The sale of 200 Rockcliffe Court must be stopped and the land kept in the public’s hands. Rockcliffe-Smythe and Ward 11 have been failed more than once by our leadership when it comes to protecting and cleaning our Black Creek watershed.
We have collected over 800 petition signatures on this issue and have heard from so many residents that Rockcliffe-Smythe badly needs flooding infrastructure.
Despite the city’s lack of vision for Rockcliffe-Smythe and the Black Creek, I find hope and encouragement in the vision put forward by residents and community groups such as the Black Creek Alliance. Because of 200 Rockcliffe Court, hundreds of residents have come together to demand a green, fair and proactive future for their community.
In another attempt to stop the sale, I wrote an open letter to Mayor Tory:
Mayor John Tory
City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2
Councillor Maria Augimeri
Councillor Glen De Baermaeker
RE: 200 Rockcliffe Court
Dear Mayor Tory,
I am writing to urge you to stop the sale of 200 Rockcliffe Court and keep the land in the public’s hands.
Rockcliffe-Smythe and Ward 11 have been failed more than once when it comes to protecting and cleaning our Black Creek watershed:
- We were failed when City Council and our own Councillor decided they had no use for the land, declaring it surplus in 2006 and putting it up for sale in 2008.
- We were failed when the special policy area — the exception to the rule of not building in floodplains — was never reviewed or updated to current provincial standards.
- We were failed when the land was quietly allowed to be severed for sale with our Councillor’s support in 2017.
But you can fix this history of municipal neglect of Ward 11. If this land is sold and developed not only will it likely increase the risk and intensity of flooding in our community, but it will impede the important flood management work of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Five years after our community was devastated by flooding not only have we seen no new infrastructure to prevent and mitigate flooding in our community, but now the City is about to make matters worse by selling the floodplain. At the end of the day it’s the residents of Ward 11 who are always forced to pay the high price of flooding in our neighbourhoods, and it’s time for that to change.
You have an opportunity to change that. You have an opportunity to stand with the community and say Ward 11 deserves green, fair and proactive city planning. Will you stand by your Deputy Mayor, Councillor Glen De Baermaeker and your TRCA Chair, Councillor Maria Augimeri and protect the Black Creek floodplain by keeping it in the public’s hands and committing to build the infrastructure to mitigate and prevent flooding that our community so desperately needs?
Our community is counting on you.