Letters to the Editor
The views expressed in these letters
do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the CCRA.
Posted May 2014
let me say what a wonderful job CCRA has done over the years for all of us
who live in this great community. Our family has been here for over 30
years and we believe Centennial is one of the best kept secrets in
Toronto. I have been saddened however at our community, Ron Moeser and
CCRA for not noticing or rallying to do anything about a recent move by
the City of Toronto and the Chief of the Toronto Fire Department to close
our community fire pumper, P215 on Lawrence Ave West. This is an
unbelievably bad and tragic decision for our community. Of all the
vehicles to lose in this city, P215 was the worst. I'm also amazed that
Ron Moeser didn't comment on it in his news letter nor did CCRA. First let
me say I am not a fire fighter. I do have however have an intimate
knowledge of the workings of fire departments, not only Toronto but most
of the big city departments in North America. When you consider the actual
make-up of the emergency runs of our fire station on Lawrence, we need and
deserve the best. With Chemical Court, various high occupancy schools and
hi-rise building on Kingston Road and Lawrence, both of our fire vehicles
are vital to this community. And now we have lost one. Our fire chief has
had very little experience with a department as large and diverse as
Toronto. His decisions are flawed. He is not an experience fire fighter.
He is an administrator who relies on computer models and wishful thinking.
The community has been led to believe that our aerial (A215) on Lawrence
will suffice in running not only as a pumper but an aerial serving the
community without leaving us vulnerable to tragedy. Wrong. An aerial is
much slower in responding to an emergency. Probably double the time it
would take a pumper to get on scene. This week alone A 215 has responded
to the far reaches of our community for at least four call for VSA....Vital
Signs Absent. At a time Toronto Fire has issues with response time, this
only adds to the problem. The Fire Chief has called the aerial replacement
of our pumper a "Quad", meaning it has a pump so it is really a pumper as
well as a ladder truck. It does have a pump. But it does not carry an
appropriate amount of hose, as a pumper does, to be effective in a fire
responds first on scene. We have been led to believe that we have two fire
trucks in one. Not so. In order to effectively utilize the capability of
the our remain Quad we need the manpower of both the ladder truck and the
pumper, 8 fire fighters. We have lost 4 of those fire fighters in our
community. The remaining 4 firefighters have to quickly decide upon
arrival at a fire what action they will take- ladder or pumper tasks. It
can't be both. It is only a matter of time that something tragic will
happen in our community as a result of this flawed decision. Let's not let
this budget cut be forgotten. We need to rally our community to demand our
elected officials to re-instate our vital community resource. Seconds
Posted Feb 24th 2014
Kudos to the ingenuity of the woman who
froze bowls of water on her balcony in order to keep her fridge foods
Kudos to ALL who put their fridge
freezer foods in their garages or in some cases the trunk of their car.
For those of us who ran their gas appliances – think about purchasing a
carbon monoxide detector with a battery back-up.
Posted Jan 8th 2014
I am writing to echo the comments made in a recent
Letter to the Editor regarding Councillor Moeser's complete lack of action
after the ice storm ("Ice Storm in Ward 44"). I think it is timely to note
that the recent storm (or ice "event" as described by Councillor Moeser)
is again demonstrating the inaction and lack of communication from our
This is an election year, and Councillor Moeser's
disappearance during the ice storm should again remind us why it is in
everyone's best interest that the constituents of Ward 44 elect a new
councillor in this October's election. Due to his lack of response to my
e-mails, I recently tried to speak with Councillor Moeser at his plaza
office. Not surprisingly, he was not there.
I've been told that Councillor Moeser's home was
without power for less than 12 hours. I can't confirm this because I have
not received a response from him about it, despite several e-mails to him.
I and my family, like many other Ward 44 constituents, were without power
for more than four days. We celebrated Christmas morning in our home where
the temperature in our family room was 3C degrees.
Can any Ward 44 constituents attest to receiving any
direct "help" or "assistance" from Councillor Moeser in the aftermath of
the ice storm? Did anyone e-mail Councillor Moeser and receive a response
from him (not his assistant)? Do any constituents believe (like I do) that
its a communications weakness on the part of Councillor Moeser to neglect
using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
I agree with the previous letter writer: Ward 44
deserves better than this.
Posted Jan 1st 2014
Re: Ice Storm in Ward 44
After 96 hours with our house
plummeting to 5 degrees Celsius, power came back early morning on
Thursday, December 26th. Ours was one of a few neighbourhood streets
left in the dark .
Port Union Community Center had power
on Christmas Eve, so my 20 year old son contacted City staff he knew, in
hopes of setting up a warming centre or reception location. This did not
happen. People in Ward 44 had to go to 43 Division Police Station which
was at capacity, and then on Friday Dec. 27 to Heron Park Arena.
