Stella back with her owners
Police say Stella, the four-year-old dog taken from the Woodbine and Lake Shore area Tuesday, has been recovered and is in good health. Get the latest news.
Police are looking for a four-year-old female dog going by the name of Stella, allegedly stolen by a man who drove off with her in his vehicle yesterday morning near Woodbine Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
The man who had been talking with a woman, while her dog cooled off in his minivan, pushed her away and left with Stella in the vehicle, it was reported. Here’s what we know so far.
Vaccination rates vary widely by neighbourhood
Wide disparities in vaccination rates among neighbourhoods are evident across Toronto — but even just in the east end.
Figures from the city show the Beaches and North Riverdale areas with the highest uptake in vaccinations for COVID-19, far above the lowest vaccinated area in the east end, the Crescent Town-dominated area the city calls Taylor-Massey.
Here’s a breakdown by east-end neighbourhoods of completed vaccination rates from highest to lowest, as of today.
- 63.5% Beaches
- 63.3% North Riverdale
- 62.4% Player Estates-Danforth
- 60.5% East End-Danforth
- 59.9% Woodbine-Lumsden
- 59.3% Danforth Village-Toronto
- 59.1% Danforth Village-East York
- 58.9% Old East York
- 58.8% South Riverdale
- 59.0% Woodbine Corridor
- 55.9% Greenwood-Coxwell
- 55.4% Blake-Jones
- 52.5% Broadview North
- 52.5% O’Connor-Parkview
- 44.8% Taylor-Massey
These figures are derived from the neighbourhood map on the city’s website.
Twenty-three communities COVID-free on latest city map
The city’s latest COVID map now shows 23 communities in Toronto without any new cases of COVID-19 over the past three weeks, a drop from 31 communities a couple of days earlier, as the Delta variant spreads in Toronto.
However, the figures remain more or less the same for the east end, with the same neighbourhoods fending off any new cases as reported a few days ago and the same neighbourhood showing as worst hit.
City councillor Mike Layton has announced a growing lineup of artists and special guests taking part in the celebration of Jack Layton’s legacy Aug. 22.
Jack Layton was also a councillor for nearly a decade, and later Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and leader of the federal NDP.
“Almost 10 years on, Jack’s message of love, hope and optimism is as important as ever— and that’s what this celebration is all about,” Mike Layton said in a statement July 18. See the full story.
Low COVID rates in east end — except for one neighbourhood
With COVID-19 numbers falling across Toronto, most of the east end continues to lead the way — with only one neighbourhood persisting with relatively high figures, according to the city’s latest COVID map.
Showing zero cases over the past 21 days are the areas designated Playter Estates-Danforth, Broadview North, Danforth, Old East York, Woodbine-Lumsden and Greenwood-Coxwell.
Areas with either one or two cases over the recent three weeks include South Riverdale, North Riverdale, Blake-Jones, Danforth-East York, East End-Danforth, Taylor-Massey and The Beaches.
The outlier is the area called the Woodbine Corridor, between Coxwell and Woodbine avenues north of Kingston Road, with seven cases in the same time period.
Man missing for up to five months last seen near Queen and Coxwell
Police say they are concerned for the safety of an east end man who appears to have been missing for five months.
Scott Allan, 48, was last seen in February in the area of Queen Street East and Coxwell Avenue, police report.
He is described as 5-foot-seven and wearing glasses, with a slim build, a receding hairline, light brown hair and green eyes.
No clothing description is available.
Police released images of the missing man today.
Two shot in Greenwood-Coxwell area
Another night of violence in the area: two men are in hospital — both with serious but non-life threatening injuries — after a shooting yesterday evening near Gerrard Street East and Highfield Road.
Officers found the wounded men after they were called to the area at 10:30 p.m. and medics rushed them to the hospital, police reported on social media.
Another man was said to be seen running through backyards in the Greenwood-Coxwell area near the Little India business district.
Police were searching the area, though nothing further was reported online.
Stabbing outside bar at Coxwell and Gerrard
Two men were reported fighting and one was stabbed this evening outside a bar near Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East.
Officers searching the area found a victim suffering a serious but non-life threatening injury, according to police on social media.
