The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association is pleased to announce that at the July 2018 SLNA monthly neighbourhood meeting scheduled for July 25, 7 p.m. at 115 The Esplanade, representatives from the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) will be discussing their much acclaimed 2018 recommendations for safe and active streets in Toronto.
All are invited to attend this important meeting about making our streets in Toronto safer and accessible for all pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles. View Meeting Agenda.
To view the 8-page report outlining TCAT's 15 point plan for Toronto - #BuildTheVisionTO please click here.
Canada Day is special in our neighbourhood. Maybe it's because people who choose to live here care greatly about quality of life and community...maybe it's because the world's best farmers market - the St. Lawrence Market! - is in our neighbourhood...or maybe it's because we have one of the most dynamic and supportive building improvement areas in the city (Old Town Toronto).
We know Canada Day is special here for all the reasons above and so many more that make the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood such a welcoming and vibrant place to call home.
On Sunday, July 1 we invite you to join your neighbours, friends and family to celebrate our great country and the life we live here at the annual St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Canada Day Parade & Picnic.
The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Berkeley St. and The Esplanade and end at St. James Park where there will be live bands (you will really enjoy), freshly prepared and delicious food from the St. Lawrence Market, face painting and activities for children and many other ways to celebrate our nation's birthday and the beautiful community we live in.
Click here to download the flyer and post in your building or copy and share with neighbours.
All are invited to attend the next SLNA Neighbourhood Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at 115 The Esplanade - sign-in at 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Please download full agenda by clicking here.
Big Data and What Can it Tell Us
About Downtown Toronto Voter Engagement?
An examination of the voting patterns in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood
over the last three election cycles and key issues in the area.
Presented by Robin Lobb
Robin teaches in the Georgian College Big Data
Graduate Certificate Program and focuses on
“social” process modelling specifically with respect
to Toronto’s downtown vertical communities. Robin
is also on the executive of the Toronto Entertainment
District Residents Association
The provincial election happens on June 7th and the SLNA is making it a priority to help our residents know as much as possible about those individuals seeking to be elected as the MPP for the ridings in our area (Toronto Centre and Spadina - Fort York).
In collaboration with the Corktown Residents and Business Association and the Gooderham Worts Neighbourhood Association, the SLNA is sponsoring two upcoming all candidates meetings with the additional support of our partners, Waterfront for All and the West Don Lands Committee.
TORONTO-CENTRE ALL CANDIDATES MEETING
Information for the all candidates meeting for the riding of Toronto-Centre:
When: May 15, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St., Toronto
SPADINA-FORT-YORK ALL CANDIDATES MEETING
Information for the all candidates meeting for the riding of Spadina-Fort York:
When: May 17, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St., Toronto
Please refer back to this page often as any changes or additions to the meeting (for example additional candidates) will be announced here.
For more than 35 years, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association has played a significant role in shaping new developments in the south east end of the downtown core of Toronto. As a progressive neighbourhood association, we continue to welcome new developments that enhance our city, while at the same time maintaining a vigilant and protective watch over the limited but important heritage assets in this area. Working in partnership with the city, developers and community partners we have helped to make the St. Lawrence neighbourhood one of the most attractive and historically significant areas of Toronto, if not the country.
Unfortunately last week the city made a decision to permit a plan that will seriously damage the heritage fabric of our area while eliminating two heritage buildings from a section of the "original 10 blocks" where our city began. The area of concern is located between 254 - 266 King St. E., 427 - 435 Adelaide St. E. and 156 Princess Street. Following is the SLNA's public statement on this matter and we encourage our neighbourhood residents to voice their concerns to our Councillor, Lucy Troisi.
Cities that make historic preservation a priority are among the great cities in our world today. Paris, New York, London are memorable places for residents and visitors a like, in part because of their outstanding historic buildings. That desire for historic preservation is here in Toronto. It has taken courage and vigilance to protect the "original 10 blocks" where the largest city in Canada began. Between Berkeley and George is where the people of the Town of York first established homes and businesses for what would one day become Toronto and this week a decision was made to permit the demolition and destruction of the heritage fabric that had been so carefully protected by city leaders like our former councillor for Ward 28, the late Pam McConnell.
