Update from Feb. 22, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

I’m writing to provide an update on the status of the development at 18-30 Erskine.

As a parent, I wholeheartedly share your concerns about the construction that will take place next to John Fisher Junior Public School. From day one, I opposed this development because of the height of the building, the postage stamp-sized lot and its location metres away from the school.

Over the past few months, I’ve been working closely with the Chair of the Parent Council and the Chair of the Parent Council’s Erskine Development Committee to discuss this application and how we move forward.

I want to assure you that I am committed to ensuring that every possible health and safety measure that falls within the City’s jurisdiction is put in place prior to work beginning on the 18-30 Erskine site. The safety and well-being of the students of John Fisher is my top priority.

The developer has recently submitted a Construction Management Plan to the City as part of their Site Plan submission. In the coming weeks, I’ve organized two meetings of the Construction Management Committee to review this document and the applicant’s proposed construction management measures.

The Construction Management Committee is comprised of a number of local stakeholders, including the TDSB, the Principal of John Fisher, the Parent Council, the French Connection daycare, the Sherwood Park Residents’ Association and the West Keewatin Neighbourhood group. Senior City staff from City Planning, Toronto Building, Transportation Services, Engineering and Construction Services and Toronto Public Health, as well as the developer, are also a part of this Committee.

Later this week, I will be meeting with all members of the Construction Management Committee, except the developer, to provide an overview on the Site Plan Approval and Construction Management Plan Approval processes. This meeting will be an opportunity for local stakeholder groups to speak directly with representatives from the City to discuss our opportunities and limitations in influencing the applicant’s Construction Management Plan.

In late March, the Construction Management Committee will reconvene – this time with the developer – to bring forward concrete recommendations to improve the applicant’s Construction Management Plan.

As parents of students at John Fisher, you will be represented at these meetings by the Parent Council and the Principal of John Fisher, Marlene Harroun. I will be asking that the Parent Council reach out to the broader school community between these two meetings to solicit your feedback and recommendations.

At every step of this process, particularly before decisions on the Construction Management Plan and the Site Plan, I will be looking to the Parent Council for direction on how to proceed. I’ve asked the Parent Council to keep you informed of any developments from these discussions, and I encourage you to share any questions or concerns with them. You can find more information on how to connect with the Parent Council here.

I want to reiterate once again that I fully support the parent and student community of John Fisher and will do everything in my power to ensure that the highest health and safety measures are implemented by the developer. I fundamentally believe that the overdevelopment currently underway at Yonge and Eglinton – represented by the Ontario Municipal Board’s approval of this application – is irresponsible, and I have repeatedly spoken out about this at City Council.

Thank you for your engagement.