Meetings

SAHRA Annual General Meeting Apr 3 2019

We had a good Annual General Meeting on Apr 3!  Good turnout, good presentations and lots of interest.

The Directors and Officers for 2019 are:
Jim Sadler (President)
Bob Williams (Vice-President)
Sheila Dunlop (Secretary)
Gary Langdon (Treasurer)

Report for 2018
Jim Sadler gave a shortened version of the ‘SAHRA Report for 2018’ to outline the challenges addressed by the Board in 2018.

SAHRA Report for 2018

Councillor Michael Colle spoke to us on Work In Progress and Important Issues since his start as our Councillor in Dec, 2018. He spoke about the following local issues that are of interest to SAHRA Members:

  • 250 Lawrence Avenue West development
  • 1700 Avenue Road condominiums
  • 20 Sandringham lot severance
  • Roe Bus Loop
  • Armour Heights Public School safety
  • Intersection at Harley and Joicey

He also spoke about issues that are of interest to all Toronto residents:

  • Save the Ravines
  • Another Plan for Transit Expansion

Our thanks to Councillor Colle for sharing information on these issues with our Members and participating in the open discussion period.

The Councillor’s also distributed his April Newsletter (available on the Home Page in the Councillor’s Corner).  It provides information on many of these issues as well as details on other Ward 8 and Toronto-wide  issues and events.

 

Crime Prevention
Police officers from the Community Response Team spoke to us on crime issues in our community; SAHRA reported on their involvement with the Community Police Liaison Committee; we discussed how to report crimes or suspicious behaviour; and we talked about prevention techniques.

The Upper Avenue Community Association (west of Avenue Road) and SAHRA (east of Avenue) Road have organized a joint session about crime in our area.  The Police will be presenting on preventative measures you can take to protect your home and family.  Please join us at this session.  See the poster  Final Community Safety Night eBlast Poster.

COMMUNITY SAFETY NIGHT
Wednesday, May 1, 2019  7:30 – 9:00 pm
125 Chatsworth Drive (High School Auditorium)

 

Tom Worrall gave an update on Cycling Projects in Ward 8:

Reconstruction of the Avenue Road Bridge over the 401
About two years ago a local resident noted that a cycle path had not been included in the design despite it being part of the Official 10 year Cycling Plan. After intense lobbying ,with the help of our then Councillor Carmichael Greb and with the support of then MPP Mike Colle, the Ministry of Transportation confirmed that the new bridge, due to be completed at the end of this year, will include enhanced pedestrian sidewalks and cycle tracks, hopefully protected from cars.  Connections over the 401, whether it’s Dufferin, Bathurst, Yonge or Bayview, discourage anyone walking or riding a bike and effectively cuts off communities from each other.  We are hopeful the Avenue Rd. bridge will provide a blueprint for making other 401 crossings safe.

Transform Yonge between Sheppard and Finch
This project envisions reducing the current 6 lanes of traffic to 4 and creating a welcoming and safer public space for residents of, and visitors to, North York.   If approved by City Council, the project will widen the sidewalks to create patio space, add a bike lane, centre median and generally enhance the community experience on this main street. This Complete Street concept has met with success in many cities by recognizing that their downtown core should be a destination for people to gather, shop and generally enjoy rather than just being a thoroughfare.

Eglinton Crosstown
This light rail transit line on Eglinton Avenue will span 25 kilometres from Black Creek to Kennedy. This is the single largest infrastructure project in Canada and will transform the entire centre of Toronto. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make Eglinton a safe, complete street for all users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists of all ages and abilities. We are closely monitoring progress and look forward to the complete re-design of Eglinton scheduled for 2021.

Midtown In-Focus Multi Corridor Transportation Assessment
The Yonge/Eglinton area is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto.  City Planners are identifying  priority projects to safely move people in and through Midtown. The assessment is also exploring enhanced connections to destinations beyond Midtown and the necessary shifts to ‘active and sustainable travel modes’. With the incredible demand on infrastructure, it will be critical to get this right.  Cycle Toronto has submitted concepts and ideas and will continue to advocate and attend stakeholder meetings.

