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Posted  Nov2014



Notice of OMB Hearing of Watson Farm (222 Centennial Rd. and 35 Acheson Blvd.)


The developer of the Watson Farm (222 Centennial Rd. and 35 Acheson Blvd.) has appealed to OMB for hearing, pursuant to sections 34(11) and 51(34) of the Planning Act. The reasons for the appeal are:


1. The City has failed to make a decision regarding the Zoning By-law Amendment application within 120 days after it was received;

2. The City has failed to make a decision regarding the Draft Plan of Subdivision application within 180 days after it was received;

3. The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision would permit development on the Subject Property which represents good land use planning, is appropriate for the Subject Property and is in the public interest;

4. The proposed development on the Subject Property will respect and reinforce the existing physical character of the neighbourhood;

5. The Zoning By-law Amendment application is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 and conforms to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe; and

6. Such further and other reasons as counsel may provide and the Board will permit.


The hearing is scheduled on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:00AM. The hearing location is:

Ontario Municipal Board (Toronto)

655 Bay Street, 16th Floor

Toronto ON M5G 1E5


Residents who are interested in participant the hearing may write a letter to the following person to register as a participant at the hearing (It is free). Individuals should appear at the start time of the proceedings.


Case Number: PL140968

OMB Contact:

Raymond Borja, Case Coordinator, Planner,

Ontario Municipal Board 655 Bay Street Suite 1500 Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E5

(416) 326-5358


Residents who have concerns regarding the development are encouraged to contact the city stuff:

Katrien Darling, Senior Planner City of Toronto, City Planning Division

Scarborough Civic Centre

150 Borough Drive, 3rd Floor

Toronto, ON M1P 4N7

Tel. 416.396.7721 Fax 416.396.4265

E-mail: kdarling@toronto.ca

Charlottetown Boulevard Child Care Centre: Facing the challenge of change

Posted Nov 2014


If you take a drive up Friendship Avenue you can usually hear the sound of children’s laughter as they play in the playground hidden behind the trees next to the West Rouge Plaza.  The laughter that you are hearing would be coming from the over 175 children that are in the care of Charlottetown Boulevard Child Care Centre (CBCC).


CBCC has been an integral part of the West Rouge/West Hill Community for almost 30 years offering childcare programs for children aged 18 months to 5 years of age, as well as programming for school aged children 6 to 12 years old.  They are the only non-profit childcare centre a short commute from the GO Station that offers childcare services and provides bus service to all schools within the area.  For working parents they provide a safe place to leave our children while we are at work, but they are more than just that.  If you take a walk through the hallways and look into each of the open and airy classrooms you will definitely run into some familiar faces because a number of CBCC staff are also members of the Community – our neighbours, customers and friends.  At times, retired staff from the centre also return as volunteers.


Childcare organizations have been undergoing a number of changes in recent years with the roll out of all-day kindergarten.  Organizations such as CBCC have had to learn how to adapt and change.  This includes offering additional programs such as a half day nursery program for those stay at home parents that want an opportunity to slowly integrate their children into a structured program.


The centre’s Director has been part of CBCC for over 25 years, and has been a witness to many changes in the community.  In recent years the demographics in the area have been changing, with an influx of new families to this area of the city that provides such a great location to raise a family. 

But change also poses challenges, as every open space or older structure provides an opportunity for housing development, and West Rouge Plaza is no exception.  The Centre confirms that there are no defined plans for development of the West Rouge Plaza at this time and the Centre does have a lease on the location that continues to be renewed.  Even so, given the recent changes in the community such as the Island Road development, all members of the West Rouge/West Hill community should be asking their local candidates for councillor and trustees:  “How will you ensure that we maintain the childcare services that are so important to working families and our vibrant community?”


Looking back at Centennial

By Matthew Chin

Posted Nov 2014


The Centennial Community was a lot different during Louise Boyden’s upbringing.  The waterfront could be seen from the Centennial Road School and the Johns-Manville Plant was fully functional.  Boyden attended Centennial Road School and remembers it much differently than what it is today.

“When I first went to Centennial, you could see the lake from Centennial Road School. There were no houses or anything [in the way],” she said.

