Friday, January 29, 2010

Events at Palais Royale

Happy Winter,

We have three exciting events coming upthat I’d like to invite you to:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Big Band Valentine’s Dance Dance to The Big Band Classics at the Palais Royale featuring the vocal styling’s of Glenn Chipkar and the 18 Piece Swing Shift Big Band Orchestra.

Doors at 7pm •
Show at 8pm •
Dress to Impress
Tickets: $50.00

To purchase tickets visit (1-888-222-6608). Or in person at Palais Royale(416-533-3553 x 22)

Light food menu available for purchase - Cash Bar

Singles table available for singles to meet!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

FoodShare Presents: Recipe for Change

Featuring Top Toronto Chefs in support of FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools Program. An evening of fine food, beer and wine with our own Executive Chef Steffan Howard.

Friday March 5, 2010

Dini Petty… A “Broad” View

Candid, funny and a master story teller, Dini Petty’s one-woman show at the Palais Royale will take you on a fascinating journey through the Canadian icon’s life. A “Broad” View will take you through great times, good times and even moments of terror as Dini Petty vividly recounts the events that helped shape her life.

Tickets 75.00 ( includes hors d’oeuvres )

For tickets go to or call Palais Royale at 416-533-3553 x 22

Go to our website for more details

I hope you join us

Mary Lou

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Residents propose a fix to Queen streetcar route

See article:

51 Lake Shore Drive Update

51 Lake Shore Drive Update and Summary of events since OMB Hearing

Hi Folks

We wanted to provide a summary and update on what has happened since the OMB Hearing adjourned

November 25, 2009:
At the OMB-Ontario Municipal Board
hearing it was discovered there is a significant discrepancy between the 1909 property survey of 51 Lake Shore Drive and the survey Dunpar did in 2006. Since 1909 the lot depth at 51 Lake Shore has increased by approximately 70 feet in the backyard toward the lake.

The OMB hearing was adjourned so that Dunpar, the City, and the TRCA-
Toronto Region and Conservation Authority
, could determine who actually owns the land along the lake shoreline.

The OMB could not give a fair ruling until it is settled if Dunpar owns all of 51 Lakeshore Drive, or if an additional 70 feet of backyard is owned by the province.

The lake bed is crown land owned by the province. If someone puts landfill on the lakebed without provincial permission than the ownership of that land stays with the province, and it is public land. The developer can apply to the province to buy the land and that decision is made by the MNR-
Ministry of Natural Resources.

December 9, 2009:
Dunpar’s lawyer applied to the Ontario Land Registry office for absolute title to 51 Lake Shore Drive even though the ownership issue of the 70 foot piece that was not originally part of the backyard is still unresolved.

Dupar is responsible to give public notice of their application for absolute title, which they didn’t do. The public notice allows the community to register any objections they may have to granting Dunpar absolute title to the entire piece of property at 51 Lake Shore.

January 6, 2010:
A community member found out about the application for absolute title and they discovered the deadline for the public to comment was Tuesday, January 12th.

Due to some very fast work and organizing by Terry Smith and others, six local residents and CCFEW-
Citizens Concerned for the Etobicoke Waterfront
submitted affidavits to Dunpar’s lawyer before deadline, objecting to granting absolute title to Dunpar. I have attached my letter to this e-mail.

Without Terry’s vigilance and work we might have lost the opportunity to comment, and have our input considered in the decision-making process.

The objections highlighted:
The extra 70 feet of backyard lot depth created since the 1909 survey appears to be lake-fill on the lake bed which is provincial crown land. If this is the case that piece of 51 Lake Shore Drive belongs to the people of Ontario and should be kept in the public realm as public land. Historically, the community has had access to use this land as though it were public land.

A few people from the community met with Laurel Broten, the MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. They contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Land Registry office with their concerns about 51 Lake Shore Drive. They highlighted the land ownership issue, the lack of public notice or chance for the public to object to the application for absolute title and the proposed development’s impact the window to the lake the community currently enjoys.

They ensured Ms. Broten and her staff; the former Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield, the new Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey; and the Land Registry office all know the community has great interest in this property and the ownership issue. They were made aware that the community is very concerned about the possible sale of the extra lot depth to Dunpar if the province owns this piece of backyard.

The City of Toronto submitted comments as well – “Given that this application will impact on the ownership of an area that may otherwise be public lands, and the fact that the City is not aware if all affected Provincial Ministries have been provided with notice of this application, (we) simply wish to bring the matter to your attention for consideration in the course of your review of the application”.

The Land Registrar extended the deadline for submitting objections until February 26th
The Ministry of Natural Resources needs to do on-site work to evaluate any claim that the province/crown may have on the extra lot depth.

There was a recent Provincial cabinet shuffle and Donna Cansfield is no longer the Minister of Natural Resources. She was replaced by Linda Jeffrey, a Brampton MPP. There will be a two week reorganization period for the new minister and her staff to make the transfer.

Laurel Broten’s office has assured us that they are closely monitoring the situation and will alert the community as soon as any decision is made on the ownership of the lake front land at 51 Lake Shore Drive. If this is provincially owned crown land there will not be a quick sale of this property without the community knowing.

This way the community will receive an update and we will be able to communicate any developments to you as soon as possible. This works better many people contacting the province and City repeatedly asking for updates.

Laurel’s office is also going to look into policies on waterfront properties to help educate us on the history of similar properties that were available for sale, and they will work with the Ministry of Natural Resources to identify policies that MNR follows in handling the sale of water front land.