Police later reported they had one man in custody but were searching for another. He was described as black, short in height, with a beard, and wearing a grey shirt with an emblem on the left chest and blue jeans. He may be wearing wearing a turban and a mask, police said.
The franchisee of a pizza joint on Queen Street East is picketing the shop and calling for a boycott after the Mamma’s Pizza corporation locked him and his employees out.
The lockout and the picketing came after Ozzy Anwari, who ran the shop for more than 17 years, refused to sign a franchise renewal agreement seeking higher royalties. Read the full story.
Sex assault in east-end Beach
A sexual assault investigation has been launched since an alleged attack yesterday evening in the Beach area.
A 24-year-old woman was reportedly approached and sexually assaulted by a man at about 10:45 p.m. near Queen Street East and Victoria Park Avenue. The man then fled on foot in an eastern direction, police said in a news release today.
The man is described as white, 20–30 years old and about 5-foot-9, with a slim nose and short dark hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and black pants, according to police.
Man with knife sought after woman threatened in east end
Police are looking for a man who allegedly threatened a woman with a knife near Coxwell and Gerrard avenues on May 24.
After 8 p.m. a man got into an argument with a woman, produced a knife and threatened her, it is reported. He then allegedly damaged her apartment.
Jordan Willshire, 31, of Toronto, is wanted for assault with a weapon, uttering death threats and mischief, police said.
Police released an image of the man being sought.
He is described as 5-foot-8 and was last seen wearing a royal blue t-shirt, blue jeans, a black baseball cap, white sunglasses and black New Balance running shoes. He was said to be carrying a white and blue shopping bag and a black suitcase.
Police warned they were going to be monitoring Woodbine Beach to catch people setting off fireworks, but that didn’t stop some young people.
At least eight individuals under 21 years old face multiple charges after fireworks were allegedly fired at beach-goers, officers and horses on July 1. Get the full story.
Cyclists and pedestrians have not appreciated Bayview Avenue being taken off the list of roads closed to vehicles during ActiveTO weekends, restricting people to the multi-use trails running alongside the traffic lanes.
City staff heard the complaints and the southern end of the road is back on the list this weekend, Mayor John Tory announced yesterday. See the story with details for this weekend’s closures.
Collision sends cyclist to hospital
Paramedics took a man to hospital with serious injuries after a cyclist was struck by a vehicle near Lake Shore Boulevard East and Carlaw Avenue. The collision was reported at about 8:26 p.m.
Police said the driver remained on the scene and they are investigating.
Arrest for east- and west-end robberies, including Leslieville bank
A 34-year-old Toronto man faces multiple charges after three businesses — including a Leslieville bank — were robbed on two days in June in three different parts of the city.
The Toronto police’s holdup squad made the arrest after investigating three robberies:
- On June 5, a man allegedly approached the checkout counter of a store near Bloor Street West and Runnymede Road, pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at an employee and demanded cash. He was reported to have taken cigarettes and lottery tickets before fleeing in a light-coloured sedan.
- On June 11, a man is reported to have approached the teller at a bank near Gerrard Street East and Jones Avenue area and handed over a hold-up note with a demand for cash. He was said to have obtained cash before fleeing the scene on foot.
- Later on June 11, a man allegedly entered a store in the Roncesvalles Avenue and High Park area, selected an item off the shelf, and pulled out a black handgun, demanding cash. He is reported to have to have taken obtained cash before fleeing on foot.
Investigating officers were able to identify the suspect in these cases, police said in a statement this afternoon.
Cody Swackhamer, 34, of Toronto is charged with two counts robbery with a firearm, one count of robbery, three counts of disguise with intent, and three counts of failing to comply with probation. He appeared in court today.
Three arrests were made — including one for attempted murder — and a boy, 16, was hospitalized after incidents in Ashbridges Bay Park yesterday evening, police say.
And it all allegedly began with people shooting Roman candle fireworks at others. Read the story.
On-street parking enforcement to resume Monday
Be careful when and where you park after this weekend. During the lockdown months you may have gotten away with parking on streets longer than the city-wide three-hour limit or in front of your house without an up-to-date permit, as police have been been lax in enforcing these and other parking rules.
But that’s about to change. As the province begins to reopen and traffic increases, routine enforcement of on-street parking regulations is to resume, starting 12:01 a.m. on June 14, Toronto police announced today.
