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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Summary: Minutes of the FOSS Steering Committee Meeting

April 1, 2014

7:00 PM LAMP, 185 5TH Street, Etobicoke
  • FOSS will submit a formal letter to Councillor Grimes outlining specific suggestions/requests for improvement to the dog park.
  • FOSS supports the development of a community vegetable garden at the originally suggested location only, i.e. in the field found on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. just west of the Rabba store. Attendees at a meeting held on March 3 unanimously agreed with this location. Councillor Grimes did not attend this meeting. He desires additional input from all stakeholders.
  • FOSS is concerned that proposed alternate sites (farther south or near the dog park) may be environmentally detrimental. FOSS also questions if there are alternate future plans for development of the Lakeshore Blvd. site that are comparable to the new Humber College welcome centre at the SW corner of Lakeshore and CSSP Drive. FOSS advocates open public consultation.
  • FOSS supports CCFEW’s opposition to expansion of Billy Bishop (Toronto Island) Airport and will write city council voicing its concerns.
  • Colonel Samuel Smith Park’s annual clean-up day: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Volunteers would be greatly appreciated.
  • Spring Bird Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:00AM-1:00PM. FOSS will have items (e.g. t-shirts/caps) and memberships for sale. Kids’ activities include bird house/feeder construction. Art projects will have a bird-focused theme.
  • FOSS is sponsoring a spring photography competition. Theme: “To portray CSS Park as a place for quietly enjoying nature in any season”. Limit of 2 photos per competitor. See blog for details. Winning photos to be showcased on the blog and at the Spring Bird Festival. Prizes. Contest open to all park users.
  • CCFEW-sponsored bird walk is scheduled for: April 26-CSS Park. April’s walk is led by Bob Yukich. Meet in the south parking lot.
  • For more information about kids’ (Grades 1-8) nature classes scheduled to be held in CSS Park during May and June, contact Jimmy Vincent (416.675.6622 ext. 5009/ at the Humber Arboretum. Be sure to mention the CCFEW subsidy. The park is readily accessible by TTC bus.
  • Report all coyote sightings in CSS Park. See blog for details.

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