Category Archives: Community

ST. Clair Gardens BIA Event – Sept 20th

St Clair Gardens BIA Seeks Vendors for its exciting Annual Corn Festival on Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12 noon-9pm.

We are looking for the following types of vendors:
• Arts and Craft
• Face painters
• Henna Artists
• Games Vendors
• Stuff Animals Vendors
• Portrait Artists and more

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact the BIA office at
(416)656-1240 or e-mail
Interested vendors please contact us by August 5, 2008. Deadline for all vendors interested in participating in Festival: September August 5, 2008.


Our website needs writers

Dear Neighbours,

As you can see, there have not been any updates on this site for a few months.  This is mainly because I do not have the time to stay on top of the updates and then write about them.

I’ve received complaints, so I am looking for help.  Please leave a comment on this post if you are interested to take on the community journalism responsibility.

Stock Yards History: SWRA Holiday Special


Can you believe that the bottom left of the photo is the intersection of Symes Road and St. Clair? Yes, the above photo is a view from Symes facing East to Keele.

Sometimes with all the work we have to do to move our community ahead and deal with all the issues, we forget that we are a part of one of the most historical parts of Toronto. In fact, once upon a time, the Stockyards and the Junction were the city’s most bustling area and the center of Toronto’s nightlife. Here is a link to a great site that I discovered recently where you will find the entire story and lots of rare and historical photos of the land that each and everyone of you owns:

On behalf of the executive team at the St. Clair West Residents Associations, Happy Holidays.

Skate Park Voted Down in Community Meeting

Sometimes I wonder why the city invests so much time and effort in studies that are dead before they start.  In this case, the planned skate park was studied, planned and a meeting held taking up a great deal of time and effort.  When it was clear from the beginning that the community does not support a skate park.

At any rate, the meeting was held on Tuesday, October 9 and everyone, except for some unknown skate board dude, voted against a skate park.   Thank you to everyone who showed up.

Skate park meeting – Oct 9. 6:30 PM, George Bell Arena

The meeting to discuss locating skate park in the Maple Clair Park was not canceled as I stated in an earlier post.  

Brian Milligan, Interim President of the St. Clair West Resident’s Association – SWRA – reported the following:

The meeting was “revised.  It now states ”PROPOSED” FUTURE SKATEPARK DEVELOPMENT. So, it is not carved in stone.  It also states that our Councillor, Frances Nunziata will be at the meeting. 

If you are against the Skatepark in the Maple Clair Park, it’s important that as many people as possible come to the meeting otherwise the Parks Dept will try to ram it through. The meeting is in the George Bell Arena, 215 Ryding Ave. on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 6:30 P.M. 

There is obviously pressure being put onto the Parks Department to provide a SKATEBOARD PARK somewhere in the area. Perhaps if we came up with ideas about an alternative location, as far away from housing as possible, we could help them solve their problem. 

Rather than just promoting N.I.M.B.Y.ism (Not In My Back Yard) we would show we are trying to co-operate with the Parks Dept. to help them solve their location problem. Let’s give them a positive approach rather than just being negative.


Last night about 10 garages, and some cars on their parking pads, got broken into. 

The break-ins where all on the laneway to the north of Viella Street south of the northern “Great Wall”. (the barrier between the railway spur line and the laneway.  Many people feel very exposed to crimes of this nature because it is so easy to drive up Symes and disappear.

We would like to urge the people affected and their neighbours to contact our Councilor’s office to expedite the closure of Symes Road.

Skate park stopped in its tracks by community

When was the last time you saw a skateboarder in our neighbourhood?  That’s exactly why we all wondered about the proposed skate park for Maple Clair Park….Who is it for?

Late last week I was informed of a flyer inviting the community to a town hall meeting to discuss a proposal to use the maple Clair Park for a skate park.  After numerous calls and e-mails by the SWRA executives and other concerned neighbours, the proposed meeting was cancelled as the community opposed the idea and the town hall meeting would have been a big waste of our time.

I want to give special thanks to Sandra from Tarragona for bringing this matter to our attention.  As a result we took immediate action and cleared up the situation.  This is a great example of our community working well together and with Councilor Nunziata’s office staff who immediately took action in our favour.

I hope this sets a good example to encourage everyone to reach out to us with their concerns.  Community works and we have a great one here!