You’ll have a little more time to get your residential on-street permits in order though. Enforcement of those violations will begin on June 21.
After the city council meeting yesterday, Toronto is moving ahead with two modular housing initiatives, including the controversial East York project supported by Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford.
Council reduced the size of the East York project from 64 to 59 units but authorized staff to to begin the selection of non-profit housing providers to operate the modular building at 20 Bracebridge Ave. in the Woodbine Heights, despite local calls to delay approval. See the full story.
After a two-year trial with new, smaller sidewalk plows in Beaches-East York and other wards, the city is extending its snow-clearing program to all sidewalks starting next winter, council decided yesterday.
This is “good news,” says Coun. Brad Bradford, whose east-end ward has been the source of some of the complaints about the lack of snow clearing. Get the full story.
Beaches opened with expanded lifeguard hours
Toronto mayor John Tory, Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford and others opened the city’s swimming beaches at the Leuty lifeguard station at Woodbine Beach today.They also launched this year’s beach and water safety campaign as Toronto’s supervised beach program began today at 10 city beaches.
Lifeguards will be on duty for hours expanded from former years — 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Chill out during heat warnings at civic centre
If you badly need to cool off during the coming heat waves, you can head over to the East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Ave. It’s one of eight facilities designated emergency cooling centres by the city this year.
During heat warnings it will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns and councillor Paula Fletcher are calling on Toronto police to identify and charge stunt drivers.
This comes after an incident involving motorcycles on the Don Valley Parkway — that left one person dead and two seriously injured.
This is just the latest stunt driving incident that residents living along the Don Valley have been reporting. Since last summer, the number of complaints has increased, according to a joint statement from Tabuns and Fletcher. See the full story.
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Knife-wielding woman found at Greenwood and Queen
A woman was taken into custody this evening after reports of someone wielding a knife near Queen Street East and Greenwood Avenue, police said on Twitter at about 7 p.m.
A woman, apparently “under the influence and/or in a mental health crisis,” was reported to be swinging at people with a knife, police said.
Officers located the woman and recovered a knife. An investigation is ongoing but “police will get her the help she needs,” according to the Twitter message.
Pop-up vaccine clinic at Kew Gardens on Sunday
Anyone age 12 and up who lives, works or goes to school in any “M” postal code (and that’s pretty well all Toronto) can get a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 at the ice rink in Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. on May 30.
It’s one of the latest rounds of pop-up clinics run by Michael Garron Hospital and its east-end health partners.
About 1,500 doses will be available, starting at 8 a.m. until they run out.
See more about the MGH schedule of clinics on the hospital’s mobile and pop-up clinics webpage for East Toronto.
The Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood experienced one of Toronto’s biggest drops in condo and apartment rents since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago, according to a recent survey. And both the Beaches and East End-Danforth were close behind. Respectively, their rents decreased 29, 28 and 27 per cent in the first four months of this year from the same period in 2020.
But there are signs rents across Toronto may be stabilizing and preparing to rise again, the survey found. Get all the facts in the full story.
Bayview not part of latest road closures
ActiveTO road closures on the coming weekend have been announced as:
- Lake Shore Boulevard East, eastbound lanes between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue, from May 29, 6 a.m. to May 30, 9 p.m.
- Roads in High Park from May 28 about 11 p.m. to May 31 about 7 a.m.
You’ll notice the southern leg of Bayview Avenue is not on this list, as it has usually been for past ActiveTO road closures.
In a press release yesterday the city said a “multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road, provides a safe and protected full-time space for people walking and riding their bikes every day, while also allowing Bayview Avenue to safely accommodate vehicles.”
A partial closure of Allen Road is also being planned, but not for this weekend. for ActiveTO next weekend. The Allen’s northbound lanes between Eglinton and Lawrence avenues are expected to be closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.
The Jimmy Simpson tennis courts, Woodbine sports fields and Beach fitness areas should be teeming with people getting their outdoor exercise again this long weekend — if it’s possible to teem while keeping physically distanced.
Following Ontario’s go-ahead yesterday, the city is reopening its outdoor recreational amenities — with public health restrictions in place — as of May 22.
