Oca Mission

OSSINGTON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: OUR MISSION (extracted from OCA provisional bylaws

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The "object", or mission, of the Ossington Community Association is stated in the provisional bylaws as follows:

to Promote the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones.

Here is what the bylaws mean by this. Neighbourhood By this we mean the region bounded on the south by Queen Street West, on the west by Dovercourt Road, on the north by Harrison Street, and on the south by Crawford Street. We don't include anything on Queen. We include only the south side of Harrison. We include both sides of Dovercourt. And we include both sides of Crawford, with the exception of any part of Trinity-Bellwoods Park. Commercial Zones By this we mean the Ossington Strip and the Dundas Bend. (We realize that Dundas is already under a BIA, but we also think it is arbitrary to cut our focus off at Main Drug and the CIBC branch, because commerce flows naturally around the corner.) Flourishing By this we mean the following (not only the following, but including the following): •
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The stability of the lands of the Neighbourhood The quality of life for residents of the Neighbourhood The Vibrancy of the culture of the Neighbourhood, where this includes, but is not limited to: o The Neighbourhood's persisting and historical importance as a locus of Toronto's Portuguese community o The Neighbourhood's persisting and historical importance as a locus of Toronto's Vietnamese community o The Neighbourhood's persisting and historical importance as a locus of Toronto's arts and letters community
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The friendly, cooperative, and neighbourly relationships among residents from among all Neighbourhood communities and across generations o The experimental spirit that has animated the development of the Commercial Zones of the Neighbourhood into a leading City dining and nightlife destination o The by-and-large cordial and cooperative relationship between the business community of the Neighbourhood and its residents o The supportive and engaged participation in Neighbourhood institutions, especially the Givins-Shaw and Santo Cristo schools o The supportive, safe, and enculturating upbringing available to the children of the Neighbourhood and the respectful, safe, compassionate, and stimulating community life available to the seniors of the Neighbourhood o The beauty and pride displayed in the Neighbourhood's many wellmaintained homes and gardens o The cordial and cheerful relationships among residents on display in the Neighbourhoods sidewalks, porches, parks, and laneways o The sustenance and development of civic engagement among all participants in Neighbourhood life The Vigour of the business climate of the Commercial Zones of the Neighbourhood, where this includes, but is not limited to: o The economic viability of existing businesses o The generation and sustenance of a mix of businesses serving the daily needs of residents of the Neighbourhood o The continuity of the status of the Ossington Strip as a regional destination o The preservation of a mix of commercial and employment uses o The preservation of the largely exceptionless pattern of local business ownership o The continuation of the prevailing independent, creative, and entrepreneurial spirit among local business owners The Appropriateness of the built form of the Commercial Zones of the Neighbourhood, where this includes, but is not limited to: o The maintenance of the Official Plan designation of the lands of the Ossington Strip as Lowrise and of the function of the Ossington Strip as a regional "piazza" or outdoor gathering-place framed with places of commerce catering in significant part to entertainment, relaxation, socializing, and cultural development and transmission and of the currently unobtrusive interface with the great many residential lots backing onto its Mixed-Use lands o The fit with existing built form and contribution to the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood of new development of the Dundas Bend in light of the Official Plan designation of Dundas West west of Bathurst as an Avenue slated for Midrise development
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Any other considerations that may bear on the ability of the lands of the Commercial Zones of the Neighbourhood to promote any aspect of the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones The safety, cleanliness, and environmental health of the Neighbourhood The congenial and cooperative relations among residents of the Neighbourhood, among businesses located within the Neighbourhood, between the residents of the Neighbourhood and the businesses located within the Neighbourhood, between these Neighbourhood bodies and visitors to the Neighbourhood, and between this Neighbourhood and its bodies and abutting Neighbourhoods and their bodies The Diversity of the Neighbourhood, where this includes, but is not limited to: o The Neighbourhood's habitation by residents of a wide range of ages, ethnocultural affiliations, income levels, occupations, and family-styles o The Neighbourhood's status as a historically Portuguese community o The Neighbourhood's status as a historically Vietnamese community The congenial and cooperative relations between City and Provincial agencies (including, but not limited to, the Police Services) and the Neighbourhood, its institutions, its businesses, its residents, and its visitors.
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Promotion What we mean when we say the OCA is to "Promote the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones" is that the OCA will take appropriate action as necessary to add to the sorts of "flourishing" discussed above. In particular, the provisional bylaws interpret this to include at least the following:

Researching institutional, commercial, or governmental activities, bodies, conditions, proposals, or possibilities bearing on the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones Generating or promoting public awareness of institutional, commercial, and governmental activities, bodies, conditions, proposals, or possibilities bearing on the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones Communicating or negotiating with institutional, commercial, or governmental bodies or taking legal action in regard to commercial and governmental activities, bodies, conditions, proposals, or possibilities bearing on the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones

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Hiring such experts or professionals or purchasing such services or products or making any other transactions as the Society orders in service of such investigation, research, generation, promotion, communication, or taking of legal action or any other activity prescribed under this Section or otherwise ordered by the Society Communicating, negotiating, entering into partnership or collaboration with, or otherwise interacting cooperatively with other associations or organizations concerning institutional, commercial, or governmental activities, bodies, conditions, proposals, or possibilities bearing on the Flourishing of the Neighbourhood and its Commercial Zones, or about any other matter contributory to congenial and cooperative relationships with such associations or organizations.

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