How can we best manage disruption in 2010?

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Photo: BlogTO Recently, BlogTO posted an article on how Roncesvalles businesses are struggling during the reconstruction, a reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses during the holiday season. The BIA urges all Roncesvalles residents, please, to brave the occasional dust blast (and chilly breeze), and drop by your local shops, services and restaurants. We need you now more than … Read More

The Local Turns Five!

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Drop in on Melissa, Rupert and lots of great musicians (including Yawd Sylvester, Good Right Arm String Band, and Jay Clark and the Jones) on December 20th for The Local’s fifth anniversary. In a short five years, The Local has grown to become one of the most popular venues on Roncesvalles and a regular part of many musicians’ lives. Congratulations!

Mayor Miller Declares Shop Local Week

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From the office of David Miller: Whereas TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) recognizes the tremendous contribution of small business to the economic sustainability of Toronto and to our fiscal recovery during the present economic down-turn. It is important that residents recognize the role of small business in the growth and success of Toronto and that their support of … Read More

Loons Reopens!

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As many of you know, a number of our members’ basements were flooded in late October. Loons Pub and Restaurant (416 Roncesvalles) was particularly hard hit, and has been closed for several weeks. We’re pleased to announce that they’re reopening tonight. Drop by for a pint and some good times!

Roncesvalles Businesses Voted NOW’s “Best of Toronto”

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Congratulations to Imelda (123 Roncesvalles) and the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles), both winners in NOW Magazine’s recent “Best of Toronto” issue. Imelda was awarded the Critic’s Pick of “Best Shoe Store In Toronto”, while the Revue was voted by readers “Best Repertory Cinema in Toronto” for the second year running. Imelda and the Revue join the many other award-winning businesses … Read More

What will the City’s new Zoning Bylaw Project mean for Roncesvalles?

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Spacing has been covering the progress of the City’s new Zoning Bylaw Project, an effort to harmonize the City’s 43 existing zoning bylaws into one. The discussion is technical and complicated, but its results will affect all new development in the City once passed. Today, Spacing examines the section of the draft bylaw covering Commercial/Residential, the section governing main streets … Read More

Taking Out The Trash

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The garbage strike, now in its fourth week, has been hard on our businesses and on our street. Our businesses have made great efforts to keep Roncesvalles tidy. I’ve seen people tidying up in front of their stores, and tidying up around the trash bins on Roncesvalles. Your efforts are deeply appreciated! The RVBIA has also made efforts to help, … Read More


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The strike by 24,000 City workers has resulted in greatly reduced services and the cancellation of an important Roncesvalles community meeting scheduled for June 27. Councillor Gord Perks has posted the City’s contingency plan to assist Torontonians. In the meantime, residents are advised that there will be “zero tolerance” for illegal garbage dumping, and at the same time requests that … Read More

We Want YOU for the 2009 Roncesvalles Polish Festival!

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The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is a celebration of all things Roncesvalles, its great Polish heritage and what it is today: a vibrant, diverse neighbourhood brimming with talent. This September, let’s show Toronto what we’re made of. It’s your Festival, so get involved! We’re looking for local musicians, entertainers, artisans, artists and volunteers. Every year we showcase local talent on our … Read More

Power Savings Blitz Expanded!

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The Power Savings Blitz program is continuing, and has been expanded to include restaurants and grocers. The Power Savings Blitz program is an Ontario Power Authority (OPA) incentive program offered through Toronto Hydro delivered by Nedco. The program involves a free lighting audit completed by Nedco and up to $1,000 of free lighting upgrades! Although this sounds too good to … Read More