace of the city has become one of its most unprepossessing byways.'
In the 1970's heavy industry moved out of the city, old factories that at one time lined Sherbourne, George and Princess Street came down or were remodeled, train tracks were torn up and The Esplanade as we know today was born.
In 1973 it was decided by then mayor David Crombie to turn the area into a new residential neighbourhood, but one that would not make the same mistakes of the “urban renewal” housing projects of earlier decades.
It would contain a mix of commercial and residential as with both subsidized and market oriented housing, mostly rowhouses or low-rise apartments.
The neighbourhood was planned by Alan Littlewood and Frank Lewinberg, with the influence of American-Canadian urban activist Jane Jacobs playing a crucial role.
Since that time, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been critically acclaimed as a major success in urban planning.
In many ways, it has become the model for the design and planning of new urban communities across North America.
Come join me an for a 90-minute walking tour of The Esplanade on Saturday, October 31, at 10am.
From its beginning as a First Nations fishing locale to the coming of the British in 1793 and its heyday as an industrial powerhouse filled with coal heaps and furnaces, to the coming of St Lawrence Market, today The Esplanade is one of Toronto's most sought after neighbourhoods.
This tour is limited to 15 people in keeping with the Ontario Government's COVID 19 guidelines. The tour is FREE however gratuities are welcome ($10 to $20 is suggested).
Meeting place: First Parliament Site at Berkeley & The Esplanade
Tour ends at St Lawrence Market and is wheelchair friendly.
Reservations are a must so please contact Bruce Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation or phone 647-393-8687 between 9am and 5pm.
For more information or to share with neighbours - download flyer / visit www.brucebelltours.ca
SLNA Annual General Meeting
When: Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Where: Online - we will host the meeting on the Zoom videoconferencing platform - Here is the link:
All delegates and members of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood are invited to attend the SLNA's Annual General Meeting on October 28. We specifically urge all building, condo and home association delegates to plan to virtually attend this event to represent their building in the voting of motions and the election of new directors for the SLNA board.
The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to learn about the issues and projects led or addressed by the SLNA over the past year and to raise questions and discuss the overall work and goals of this neighbourhood association.
Please review the following materials prior to the AGM:
2019 SLNA AGM Minutes
MOTIONS FOR APPROVAL:
That the audited Financial Statements for the period ending December 31,
2019 as circulated be approved.
That the SLNA appoint Hogg,Shain and Scheck as accountants to perform the financial review for fiscal 2020.
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