SAHRA has a current need for volunteers in two different roles.
Secretary: This position on the SAHRA Board of Directors provides the incumbent with input into the governance of the organisation, working in concert with the other Board members. The secretary is the official record keeper and will need to continue keeping our files in an organised way. One of the main tasks of the secretary is taking and writing the minutes to monthly Board meetings and Annual General Meetings. Other Board members support the secretary in these responsibilities.
eBlast Editor: This role requires good mastery of the English language with some editing and writing skills. An eye for good visual design is an asset. SAHRA receives several requests for content to be included in our eBlasts. In some cases, the content can be used more or less as is; in other cases it needs to be reworked.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in your community, please
consider volunteering for either of these roles by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carjackings have increased across the City as well as in 32 Division, including one at gunpoint at the shopping centre at the southwest corner of York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue on August 21.
In general, hot spots for carjackings within 32 Division include:
Yonge Street Corridor from 401 north to Finch. Most frequent days of occurrence are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, in the afternoons and early evenings.
Bathurst and Finch area.
Here are several prevention techniques shared by Toronto Police:
Keep vehicle doors locked
Plan your driving route ahead of time
Be aware of your surroundings when approaching your vehicle and when inside it
When approaching your vehicle, have the key ready so that you can enter it quickly
Use well-travelled roadways
Park in lots with attendants
Park in well-lit areas
If you become a victim of a carjacking, don’t fight back. Give the thieves what they want. Call police afterward.
Armour Heights - Toronto Public Library
The Armour Heights Branch closed on September 3 for renovations to improve and modernize the space! The renovation is expected to take 8 months and during this time the book drop will be closed.
Avenue Road Eglinton Community Association, Bedford Park Residents Organization, Eglinton Park Residents’ Association, Lytton Park Residents’ Organization, South Armour Heights Residents' Association, Stanley Knowles Housing Co-operative, Upper Avenue Community Association, 500 Duplex Tenants’ Association
are collaborating to give their residents an opportunity to hear from the Ward 8 candidates in the upcoming municipal election. Each candidate will present their platform followed by a question-and-answer session.
Please submit your questions for the candidates to:
While tidy yards and gardens may be pleasant, the noise from your leaf blower can end up disturbing those around you. Let's be considerate of neighbours and avoid excessive leaf blower noise! Effective September 1, noise from leaf blowers is permitted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays, leaf blower noise is permitted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Help keep sidewalks clean by not blowing leaves and lawn clippings onto sidewalks and roads.
You can also keep your yards clean without using leaf blowers. Consider composting leaves whenever possible, using lawn mowers with mulch settings, raking leaves and using a tarp to collect leaves, or using natural landscaping to limit area that needs to be manicured. If you do have to use a leaf blower, if possible, use green technologies such as electric and battery-powered blowers or low-noise equipment. Newer equipment is also required to emit fewer pollutants.
Adopting best practises for leaf blower use can also help you reduce noise and the impacts of leaf blowers on your neighbours. You can choose a blower that can operate at 65 decibels (dBA) or below, which still provides the power needed to care for most residential yards, but is quieter than the more high-powered equipment. Using the nozzle equipment of leaf blowers and limiting the number of leaf blowers in a small area can help reduce noise. Check out more tips on reducing leaf blower noise and the impacts on your neighbours at toronto.ca/LeafBlower.
It is mandatory for all property owners in Toronto to ensure their downspouts are disconnected from the City’s sewer system.
During heavy rain, the sewers can become overloaded, which can increase the risk of basement flooding and release of polluted rainwater into local waterways.
By disconnecting downspouts and directing stormwater onto the property instead, it can minimize the risk of sewer overloads.
Disconnecting your home’s downspout so it directly waters the lawn or garden, or goes into a rain barrel for use later, saves both water and money.
Diverting your downspout away from your home’s foundation helps reduce the risk of basement flooding.
Disconnecting your downspout so it is no longer directly connected to the sewer system helps keep the City of Toronto’s storm sewers from overloading during heavy rain.
The program also offers eligible households financial assistance for downspout disconnection, where some costs could be reimbursed.
Once you are ready to disconnect, you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Seniors and persons with a disability may qualify for financial assistance to help with downspout disconnection.
Final Reminder: 2022 Membership Renewal
3 Ways to Join
We need your financial support!
Membership contributions allow us to maintain our activities.
SAHRA will never disclose your personal information to any third party. Suggested contribution levels: $25, $75, $125 or Other