History Highlight: The Market Lane Public School
By Bruce Bell
In the early 1800's going to school in York was a luxury few parents could afford.The sons of the ruling elite went to the Home District School that at one time stood on the south east corner of King and George Streets and cost $16 a year in a time when a teacher’s salary was $20 a year.
Yet in 1818, the establishment of a Common or elementary school by government grants was introduced into York with the first school opening for the sons and daughters of the working class with a Mr. Thomas Appleton as its first schoolmaster.
In 1820, a new schoolhouse opened where the giant maple tree now stands just outside the shoe repair shop in the laneway that separates the Metro Store from the Hot-House restaurant.
The Market Lane Common School was a small 2 story wooden structure that sat in the middle of an orchard surrounded by a white picket fence and amazingly as it seems today, the students could gaze out on an unobstructed view of the comings and goings in the harbour, which then was a few yards away just south of Front Street.
The school shared the premises with our first Masonic Hall and it was in that hall on the second floor that the Mechanic Institute, the forerunner to the Toronto Public Library system, was first formed.
In 1820 our little school was commandeered by the Upper Canada Central School System and would later evolve into the still operating Jarvis Collegiate.
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St. Lawrence Market Thanksgiving Weekend Hours
St. Lawrence Market merchants are here to feed you and your household this Thanksgiving weekend. The Market will be open for extended hours:
Friday, October 9: 9am-6pm
Saturday, October 10: 5am-5pm
Some merchants may close one hour early. For details contact the merchants you will be shopping with in advance or visit stlawrencemarket.com
Alternative shopping methods such as curbside pickup, advanced order and delivery may be available.
TTC Proposes Changes to Route 121
The TTC is looking at a number of significant changes to various bus routes througout the city for 2021. The Route 121 on The Esplanade is one of those routes where there is a possiblity to eliminating the western end of the route (west of Yonge St.). You can review in detail the changes proposed in the TTC's consultation discussion guide.
Please also share your feedback with your building delegates so that they can share with the SLNA board or at upcoming SLNA meetings in preparation of the SLNA submission to the TTC.
Annual General Meeting
Mark your calendar for the 2020 SLNA Annual General Meeting and Election:
When: Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Where: Online - we will host the meeting on the Zoom videoconferencing platform
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.
Instructions on how to use Zoom - the link for the October 28th meeting will be provided in an upcoming newsletter.
Call for Nominations - SLNA Board
The SLNA continues to be accepting nominations for open positions on the SLNA Board. ALL delegates are invited to nominate candidates for the SLNA Board of Directors. The election for open positions will take place during the October 28th Annual General Meeting.
As a result of Director terms ending and prior resignations we have six board openings as follows:
Currently the Board meeting is held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Returning to the board to complete their terms are:
Bruno Leps until 2021
Toby Tenenbaum until 2022
DOWNLOAD UPDATED NOMINATION FORM (NOTE: deadline for submission of nominations is now OCTOBER 21 )