Plan ad­dresses safety at John Fisher P.S.

Par­ents raise $10K for re­view of de­vel­oper’s con­struc­tion plan

North Toronto Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

Stu­dents of John Fisher Pub­lic School may not have to re­lo­cate af­ter all. KG Group, the de­vel­oper be­hind a 35-storey tower to be built next door, has re­leased a de­tailed con­struc­tion man­age­ment plan that claims to ad­dress all health and safety con­cerns raised by par­ents.

Nathan Katz, se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment with KG Group, said the safety of stu­dents at John Fisher Pub­lic School is the num­ber one pri­or­ity.

“Seven engi­neers and con­sul­tants con­trib­uted to our en­hanced con­struc­tion man­age­ment plan, all of whom are ex­perts in their re­spec­tive fields of noise, dust, vi­bra­tion, traf­fic and air qual­ity. The plan clearly states that we can safely build next to John Fisher Ju­nior Pub­lic School, and we see no rea­son for stu­dents to re­lo­cate dur­ing con­struc­tion,” he said.

Tay­lor Roberts, a local par­ent whose child at­tends the school, said par­ents want to be thor­ough in their un­der­stand­ing of the plan.

“When you read things [in the plan] closely, you re­al­ize, oh, this could be ar­gued the other way as well,” Roberts said.

Which is why par­ents have raised $10,000 to have a third-party re­view the 700-page re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to Roberts, some out­stand­ing is­sues re­main: the school will likely have to re­lo­cate its play­ground.

“It re­quires the school to put its own mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures up. It’s ab­surd.That’s ba­si­cally what’s buried in there,” he said.

Toronto Dis­trict School Board (TDSB) re­tained En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­sult­ing Oc­cu­pa­tional Health (ECOH) to con­duct a risk as­sess­ment, which was re­leased April 21. Although ECOH found some risks to be un­avoid­able, the re­port said strict en­force­ment of all

mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures would al­low stu­dents to attend school safely.

“Fail­ure to dili­gently ad­here to all mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences,” it reads.

KG Group’s re­quest for a de­mo­li­tion per­mit for the build­ing at 30 Ersk­ine Ave. has been de­ferred three times and will head to North York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil again on May 2.

Katz said any sug­ges­tion there is a safety is­sue at 18-30 Ersk­ine Ave. is

un­founded. How­ever, coun­cil­lor Jaye Robin­son, of Ward 25, Don Val­ley West, said de­mo­li­tion should not con­tinue un­til the con­struc­tion man­age­ment plan is com­plete.

“It hasn’t been prop­erly vet­ted by all the re­spec­tive di­vi­sions and stake­hold­ers,” she said.

TDSB will host a pub­lic meet­ing about the risk as­sess­ment at North Toronto Col­le­giate In­sti­tute, at 7 p.m., on May 3.

Tay­lor Roberts stand­ing on John Fisher Pub­lic School’s play­ground, im­me­di­ately next to the con­struc­tion site

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