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July 17 Update

July 17, 2012

As committed to at the June 11 community meeting, representatives of Leaside Unite and the Leaside Property Owners’ Association met with Councillor Parker and City of Toronto Staff on July 10 to discuss the proposed Wicksteed Development. This was the first meeting, and is expected to be the first of several as more information becomes […]

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Thanks for your support – continue the fight!

June 12, 2012

More than 300 people joined Leaside Unite and the Leaside Property Owner’s Association (LPOA) on Monday, June 11, 2012. Thanks so much for coming out! We heard from residents, business owners, community leaders, and politicians (both past and present). What we learned: The proposed Wicksteed development requires a zoning amendment and may be permitted under the […]

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May 28 update: Petition and response to Councillor Parker

May 28, 2012

There is a petition now being circulated around Leaside at various community meetings and schools. We are looking for volunteers to collect signatures from their neighbors. If you can help in this regard, and we will get copies. Secondly, Councillor Parker did e-mail Brian Athey (LPOA) and Graham Shirley (Leaside Unite) on Friday. Our response is also copied […]

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Join us at the Community Meeting

May 24, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. William Lea Room, Leaside Memorial Gardens 1073 Millwood Rd. PROPOSED RETAIL DEVELOPMENT 70, 80 Wicksteed Avenue, 99 Vanderhoof at Laird Smart Centres Inc. has recently proposed the development of the above (mostly vacant) land on Wicksteed Ave. Their proposal calls for approximately 147,000 square feet of retail space, […]

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May 23 update: Join our community meeting on June 11!

May 24, 2012

We are disappointed Councillor Parker did not postpone the Design Review Panel meeting as requested and the design of the mega box store was basically ‘approved’ by the panel. To provide further information, and receive more feedback, Leaside United and the Leaside Property Owner’s Association will host a community meeting.  Everybody is welcome and invited to […]

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Get involved in your community!

May 18, 2012
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Leaside Unite is a citizens’ action group extremely concerned about a(nother) proposed major retail site at Laird & Wicksteed. Beyond excessive and featuring an anchor store large enough to fit a Wal-Mart (!), it  does not fit Leaside at all and will attract enormous amounts of extra traffic, and further worsen years of mayhem with […]

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May 11 update: asking the DRP to postpone

May 11, 2012
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Councillor Parker never got back to Brian Athey, David Mimms or Graham Shirly regarding postponing the Design Review Panel (DRP). Our response was a letter to the Chair of the DRP, which was also sent to John Parker and Steve Forrester.

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May 6 update: Community input

May 6, 2012
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On Monday May 4, we met with Councillor Parker and City Staff (Steve Forrester and Susan Smallwood) to raise our concerns about the new Smart Centre proposal so that we could avoid a situation in which the proposal simply moves forward without meaningful comment from those opposed to it. One of the primary takeaway points […]

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Letter to Councillor Parker – May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012

Dear Councillor Parker, It has come to the attention of the Leaside Unite group that Design Review Panel consideration of the proposal is scheduled for May 14, and representatives of our group and the LPOA met last night to consider the implications of this.  Given that the scope of the project, in particular the fundamental […]

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Letter to Councillor Parker, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

This letter (PDF, also below) was sent to Councillor Parker (and appropriate city staff) yesterday voicing our opposition to the Laird/Parkhurst project. We will provide further updates as needed.

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