ACA NEWS, March 2014

Nick Sauter

In the February ACA NEWS we spoke about an important “Emerging” issue in Argyle. It is a proposal by St. Leonard’s Community Services to convert an oversized house into a Type 2 group home at 313 Clarke Rd. (directly across Clarke Rd SS).

A public as well as two well attended neighbourhood meetings have been held to discuss these plans. The good news is that LOCAL residents in general acknowledge the good work by St. Leonard’s. They also realize the (female) clients benefit from half-way homes after being released from the criminal justice system and should in no way be castigated. In fact everything possible should be done to help them re-enter society.

However, it is imperative to establish a facility in such a way in order to: 1) Ensure maximum success in rehabilitating clients in surroundings that benefit their well-being. 2) Find a property that has enough green space and parking in order to give clients and neighbours alike sufficient breathing space.

The property on Clarke Rd. is simply too small to provide such a climate. It has far too little open space, and if used for recreation, no parking whatever. Let’s remember the building will accommodate eight women plus four day-time staff and one at night, occasionally visitors who may, at times, be children.

Logic must absolutely trump the desire by St. Leonard’s to purchase something simply because it’s cheap. To squeeze this operation into such a tiny lot would be folly. Neighbours are already at their wits end because of illegal parking and confrontations to the point where some of them had to evict people from their driveways. Hopefully common sense will prevail.

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ATTENTION ALL ARGYLE RESIDENTS!

The Argyle community Association is holding its

3rd Annual General Meeting

When: April 23rd 2014

Where: London Christian Elementary School, 202 Clarke Rd, north of Trafalgar on the East side.

OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE GLEN PEARSON, FORMER FIRE FIGTHER & MP for LONDON NORTH CENTRE. GLEN IS WELL KNOWN FOR HIS TIRELESS HUMANITARIAN WORK AT HOME & ABROAD.

You’ll have an opportunity to voice  your opinion and help shape the future of Argyle.