Louise Boyden is an English teacher and head of the English department at Sir Oliver Mowat.  She was raised in the Centennial community and attended Centennial Road School, where the students were split into four houses in accordance with the four original settlers of the community: Adams, Brumwell, Miller, and Tredvalley.

“We had inter-house competitions and just like in Harry Potter at the end of the year the house that got the most points got a prize,” Boyden said. 

The tradition is what is now referred to as house leagues, due to the different houses competing for a prize.

When the Johns-Manville plant, now a townhouse complex near the waterfront, was open, Boyden and many other children would collect the by-product which was balls of glass referred to as alleys.  

“All the children would go down to the waterfront and we’d pick up what were like alleys, and collect alleys,” she said.

What has kept Louise Boyden drawn to the Centennial community is the natural scenery.  Being close to the lake and being surrounded by parks, she continues to enjoy the greenery.

“We have places where you can go and forget you’re in a city.  You can be outside and think that you’re in a nature reserve,” Boyden said.


This is the first article in an occasional series by Matthew Chin, a graduate of Sir Oliver Mowat C. I.  and journalism student at Ryerson University. Matthew will be writing about and uncovering our local stories.



Sept 2014


Highland Creek Treatment Plant Update

by the Highland Creek Treatment Plant Neighbourhood Liaison Committee


Because there were most likely only 100-150 people who attended the Monday, June 16th initial Public Information Centre presentation by the consultants regarding the Biosolids Environmental Assessment for the Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant, we thought it important to have a follow-up article discussing the next steps in the process.


What are biosolids? Biosolids, or sludge, is the highly odorous solid-liquid material left after the treatment of sewage. It contains active pathogens, nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus  heavy metals, various industrial chemicals, pharmaceutically active compounds and other emerging substances of concern. It is not just human waste. It is 25% solid and 75% water.


It should be noted that the Environmental Assessment, which started on April 1, 2014, has now identified three possible general approaches for the management of the biosolids at the Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.


Two of the three solutions would involve the daily trucking of biosolids through the neighborhood to the 401, a distance of seven (7) kilometres through residential and busy commercial areas.


The third alternative is to upgrade the present on-site thermal reduction system to the next level of efficiency. Fluidized Bed Thermal Reduction (one possible choice) with state-of-the-art air emission controls, is a system that would dispose of the sewage sludge on site. This is a system that would not require the addition of oil or gas to maintain the combustion process. In fact the process byproducts, namely excess heat and ash, could provide opportunities for energy and resource recovery/reuse.


In September the first of two Health Impact Assessment Stakeholder meetings will be held. The Health Impact Assessment is a procedure used to identify how a specific project could potentially affect health in the affected human populations.


For this study, the HIA will use the following key sources of information to evaluate health impacts from the different sewage sludge management options:

A.    Cumulative Air Emissions Assessment

B.     Human Health Risk Assessment, which will evaluate the potential for health impacts from emissions

C.     Noise Assessment

D.    Odour Assessment

E.     Traffic Assessment

F.     Other health related impacts, as identified through the HIA Stakeholders Group that represents the community, city and subject experts.


Project Newsletter #2 will be issued in November 2014. The second PIC open house for the Environmental Assessment will most likely be held in February 2015. The exact time and date should be available for the next issue of our newsletter.


For further information on the EA Communications and Consultation Plan, please refer to the project website at:   www.toronto.ca/hctpbiosolidsea


To be added to the project information mailing list, send an email to:  jfranch@toronto.ca


If you would like to receive news and updates from the Highland Creek Treatment Plant Neighbourhood Liaison Committee, email news4ccra@gmail.com and request to the added to the HCTP email list.









Sept 2014




There’s a place in the wilderness of the northern lowlands, a paradise dotted by black spruce and poplar, tamarack and ash, the earth woven with rivers and pocked by muskeg.  It’s true bush, about 220 kilometers north of Cochrane, Ontario, and about 90 kilometers south of Moosonee and its northern reserve cousin, Moose Factory.


In recent years, these communities, and others very similar to them right across Canada’s north, have been devastated by waves of young people taking their own lives.  There are the theories: brutal socio-economic conditions, psycho-biological tendencies, the post-traumatic stress of a culture’s destruction.  Ultimately, though, no one is quite sure why the rate is often 100 times higher than the Canadian average.  All we know is that something desperately needs to be done.


