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Join our Municipal Election
TRINITY SPADINA Candidates’ Debates

at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West

COUNCILLORS: 7-9:30 pm Thurs., October 16
TDSB TRUSTEES: 7-9:30 pm Thurs., October 23

Central Tech update —

Our online petition now has 550+ signatures. Don't forget to sign! SAVE THE CENTRAL TECH PLAYING FIELD —STOP THE DOME.

An OPEN LETTER TO ELECTORS opposing the Central Tech dome proposal has been signed by 20 Councillor and Trustee Candidates in Trinity Spadina (Municipal Wards 19 and 20, and TDSB Ward 10). These are the candidates who have signed the letter (in alphabetical order):

WARD 10 TRUSTEE CANDIDATES: Tony Aires; Ybia Anderson; Richard Klagsbrun; Ausma Malik; and Michael Sims.
WARD 20 COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES: Daryl Christoff; Terri Chu; Joe Cressy; Graham Hollings; Anshul Kapoor; Albert Koehl; Tonny Louie; Sam Novak; Kat Shermack; Sarah Thomson; Susan Tsai; and Nick Wright.
WARD 19 COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES: Scott Bowman; Mike Layton; and George Sawision.

The TDSB has refused to release essential Central Tech documents requested under the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT until 36 hours after a TDSB board meeting which could decide the fate of the Razor dome proposal. The delayed delivery date is October 31. See details on our F.O.I. webpage.

TDSB has lost another round in its fight to force an 8-storey commercial sports dome onto the Central Tech playing field.

September 30, 2014
The TDSB appeal to Divisional Court was turned down today by the three justices who heard the appeal.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The day after the loss at Divisional Court, TDSB lawyer Gordon Petch wrote the Ontario Municipal Board requesting a 10-day hearing as soon as possible. He also requested the assistance of a board mediator "on an emergency basis" in hopes of fast-tracking a settlement between the city, the communities and the school board that will clear the way for the dome.

For details on legal and planning developments, please see our new Central Tech Legal/Planning webpage.

HVRA will soon be launching a fund-raising appeal to pay for expert planning, legal, and other advice needed to properly represent ourselves at any such proceeding.

An OPEN LETTER TO ELECTORS opposing the Central Tech dome proposal has been signed by 20 Councillor and Trustee Candidates in Trinity Spadina (Municipal Wards 19 and 20, and TDSB Ward 10).


We have reorganized the Central Tech portion of the HVRA website into 15 pages to make it easier for you to find the information you're looking for. See HVRA's new Central Tech webpage here.

HVRA challenges the accuracy of unelected Ward 10 interim TDSB trustee Glassco's newsletter promoting the Central Tech dome proposal. For copies of the Trustee's Newsletter and OUR DETAILED RESPONSE, please see our Central Tech webpage.

HVRA continues to call for a City summit to establish the facts. We call for a halt to the TDSB's Central Tech dome offensive until the new Trustees and City Councillors take office after the fall election.

The City offers $ to rescue the field — why won't the TDSB talk?

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The Central Technical School Community Saturday Afternoon Swim

What Public swim time in the Central Tech pool
When Every Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where Central Tech Pool at Lennox and Lippincott Streets (southeast of Bathurst, door 16).

  • Recreational swim space as well as lane swimming available
  • Certified lifeguards on duty at all times
  • In order to continue funding the program, a $2 donation per person (adult and children) is appreciated at the door.

CTS SWIM is currently fund raising so that the Community Swim can continue into 2015. Please send them suggestions and leads for donations.

For more information regarding the community swim at Central Tech, please contact centraltechpool@gmail.com

Honest Ed's Development

Community survey finds green space, a civic plaza, and a community cultural centre the three top priorities of neighboring residents in the redevelopment of the Mirivish Village site


Westbank Projects Corp., a Vancouver development firm, has acquired the Honest Ed’s site in the block bounded by Lennox, Markham, Bathurst and Bloor. It has undertaken a series of public consultations and will be presenting plans to the City as early as later in the Fall.

In response the Mirvish Village Task Group, led by the Palmerston Residents Association, with the participation of the Seaton Village, Annex, and Harbord Village residents' associations, has surveyed residents to determine community desires for whatever building development take place on this critical site. This will be one of the largest developments in our part of town.

