Approximately 50 homeowners gathered for the Moore Park Ratepayers Association Annual General Meeting Wednesday night at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on Garfield Ave. One of the speakers was 53 Division Staff Sergeant Matt Moyer who warned of continuing break-ins in the neighbourhood. His remarks focused on securing doors, windows and placing valuables in some of the less obvious places. It’s pretty common for example for thieves to rummage through a woman’s lingerie drawer because that continues to be a place where jewellery and other valuables might be hidden. Nor is the microwave a safe spot from seasoned thieves. Moyer said the area sees perpetrators knocking on doors then standing away from the home to see if anyone responds. If not, they may try to enter through a rear window by cutting a screen and breaking glass. They seldom stay inside for more than five minutes and won’t enter if they think anyone is at home.
Several speakers addressed the challenges presented not only of Mother Nature but also the many bodies in charge of protecting ravines. These are the Vale of Avoca and Moore Park Ravines so valued by local people but also by City and visiting walkers as well. MPRA president Chris Lowry prefaced the discussion by describing the enormous task played by the Yellow Creek which runs through the Vale of Avoca. Storm water from Downsview and points along the way runs into the creek south of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Other speakers cited the challenges of working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) as well the City Water Department and planning staff. The process and status of effective action seemed elusive. Resident Lawrence Pick spoke in thoughtful detail about the future of the steps at the west end of Heath. The volume of pedestrian traffic on this pleasant short cut to Yonge Street has defied the City’s concern that the steps may not be stable. It was blocked off when the 2015 shot below was taken. A plan of study goes on to investigate the true status. Also: Landslide drops Rose Park backyards into Yellow Creek