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Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review

Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review: Public Consultation

From the City of Toronto:

“In addition to the presentation by Municipal Licensing & Standards and Public Realm at the Interdepartmental meeting on January 15, 2019, the general public will be invited to attend the City’s public consultation on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Bylaw Review on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 4, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this review is to harmonize the bylaw so that consistent standards are applied across the City. As part of the review, the City is proposing updated fees, as well as new standards and options for marketing displays and sidewalk cafés (for example, curbside cafés and parklet cafés).

We are also writing to you today in hopes that you can help us promote this consultation among your network, who may be interested to provide their input. Please find below a short article for either your website or newsletter and sample social media posts that you can use to help promote this.

Thank you for helping us to raise awareness of this important event.

More information on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Review is available on the City of Toronto website.”

Please click here for more information


Cheri DiNovo recognizes Cookery at Community Appreciation Gala

MPP Cheri DiNovo presents Alison Fletcher with New Business Community Award for Cookery - Photo by Shane Jeffery

MPP Cheri DiNovo presents Alison Fletcher with New Business Community Award for Cookery

While celebrating new local businesses at the 7th Annual Community Appreciation Gala on June 14th, MPP Cheri Dinovo recognized Alison Fletcher, owner of Cookery. Well known in the neighbourhood and beyond, Cookery is a specialty kitchenware store, cooking school, and event space that opened in Roncesvalles Village, less than two years ago, in August 2014. A small business owner and proud mother of two young children, Alison makes the time to engage with the community. She set up cooking classes for kids and adults inspiring them to cook. The Cookery has quickly grown to be an important part of the community, supporting many causes and events.

Alison joined the Roncesvalles Village BIA as Secretary of the Board in August 2015 — only one year after opening her shop — and immediately set about co-creating a Strategic Plan, that drew on member input gathered earlier in the year.

Most recently Alison teamed up with Marcy Verburg, RVBIA Marketing and Promotions Committee Chair, to revive Roncy Rocks, an annual RVBIA event that celebrates local business, music, arts and community spirit. Roncy Rocks was cancelled in 2015 and was not slated to run this year, but Alison made it her mission to help raise the money needed. Held on June 11, 2016, Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest West made a successful comeback.

Congratulations Alison of Cookery!

Celebrating Cookery Achievements RVBIA Chair Len McAuley, Cookery Owner Alison Fletcher, and RVBIA Manager Veronica Feihl – Photos by Shane Jeffery

Mari Cla Ro Honoured At Spring Levee

mariclarolevee.jpgA number of you know one of the newest and funkiest businesses on Roncesvalles Avenue. Mari Cla Ro, at 457 Roncesvalles, is a store that manufactures and retails purses, handbags, panniers, briefcases and the like, made entirely from recycled materials.

Mari Cla Ro opened on Roncesvalles last year, and on June 15 Sven, Willa and the rest of the Mari Cla Ro crew received a Innovative Business award at Cheri DiNovo’s annual Spring Levee. (In the photo, from left to right, Cheri DiNovo, Willa Murray, Sven Schlegel.)

Sven and Willa are also active members of the BIA’s Marketing and Promotions Committee. We congratulate Mari Cla Ro for their award, and thank them for doing their part in making our neighbourhood great!

Update On Claims Process For Members

This update is from the office of Councillor Perks:

–  Property owners who wanted to claim for loss or damage resulting from the sewer and watermain construction were provided with information on the process to submit their claims to the City Clerk’s Office.

–  Several property owners then received notification from the City’s insurance adjuster, McLarens Canada, stating that the City was not liable for the loss or damage, and that the property owners should contact the contractors or their insurance companies directly.

At this stage, property owners (or their insurance companies) are asked to adhere to the process, and to contact the contractors or their insurance companies, as per McLarens’ notifications.

However, should the property owners not receive a response from the contractors or their insurance companies in a timely manner, the property owners can contact:

Sandra Cramb

McLarens Canada (City’s Insurance Adjusters)


It should be noted that Ms. Cramb’s role is to encourage the contractors and their insurance companies to address the claims within a reasonable time frame; Ms. Cramb’s involvement does not guarantee that the contractors or their insurance companies will compensate the property owners for the amounts claimed.

Welcome To The Neighbourhood!

img_0136.JPGWe’d like to welcome Linda Belo to Roncesvalles Village. She has opened Belo Fashions Boutique, a wedding gown and evening wear store, at 420 Roncesvalles Avenue. Linda tells me that she and her clientele are excited to become a part of Roncesvalles Village.

Her grand opening is still a little while away, but she is open for business, so please drop in and say hello!