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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

Traffic concerns

BVA residents have witnessed several cars speeding and failing to stop for stop signs in the Village. Here is the police link to report this.

Flooding

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement. A Flood Outlook will be in effect through Saturday, March 16. Many of TRCA's rivers and streams have full ice cover. The rise in water levels from rainfall and snowmelt could result in a break-up of the ice and localized flooding as a result of ice jams.

Please use caution around all bodies of water and keep children and pets away from the banks, which may be slippery and unstable. Motorists and cyclists should be extremely cautious around areas of ponding, and be mindful near sidewalks where pedestrians are present.

Potholes

Temperatures are rising again and with that City of Toronto crews are mobilizing for another pothole repair blitz on Saturday, March 16. The City expects to conduct additional weekend pothole repair blitzes through April.

Toronto has experienced several freeze-thaw cycles this winter, which have resulted in more potholes. City crews, who also handle snow removal and clearing, have already repaired more than 33,000 potholes in 2019.

Crews can repair from 4,000 to 6,000 potholes in a one-day blitz. During the last blitz, on February 23, crews repaired 5,826 potholes and used more than 109 tonnes of asphalt mix.

On a typical day, 25 crews repair potholes. During the blitz, more than 50 crews will work up to a 12-hour day to fill potholes across the city, including on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. Motorists are advised to leave extra time and expect minor delays. The public is asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space while they work.

Potholes are created when water penetrates the top layer of asphalt through cracks in the road. When the moisture freezes and expands, sections of the pavement are forced up. The weight of vehicles going over this section of road breaks the pavement and the asphalt is forced out.

The City has a comprehensive road maintenance program and has budgeted approximately $182 million in 2019 for road repairs, rehabilitation and maintenance work, including between $4 million and $5 million to fix potholes. Each pothole costs about $25 to repair. Since 2015, the City has repaired an average of 224,440 potholes annually.

Road users and business owners can report potholes online or by calling 311, emailing 311@toronto.ca, or by using the 311 app available online.

Once crews are made aware of a pothole, it can usually be repaired within four days. When there are large numbers of potholes to be repaired, they are triaged based on size. Repairs are prioritized on major roads first.

Learn more about potholes in Toronto.

City of Toronto Consultations and Useful Links

  1. Body Rub Parlours and Holistic Centres Bylaw Review March 4 – March 19, 2019 More information
  2. Vehicle-For Hire Bylaw Review (regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies) March 4 – March 19, 2019 More information

The City of Toronto recently held public consultation sessions on the Noise Bylaw review. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect Toronto's growth and vibrancy, while enhancing noise standards that protect residents.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for e-updates on the Noise Bylaw Review. More information about the review is available here.

Municipal Licensing & Standards: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/city-administration/staff-directory-divisions-and-customer-service/municipal-licensing-standards/

Parking and Transportation Services: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/city-administration/staff-directory-divisions-and-customer-service/transportation-services/

All the other departments are listed here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/city-administration/staff-directory-divisions-and-customer-service/

Preventing water pipes from freezing during extremely cold weather

With the current extreme cold temperatures, the City of Toronto is reminding residents how to prevent drinking water pipes in their home from freezing and steps they can take if they have no water and suspect their pipes are already frozen. Frozen water pipes can lead to significant property damage should they burst.

Tips to avoid frozen water pipes in the home:

  • Consider leaving a tap open enough for a pencil-thin stream of flowing water, so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing. Leave a pencil-thin stream flowing 24 hours a day until daytime and nighttime temperatures have returned to normal seasonal averages.
  • Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.
  • Outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let those taps drain.
  • Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attic and garage.
  • If your pipes are prone to freezing, consider contacting a plumber for advice on how best to protect your home.

Steps to thaw frozen pipes:

  • Turn on a tap in the basement, preferably the cold water faucet in the laundry room.
  • Use a blow dryer to warm the suspected frozen pipe for one to two hours. Check the blow dryer regularly to ensure it does not overheat.
  • Place a warm towel or rag around the suspected frozen pipe.
  • Depending on the outside temperature and the extent of freezing within the pipe, the thawing process could take between one and six hours.

Learn more about frozen pipes by visiting here. If the steps above do not resolve the issue, call 311 or submit a service request online and someone from the City will investigate.

Coyotes

Sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto. Residents who live near ravines and forests - typical coyote habitat - can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize negative encounters with coyotes:

  • Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is detrimental and can create problems for the neighbourhood.
  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors.
  • Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.
  • Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night before.
  • Always supervise pets - keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised when outside.

The City has a coyote response strategy that it follows when dealing with coyotes, and includes public education, a bylaw that prohibits feeding of wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary. An attack or bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behaviour.

Where a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations. They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.

For more information, residents can visit http://toronto.ca/coyote or call 311.

And the Winners are...

Random draw from renewing members who completed our online survey prior to Dec.31: Leila Daneshvar and Gord Pahlbod receive an O & B gift certificate.

Second random draw for members renewing by Dec 31: Bill LeMere wins a donated gift basket.

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

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

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.

Coming Events

  • Compost Day Sat May 25
    Bayview Village Park

Recent Events

  • BVA Execs at Lunar New Year event

Self-guided walks in Bayview Village

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