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President's Update

Written by Georgina Balascas, President MWHA on .


Hi everyone!

Well another winter is almost gone. The beautiful flowers, green lawns and the glorious Markland trees are just around the corner. Over the past month, we have been working to arrange a suitable evening to host a MWHA sponsored community meeting on the proposed 240 Markland Dr. condominium. With residents being away, including our outside planning consultant and unavailable meeting spaces, it has been difficult. The arrangements have now been finalized for Wednesday, March 29 at St. Clement RC Church parish hall, starting at 7:30 p.m. Entrance is off the parking lot. I encourage all to attend. It is very important that you are informed about the latest design concept submitted to the City by the developer for approval, as well as the views of your MWHA Board & our own planning consultant. I also mentioned last month a second community meeting on the 240 Markland proposal. This one is required of the developer through the office of our City councillor Stephen Holyday. The date is worked out with the City Planning Department, and we have been waiting for them to decide. It is now expected in April. More information will follow.

Since we last spoke your MWHA GTAA/ Airport subcommittee has met again with the Federal government selected Helios Corporation Airport Study Team, at their request. They met at the Markland Wood Golf & CC on March 1st & continued discussions about Markland’s long held position of a reduction in allowable night flights. The British company Helios study group is back in the GTA to conduct more community consultations throughout Toronto & Mississauga.

I have been away. If people have tried to call to leave a message about a complaint regarding damage to your property by work crews, I apologize for a full answering machine. It is better just to email me with the details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I have written about being more vigilant about safety and security around the house. Still, we have had reports last month of theft from cars in driveways. Please do not make it easy for bad people. Also with safety, our concern with speeding on Bloor Street has been met with increased police presence and radar monitoring, a development we very much welcome.

In the January Marklander we included a detailed article about the history of our Markland area, Millwood Park, and its adjacent Silverthorn Forest. It is important to your MWHA that all residents are familiar with our history and the culturally significant tree stands that are still here. A few years ago, your MWHA worked with the City to develop a multi-year upgrade plan for a rejuvenated Millwood Park. We wanted to make it more attractive for individuals and families, and to return it to the concept of the English village ‘green’ or meeting place as envisaged by the original developers, the Cavottis, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Phase 1 was completed some 5 years ago. The significant planting of trees, the pergola & benches on Bloor St., and the new outfield defining fence and coniferous trees are some of the results. Over the next few years we will seek City funding to move on to the additional upgrades so it will be a place where our residents can gather and enjoy themselves.

Well, bye for now,
Dr. Donald Beggs, President
MWHA