Central Toronto Daily Updates

A quick look at news, views and things to do locally

Pride parade and car show the latest to fall to coronavirus

Pride Toronto and the Yorkville Exotic Car Show are among the latest to announce their events have been shut down in the latest wave of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the cancellations, postponements, and moves to the internet extend right into summer. See our updated guide to the changes.

Local cancellations now extend into mid-May

The next concert in the acclaimed B-Xalted! series, scheduled for May 13, is the latest victim of the coronavirus shutdown. Local events scheduled over the next two months have been cancelled, postponed and — in rare circumstances — moved online. See our full list of closures in midtown, central Toronto and the east end.

Local business shutdowns to spread after premier’s announcement

A lot more local businesses will be shut down tomorrow — temporarily, it is hoped — as Premier Doug Ford has announced only “essential workplaces” can stay open in the province.

This latest move to combat the spread of the coronavirus will leave our local grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, pet shops and several dozen other types of businesses operating from their storefronts and offices, while many more others are forced to close their doors. The closed shops, however, can still offer their products and services online and by phone, and eateries can still provide takeout and delivery service.

Here’s what we know so far about how it will affect the businesses in our communities. We’ll have much more about the local business scene later.

Now we have to avoid extreme weather too

It’s bad enough our streets are already almost empty with people avoiding the coronavirus, but now we have another reason to stay home. Toronto Public Health is asking residents to avoid non-essential travel today, according to a media release this morning.

This comes after Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a weather statement warning of possible extreme weather today. See the story in Streeter news.

Local shutdowns and cancellations prompted by coronavirus crisis

Ontario’s and Toronto’s chief medical officers have issued their warnings and recommendations about combating COVID-19 through local distancing. And now the speed of local shows being cancelled, venues shut down and programs postponed has accelerated.

We’re trying to stay on top of it with an updated tips list in Streeter news. If you’ve learned of any other schedule changes in our communities due to coronavirus concerns, let us know.

Dangerous medication stolen in Cabbagetown area

Yesterday police reported medication, including 120 Percocet and 84 Diazepam pills, has been stolen near Parliament and Shuter streets.

The drugs could be dangerous and potentially fatal if ingested, especially by children, police warn.

Local events cancelled across our neighbourhoods

We’re starting a running list of events that have been cancelled or postponed and venues that have shut down or reduced hours in the local areas due to the growing coronavirus crisis. See the list in Streeter news. And let us know of any other changes we can tell readers about: send an email.

Petition growing to save three spaces on Church Street

Crews & Tangos have signed a two-year lease but local supporters of the bar and its neighbouring spaces are still concerned about the property owners’ long-term plans for the area.

More than 30,000 people have signed the online petition to save the place from becoming a condo development. Read the full story.

Rosedale public school students warned of exposure to coronavirus

Toronto’s medical officer Dr. Eileen de Villa has sent a letter to Whitney Junior Public School warning that its community may have been exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus, several media are reporting this morning.

An individual who was not symptomatic at the time, was at the school on March 4 and later tested positive for COVID-19, said the letter reportedly sent to members of the Whitney school community on Saturday.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops, as well as news on any other instances of the virus in the local area.

Garbage deal ratified by city and union

We should be getting garbage pickup and other services in our neighbourhoods east of Yonge Street for quite a while longer after union members and city councillors ratified a five-year deal with the city’s outside workers. Read the latest news.

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Garbage pickup to continue as tentative deal reached

It looks like garbage will continue to be collected and other public services provided east of Yonge Street for at least another week.

Negotiators for the city and union announced late yesterday a tentative deal had been reached to avert a work stoppage. It still has to be ratified by the union members next week.

See more information in the full news story.

Youth centre gets life-saving grant from city

After months of warnings from the Cabbagetown Youth Centre administration and local politicians that the centre would have to fold without new funding, Toronto city council came through. With a $161,000 grant, which keeps the doors open and keeps area parents happy.

The centre is still fundraising to support its after-four programs though. Read the good news.

Will all of us get garbage pickup (and other services) next week?

Garbage, recycling and green bin pickup are being carried out as scheduled in Toronto communities east of Yonge Street today. But it could be the last pickup for a while if city-union negotiations don’t result in a deal before before midnight tonight.

A strike would mean losing several other public services in our neighbourhoods too. Read the latest news on the possible strike in Streeter.

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Multiple stabbing at College and Manning

Police have no suspect descriptions yet after a man was stabbed and received serious injuries early this morning. Police say the man was involved in an altercation and was stabbed multiple times near College Street and Manning Avenue area at about 3:10 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in an aggravated assault investigation. They are asking residents to check home security cameras or video doorbell footage for activity that would assist the investigation.

Downtown subway line shut down tomorrow

Subway service will be suspended on the Yonge Street line between Bloor-Yonge and Osgoode stations on Saturday, Feb. 22, the TTC says. The shutdown is needed for the installation of  automatic train control signaling system.

Shuttle buses will be operating in the area of the closed line. See the TTC online for more information.

No crime in human remains found buried in Annex yard

Police have closed the case of the buried bones. The remains found in the backyard of 410 Brunswick Ave. were from a “human specimen” used to teach new doctors, according to police. The bones were discovered to be a “teaching aid” that had been disposed of in the 1940s by a doctor.

“There was no crime committed,” a police spokesperson said. See the full story in Streeter news.

The tea is on at Reference Library

The kettle is on and the Toronto Tea Festival has started at the Toronto Reference Library.

It runs till 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

See photographer Alexei Malakhov’s report on this event that draws tea fans from far and wide, as he learns what makes tea so important to so many people.

Cabbagetown’s popular Kanpai Snack Bar closes

The acclaimed eatery that served Taiwanese food at the corner of Parliament and Carlton streets was shut down recently after falling into arrears with its rent. It also
failed a health inspection in December. Here’s what we know about it.

Police hosting local meeting on diversity

Toronto Police are holding a public consultation at 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., this evening as part of its gender diversity and trans inclusion project. The public are invited to attend the forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open and refreshments are available from 5:30 p.m. The event is not open to the media.

Central Toronto relatively unscathed by crime

Shootings may have increased dramatically in the city last year — especially downtown and in the northwest suburbs — but they are still relatively rare in Central Toronto, judging by year-end data from the police. And while shootings and shooting victims are up across Toronto, the number of fatalities and homicides is actually down. See the full story.

Fire closes Sherbourne bridge

Dark smoke blanketed the area around the Bloor-Sherbourne intersection yesterday as a fire broke out near the bridge connecting Rosedale to downtown. A bank at the corner was scarred by the soot, as firefighters searched for the source, eventually locating it under the bridge.

See the Streeter news story.

City archives take you back to the 1920s

As the 2020s begin, the city archives has a new exhibit showing Toronto a century ago, “The Twenties: Snapshots of Everyday Life.” The period between the First World War and the Depression is explored in the free exhibit at the archives at 255 Spadina Rd. More details in Things To Do.

Photo radar installed on local streets

Fifty speed enforcement cameras are ready to take your picture if you’re driving too fast on streets across Toronto — especially near schools or parks where kids play. Drivers have already started getting warnings in the mail. Stiff fines are to follow.

See the main article to find out more about this, including where the cameras have been set up in Central Toronto neighbourhoods.

Free Friday skating begins at Brick Works

The fun begins at Evergreen Brick Works this evening with outdoor skating, food, beverages, and other family fun every Friday until Feb. 14. See more in our Things To Do listing.

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Posted: Apr 1 2020 9:45 am

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