Central Toronto Daily Updates

A quick look at the latest news, views and things to do in Central Toronto area

Tour the sites of the village tomorrow

You can still sign up for the Heritage Toronto walking tour of the Church-Wellesley village and follow the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space they could call their own. The tour runs on June 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Find out more in the Things To Do listing.

Taste of Little Italy starts tonight

It runs for three evenings through the weekend on College Street. Enjoy the food, try the wine, enjoy the performances with a taste of Italy. See the Things To Do listing for more.

Family suffers minor injuries after corrosive substance thrown, man arrested

Police have charged a man with assault and administering a noxious substance, three days after a family strolling on Clinton Street near Bloor Street on June 6 allegedly had a corrosive substance thrown at them. They had been approached by a cyclist who threw a bottle at them, causing minor injuries, before he fled “screaming and yelling,” according to police. A man was arrested and charged on June 9. Read the more detailed report.

Arrest in Yonge Street homicide case

A man, 24, has been arrested following the death of a 52-year-old man on Yonge Street near Charles Street (see previous item). Eric Bryant Ram of no fixed address has been charged with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Man killed at Yonge and Charles

A man, 52, died in hospital after succumbing to injuries received in an attack on Yonge Street, near Charles Street, early on June 8, police report. Officers were called to the scene at about 12:14 a.m. and found a seriously injured man who was then taken to hospital. Investigation showed he had been standing by the main door of 730 Yonge St., when he was allegedly attacked by another male who fled the scene on foot. It is undetermined whether or not the suspect and the deceased were known to each other. Dead is James Andrew Smith.

College Park opening postponed

The official opening of the revitalized College Park at 420 Yonge St. this afternoon has been postponed due to expected inclement weather, the city announced today. Mayor John Tory and local councillors Mike Layton and Kristyn Wong-Tam were to open the park amid a celebration including musical performances, face painting and a farmers’ market. No new date for the opening has been given yet.

Part of subway Line 1 shut down on Sunday

If you’re heading downtown by transit on Sunday, you may want to consider an alternative route. Subway service between St. Clair and Union stations will be shut down on June 9 for installation of the new automatic train control signalling system, the TTC says. Shuttle buses will operate and Wheel-Trans service will be available for customers requiring accessible service within the closure area.

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Two men sought in Bloor-Bay assault

Police are looking for two men about 11 months after a man walking near Bloor and Bay streets became involved in an altercation and was reportedly punched. The assault on June 22, 2018 at about 11:30 p.m. was stopped by people passing by, police say in a May 23 press release. They are looking for two white males of 25 to 30 years old, weighing 170 to 180 pounds and with short dark hair. One was wearing a white t-shirt, and the other was unshaven. Investigators say they would also like to speak to the two passersby who stopped the assault but left before police could speak to them.

Harbord Villagers, order free tree now

You can pick up one or two free trees or shrubs from Tree for Me at the Harbord Village Plant Fair on June 2. But you have to order them ahead of time. Read more about it in our Things To Do listing for the plant fair.

Reduced parking for Estonian Centre passes committee

Toronto’s committee of adjustment has approved an application to join the properties at 9 and 11 Madison Ave., site of the planned new Estonian Centre, along with five zoning variance requests. One of the zoning variances would reduce the parking requirement from 19 to zero parking spots. In a split decision the committee supported the variance on the condition the developer establish 19 parking spots within 300 metres from the site and resolve the issues of servicing the site for garbage removal and incoming supplies, according to a report in the Estonian World Review.

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Petition supports café’s patio plans

As of May 23, more than 58 Harbord Village residents have signed a petition at Change.org in favour of Boulevard Café renovating its dilapidated patio at 356 College St. The petition urges the Toronto and East York Community Council to approve the patio application. The application has been opposed by the local residents association which wants the city to turn the site into green space.


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