Justin Daniel Wood’s store, about to open Dec. 1, is different from all the other bookstores on Danforth Avenue. The Scribe specializes in rare and vintage volumes that range in price from $5 to $1,000.
But Wood’s on a mission to show people they need not be intimidated by such books, which are neither untouchable nor expensive. Read all about this new business.
Hills in Greenwood and Glen Stewart parks are among the 23 sites where the city is encouraging tobogganing this winter in its Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan (though you likely know several other great hills to slide down on sleds and toboggans).
The city is also pushing other outdoor activities during the pandemic this winter, including skating, snowshoeing in city golf courses, playing disc-golf and exploring recreational trails.
See the story and where to go for the best tobogganing.
Arrest for Beaches break-ins
If your home or business was broken into last week, they may have caught the guy. Police say a man committed break-ins between Nov. 17 and 19 in the area of Queen Street East and Waverley Road. Several residences and commercial buildings were hit.
Yesterday police arrested a man. Kevin Burger, 31, of no fixed address, has been charged with nine counts of breaking and entering, 30 counts of failing to comply, and other charges.
Mary-Margaret McMahon, who served two terms as councillor for Beaches-East York, has been nominated as Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the next provincial election, the Liberals announced today.
The riding has flipped between the Liberals and New Democrats. Rima Berns-McGown now holds the seat for the NDP, having in 2018 defeated Liberal incumbent Arthur Potts, who himself had taken the seat from the NDP’s Michael Prue in 2014. See the story.
If you’re a person who plans your outings around available washrooms, here’s welcome news for you. The city is refitting and reopening washrooms in parks — like at Greenwood Park and Kew Gardens — this winter.
It’s also adding portable toilets to new locations, along with keeping washrooms going in the usual places like libraries and recreation centres.
The story of the Empringham Hotel
The Empringham Hotel was the pride of East Toronto when George Empringham opened it at Danforth and Dawes in the 1890s and it remained an east end destination and social centre of sorts into the 1980s, when it was taken down.
Read all about it and see those great old photos in “From stately hotel to strip club — the Empringham story.”
Queen East lane closed for underground work
The westbound lane of Queen Street East between Coxwell and Rhodes avenues is closed starting today due to work on the “underground concrete duct bank,” the city warns.
The construction is planned to continue until Dec. 4, with the work being done daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Work begun on upgraded Dundas bike lanes
Protected bike lanes for Dundas Street East are on the way. Work on the upgraded lanes mandated by city council for one of Toronto’s most dangerous stretches of road for cyclists (see Nov. 6 story) has begun, says Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher in her Nov. 13 email newsletter.
Transportation staff have begun pavement markings, and other upgrades, such as adding curbs and bollards will follow over the next month, Fletcher says.
Seventeen electric vehicle charging stations have been activated across the city, many of them in the east end wards of Toronto-Danforth and Beaches-East York.
Toronto mayor John Tory announced the official launch of the 12-month pilot program yesterday and Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford praised the program. See the full story and locations.
New east end locations for photo radar units
After three months of issuing tickets, the city’s photo radar units are being moved. All 50 automated speed enforcement (ASE) devices are to be moved to new locations starting this week “to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and to encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect,” the city said in a news release yesterday.
In Toronto-Danforth ward, the two new ASE sites are on Dundas Street East, east of Broadview Avenue, and on Lesmount Avenue, south of Cosburn Avenue. Both are near schools.
In Beaches-East York, the new sites are on Kingston Road, near Heyworth Crescent, and on Spruce Hill Road, north of Queen Street East.
The city reports 47,195 speeders were caught by ASE devices in the old locations, but the number of tickets dropped in the second and third months.
“The Automated Speed Enforcement program is working,” Mayor John Tory said. “Each month, fewer drivers were caught speeding in school and community safety zones where they’ve been placed, and they are helping to keep vulnerable people, especially school children, in these communities safer.”
