Stop the Development of Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club
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Stop the Development of Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club

    1. Petition by

      Save Greenspace

      Toronto, Canada

The Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club has decided to cease operations and sell off all assets.  They want to sell the property located @ 194 Manor Road east to a Developer, who will construct house on one of the last remaining green spaces in our neighbourhood.

This club has been in existence since 1923, and while the sport is no longer as popular, the club has been used for many local not for profit groups for outings. This includes Boy Scouts, public daycares, schools, seniors groups, just to name a few.  Adding new homes to open land will have no benefit to our community. What is more imprtant is maintaining space where children and local families can gather and play.

The City of Toronto would like to acquire this land and turn it into a public park for the community.  The local councillor (Josh Matlow) has been quite supportive of protecting local greenspace as he sees the need far outweighs the avaiable land. He is working with city departments to move this forward.  We need to show that we support him in this cause, and work together to ensure our neighbourhood keeps what little greenspace we have, for the benefit of everyone.

Please show your support by signing this petition.  Josh Matlow (city councillor) is solidly behind this initative, and is working hard to make this situation right.  He is an exceptional ally to this project.

Here are the latest media reports:

Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/09/will_the_city_buy_this_multimilliondollar_lawn_bowling_club_for_a_park.html

 

My Town Crier:
http://www.mytowncrier.ca/calls-for-halt-to-property-sale.html

 

Bayview Bulldog- UPDATED JUNE 19:
http://www.bayview-news.com/2014/06/glebe-lawn-bowling-cannot-be-sold-says.html

 

To:
City of Toronto
Stop the Development of Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. New News

      Save Greenspace
      Petition Organizer

      Happy September Everyone-
      Sorry for the lengthy time between communication- sometimes life gets in the way of a good cause.

      First of all, you may have seen the banners that have gone up around the club (and one that was torn down by the developer). Nonetheless, we march onward. The club even sent a letter to the Dept of Government Services claiming they previously met with the city about a park. THIS NEVER HAPPENED and affidavits are being prepared by the city that contradicts their claim

      The website http://www.glebemanorlawnbowling.com has been updated with new info and names of the major players in the "deal".

      I think our next course of action should be to contact as many people as we can. Josh Matlow is on our side, (and the money to purchase the land has passed thru council), so now lets look for MPP allies. You will find a page on the site that has a letter that can be sent to our local MPP as well as the MPP for Govt Services. We need to get this information in front of as many people as possible. Feel free to copy and paste the letter on the website, and make any changes you seem fit. Awareness of the club's activities is paramount. AS soon as you can get this done the better, as there's strength in #'s. Please take a moment and contact the 2 MPP's listed, as well as anyone else who can be of help.

      Also, for those of you who use twitter, our handle is @manorlawnbowls

      We will try to communicate with more frequency. The fight is not yet over.

    2. Donations Still Needed- Save the Lawn Bowling Club Greenspace!

      Save Greenspace
      Petition Organizer

      We have fought this fight for over a month now, and making good progress. The Club President & Board still refuse to communicate with shareholders & residents, so we are now engaged in legal proceedings to force them to hold a meeting and answer questions. What are the hiding?

      However we are incurring hard legal costs that cannot be avoided. We need community support to win this battle. We have almost 1200 supporters of this cause. Even $10 can help us do what is right and expose any questionable activities.

      Donations can be made via PayPal, simply by clicking on the link below:

      https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=X2PTGYBC9KWMW

      Alternatively, you can go to our website www.glebemanorlawnbowling.com and click on the donate button.

      To all those who have already donated, thank you. To everyone else, please consider the benefits of having a public park in the current club green space. The developer and president are attempting to rush this deal to potentially avoid answering questions about the process. We need the courts to be on our side. Public opinion may not be enough. Time is quickly running out.

      Please note any monies not used for legal expenses and hard costs will be donated to a registered charity. We will be putting up all contributions and expenses online- full transparency is essential to the trust and success of this project.

      Thanks again for helping keep our neighbourhood green!

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    3. Save Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club- Donations Needed

      Save Greenspace
      Petition Organizer

      The deadline in the letter to the Club President has come and past. None of the shareholders who signed it have heard back- time to move forward.

      We have been fortunate to have excellent legal advice provided to us, but we are now incurring higher hard costs. As a result, we are looking to our supporters to donate to help cover these expenses.

      You can donate to help prevent Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club from being developed against the wishes of shareholders, and donated to the city to be turned into a public greenspace.

      Simply click on this link:

      https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=X2PTGYBC9KWMW

      Alternatively, you can go to our website www.glebemanorlawnbowling.com and click on the donate button.

      We have chosen PayPal as our online provider, given their low costs and brand awareness.

      Please note any monies not used for legal expenses and hard costs will be donated to a registered charity. We will be putting up all contributions and expenses online- full transparency is essential to the trust and success of this project.

      Thank you for your support- we have compiled a long list of Corporations Act violations that need to be brought to the courts. Donations can help us put a stop to this situation once and for all. Right is right. The viewpoint of the majority of shareholders, as well as local residents, cannot be ignored by a select few who refuse to discuss the situation.

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    4. Resending Update

      Save Greenspace
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone-
      Seems we may have had some trouble with the email system last night and some supporters did not get this email. Best to check your junk folder and ensure change.org is a safe email sender.

      We have been a bit quiet sending out communication, but rest assured we've been working hard to keep the lawn bowling club from being sold to a developer.

