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Ravine Appeal

November 10: CBC coverage of Ravine Strategy; click here


May 16, 2017: Meeting with Councillors. Click here to read the report.

May 2017: Recent photos of damage in the ravine. Link to photos.
 

UPDATE - April, 2017
Subject: UPDATE ON RAVINE -- NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING DATE

To:  Ravine coalition

We have now received a revised version from City staff of the report Rob and I prepared for our meeting with them in February. 

The revised version is attached.

1.  Comments on what staff told us 

Perhaps the most discouraging information we received is that the remediation program is both delayed and likely to be delayed further.

Last summer, when we met with City staff and Councillors Wong-Tam and Matlow, the expectation of City staff was that the necessary geomorphic study (the prerequisite to reconstruction of the Yellow Creek stream bed) would be undertaken in 2017. We have now been informed that this has been postponed to 2018 and will take two years. We also have learned that Toronto Water plans to then repair/remediate the Yellow Creek stream bed in a multi-year construction program that may last a decade. For understandable reasons, City Parks staff will not undertake needed reconstruction of stream-side paths and ravine slope reforestation until after the stream bed repairs have been effected.

All of this means that the Yellow Creek remediation project is in danger of becoming a decade-long project, which is unacceptable — if only because of the additional erosion and ravine degradation which will occur in the meantime.

2.  Upcoming reports to City committees  —  NOTE DATE CHANGE

MAY 16  -  City Executive Committee  (9:30 am or later, depending on agenda)

Parks will report on the implementation of the City’s Ravine Strategy. We will depute to emphasize the need for expedited action in the Vale of Avoca/Yellow Creek ravine. Rob and I will draft a letter that the five residents associations can send in as a joint submission.

It is important to note that we need to make a strong representation at this meeting to ensure that Council recognize the need to allocate adequate funds to ravine remediation across the City. Our needs will be only one of the priorities City staff will advance.

JUNE 6  -  Parks and Environment Committee  (9:30 am or later, depending on agenda)

The long-postponed response to last September’s motion directing Parks and Toronto Water to report on a Master Plan for the ravine remediation and on the establishment of a Working Group is now scheduled to be presented at this meeting. (The postponement is due to Parks desiring to wait until the overall Ravine Strategy has been submitted and dealt with by Council, so that the Vale of Avoca issue can be discussed in the context of the overall City plan.)

3.  Meeting with councillors

We will attempt to arrange a meeting with Councillors Wong-Tam and Matlow to coordinate strategy for the June 6 meeting and to ask for their help. More on this later.

 




UPDATE -- Yellow Creek (Vale of Avoca) Work plan: January 26, 2017

Just a brief message to let you know what we have now heard from Parks about dates.

Parks, together with Toronto Water and other affected departments undertook in September to report in late February on work towards a master plan for the ravine remediation and the establishment of a Working Group to provide community input on that plan (and its implementation). That date has now been moved forward to the Parks and Environment meeting in April (April 6).

The reason for the change is to allow several reports on ravine issues (including on the implementation of the City's overall ravine strategy) to be dealt with together.

The delay does not affect any work in the ravine. The major immediate step forward --Toronto Water's geomorphic hydrological study of what to do from an engineering viewpoint-- is already approved and is about to start this spring. Nothing much is going to happen until that study is completed, which is expected to happen early in 2018. The Master Plan for the ravine (including both major construction to handle storm water surges and related parks improvements including repair of paths and bridges) will depend on the results of the geomorphic study. It is frustrating to have to wait so long for progress, but there are good reasons for the timetable. 

 

We will keep you informed of progress as we get closer to the April meeting.

 

UPDATE -- Yellow Creek (Vale of Avoca) Work plan: January 26, 2017

Just a brief message to let you know what we have now heard from Parks about dates.

Parks, together with Toronto Water and other affected departments undertook in September to report in late February on work towards a master plan for the ravine remediation and the establishment of a Working Group to provide community input on that plan (and its implementation). That date has now been moved forward to the Parks and Environment meeting in April (April 6).

The reason for the change is to allow several reports on ravine issues (including on the implementation of the City's overall ravine strategy) to be dealt with together.

The delay does not affect any work in the ravine. The major immediate step forward --Toronto Water's geomorphic hydrological study of what to do from an engineering viewpoint-- is already approved and is about to start this spring. Nothing much is going to happen until that study is completed, which is expected to happen early in 2018. The Master Plan for the ravine (including both major construction to handle storm water surges and related parks improvements including repair of paths and bridges) will depend on the results of the geomorphic study. It is frustrating to have to wait so long for progress, but there are good reasons for the timetable. 

 

We will keep you informed of progress as we get closer to the April meeting.

"Midtown ravine must be saved from erosion, residents say" | Metro News

The following link is the most current issue of Novae Res Urbis Toronto Edition which contains an interview with SRA Board Member, John Bossons with Leah Wong about the status of the ravine. Please see on pages 2 and 5. Link to Article 


If you’ve walked in the ravine recently, you will have noticed how badly it has deteriorated over the last year. The SRA (together with the North and South Rosedale and Moore Park residents’ associations) have launched an appeal to our Mayor and Councillors for urgent repairs and erosion control.

Below is a copy of a letter sent to Mayor Tory and Councillors Matlow and Wong-Tam by the four associations, along with a short brief describing what needs to be fixed. 

Getting the ravine repaired is a top priority for the SRA Board, and the initiative taken by the four associations is only one part of the work currently being done. A second initiative being undertaken by the Board’s Ravine Committee (John Bossons and Carol Gray, with help provided by John vanNostrand, David Agro, Paul Ruikwood, and Kate Wilson) is to upgrade connections from the Reservoir Park to the ravine as part of the City’s reservoir repair project.

It would be very helpful if you (and anyone else you know who would be willing) would send an email to the mayor with copies to the two councillors, supporting the appeal by the four associations. Their email addresses are:

     mayor_tory@toronto.ca

     councillor_matlow@toronto.ca

     councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca

Also, please sign the on-line petition:

THE MORE "GRASS ROOTS" PRESSURE WE CAN GENERATE, THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO GET ACTION.

Updates on progress will be provided on the SRA website.

Attachments:    

Letter to Mayor

Ravine Call to Action

Sign Petition

 
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