Central Toronto Daily Updates

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

tobogganing hill at RiverdaleLocal parks ready for tobogganing and other winter activities

Hills in Bickford and Riverdale 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.

Affordable Chinese eatery closes in Harbord Village

The River Tai Chinese Restaurant is reported by patrons to have closed after 27 years. Since 1993 the modest-looking eatery at 92 Harbord St., near the University of Toronto campus, has been a favourite of budget-minded students and Harbord Village regulars for its “insanely cheap” but tasty fare, as online reviewers have noted over the years.

Been coming here for years. And just like Wal-Mart, Great value!

Posted by Emmanuel Ochoa on Saturday, March 7, 2020


fentanyl distribution siteFive drug deaths in past week linked to distribution site in St. James Town

An 18-year-old man, 18, found near near Bleecker Street and St. James Avenue died of a suspected drug overdose, police say.

Four other deaths from suspected drug overdoses in the past week have been linked to fentanyl being distributed in the area where the latest victim was found, police are warning. Here’s the story so far.

Wounded man found at Church and Wellesley

A wounded and bleeding man was found on Wellesley Street East at Church Street this morning, an apparent victim of assault, police say.

The injured man was transported to hospital.

Here’s what we know so far, with pictures of the crime scene.


Where to go when you have to go

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 Dovercourt Park or Riverdale Farm — 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.

Get the full story here.

Woman dead, man arrested after alleged stabbing

A man has been charged with first-degree murder after a woman died of stabbing wounds in the area of Bloor Street West and Shaw Street on Wednesday.

Two people were reported to be having a verbal altercation, possibly in a bar and restaurant where the woman worked, when the alleged stabbing occurred. Here’s what we know so far.

Kensington house suffers ‘extensive damage’ in fire—again?

About $400,000 worth of damage was created by a fire in the Kensington Market area this morning, district fire chief Joe Bennett estimates.

Firefighters were called to the two-alarm blaze on Oxford Street at about 2:15 a.m. The two-storey, detached home was vacant, so no residents were injured in the fire, although the building suffered “extensive damage,” Bennett said.

However, an image from more than a year ago shows some similar — though not identical — damage, suggesting the house had previously been hit by fire as well. Here’s what we know so far.


MPP’s bill would crack down on landlords’ eviction tactics

University-Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell’s private member’s bill, Protecting Renters from Illegal Evictions Act, has gone to second reading in the Ontario legislature. The bill cracks down on landlords who use renovations or falsely claim a relative is moving in order to evict tenants and hike rents, according to an NDP press release today.

“Toronto has an affordable housing crisis and landlords are increasingly using renoviction tactics to kick existing tenants out and charge new tenants a much higher rent,” Bell said. “Bad faith evictions like these are throwing renters into a housing market ripe with low vacancy rates and skyrocketing rents.”

The news release cites the case of Walmer Road resident Lynn Gordon, a single mother, who recently faced a no-fault eviction from her apartment.

“It was extremely challenging to find a new affordable apartment that allowed my son to be able to attend his local school. High rent prices forced us to take a much smaller, more expensive unit,” Gordon is quoted as saying. “My new unit does not have enough bedrooms, so I am sleeping in the living room. As a teacher working during the pandemic, these close quarters have been particularly challenging.”

Private members’ bills rarely receive third reading or go on to become law. However, they can draw attention and raise support for their causes, and thereby indirectly affect government policy.

Arrest made in home invasion case

The Toronto police holdup squad arrested a man on Nov. 5 in relation to a home invasion robbery that occurred a week earlier near Dupont Street and Davenport Road area.

On Oct. 28, a man allegedly knocked on the door of a sex trade worker, forced his way inside and made a demand for cash while holding a knife.

Police say they identified the man and Oral Carver Lewis, 45, of Toronto, was arrested.,

Carver faces charges of robbery with an offensive weapon and breaking and entering to commit a crime.

Seaton HouseGeorge Street Revitalization project kicked off

Seaton House men’s shelter and its adjoining properties are to be transformed to launch the revitalization of George Street south of Allan Gardens, a project that has been in the works since at least 2013.