Unfortunately, the community and the opinion of professional planners was ignored and a plan was confirmed that will cut a swath through the heritage core of our city and that can never be recovered.
We recognize the value of new developments and both celebrate and welcome new design and shapes in our neighbourhood and across the city. But we have the expertise and ability to build with intelligence and sensitivity so that the heritage focal points and areas of the city are not unnecessarily obliterated in the process.
Toronto we have to do better at protecting our heritage legacy if we are truly to be a great city.
Below is the letter sent by the SLNA to the OMB.
We're pleased to share with our neighbourhood the news that non-emergency overnight utility work will not be permitted in our downtown neighbourhoods thanks to the urgent motion written and supported by downtown councillors Joe Cressy and Kristyn Wong-Tam and passed by Council on March 27. We greatly appreciate the quick action and attention to our concerns demonstrated by Councillors Cressy and Wong-Tam.
In response to our initial letter on the issue to our Councillor Troisi, we did eventually receive an email containing a brief response. Following is the letter from the SLNA Board to Councillor Troisi reaffirming our concerns regarding the lack of consultation on this issue and requesting a meeting to discuss current issues in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood.
City of Toronto News Release
March 28, 2018
The City of Toronto announced today that Gregg Lintern has been appointed as its new Chief Planner.
Lintern has had a long-term history of working in municipal planning. His career of more than three decades started in the City of Etobicoke in 1984 and has taken him across the city to other communities. He rose through the ranks to become a Director of Community Planning for the Etobicoke York district in 2005 and the Toronto and East York district in 2011. Lintern was also Acting Chief Planner and the Executive Director of the City Planning division in 2012 and since September 2017.
Lintern has a proven track record in delivering transformative projects of both city-wide and local significance. He has led many significant projects at the City, including:
• Leading teams delivering TOcore, Yonge Eglinton Secondary Plan Review, Port Lands Planning Framework and other growth management frameworks
• Major transformative development projects including Mirvish Gehry, the Honest Ed's site, the Lower Yonge Precinct Plan, and
• City building and policy reviews including Yonge-Dundas Revitalization, Woodbine Live!, Humber Bay Shores, Billy Bishop Airport and Regent Park.
"Gregg has the experience and depth of knowledge of this city to guide the planning of Toronto's future," said Mayor John Tory. "I'm confident City Planning under Gregg's leadership will help Council build Toronto's transit network, add more affordable housing and manage growth across the city."
Lintern's initial priority areas will include transit network expansion, affordable housing, improvements to the development review process and implementing Ontario Municipal Board reform. He will begin his new role on April 9.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
Media contact: Bruce Hawkins, Strategic Communications, 416-392-3496, Bruce.Hawkins@toronto.ca
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association is speaking out on the recent decision made by Mayor Tory and endorsed by our Councillor, Lucy Troisi to permit overnight construction in downtown neighbourhoods south of Dundas St.
This decision was made without consultation with the 30,000 residents of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood nor any of the other 240,000 residents who call Toronto's downtown core home. We hope this was an oversight that can and will be corrected.
Below is the letter that was issued to Councillor Troisi today. We encourage all residents to contact Councillor Troisi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mayor Tory (email@example.com) today.
Over 120 residents came to the Jason George on March 12 to celebrate the SLNA's first Meet and Greet event and to acknowledge a special milestone - the SLNA's 35th Anniversary! Association president, Suzanne Kavanagh gave a wonderful overview of the history and role of the SLNA and the achievements realized over the years that have served to benefit residents and this city. The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood is where the city of Toronto began and where thousands of people are continually drawn to for the history, the lifestyle, the food (!) and the community that makes this such a special part of Toronto.
See pictures and video below:
The next SLNA Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 115 The Esplanade (use code 246 to enter). Registration will be begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.
To download the February 28th meeting agenda click here.
Minutes from the January 2018 Community Meeting will be reviewed - click here to download your copy of the January minutes and please review prior to Wednesday's meeting.