A dangerous stretch of Dundas Street East may become a little safer for cyclists if the city upgrades the bicycle paths to protected bike lanes. A committee of city council adopted a report yesterday calling for installing cycle tracks — protected bicycle lanes — along Dundas between Broadview Avenue and Kingston Road.
Deaths and injuries that have plagued the street may be alleviated if protected lanes are installed, proponents say. See the full story — and a dangerous situation spotted by our photographer.
Sign outside Upper Beach Health and Wellness on Gerrard Street East, as posted on the Facebook page for the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association today.
Mayor John Tory has proclaimed today as John Candy Day, on what would have been the comic actor’s 70th birthday.
Candy, as everyone knows around here, lived in East York as a child and attended high school at Neil MacNeil Catholic High School near Victoria Park and Kingston Road.
Fourth community clinic to get your flu shot
The only community flu vaccine clinic east of the Don Valley is to open on Oct. 31, the city announced today. It’s to be located at Scarborough Town Centre, Exterior Unit D3, 410 Progress Ave. and is operated by appointment only.
It’s the fourth clinic launched by Toronto Public Health across the city, the other three launching Oct. 22. It will run until Dec. 31. For more information on locations and to make an appointment, see the TPH appointment booking system online.
The flu shot is also available at many other locations in Toronto, including pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics. Find a location near you at MyFluShot.ca.
Three-car collision at Coxwell and Lake Shore
A driver suffered unspecified injuries in a three-car collision near C0xwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard early this morning, according to police. Officers responded to several reports of a collision and an overturned car at about 1 a.m.
Three tow trucks were called and Toronto Fire assisted the injured party on the scene, police say. Roads were closed at Coxwell and Eastern Avenue for about an hour.
Arrest made for summer break-in spree
A man has been arrested following investigation of a series of break-ins in apartment buildings and vehicles over several summer months in the area of Woodbine Avenue And Queen Street East. (See Sept. 16 update below.)
Harris Omo, 32, of Toronto, faces charges on 24 counts, including break and enter, assault with a weapon, and failing to comply with a release order. He is to appear in court today.
Gunshots can be heard one of two videos released by police two days after the incident in Leslieville’s Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood.
Also on the video is seen someone whom police call a suspect running to a car parked on Hiawatha Road, shouting “Go go go!” before driving off. Get the whole story.
Man with knife confronted at site of gas leak
Firefighters responding to a gas leak in a building at Gerrard and Main streets were met by a man armed with a knife and behaving erratically, police reported today at about 10:30 a.m.
Police officers had to resolve the issue with the man. “We will get him the help he needs,” police said on Twitter.
Then fire crews were able to enter and evacuate the building which smelled of gas.
The gas leak was capped residents were allowed back in, with no reports of injury, police said.
Government assistance helped and attendance is “okay” since the Fox on Queen Street East re-opened in August with reduced seating.
But the owners of the 106-year-old institution are still concerned over how long they’ll be able to preserve the movie theatre experience in the Beach. Read all about it.
Nooses at construction site not considered hate crime
Two more nooses have been found in the area of Michael Garron Hospital but police say they don’t believe they’re connected with previous incidents.
Police responded to a call about a suspicious incident on Sept. 24 at about 7:12 p.m. at Sammon and Coxwell avenues. Two nooses were located at a construction site there, they reported yesterday.
The hate crime unit has been consulted but it is not being treated as hate-motivated, police said.
The “problematic” legacy of 18th-century Scottish statesman Henry Dundas is about to come under public scrutiny as the city considers renaming the street named for him. City council approved a staff report on the man who allegedly kept the slave trade going in his time.
Council gave the go-ahead to holding public consultations with businesses and residents near Dundas Street and with diverse Black communities. Get the whole story.
Arrest for child pornography
A 40-year-old man was arrested today after police searched an address near Greenwood Avenue and Gerrard Street East as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse material.
The man has been charged with possession and accessing child pornography. He is to appear in court today.
A month ago it looked like much of this area was free of the coronavirus. But recent figures from the city’s interactive map show we’ve been newly infected in the recent upsurge.