Community safety town hall tonight
Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher is hosting a virtual town hall on community safety this evening, including news on the new 54/55 Division police station on Danforth Avenue at Coxwell Avenue. Topics are to include police reform and porch pirates.
Speakers include 55 Division superintendent Reuben Stroble, SDFA executive director Denise Andrea Campbell, and Mohamed Shuriye, manager of the city’s policing reform unit.
Register for the Zoom meeting in advance.
The Brick Works’ Indigenous gardener is concerned invasive species in Toronto’s famous ravines are a danger to native flora and fauna — and to Indigenous people.
We got Isaac Crosby’s views on the ravines as a city-wide review is about to get under way. See the full story.
Bring back community sports, Bradford motion asks
On a motion from Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford, the city is pressing the Ontario government to make a plan for the return of community sports this summer.
And local baseball associations are ready for it with new, stricter health protocols. Get the whole story.
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is back starting tomorrow — but at a new location. Formerly in Ashbridge’s Bay Park, this year it is operating Sundays in Greenwood Park.
Another change this year is that only in-person shopping is permitted, as online shopping introduced has been dropped. See more in the Things To Do listing.
New locations for speed cameras
The city is moving its 50 automated speed enforcement (ASE) devices to begin a third round of ticketing in June.
The ASE devices, commonly called speed cameras or photo radar, have until recently been located on Dundas Street East and Lesmount Avenue in Toronto-Danforth ward, and on Kingston and Spruce Hill roads in Beaches-East York ward.
The new locations where you’ll have to watch your speeding in this area are:
- Greenwood Avenue south of Glebeholme Boulevard (Toronto-Danforth)
- Plains Road near Milton Road (Toronto-Danforth)
- Victoria Park Avenue near Medonte Avenue (Beaches-East York)
- Secord Avenue near Palmer Avenue (Beaches-East York)
Leslieville businesses complaining about a series of break-ins last weekend may have got an answer from the police. Today the police released information on a suspect in the break-ins — and it turns out to be a man they were already seeking after a similar series of store break-ins in the west end.
Images of the man being sought for both break-and-enter sprees were released by police. See the full story.
- THREE-VEHICLE CRASH: One person was taken to hospital after a three-vehicle collision involving a TTC streetcar yesterday evening. Queen Street East was closed between Glen Manor Drive and Balsam Avenue following the collision at about 9:25 p.m. on Queen at Maclean Avenue. The extent of the injuries is not immediately known.
- CANNABIS SHOP BUTTS OUT: It looks like Ashbridge’s Bay won’t be getting a cannabis shop. The would-be vendor is reported to have withdrawn its controversial application for the city-owned site in the park near the beach. Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford is quoted in the Toronto Star today as applauding the move.
More roads for walking, jogging and cycling this weekend
ActiveTO major road closures will again be in place this weekend along Lake Shore Boulevard East and Bayview Avenue, but now with High Park added to the mix.
The following roads are closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians and cyclists from May 8 at 6 a.m. to May 9 at 9 p.m.:
- Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
- Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.
- Roads through High Park, with road closures extended from Friday at about 11 p.m. to Monday at about 7 a.m.
As previously, residents should use these routes only with members of their own household.
You may think they’re better needed along the beach where dogs rule, but dog waste bins have been set up in two places in the Beach area: near Kew Gardens on Queen Street East and near Woodbine Park at Lake Shore and Northern Dancer boulevards.
It’s part of a pilot project that’s placed 10 “Dog Poop” receptacles across Toronto — soon to ramp up to 30 and then 100 bins. Read all about it.
The numbers seem down a bit from last year, but plenty of people are walking, jogging and cycling this weekend on roads that are usually full of cars and trucks.
It’s part of Toronto’s ActiveTO initiative to help residents get fresh air and exercise during the pandemic lockdown by closing parts of Bayview Avenue, River Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East to vehicular traffic.
Bingham Avenue in the Upper Beaches was closed to traffic after a tree fell in the gusting winds that hit Toronto yesterday evening.
The tree fell on a car and brought down hydro lines shortly after 7 p.m. near Bingham and Gerrard Street East, police reported online. What they didn’t report was that a family of squirrels lived in the tree, leaving the little ones to run around the tree where their fallen home was.
More on this and other effects of the wind storm.
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