The purpose of the Association is to encourage good government, to improve living conditions in the Swansea Area, and to promote and express the interests of the area residents generally.

Formally founded in 1929, SARA is one of the oldest neighbourhood residents' groups in the City of Toronto. SARA is a non-political group open to everyone in the Swansea Community. We are a strong recognized community voice in municipal and provinicial politics. SARA members with their diverse backgrounds provide the skills needed to effectively represent the concerns of the Swansea Community. SARA is a member of the Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA). We are managed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time. We welcome new members. Join us as we work to preserve and enhance those features which have made Swansea a unique community in Toronto. Members receive all issues of the Association's newsletter, the "Swansea Outlook".

Mailing Address  Swansea Area Ratepayers Association  c/o Swansea Town Hall  Box 103, 95 Lavinia Avenue  Toronto, Ontario M6S 3H9
Email Address:  swansea@swansearatepayers.ca


Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Location:
Swansea Town Hall Community Centre,
95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto
(East of Windermere, North off Morningside)
 
Guest speaker: John Sewell,
Former Mayor of the City of Toronto

 Mr. Sewell will speak to the creative years of a
changing Toronto between 1969-1980 from his book,
‘How We Changed Toronto’
We welcome his thoughts and perspective from this period
as we work our way through changing times in
development direction in Toronto 2016
.

(He will be available to sign copies of his book
before and after the meeting) 
  
Agenda Items
Agenda items will include:

*President’s Report  *Development Updates *Election of Officers
*Planning Issues: DPS (Development Permit System), LAB (Local Appeal Bodies),
Mid Rise Guidelines
*Water Main Pipe Construction on the South Kingsway
Consider signing up as a member online at
www.swansearatepayers.ca

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Toronto Police 11 Division, in conjunction with the Hallelujah Fellowship Baptist Church are co-hosting an event for INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.

The event date (March 21st) falls on the actual UN established date for IDERD, and the location is at Hallelujah Fellowship Baptist Church, 425 Pacific Ave. (Dundas St W just west of Keele St)

Our Chief of Police, Mark Saunders, has confirmed that he will be attending and will join us in this celebration.

Seating begins at 6pm on the 21st of March, with kick off at 7pm, for songs, dancers, speeches, refreshments.  Please RSVP to Superintendent Heinz Kuck, 11 Division, 416-808-1114 to confirm attendance.

Ravina Garden Planting Party!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
At the new Community Garden
290 Clendenan Avenue
Garden location is on the East side of Clendenan Avenue & North side of Glendonwynne Road in the former Lawn Bowling Green.
Join us for a fun afternoon of bulb planting, children’s activities and a chance to meet your neighbours!
All Are Welcome
For more information please email kidsgrow@toronto.ca

All-Candidates Debate September 17, 2015

The Swansea Area Ratepayers Association

              Presents

The Federal All-Candidates for Parkdale-High Park Debate

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

The Rousseau Room of the Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia

(One block east of Windermere, north of Morningside).

The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the debate will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This is your chance to Question, Hear and Discover

Our P-HP Candidates stands on Swansea & Canada-Wide Issues.

Now is the time when all Canadians need to support a discussion of our country’s social, environmental and economic direction. Bring your questions to address all the issues to ensure a prosperous future for all Canadians.

Swansea & Étienne Brûlé-8000 Years


In Commemoration of Étienne Brûlé’s 400th Anniversary
The final stage of the 3-day reenactment of the Brûlé-Wendats Expedition of 1615 portaging down the Toronto Carrying Place Trail reaching the shores of Lake Ontario in Swansea.
Come and meet Etienne Brule and the many great historical figures who ventured the Carrying Trail leading to the development of Toronto today!
 

