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CCRA President                                                      
Jeff Forsyth

Posted June .09 


With summer approaching we have 2 community events, one in June and the other in July.  On June 20th the annual Heritage Day Festival will be held.  This event gets underway with a parade along Lawson Road starting at Centennial School at 11:00 a.m. and finishing in Highland Creek.  Festivities then continue throughout the day in Highland Creek.  This annual community event for the whole family is sponsored in part by CCRA.  Plan to attend.


The other community event is our annual summer concert series held July 12th, 19th and 26th at the Port Union Recreation Centre.  This is a wonderful way to spend a relaxing summer evening listening to some great musical entertainment.  This event is also co-sponsored by CCRA.  Events Chair Heather Lemieux has further information on the concerts in the flyer on page 6.


Last month we launched our annual membership campaign.  A number of streets requiring canvassers were listed in last month’s newsletter.  If your street was on that list please consider volunteering to canvass even if it is only a few homes on your street.   The membership campaign is our only major fund raising event of the year.  Remember you can pay your membership through our web page, mail to our address shown in the newsletter or drop it off in our drop box located in the Port Union Community Centre.


At our May executive meeting we had a presentation from representatives of ‘Livegreen Toronto’.  This group was set up by the City of Toronto to promote green living in Toronto.  One of the services the group provides is assistance and grants to groups and individuals who are seeking ways to live “greener”.  While the association does not have any assets, we thought it would be helpful to our community if we were to set up workshops on various ways our residents could “live green”.  More details about this program are contained elsewhere in this newsletter.  There is also a web site www.toronto.ca/livegreen where you can obtain more information about this program. We would welcome your suggestions on topics that would be of interest to you.


We also had a presentation from a student at Mowat Collegiate on a program called “Eco Mentor” that promotes inspiration, motivation and education through a program that matches high school students with elementary school classes to teach and inspire enthusiasm for environmental issues.  More details about this worthy program are contained elsewhere in this newsletter.


This year the association had decided to award a $1000 scholarship to a student of our community to help further their post secondary education.   The deadline for applications was April 27.  I am sad to report that we received only one application that unfortunately was not admissible as the candidate does not reside in our community.  The executive was surprised at the lack of response to this opportunity.


Toronto Hydro Energy has issued their Notice of Completion of their study to install an anemometer in Lake Ontario.  A copy of the report is at the Port Union library or it can be viewed on line at Toronto Hydro Energy’s web site.  The public review period for the report terminated on May 14th.  The final site selected for the anemometer is off East Point Park.  I submitted a letter of comment on behalf of the association pointing out that the association was not notified of any of the public meetings nor were any of the community associations that border the lake.  The location of the anemometer seems to have been selected in part, because the shoreline in this area is vacant.  I also questioned how the public is going to assess this project if the results of the anemometer testing will not be made public because of commercial sensitivity.  I have asked that the Association be notified of any further developments in this project.


In September we will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary along with the 25th Anniversary of the Port Union Library, the Port Union Seniors and the Port Union Recreation Centre.  Celebrations will be held the week of September 20th.  Watch for further details in our September newsletter.


Looking ahead to the fall, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting in October.  I hope that some of you would give serious consideration to serving on the executive.  It is a rewarding experience that helps to maintain a strong, vibrant community.


This is our last newsletter until September.  Hope everyone has a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer.


Jeff Forsyth