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August 24, 2012

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2012,

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 20 Saintfield Avenue

Glenorchy Early Historical Tidbits

July 20, 2012

– from sparse records available            

Research by Rose Shariff;  Written by Mary Wahl

Glen Orchy is a long valley in Argyll, Scotland, north of Loch Lomond.  It runs westerly from the village of Bridge of Orchy to Inverlocky following the river Orchy.

Glenorchy Gardens Subdivision
In 1955, Council approved a subdivision south of Lawrence and west of Edwards Gardens with only 5.17 acres for parks.  The sub-dividers, Principal Investments Ltd. did not proceed.  In 1959, Council asked for a big chunk of valley land for its parks system. Hence, the lovely park system that surrounds our neighborhood. We are not sure from the news article, whether Council means North York or Metro.

Windfield Farms
Windfield Farms, 330acres of rolling farm land in the heart of urban Metro owned by E.P. Taylor who was then a permanent resident of the Bahamas, was sold to Morenish Land Developments for an estimated $13 million in cash. They would in turn sell off the land to developers and individual home builders. The Taylor livestock was moved to his National Stud farm in Oshawa.  The farm was expected to produce a crop of 1,100 to 1200 houses (about 80% of land) in the upper price bracket in keeping with neighboring homes.  Some multiple housing was expected.  We can not read the date on this news article.

Glenorchy School
In 1966, North York school trustees decided to build a school on the (12 year controversial) High Point Road and Lawrence school site.  Metro School Board had recently rejected the bid to build on the Glenorchy Road site. The High Point residents did not want the school on High Point. Bitter words were exchanged between trustee Bone, who was for the Glenorchy Rd. site and a Trustee Sydney Moscoe (a familiar name in Toronto politics) and a Trustee Ronald Leitch who supported the High Point site.  Mr. Moscoe called Mr. Bone’s attitude “small townism,” “a poor loser,” and he objected to” washing our dirty linen in public.” This became a battle between North York trustees and Metro trustees. By March 2, 1967 North York trustees decided to purchase the Glenorchy site for $115,000 and received an irrevocable offer of $75,000  for the High Point site if the Board could not sell it at a higher price.  In l968, .the Ontario Municipal Board ruled in favor of the High Point ratepayers saying that an elementary school in the area of $100,000 homes would violate a township restrictive covenant protecting the area’s residential amenities.  However, the OMB recognized the need for a school but no one wanted the school built next door.  This is the history before Park Lane School was built.

Glenorchy Sidewalks
In July, 1967, the Glenorchy Home Owners’Association (our original historic name) told North York Council that they did not want side walks in the area which would force the removal of shrubs, trees, and garden ornaments.   When the 176 owners bought their property, the purchase price included sidewalks.  Their lawyer, Mr. Onley, said only three residents want side walks.  He said that traffic is light and the sidewalks could depreciate the value of property.  Reeve James Service said the township has had a sidewalk in every subdivision policy since 1959.  He said it would set a bad precedent to excuse the Glenorchy subdivision.