Volume 24 Number 1 Newsletter of the Swansea Area Ratepayers' Association January 1998
Please renew and encourage your friends to obtain a 1998
membership, still at the 1997 rate. Memberships are our
principal source of revenue used to handle day to day
administration costs. All our Executive are volunteers.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FEES FOR 1998:
Single membership...... $8.00
Family membership ... $10.00
Business membership... $12.00
Please contact L. Gris at 766-2792 to renew. Membership
inquiries may be sent to Swansea Area Ratepayers'
Association, c/o Swansea Town Hall, Box 103, 95
Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3H9.
Please note that Executive meetings are public and held
normally on the third Tuesday of each month. There may
be seating limitations, so contact the Executive before
you come to a meeting.
Our New Executive is: Peter Chant, President; Ed
Gaigalas and R.Vaughan, Vice-Presidents; L. Clay,
Secretary; J. Oreto, Treasurer; L. Gris, Membership; Ron
Luft, Past-President; Your Directors: H. Beetham,
Ritvars Bregzis, J. Bell, W. Haines, O. Iwanyshyn, P.
Jarvis, D. Jennison, G. Martinsons, I. Poon, M. Rew,
Wm. Roberts, L. Volpe and S. Wilkinson.
Both David Miller and Chris Korwin-Kuczynski met
with the SARA executive to discuss the future which is
still unknown. This matter must be carefully monitored
by all concerned citizens. SARA's concern will remain
to ensure access and public accountability.
SOUTH KINGSWAY- HUMBER BRIDGES
We continue to monitor the progress of the bridges. A
meeting was held on Dec. 18/97 at the Swansea Town
Hall, hosted by David Miller our Metro Councillor, with
Korvin-Kuczynski in attendance as Toronto Councillor
Elect for Ward 19. Beginning in January :98 and
continuing throughout '98 you can expect added traffic
on Lakeshore and the Queensway due to ramp closures
related to the removal and erection of the QEW bridges.
The East bound ramp at Lakeshore and Parklawn will be
closed and the South Kingsway ramp will be closed from
time to time between 9:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Lakeshore Friday:
will be reduced to one lane west of Windermere and the Saturday:
left turn lane at Windemere and Queensway will be Sunday:
closed. There is a possibility that the left turn lane will be
moved for the year to Ellis Ave. For more information
contact Metro Roads at 599-9090 or SARA's contact, G.
Martinsons at 766-1734.
HIGH PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE
It is our understanding there is to be a public meeting
concerning the through road closure in the new year. We
are still not clear about when, where and how it is to occur.
James Bell is our contact.
GARDINER LAKESHORE TASKFORCE
SARA continues to monitor this committee's work.
While the taskforce continues to exist for the short term
it is unknown what will occur in the future with the New
The City has a committee which reviews signs and the
regulation of the same. Don Jennison still continues to sit
as our representative on the Committee, whose future is
unknown. For more information contact Don Jennison at
SWANSEA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Please note that with the new mega city our library, which
was created as a living memory to those from the Village
of Swansea, who died in the first world war, will be under
threat of closure. We now know the names of the 22 who
died. Records indicate that another 150 came back who
served in the first world war.
Once again we urge you please, to use it or we may
You can arrange for any movie, book or any other
library material to be delivered to the Swansea branch for
The Town Hall has arranged for a computer to be
available during Town Hall hours so you can order books,
etc. when the library is not open. You can also order
books, etc. through your home computer.
LIBRARY HOURS ARE:
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
I:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
SARA continues to support Runnymede Hospital in its
attempts to ensure quality long term, chronic care and its
specialty programs continue on its site.
PETRO CANADA ON SOUTH KINGSWAY
SARA along with a group of residents from 1 Ripley
(Southampton) have appealed the Committee of
Adjustment decision which approved the change to a gas
bar from a gas station and continues the car wash and
adding a retail store which will be about 30% greater than
the one at Queensway and Southport. We understand that
this will become a 24 hour a day operation.
It is also our understanding that Petro Canada has
appealed the site plan to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Contact G. Martinsons for more information at 766-1734.
TRAFFIC CALMING ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE
SARA continues to follow this matter. Regular meetings
have been held and some time in the new year a new plan
may come to the fore and a further public process is to
1947-1997 BLOOR STREET WEST
There is a proposal to erect a 7 storey, 4 times coverage
residential condominium at this site (Ellis Park and Bloor,
next to High Park). The permitted zoning is 5 storeys and
2.5 times coverage although there is a permission for a
larger commercial building which was previously
approved by the Ontario Municipal Board. Two meetings
have been held. SARA had G. Martinsons, P. Chant and
Bill Roberts attend as observers only. The matter is still
before the Committee of Adjustment. SARA has not
taken a formal position at this stage because the final
design as of the date of this newsletter has not been
Special congratulations to our Executive Members G.
Martinsons, E. Gaigalas, S. Wilkinson, J. Oreto and B.
Roberts who received a City of Toronto five year service
award for serving on the Board of Management of
Swansea Town Hall. Several other board members
received service awards as well: J. Slaughter, R.
Martinuk, C. Armstrong, J. Woodburn and W. Hayes.
BLOOR WEST PARKING STUDY
We do not know pet whether the New Council will
continue this study or not.
99 COEHILL DR. (1 RENNIE TERRACE)
No new information.
BLOOR LIQUOR REGULATIONS
We continue to monitor this matter, waiting for it to go
to the Ontario Municipal Board.
SARA continues to monitor this matter and we are
waiting for the Ontario Municipal Board hearing to be
This matter is still before the courts.
ELLIS AVENUE PROJECT
For further information contact Don Jennison at
- Peter Chant
Swansea Area Ratepayers' Association
c/o Swansea Town Hall
P.O. Box 103, 95 Lavinia Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3M0