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Four Residents' Associations Condemn Smear Campaign
The School Trustee election in Ward 10 in downtown Toronto has been overtaken by a hate campaign directed toward a Muslim woman candidate.
Three school board candidate meetings have been disrupted by charges of radical extremism, screamed and threatening accusations aimed at sowing suspicions of a Muslim candidate’s fitness to serve as a school Trustee. Police were in attendance at the final meeting and removed one of the disruptive audience members from the hall.
In the last week before the election, not satisfied with a doorstep whisper campaign, those behind this effort distributed three flyers door-to-door, set up multiple websites and are now sending robocalls with an escalating list of charges designed to destroy a young woman’s reputation.
Who are the authors of these hate pieces? They are anonymous. No one knows who is raising the questions. No individuals have stepped forward to take responsibility. We challenge them. Uncover your faces...
Harbord Village Residents’ Association • Huron-Sussex Residents’ Organization
Palmerston Area Residents’ Association • Grange Residents’ Association
Toronto's Municipal Election is Monday, October 27 —
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
20 Councillor & Trustee Candidates in Trinity Spadina have signed a letter opposing the Central Tech dome proposal
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.
HVRA and board member Wendy Smith win HERITAGE TORONTO awards!
HVRA was a big winner at the Heritage Toronto Annual Awards ceremony on October 21. We were honoured, first, with a COMMUNITY HERITAGE AWARD (Toronto and East York Community Council Area), and later during the ceremony with the MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARD, which is an award voted by all Heritage Toronto members for their favourite of the eight 2014 Community Heritage nominees.
HVRA board member Wendy Smith was also honoured, receiving Heritage Toronto's AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (its highest award) in the Media category, for her Toronto Park Lot Project. The Heritage Toronto Jury applauded Wendy's project for its "scholarly attention to detail and its engaging presentation", and praised it as "an excellent tool for promoting a greater understanding of Toronto’s heritage." You can see Wendy's project here: http://parklotproject.com
The Heritage Toronto Awards Jury commended HVRA for bringing our area’s heritage "to life in fresh, accessible, and innovative ways". Each of the two Community Heritage awards to HVRA was accompanied by a cheque to HVRA for $500, which will be a very welcome support to our future heritage projects.
HVRA was represented at the awards ceremony by former HVRA board member Eleanor Levine and present board member Margaret Procter. Both were valuable members of HVRA's 2013 Oral History Project team, which recorded the memories of Harbord Village residents who lived in the neighbourhood before 1975. Eleanor, who accepted the two awards on our behalf, conducted most of the 100+ hour-long oral history interviews which can now be heard on the Harbord Village History website.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Harbord Village heritage and history projects over the years:
For work on the Harbord Village Heritage Conservation District Advisory Committee: Gus Sinclair, Sue Dexter, and Richard Longley.
Gus Sinclair, coordinator of our Laneway Naming Project, and jury members Bob Barnett, Margie Zeidler, Tim Grant, and Neil Wright.
Members of the Oral History Project team: Dr. Nicole Schulman, Eleanor Levine, Richard Gilbert, Wendy Smith, Margaret Procter, Dinny Biggs, Colin Furness, Mary Newberry, Margaret de Boer and Frances Robinson.
And to all 100 of our oral history project interviewees, thank you.
Congratulations EVERYONE, and well done!
More of a good thing...
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 email@example.com
15th 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 —
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.
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: