Leslieville/Riverside News: #RiversideTO BIA Weekly Update

Check out this update from our local Riverside BIA!

  • Featured: BIA is Hiring for the Summer; The Business of Accessibility Handbook
  • BIA Notices/Reminders: Clean Riverside Together: April 19th-21st
  • Riverside BIA 2019 Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Riverside BIA Member Happenings 
  • Neighbourhood News: Riverdale Historical Society Presents Maureen Jennings; Consultation Meetings: Expanding Permission for Laneway Suites in Toronto

Submit YOUR Riverside news/events via office@riverside-to.com

BIA is Hiring for the Summer
Are you looking to get involved in the community around you? 
Riverside BIA is a community-oriented not-for-profit association of local business people and property owners who work in partnership with the City of Toronto to enhance the Riverside business district, located along Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

The BIA’s mandate is to improve, beautify and promote Riverside as a business and shopping district through marketing, public programming and streetscape improvements.

If you want to assist with event planning, execution and outreach, social media strategy and work collaboratively with BIA businesses to promote the area and wants to work for the BIA during the summer, email your resume and cover letter to office@riverside-to.com

Send us your resume and start making a difference in the neighbourhood!

The Business of Accessibility Handbook!
The Business of Accessibility Handbook is available in PDF and printed copies!
On April 3rd, OBIAA released its newest handbook “The Business of Accessibility: How to Make Your Main Street Business Accessibility Smart”. This handbook offers no-cost and low-cost ideas, gathered from people with first-hand experience, to inspire businesses to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

In the book you’ll find:

  • Low-cost and no-cost tips on how businesses can be more accessible in such areas as lighting, signage, websites, space layout, and more
  • A Built Environment Accessibility Checklist
  • Stories of Ontario businesses
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the book and download your copy here!!

Clean Riverside Together: April 19th & 21st
As part of efforts throughout Toronto, Riverside is joining the over 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups as we come together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.

Join in Riverside Clean ups, including:

  • Friday, April 19th: 1:30pm Meet outside the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen E) to get gloves and bags for clean up of Queen St E, Saulter St, Saulter Street Parkette, and McCleary Playground.
  • Sunday, April 21st10AM-12PM: Meet at Davies & Carrol to collect your gloves and bags for clean Up of Joel Weeks Park and streets and laneways in and around Rivertowne and Riverside –  south to Queen E, west to Davies, north to Dundas, east to Broadview.

Our 2019 calendar shows an overview of what’s happening this year! Email marketing@riverside-to.com anytime with your questions and to get involved.  
P.S. Check out our detailed Riverside Online Events Calendar which showcases BIA member and community events – to get your event posted, submit anytime to marketing@riverside-to.com


Consultation Meetings: Expanding Permission for Laneway Suites in Toronto 

A laneway suite is a separate residential unit in a building located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, but generally in the backyard, and next to a public laneway.
As of August 2018, the City of Toronto has allowed the construction of laneway suites in the Toronto and East York areas of the City, subject to some criteria.
The City is now reviewing the possibility of allowing laneway suites across the City. 

How can I be involved?
In May of this year, the Toronto City Planning Division is hosting a series of drop-in consultation meetings to discuss the proposed expansion of laneway suite permissions. At these meetings, City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the expansion being considered.  Please feel free to stop by any of these meetings at your convenience.

Toronto and East York: May 1, 2019 – 55 John Street – Metro Hall (Room 308/309) – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sidewalks and Roadway Repairs in Ward 14

The City of Toronto has commenced on April 23, 2019 the repairs on sidewalks and roadway to utility cuts contract (18TEY- 101TU) and is anticipated to complete by May 18, 2019. Work will take place on Queen St East from the DVP to Greenwood Ave.
They are working closely with the WZTC, TTC, and Traffic Management Centre to conduct the work with minimal disruptions. The City of Toronto will also notify residents and businesses with 48-hour construction notices prior to excavations starting.
Please contact them should you have any questions, concerns, or comments:
Leo Tulchinski, Inspector Municipal Construction
Surface Maintenance, Transportation Services
C: 416-435-7610; E: leo.tulchinski@toronto.ca


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