Mayor John Tory and Toronto Centre councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam both welcomed the project as creating a safer and more vibrant community with services for those in need. See the story.


Photo radar units being moved around

After three months of issuing tickets, the city’s photo radar units are being moved. All 50 automated speed enforcement (ASE) devices will 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 today.

In University-Rosedale ward, the two new ASE sites are Orde Street, west of Murray Street, and Essex Street, west of Christie Street. Both are near elementary schools.

In Toronto Centre, the cameras will be set up on Sherbourne Street, south of Wellesley Street East, and on Berkeley Street, south of Gerrard Street East, also near schools.

The city reports 47,195 speeders were caught by ASE devices in the old locations, but the number of tickets issued fell in each of the second and third months.

Church-Wellesley stabbing, man charged with attempted murder

A 20-year-old man faces attempted murder and other charges after a 40-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the area of Church Street and Wellesley Street East at about 3:30 a.m. today. See the story.

Poppy donation box taken, arrest made

A poppy donation box was stolen from a grocery store near Yonge Street and Rowanwood Avenue yesterday morning, police report. A 32-year-old man was arrested the same day and charged with theft and failure to comply with the terms of probation.

Police say a man entered the store at about 7:30 a.m. and stuffed the donation box down the front of his pants. But he was apprehended by store employees, police were contacted and the money was recovered.

Neil Wycik fire thumbnailFire shuts down Neil Wycik residence

The Neil Wycik student co-op residence was evacuated late last night when a fire took out the building’s electrical network.

Heavy smoke filled the 23-storey high rise on Gerrard Street East after a fire began in an electrical room, fire officials said. Get the whole story.


Shots fired at youths sitting on porch

Police have revealed today they are still investigating a shooting incident near Dundas and River streets on Aug. 10. At about 9:54 p.m. that day, a black SUV reportedly stopped in front of a home in the area and two passengers with firearms fired at five youths sitting on a porch, police say.

No injuries were reported.

The vehicle is described as similar to an Infinity QX70. Security camera images have been released in the police news release.

Police car in collision, but who struck whom?

On Twitter this morning a collision was reported at 7:53 a.m. involving the police, noting “Police car struck” and offering an image of the accident scene. However, one Twitter correspondent disputed the report, saying the police car had struck another vehicle — and presenting a photo from a “better angle.”

In a followup message the tweeter expanded on his description of the incident: “Police car made an abrupt left turn onto Howard and struck the car of an elderly couple pushing them into the street light. Let’s tell the truth now….”

Non-life threatening injuries have been reported from the collision, although we do not yet know who was injured.

Medication stolen in Annex

A backpack containing a quantity of drugs was stolen near Walmer Road and Kendal Avenue on Oct. 30, police are warning today.

The 14–35 pills include Suboxone, Xanax, Temazepan and morphine and could be harmful, even fatal, if ingested, especially by children, police say.

Residents association running Halloween contest

The North Rosedale Residents’ Association is holding its annual Halloween photo contest, sponsored by Rosedale’s Finest and The Ten Spot. Awards are to be given for best boy and girl costumes, best adult costume, best pet costume and best group costume, as well as for best carved pumpkin and decorated house or yard.

Photos have to be emailed by Nov. 1. More information on the NRRA’s website.

Women arrested 3 months after Yonge-Bloor robbery

Two women have been charged in relation to an alleged theft in the Yonge Street and Bloor Street East area on July 31. One was arrested yesterday at Toronto Pearson International Airport, police reported. Claudia Mayorga Coreas, 23, is being charged with robbery.

The other had turned herself into police on Aug. 17, police say. Alexis Lafond, 22, faces a charge of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Increased crime reported by Cabbagetown residents groups

The Cabbagetown Residents Association says it has received emails from residents across Cabbagetown of safety and security issues in its neighbourhood, as well as reports an uptick in crime in nearby areas in Winchester Park and Cabbagetown South.

