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Carol Burtin Fripp

The joys of traffic in Leaside

Spring arrives, with better weather, green grass and daffodils blooming. There is also a less welcome change: our through traffic numbers increase. With the ice and snow a fading memory, drivers across the city – across the entire GTA – rediscover the joys of driving through Leaside. Those of us who live here notice that [...]

L•E•A•S•I•D•E Then & Now

Thirty, even 20 years ago, when Leaside homes changed hands, the new owners might put in a new kitchen or upgrade the bathroom. Some settled for a new coat of paint. It was pretty big news if more extensive renovations were planned. Not any more. These days, regardless whether a house has been bought by [...]

Strength in numbers The LPOA wants needs YOU!

I’d like to share with you why the Leaside Property Owners’ Association encourages you to become members of our ratepayers’ group. No, it’s not just a question of finances, important though finances are. And no, we don’t only advocate for those of you who are full dues-paying members – we represent all residents of Leaside, [...]

Time to calm the traffic mayhem in Leaside

It used to be that Leasiders living on quiet streets felt relatively unscathed by traffic speed or volume, and were unsympathetic to those of us who lived on the neighbourhood’s busier streets. If we complained – “you knew when you moved there that it was a busy street,” they’d say. Fast forward to now. Residents [...]

Let’s set the record straight – we’re on your side!

Occasionally the LPOA hears from Leasiders who either disagree with a position the board has taken or who have been led to believe that we are about to take a position which could harm the community. At November’s monthly LPOA board meeting, a number of residents deputed in support of the amended design for 939 [...]

Will provincial review limit OMB powers?

You’ve heard the expression. “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. Developers who apply to build inappropriately dense or high mega projects don’t die, nor do they just fade away. They head to the OMB. Appearing at hearings of the Ontario Municipal Board is an expensive prospect for ratepayer groups like the LPOA and [...]

No movie rescue for Leaside

Drip. Drip. Drip. Remember the old movies of the past, featuring adventurous heroes who, captured by the bad guys, were chained to the wall of a small locked room? Water would be dripping down, soon to flood the room and drown our hero. Except that our hero was always rescued in the nick of time. [...]

All our new developments put a strain on sewer system

As we know, Leaside is ground zero for major intensification. Every new development puts a heavy additional strain on the existing sewer system, which was already insufficient to deal with current neighbourhood usage. At the LPOA’s July board meeting, we heard an important presentation from Debra Satok, a resident of the North York neighbourhood of [...]

Why a speeder wasn’t charged

An enraged Leasider wrote to me recently. He’d spotted a car being driven west at 53 km/h in the 40 km/h zone along Millwood Rd., as clocked by the speed detector sign at Rumsey. The driver maintained this speed, zooming past the intersection to beat the traffic light at Millwood and McRae where Georgia Walsh [...]

Leaside will NOT be split into two wards

Last month I promised to bring you up to date on what’s happening with the controversial proposals to change our municipal ward boundaries, to tell you about the LPOA’s June 21 public consultation meeting on the also controversial topic of traffic, and to give you details about our about-to-start new Bayview South bus route. I [...]

Survey says our biggest worry is about traffic

The April 15 deadline for responses to our resident survey has passed. With the huge development proposal for 939 Eglinton East in mind (and in the knowledge that Leaside in general has become a prime development target) the survey was organized to gather Leasiders’ opinions and comments on what we want for the future of [...]

LRT may kill buses on Eglinton

Picture this: It’s 2021 and the new Eglinton LRT is finally operating. The years of digging, noise and disruption during its construction are over. You emerge from the underground LRT station at Bayview Ave.at mid-afternoon, to wait for a bus that will take you along Eglinton to Rumsey, to pick up your child from Northlea [...]

Not happy with change process

In last month’s Leaside Life, I described a report commissioned by the city to redraw Toronto’s 44 municipal ward boundaries and make city wards more equal in size. The report proposed five alternative designs, four of which divide Leaside in half, and a fifth which keeps Leaside in one piece but moves us into a [...]