Meanwhile, lights blinked messages about upcoming community events on
the outdoor sign at Port Union. Could Councillor Moeser have pushed for
it to be opened? Why did young teens have to loiter at Walmart to keep
warm all week?
On Sunday Dec. 22 we found that the plaza at Lawrence and Port Union was
fully functional and all systems go... except for Ron Moeser's
constituency office which was locked up tight. No signs in the window
how to reach him, no Facebook or Twitter accounts, and no updated news
on his website.
I contacted both Councillor Moeser and Ward 43 Councillor Paul Ainslie
on Friday Dec. 27th. Paul Ainslie’s assistant called me 3
hours later from her home, returning calls and working around the clock
trying to get Ward 43 residents what they needed. I waited for Ron
Moeser's assistant to return my call, which I received three days later
on Monday, December 30.
Councillor Moeser wasn't able to be reached, while many other City
Councillors were tweeting until the early hours of the morning, sending
out newsletters and updating websites. On Monday Dec. 30, Councillor
Moeser’s website still doesn't have updated information about what to do
with tree branches and food waste.
On checking Twitter, I see that I’m not the only one unimpressed with
communication from the elected city official representing our area.
Where was Councillor Ron Moeser during this power outage?
I think Ward 44 deserves better than this.
416 282 8116
Posted Jan 2014
Removal and Replacement of Centennial’s Ash Trees
the deadly Emerald Ash Borer has come to the Centennial area. City
Forestry staff are regularly monitoring the Ash trees and are marking
trees for removal when necessary. This work has been on-going since 2011
and will continue throughout our community for some time to come.
Wherever Ash trees are removed, new trees will be scheduled for planting
during the next available planting season.
are losing an Ash tree, you can be involved in choosing the species that
will be planted adjacent to your home. According to the person in charge
of the City’s Forest Renewal Section:
“When an Ash tree is marked for removal, Forestry staff initiates a
Service Request for a replacement tree to be planted. Urban Forest Renewal
staff will visit each address, choose a planting location and select 2
species appropriate for the site conditions. Staff will consider soil
conditions, space available for planting, obstacles such as overhead
utility lines, species diversity in the neighbourhood and other factors.
They will leave a door hanger for the resident indicating the planting
location and the 2 recommended species. Residents are advised to call 311
if they want to discuss the location or the species choices.
The priority of staff is to plant large-growing, native tree species.
However, we do plant non-native species as well, because they do well in
urban environments and it gives us more choice so that we can maintain
To get an idea of the species we plant, I refer you to the Residential
Free Tree Brochure on the Forestry website at
www.toronto.ca/trees and then follow the
link to Tree Planting, under Toronto Tree Information.
There are areas that have already received replacement trees. The rest of
the trees will likely be replaced next spring or fall, depending on when
the Ash are removed.”
our new trees are planted, we can help them to survive by giving them some
water when the hot, dry weather arrives and reporting any damaged or sick
trees to the City. Together, we can help with the growth of a healthy,
diverse assortment of species, which will eventually grow to beautify our
community and be here for future generations.
Past President, CCRA
Posted Dec 2013
November 21, 2013
My name is Carolyn Elbertsen
and I have been a resident of Goldberry Square for nearly 25 years. As I’m
sure most residents in the area are aware, the Emerald Ash Borer (and
invasive species from Asia) has killed the majority of ash trees in
southwester Ontario-including our neighbourhood. As a result, the City of
Toronto is removing ash trees. This summer, the City removed 14
established trees on Goldberry Square and we are scheduled to have 24 more
trees removed. The City of Toronto has thus far only replaced 2 trees-with
Genkgo trees. Genkgo trees are not native to Canada, have a slow growth
rate and produce a pungent stinky fruit. Our community would be stick
lined. Residents have the right to request the species of trees to be
replanted on their property. Please request Canadian, fast growing trees
such as the Silver Maple to be planted in our neighbourhood. (Call 311
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or email
firstname.lastname@example.org). I urge all neighbours who feel strongly to contact
Councillor Ron Moeser (Constituency Office 5504 Lawrence Avenue East,
Scarborough ON, M1C 3B2 416-338-5306,
Have a say in our community and what our community looks like! “I always
wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized that
I am somebody.”
Posted Feb. 2013
Hi, I have heard
that a decision has been made to widen Port Union Rd. Apparently this was
casually mentioned at a meeting regarding the townhouses to be built at No
Frills, in which only a few of the closest homes were invited to attend.