Asked to rank the importance of the inclusion of various kinds of public amenities in the development, 276 respondants ranked GREEN SPACE first (215 very important, 48 somewhat important); a CIVIC PLAZA second (109/75); and a  COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTRE third (111/89).

The survey also found that residents favoured a building height similar to that of the B-Street Condos across Bathurst Street, and wanted to see only small-size retail operations in the building.

A further public process will take place in the future.

You can see the study results here.

Heritage Directory15th Edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties is available.

Our 15th edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties was released on November 27, 2013.

Recipient of the 32nd Heritage Toronto,
Community Heritage Award and Members’ Choice Award, 2006.

The Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties is a 72-page booklet that answers this question with respect to every one of a building's street visible elements, from the chimney top to the garden fence(with roofs, windows, doors, porches, railings and paint colours in between).

Download your copy here.

Graffiti Committee Seeks Donations

In late February, 30 people representing police, school, Harbord BIA, residents, the councillor and his staff met to discuss what to do about the continuing graffiti tagging that is going on in our lanes. Since this past Summer, almost all graffiti tags on Sussex Mews and Harbord Street have been removed or painted over. Two of the most prolific "taggers" have been arrested.   Now HVRA’s Graffiti Committee would like to extend the programme to other Harbord Village lanes.  If you would like your laneway to be next and are willing to help, contact HVRA Chair Tim Grant at chair@harbordvillage.com.

Up to now, the cost of paints and graffiti removal chemicals has been borne by a handful of individuals.  HVRA is now seeking financial donations that will create a superfund to pay for paint, etc that will be used in the coming months on other laneways.  

If you can help, please mail cheques payable to "HVRA" to:
HVRA, 360A Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X1. 
Please mark "graffiti removal" on your cheque.

Why is this necessary? Many of those whose garages or houses have been tagged, are on fixed incomes.  The Graffiti Committee wants to make graffiti eradication painless for them, and will find the volunteers to do the work. But they need funds to make this work.

245 College Still Needs Donations

Thanks to all that made donations to help HVRA, and neighbouring residents’ associations, participate in the current Ontario Municipal Board hearing on a private developers’ proposal for a 24 story student residence.  The case is now in mediation.  We’ve paid all our legal bills to date, but will need more to press on. 

If you can make a donation, please mail a cheque, payable to "Iler-Campbell" to:
Ralph Daley, 41 Soho Square, Toronto ON M5T 2Z2.

Harbord Village Pilot Project Gets Ahead of Emerald Ash Bore Killer

Cost to HVRA homeowners could be as little as $250 every 2 years

Harbord Village EAB Management Plan —
for more information, click here to visit our Treeing the Village web pages.

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Finally, some real hope in staving off the green beetle that is threatening one in ten trees in the City of Toronto and is further advanced on the University of Toronto campus than was thought. Some have been found in Harbord Village, but we need to act in the next four months to save half our trees.

“We need to be in a position to act by June,” said Prof. Sandy Smith, University of Toronto Forestry Department Entymologist. “Injections must be within June-August timeframe, or the trees will die.”

“This is way better than we thought,” said Tim Grant, Chair of HVRA, when we were given a quick preview of the plan. “We still have a chance to act.”

What is promising is that the cost of injecting affected trees is considerably less over time than cutting them down, because a major infestation is invariably fatal.
Read more here.

Get to know our Community Builder Award Winners.

Cyril Greenland and Jane Donald

Each year we recognize those who have made outstanding contributions in three categories: Community Builder, Front Yard Garden and Heritage Restoration.

Visit our Award Winners web page to see the amazing collection of individuals and homeowners who have made wonderful contributions to our neighbourhood. Harbord Village is a much better place for their efforts.


Find your tree!

Our Google Earth map will show you your street, your house, your tree — and the entire Harbord Village canopy.

Check it out on our Harbord Village Trees Inventory web page

Reading recommendation from the HV Tree Committee:
Here's a timely article about tree care from the Fine Gardening web site: What's Wrong with That Tree?

Google Earth