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Bayview Village includes the area bounded by Bayview Ave., Sheppard Ave., Finch Ave. and the East Don River. See Map.

The Bayview Village Association (BVA) is a non-profit community organization for residents of Bayview Village. Established in 1956, the BVA works towards enhancing the quality of life for the residents by building community, pride, city and community awareness and by addressing issues of concern to the neighbourhood.

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In the News

What about a vacant homes (i.e. not occupied for 180+ days) tax?

The City of Toronto is studying the introduction of a tax on properties vacant for 180+ days to encourage property owners to sell unoccupied units or rent them out, and address concerns about residential units potentially being left vacant. This could help to reduce the number of properties left unattended and subject to vandalism, property damage, etc. and the number of homes bought by speculators but left vacant for months or longer.

Vancouver, facing a similar issue with housing affordability, adopted an Empty Home Tax in late 2016.  Most homes are not subject to the tax, as it does not apply to principal residences or homes rented on a long-term basis

Three possible ways vacant homes could be identified are:

  1. Vancouver Approach (i.e. mandatory declaration for all properties
  2. Self-Reporting Model
  3. Complaints Basis

No decision has been made yet. Have your say by completing the City of Toronto's online survey (open until Tuesday Sept 5, 2017)

Bayview Village Mall expansion plans - have you heard??

Bayview Village Mall is planning a major expansion. They began public consultations last year (Bayview Village residents were all invited -  200+ attended) and they have continued to meet with various groups, including our own BVA MAGA Committee, chaired by Victoria Joly.

The mall’s plans are now more fully thought out and they are in the process of submitting them to the city. Bayview Village Mall developers have set up a website to provide more information and also to provide an opportunity for you to have input.

MAGA is working with the owners to find ways to have our Bayview Village community kept updated and to have opportunities to meet and raise issues. We want to let you know that the expansion is planned over many, many years.

Your BVA sees our community role as being an active participant in shaping the future of our community.

BVA Annual General Meeting and Social

Here is your new BVA Executive for 2017-2018:

  • President: Courtney Doldron
  • Past President: Tim Storus
  • Vice President: Harold Rosenfeld
  • Secretary: David McGhee
  • Treasurer: Debbie Bristow
  • Communication Chair: Judi Codd
  • Membership Chair: Jim Tyl
  • Municipal and Government Affairs Chair: Victoria Joly
  • Environment Chair: Monty MacDonald
  • Neighbourhood Watch Chair: Sue Wires
  • Events Chair: Jan Siegel
  • Volunteer Chair: Jean Probyn   

Notice of Construction - 401 and Leslie St.

The Eastbound off-ramp from 401 to Leslie is being re-aligned. Read more.

BVA Environment Green Star Practices

Your BVA Environment Committee recognizes grass cutting and gardening contractors who work in a manner that helps protect our environment and our health.

Contractors that meet the following criteria, are designated to have earned a BVA Green Star:

  • Use battery power or electric edge trimmers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers
  • Do not use 2 cycle engine equipment, whether lawn movers, edge trimmers, hedge trimmers or leaf blowers

At this time, we are aware of one lawn care service that follows Green Practices. If your current lawn care contractor does not use Green Practices please ask them to, or consider using an alternative that does.

  Message to Resident Associations

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Preparedness is everyone's responsibility!

Emergencies by definition are unpredictable! The City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management can help you and the members of your Residents Association be prepared by giving you steps to minimize the negative effects of emergencies. We invite you to visit our website for information on how you can "Get Emergency Ready". 416-338-3927.
Or contact us at 416-338-3927.
Boris Rosolak
Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management

 

Replacement for Bayview Village Library

The new library at Bessarion Community Centre will be twice the size of the current one in Bayview Village and will all be on one floor.  There will be a program room, a media room, increased space for computers, a collection size of 50,000, study space and underground parking maintained by the Toronto Parking Authority. Construction is expected to start in 2018 and planned to be completed in about two years.  The mall location will remain open until the new library is ready. Also, there are several proposals for public art, view them here.

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Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

Activists and lawmakers say a phone call can have more weight and be harder to ignore than an email or social media post. Read New York Times article

Traffic and Parking Issues

There have been complaints regarding traffic volume and illegal parking on Bunty Lane. Residents and school staff are greatly concerned about student safety. Please see parking rules.

Complaints about local traffic/safety issues may be made to Shawn Dartsch, Traffic Engineering Supervisor for our area. In addition complaints about traffic safety issues may be made to 33 Division Police.

Unregistered Newly-Built Homes

It is illegal in Ontario to build and sell a new home for resale without being registered with Tarion Warranty Corporation and enrolling the home in the warranty program. See Toronto Star article on this issue.

Coming Events

Annual Shredding Event
Sat. Sept. 23, 9 am - noon 15 Morewood Crescent
Bring your confidential papers and other documents for shredding and disposal.  BVA hosts this annual event. We use a bonded company that shreds your documents ONSITE – while you watch.

Crime Prevention Event on Home Security
Wed. Sept 27th 7:00 pm
(MEC Community Room on Sheppard Ave.) Join us for a presentation of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design by our community police officer. RSVP: Sue Wires and leave a message at 416 733 2520.

Bayview Village 60th Anniversary Walking Series The guided walks have ended but you can still enjoy our local parks and ravines!
Self-guided walks

Recent Events

  • Canada 150
  • A Tree For Me
  • Spring Clean-Up
  • 60th Anniversary Gala
  • Mayor Tory visit
  • Proposed public art

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