Save John Fisher Public School

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Join the Fight to Save John Fisher Public School

A proposed 35 story tower next to John Fisher Public School at Yonge and Erskine in midtown Toronto is threatening the health, safety and learning environment of 500 students.

Help us fund a third party review of the TDSB’s Risk Assessment. Then a third party traffic study.

We need this review to ensure fact based decisions. The 500 primary students at John Fisher Public School deserve it.


John Fisher Public School in the oldest school in the Toronto District School Board. It is also the largest French Immersion school in Toronto.

The lot immediately to the west of John Fisher, 18-30 Erskine Avenue, is slated to become a 35 storey high-end rental building. The lot is only a few metres from the school’s property line.  There are numerous outstanding concerns about how this massive tower abutting the school will affect the children’s health, safety and educational success.

The TDSB is set to release a Risk Assessment to determine if the school can even safely operate next to this tower and what mitigation steps are available.

If deemed unsafe, the TDSB plans to move the students across town to Vaughan Road Academy which is 7km away.

Not only removing students from the educational environment in which they currently thrive but also potentially removing their right to attend the school closest to their home.

Non-Profit Status:

The Parents for John Fisher School is a registered non-profit corporation (10172413 Canada Association) which has the purpose of advocating on behalf of the children of John Fisher Public School and represent their interests regarding construction at 18-30 Erskine adjacent to the school. It has three directors, John Fisher Parents: Stavros Rougas, Patrick Russell and Yvonne Ziomecki.

How the Funds will be Used:

$5000 - Review of risk assessment

$3000 - Traffic study

$2000 - Campaign materials, banking fees, small general expenses.

We will use these assessments and studies to help ensure that all the facts are being considered and have not been missed or withheld.

While campaign material will be used to help us communicate and continue to garner public visibility.

All parties need to be held to the highest standards.

The funds will be deposited into the RBC bank account for 10172413 Canada Association (the official name of our non profit corporation). All cheques require the signatures of at least two directors.

There are three directors, all John Fisher parents:

Stavros Rougas
Yvonne Ziomecki
Patrick Russell

All of the expenses will be itemized and available for public viewing at: 

Any unused funds will be gifted to the John Fisher Public School parent council to disburse for the benefit of the students of John Fisher Public School as per the by laws of the non profit 10172413 Canada Association.

Questions? Email me:

What can you do?

Please donate whatever you can and share this page with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit our website and sign up for updates.  You can also visit our Twitter  page.

Show the children of our community that their safety and well-being is a priority.

Save John Fisher Public School  Twitter  page.
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Here is a link to the Traffic Safety Study (summary below):

Thank you for making this possible. It cost $5,650.

It has already been sent to key people at the City of Toronto who look after traffic matters.

This is the first comprehensive traffic safety study related to 18-30 Erskine.

Please share the study widely and feel free to reference it. It is now a public document.

Here is the executive summary:


As documented in this report, Tedesco Engineering has concluded and recommended the following:

1. ECOH Risk Assessment and Peer Review concluded “Alteration of traffic due to construction … may… pose a safety risk to pedestrians and drivers” (See Section 2.1)

2. ECOH Risk Assessment and Peer Review paid scant attention to traffic safety (See Section 5.2)

3. Tedesco Engineering concludes that construction vehicles traveling past the John Fisher School during critical school hours is a hazard (See Sections 5.3, 5.4, 5.7)

4. To eliminate the hazard, and hence eliminate the risk, Tedesco Engineering recommends:

- No Left Turn (eastbound) and No Right Turns (westbound) turn restrictions between the hours 8:00-9:00 am / 11:30 am-12:30 pm/ 3:00-4:00 pm at the construction access, together with No Heavy Trucks designation east of the construction site, if it is possible to designate No Heavy Trucks during the above hours (See Sections 5.4 and 6.4);

(Such a solution was implemented in Bloor West Village to control access to a No Frills loading dock located beside a Montessori School, as shown in Section 6.1)

- Introduction of “variable speed” by time of day, to reduce the speed along Erskine in the vicinity of the school to 30 km/hr “when lights flashing” (See Section 6.2);

- Alternatively, the installation of speed humps along Erskine Avenue in the vicinity of the school, together with a full time reduction of the speed limit to 30 km/hr; (See section 6.3);

- Include as a condition on the Construction Access Permit that construction vehicles cannot use Erskine Avenue east of the construction site during critical school hours, which would reinforce the recommended methods to eliminate the earlier-cited hazard (See Section 6.5);

- Consideration of installing a formal school crossing with “school crossing guard” at a location (to be determined) east of the construction site. (See Section 6.6)