Sunday, Sept 13th, 12noon – 6pm

Lucy Maud Montgomery Parkette,
222 Riverside Drive, South of Bloor Street

Visit the Swansea 8000 Years Website for more information

Map to the Events of the Commemoration 

SARA Annual General Meeting May 13, 2015

The Swansea Area Ratepayers Association’s

 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Location:

Swansea Town Hall Community Centre,

95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto 

Guest Speaker Edith George

‘Heritage Trees

Preserving Our Natural Roots’

The Agenda will include:

Updates on Developments at 2265-79 Bloor W.,

1926 Lakeshore & Southport Plaza

¨ Election of Officers and Directors

¨ Committee and Treasurer’s Reports

Following the meeting, Edith George will speak to the importance of preserving our tree heritage.   As we learn about the importance of our natural roots, we will see the need for identifying and preserving this part of our history that is often overlooked and taken for granted.

Consider signing up as a member at the AGM or visit us online at www.swansearatepayers.ca

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The development proposed for the southwest corner of Bloor & Durie will set the precedent for all future developments in the Village and could be approved as early as January by the Ontario Municipal Board.
If you love this neighbourhood and want to see community input into this development, then act now!
PLEASE DONATE to Save Our Village (www.saveourvillage.ca) to help raise $30,000 to pay for legal and planning professionals to represent residents’ interests at the January OMB hearing for this development
• Spread the word about this development and fundraising effort.

Facts about the Bloor/Durie Development Proposal:
• When a developer goes to the OMB, the OMB will frequently approve a development – even in a case such as this where both the City and residents oppose the development and argue against it at the OMB hearing.
• This development will set a precedent for future developments in Bloor West Village. It could also set a precedent for developers believing that the way to conduct business in Bloor West Village is to simply ignore residents and take their proposals straight to the OMB.
• The City and local residents’ associations have opposed this proposal, and will argue against it at the January OMB hearing, citing that the proposed building:
o is 9-­‐stories tall + mechanical in a location that is currently zoned for up to 4-­‐stories
o has no set-­‐back to provide relief from the shadowing of the sidewalks on both sides of Bloor St. o encroaches on the neighbourhood to the South, calling for demolition of a house in Swansea o offers a design that does not respect the character of the neighbourhood
• Additional concerns:
o crowding in local public schools
o increased traffic, and
o increased pressure on transit
• Local residents’ associations have had past success at the OMB and we have solid legal and planning arguments to put before the OMB that we believe will improve this development.

We  love  Bloor  West  Village,  and  we  know  you
do  too!
• New  development,  if  properly  managed  with  community input,  is  an  opportunity  to  improve  our  area.
• However,  when  a  developer  chooses  not  to  work  with  the community  – it  is  time  to  act!
PLEASE  DONATE:  www.saveourvillage.ca
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Warm 4 Winter

1st Annual Sleep-Out raising awareness on homelessness!
800pm to 600am
(that’s right, it’s all night – where our members will sleep outside in sleeping bags!)
Friday November 7, 2014
(Front lawn of 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Rd.)
Please Support The Officers of Toronto Police Services 11 Division
Members of the Community Police Liaison Committee
Staff of the West Neighbourhood House
in their 1st Annual “Warm 4 Winter” Event
We are seeking donations of new:
• Socks, Mitts, Hats, Gloves
• Sleeping Bags & Blankets
• Undergarments, Toiletries
Please drop off donations at 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Ave, Toronto
For more information on how you can help, please contact Supt. Heinz Kuck 416-808-1114, or email Heinz.kuck@torontopolice.on.ca
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Fundraiser at the Village Playhouse


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SARA & BWVRA FUNDRAISER NOV 2014 AT THE VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE

SARA’s annual fundraiser will be held in conjunction with BWVRA on the preview night of the Village Playhouse production of “Strictly Murder”, on Thursday Nov 6, 2014

STRICTLY MURDER by Brian Clemens     director: Harvey Levkoe
Conflicts that play out in a British couple’s rustic cottage in Provence may affect the direction of the greater conflict that is about to envelope Europe. We dare you to separate the good guys from the bad in this thrilling tale of murder and espionage set in 1939.

Tickets are $18/ea., and are available from the SARA Executive.
Don’t miss out on a fun evening in support of SARA!