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The 2016 Neighbourhood Yard Sale is coming!
Sat. May 14, 8:30 - 5 pm (rain date Sun. May 15),
corner Robert and Harbord


Donate your gently-used but unwanted items, volunteer to help at the sale, and come out to enjoy the company and the bargains.

All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Alexandra Park Scadding Court Scholarship Fund. Any unsold items will be donated to the Scott Mission or Value Village. 

 Two scholarship winners:
Aneesa Elmi (2015) and Vivian Cao (2016)

Early drop-offs preferred!   

So we can price items beforehand, please drop off your donations (except furniture) from Tues. May 10 to Thurs. May 12 on a porch at one of these locations. Write your name on the top of the boxes.
79 Robert St.  /  164 Borden St.  /  217 Brunswick Ave.


Saturday drop-offs before noon 

If you can't bring your donations to any of the above addresses, you can still drop them off at Robert and Harbord on sale day -- but only before noon.


Volunteers needed for pricing!   

Help us price clothing, books and housewares on the evenings of Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13. Please contact Marilyn Martin at merdran@sympatico.ca.     


Volunteers needed to sell items!   

We welcome your talents to organize, sell items and clean up at the end of the day. Please choose a time, then contact James Murdoch at jamesmurdoch@sympatico.ca.      

8am to 11am / 10am – 1pm  /  2pm – 3pm  / 3pm - 6pm 

Harbord Village Green Plan: Read and Hope

The Harbord Village Green Plan has been endorsed as an official document by City Council, and the Transportation Department has started to work with HVRA to implement it.

Built on the discussions of local residents and the work of staff in the Councillor's office, this handsome and readable document maps out ways to transform neglected public spaces into green spots. Watch for more news -- and invitations to more meetings and more work.

Residents involved in the process so far deserve our thanks, starting with Sue Dexter, co-author of the report. Others include Jane Perdue, Gail Misra, and Carolee Orme, who worked with Kahlin Holmes from the Councillor’s office to put together the report. Barbara Donaldson and Rochelle Rubenstein have earned special thanks for planning and finding funds for a Croft Street revitalization.

See also our News page for media attention to this initiative.

College Street Planning Study: One Resident's Response 

The city Planning Department presented its College Street Study to residents on December 7, 2015, and the presentation slides are now available online. (A cropped slide is shown above.) Residents are invited to submit comments and questions to Marian Prejel in City Planning at mprejel@toronto.ca.

Here is a letter from one HVRA member:

Dear Ms. Prejel, 

I live on Major Street, south of Harbord. I have also lived on Sussex in the University area, on Spadina Circle, and Lippincott. I also published a major book on Spadina by Rosemary Donegan that was featured in the French newspaper Le Monde in an article celebrating the street, its diversity and marvelous character. These neighbourhoods and Spadina—their “cosmic spine” as Matt Cohen described it—are what make Toronto unique. Are the changes described here going to undermine this? I suspect they will.

The overall impression this document gives is of an increased “canyon-like” character to College. And of course Spadina will really change. The Kensington Market, which is not even mentioned in this document, is seriously threatened as well.

I could imagine accepting this plan as it applies to the north side of College, however, if it increased housing options in the area and the height limits and setbacks were actually respected. The green space is, however, derisory. The rest strikes me as very troubling.

But perhaps my greatest concern is that two recent buildings—that on the south side of College to house university students and the new building on College that juts into the Kensington Market area and contains a Loblaws—are of a scale not in any way contemplated by this or any previous plan. They are massive and totally out of keeping with this area. And yet they are being built. What else is in the works for College and Spadina that will be accepted by OMB?

Is this plan simply going to pave the way for developers to go to OMB and be given the right to build whatever they want, arguing that the street has changed, that we need more density, etc? Combined with U of T’s plans on the east side of the neighbourhood, the redevelopment of the Honest Ed’s space, the bubble at Central Tech,  etc., this neighbourhood is being sort of enclosed by a substantial number of changes that will render its “heritage” status obsolete. And the combination of diversity, eclecticism, responsiveness and healthy chaos that this whole area represents will be destroyed.  Look at Queen between University and Bathurst.

And surely this is just a first step toward substantially changing the nature of Spadina, thereby destroying one of the last remaining truly special features of this city. Instead of our forming and building the city ourselves we will be shaped and formed by commercial forces over which we have no control. 

Patricia Aldana



HVRA supports the Community Swim

pool photosThe Central Tech Community Swim is every Saturday from late September to the May long weekend

A donation of $2 per person, accepted at the door, is used to pay the pool lifeguards. 

The pool is divided into three sections each week, so that there is lap swim, a child and family area in the shallow water, and a section in the deep end with a diving board.  Everyone is welcome!

Where: Central Tech Pool at Lennox and Lippincott Streets, southeast of Bathurst, door 16
When: every Saturday from late September to the May long weekend
Hours: 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact: centraltechpool@gmail.com

See more about HVRA's support for the CT Community Swim here.