Use this time to get to know the LRA better

During these weeks of self isolation, with too much free time on our hands, I have a suggestion, courtesy of the Leaside Residents Association.

Go to the LRA website ( and catch up on local information and initiatives. You’ll find everything from useful contacts for neighbourhood COVID-19-related assistance, to tips on how to avoid health scams. There are announcements on planning, development, and traffic issues, as well our actions, in detail and sorted by month and year. Take the time to be completely up to date on Leaside matters.   

Virtual monthly meetings

Monthly meetings of the LRA board continue during the shutdown. Having our meetings and discussions in public is an important mandate of the LRA, and thanks to technology we can maintain accessibility to these meetings. Our May 6th meeting will take place online.

If you wish to depute or raise issues or questions for discussion, we can invite you to join us if you let us know (by going to by May 6th. Meanwhile, we continue to work on neighbourhood issues as before. The LRA has not shut down!

For instance, we are engaged in two matters related to the Crosstown construction. The first involves the southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton, where the Leaside LRT station will be located. On Bayview immediately south of this are quadriplexes, heritage-designated houses. We have been asked to meet with Crosstown to discuss construction that could affect the house closest to the station-to-be. That discussion has twice been postponed.

The second matter relates to a retaining wall and tree removal by the portal of the LRT tunnel just east of Brentcliffe Road. The Crosstown crew proceeded with this work without prior consultation or even notice to either nearby residents or the LRA, which swung into action once we found out. Stay tuned for further details. 

If you wish to be part of a deputation to the LRA’s online May 6th meeting at 7:30 p.m., please contact us by that date ( and we will supply you with the information to link to it. During this period of social distancing we want to continue to be as accessible as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

About Carol Burtin Fripp 138 Articles
Carol Burtin Fripp is Co-President of the Leaside Residents Association, and is Chair of the LRA's Traffic Committee. Over the years, she has served on numerous East York and City task forces. Now a retired television producer (TVO and CBC), she writes Leaside Life's monthly LRA column, and has created a daily international current affairs newsletter read from Newfoundland to New Zealand.