Newsletter 27 January 2015

Lawrence Park: Neighbourhood News

27 January 2015


The drainage project in Lawrence Park (the park at the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue) is complete!

Now it's time to move forward with the new playground.

Please join Councillor Jaye Robinson on Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Locke Library for a public consultation.

Senior city staff and the landscape architect will be in attendance. Three designs will be presented followed by a question and answer session. We're looking for your input on the designs.

Have your voice heard and help design the new playground!

We look forward to seeing you there.


Help Disadvantaged Children To Read

You may already know about Volunteer Readers Programme as 13 of our 200 readers and 3 members of the Board live in or around the Park! VRP is a registered charity operating in 13 schools in United Way High Priority Neighbourhoods (e.g., Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Lawrence Heights).

Our volunteers read one-to-one with Grade 1 and 2 children, during school hours, with the goal of instilling a love of reading as they help children attain grade level skills. The students selected to read with us twice weekly have very low reading scores, are not ESL and are struggling to keep up.

Helping children to read is an investment in their future! It’s well-documented that children who grasp reading basics by around the end of Grade 1 and, equally importantly, who think of themselves as readers, have more academic success in school and are less likely to drop out.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit one half-day (at the school, during school hours) every two weeks from October to mid-May. We conduct training workshops so volunteers are familiar with our materials and methods and we help obtain the required Police Reference Check. Substitutes are arranged when you are on holiday or have a last-minute emergency. Volunteers come from a range of professional backgrounds.

To volunteer or obtain further information, please contact Managing Coordinator Kate Suter (; 647 502-5424;), or Executive Director Lenora Butler, Ph.D.(; 416 481-5369) or visit our website:

Thank you!


(Municipal Property Assessment Corporation)
The MPAC assessments of home value were delivered last month.  In case you are not clear on the process, MPAC determines the value of the homes across Ontario, the City sets the mill rate, and together those two elements determine how much tax is payable to the City. How MPAC determines value can seem to be a mystery, however, it is described at

If you would like to contest the MPAC valuation of your home, you will need some data to support your claim.  To create a comparison of homes in your neighbourhood visit You will need your MPAC assessment as it has two important pieces of information required to create an account: your Roll number and an Access Key which are on the bottom right of your assessment.

Once your account is set up, a report of recent sales is generated automatically.  You can also generate your own report of properties you feel are more comparable to your home using the “ My Properties of Interest” feature.

If you have questions, MPAC provides support at 1 866 296-MPAC (6722) from 8am to 5pm EST, Monday through Friday.

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 Thursday.

The next meeting will be held on February 5th, 2015 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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