- Encourage the developer to modify their Construction Traffic Control Plan to provide a “hammerhead” so that all but tractor trailer vehicles can enter and exit the site via the west gate and never have to drive past the school, which will eliminate the need for an eastbound No Left Turn at the west gate. (See Section 5.6)

- Consideration of constructing a temporary pick-up / drop-off area in school yard accessed via Keewatin Avenue that could accommodate all parent generated vehicular activity and eliminate the need for U-turns (See Section 5.7);

Based upon the findings of this traffic safety review, it is Tedesco Engineering’s opinion that the recommendations of this document be implemented as a condition of approval of a Construction Access Permit.
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Breakdown of How Your Money Being Spent:

Total Raised:


($10,460 minus Go Fund Me fees)

Traffic Safety Study by Tedesco Engineering:


Outstanding Cost for Flyers and Signs:

$1,000 (approximately)

(paid for my parents who will be reimbursed. Mainly for 'Raise Kids, Not Towers' flyers that have handed out and posted)

Legal Budget:


Lawyer Shantana Chaudhury of Pape Barristers has been retained. This $3,000 has been set aside.

She is in the process of examining our options in light of the TDSB's determination to move ahead on an agreement with KG Group that does not include third party enforceable mitigation. The risk assessment says it is unsafe without it.

Please email with any questions:

I'm doing my best to communicate, but it's hard to keep up and I know it is insufficient.

But I would rather hold TDSB and other officials accountable with my limited time and help media tell our story.
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Using the funds you contributed the Parents for John Fisher (non profit 10172413 Canada Association) have retained the lawyer Shantona Chaudhury of Pape Barristers (litigation specialists).

After last night's TDSB committee meeting I (Stavros) am happy we did. Shantona presented our position last night (letter she submitted is below).

Suing the TDSB to abide by its own risk assessment is increasingly our only option.

The TDSB is unwilling to demand third party enforceable monitoring. Their own risk assessment says without it the school cannot operate safely.

We will need your support, both moral and financial.

About Shantona:

“Shantona has a civil litigation practice with a particular emphasis on appeals. Her experience includes tort, class actions, commercial litigation, civil procedure, professional discipline, administrative, and constitutional law. She has been counsel in over 20 cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as several Divisional Court appeals and a number of first instance proceedings. Shantona has also argued at the Supreme Court of Canada.”

About Pape Barristers:

“consistently recognized by the legal community as experts in commercial litigation and civil appeals. …Our senior lawyers have a wealth of experience at all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario.”


(minus attachment)

Last night the TDSB’s Planning and Priorities Committee moved forward a proposed agreement with KG Group (developer of 18-30 Erskine) that their own risk assessment concludes will be unsafe to operate the school.

On Wednesday May 24 the TDSB board will vote on the agreement.

The agreement ignores the core conclusion of their own risk assessment. Third party enforceable monitoring. Without it their risk assessment says it is unsafe to operate the school.

Therefore, the TDSB is set to pass an agreement that their own experts says is unsafe.

So you can appreciate why parents are calling for the risk assessment that they, not us, commissioned, be implemented.

We have retained a lawyer who presented our position last night, see attached letter. You can quote this letter.

It's unsafe according to an expert and the only way to ensure it is safe may be for us to sue the TDSB.

Highlights of the attached letter:


The measures outlined in Report No. 05-17-3129 fall short of the recommendations contained in ECOH’s Phase II Risk Assessment [“the Risk Assessment”]. This dilution of safety standards beyond what ECOH originally deemed to be tolerable is unacceptable to the Parents for John Fisher Public School (10172413 Canada Association).


The Report and proposed agreement fail to meet the threshold set by the ECOH Phase II Risk Assessment, which was commissioned by the TDSB itself and which took four months to produce. It is the view of the Parents for John Fisher Public School (10172413 Canada Association) that if the Board votes on May 24, 2017 to approve the agreement as currently drafted, it will be breaching a fiduciary obligation. The Parents for John Fisher Public School (10172413 Canada Association) are considering all options, including litigation, to ensure the safety of the children attending John Fisher Public School.
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Traffic safety study is done. We got it this afternoon.

It will be posted on, hopefully tomorrow. I will send a follow up.

I was focusing on TDSB committee meeting tonight. Another disappointing evening with TDSB, wilfully ignoring their own risk assessment. Voted to bring deal with KG to a vote next week (battle continues).

Cost of traffic safety study is $5,000 plus HST.

Thank you for your support.

There is a void in looking at traffic I believe this report will help fill (basically TDSB risk assessment said nothing).

Something in particular of value for the City of Toronto.
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