Worst hit in the east end have been the Beaches and Danforth East communities. Get the full picture.
Arts festival moved from the streets to online
Nuit Blanche, which has presented art installations in Toronto streets over the course of one night for the past 14 years — including in the east end last year — is this year presenting a week of virtual experiences.
Funded by the city and the Government of Ontario, Nuit Blanche Online is running Oct. 3–10 this year in five online streaming programs. Find out more in Streeter Things To Do.
Dangerous medication lost
A 35-millilitre container of methadone has been lost near Main Street and Stevenson Avenue. Police have issued a public safety alert, saying the medication could be harmful, even fatal, if ingested, especially by children.
Secondhand Sunday on today
Today’s the day you can give away or get reusable items — to or from your neighbours. It’s Secondhand Sunday, a city-supported event that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s more about it.
One more weekend of ActiveTO road closures
Saturday and Sunday will be your last chance this year to walk, jog or cycle selected major streets that have been closed to traffic. But this does not include the usual Lake Shore Boulevard East.
The city advises the closure on Lake Shore between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue is being forgone this weekend due to Saturday’s planned construction on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway from Yonge Street to Cherry Street.
Roads elsewhere that will be closed for ActiveTO from Sept. 26 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. are:
- Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.
- Lake Shore Boulevard West eastbound lanes from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road.
The Beaches Santa Claus Parade and the Riverside Halloween Fest are among the east-end events seeing their live festivities shut down by the city this week. Some of them though will carry on as virtual or online happenings.
The city followed public health advice in cancelling all upcoming festivals and other large in-person gatherings held at outdoor sites managed by the city or at public locations, the city said in a news release on Wednesday.
Could you help educate and collaborate with local residents to develop climate action projects reflecting the needs and values of the Beaches or Leslieville?
If so, the city wants you. To become a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.
Being a local champion will take about four or five hours a month and it won’t pay much — a $500 honorarium. But you’ll get free training and the satisfaction of helping fight climate change. Read all about it.
How well do you know the Beaches? A walking tour of the area is part of Toronto’s StrollTO program, announced today. Self-guided tours are presented in all 25 wards, with self-guided tours pointing out culturally and historically significant local sites.
It’s part of an overall ShowLoveTO initiative to encourage residents to discover shops, stops, places and spaces on local streets, the city says. Get the whole story and links to local tours.
Charges have been laid in that fatal boat crash beachgoers witnessed two weeks ago.
A Markham man, registered as the vessel owner and alleged to have been driving when it hit rocks near Woodbine Beach, faces criminal negligence charges, police say.
The Donald D. Summerville swimming pool is one of the locations to be used as a canvas for art projection in Toronto’s just-announced BigArtTO initiative.
BigArtTO features free access to more than 200 hours of temporary public artworks created by Toronto artists, shown across Toronto’s 25 wards.
The Beaches-East York event is running Oct. 21 to 24. A location in the Toronto-Danforth ward for Nov. 18 to 21 has yet to be determined. See the full story.
Public meetings on renaming ‘racist’ Dundas Street proposed
City staff is recommending the city hold public consultations on its response to the petition to rename Dundas Street and other sites bearing the Dundas name.
The petition objected to the street being named after Scottish politician Henry Dundas “who was involved in delaying the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, causing more than half a million more Black people to be enslaved in the British Empire,” according to a city press release today.
Mayor John Tory and several councillors signed a letter on June 12 calling for the street to be renamed, referring to “signs of historic racism on streets, buildings and monuments all across Toronto.”
Some historians argue Dundas strongly favoured abolition of slavery and added “gradual” to the 1792 motion to abolish the slave trade in order to pass the motion, which would otherwise have failed.
The staff report is going to city council’s executive committee on Sept. 23.
Suspect sought in break-in spree
A series of break-ins in the Woodbine Avenue and Queen Street East area between June 25 and Aug. 1 has led to a search for a 32-year-old man. Police allege a man broke into various apartment buildings and vehicles in the apartment buildings in that time period.
