Volume 28 Number 5 Newsletter of the Swansea Area Ratepayers' Association October 2001
Please note that Executive meetings are public and held
normally on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding
July and August. There may be seating limitations, so
contact the Executive before you come to a meeting
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & NEW EXECUTIVE
The new executive elected at our Annual General Meeting
is: V. Masnyk President; G. Dubauskas Vice-president &
Louis Gris - Vice-president & Membership; J. Oreto -
Treasurer; V. Vancas - Secretary; Peter Chant - Past
President; Directors: Jamie Bell, R. Braun, Ritvars Bregzis,
L. Clay, M. Fenner, Bill Haines, M. Hudson, Peter Keefe,
M. Lalonde,J. McMullen, William (Bill) Roberts, L. Volpe
and S. Wilkinson. John Meijer is helping out as our
A memorial service was held at the Frank Lynett Funeral
Home for the mother of Councillor David Miller on
Sunday September 30th. Ratepayers extend their
condolences to David Miller on the loss of his mother.
GARDINER LAKESHORE TASKFORCE
SARA continues to monitor this committee's work. Bill
Roberts is our contact on this body, and S. Wilkinson the
alternate. SARA is concerned with the parking charges at
the Lakeshore parking lots and is monitoring the matter.
If you have not done so, renew your membership for 2001
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FEES FOR 2001:
Single membership ....... $10.00
Family membership ....... $12.00
Business membership ...... $14.00
Please contact L. Gris at 416-766-2792 to renew.
Membership inquiries may be sent to Swansea Area
Ratepayers' Association, c/o Swansea Town Hall, Box 103,
95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3H9.
HOURS OF OPERATION OF GAS BARS
SARA continues to press the City to enforce its by-laws.
There war a meeting in regard to 8 South Kingsway to
see if a resolution can be found that provides adequate
protection to the surrounding residential communities.
HIGH PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Jean McMullen is our representative.
MEGACITY COMMUNITY COUNCILS
SARA is monitoring the attempt of City staff to create four
departmental divisions instead of six.
Join us at the Village Players (2190 Bloor Street West) for
our Theatre Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 15,
2001, at 8:00 p.m. for "Forty Carats", a play adapted by Jay
Allen from a play by Barillet & Gredy. Price 1114.00. For
advance tickets please contact: L. Gris at 416 - 766 - 2792.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JEAN ROSS
ROBERTS AND GUNARS MARTINSONS
Held by and at the Swansea Town Hall on the 3rd of
November, 2001, 2:00 p.m., to provide an opportunity for
friends and family to remember all their activities. This is
appropriate given this is the international Year of
Volunteers, 2001. Far more information or if you want to
help, contact either G. Dubauskas at 416-762-6413 or Jamie Bell at 416-392-1954.
SARA appeared before the South-West Community
Council to oppose the proposal and the total failure to
properly and adequately inform the community of the
term of the proposed zoning by-law. While the community
council passed the by-law unamended, Councillor David
Miller arranged for a meeting to review the draft by-law
and development agreement. SARA and the community
representatives attended and some improvements were
made to the documents. SARA continues to monitor this
matter, and is pressing for reform of the process to ensure
genuine community involvement in planning matters.
Many of you will remember that we supported the
concerns of the residents north of Bloor Street over the
creation of a roof tap patio at Billy Bob's. The owners
appealed The Alcohol & Gaming Commission refusal of
the application. The appeal was to be heard 20 September,
2001. We have been advised the Alcohol & Gaming
Commission is vigourously opposing the appeal. Neither
the City or SARA were served by the owners and as a result
are not parties to the appeal. If the adjournment goes
beyond the next Council Meeting, Councillor David
Miller will request that the City appear in support of the
Community and the Alcohol % Gaming Commission.
COMMUNITY POLICE LIASON COMMITTEE
Bill Haines is our representative on this committee.
The City war successful before the courts in closing it. We
continue to monitor the matter. We have a concern that
there may be an attempt to erect high-rise condominiums.
For updates please contact J. Bell at 416-604-7421.
This has become a major issue in Swansea. The
York-Humber Community Council has approved a circle
for the junction of Coe H ill/Budgell/Winder-
mere/St.Olaves. SARA continues to monitor these matters.
JOY OIL STATION
SARA continues to monitor this situation and wrote a
strong letter when we felt the City was not adequately
protecting the foundations of the station, and suggested
that the city consider relocating the station.
1947 RLOOR STREET WEST.
The appeal failed. At present there are a series of meetings
occurring to deal with site plan issues. In addition there
appears to have been changes done to the plans that were
before the Board, which will require further approvals.
SWANSEA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
We continue to keep an eye on the Library. Please
remember if we do not use it we will loose it.
Remember it is as a living memory to those From the
Village of Swansea, who died in the First World War.
Also do not forget you can arrange for any movie, book
or any other library material to be delivered to the Swansea
branch for pickup.
LIBRARY HOURS ARE NOW:
Tuesday:...... 10:00A.M. 6:
Wednesday: ..... 10:00 P.M.
Thursday: ...... 10:00 A.M.- 6:
please contact G. Dubauskas at 416762X413.
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ALONG
With the introduction of housing at theJoy Oil rite, SARA
has requested confirmation that the City will not erect or
approve further housing along the north side of the
Lakeshore between the Humber and the CNE. Given the
Fung Report and other pressures, SARA is concerned that
the City may turn the Western Beaches into another
Harbourfront where the view of the Lake is cut off by High
Rise developments and public land becomes privately held.
Councillor David Miller has supported the concerns of
HUMBER RIVER PEDESTRIAN CYCLING TRAILS
This has been a bury summer. Representatives from SARA
met with City staff who felt a cycling trail along the
Humber on the Swansea side was not practical. William
Roberts reminded the staff that Gunars Martinsons had
been promised that the redesign of the bridges would allow
the path, and that the reason we did not request an
environmental assessment many years ago war the promise
that residents living on the west side of Swansea would
have as direct access as possible to the mouth of the
Humber. The consensus of the SARA reps. war that the
cycling path could be Further to the east but that a
pedestrian path clearly designed for that purpose should
follow the banks of the Humber as much as possible.
Councillor David Miller echoed the sentiment by
reminding staff he personally had promised Gunars
Martinsons this would happen before Gunars died.
SWANSEA AREA LOW COST HOUSING
SARA has sent Jamie Bell, Louis Gris and Vickie Vanes
to be our representative on this ad hoc committee in the
61 KENNEDY AVE.
SARA was contacted by a former executive member and
agreed to support the concerns of the area residents. Our
understanding is that the matter war adjourned to allow
the residents and the owners to discuss the proposal.
SARA continues to monitor this matter. While official
plans may seem remote from day to day matters, they set
the tone for the direction of a community. The City Urban
Development Department has suggested major changes
which would reduce the present protections Swansea has
and instead go to a "design driven" plan. If this becomes
the standard, then developments with even greater impacts
than that of the 1947 Bloor street project will become the
norm. That is why we need your help. Please renew or join
SARA and, if you can, attend our fundraiser.
SWANSEA TOWN HALL- RAVINE
The Swansea Town Hall Board of Management and the City
of Toronto Facilities and Real Estate Staff will hold a
public meeting at the Swansea Town Hall on Monday,
October 2~rr( at 7:30 p.m. to Present the draft plans for
the work that was suggested in 1995 byGunars Martinsons.
He proposed that along with some needed repairs to the
front patio, that additional useful space could be created
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE FUNDRAISER
Jamie Bell & Louis Gris
Editor- Bill Roberts