 

Thank You to our Volunteers
Each year we thank the volunteers who provide support to our ongoing activities by dedicating their time or knowledge.

During the past year Anne Bauraind, Mary DiNunno, Judy Ballard and Heather Crawford have supported our activities, along with our ‘walkers/advocates’ – Ken Sutton, Lynda Holloway, Carolyn Ford and Heather Simpson. As well, we want to thank spouses – Roby Sadler, Eileen Su and Wendy Johnson who have contributed time over the year. Finally, although Ron Johnson retired from the Board last year, he continues to make a major contribution.

In 2019, there are numerous ways you can help:

  • Get involved with community safety.
  • Act as a street advocate/communicator.
  • Have a creative streak?  We’re looking for ideas to refresh our logo.
  • Share your neighbourhood pictures to brighten our website.
  • Involved with other community events?  Let us know and we’ll add it to our calendar.

We are all volunteers trying to build a better community and we welcome contributions from those who share that ideal.

 

SAHRA Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting was held on
Wed, April 11, 2018   7:00-8:00 p.m.
at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, 105 Wilson Avenue

Agenda
Welcome and Introductions
Approval of Minutes of 2017 AGM
Treasurer’s Report 2017
Waiver of Audit
Call for nominations/election of SAHRA Directors
Election of Officers
SAHRA’s Report for 2017
New Business

Election of Officers
The following people agreed to stand as Officers/Directors of SAHRA for the 2017 year.
Sheila Dunlop (Secretary)
Gary Langdon (Treasurer)
Jim Sadler (Vice-President)
Bob Williams (Director)

A proposal was submitted at the AGM to amend the Constitution for Meetings.

The fiscal year was set as the period from Jan 1 to Dec 31 (as opposed to the original definition of May 1 to April 20th) at the AGM on June 15, 2005.  At that time a motion was also approved to require that the AGM be held within sixty (60) days of the fiscal year (as opposed to the original definition of 30 days). For various reasons (completion of the Financial Statements, the Corporate Return and receipt of the Acceptance Notice, the membership campaign, timing of the release of the Winter Newsletter, the weather conditions, March Break absences, etc.), since 2009 the Board has scheduled the Annual meeting in the month of April. The Board would therefore wishes to amend the Constitution to require that the Annual member meeting be held within 120 days of the fiscal year end (Dec 31).

The motion was to amend the second paragraph of Article VII – MEETINGS:

Current  Statement:
The Annual meeting of the members shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors determine, but must be within thirty (60) days of the fiscal year-end.  Members shall be notified at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Proposed Statement:
The Annual meeting of the members shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors determine, but must be within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the fiscal year-end.  Members shall be notified at least seven days prior to the meeting.

2017 Annual Report
2017 was once again a very busy year for the SAHRA Board, dealing with a wide variety of topics and issues!  The Report for 2017 was presented at the Annual General Meeting by Jim Sadler on April 11, 2018. It covered the following issues:

  • Neighbours’ Night Out 2017
  • Avenue Road Avenue Study – north of Joicey Blvd
  • Review of Recommendations of the Avenue Road Avenue Study 2009
  • Pedestrian safety at Armour Heights Public School
  • FoNTRA submissions
  • Payment-in-Lieu of Parking policies
  • Development
  • Speed humps on Elm Road
  • Increases in impermeable areas
  • All-way stops
  • Capping of laterals
  • Rooftop Billboards
  • Municipal Elections
  • OMB and TLAB hearings
  • Delivery of hardcopy newsletters
  • Survey for areas of focus
  • Need additional Board Members and/or Volunteers

Thank You to Ron Johnson
We would like to heartily thank Ron Johnson, our past Treasurer and outgoing Board member. Ron joined the Board in September 2008 and was immediately and surreptitiously made Treasurer, a role which he held until the end of 2017. Anyone who knows Ron can attest to the fact that he brings a quiet yet forceful personality to his endeavours. Ron, thank you for bringing your convictions, energy and humour to SAHRA. We very much look forward to you continuing as a Volunteer.

