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SAHRA’s Report for 2020
SAHRA’s Annual General Meeting was held on Wed, April 21 from 7:00-8:00 via Zoom. The Business Meeting was held followed by an update by Councillor Mike Colle and then an open Question and Answer Period.  

The Report for 2020 was presented outlining the challenges addressed by the Board in 2020. The Report provides information on:
  • Communications
  • Community Safety
  • Traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Enhancing the environment and social life
  • Development
  • Overdevelopment Fundraising Campaign 2021
You can review the Report for 2020 in conjunction with reviewing the Report for 2020 Presentation slides.

Bob Williams thanked Member volunteers who were active in 2020 for providing support to our ongoing activities by giving their time and knowledge.  
Garden Suites - Survey open until April 30
A “Garden Suite” is a second, generally smaller house built in the backyard of a detached, semi-detached, or townhouse property. The City has initiated a process to develop policies and zoning rules to permit “Garden Suites” to be built City wide in the backyards of homes on lots that are not next to a public lane, subject to a range of criteria to be decided.
The City has released a survey to explore your opinions and concerns about new backyard houses in your neighbourhood.  Our March 26th eBlast listed a number of questions that you might want to think about before you respond to the survey.
The Garden Suites Survey is the first step in the City collecting information from the public about the opportunities and limitations of Garden Suites in neighbourhoods across the City. By responding to the Survey you can help define the rules and regulations for Garden Suites.
Survey is open until April 30th
Garden Suites – Community Consultations
As the next step in the consultation process, City Planning will be hosting three virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites.  Three sessions have been arranged to provide additional date/time options but the same content will be reviewed at each meeting.
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required at (select the 6th page of entries at the bottom right hand side of the screen to see meetings titled ‘Garden + Suites Study Community Meeting’).
Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at the study website.
For more information on Garden Suites, please contact the City Planning project leads David Driedger and Allison Reid
Sexual Assault Investigation
Toronto Police Services has advised the public of an arrest in an ongoing sexual assault investigation. Between July 1970 to August 2016 a man was employed as a licensed medical doctor, at a medical clinic located in the Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West area.  It is alleged: on Feb 2, 2006, the man sexually assaulted a 17 year old boy who was a patient. On Wed, Apr 21, 2021, Jacques Henri Dubins, 77, of Toronto was arrested.  He is charged with Sexual Assult and Sexual Exploitation. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Ave W on Tues, May 25 at 2:30 pm. Police are concerned that there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200. 
3180 Yonge Street – Community Consultation
 A virtual Community Consultation meeting is being organized by City Planning to take place on Thursday, May 3, 2021 7:00-9:00 pm. The applicant proposes to demolish the 12 buildings on-site (retail and apartments) and redevelop the lands with a 12-storey (41 metres high) 12, 457.8 square metre condominium building comprised of 109 residential dwelling units, retail space at grade accessible from Yonge Street and 91 parking spaces contained in a 2-level parking structure. Registration details are not yet available – we will forward info as soon as the City sets it up. 
BPRO’s Concerns about 3180 Yonge Street
Read the Bedford Park Residents Organization (BPRO) eNewsletter on their concerns about the development planned for 3180 Yonge Street. You can view it at  As a first step for community advocacy they have initiated an email and letter-writing campaign in addition to encouraging all to participate in the virtual meeting on May 3. 
COVID-19 Vaccines
Everyone is interested in keeping up-to-date with the arrangements for COVID Vaccinations.  We have added a section COVID-19 Vaccine to the COVID page on our website. It contains information on the vaccine rollout, government information, new articles, COVID-19 information sites as well as contact information. We will keep this updated as additional information is released.
Councillor Colle, MPP Martin and MP Mendicino Newsletters also contain updates on COVID-19 issues. 

COVID-19 Case Counts for Bedford Park-Nortown area
 The City of Toronto publishes COVID-19 recent case rates (cases with episode dates during the previous 21 days, per 100,000 people) for its 140 defined neighbourhoods. SAHRA has created a graph which shows the case rates since mid-December for Bedford Park – Nortown and its surrounding neighbourhoods. All of SAHRA is within this neighbourhood. Bedford Park – Nortown is shown in red. The graph clearly shows that the case rates within our neighbourhood are not insignificant and they have been rising since the beginning of March.

The City's graph is updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday, except on statutory holidays. SAHRA will update our graph on SAHRA’s website within 24 hours of the City’s update.

Councillor Mike Colle Update
View the April 19 update.
MPP Robin Martin  COVID-19 Update 
View the April 23 update.
Hon. Marco Mendicino Community Update  
View the April 23 update.
Changes to Armour Heights Public School 
In our April 5th eBlast, we told you of possible changes to the grade structure at Armour Heights Public School. On April 21, the Board of Trustees of the TDSB decided to adopt the staff report.
The impacts are:
(a) That Armour Heights Public School be converted from a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school to a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, retaining Grade 7 effective September 1, 2021, and Grade 8 effective September 1, 2022;
(b) That the junior to intermediate pathway from Armour Heights Public School to St. Andrew’s Middle School be grandparented for the 2021-22 school year;
(c) That the shared junior attendance boundary between Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School and Armour Heights Public School be directed entirely to Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School effective September 1, 2021.“
More Cannabis Stores
Cannabis store licencing is controlled by the Provincial government under the Alcohol and Gaming Commission – the City of Toronto has no say in this matter.  The Alcohol and Gaming Commission has now approved 5 stores within an 8-block radius on Upper Avenue. Canada Chemist is also licensed to sell medical cannabis.  Now another application has been submitted for 1971 Avenue Road (the former Su Casa) just 5 doors north of an existing store.  So now we will be 7!  Letters of concern should be addressed to
Bike Lanes on Yonge!
In early April, City Council voted 23-1 to approve implementation of Active TO on Yonge Street from Bloor to Davisville beginning July 1 and continuing at least through to the Spring of 2022.  Consideration will also be given to extending Active TO further north to Lawrence once this installation is complete.  Active TO integrates well with CafeTO which is expanding its presence on Yonge Street as well.  This will result in a safer and more enjoyable environment for residents and provide a much needed boost to businesses.  The support from the community has been unprecedented and has been noticed and applauded by City Staff and Councillors.
Lytton Park Residents’ Organization April 2021 eNewsletter
Read the LPRO e_Newsletter for articles of interest.
Bedford Park Residents Organization Histories
BPRO has now published Issue #15 1840, Russell and the Atkinsons: Merchants for Over a Century. 
2021 Membership Drive 

We need your financial support! 
Membership contributions allow us to maintain our activities.
How to Contribute
SAHRA will never disclose your personal information to any third party.
To contribute via PayPal or credit/debit card
PayPal or Credit Card Contributions
To contribute by cheque, please download and complete
the 2021 Membership Form to accompany your cheque
Download 2021 MembershipForm
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