Today they released a photo of Harris Omo of Toronto, who is wanted on numerous charges, including four counts of committing break and enter, theft over $5,000, assault with a weapon, and five counts of failing to comply with a release order.
He is described as 5-foot-5, 146 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes.
A man, 47, died after the boat he was in collided with rocks near Woodbine Beach, police reported yesterday.
Police responded to a call about a boat crash about 12:35 p.m. It was reported a 46-year-old man lost control of the boat he was operating with six people aboard.
A 47–year-old man was rushed to a trauma centre with vital signs absent and was declared dead at hospital. The boat operator and remaining passengers received non-life threatening injuries.
Summerville pool to stay open an extra week
City outdoor pools have been set to close on Sept. 6, but the summer season for at least 10 of them, including Donald D. Summerville at Woodbine Beach, has been extended to Sept. 13. Mayor John Tory announced the extension today “recognizes the new start of the school year for many Toronto children.” Most kids are returning to school on Sept. 14, a week later than in previous years.
Construction to shut down lanes on Leslie Street
Leslie Street north of Queen Street East will see a northbound and a southbound lane closed over the next three days due to construction, Toronto’s Traffic Management Centre advises. The two projects of of “permanent resurface reinstatement for Toronto water repairs” are to run from Sept. 2 to 4, daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bike Share Toronto, which has stations all over Beaches and Leslieville now, is letting would-be cyclists ride for free all day every Wednesday in September.
Check Streeter’s Things To Do for how to do it.
Love reigned in Dentonia Park on Saturday afternoon. Or, if not love, at least anti-hate. Colourful signs and banners festooned fences and trees for the rally to unite against racism and “reclaim the park.”
The event was a response to the alleged racist attack on a mixed race couple in the park two months earlier and, in the words of victim Mark Austin, to help fix a “broken” community. Get the full story and pictures.
Woman sought after Leslieville garage fire
Images of a woman have been released by police today, about two weeks after a garage was allegedly set alight near Gerrard Street and Woodfield Road on the morning of Aug. 12.
A person seen leaving the scene before police arrived was caught on security cameras in the area, arson investigators say. No injuries were reported from the fire.
Police are looking for a woman in the images, described as about 55 to 65 years old, with brown hair in a bun, and wearing a long red shirt, grey pants and pink Crocs shoes. She had a light-coloured shirt tied around her waist and she was carrying several bags, the images show.
If you’re looking for a condo in the East York area to move into, your economically best option may be to buy one. The real estate district encompassing East York and Danforth Village ranks highest in the latest report by Zoocasa, which looked at purchase prices versus rental costs.
The Beaches area was closer to the other end of the spectrum, the brokerage firm found, placing it in the better-to-rent condo category.
Read the story in Streeter News.
East end nearly free of recent COVID cases
The Beach is free of new cases of COVID-19 and other east-end neighbourhoods are close behind, according to the city’s coronavirus map.
It shows zero to three confirmed or probable new cases recently for most neighbourhoods in the east end, as well as in midtown and central Toronto, for the past 21 days — all of August actually.
Check out your neighbourhood and how it compares to others in the Streeter article.
Toronto’s traditional end-of-summer show and exhibition is back in 2020, though in anything but traditional form. The CNE continues online starting today until Sept. 7.
Without leaving home now, you can go to the Ex via the new CNE portal, where you can take in shows and performances, share food recipes, learn how to be a busker, take virtual rides, enjoy trips through history, and even enjoy a virtual air show.
Condo rentals up in Leslieville area, prices dropping
Thanks to the pandemic, the formerly tight condo rental market has loosened up, with more apartments available and prices dropping, according to a new report. In the Leslieville area (including Riverside and Little India), both listings and rentals are up substantially.
The good news for tenants though is that the availability of rental units is driving the average prices for condo apartments in the area downward.
Meanwhile in the Beaches area, listings are up, while leases are down — also forcing prices down somewhat.
Police seek info on body found near Ashbridges Bay
They body of a man was found in a wooded area east of the Martin Goodman Trail, in the south end of Ashbridges Bay Park, on Aug. 14. He may have been there since Aug. 12, police say.
