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Communities along the lake between
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Scarborough Village Community Prepares for Battle
by Derek Pinder
In the May issue of the Bluffs Monitor we reported that the residents of Scarborough Village had vowed to be proactive in their opposition to the construction of the proposed Guildwood Condos at 3655 Kingston Road.  No time has been wasted in matching their words with action.  In the few short weeks since the holding of a Community Consultation on this mid-rise building, area residents have formed the Scarborough Village Community Association (SVAC).

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 They have met six times to plan their strategy and have made giant strides in implementing their plan.  
 We sat in on part of their third neighbourhood meeting and found ourselves in the midst of a calm, logical, focussed and determined group of people whose intent is that the development should comply with its current “neighbourhood” designation.  This designation limits the building height to four storeys as against the developer’s wish to go as high as ten.  Although the condos front onto Kingston Road, three sides of the building face on to single family dwellings.  unattractive.
 

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at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park Ave. and Port Union Village
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

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by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
The photo at the top of this page is of the Bluffs today, seen from the bottom of Brimley in what is known as Bluffers Park
They have a history of European occupation going back to the seventeen hundreds. Lowland Scots emigrated to this area after being pushed out of their farms in Scotland by the titled gentry. Some of their descendents still live here today.
The name “Scarborough Bluffs” was given to it by Elizabeth Graves Simcoe, wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,
John Graves Simcoe because it reminded her of Scarborough Bluffs in England.
The Bluffs are the only geologically scenic area in the greater Toronto area but are also a geologic wonder, visited by scientists from all over the world to study its exposed history of the planet.  

Scarborough Communities are Unique!
by: Valerie McDermott
 Metrolinx recently held a second public meeting, addressing the Environmental Assessment phase for planning of the Scarborough expansion: Guildwood Pickering.
 The presentation displays an informative view of the impacts to take place to the surrounding area; Including road closures and other potential environmental and social economic effects in
order to get the job done.
 During the construction phase, Morningside Road will be reduced to two lanes, while Galloway Road will be closed for an estimated two to three years.
Vanessa Barrasa, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor of Communications and Public Affairs for Metrolinx, is
confident that the plan is in the public’s best interest. “Transit improvements will transform GO from a commuter train service into the backbone of rapid transit network that links up with LRTs to connect people and communities across the GTA. The Provincial government has committed $13.5 billion to bring electrified, frequent service to GOowned rail corridors by 2025 .”
 Even though the closing of Galloway Road is said to only take place after the work on Morningside has already been completed, residents of the area are still left with feelings of frustration. Jenson Shawn Shalender is one of these Galloway Residents. “I am not too thrilled. I think that the construction
to my area will affect me adversely, adding time to my commute. Having to wake up earlier just to get to work on time is not in my best interest,” he said, “Plus, they say that it will take two years but, being in the construction industry myself, someone’s going to break a water main, a pipe will erupt or something else will happen to cause some sort of delay.”
 Metrolinx assures that ‘by completing the grade separations, it will reduce traffic congestion and bike lanes and sidewalks will be built through the underpass to improve connectivity for all forms of mobility in the area’. Leaving us with two questions to ask ourselves: Will it be worth the wait and is PRESTO really the better way?
 The Scarborough Bluffs are a wondrous but largely undiscovered natural jewel of Toronto’s waterfront. Standing along the top of the bluffs and looking out over the seemingly endless Lake Ontario, with the sailboats dotted across the water, can only leave you feeling awestruck at the wonder of our natural world. Yet, with steep slopes and near-vertical bluff faces, there are very few places to safely access the shoreline. To look back from the edge of the water at the magnificent towering bluffs, you would either need to visit one of the few parks along the shoreline, or precariously scamper down the side of the bluffs – a dangerous feat that has the local police and fire called out many times a year to rescue those trapped along the bluffs.
 As the draw of the bluffs continues to beckon, we must acknowledge the desire to visit the area, and to do so in a way which both protects and respects the significant cultural and natural features of the area. Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is working to do just this.
 In 2014, the Scarborough Waterfront Project was launched to create a system of public greenspaces along the Scarborough waterfront between Bluffer’s Park and
East Point Park. The Scarborough Waterfront Project aims to improve the natural environment of the area, while striking a balance between protecting its cultural heritage and creating safe public access to and along the waterfront. But TRCA cannot do this without your help. Your involvement in the project has been crucial in all planning done to-date, from defining the project vision to shaping the range of options for the area, and will continue to help inform the project as it moves forward.
 TRCA would like to thank everyone who attended the second Public Information Centre session on June 28 and shared their thoughts on the future of the Scarborough Bluffs. If you weren’t able to attend, the meeting material is available online at trca.ca/swp and you are encouraged to submit your comments to waterfront@trca.on.ca by July 12th.
 For more information on the Scarborough Waterfront Project, or to sign-up for the project’s newsletter, visit: www.trca.ca/swp  
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