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The 13 July meeting elected a new OCA Board for the next couple years:

  • President: Jessica Wilson (Argyle St: previous VP)
  • VP: Rachel Horvath (Givins: previous Treasurer)
  • VP2: Jennifer Horvath (Givins: previous Corr Sec)
  • Treasurer: Lou Scott (Givins: previously, Director)
  • Corresponding Secretary: Benj Hellie (Argyle St: previous Rec Sec)
  • Director: Shawn Winsor (Givins: previous President)
  • Director: Karen Williams (WilliamsCraig Design: ‘Storefront Member’)
  • Director: Henry Rego (‘Friendly Member’)
  • Director: Karen Sampogna (Ossington Avenue)

Thanks heaps to the outgoing Board; and extra-special thanks to fresh faces Karen, Henry, and Karen!

President Wilson also struck a Steering Committee, which is poised to take on a newly dynamic role in the OCA:

  • Ilona Zaremba (Argyle St)
  • Rob Corkum (Argyle St)
  • Alison Bruce (Halton)
  • Leea Puntanen (Rolyat)
  • Bruce Van Dieten (Argyle St)
  • Meg Marshall (Ossington BIA)

Thanks heaps to the folks of Steering: in particular, big welcome to Meg, who has recently come aboard with our fantastic BIA: we are stoked about working with Meg and cementing our relationship with this fellow neighbourhood institution—big stuff is coming up the pike: more to come, very soon. (Also, special acknowledgement to Rob, who has returned after a much-needed break: Rob was the inaugural Treasurer, and oversaw the spending of like $70K! Hey Rob, where did it all go? —He can answer that!)

I spruced up the logo!

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Two quick points:

  1. Regarding the West Queen West HCD: we won! The segment from Shaw to Dufferin will be included in the HCD.
  2. The slate for the July 13, 2017 Executive Board Election is:
  • President: Jessica Wilson
  • Vice President: Rachel Horvath
  • Second VP: Jennifer Horvath
  • Treasurer: Lou Scott
  • Recording Secretary: [vacant]
  • Corresponding Secretary: Benj Hellie
  • Director: Karen Williams
  • Director: Henry Rego
  • Director: Shawn Winsor
  • Director: Karen Sampogna

 

Toronto’s Official Plan says that our residential streets are supposed to remain physically stable, with new development *preserving the existing character*. But the City has recently changed residential street zoning so as to allow vertical duplexes—two side-by-side units on a single lot—in a way that is encouraging destabilizing overbuilding. Developers in our area are having a field day with the new permission, buying a single normal-size house, tearing it down, and building a “mega-house” containing two units, each the size of a large semi. The developer then condominiumizes the units and sells them separately for massive profit (1M-1.2M each). Concerns are: overbuilding/boxing in neighbours, failure to preserve street character, decreased affordability, increased property taxes. The OCA fought to get this meeting—the only one planned for this important change. Please attend and find out how we can prevent destabilizing back-door intensification of our residential streets.

Location: West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House, 248 Ossington, corner of Ossington and Dundas)

Time: 6-8pm

Hosted by: Councillor Mike Layton and City Planning

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.

Here’s the 2-page flyer for the event: vertical-splits-final

Quiet around here lately, eh?

Life continues apace, however. Some updates:

  • The fun!raiser was a massive success: our chanteuses sang beautifully, DJ Om Echidna spun galactically, and the ever-so-many goodies and servicies from local biz and artists literally FLEW off the auction block. In short: a good time was had by all, especially the OCA Treasurer! … and did I mention Mike Layton not only told a couple excellent jokes, successfully motivated the crowd to dig deep, and even kicked in an octet of Toronto’s most expensive artisanal pickle jars???
  • The Ossington Heritage Conservation District is back on track. Walkarounds should be rolling out soon! The OCA is putting together a glossy book with lotsa pictures and stuff we made up detailed historical researches about the emergence of our amazing area! In case you spent late Summer and much of Autumn on Pluto, you can get the NYTimes’s take on this zone of great weirdness right here. Probably pretty soon I will post teaser pages!!!!!
  • The Area Study for Eastern West Queen West is going down starting this Sattidy, and by that I mean TOMORROW (check the time stamp before rushing out to hit the bricks with City Planners and their groupies concerned and engaged neighbours). Word on the street is this put the kibbosh on knocking down the cute Brookfield–Fennings block for condos. (I tell you I *knew* something was in the works down there when I saw all those signs of property turnover: in my biz, it is mighty good to have a doggie, keeps you pounding the pavement.)

Sayonara, homeses!