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  • 07 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 13, ARA Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at  the Alliance Française, Room 303, 24 Spadina Road. All welcome!

  • 18 Mar 2019 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual General Meeting at the Friends House, 
    60 Lowther Avenue, 7:30 p.m. 


    1. Welcome Members and Guests

    2. Approval of Agenda

    3. Minutes from 2018 AGM

    4. Special Guests – John Lorinc and Sheryll Case: House Divided – How the Missing Middle will solve Toronto’s Affordability Crisis.

    5. Chair's report — David Harrison

    6. Financials — Rita Bilerman, Treasurer

    7. Report from the Nominating Committee and Election of the 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors, Jim Jacobs

    8. Community Volunteer Award presentation

    9. Councillor Mike Layton: Ward 20 update

    10. AOB

    11. Adjournment

  • 28 Dec 2018 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last Minute Cancellation

    Saturday’s Open House at the 348 Davenport Women’s Shelter Open House has been cancelled

    YWCA Toronto and the City of Toronto say the buildings are not ready, so they are postponing the Open House. It will be rescheduled for a later date when neighbours will be able to picture the shelter in action. 

    Please pass word of the cancellation along to any of your friends. YWCA Toronto and the City of Toronto apologize for any inconvenience caused by this last-minute change.

  • 21 Dec 2018 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome the New Women’s Shelter

    You’ve seen the renovations at 348 Davenport from the outside.  On December the 29th, you can come and see them from the inside.


    The women’s shelter at 348 Davenport will be providing shelter for 56 homeless women, linking them to services and helping them to find a permanent home. 

    Toronto. The shelter is being operated by YWCA Toronto, which has served Toronto’s women and girls for almost 150 years. It currently operates the 1st Stop Woodlawn Housing for women who are homeless or in immediate crisis, two shelters for women fleeing abuse, and permanent housing at four locations.

    YWCA Toronto and the City of Toronto is inviting all of shelter’s neighbours to a preview, to view the facility, meet the operators and ask questions.

    When:           Saturday, December 29th 
                          1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

    Where:          348 Davenport (just south of Dupont)

    When the Snow Flies

    Before the first big snowfall graces Toronto, the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) wishes to remind everyone to clear their sidewalks. It makes a big difference for young and old – for parents with strollers and residents who have mobility challenges.

    For seniors and those with disabilities, the City of Toronto makes it a lot easier to deal with the snow. The City will clear city sidewalks outside their property for free. Just download the form and mail it in.

    As 2018 ends, and 2019 begins, the ARA wishes all of the residents of the Annex a Happy Holiday.

  • 12 Dec 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Latest at Bloor Street United

    The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) is not happy about it, but an important meeting is going to be held next Monday, December 17, 7 – 9 PM, about the proposed development at Bloor Street United, 300 Bloor Street West at Huron.

    The ARA argued this does not give residents enough notice, but the meeting is required by the City’s rules.

    The good news is that during three community consultations and five meetings of a working group, the ARA has had a positive impact on the proposed development. The building has been reduced in height.

    The revised application is for a 27-storey mixed use building with 251 residential units and two separate mezzanines in the base building

    For more details, see the City’s Preliminary Report.

    The continued involvement of local residents is vital to ensure the proposed development evolves to reflect community wishes.

                        Date:     Monday, December 17, 2018

                        Time:    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

                        Place:   Bloor Street United Church, McClure Hall,
                                     (300 Bloor St. West)

  • 12 Dec 2018 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Transparency at the ARA

    Many residents may be wondering about the criteria the Annex Residents’ Association uses when it reviews developments in our neighborhood, ranging single-storey residential additions or multi-story condo developments.

    The ARA has now published a guide Reviewing Projects in the Annex: Guidance for Proponents to bring more certainty to what can often be a stressful process.

    The guide gives proponents suggestions on how to satisfy the four big questions the ARA will be concerned about:

    • what is there now?
    • what is being proposed?
    • what are likely impacts; to whom? and
    • what is the timing of the project?

    Proponents are welcome to make presentations to the ARA’s Planning and Zoning Committee, which meets monthly.

    For more information, contact:

    Edward Leman
    Co-chair, Planning and Zoning Committee leman@chreod.com orplanningandzoning@theara.org tel: (416) 966-1144


    Ko Van Klaveren
    Co-chair, Planning and Zoning Committeejac.vanklaveren@hotmail.com or planningandzoning@theara.org

  • 24 Nov 2018 8:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) and the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA) are hosting a free Tree Talk on December 3rd, where residents can get all their questions answered about their trees, such as:

    • Is my tree frail or diseased?
    • How do I care for a young tree, or an old one?
    • Should I think about replacing a tree?
    • How can I repair a tree damaged by a storm?
    To get your answers to these and other questions come to the ARA and HVRA’s free TreeTalk and get advice from expert arborists. Refreshments will be served.

               When:        December 3,  7 pm

               Where:       918 Bathurst (just north of Barton)

      The ARA has been a leader in the fight to preserve our city’s tree canopy.

      It established TreesPlease, which undertook an Annex-wide survey of our trees and used the data to publish the Annex Tree Map, where residents find the age, type and condition of just about every tree in our neighborhood. TreesPlease has also posted a backgrounder, Meet the Annex Trees, where residents can get an overview of the state and composition of the tree canopy in the Annex.

    • 24 Nov 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      The ARA would like to thank Shadows S1 Television Productions (“WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S1”) for their donation of $250. They were recently filming in the Annex. We ask film and production companies to make donations to the ARA in recognition of the disruption that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods.

