Midtown Toronto Community News For The Week of January 19

John Manneh January 24, 2014

Happy New year! We hope that everyone in Midtown had a great Christmas. We hope that 2014 brings you even more success than 2013 did.

Here are all the news and events for Midtown Toronto from this week. Remember to check back weekly as we will be posting the Midtown Toronto community news updates every Friday. We will also be posting more blogs with real estate advice and other useful content which you will be able to find on the homepage of our site www.calljohnandlaura.com


Lower Village design study requested

2ca6e62539de348c97a2d0432319694aWard 22 councillor Josh Matlow will be submitting a design study for Forest Hill Village, which could potentially impose restrictions on height and building materials used in the area. He hopes that this will help the area preserve a small town feeling.

“Forest Hill Village is one of the few enclaves in Toronto that still has that unique, village-like character,” he said, “and over the past few years some of the newer buildings have been detracting from that.

Click here to read more. 



Bold new plans for Casa Loma revealed

The city plans to turn over the running of large parts of Casa Loma to Liberty Group, a Toronto-based company that operates restaurants and event spaces.Liberty Group says it will invest $3 million in upgrading the castle’s interior, including installing a new air conditioning system and upgrading the heritage experience with new smartphone apps and tablet computers.

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Major Midtown Condo Development In The Works

8a9caa23bc679f7e5e4b1b2450da3ab3We are expected to see a large-scale condo development near Eglinton Avenue East and Laird Drive. Many residents have mixed feelings about the condo development. Some are welcoming to new community members, while others feel this will effect the community’s small town culture. However Ward 26 councillor John Parker has vowed to work to preserve Leaside’s small residential streets.



Too much business competition in the lower Village?

81b37b86012150116dba865f0c49cfa3Many of the charming Forest Hill Village restaurants are being replaced with large chains. The local councillor suggests it is a sign of prosperity. While this is likely good for the area in many ways, many small business such as Irwin’s Hardware have left the area.




Toronto Cat Rescue Adopt-a-thon This Saturday Jan 24

alvinJoin Toronto Cat Rescue for an adopt-a-thon Saturday, January 25th from 10-4 at Pet Valu 486 Lawrence Avenue W. (Bathurst/Lawrence).The adoption fee will be $175 for kittens under 6 months, $100 for cats over 6 months, and $250 if adopting two kittens, at the adopt-a-thon only, payable by cash only. This ensures that the cats that come into the care of Toronro Cat Rescue receive the medical attention they need, and receive proper vaccinations.
Saturday Jan 25 2014, 10am-4pm
Location:Pet Valu
Address:486 Lawrence Avenue West

Hands-on director a guide for hoops hopefuls

image-3Jason Sealy mids 18 basketball rep teams and more than 900 members, and still manages to be very hands-on. Having grew up in St. Clair Avenue West and having been George Brown’s sport and recreation coordinator, Sealy wants a thriving local basketball culture in midtown. Read more here. 

Recovery’s Been A Tough Job For Midtown

Toronto-in-winter-time-by-Mark.WatmoughMuch of Midtown Toronto was hit hard by this years ice storm. While most Midtown condos and homes are with power now, there is still a great deal of damage from the ice storm. An estimate from the city suggested Toronto lost 20 percent of its tree canopy. Click here to read the full article. 

Local Midtown councillors mount campaign to curb municipal board powers

image-5Two midtown councillors have mounted a campaign for reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board in hopes of preventing “abuses of entitlement” that might tilt decisions in favour of the interests of developers over those of the communities in which they build. Kristyn Wong-Tam of Ward 27, and Josh Matlow of Ward 22 say that provincially appointed body that rules on planning disputes needs a change. Click here to read more. 

Midtown Jewellery Store Open In North Toronto

image-6Jewelry story owners Maggie Aurocco and Cheryl Labbett opened up a second shop for Bluboho Jewelry in North Toronto on Yonge Street south of Glencairn Avenue.

The jewelry store’s name was inspired by a poem about a bohemian woman. The store features 20 jewellery designers, including collections owned by Labbett and Aurocco.

Read more about the store here. 


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