A photo of Acquilino Logwee Iko, 29, of Mississauga has been released in a bid to get more information from the public, according to investigators. Here’s what we know so far.
Suspected gas leak forces Carlaw closure
The south end Carlaw Avenue was shut down today after reports of a gas leak near Carlaw and Eastern Avenue. Police issued a “shelter in place” warning online at 11:14 a.m.
Enbridge Gas crews were on the scene.
Initially police said northbound lanes on Carlaw between Eastern and Lake Shore Boulevard were closed. But by 12:40 p.m. the closure was extended to include northbound and southbound lanes between Eastern and Queen Street East, as well as both directions of Eastern Avenue between Pape and Logan avenues.
Video shows his porch furniture being stolen
On the I am a Leslievillian! Facebook group, a resident posted a video of a couple allegedly stealing furniture off his porch early this morning. See it here.
Two east-end streets get charging stations in pilot project
Hydro workers are installing an electric vehicle charging station on Alton Avenue today as Councillor Paul Fletcher announces the next stage in the city’s Electric Vehicle Strategy.
Alton Avenue in Leslieville and Mountjoy Avenue in the East Danforth area are among the seven locations across Toronto to get the stations to test the technology in the pilot project.
Permit parking enforcement begins tonight
Permit parking enforcement on residential streets is resuming at midnight tonight. It had been paused due to COVID-19 but the period to purchase or renew permits began on July 2 and ran to Aug. 7.
In case you missed the window, temporary daily and weekly parking permits can be purchased online anytime.
The parking permit office remains closed but can be accessed by phone at 416-392-7873 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hobo cannabis shops have changed name
You won’t be able to buy your weed at Hobo, 20 Leslie St., any longer. Instead, you’ll be shopping at Dutch Love. Same store. Same location. New name.
Hobo Cannabis has changed its name for its dozen stores across Canada, including in Leslieville, after complaints were raised that “Hobo” is derogatory toward the homeless.
Hobo denied the charges but bowed to public pressure, choosing its new name of Dutch Love to honour Amsterdam, a leader in the legalization of marijuana.
Call for artists to create Danforth murals
East End Arts, in partnership with the city’s StreetARToronto Program, is calling on artists to submit proposals to participate in the revitalization of Danforth Avenue under the name Destination Danforth.
Destination Danforth includes a roll-out of public art over the next year, with four mural installations and twelve traffic signal boxes to be completed by October 2020.
Right now, the call is for four murals — one in each of four Business Improvement Areas: Broadview Danforth, GreekTown on the Danforth, Danforth Mosaic, and Danforth Village. The two themes to be addressed by submissions are Gratitude, Resilience, Hope and #EastEndLove.
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26. Artists can get more details from East End Arts online.
Arrest in Woodbine Beach area for sexual assault
A man was charged with sexual assault after returning to the scene of the alleged attack in the Woodbine Beach area, according to police.
On July at about 5 p.m., a 17-year-old girl sitting at the beach was allegedly approached by a man and sexually assaulted. He allegedly fled, but he was seen the next day at the same location and arrested, police say.
Man charged with murder after body found in Greenwood Avenue house
Police arrested a man, 41, after finding the body of a 37-year-old man in a semi-detached house on Greenwood Avenue, south of Millwood, yesterday.
Police issued a news release this morning, saying a man faces a charge of second-degree murder.
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Harmful medication stolen in Leslieville area
Dangerous medication may be floating around the east end. It was stolen in the area of Eastern Avenue and Woodfield Road between Dec. 5, 2019, and May 21, 2020, police reported early today. The 3,500 tablets of Contrave may be harmful, even fatal, if ingested, especially by children, they say. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500.
Floaty rescue at Woodbine Beach
An unspecified number of people were rescued yesterday evening after their inflated device floated far out into the lake, police reported on Twitter.