So we’re doing something.  We are building a camp for kids there, where the Abitibi River meets another, much smaller river, the camp’s namesake, the Onakawana. 


We are working hard to change despair into self-reliance, of changing that frightening feeling of being lost into always knowing how to find home, of changing the belief that there isn’t much of a future into seeing that the world is your oyster, or should I say, your netted sturgeon, your beaded moccasin, your moose tenderloin, your sweat lodge, your eagle feather, your round dance in the wilderness, surrounded by your friends.  


And what makes me especially happy is that this camp, Onakawana, won’t be the only one.  It’s just the first in what will be camps for youth across Canada, where young people can get to learn and get to share, maybe get to find themselves a little bit. It’s a place where they are encouraged to simply become themselves.  


Joseph Boyden






Joseph Boyden, author of “The Orenda” and winner of Canada Reads for 2014 will be the guest speaker on Wednesday September 24th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at West Hill United Church, 62 Orchard Pk. Drive at Kingston Road, Scarborough, On M1E 3T7.   This is a benefit for Camp Onakawana, a camp for kids in the far north, which is dear to Mr. Boyden’s heart.   A ‘meet and greet’ with the author and book signing will follow with light refreshments. Tickets are $20.00, in advance, from the church. Make cheques payable to: West Hill United Church. For more information call 416-282-8566.


The First Nations Study Group at West Hill United Church has been meeting for over 3 years. Through our group studies, the heartbreak of the ongoing tragedy of the suicides and attempted suicides amongst young people on reserves has been painfully brought home to us.  This subject is very close to author, Joseph Boyden’s heart.  He and his close friends are striving to make a difference in the lives of the young people in the far north, changing despair into self-reliance.  We hope that you will be able to join us on September 24th, to help make a difference, too! 


Posted June 2014


On May 10, CCRA Past President Ben Stanton passed away peacefully at Centenary Hospital in his 93rd year with his family at his side. Ben was born in Dutchess, Alberta, the eldest son of 13 children to Mervin and Blanche Stanton. Ben was a cowboy as a young man on the Dorthy Cattle Co. Ranch, Bar U Ranch & The Circle Ranch. He joined the Canadian Air Force - heading east where he met his beautiful bride Margarette. They settled in the Centennial community in 1948, where they still resided in the family home he had built. Ben enjoyed working with friends he made during his involvement in the CCRA. He was influential in creating several landmarks, the gates at Adams Park in the Centennial year and building homes on Ben Stanton Blvd.

CCRA extends sincere condolences to the Stanton family. With warm memories, to follow is an article written by Ben Stanton in 2009 during CCRA’s 60th anniversary year.


60+ Years of Memories

by Ben Stanton, CCRA Past President


In April 1948, my wife Margarette and I came out with a real estate salesman to look over an acre of land on the east side of Centennial Road, four lots north of Lawson Road “very late in the evening”.


It was too dark to survey the property, so we came out the next day on the bus to Highland Creek and walked along Lawson Road, a sandy trail, to Centennial Road (both were paved later to service the new John’s Manville plant at Prot Union and Lawrence  Avenue.  At that time the Scarborough’s border was the west side of Port union Road and later extended to the Rouge River.


The CCRA was being formed so we purchased our first memberships from Tom McMorrow at his little store just west of the present strip plaza at the corner of Lawson and Centennial Roads.


We built our home and occupied it in October 1949 through the “Veteran’s Land Act Plan” and have raised a daughter and two sons who live near and visit regularly.


We attended the first community picnic held by the CCA later the CCRA at the original little school house located at the north side of Adams Park where the Ontario Department of Highways excavated fill materials to form the 2A and 401 connections.  This is how the present ball diamond and soccer field were formed.


1960 – 1963


As President the first time, I had many meetings with Bill Brown and Jack Kay of Scarborough Township, Park Department to encourage the development of Adams Park.  This was a more difficult task because it is a district park not community park.  However, a concession building for hydro and water service was built and flood lighting on the toboggan hill, baseball diamond and soccer field, previously mentioned, boards for an ice rink on the Lawson Road side, flooding the rink etc. were completed by the CCRA.




As President for the second time, I had knowledge and personal dealings with “Hands Fireworks” located in Cooksville, Ontario.  What better way to celebrate Centennial year than by having a May 24th weekend with a fire work’s display.