Thank You to our Volunteers
At the Annual General Meeting, Bob Williams also thanked our Volunteers: Throughout the year many people provide support to our activities by dedicating their time or knowledge to supporting our ongoing initiatives. Volunteer Anne has supported our activities by preparing Reminder Envelopes, helping with Neighbours’ Night Out, creating the Billboard Sign Inventory along Avenue Road as well as monitoring Sign Permit Applications. Our Neighbours’ Night Out relies on the generous support from several of the Board Members’ spouses as well as area neighbours and student volunteers.  Our ability to take on community issues is most often limited by the time and effort that is required to research and mobilize a response.  We will always welcome members who want to donate time and get involved in our activities or even on a single issue that you feel deserves greater attention.  For us, success occurs when a volunteer keeps wanting to contribute or decides to become a Director!


SAHRA Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armour Heights Presbyterian Church (Lower Meeting Room). Link to the AGM Agenda 2017

Election of Officers
The following people agreed to stand as Officers/Directors of SAHRA for the 2017 year.
Sheila Dunlop (Secretary)
Ron Johnson (Treasurer)
Gary Langdon (Director)
Jim Sadler (Vice-President)
Bob Williams (Director)

2016 Annual Report
2016 was a very busy year for the SAHRA Board, dealing with a wide variety of topics and issues!  The 2016 Annual Report was presented at the Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2017.

The report provides details on the following activities, accomplishments and items that are still in progress:

  • Neighbours’ Night Out 2016
  • Traffic congestion and pedestrian safety at Armour Heights Public School
  • Speed limit changes
  • Recruitment of new Directors
  • Junk Mail
  • Collaboration with several residents’ organizations
  • Building and Development Applications
  • Recommendations from the Avenue Road Avenue Study
  • Payment-in-Lieu of Parking
  • Section 37 Funds
  • TTC Roe Avenue bus loop
  • The “Waiver” process
  • CofA 20 Days Notice
  • Capping of laterals
  • Zoning study
  • 1912-1914 Avenue Road
  • 2100 Avenue Road
  • 1560 Avenue Road
  • 1580 Avenue Road
  • 1780 Avenuie Road
  • 250 Lawrence Ave West
  • 228 Wilson Avenue
  • Avenue Road Avenue Study by-law amendment
  • North of Joicey
  • Collection of email addresses

Thanks to our Volunteers

At the Annual General Meeting on April 5th, we thanked the Volunteers who throughout the year provide support to our activities by dedicating their time or knowledge to supporting our on-going activities. Bob Williams presented a Thank You to the volunteers who provide support to SAHRA’s activities such as tracking CofA Notices and Decisions, monthly review of all Building and Development Applications as well as Sign Applications, Zoning reviews, site reviews/monitoring and street parking studies.  Special thanks was given to our two ‘full-time’ Volunteers – Gary Langdon and Anne Nizet-Bauraind.  Special recognition was given to Judy Ballard for all the time and energy she has contributed monitoring issues on Avenue Road.  Thanks to all the members plus our student volunteers who help make our Neighbours’ Night Out a success.  Thanks as well to our Advocates who help us with communicating with members on their street/in their area – it really helps.  Also thanks to our Members for their generosity with Membership contributions and the OMB contributions in 2015/16.


SAHRA Annual General Meeting 2016

2015 Annual Report
2015 was a very busy year for the South Armour Heights Residents’ Association both for the Directors and our Members. We presented the 2015 Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2016 reviewing the activities, accomplishments and the issues still in progress.

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