We are living in challenging times which call for diligence, kindness and a need to check in on others. In our community we have a high number of seniors, many who live alone.
While we must self-distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, let's make sure we are not isolating the most vulnerable. Please take the time to call a neighbour who may not be totally aware of updates or measures put into place by various levels of government or health agencies. Others may be anxious and lonely and would appreciate a kind word.
Where and when you can, please lend an ear.
There have been many updates from all levels of government over the last week and we are sharing some with you in the March 2020 e-newsletter with links for further information which you can view here.
Wishing you good health,
Janet, Tracie, Walter, Marg, Peter and Tony
Friends of Silver Creek
March 25, 2020
Friends of Silver Creek led the fight with Silver Creek Pre-School, The Etobicoke Children's Centre, elected officials and the community at large resulting in a positive outcome for children with special needs, autism and mental health challenges. Read the story of Saving Silver Creek School here.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Read Friends of Silver Creek's response to the July 25 Etobicoke Guardian article"High density development plan leaves Richmond Gardens residents baffled."
Friends of Silver Creek address concerns with the July 25th article citing that it did not adequately represent concerns of the Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview community regarding the Richview Square Redevelopment and the challenges faced with requests to Councillor Stephen Holyday in usage of $1 million+ confirmed Section 37 & 42 Funds. FofSC continue to wait for response from the July 21st letter sent to Councillor Holyday. READ LETTER
UPDATE REGARDING $1 MILLION+ IN DEVELOPER FUNDS (SECTION 37 & 42 FUNDS)
July 21, 2019
Friends of Silver Creek have received responses from the June 20, 2019 letter regarding the $1 million+ in Section 37 & 42 Funds to be used in our community from Councillor Holyday and Mayor Tory. Click to view.
Friends of Silver Creek have submitted a response to Councillor Holyday and are again requesting that Eglinton Ave. W development funds be used to enhance parks that new populations north of Eglinton will access.
We again are asking for an estimated timeline for the allocation of funds and implementation of park enhancements given the availability of funds.
We have shared with Councillor Holyday that our community has been under constant pressure in regards to many issues over the last few years. Regardless of Bill 108, the intent for the already secured section funds should be to provide the necessary infrastructure needed to keep up with the increased density in our community.
Friends of Silver Creek have sent a second letter to Councillor Stephen Holyday. View Letter.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
You can use the following email template to send a message. Copy and paste into an email, add your name and send:
Dear Councillor Holyday,
I am your constituent in Ward 3 and I have concerns regarding the process and allocation surrounding the $1 million+ that is to be used in our community.
Our community has had to wait three years to implement the Section 37 and 42 funds designated from local developments.
Our community of Martingrove-Willowridge- Richview, north of Eglinton Ave, is increasing in density and Richview and Silver Creek Parks require upgrades such as quiet seating areas, picnic tables, shade structures, and enhanced recreational equipment for all ages. Such amendments would serve to accommodate not only the current population but also, the projected population.
Have you reviewed the results from the 2018 community survey? When will you respond to the community and provide an update?
INSERT YOUR NAME
Please share any responses you receive!
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY
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DEAL FINALIZED TO SAVE SILVER CREEK SCHOOL
In May 2018, the Provincial Liberal Government finalized the agreement for the Province of Ontario to acquire Silver Creek Public School from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). This completes the acquisition by the province of Silver Creek School, saving autism supports and a therapeutic preschool program for children with special needs.
The transition to provincial ownership will ensure that Silver Creek Pre-School, The Etobicoke Children’s Centre and the families that rely on their services will not experience any disruptions.
This is a true example of community & government working together with dedication, hard work and persistence.
Thank you to Yvan Baker who made it a priority to help save Silver Creek School, the attached green space & Silver Creek Pre-School and The Etobicoke Children's Centre, protecting vital programs for children with special needs, mental health needs & autism.
THIS IS COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AT WORK.
Friends of Silver Creek request the community continue to be diligent in advocating for the continued preservation and protection of Silver Creek School and the attached green space.