It was not relayed to the rest of the community. I guess we are supposed
to learn about this through the rumour mill. I knew that widening was
under review but there had not been any community update regarding this
for the past few years. Why was there no mention of this important change
in the Jan or Feb CCRA newsletters? I would have thought this would be in
Councillor Moeser's section for sure. I believe there is to be 4 lanes, a
median, and bike lanes on each side. This will undoubtedly mean that
existing trees will be removed along Pt Union and traffic flow will be
close to the fences of the private homes. I believe the community should
know the facts about this - and not have to rely on hearsay passed from a
few people who were at that townhouse meeting. Can you please follow up
with this important change to our community and ensure the residents in
the Centennial Community are informed? Thanks.
Posted Feb 2013
To Councillor Moeser
Councillor, It would be appreciated if you
would take a moment to review your file on this property to confirm its
existing and potential land use (e.g. as is) and then ensure that the
selling agent, Prudential Realty, is aware of it.
Thus informed, Prudential can then meet their
full disclosure commitments and inform potential buyers accordingly.
A review of your file will show that the owner
prior to current one(s) was a speculator/developer who, while undertaking
a failed attempt to subdivide the property, utilised it as a rental
property. As a developer/speculator no attempt was made to improve the
appearance of the property to have it fit within the standard of
I also understand the survey plan being handed
out by Prudential has been annotated to show a proposed subdivision of the
property with two lots fronting onto Satchell. This is not in accordance
with current zoning and was previously rejected by the City. Use of such a
marked-up plan could be deemed as misleading to potential buyers with
intent to increase the property’s marketability.
A review of your file will also show this as
the property that was clear cut of over 30 mature private and city owned
trees while the city stood impotently on the side. I am still, to this
day, baffled that the City did not plant new trees, either along the
boulevard or back along the property line.
I am Winston Beard, owner of 79 Satchell Blvd.
We look onto the open backyard of 198 Lawson. The entire 180 feet of
property abutting Satchell is exposed. We and other neighbours look
forward to the day when an owner of 198 will recognise their neighbourhood
responsibilities and create visual screening to their backyard, which is
all too often used as a vehicle, boat and equipment storage area, and
maintain this property at the same standard as the rest of this excellent
neighbourhood. We are sorry to see the current owners leave as they indeed
had such plans for the property.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I
trust that lessons learned from the situation at 367 Lawson will encourage
you and the City to act proactively and ensure potential buyers are not
misled a property’s potential.
Posted Jan 2013
To Whom it May Concern,
This letter is to
demonstrate a position of strong opposition to the application for
the 50 stacked town homes that are proposed to be built on 17 Island
There are many concerns for this proposed building project--the main
one being that a small commercially zoned lot is being considered
for residential zoning. It makes absolutely no logical sense to
build a dense, residential complex that does not match the
aesthetics of the surrounding community. In addition, I cannot
imagine any family wanting to reside in a home where they are
surrounded by the noise of the 401, No frills or a child and youth
services group home.
According to the proposal, these town homes will have limited
parking. This will result in residents occupying parking reserved
for NO FRILLS customers, as well as congest Island road when
additional parking is required. This is problematic for many reason.
The first is the direct affect on local business owners who will
lose customers due to limited/no parking. it is also assumed that
each unit will have only one vehicle and limited visitors, and that
there will be only one family per unit. I cannot imagine anyone
wanting to own a home that is in the middle of a commercial zone
with no direct access to parks and schools. As a result, I believe
the outcome will be an unkept, low income community that will become
a focal point upon entrance to the otherwise beautiful West Rouge
In addition, There are
very few main roads in the West Rouge community; Port Union and
Island road are two of them. By building densely populated town
homes in this location, it will add to the already congested traffic
flow. In addtion, Port Union is a one lane road (for the most part)
and is used to access both the GO train and the 401 by local
residents. This will not only add to the current congestion, but
might force people to rush through residential streets to avoid such
traffic, resulting in increased residential traffic that can
compromise the safety of children who are walking to and from
school, etc. In addition, if there are 50 families with children in
this complex, this could result in over 50 school aged children.
There is no school in the immediate area, and if neighbouring
schools are already at capacity, the result will be crowded schools
and undesirable portables for students and the community.
Why is there a need to
build on every green space left in our community? Why do we insist
upon increasing our carbon footprint? This is not in the best
interest of our community and environment.
The builder proposing
this project does not care about the West Rouge community or the
negative impact that will result if these homes are built. This
builder is only concerned with making as much money as possible and
he can only do this by creating a densely built community. I urge
you to keep this space zoned for commercial use so that our
community can continue to support local businesses.
In closing, please
honour and respect the residence of this community by listening to
their voices on this matter and recognizing that we have chosen this
community because it is scarborough's gem and a desirable place to
live and raise our families. We should be able to do so without our
community being compromised in the long term for someone else's
short term profit.
Thank you for your