Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

Councillors not running or undecided

Toronto politicians still undeclared for 2010 election
By Kris Scheuer
(Updated  July 15.)

Councillor David Shiner

Councillor David Shiner has not registered for re-election yet.

Of the 44 city councillors, 41 have made their intentions known.
Only three councillors yet either register or announce if they aren’t running at all.
Mark Grimes (Etobicoke-Lakeshore Ward 6) hasn’t registered.
Mike Feldman (York Centre Ward 10) has told my colleague Karolyn he might retire and there are certainly consistent rumours he will. But he’s not made any decision pubic yet.
David Shiner (Willowdale Ward 24) hasn’t registered, which is no shocker because in 2003 and 2006 he also filed his nomination papers late in the campaign.  No word on if he’s running though in the past two months he’s indicated he plans to.
In a way, there’s no rush for incumbents to register. It can sometimes scare off potential rivals who wait to see what the current council plans to do. But it can also backfire if a candidate is vulnerable of losing or if there’s persistent rumours a councillor isn’t running then challengers may register ahead of the incumbent declaring one way or another.
What do you think will any or all five be running for re-election? Continue reading

Bayview Broadway retail complex

Developer plans shopping centre at former Pontiac dealership
Residents state project too dense for site
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier March 25)

Residents Burt Rairamo, Gordon and Linda Deeks, Jesper Thoft vow to fight the development at this Bayview site. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.

Starbank Development Corp is planning to build a new retail complex at Bayview and Broadway Avenues and is raising the ante by taking the proposal directly to the Ontario Municipal Board.
The project would require demolishing the old Brennan Pontiac Buick GMC dealership at 1860 Bayview Ave. and constructing a two-storey retail building instead.
According to a city staff report the proposal includes:
• 9,863 square metres of retail where only 5,110 square metres are permitted.
• A total of 223 parking spots are proposed but 275 spots are required for a project this size.
This application went to the North York Committee of Adjustment Feb. 17 with strong objection from residents stating it is too dense for the site.
“The residents feel this property is in a significant area of the city,” said Keith D’Souza, who is a residential representative on a working group for this project. Continue reading