Citizen politics, unlike party politics, does not seek to change government, but to improve it by watchfulness, oversight and advice
- Ursula Franklin

Toronto Ward Boundaries Review – online survey for comments open until Sept 23

The Toronto Ward Boundaries Review ( will soon go before City Council for final approval. If you are interested in the recommended ward boundary changes proposed for Ward 20, go the Draw the Lines website for details and maps.

There’s also an online survey here for submitting your comments on the three options – note that the online survey is only open until Friday, September 23.

For reference, HSRO attended the TWBR Public Consultation on Sept 14 in support of Option 1 (47 Wards) as the most appropriate (with a north-south orientation) respecting historical and ongoing developments for neighbourhoods surrounding the University of Toronto, a position also supported by the Annex Residents Association, the Harbord Village Residents Association and the Grange Residents Association.

HSRO Community Meeting: UTS Redevelopment – Sept 15 @ 6:30 pm

September 15, 6:30-8:00
St Thomas’s Church

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) will hold a consultation in Huron-Sussex on its plans to rehabilitate and enlarge the school.

For people new to the neighbourhood, the school is located at the corner of Bloor and Huron, north of the parkette.  The façade on the original part of the building has a historic designation.  This area has been a development site since 1997.

The consultation will include an architect’s presentation followed by a Q and A.

Huron-Sussex Community Garden Official Launch

Tuesday, July 5, 2016. 6:00 PM at the garden site – south side of Glen Morris at Huron Street.

Join neighbours (including the wonderful and hard-working Garden Committee) and Ward 20 City of Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy to launch our first HS Community Garden. Check out the raised beds, the clever squirrel-proofing and the first crops.

Refreshments will be served so come and enjoy a pre-dinner snack. All ages invited.

If you want to join the garden and benefit from the delicious veggies, you can do so at the event or by contacting

Fees to join: Families – $100; Individuals – $50.


Summer Solstice Laneway Pot Luck – June 20 TONIGHT from 6:00 pm – on b p Nichol Lane

The HSRO Summer Solstice Laneway Pot Luck will continue rain or no rain in bp nichol lane, just beside Innis College, north of Sussex Avenue.  If it’s still raining at 6:30, we have indoor space at Innis College – just follow the signs in the lane.

Harbord Village

HVRA Yard Sale: Sat. May 14, 8:30 – 5 pm (rain date Sun. May 15), corner Robert and Harbord

Donate your gently-used but unwanted items, volunteer to help at the sale, and come out to enjoy the company and the bargains. You will be doing good as well as having a good time. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (working on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic in Africa) and the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Fund (providing grants and other opportunities for deserving young leaders across Toronto). Any unsold items will be donated to the Scott Mission or other local charities.

Two scholarship winners: Aneesa Elmi (2015) and Vivian Cao (2016) from the Scadding Court Community Centre.

Early drop-offs preferred! So we can price items beforehand, please drop off your donations (except furniture) from Tues. May 10 to Thurs. May 12 on a porch at one of these locations (please write your name on the top of the boxes):

79 Robert St.  /  164 Borden St.  /  217 Brunswick Ave.

Saturday drop-offs before noon. If you can’t bring your donations to any of the above addresses, you can still drop them off at Robert and Harbord on sale day — but only before noon.