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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Brian Ashton's Presentation

Scarborough Southwest city councillor, Brian Ashton's slideshow presentation on the quarry lands, given at the 2010 annual general meeting, January 20, 2010:

View it here!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Annual General Meeting Recap

Hi everyone,

We had a terrific turnout at CCQLD's 2010 Annual General Meeting on Jan. 20. Thanks to everyone who came out, and a big thanks to Birchcliff Bluffs United Church for allowing us to use their space.

The main order of business was to elect the Board of Directors for this year. Members elected to the board were: Mark Brender, Karen Direkze, Reg James, Sneva Lee, Wilf Longley, Mark Nahorniak, Joanne Smith.

We also updated the membership on a pending environmental report that we have commissioned from AIMS Consulting. The report will i) give an independent evaluation of a study done by the city on the environmental condition of city-owned lands on the Quarry site; and ii) review historical environmental documents obtained by CCQLD through an Access to Information request of the Ministry of the Environment relating to the environmental condition on privately held land on the Quarry site. We should have the AIMS report within six to eight weeks.

Following AGM business, Councilor Brian Ashton gave a terrific powerpoint presentation with some historical background followed by his take on where things stand today. We'll post the presentation here soon. Thanks again to Brian for his ongoing advocacy and involvement.

On the Ontario Municipal Board front, there is a hearing scheduled for Feb. 16 regarding GCD's rezoning application to reduce minimum unit size requirements. It is likely there will be a meeting of the Special Committee before then. As always, we'll keep you posted.

If you haven't renewed your membership for 2010, please do so by sending a $10 cheque made out to 'Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development' to 63 Woodland Park Road, Scarborough, ON, M1N 2X5. If you haven't been a member before, please consider joining our organization and making your voice heard. The more members we have, the greater our credibility before the OMB, City Council and in ongoing conversations with all parties. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thanks as well to Webmaster Heidi for the great new website blog format. Please make use of it to post comments, questions, feedback, etc.

Speak to you soon,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcome to the new format!

Happy new year, everyone. CCQLD webmaster here.

Changing things up for 2010, switching to a blog format for the site. This will allow for much easier and quicker updates. the original site can still be accessed here, but will no longer be updated. Please visit the original site for photos, maps, and other resources related to The Quarry.

Thanks for your continued interest and support. See you at The Quarry.

2010 Annual General Meeting

Hi everyone,

Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development will hold its 2010 Annual General Meeting on Wed. Jan. 20 at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Road (Warden and Kingston Rd.), starting at 7:30.

As you know, a great deal has happened regarding the Quarry lands site over the past year. Beginning last January, members of the CCQLD executive took part in information sharing sessions with the City, Gerrard Clonmore Developments and Build Toronto, for the purpose of exploring alternative visions for the Quarry lands site. These discussions have been extremely beneficial in allowing us to express the reasons behind community opposition to GCD's proposed development. The information sharing has also helped us gain an even deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with potential development on different areas of the entire 49-acre Quarry lands site.  We expect 2010 to be similarly eventful on a number of fronts, including a scheduled Ontario Municipal Board hearing in February and the potential for more multi-party discussions.

Our Annual General Meeting is a key opportunity for the CCQLD board to provide an update on our activities and take feedback and direction from the membership. It's also a time for membership renewals, for new members to join our organization, and for the annual election of the Board of Directors.

Councilor Brian Ashton will be at the meeting to provide his thoughts and answer questions. Brian has been deeply involved in this issue over the past seven years and has been a strong advocate for our community's interests.

Please feel free to pass this on to neighbours, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Jan. 20.  All the best for a safe and happy New Year.

Mark Brender
President, CCQLD