Decision coming soon
 for our political future

Almost three years ago, City Council hired consultants to study and re-draw the city’s 44 municipal boundaries. Some wards have over 90,000 residents, while others have as few as 47,000. Our ward, Ward 26, is somewhere in the middle with just over 60,000. The consultants submitted their report in mid-August last year, offering five design [...]

We will ask all Leasiders their opinion

“Development” has become a four-letter word in Leaside.  All too often, the planning process proceeds in its official way without enough feedback from neighbourhood residents. A single city-held public consultation meeting is hardly sufficient to measure local opinion, or to identify and generate alternative suggestions. Fortunately the Ontario legislature passed The Smart Planning Act (Bill [...]

Keesmaat: She left many feeling let down

Do Leasiders complain too much about traffic, or local mega-proposals for huge condominiums, or the impact of ever-expanding retail complexes?  As residents in the centre of a major city, should we be expected to just take these pressures on our community in stride and hope for the best?  No. We all chose Leaside as our [...]

We’ve lost the fight, get ready for Costco

We had all the accurate facts. We asked all the right questions. We challenged incorrect assumptions from the developer’s consultants, pointed out their reports’ flaws and many omissions to the city’s planners. We raised danger flags about traffic impacts – gridlock, greater air pollution, and dangers to pedestrians, including thousands of school children – if [...]

Why it’s hard to protect Leaside

Is our city working?  More to the point, is it working in the public interest?  Using Leaside as the test area, it’s a fair question to ask. Toronto’s Official Plan is targeted by developers who read mid-rise and propose high-rise.  Arterial streets like Bayview, Eglinton and Laird attract the most attention, with applications for giant [...]

There are Leaside questions for the feds

Do you feel as if the federal election campaign has been going on forever? By the time this issue of Leaside Life arrives at your home, the politicking will have been going on for almost two months. But here we are, with only three weeks to go until Election Day. Before you vote, I urge [...]

TTC: a problem and some good news

Another summer draws to a close, but your LPOA directors didn’t have much chance to lie back and enjoy the “lazy, hazy days,” as the old song goes. The articles in this issue of Leaside Life are proof that too much has been going on in and around Leaside. My column this month focuses on [...]

Why we work with the Business Park

The LPOA has a long history of working with the businesses and industries in the Leaside Business Park. My LPOA co-president Geoff Kettel and I have attended some recent meetings of their association, and the LPOA board is interested in the thoughts of our industrial neighbours. Our interests are mutual. Our futures are connected. Here’s [...]

A development we like, one we don’t

Everywhere we look in Leaside, we are never far from a building site. We live in the midst of a construction boom. Given the rapid pace of proposed building applications for our part of the city, it's hard not to wonder how much of what we think of as "Leaside" can survive so much development [...]

Here comes Shane Baghai

You may have noticed that right next to the driveway into the Leaside Gardens is a sign saying Coming soon – Shane Baghai. Developer Baghai has acquired the first two properties on Southvale Dr. (the former auction house and the former caterer), west of the Gardens. He proposes to build a condominium on that site. [...]

Anger at big plans for Laird

In last month’s column I reported on The Brown Group’s application to build a block-long nine-storey condominium-plus-mixed-use building on the west side of Bayview between Soudan and Hillsdale. Now I have two more development applications to report, one along the west side of Laird south of McRae, and the other at Bayview and Eglinton to [...]

Current bylaws should not be jumping off point

At LPOA’s January public board meeting, The Brown Group presented a new proposal for a block-long, nine-storey condominium- plus-mixed-use building on Bayview Ave., from Hillsdale to Soudan. The current zoning for that block is designated as Neighbourhood, which limits building heights to four storeys, primarily detached and semi-detached houses, with townhouses and walk-up apartments. An [...]