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Mount Dennis Community Association blast  
July 12, 2020

Locust St Development review 
Urban Arts needs maintenance help 
MD-BIA providing information for businesses
Social Planning Toronto seeking input from grassroots 
Topham Pond - Worth a visit!

Locust St Development

Last week's document somhow didn't have the complete document attached.  The link now has the full document   The city is quite critical but there is no public meeting.  You can speak to this on Wednesday. This matter will be item 4 at the upcoming July 14th Etobicoke York Community Council meeting, starting 9:30 a.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre. Members of the public can speak at the meeting if they have concerns.
Here are the planning report’s main points. You can read the whole thing at:
  1. A public community meeting about this proposal will be organized by the City Planning staff and Councillor Nunziata.  
  2. The planners’ final report on this proposal will not happen until the Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study is finished (likely in 2021). That Study is now underway and will include a review of this proposal.
  3. The developer held a pre-application meeting with City Planning staff in June 2019, when their plan was to build a 30-storey tower. The planners expressed concern that it may be too high and too close to the rail corridor. They were also bothered that residents of the Oxford Street building would lose open space and that there was not an “appropriate transition in height towards buildings of different scale and intensity”. City planners still have these same concerns. They are also concerned that the unit sizes may be too small.
  4. Most of the properties surrounding this proposed development are designated “Mixed-Use Areas” in the City’s Official Plan.
  5. According to the Province’s Growth Plan, the area around the new Mount Dennis Station (including this site) is a “Major Transit Station Area”. Development in such areas is expected to have “a high quality compact built form and an attractive and vibrant public realm”.
  6. The current proposal also raises these concerns for the City’s planners:
    1. Smaller unit sizes than proposed in the 2017 “Growing Up Guidelines” report.
    2. Removal of 19 privately-owned trees that are By-law protected.
    3. Loss of affordable mid-range rental units.
    4. Need to make sure there are adequate community services and facilities to support the proposed development.
    5. Need to make sure municipal service infrastructure is adequate.
    6. Need to assess the traffic impact of the proposed development.
    7. Need to make sure there is an adequate crash protection wall between the development and the rail corridor.
    8. Potential for noise, vibration and wind issues.
    9. Need to make sure the Toronto Green Standard is met.
    10. The development’s intrusion on City property and possible impacts on other Locust Street residents’ properties.
    11. The Locust Street sidewalks would not meet requirements of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
    12. The impact of taking green space away from 15 Oxford Street to meet the new development’s green-space needs.
    13. Lack of any on-site dog amenities or dog relief disposal facilities.
  1. Based on all of this, the planners advise that: “the applicant should revisit the design of the proposed development and resubmit a revised concept more in keeping with the Official Plan vision and other requirements”.

Urban Arts Needs Maintenance Help

Although on-site activities are curtailed, Urban Arts facilities need maintenance work, and they are considering hiring a person to do minor repairs and yard maintenance.  Ths person would need to provide tools and supplies and to work unsupervised.  Hours of work have some flexibility.  If you are interested in providing these services, please email Marlene McKintosh <> 

BIA Business  Review

BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, service changes and economic support at

Mandatory mask or face covering bylaw in indoor public spaces now in effect  Learn more about the guidelines for mandatory mask usage in enclosed public places in this on-demand webinar.


City of Toronto launches online business licensing and permit application portal


Digital Transformation Grants now available for Toronto businesses

Toronto businesses can now apply for a $2,500 grant to help implement new technologies to support their businesses. The program is delivered by Digital Main Street thanks to funding from the Federal and Provincial governments.

CECRA extended through the end of July 

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRCA) provides rent relief for small businesses and commercial landlords experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. Property owners and small business tenants will soon be able to access funding for the month of July. Read more about the application process and deadlines

Recovery Activation Program connects businesses with industry experts

As part of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Reimagining Recovery Framework, the Recovery Activation Program, is an immersive online workshop that connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation. The program is free and applications are open to firms of any size across Ontario.

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

  • BusinessTO Support Centre: One-on-one virtual support to help businesses complete government assistance applications and navigate reopening. 
  • Digital Main Street: Support for businesses interested in going digital through resources, connections to trusted digital vendors, online learning and one-on-one virtual assistance.
  • ShopHERE powered by Google: Assistance with setting up and launching a Shopify online store quickly, easily and at no cost.
  • Business AdviceTO: Free online events to help entrepreneurs and leaders connect.
  • Reopening Guidelines and Resources
  • DonateTO: Make a difference in your community by donating or partnering with the City of Toronto.

Financial Support and Resources


Webinars and Online Events

Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free) - Watch On Demand

Reopening Guidance (Free) *Webinars were developed leveraging guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates - Retail Sector: June 11, Restaurant Sector: June 12, Manufacturing Sector: June 16 and Personal Care Service Sector June 19

Ask an Accountant - Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free) - Watch on Demand

Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners SheEO World - Women Entrepreneurs | Wednesdays at 9 a.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners Retail Insider | Wednesday, July 15, 11 a.m. to noon - Register 
  • Business AdviceTO with Partners TechTO | Wednesday, July 15, noon to 1 p.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Register

Social Planning Toronto suggests you comment!

Social Planning Toronto is coordinating opportunities for residents, community members and grassroots groups to provide input to the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild consultations.
Please see different options to provide input below: Webpage link:
Deadline for consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

Topham Pond

Although MDCA won't be hosting an event, Topham Pond is a great place to visit.  Access is officially from Eglinton, a bit east of Jane on the south side, but in good weather people seem to either use the multi purpose trail from Astoria ( at Bayliss ) or the informal trails ( hopping the barriers or looking for gaps in fence ) and entering from Jane and Eglinton or Jane and Lambton.  Wildlife, fishing, ( no licence needed July 4-19 ), places to picnic or just enjoy the view.   

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