      Today the Club President was served with letters from 8 shareholders demanding a meeting- he has until Tuesday to reply. Topics include communication to shareholders, shareholder rights, Request of minutes for previous meetings, and updates on sale of land. We will keep you posted if he and the board respond. If not, we have the next action prepared.

      We have been flooded with questions over and over again Here are the most frequent that have been asked, including:

      - Who is responsible for the sale of the club? Is it one person, the board, or the shareholders?
      - Why the secrecy? Wouldn't a face to face meeting resolve most questions?
      - Why won't the Club President speak to the press or shareholders?
      - Why won't the board and president acknowledge the rights of shareholders?
      - Why won't the club president entertain an equal offer from the city?
      - Is there a conflict of interest with legal representation, as the club appears to be represented by a partner of the developer?
      - Why has the club board agreed to a price from the developer much less than the appraised value?

      All we are looking for are answers. The silence is deafening.

      There are many shareholders, mostly senior citizens, who have never been communicated with regarding a club AGM, the potential wind up of the club, ad the sale of the land. They have reached out to the board and president, only to be ignored. Had they not read about this in the media, they never would have known. How can this type of thing happen with the securities and corporate law we have in this province? Perhaps those hell bent on turning the 91 year old club from green space into a housing development are content to wait out any protest from neighboring residents. One theory email was that maybe they think they can wait out until this drive loses momentum- they have legal counsel for the club and the developer- we have been fortunate to have expert legal advice provided to us pro-bono. However there will come a time soon where will incur further hard costs that cannot be avoided. (With over 1150 supporters, $5 per person will give us some fiscal leeway to expedite any legal issue that incurs hard costs.) If that day arrives, I will send out an update as such.

      The city remains a solid ally, and Councillor Matlow is very aware of the dedication and commitment of the supporters. However we may need to broaden our reach. If the club executive will not listen to the shareholders in their pursuit of basic fundamental rights, who will they listen to?

      Again, we are putting the call out to any legal professional who can help us in succeeding in our cause. We are getting closer, and just need one last thrust of support to get us where we all want to be- enjoying a city owned park at 196 Manor Road East.

    5. Canada Day Update

      Save Greenspace
      Petition Organizer

      Happy Canada Day Everyone!

      We have been a bit quiet sending out communication, but rest assured we've been working hard to keep the lawn bowling club from being sold to a developer.

      We have been flooded with questions over and over again Here are the most frequent that have been asked, including:

      - Who is responsible for the sale of the club? Is it one person, the board, or the shareholders?
      - Why the secrecy? Wouldn't a face to face meeting resolve most questions?
      - Why won't the Club President speak to the press or shareholders?
      - Why won't the board and president acknowledge the rights of shareholders?
      - Why won't the club president entertain an equal offer from the city?
      - Is there a conflict of interest with legal representation, as the club appears to be represented by a partner of the developer?
      - Why has the club board agreed to a price from the developer much less than the appraised value?

      All we are looking for are answers. The silence is deafening.

      There are many shareholders, mostly senior citizens, who have never been communicated with regarding a club AGM, the potential wind up of the club, ad the sale of the land. They have reached out to the board and president, only to be ignored. Had they not read about this in the media, they never would have known. How can this type of thing happen with the securities and corporate law we have in this province? Perhaps those hell bent on turning the 91 year old club from green space into a housing development are content to wait out any protest from neighboring residents. One theory email was that maybe they think they can wait out until this drive loses momentum- they have legal counsel for the club and the developer- we have been fortunate to have expert legal advice provided to us pro-bono. However there will come a time soon where will incur further hard costs that cannot be avoided. (With over 1150 supporters, $5 per person will give us some fiscal leeway to expedite any legal issue that incurs hard costs.) If that day arrives, I will send out an update as such.

      The city remains a solid ally, and Councillor Matlow is very aware of the dedication and commitment of the supporters. However we may need to broaden our reach. If the club executive will not listen to the shareholders in their pursuit of basic fundamental rights, who will they listen to?

      Again, we are putting the call out to any legal professional who can help us in succeeding in our cause. We are getting closer, and just need one last thrust of support to get us where we all want to be- enjoying a city owned park at 196 Manor Road East.

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    • Lisa Harrower TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 21 hours ago

      Toronto has become the city of concrete. Everywhere we turn green space is lost to condos and town homes who do not need to provide actual green grass space. Condos are built right up to sidewalks with no front yardage and town homes have no backyards as we see with the older one. We live in a small community who value our green space. The area between Davisville Avenue and Eglinton has no children's playground parks, let alone modern ones like our neighbouring areas. This is a prime space to build a small children's park and playground on.

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    • Selina Jackie Broadshae TORONTO, CANADA
      • 1 day ago

      All developers are interested in is the almighty dollars, they have no care for the land, they bought up farms lands and build houses, where should we grow food? Where would our children play? They want to build houses on land then tell their clients to uses other people land for a dog park, people who does not care about the land period. I could go on and on but this is all for now. Thank you for letting me help petition for this important issue.

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    • Cristian Radu TORONTO, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      we need more green spaces in this neighborhood, the Yonge corridor is overcrowded as is

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    • Claire Rafferty BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 30 days ago

      I believe it is a great space for a community garden and/or park

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    • Dina Rock PLAINVIEW, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      We need more park space in this community!

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