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Builder of High Park daycare vows to open
« on: May 31, 2009, 06:51:53 PM »
The man behind a High Park Avenue daycare centre will prepare to open it next month despite Toronto City Council dropping “the nuclear bomb of municipal regulations” to stop him.

Ward 13 Councillor Bill Saundercook introduced a one-year interim control bylaw in council on Wednesday, slapping a moratorium on new daycare centres along a three-block stretch of the residential street from Glenlake Avenue to Dundas Street West.

Mr. Saundercook said neighbouring residents had raised concerns about traffic and parking at the Teddy Bear Academy, a daycare centre being created in a house at 167 High Park Ave.

The councillor said that when he heard that another daycare application had been submitted for a house nearby, it “pushed us over the top.”

But Teddy Bear Academy owner Holt Hunter said he's offering an essential service in the family-friendly community.

“We're going to finish [building], and then will be touring people,” he said. “I'm really committed to this.”

“Daycares in the area are all full, the waiting lists are atrocious,” said Alison Gibbons, who is struggling to find local child care for her seven-month-old son.

According to data from the 2006 census, the area spanning High Park Avenue had 355 children aged four or younger.

Such bylaws are introduced quietly and dealt with quickly to stave off property speculation and last-minute development applications, said Mr. Perks, who made the nuclear bomb analogy.

“I'm concerned about the precedent,” he said of the daycare ban. “[Residential daycare] is the kind of use we should be protecting. This should be easy to do.


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