By David Adamson
There have been a number issues brought to my attention and shared with other community organization executive members. But I’ll start this report with an update on recent events.
The 33rd Annual Highland Creek Festival was held on June 17. There was no parade this year due to the cost, but additional funds were allocated to enhance children’s activities. On June 24, the HCCA had a booth set up at the Port Union Waterfront Festival along with other community organizations. Thanks to the West Rouge Recreational Association for providing the tent.
On July 21, Blair Anderson and I met with Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jim Hart to discuss improvements to Echo Park, located on the east side of Meadowvale Rd., north of Kingston Rd. Blair and I were thankful for the opportunity to provide input and are confident the improvements discussed will be implemented.
The Invictus Games were held in Toronto from September 23 to 30 and a number of events were at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre at Military Trail and Ellesmere Rd. I am sure those who attended enjoyed the experience of supporting wounded veterans.
Repairs to the roof on the north wing of the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care, located on Lawson Rd., are now complete. Thanks to all who gave financial contributions to make this possible. Tax receipts are provided for donations made to the Centre for ongoing repairs and the provision of extra care foe residents.
The presidents of the community associations in Ward 44 continue to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest. Our last meeting was held August 30 with Councillor Hart attending and our next group meeting is scheduled for November 22. Larry Whatmore, President of the West Rouge Community Association, and I were invited to attend the CCRA executive meeting on September 6 and provided updates on our respective areas.
The annual Festival of Lights will again be held in the Highland Creek Village this fall. It’s is a good family outing and all are invited to attend. Date and time to be confirmed.
The primary concerns brought to my attention pertain to multi-tenant rental/boarding houses, land severance, building bylaw issues and Airbnb. I have attended a number of meetings in this regard with concerned homeowner residents. Presently, a petition is being circulated opposing the proposed bylaw change involving multi-tenant housing that was discussed at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus on June 6. Approximately 200 signatures have been obtained so far.
As a long-term resident of Highland Creek, I would like to see the continuance of a village-like atmosphere maintained in our area rather than an overcrowded, absent-ownership location.
We welcome your suggestions on how community residents can assist and improve on the ambiance of the Highland Creek area. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 416-281-7758.
David Adamson is president of the Highland Creek Community Association.