Notice of the 2017 ABCRA Annual General Meeting & Celebration of our 60 Years

The ABCRA Board of Directors gives notice that ABCRA's 60th 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario for the following purposes:

- To approve the agenda and the minutes of the November 15th, 2016 Annual General Meeting (copy below);
- To receive and consider the report of the Co-Presidents;
To receive and consider the audited financial report * of the Association for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017;
To consider and approve a resolution that Ian Campbell, of Hawton Campbell Chartered Accountants, be appointed auditor of the Association for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 and to authorize the Directors to fix the auditor's remuneration;
To elect Directors;
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournment thereof.

All Members and residents are invited to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting.  Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and to meet ABCRA's Board of Directors, volunteers, and neighbours. 

You will also hear from Councillor Wong-Tam and other guests

Election of Directors

To ensure continuity, the ABCRA Board of Directors is elected on a rotating basis.
Members wishing to stand for Nomination please read


Registered Members of ABCRA are entitled to vote.  Your vote is important.

The ABCRA Board of Directors is authorized to make most decisions for the Association.  If you are a registered member of ABCRA and attend the Annual General Meeting on October 18, 2017 you may cast your vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Dated as of September 8, 2017

John Caliendo
Ian Carmichael
Board Co-Presidents

* Copies of the ABCRA Audited Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 2017 will be available at the AGM.  ABCRA members who wish to receive a copy may email the board at or send a $2.00 stamped 8½x11” self-addressed envelope to ABCRA, 59 Pears Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1S9.
The report will be delivered to you.

ABCRA 59th Annual General Meeting Minutes

Heliconian Hall, November 15, 2016

for approval by members at the AGM Oct. 18, 2017


ABCRA members and Directors, John Caliendo & Ian Carmichael (Co-Presidents), Sylvia Schumacher (Treasurer), Bill Stevenson (Secretary), Linda Chu, Diane Dyer, Donna Lacavera, Lianne Miller, Glenn Smith, Mary Helen Spence, Sam Vise, Tracy Warne, and about 110 area residents.


6:30 p.m - meet & greet, refreshments; 7:00 p.m. - AGM & Co-Presidents’ report; 7:50 p.m. - remarks by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and questions from floor; 8:15 p.m - presentation by Michael Spaziani, architect and urban design expert; 9:00 – reception


Co-President Ian Carmichael welcomed everyone, introduced his Co-President John Caliendo and the members of the ABCRA Board of Directors and outlined the agenda for the evening, a copy of which was given to all attendees as they arrived.
The following Directors’ Resolutions were then introduced:


Motion: To approve the agenda as circulated. Moved by Ian Carmichael; Seconded by Donna Lacavera. Disposition: Carried


Motion: To approve the minutes of the 2015 AGM as circulated. Moved by Bill Stevenson; Seconded by Sylvia Schumacher. Disposition: Carried

Financial Statements:

Treasurer Sylvia Schumacher reported that as of June 30, 2016 ABCRA had net assets of $266,289, down 20% from the previous year as donations were also down. Expenditures were $112,904, down 36% from 2015 and 78% of which were for professional advice in urban design, legal and planning and development. A new item last year was $22,000 for landscaping. Motion: To approve the audited financial statements for the period ending June 30, 2016. Moved by Sylvia Schumacher; Seconded by: Mary Helen Spence.  Disposition: Carried


Motion: To appoint Ian Campbell, CPA, CA, Partner, Hawton Campbell Chartered Accountants as the auditor for the upcoming fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 at a rate negotiated by the Directors. Moved by Sylvia Schumacher; Seconded by Ian Carmichael.  Disposition: Carried

Election of Directors:

Election of Directors: Directors’ terms expire in rotation with approximately one third of the compliment coming up for election each year. Five Directors whose terms expire at this AGM agreed to stand for re-election for the regular three-year terms and one for a two- year term.  A call for nominations was sent to all ABCRA Members and was posted on the ABCRA website on Oct. 17, 2016. There were no further nominations, so the positions are acclaimed. This year the Board of Directors sought to expand the number of Directors within the provisions of the articles of incorporation. Two volunteers have agreed to stand for election for one-year trial terms.

Motion: To confirm the following slate for Board positions open for election and to present the names of the persons elected by acclamation for three-year terms: 1. John Caliendo 2. Ian Carmichael 3. Bill Stevenson 4. Sylvia Schumacher 5. Lianne Miller;

Also to elect the appointment of Glenn Smith for a two year term;

 Also to elect two additional directors for a trial period of one year:

1. Karen Gorsline 2. Kathrin Bohr Moved by Ian Carmichael; Seconded by Sylvia Schumacher. Disposition: Carried

J. Caliendo requested that the six members whose terms do not expire also stand and be recognized: Diane Dyer, Linda Chu, Mary Helen Spence, Sam Vise, Tracy Warne and Donna Lacavera.



The Councillor congratulated ABCRA for its decades of service to the Yorkville community in cooperation with GYRA (Greater Yorkville Residents Ass’n) and the Bloor/Yorkville BIA. Very few parts of the City have been as dynamic as ours. She cited our contribution to various Yorkville/Midtown planning initiatives (the Planning Framework) and the ToCore project. If these get Council approval in a long-sought Secondary Plan it will guide development and protect liveability in our beautiful community for the next 25 years. She said the revitalization of Ramsden Park will make it the jewel of the Ward. She wants Jesse Ketchum school to be opened up to the community and to create a well designed area for dogs in the adjacent Parkette.

The Councillor presented Certificates of Appreciation to ABCRA Board members Diane Dyer and Bill Stevenson in recognition of their respective 30 and 21 years of service to the Yorkville community.


John Caliendo said we can expect 6000 new condo units in our community over the next 4-5 years and 10,000 new residents. He discussed several of the developments we have worked on this year including the parking lot location at Pears and Avenue, old Esso gas station on Avenue, empty lot at Webster, York Square at Avenue (our objective:  a “privately owned public square”), the old Four Seasons redevelopment, Yorkville Village (formerly Hazelton Lanes),  Holt Renfrew redevelopment, One Yorkville (we argued for a pedestrian walkway to west of building), Scrivener Square redevelopment (implications for Staples site on our side of Yonge), Hakim site on Davenport (we got a wider sidewalk).

Ian Carmichael thanked the Councillor for her efforts on the Ramsden revitalization project. He said ABCRA is keeping a watch on any underutilized areas in our community that have a potential to be made into parkettes. Park levies from condo developments could be used to buy/landscape these areas. Six thousand more condos means 1,000 more dogs. Education of dog owners required, but no alternativeto a big increase in budget for enforcement of dog legislation. Traffic studies fail if restricted to one development. Needs a cumulative effects study. We support no lane closures during construction on major roads. We participated in a “laneway” project in Ramsden Park lane. We took a leading role, as part of the Toronto Noise Coalition, to petition the City to revise a proposed new noise bylaw in favour of one which gave priority to residents over the industry lobbyists. We monitored the proposal to redevelop the Green P parking garage (Bay and Yorkville) seeking to mitigate anticipated problems during construction and the loss of 400 precious Yorkville parking spaces.

9:00 p.m.

Adjournment to refreshments