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  • 15 Apr 2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of us are concerned about the threat that the trains going through the Dupont Rail Corridor pose to our neighbourhoods.

    On April 27th, local MPs Chrystia Freeland and Carolyn Bennett will be holding a Town Hall meeting on the issue. We will be discussing the importance of rail safety in our community and the federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, will talk about what initiatives the new federal government is taking on this issue.

    When:  Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 

        6:30 – 8:30

    Where:      Walmer Road Baptist Church

                       188 Lowther (Walmer and Lowther)

  • 15 Apr 2016 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ARA fights to maintain the character and quality of life of the Annex. But we can’t do it alone. We need the support of our friends and neighbors.

    You are all invited to come to the Annual General Meeting of the Annex Residents' Association to meet other residents of the Annex and get a better idea of what we do.


    When:           Thursday April 28th, 2016

    7:30 PM

    Where:       Church of the Messiah, corner Avenue Road and Dupont St. (parking on Dupont and very limited at the  church)

    Speakers:          The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, MP (University-Rosedale) and Minister of International Trade and Councillor Joe Cressy of Ward 20

  • 06 Apr 2016 11:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With a new federal government, Mayor Tory and the 17 Councillors have reiterated their concerns and sought more measures to increase rail safety for Torontonians in a letter sent this week to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

    You can read the full letter here.


    The realization that the crude oil train whose derailment devastated Lac Mégantic on July 6, 2013 passed through Toronto two days earlier along CP's Dupont Street rail corridor, raised serious safety concerns over the movement of dangerous goods through the City. 

    In March 2015 Mayor Tory and 17 Councillors, through whose wards the rail corridor passes, pressed their concerns for improved rail safety in a letter to then federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. The letter was not well received.

    While we have reaped a "safety dividend" of late from the reduction in crude oil traffic, this is the result of low oil prices, not improvements in rail safety. Dangerous goods, of which crude is only one of nine classes, continue to pass through the City. The risk has not gone away, as evidenced by the derailment on April 5th of 25 tank cars of an Ontario Northland train in North Bay


  • 30 Mar 2016 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Councillor Joe Cressy Writes:

    Please join me this Saturday, April 2nd for our Ward 20 Community Environment Day. We're getting an early start this year – from 10am-2pm in the Central Tech parking lot, I'll be out there celebrating the beginning of spring with the community! 

    Highlights will include:

    • Musical performances by local artists from the Open Tuning Festival
    • Free tree raffle
    • Free compost pick up
    • Donation of gently used items and safe disposal of household hazardous waste
    • Exchange your damaged green bin for a new one / pick up one if you're a new resident
    • Learning about the City's many green initiatives, and ways to make shrink your environmental footprint

    This is one my favourite days of the year and I hope to see everyone on Saturday for this fantastic community event.



    Joe Cressy
    City Councillor
    Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina



  • 21 Mar 2016 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dupont Corridor Public Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, March 22nd
    Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church at
    823 Manning Avenue.

    For more information click here.

  • 26 Feb 2016 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Huron Street Playground Improvements - Public Information Meeting, March 1 

    There is change of location for the Public Information Meeting on the Huron Street Playground Improvements.

    Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, (n. of Bloor St.)

    The purpose of the meeting is to:

    • Discuss the proposed playground improvements
    • Discuss community needs and ideas, and
    • Highlight next steps
    City Staff and Councillor Cressy will be available to answer questions.
    Everyone is welcome!
    For more information, see flyer here.


  • 25 Feb 2016 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bloor Street Bike Lanes - Shaw Street to Avenue Road
    Second Drop-In Event

    Join us for a second Public Drop-In event where you can view the preferred design in detail and speak with the project team.  

    Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Location: Trinity-St.Paul's United Church - Gym 
    427 Bloor Street West

    The City of Toronto is proposing a pilot project to install bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road. A pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street.

    There are various possible design options for bike lanes that are being considered. Learn more and provide your opinions at the public event and online.

    Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance.

    For information materials or to subscribe to the project e-mail list to receive updates about project progress, survey invitations, consultation summaries and other opportunities for public input go to: toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes


  • 24 Feb 2016 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Consultation Meeting
    Planning Application for: 342 -346 DAVENPORT ROAD

    The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

    Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

    Place:   Park-Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road

    More information 

  • 25 Jan 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 25, 2016



    Developer pushing for new High-Rise in the Annex

    The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) is troubled about the recent actions of State Building Group,the developer behind a 42 story mixed-use residential tower proposed for the north west corner of Bloor and Madison.

    After close to a year of negotiations with the City and three Residents’ Associations, State Building Group has abandoned community consultation and the City Planning process, and taken its application directly to the Ontario Municipal Board for approval.

    The ARA opposes the plans for 316 Bloor Street West because they ride roughshod over City-approved guidelines for development on Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bathurst. These guidelines flow directly from the Bloor Street Vision Study, which was jointly developed by area residents, associations, cultural and educational institutions and the local BIA.


    • The tower greatly exceeds the recommendations for height and mass for the “institutional” part of the Bloor Street corridor.
    • The proposal for 500+ very small units suggests a building with a large and transitory population that conflicts with the predominantly stable family base of the community.
    • Its imposing architecture and siting make it incompatible with the established heritage neighbourhoods tothe north and south. This is contrary to City policy.
    • The building offers no public amenities to offset the stress that such a large concentration of new residents would put on existing public amenities from parks to traffic to transit.

    We are keeping a close eye on 316 Bloor and will be sure to inform the Annex community of any new developments such as community meetings, responses from the City of Toronto, and the date for an OMB hearing.

    Approval by the OMB would be a precedent that would make it difficult to maintain the streetscape that is contemplated in the Bloor Visioning plan.

    More information from City Planning Staff can be found here

    See what Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy feels about the developer’s behaviour here

    Join the Annex Residents’ Association here

  • 16 Nov 2015 6:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Annex Residents' Association has been calling for safer cycling conditions on Bloor Street since passing its cycling policy in 2011. In January 2014 all five adjacent residents' associations, including Harbord Village, Huron-Sussex, Palmerston, Seaton Village, and Christie Pits joined the ARA in a letter to the City calling for a pilot bike lane on Bloor. Two years later, the city is now moving forward --- subject to a final vote at the Public Works Committee and City Council --- to install the pilot in the spring of 2016.

    This video by the ARA demonstrates the diversity of voices calling for safe cycling conditions on Bloor St. in our neighbourhood.

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