Dorothy, age 97, stars in 4-minute opposition video about development trends at the City of Toronto. Plus: links to two, related City TV News Reports

Drawing inspiration from our neighbour Dorothy, age 97, who lives across the street from us in Toronto, I am looking forward to helping to organize a Malcolm Campbell High School Sixties reunion when the Sixties grads are in their 90s.



Nov. 3, 2016 City TV News Report

We are pleased to say that Dorothy’s message to the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment has received wide attention in local TV news reports.

Video: Neighbours going to war over so-called monster homes – CityNews

Nov. 4, 2016 City TV News Follow-Up Report


Dorothy lives just east of 14 Villa Road. She has lived at her house for 74 years, as she has explained in a brief video entitled: Message from Dorothy, age 97, to the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment, October 2016. Click on the image to enlarge it.

3D rendering of Mike Smith showing view of proposed houses as they would appear at 10:00 am in the month of March.

3D rendering by Mike Smith of Gateway Data and Surveillance Systems, Inc. (GDSS) showing a General Visual Representation of the proposed 14 Villa houses as they would appear at 10:00 am in the month of March. Dorothy’s house is located to the right of the two houses that are proposed in the severance application that was approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Nov. 3, 2016. The decision has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Click on the image to enlarge it.

A follow-Up City TV News Report also features our neighbour Dorothy, who at age 97 drives a car. mows her lawn, and contributes to ongoing, City-wide conversations about development trends at the City of Toronto:

Preserve or Progress: Toronto’s property war – CityNews

3 tweets (Nov. 4, 2016) from CBC reporter John Lancaster regarding committees of adjustment


1) Seems like a lot of people in Toronto are complaining about development decisions made by committees of adjustment.

2) Worth noting it’s elected officials who select members of the COAs. In other words if COAs aren’t representing the will of people

3) then perhaps pols should do a better job selecting COA members. #Toronto


4 replies
  1. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Quite so, Graeme!


    Dorothy has enjoyed viewing her Video Message, and the two follow-up News Reports from City TV. On visits over the past several weeks, I’ve accessed the videos on my iPhone, so that Dorothy could watch them. In the photo (click on the image to enlarge it), Dorothy is viewing one of the two City TV videos. In each case, we’ve turned up the volume on the iPhone enabling Dorothy to hear every word.

    The City TV video Dorothy is watching in the photo is entitled:

    Preserve or Progress: Toronto property war

    Dorothy, who has lived on Villa Road for three-quarters of a century, is a source of strong inspiration for me and for so many other fellow residents in Long Branch. She steps, in a forthright way, far beyond the powerful stereotypes associated with the passage of the years.

  2. Elaine Wells
    Elaine Wells says:

    Thanks so much for all your help in getting Dorothy’s story and concerns online. Dorothy is my Aunt, and her strength and independence is always a source of pride and amazement. Your website and the videos that you prepared were a big treat for all of the family to view. We hope that your and the community efforts help to reduce the size of the monster home that will overshadow Dorothy’s precious space and back yard in Long Branch.

  3. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:


    Wonderful to read your message. Dorothy sets such a great example for all of us. Your support, and the support of the many other people who have contacted us, means the world to the residents of Villa Road. We are working hard – with the support of many residents – to reach the decision makers and the wider public.

    It’s a great thing for viewers – of Dorothy’s video and of the City TV videos of Nov. 3 and 4, 2016 – to be familiar with both sides of the ongoing conversation.


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