Virtual AGM on January 27

Note: To connect to the meeting please see here:

We all hope that 2021 will be one of happiness and good health as the new COVID-19 vaccines become available, and of better times for local businesses. We also hope for real progress on the traffic front in 2021 as the city’s Leaside Traffic Management Study’s proposals are revealed, and, after public consultation and approval, implemented.

LRA’s efforts to help Leaside’s property owners and tenants at Committee of Adjustment and other municipal tribunals will of course continue, as will our efforts to protect the community from the pressures of inappropriate development.

The Leaside Residents Association holds an Annual General Meeting every year in order to report on these activities and get your input. As a result of the pandemic, this year’s AGM is a month later than usual, but I can now confirm that our AGM will take place on Wed., Jan. 27th. Save the date!

As noted in my previous columns, this year’s AGM will be held virtually, on Zoom, as in-person meetings are still not permitted. Instructions on how to attend will be sent out closer to the date and posted on our website ( Councillor Jaye Robinson and TDSB Trustee Rachel Chernos Lin are confirmed guests, and TCDSB Trustee Angela Kennedy and MPP Kathleen Wynne
have also been invited.

Our moderator will be Brian Athey, former president of the LRA, who has moderated several of our AGMs and all candidates debates. As an attendee, you will be able to ask questions of the guests and of your LRA directors, and they will be able to respond to you. We hope to make this virtual effort as accessible to you as our previous in-person AGMs have been.

We are looking to hire both advice and assistance on setting up and running the meeting’s technical arrangements. If you or someone you know sounds like the kind of person we seek, please let me know! Your LRA board may be experienced and knowledgeable in municipal affairs, but we do not claim to be technical experts.   

We will be notifying LRA members with more information on connecting to the meeting, and putting notices in Leaside Life magazine (both hard copy and online), the South Bayview Bulldog, and other local sites. If you prefer to attend the AGM by phone, as on a conference call, you will be able to. Stay tuned for details.

We want as many Leasiders as possible to be able to take part. Please join us on January 27th!

The LRA board’s regular January monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 6th. It too is via Zoom. If you’d like to attend, please let the LRA know ( so we can send you the dial-in details. Whether you have questions or comments, are interested in joining the board, or just want to sit back and watch, you are most welcome.

Note: To connect to the meeting please see here:

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.