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The Toronto Public Library
Scarborough Civic Centre Branch by LGA Architectural Partners
and Phillip H. Carter is a winner of the Ontario Association of
Architects Award 2016 Design Excellence.
here to learn more about the attributes of this building that made it a winner.
Toronto Zoo Might Get a New Monorail
The Toronto Zoo Board received an unsolicited
proposal from a company called Magnovate Transportation
Inc., which wants to build a magnetic levitation (maglev) train
along the old monorail route. Read
Announcements: Thousands of Jobs Available
Councillor Glenn De Baermaeker recently announced on his website that there are:
Hundreds of City of Toronto Jobs for the Summer of 2016
Thousands of Census Canada Jobs for March 2016 to July 2016
Your help is urgently needed to let our Ontario Government
know that the recommendations need to be adopted and
implemented. Please see the full article.
Refreshed NBCA Website - March 24, 2016
Your Board of Directors are pleased to announce we have
refreshed the NBCA website to keep you informed of important issues that affect
you and your families while promoting local News
and Events linked to external
websites to ensure up to date information is available at at your finger tips so
you can stay active within our local community.
St Richards Catholic School Celebrated it's 50th Anniversary May 2015
City of Toronto Extends Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) City-Wide April 2015
Through the Home Energy Loan Program, qualifying home owners can apply for a low interest
loan from the City for energy efficient improvements on their homes. Loans are then paid
back over time on their property tax bill. Five benefits of HELP financing are:
HELP allows you to avoid the large upfront cost of home energy improvements and pay for them over time.
HELP financing is attached to the property, not to the property owner. If you sell the property before the loan is repaid, the new owner will assume the balance of the loan and continue to repay it through the property tax bill.
You may pay off your HELP loan at any time, without penalty.
You benefit from low interest rates and longer repayment terms, compared to conventional financing.
You can take advantage of incentives to reduce the cost of your projects. An incentive of up to $650 is available from Toronto Hydro for replacing your furnace and air conditioner with high efficiency units
Recently your Board of Directors heard a presentation by Menojh Jeyakumar of the
Phronesis Group who are in the 10th grade at W.A. Porter C.I. We were impressed with
what these teenagers had accomplished and the lessons they are learning as they seek
out their own sponsors for their school's F1 racing team to compete as representatives of Ontario. As
a consequence we decided that the NBCA would act as a minor sponsor for the group.
The team has advised us that they have placed 2nd in the Canadian National competition.
Pending official confirmation, the team is expected to be going to Abu Dhabi to represent
Canada in the international competition.
The Ice Storm Brought Out Our Community Spirit January 2014
The ice storm of Dec. 22, 2013 impacted most of us, with those in the older
part of our subdivision suffering the longest power outages. Neighbours
often worked together to clear tree branches off the sidewalks and
roads. Those with power that was restored early on took in neighbours
and friends who were less fortunate.
During the bleak and dark days of the 2013 ice storm, when many folks
were without power, heat, lights, or cooking facilities, many special
people reached out to their friends and neighbours.
One such special angel on Denver Place, Robert, moved his generator around from
house to house, at all hours of the night and day, for those needing and/or
wanting the power to maintain some heat in their homes. Extra attention to
keeping the temperature up at the White household, during Mr. White's illness,
was very much appreciated by the White family ... Thank you Robert!
Another generator angel, Brett, kept a number of houses warm, also moving his
wonderful machine house to house on Acre Heights, ensuring that many of his
neigbours did not have to endure frigid temperatures. In the meantime Sharon and
Brett welcomed anyone who came to their door to their "mini warming centre".
What a great community we live in. Thank you Brett and Sharon!
All those who helped others in our community are to be congratulated
on the community spirit they have demonstrated!!
Sale of City Lands November 2013
Mr. Lorne Ross, the former Chief Planner for the City of Scarborough, in
consultation with the community associations of Midland Park, Glen Andrew and
our own community association, has written a letter to Toronto City Council
asking it to use the proceeds from the sale of city lands within Scarborough
Centre to the benefit of the residents of Scarborough Centre, as it is required
by the Official Plan.
Local Residents Receive Good Neighbour Award Fall 2013
Councillor Glenn De Baermaeker recently awarded his
“Good Neighbour” award to several North Bendale families – many as a result of
a submission by the Comia Family of Erinlea Crescent to nominate those
The families that gave their permission to be identified as receiving the awards are as follows:
Isla & Cliff Booker (Northleigh Drive)
Angela Bourne (Lynnbrook Drive)
Chris & Joanne Douros, the Douros Family (Erinlea Cres)
Jim & Lila M (Erinea Cres)
Fred, Rene, Cameron & Benjamin Malcolm (Erinlea Cres)
Joaquin & Ysabella Lagman (Erinlea Cres)
The Comia Family have shared with us their
reasons why each family was nominated, and also some interesting photos.
We commend the Comia family for their efforts to promote the recognition
of good neighbours in our community!
Please see.. Comia Family Good Neighbour Nominations
We are now on Facebook! Spring 2013
To better enable discussion of issues affecting our community,
and to provide a place where residents can contribute their ideas
we have now established a Facebook page for our association.
Just click on the link below to take you to our Facebook page -
if you are not a Facebook member, you will have an opportunity to sign up.
The week of December 5, 2011 brought a pleasant surprise for our residents - the city
planted some two dozen trees along the walkways leading to Faraday Drive and
Monmouth Court, and also in the south east corner of the park. They are a
most welcome addition!
Our neighbourhood is a great place to live. However, recent events show that action is
required by members of the community if we want it to remain that way. We all have a vested
interest in keeping our community safe and preventing crime.
