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Bayview Village includes the area bounded by Bayview Ave., Sheppard Ave., Finch Ave. and the East Don River. See Map.

The Bayview Village Association (BVA) is a non-profit community organization for residents of Bayview Village. Established in 1956, the BVA works towards enhancing the quality of life for the residents by building community, pride, city and community awareness and by addressing issues of concern to the neighbourhood.

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In the News

Found Cell Phone

A cell phone was found on Restwell Ave. If anyone lost it please email BVA and you will be supplied contact info.

A word from your BVA president...

ON RECENT HOME BREAK-INS IN THE AREA Your BVA Executive is concerned with the recent increase in home break-ins in our area. I have been in direct touch with Toronto Police at 33 Division and requested additional police patrols. They have told me this will be happening. I have also received a communication with Detective Sergeant Shane Brar (which I am sharing below) offering additional support and a willingness to work with us. BVA’s Neighbourhood Watch committee (chaired by Frank Anastasiadis) will be following up with police at 33 Division. Frank also has some helpful tips to assist you from becoming a victim.

We ask YOU to be watchful and report any suspicious activity to police. To call police in a Non-Emergency: 416-808-2222 - in an EMERGENCY: Call 911

~ Harold Rosenfeld, BVA President BVA@bayviewvillage.org

From Toronto Police – 33 Division

I am one of the Detective Sergeants responsible for your neighbourhood. We are also concerned about the break and enters in your neighbourhood. We have two Major Crime Teams actively investigating these cases. They are working with other divisions and other police services in the area to apprehend these culprits. We are willing to work with community and set up directed patrols to have uniform officers patrol the neighbourhoods when they are not responding to crimes in progress.

We are also willing to meet with the Neighbourhood Watch Committee to provide the best advice to protect your homes from becoming targets.

We can’t solve these crimes without the assistance of the community. We rely on security video and watchful neighbors that call us when they see something that doesn’t look right. Please don’t hesitate to call the main police number when you see something.

Thanks and enjoy the holidays.

Shane Brar
Detective Sergeant 1277
Detective Operations
Central North District

Car thefts Increasing

The city of Toronto has experienced a 29% increase in auto thefts in comparison to 2017. Investigators believe that these are largely attributable to electronic overrides, which include fob cloning or relay theft and on board diagnostic (OBD) overwriting.

Recommendations to prevent your vehicle from being stolen, in addition to not leaving your vehicle running, parking in well-lit areas and/or a garage, and not leaving your keys in the vehicle, are:

  • Steering Wheel Club
  • Wheel Boot/Chock
  • OBD (On Board Diagnostic) Port Lock
  • Aftermarket Ignition Kill Switch
  • Intelligent radio-frequency identification (RFID) car immobilizer
  • Aftermarket Alarm System
  • Place keys in Faraday bag
  • Park In Your Garage

Safety tips for the holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, it is easy to become distracted while out shopping, dining, taking transit or enjoying the season's festivities. Here are some precautions you can take to protect yourselves and your loved ones from becoming the victims of crime:

  • Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Whenever possible, travel with someone; there is safety in numbers - Do not be distracted by your cell phone
  • Refrain from using ear buds or headphones
  • Do not leave bags or purses unattended, such as beside you on the transit system or on the back of your chair while in a restaurant
  • Avoid using cash, instead use credit or debit cards - Park in a well-lit area and lock your vehicle
  • Keep valuables out of sight and in the trunk Crimes can be indiscriminate. If you have been the victim of an unprovoked assault or witness one, please keep your distance from the suspect and call 9-1-1.

Also, winter is the season when fires and carbon monoxide incidents typically rise in Toronto. Testing your smoke and CO alarms monthly by depressing the test button is an important step in keeping your home and family safe

Tips on annoying telemarketer phone calls, 'silent calls' and 'vishing'

It’s dinnertime. You’re just sitting down to eat and the phone rings. You rush to answer it, but when you do, there’s no one on the other end. You say “hello” a few times but there is only silence. Annoyed, you hang up. This is not the first time this has happened.

Each time the phone now rings it feels like a thief is breaking into your home. Sure enough, you check the call display and recognize the number as a telemarketer who keeps pestering you – despite your best efforts to get them to stop. When it gets to this point and nothing works, it’s time to file an official complaint. But how?

Have you or someone you know ever been a victim of vishing? The term, which blends the word ‘voice’ with ‘phishing,’ refers to a telephone scam to trick people into revealing critical financial or personal information that can be used for identity theft.

Read more info on these issues at the Canada411 site.

Fall prevention tips from Toronto Paramedic Services

Were you aware that falls are the leading cause of injury for those aged 65 and older in Ontario? Here are some tips from Toronto Paramedic Services to help prevent falls so that a 911 call and trip to the emergency room is avoided:

  • Check prescriptions for side effects - some medications can cause drowsiness
  • Firmly hold the bannister when climbing up and down stairs
  • Clear steps and walkways of ice and wear slip-resistant footwear

Emergency Preparedness

Did you know that only 9% of families have emergency preparedness kits?. There is a Toronto Hydro link to what to include in a kit. Since we have hit the cold weather now with possible storms and power outages this would be a good time to review your emergency plans.

Changes to Bayview Village Mall

Thanks to all who attended the Open House held by the developer (QuadReal) in early November. Our BVA Municipal And Government Affairs (MAGA) has been working very hard on this to get some significant improvements in the proposal. Quadreal will be submitting a revised application to the city, likely in January. MAGA will be reviewing that application. NEWS: BVA MAGA will host a Bayview Village Mall Up-Date Meeting in February - we want to keep you informed. Date and Location to be determined. Stay tuned.

BVA Membership

BVA membership forms are currently being delivered to all residents. Included in the envelope is a short resident survey. BVA is very interested in knowing what the residents would like from the association. If you reside in Bayview Village please fill in the survey by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/KY68ZKX. Your participation would be very much appreciated

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Phase Out

Bill 139, the planning reform passed by the provincial legislature on December 2017 came into effect on April 3, 2018. Any application received by the city after Dec. 12, 2017 will be considered by the new Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), a true appeal body with limited power to overrule municipal decisions. Applications submitted before Dec 12 must be appealed by the Apr 3 proclamation date to be heard by the current OMB. However, all decisions appealed before Dec. 12 will be heard by the existing OMB.

Under the old system, if a developer didn’t like a decision they could seek a new one at the OMB, which was guided to “have regard” for local decision-making but had the power to overturn council decisions after re-litigating the application. See more detail on MAGA page. Also read comments in Toronto Star article

Growth in our Neighbourhood

Urban Toronto posted a update on their “Growth to Watch” series featuring North York Centre and Willowdale and they’ve compiled all developments nearing completion or currently under construction; all proposals currently working their way through the planning process; and all planning initiatives and pending development applications that might impact our neighbourhood with respect to our rapidly transforming area of the city. Here is the link.

TPS Parking Enforcement East contact

Area Supervisor Andrea Seivwright oversees parking enforcement issues in our neighbourhood and she is the best point of contact, please call her directly at 416-808-6675. Alternatively, requests for parking enforcement can also be made by calling the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number at 416-808-2222. In response to your call, an officer would be dispatched to attend and respond with enforcement action as necessary.

Coming Events


Recent Events

  • All-Candidates Meeting
  • A Tree for Me
  • Spring Clean-up
  • Get Emergency Ready
  • BV Mall Redevelopment

Self-guided walks in Bayview Village

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