ABC Residents Association

The ABC Residents Association is a volunteer organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in our neighbourhood through participation in municipal issues. We serve the residents living in Toronto’s Yorkville/North Midtown community.


ABCRA 2024 Annual General Meeting

Save the date for the ABC Residents Association Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Join us for an evening of community updates, discussions, and plans for the upcoming year. Your attendance and participation are highly valued as we shape the future of our neighbourhood together.

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Ave.

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More News

The One - under construction at 1 Bloor W.

‘What happened to Yonge Street?’ Quashing Toronto’s character is the city’s mistake

At a recent family party, some of my in-laws and I were discussing one of our favourite topics: “What happened to Yonge Street?” Which is a conversation that always evolves, surely as the sun rises, into the problem of “What is happening to Toronto?”

Shadows created by tall buildings on Bloor Street's "Mink Mile"

City of shadows

The new buildings were just what Toronto needed. More than 800 new rental apartments, about a third of them permanently affordable. These new homes would rise on the site of an old provincial building. The problem: They were too tall. One tower would rise 50 storeys into the air, and so it would cast shadow on a park half a block away – covering about a quarter of its surface – for up to three hours a day.

Port Lands - new bridge

Three new bridges set to open as massive Port Lands development takes shape

number of major projects in the Port Lands area that are reshaping the city’s waterfront, with a focus on enhancing flood protection, restoring natural habitats, and creating vibrant public spaces, are set to open this month.

Dianne Saxe newsletter

Ward 11 December 2023 Newsletter

November was a big month at City Hall. One outstanding achievement was Council’s adoption of Mayor Chow’s generational housing plan, a transformation in Toronto’s housing policy. I was proud to be the one to ensure that new housing under this plan will support Toronto’s climate and air quality commitments by being “natural” gas-free. I was also glad to see 35 Bellevue, in the heart of Kensington Market, among the first five sites where the City will build new affordable housing.

Monopoly game

Investors now own more than 50% of Toronto’s new condos

Experts say real estate has become a game, where investors rather than end users are the main players, buying and selling property to cash in on Toronto’s hottest commodity. In the process, they’re driving up prices and pushing out prospective homebuyers like Jaqueline Belardi, who just want somewhere to live.

Ontario Science Centre

Debunking the “Business Case” for relocating the Ontario Science Centre

Scratch below the surface, and there’s clear problems with the province’s math.

This week, Doug Ford’s government struck a deal with the City of Toronto giving the province fuller control over the future of Ontario Place, in exchange for the province taking on responsibility for the DVP and Gardiner Expressway, as well as additional funding for transit and addressing homelessness.

Yonge St. at night

Recommended amendments to zoning by-laws for bars, restaurants and entertainment venues

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the recommended amendments to City-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013, and all Former General Zoning By-laws, as amended, as it relates to zoning regulations for bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues. We understand the need and advantages and indeed support a vibrant night economy for Toronto but not at the loss of healthy liveable communities for its residents. This important balance can be achieved as we see in Austin and Vancouver but it is not yet met in the staff recommendations before you.

Always Open sign on restaurant window

Recommended amendments to Chapter 545, licensing for bars, restaurants and entertainment venues

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the recommended amendments to Chapter 545 as part of the Night Economy Review. We are pleased to see updated definitions to clarify different license types and are optimistic that these changes will help businesses and neighbourhoods work together.

Ontario Place landscape architect quits revamp over tree clearing plans

A prominent landscape architect, known for designing Trillium and Tommy Thompson parks, has walked away from the redevelopment of Ontario Place, citing his opposition to clearing hundreds of trees to make way for a private spa and waterpark on Toronto’s waterfront.

After it became clear he couldn’t influence plans from the inside, Walter Kehm told the Star he could no longer be tied to a project that threatens a decades-old wildlife habitat, likening his professional commitment to protect nature to a doctor’s Hippocratic oath: “Do no harm.”


Events & Public Meetings

Heritage Register Review: Public Information Session

Toronto residents are invited to an online Public Information Session to learn about the City’s Heritage Register Review project. The purpose of the meeting is to share information about the project and answer questions.

Date: Monday, February 26 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Location: Virtual Meeting

ABCRA 2024 Annual General Meeting

Save the date for the ABC Residents Association Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Join us for an evening of community updates, discussions, and plans for the upcoming year. Your attendance and participation are highly valued as we shape the future of our neighbourhood together.

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Ave.

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2 Bloor W. Development notice

Improving Community Consultation in the Development Review Process

March 12, 2024 6 to 8 p.m. – (Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

The consultation meeting March 12 is your opportunity to voice any concerns with the development review process proposals.

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