A recent study found that "The mere presence of graffiti more than doubled the
number of people littering and stealing"
What can we do to help and what are our responsibilities?
To provide guidance and advice we have now added a new web page that may be accessed via the Safety
directory tab. This page will tell you about the "Broken Window Theory", and what neighbourhoods
have found that works to prevent decay and an increase in crime. It is intended to be a "resource"
page, with documents and links to assist you.
Improving Public Spaces and Public Connections in Scarborough Centre Spring 2011
On January 25, 2011 a Stakeholder Working Session was held with 35 participants, including several from our community association. The following key messages shared were:
This is a good project. Improvements would be welcome by the stakeholders and the broader community.
This area can be dangerous and difficult for pedestrians. Many more people would walk around Scarborough Centre if improvements were made.
More green spaces are needed, and the woodlot needs to be improved.
Albert Campbell Square isn’t always a thriving place, and it should be.
Improving the movement of cars and parking options are also priorities. Many supported ideas about improving access from Ellesmere to Borough Drive.
Participants provided a number of suggestions, both verbally and in writing, that amplified these points.
There are a number of ways pedestrian safety could be improved. For example, wider sidewalks,
easier connections between Scarborough Town Centre Mall and the surrounding stores, condos and streets.
It was also suggested that the mall be considered part of the pedestrian network.
Wayfinding needs to be improved. Several said it’s hard for people to find their way around the area, especially getting to and from the Mall from the Civic Centre and
Albert Campbell Square.
Improved lighting will lead to improved safety. Lighting was mentioned several times as a way to improve pedestrian safety, with some areas deemed to be too dark for nighttime use.
The wood lots are a great asset, but they could be improved. Paths through and adjacent sidwalks
would benefit from improved lighting.
Additional park space is needed. More places are needed where one can sit outside, and there are no green spaces north of the LRT where
they would be useful.
A second stakeholders meeting is scheduled for Monday May 16, and will be
followed by a Community Consultation session on Thursday, May 26th from
7 - 9 pm at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Rooms 1&2.
North Bendale Junior Public School 50th Anniversary October 2010
On Saturday, October 2, 2010 North Bendale Junior Public School
celebrated it's 50th anniversary. An estimated 400+ visitors were in attendance.
The open house included:
10:40 - 11:30 am a formal presentation in the Gym, where an overflow crowd
was in attendance. Many former teachers were in the audience, and
several former principals were on the stage and participated in the ceremonies.
Speeches included those by:
Sherri Boland, Current Principal
Yvonne Taylor, President of the North Bendale Community Association
Scott Harrison, Trustee, Ward 19, Scarborough Centre
John Cannis, Member of Parliament, Scarborough Centre
Brad Duguid, Member of Provincial Parliament
Glenn de Baermaeker, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 38, Scarborough Centre
Kerry-Lynn Stadnyk, Superintendent of Education, SE2
Earl Park, Principal at North Bendale from 1983 - 1987
Several plaques were presented, including one by the Current Principal in recognition of the
contribution made by the Former Principals. A Tree Dedication and Cake Cutting Ceremony followed.
11:30 - 1:30 pm Decade Rooms which featured class pictures and displays for each of the school's 5 decades
Tea Rooms set up in the Staff Room and Library where beverages, cake and other treats were offerred.
Members from the Tennis Club looked after the Tea Rooms.
A BBQ hosted by the School Council. Bottled water, popcorn and hot dogs were served.
Historic cars and a firetruck.
Glen Ayr United Church 50th Anniversary October 2010
The congregation of GLEN AYR UNITED CHURCH, 55 BRIMORTON DRIVE, celebrated their 50th Anniversary
with special services each Sunday during the month of October.
Former members and friends from the surrounding communities were invited to join with the congegation each Sunday morning.
Call the church at 416-438-9843 for further details.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Have Approved the Lease or Sale of Two Nearby TDSB Properties January 2010
School Trustee Scott Harrison attended our January 20th NBCA meeting and brought with him several distinguished speakers.
Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) CEO Shirley Hoy told us about the role played by the TLC
in the management, lease or sale of properties declared surplus by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
Regional Executive Director for Community Living Toronto (CLT) Garry Pruden spoke to us about the
role his non-profit organization has played over the years with the running of the Harold Lawson Public School.
Initially the CLT aquired the land and built the school and full time residence in the early 1960s to provide a
facility for intellectually challenged children. They operated both the residence and the school.
In 1969 the CLT were obligated by a regulation to provide TDSB ownership for the school portion
of the building when the TDSB became obligated to provide education to children with an
intellectual disability. The CLT maintained the residence in the other half.
In the 1990s the TDSB moved the function of the school to the Scarborough Village School and declared their
50% surplus to requirements. Since then the TDSB half of the building has been leased from time to time.
Recently the CLT has purchased the other 50% of the property and building. It now operates a
respite residence in half of the building, and provides an adult day program in the former school half of the building.
The CLT have not formalized their long term plans for the property, but intend to continue to provide
a respite residence and the adult day program. They aspire to provide some form of affordable
housing when the existing buildong is eventually replaced.
School Trustee Scott Harrison spoke to us about the west parking lot at 140 Borough Drive (the City Centre) has been declared surplus to the Toronto District School Board. This means that the parking lot can be sold or leased,
but parking must be maintained on the property for staff of a nearby TDSB building.
We greatly appreciate Scott Harrison, Shirley Hoy and Garry Pruden for taking the time from their busy schedules to
brief us on these developments.