Local News & Events
Come by our monthly public meetings to meet the Executive, discuss pertinent issues in the neighbourhood and have your say at the Residents' Roundtable.
Daniels Corporation is proposing to build a 14-storey condominium building with 378 units in the block between Pacific Avenue and Oakmount Road along Bloor Street West. A building design that the majority in the community do not agree with.
Plans for a bike park between Lakeshore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway just below High Park are in full swing. To learn more and view initial design proposal from Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. click read more below.
Will the newly-admirable Roncesvalles Avenue we know and love today exist in ten years? Or will the City facilitate a future wind tunnel of six storey buildings along the west side of Roncesvalles?
Most citizens just want City politicians to cut the ideological claptrap, and share some facts. A useful 2012 City Budget Q & A exists.
Though not in our catchment, neighbours east of Roncesvalles have expressed concerns about a development application for lands on Howard Park Avenue between Roncesvalles and Dundas West.
Past HPRA Chair, Jeff Derksen, delivered a deputation regarding recommended service cuts to the City of Toronto's Executive Committee on Monday, September 19, 2011.
High Park Residents' Association (HPRA)
The HPRA's Chris Ganowski (Vice-Chair) kept candidates honest as timekeeper for the evening; Jeff Derksen (Chair) moderated.
Topics ranged from cell phones and mental health to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation's inaccuracies, from the the lack of civil behaviour amongst attending party supporters to candidate views of Canadian tax rates vis-a-vis those of European countries with higher United Nations-rated livability ratings.
Audience members were most interested in hearing candidates speak to affinity - in the form of questions related to candidate residency in or out of the riding, past involvement in the community, and what each believed to be their single most important priority if they were to be elected ... affordability given the economy's present course and speed - in the form of questions about homelessness, rent subsidies, child care, employee payroll tax relief, and the province's continued downloading of social service and transit costs to Toronto ... and expediency trumping health and lower operational costs - as residents cited the continuing misinformation campaign that has resulted in diesel locomotion being the chosen Day 1 and future of the Airport Rail Link despite much of the public's belief that the province is acting on the Metrolinx recommendation for electrification.
Though the HPRA will not break with its stance as an independent entity, it was truly sad to note that only one candidate standing for election has signed the Clean Train Coalition's Politician's Pledge to seek Day 1 electrification, and the remainder of candidates representing parties with seats in the provincial legislature opposed to doing so, citing their "not having studied the issue".
The evening began with a tribute to Hilary Bell - a long-time resident advocate - whose equitable, reasoned, and tireless work (co-chair of the West Bend Community Association; Friends of Dundas & Bloor) was cited as an example of the value and difference one person can make in the lives of neighbours. Bell died recently, after fighting an illness diagnosed last fall.