– More than 1 person on floatie
– Far out into lake
– They have been brought back to shore
– No one injured
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) July 28, 2020
NDPers back Toronto call to limit construction noise
East-end MPPs Rima Berns-McGown and Peter Tabuns are among 12 opposition MPPs asking Premier Doug Ford to give Toronto back the power to limit construction noise. This comes after city council made a similar request and after residents and residents’ associations have complained about noise keeping them awake.
In April the province issued orders allowing “essential” construction projects to generate noise earlier and later than the city had previously allowed. Get the whole story.
Man sought for alleged offences in east end
Police have released a photo of a Toronto man wanted for offences committed in in the area of Main Street and Danforth Avenue.
A man allegedly broke into a residence and assaulted someone on July 9, followed by two further criminal offences by breaching his probation on July 23.
Joao Martins, 56, of Toronto, is wanted for break and enter, assault and four counts of failing to Comply with a probation order.
He is described as 5-foot-4, 138 lbs., and unshaven with long dark hair.
Daycares opening but say they need financial help
Child care centres say they are facing added expenses from the required health precautions during the pandemic at the same time as revenues are declining because fewer kids are retuning. Government assistance is needed if they are to stay in operation, some say.
Read the full story in Streeter.
Virtual commemoration posted
The city has posted a commemoration to the victims of the Danforth shooting online late yesterday, including video of the private ceremony held earlier in Withrow Park. See it here.
Two years after the Danforth tragedy
Two years after two people were killed and 13 injured by a lone gunman on Danforth Avenue, survivors and families of the victims joined city representatives in commemoration in Withrow Park. Mayor Tory, Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher, and shooting victim Danielle Kane were among those laying flowers beneath trees planted in memory of the two girl who lost their lives. See the whole story.
East-end housing prices up despite pandemic
In the first half of 2020, the average detached home in the real estate district including the Beaches, Woodbine and East Danforth is priced nearly 12 per cent higher than in the same period a year ago, according to a real estate report released yesterday.
East York prices are up about nine per cent, and the district including Riverdale and Leslieville are up nearly seven per cent.
Get the full story to see how we compare to other parts of Toronto.
Man buried by east-end building collapse
Toronto Fire Services pulled a lifeless body out of a trench at a Jones Avenue house-building site yesterday morning. A man had been buried under debris, mud and concrete when the structure partially collapsed during construction. Get the full story.
Free outdoor programs for kids start Monday
The city announced today it is launching its ParksPlayTO initiative for kids up to age 12 and the Summer in the 6ix program for young people age 13 to 24 on July 20.
No registration is required for these drop-in programs in spaces across the city. In Beaches-Leslieville, this includes Jimmie Simpson Park, Greenwood Park, Leslie Grove Park, Kew Gardens, Woodbine Beach Park and many other local locations.
Man allegedly assaulted two on boat that left Woodbine Beach
Two people were assaulted after boarding a power boat in the Woodbine Beach area, police say. A man, 54, faces several charges including kidnapping and sexual assault. Read more details in Streeter news.
Murals thanking frontline heroes
There’s one already at 2265 Danforth Ave. and there’s supposed to be another one almost ready at 165 Main St. They’re among the first artworks in the city’s project hiring street artists to create murals thanking frontline workers during the pandemic. Read more about them.
Cooling centres near you
In this hot, hot, hot weather, if you desperately need a place to cool off, head to one of the city’s emergency cooling centres in the east end:
- East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. — open Thursday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Ave. — call 416-395-7957 first.
- Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave. — call 416-396-4126 first.
- Blantyre Park, 180 Fallingbrook Rd. — call 416-396-4126 first.
Time to resume your parking permit
If you’re parking on the street, you should be aware the free period due to coronavirus has come to an end. Beginning today the city is restarting its permit parking program. The office remains closed but it can be accessed by phone at 416-392-7873 or by email Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You can also renew an existing permit holders using the online renewal system or by mail, though you should call first before mailing in an application.
The parking permit renewal window will be open until Aug. 3, and enforcement is expected to begin again starting Aug. 14 at midnight. More information on applying for a parking permit on the city website.
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