Hands put on a “super display” at Adams Park and everyone had a great time.  This event was held for many years and, unfortunately, was discontinued.


As President during our Centennial Year, one of my goals was to have stone gates built at the Lawson Road entrance to Adams Park.  We raised funds in various ways, i.e., bottle drives (amazing how many beer bottles were cleared out of sheds).  All were turned in for cash at the beer store.  We held Broom Sales and sold hundreds of regular corn brooms and stiff bristled push brooms.


McCowan Readymix supplied the concrete for the foundations, free of charge, many building trades made cash donations along with many residents.


The Masonry contractor did the work at a reasonable cost.  The hand digging for the foundations was done by a few of the CCRA members.  Consumer Gas supplied the gas lamps and the connections to the lamps.  At the dedication, Mayor Albert Campbell said, “Let there be light” and the gas company employees turned them on.  Unfortunately, vandals ruined them not long after and they were removed.  Generally the youth in this area were very helpful in all the events performed by the CCRA and we believe these vandals were from outside of our community.


It has been a pleasure to put this bit of history together and before I close, I would like to thank you for the great Past President’s Dinner and Dance that my wife and I attended – we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.


Yours truly,

Ben Stanton

Celebrating local heroes: Tony Sibley


Moving to Centennial almost 45 years ago, Tony Sibley remembers “a muddy experience”, coming to this neighbourhood at a time when Lawrence Avenue did not yet cross Highland Creek. He recalls wife June losing her shoes in the mud during those early days, “but she wouldn’t have it any other way”.

Tony retired in 1992 after a satisfying career as a military engineer. Reading at Port Union Library one day, Tony says he “looked up and realized that there was a health club and other things happening” in the community centre. Tony attended an Annual General Meeting of the Port Union Seniors, and upon hearing that they needed a President, stepped up to volunteer for a two-year term. Tony and June remained active in the group for many years, enjoying community involvement and causes supported by the always energetic Port Union Seniors.

In 2002, Tony joined the CCRA executive as Treasurer, a position he held until this year, as well as serving an interim term as Membership Chair. His steadfast commitment since joining CCRA has seen it through many vital initiatives, events and issues in this community. Tony is particularly proud of CCRA’s part in demanding cleanup at the Port Union site of the asbestos-ridden Johns Manville plant, and the successful demand for warning clauses that were added to new home agreements there.

After years of volunteering, Tony feels that Centennial’s growing pains and changes are for the best. He is ready to move on to another good neighbourhood, and says “times change and you have to change with it”.

After almost 45 years, Tony Sibley leaves our Centennial community a better place. His steady hand at CCRA and Port Union Seniors were, and still are, valued in our neighbourhood.

For readers of CCRA News, Tony’s keen editorial eye and mind will be greatly missed. We wish him nothing but smooth, mud-free roads ahead.


“Several years ago I was the Membership Chair for the CCRA. There were a lot of canvassers required to the do the job and it was a lot of work. At the end of the four years, I decided to try to find someone to take on the job as I was running out of friends to help.  As luck would have it for me, I was chatting with Tony and when I told him that I was giving up the position, he told me that he would do it. 

I have always felt that day was my lucky CCRA day. Tony went on to be a great Membership Chair and the Treasurer as well. I will miss you, Tony.”-

Marilyn Hodge, Vice President CCRA 

Celebrating local heroes: Rella Braithwaite 

Rella Braithwaite and her family celebrated her 91st birthday this year, and a lifetime of giving to her community.

Rella and her husband Bob, a World War 2 veteran, settled in Centennial in 1946. She remembers early years here when neighbours shared a telephone and washing machine. Rella speaks warmly of friends like the McMorrow, Watson and Dempsey families, who were also among the first in the neighbourhood.

Centennial Road Public School was still being built, and Rella’s six children were able to attend there from grades one to eight. Rella became involved with the school’s Home and School Association, later receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award after her involvement for over 25 years.

She recalls being present in 1949 at the Home and School Association when it was decided that Centennial School should have a recreation centre. This led to the founding of the Centennial Community Recreation Association. William Dempsey was made founding President. Rella feels that the CCRA can be proud to be in their 65th year and she was pleased to receive her CCRA recognition medal in 1977.

