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SAVE Trinity Square & Toronto’s Heritage

We need your support! An application has been filed to add 60 storeys to the 10-storey building on Trinity Square at 483-491 Bay St. & 20 Albert St.  This is almost 4 times the height of what is currently allowed in that location by the City of Toronto Official Plan.

If approved, this building would essentially put Toronto’s Official Plan in the shredder.  It would overwhelm some of our most iconic architecture and public spaces: Old City Hall, Nathan Philip’s Square, Trinity Square, and the historic Church of the Holy Trinity campus.

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Trinity Square, with its fountain, labyrinth and paved walkways is one of the few peaceful public spaces in the downtown where citizens can seek out sunlight and fresh air during the day.  

How can you help?

  1. Phone and write Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor. 
  2. Write a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun or the Globe and Mail.
  3. Spread the word!

Phone and write to members of Council:

Make your views known to Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor.

Tell your elected representatives that local democracy matters.  Developers need to respect and work within our Official Plan.

Underline that respecting our built heritage means preserving its setting.  This is upheld by Toronto’s Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement and the international Venice Charter (ICOMOS).

Emphasize that both urban trees and urban humans need access to sunlight in public spaces.


Letter to the editor:

Email the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the Globe and Mail.
(contact information pending).


Spread the word!

For more information:

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-141056.pdf 

To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or Derek.Waltho@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2. 

You may also contact Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13, at (416) 392-7903.

We’re Hiring! – Worship and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Church of the Holy Trinity is looking for a priest to join our our community. Please share through your networks.

Job Posting- Worship and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Full-time, includes housing allowance, 2 year renewable contract

Grounded in a history of social justice and hospitality, open to Spirit and creativity, mindful of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and unwilling to settle for easy answers — the community of the Church of the Holy Trinity has always had a heart for the city in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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RCMP out of Wet’suwet’en

Friday February 7, 2020

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

In solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, and in defense of indigenous sovereignty across Canada, we call upon the government of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to immediately cease their occupation, arrests, and trespassing on Wet’suwet’en sovereign territory.

At Holy Trinity, we have tried, as an urban community, to do what we can for true reconciliation and renewal of relationship. Our Anglican denomination has taken responsibility for the harms to indigenous people of which it has been a part. We wish to believe the government of Canada when you spoke in response to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. And yet, you seem intent on continuing to aggressively support the destruction of indigenous communities and sovereignty. This must stop.

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STAR: Homeless memorial records 995th name as city committee debates new housing action plan

Toronto Star: Homeless memorial records 995th name as city committee debates new housing action plan

Darlene Stimson spoke with anger and grief, standing at the base of the church steps, of the many systems who failed her loving and trusting son.

“He never let illness or pain get in the way of being the most generous human being I have ever known,” said Stimson, about the six-foot-tall man who loved wrestling and karaoke and who, because of early health challenges, viewed much of the world through the eyes of 12-year-old child.

“In the end, while it was a respiratory infection that resulted in Adam’s death, the proximate cause was a social safety net that let him down.”