Councillor Grimes’ office has been contacted by the community and his staff will monitor what is happening too. We expect the ownership to be determined prior to the OMB case being resumed. Laurel Broten our MPP knows how difficult it is to preserve waterfront land or acquire waterfront land once it has been sold. In most cases once lakefront property is sold we lose it forever. Laurel also knows our community has a strong desire to protect our waterfront, our lake and our public spaces along the lake.

If we need the community to take action we will e-mail you know right away. Please check the blog for updates. Terry posts developments as they happen.

Please forward this e-mail to anyone who is interested.

Please send me an e-mail if you want to be added to the distribution list for 51 Lake Shore Drive, or if you wish to be removed.

Thanks very much,


Jem Cain

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Toronto Historical Society

New Toronto Historical Society have recently added several editions of the Mississauga South Historical Society Publication, called “Lighthouse” to their database of online newsletters. Thanks to MSHS for providng the copies! Click the following link to see the listing:

We are saddened to learn of the passing of a long time New Toronto resident, Jean Carlson, who was well known from her years at the New Toronto branch of the public library. We have posted her obituary on our home page: under the “Notices” section.

Upcoming Events

Find these Upcoming Events on the Home page. Mark your calendars!

Mississauga South Historical Society
When: Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Where: In the Peter Jones Room of First United Church, Port Credit
Time: 7:30pm
What: Annual General Meeting & Annual “Show & Tell” evening

New Toronto Historical Society
When: Wednesday April 21st, 2010
Where: L.A.M.P. – 185 Fifth Street, New Toronto
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
What: Michael Redhill speaking on his book “Consolation”

Google Book Result - Consolation <>

When: Wednesday June 16th, 2010
Where: L.A.M.P. – 185 Fifth Street, New Toronto
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
What: Jessie Grebenc of E.R.A. Architects Inc. on the Found Toronto Project exhibited at Harbourfront in the 2009

Proposed Skateboard Park in Ward 6 Etobicoke, Lakeshore

Proposed Skateboard Park in Ward 6 Etobicoke, Lakeshore

View the Design for Eight Street Skate Spot

The proposed design for the new skateboard park in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Community will be on display for your viewing and comments. Local Councillor Mark Grimes will also be in attendance.

When: Wednesday January 20, 2010
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ken Cox Community Centreat Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School in the Rotunda 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 4B7
Contact: 416-397-9273

The skateboard park design consultants will be available for questions at the meeting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lakeshore Planning Council Meeting

Date: September 10, 2009

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Location: LAMP CHC, 185 Fifth Street

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Very Important Community Meetings: June 9, 2009 and June 15, 2009

The Future of 51 Lakeshore Drive

Please attend two important meetings on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 and Thursday, June 11, 2009 regarding 51 Lakeshore Drive.  Your participation is important.
Come to the Etobicoke York Community Council to discuss 51 Lakeshore Drive.

When:    Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Where:   Etobicoke York Community Council
Time:     After 1:30 pm

What you can do:

Please send your comments or speak at the Community Council meeting.  This is your chance to share your thoughts with the City to establish yourself as an interested party for the OMB Hearing.

How to be "an interested party":

Citizens cannot make presentations or send comments to the City Council meeting later this summer. Making a presentation at Community Council is the community's ONLY opportunity to raise concerns and to submit comments to the OMB if a hearing goes ahead. If you have not been “an interested party” prior to the OMB hearing they will not consider your comments.

Who to contact if you want to speak at the Community Council meeting:

Contact Glenda Jagai, Committee Administrator at the City Clerk’s office at 416 394 8101 or by e-mail at
If you can’t attend, send in written comments to:
Fax: 416-394-5600
Mail: Etobicoke York Community Council
City Clerk’s Office
Main Floor, Etobicoke Civic Centre
Toronto, Ontario M9C 2Y2
Please copy the following people on your comments or presentation to community Council:

Councillor Mark Grimes
Fax: 416-397-9279
Mail: Councillor Mark Grimes
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C48
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-9273
Greg Hobson-Garcia, Planner
Fax: 416-394-6063
Councillor Frances Nunziata, Chair Etobicoke York Community Council
Fax: 416-392-4118
Mail: Councillor Francis Nunziata
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C49
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2
Staff report including developer’s site drawings: <>
The agenda item and some background info: <>
Scroll down and look for item EY28.49
More information available at: <>
Participate in a meeting that presents Dunpar's latests proposal for 51 Lakeshore Drive:

When:  Thursday, June 11, 2009
Where:  LAMP, 185 Fifth Street
Time:   7:30 to 8:30 pm

Tom Jiancos and John Zanini from Dunpar have accepted an invitation from Lakeshore Planning Council to attend next Thursday’s LPC meeting to present their latest proposal.

This LPC meeting is a good opportunity for you to make suggestions about what we would accept on this site and communicate your desires for our community.
The purpose of the meeting is to resolve as many issues as possible. The developers will present for twenty minutes with forty minutes (approx.) for discussion. You are welcome!
This may be the community’s only chance to meet with developers to discuss this issue before a possible later OMB hearing, probably in the Fall.
It is a good idea to become familiar with Etobicoke’s Zoning By-Laws, building standards and permitted uses for this R2 zoned site.
They can be viewed at
Previous posts at <>
can direct you to relevant sections of Toronto’s Official Plan as well as previous OMB rulings that cover conformity to existing neighbourhood structures.