    • 25 Oct 2018 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      The Struggle Continues

      Now, more than ever, we need to have strong community associations like the Annex Residents’ Association.

      The first two steps that caused so much chaos for the residents of Toronto are over. The legislation mandating a 25-member City Council is law, and the citizens of Toronto have now chosen who will be the 25 councilors and re-elected Mayor Tory. The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) welcomes Mike Layton as our new councilor for the Annex (Ward 11 University-Rosedale), while saying adieu to Joe Cressy who worked so well with us for the past four years.

      The next task for the City under the new 25-ward structure will to properly organize its legislative affairs to manage proper representation for City residents and attend to the very real responsibilities for its’ many agencies,boards and commissions.

      This work, which was previously managed by 44 Councillors, will now be done by just 25. As most councilors were already working at capacity, something will have to change. Some of our neighbors have already put together a proposal that suggests a new approach encouraging greater citizen input.

      The ARA works to improve the quality of life in our community and enhance our environment. We will all need to be more vigilant and attentive as we go forward in the new municipal reality.

      Your involvement is more important than ever, and we ask for your continued support.

      David Harrison
      Chair, Annex Residents’ Association

      Fraternity Houses in the Annex
      As many of us live near a fraternity house, the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) wants to share some important news and to let you know about a new Fraternity Liaison Committee.

      Fraternity and Sorority Houses Must Now Be Licensed By the City
      As of May 23 of this year, fraternity and sorority houses must be licensed under the City of Toronto’s Multi-tenant Houses (Rooming Houses) by-law.  Up until then, these houses were exempted from this by-law and were not subject to any regulatory regime. (Despite popular belief, frat houses are neither affiliated with nor governed by the University of Toronto.)

      The Rooming House exemption was removed by City Council on May 23 following a multi-year push by the ARA,its members and Councillor Joe Cressy.  The Rooming House regulations will now ensure that:

      • the houses adhere to minimal fire, safety and sanitation standards;
      • the Fire Marshall will now be able to conduct regular inspections of these old houses, some of which host large-   scale parties.
      • each house must have a waste disposal plan and post the contact information of a responsible person.

      Importantly for neighbouring residents, the licensing process means that community members will now be able to offer input when a particular house applies for or renews a Rooming House licence. If a house chooses to regularly disrupt neighbours or refuses to meet minimal standards, it can be denied a licence or have conditions imposed.

      We expect that if the licensing regime works as intended, it will improve the safety and well-being of Frat house residents, their party guests and their surrounding neighbours.

      What the ARA Is Doing
      The ARA has formed the Fraternity Liaison Committee led by ARA Director David Sterns (dlsterns@gmail.com).David was actively involved in the process which led to the repeal of the Rooming House exemption.  The committee will interact with neighbours, Frat houses and the City to ensure that the new regime operates as intended.

      The committee has begun its work by reaching out to certain houses and distributing a flier listing the five things Frat houses can do to improve their relations with their neighbours. The houses approached so far have responded positively to the outreach.

      So far, none of the houses identified as “rowdy” by the Toronto Star in a2011 article have applied for a licence. The Fraternity Liaison Committee intends to make submissions if and when the houses that have posed the most serious problems in the past apply for a licence.

      What Neighbours Can Do

        The ARA welcomes Frat houses that respect their neighbours.  We will also play an active role in the licensing application and renewal process to ensure that they all operate safely and respectfully.

        Annex Residents Help Residents of 650 Parliament
        The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) last week handed over the proceeds that local residents donated to help the tenants left homeless by the 650 Parliament Street fire.

        Moved by the distress the tenants were facing, the members of the ARA moved quickly last month to turn their annual fall Corn Fest into a fundraiser for the tenants. Hundreds of Annex residents showed up, making it the most successful CornFest ever. The donations and a silent auction raised a total of $3165.

        L-R: Terri Chu, Chair David Harrison, Rita Bilerman, Micky Fraterman from the ARA. Ingrid Cumberbatch; Larry Akinyele, Shabana Sohail from Community Matters.

        ARA Chair David Harrison says “people in the Annex jumped at the chance to help other Torontonians.

        What started out as one person’s idea became a neighbourhood-wide effort in a matter of hours.”

        “I was astounded by how quickly local business came forward with goods and services for the silent auction,” says organizer Terri Chu. “It showed, once again, that the Annex is a caring and sharing neighbourhood.”

        ARA Board members today donated the proceeds to the charity Community Matters, which provides direct services to residents of the St. James Town neighbourhood.

        For more information or to arrange for interviews, contact: David Harrisonchair@theara.org

      • 16 Sep 2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

        Sunday, September 23, 2018 noon to 4:30 pm
        Tickets:  $25 single and $40 for 2.

        Purchase tickets to join us for a great afternoon exploring the stories and houses of the original Yorkville Annex.


        Join us for a great afternoon exploring 

         the stories and houses of the original Yorkville Annex!

        Your ticket includes:

        • Guided tour of the original Yorkville Annex by popular architectural historian Marta O'Brien
        • Behind the facades self-guided tours of a small selection of some of the finest houses in the Yorkville Annex 
        • Registration, complimentary refreshments and tour of the historic Women's Art Association of Canada
        • Tours of three cultural organizations: 

          • First Church of Christ, Scientist, an Annex Landmark
          • Quaker Friends House in a historic Annex home, surrounded by a beautiful garden; and
          • Women's Art Association of Canada, founded in 1887
        Online ticket sales close before midnight on Saturday, September 22. Cash only at the door (Women's Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue.)

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