Newsletter 28 October 2014

Lawrence Park: Neighbourhood News

28 October 2014



Congratulations to Jaye Robinson who will be returning to City Council to represent our ward with a whopping 83% of the vote. Voter turnout was much higher this election, with 64% of voters across Toronto casting a ballot.These choices make a difference within our City and within our neighbourhood. Thank you to everyone who took the time to get to the polls.


Bring your pumpkin out for a last hurrah! Join us for the first annual Lawrence Park Pumpkin Blaze at Alexander Muir Park on Saturday November 1, starting at 6 pm.

Pumpkins should be lit by an LED candle and brought into Alexander Muir park (south side of St. Edmund's Drive and Weybourne Crescent, between Yonge Street and Dawlish Avenue). We will line the paths and flower beds with pumpkins. It will be a fun evening for the whole family.

Please note, you can dispose of your pumpkins in the City provided pumpkin compost bin by 8 pm that night so the bin can be locked for removal by the City. The bin will be located at the end of Alexander Muir Road. We hope to see you there!


It's going to be a spook-tacular night around the neighbourhood this Friday...


  • Slow down and be especially alert. Children are excited on Hallowe'en and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Ghosts, Goblins and their parents,

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help see and be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct vision.

Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours.

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Committee of Adjustment

The North York Panel of the Committee of Adjustment reviews applications for minor variances for construction in our neighbourhood. This panel meets every two weeks, usually on a Wednesday.The next meeting will be held on November 5th, 2014 and no homes from Lawrence Park are on the agenda for that meeting.

The Development Committee of the LPRA is available to help you understand this process if you are interested in construction on your property or have questions about proposed development in the neighbourhood. Our Guiding Principles and Tips for Residents are on the LPRA website or you can email with questions.


Residents of Lawrence Park are served by the LPRA whose mandate includes:
  • To consider and promote all matters regarding the collective welfare of Lawrence Park and its preservation as a residential park area;
  • To consider, recommend and promote legislative and other measures that may be deemed wise and expedient to the intent of the community;
  • Generally, to promote good government in the City of Toronto and adjacent areas particularly as it relates to the community;
  • To promote a strong sense of community amongst our residents and families and provide a voice that represents the interests of all residents;
  • To regularly seek input and direction from LP residents to shape the LPRA mandate and collaborate with other relevant associations and organizations.
The work of the LPRA is supported by contributions from our residents. To become a supporting member, please click here and pay via PayPal or print off and send in a membership form. (If you are not sure of your membership status, email us at and we will check for you.)
Thank you for the support!


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Please note that the opinions and activities in this newsletter are those of diverse groups of residents in Lawrence Park and are included as a service to our community. They do not always reflect the work of or views of the LPRA.
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