The Braithwaite family attended Centennial United Church and for a time, Bob Braithwaite sang in the choir. As her children grew, Rella became more active in the community. She attended Scarborough Board of Education meetings for five years, and wrote a column entitled “Scarborough Board Happenings” for West Hill News.

Notably, Rella is one of the eldest descendants of the Queen’s Bush Pioneers, one of the largest Black settlements where fugitives escaping slavery made new homes in Canada. Realizing that Black youth needed to understand their heritage, she began researching and writing about early Black settlers. In the 1960s, Rella wrote a column for Contrast newspaper, sharing Black history with Toronto. She has since co-authored several books including Some Black Women and Some Black Men that profile outstanding figures in Canadian Black history.

Always sharing her research with students and adults, in 1975 Premier William Davis appointed Rella to serve on an Advisory Council of Multiculturalism. Years later, she received a Bi-Centennial Civic Award from Scarborough Mayor Frank Faubert. Among her many honours, Rella has received awards from Who’s Who in Black Canada, Congress of Black Women, Association of Black Women and Negro Colour Guard.

Centennial has been home for over 67 years to this remarkable woman, who says that it “has been a really great community since we came in 1946”. Rella continues to inspire students with an annual writing award at Centennial Road Public School. Never without a project, she is currently working on a book about her sister the Reverend Addie Aylestock, first Black woman minister in Canada.

There is always another story to be told – we wait for Rella to write her own. It may be the best yet



Posted Mar 2014


Tennis Anyone?

Here is What’s Happening at the West Rouge Tennis Club

(by Mary Soye, Secretary, West Rouge Tennis Club)


Have you ever driven by the West Rouge Community Centre between April and October and wondered what was happening under the bright lights of the tennis courts in the evenings? Well this is the West Rouge Tennis Club – a dynamic, community-based club, and home to people who love playing tennis in the great outdoors.


Monday evenings you will see the ladies’ and men’s house league doubles matches. Wednesday evenings we have mixed doubles on the courts. Many Tuesday nights you will see some of our more experienced players hosting other Scarborough teams in a league that is part of the Scarborough Tennis Federation (STF). West Rouge has three different levels of teams in this league – some more competitive than others! And you might just see us playing in the Mixed Luck of the Draw tournament, a fun annual event that sparks some spirited tennis. But the real competition takes place later in the season at the club championships!


Don’t let the competition scare you off, though. The club also offers beginner clinics run by our pro for adult non-members (beginner members are also encouraged to attend) on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 in May and June. Here you can learn (or re-learn) the basics. You are sure to meet up with other players at your level and you can arrange games with them.


Our junior program is a great way for children under the age of 18 to get involved in tennis – a sport that incorporates both mental and physical exercise. From May 2 to May 31, all juniors have five free lessons with our club pro on Saturdays and there are five organized junior drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons in May and June from 5:00 to 6:00. We’d like to see more juniors on our courts learning to love the game and play it throughout their lives, and who knows? Your child might be the next Milos or Eugenie! Find out by signing them up. And consider signing up with them. Tennis is a great way to spend healthy, active family time, right here in the neighbourhood.


In addition to court time, the club hosts a number of social events throughout the season, including an opening day barbeque, a Family Day event, a mid-winter wine and cheese evening, an Ironman/Ironwoman challenge that involves golf, tennis and a barbeque, and to round off the season, a house league dinner and awards night.


You have to be a member to play on our courts (except Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00when they are open to the public and at the Wednesday beginner clinics), so sign up now! You can find the application form online at www. westrougetennisclub.com and at the WRCC reception desk. We would love to have you and your family join us at the West Rouge Tennis Club!


Posted Sept 2013 2013



Miller Lash House

As reported in June, the Highland Creek Heritage Day held on Saturday June 8th, was combined with U of T’s 100th anniversary celebration at the Miller Lash House.  This house is located on U of T Scarborough campus property off Old Kingston Road adjacent to Colonel Danforth Park.  Each Thursday evening during the summer a pub night was held at the Miller Lash House.  The last night was Thursday August 15th.  This was a new venture for U of T.  The location of the house is unique and the setting is spectacular.  Food was reasonably priced and good.  From reports I understand U of T will be opening up the house next summer with perhaps more nights available.  Watch for an announcement next spring.