In an Oct. 22 post on its “Spotlight on Safety and Security” page, the CRA said incidents it has heard about recently include people following delivery trucks around Cabbagetown and stealing boxes from porches.

There has also been an increase in home invasions, assaults, bicycle thefts, and  break-ins, though mostly in its neighbouring areas, the group says. The CRA covers the neighbourhood bounded by St James Cemetery, Gerrard Street, Parliament Street and the Don River.

Machete-swinging man on Yonge

A man was taken into custody today after being reported walking southbound near Yonge Street and Gerard Street East swinging a machete. Police received the report shortly after 4 p.m., according to their Twitter posts. The man was found quickly and the blade recovered without injuries, police said.

break-and-enter thumbnailMan sought for string of break-ins

Images of a man considered a suspect in break-ins over the past six weeks have been released by police who are trying to identify him.

Five break-and-enters have taken place in the Yorkville and Annex areas from Sept. 8 to Oct. 14, police say.

In three cases the alleged culprit is said to have fled after being confronted by homeowners. Here’s more about it.


Knife-flashing man taken into custody on Church Street

No one was injured in an incident that ended with a man being taken into custody last night, police say.

A man was reported walking southbound on Church Street near Wellesley Avenue shortly after 10:30 p.m., yelling and showing people a knife.

Police responded and within minutes found the man described as a white male, 45, about six feet tall, and wearing a red bandana with a mask.

Roads closed again for ActiveTO

Two roads will be shut down to vehicular traffic again this weekend as part of the city’s ActiveTO initiative. Runners, walkers and cyclists will have these stretches of road open for their exclusive use:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West from Stadium Road to Windemere Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

However, Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed this time, as it is needed to provide alternative routes for drivers due to Gardiner Expressway closures, the city says.

Parliament Street projectVirtual meeting on rooming house project

Local residents can get an update on the renovation of the heritage buildings 502-508 Parliament St. this afternoon.

The virtual community meeting is set for 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the plans to create affordable, rooming house units at those properties and have their questions answered.

More on the meeting.

Gas leak reported

Police and firefighters responded to a gas leak at Ossington Avenue and Pendrith Street shortly after noon today. Traffic in the Christie Pits area was slowed for awhile but fire crews managed to resolve the issue, police reported.

Henry Dundas thumbnailPublic consultations coming on renaming Dundas

The “problematic” history of Henry Dundas, the 18th-century Scottish statesman, 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.

Cabbagetown South house hit by gunfire

No injuries were reported when a house was hit with gunfire near Dundas Street East and Parliament Street, police said Tuesday night. Police responded around 11 p.m. after receiving reports of gunshots. Vehicles were reported fleeing the area and a male was reported running south on Arnold Avenue.

Multiple shell cases were found in the area and a local residence had damage from gunfire, as bullets had been fired into the house, police said. They are investigating.

Nuit Blanche thumbnailArts 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, is now presenting a week of virtual experiences for its 15th presentation.

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.

Yonge Street Warehouse thumbnailCOVID-19 breakout at Yonge Street bar

Toronto Public Health is notifying staff and patrons who have visited the Yonge Street Warehouse, 336 Yonge St., that seven people linked to the establishment have tested positive for COVID-19.

Close contacts have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing. But as many as 1,700 others who were in the bar during the exposure period are viewed as low risk and have been asked to self-monitor. Get the whole story.

medals thumbnailOwner of war medals sought

Toronto police are looking for the owner of Second World War medals, discovered during a drug investigation by 51 Division officers.

A photo of the six medals has been released to get the public help in locating the rightful owner.

See the story.

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.

Closed from Sept. 26 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. will be:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West eastbound lanes from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road.
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

Note, the usual closure on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue is not taking place this time because, the city advises, due to Saturday’s planned construction on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway from Yonge Street to Cherry Street.


Nuit BlancheLocal events cancelled or moved online in city announcement

Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade, Nuit Blanche, and Halloween on Church are among the  Central Toronto events seeing their live activities 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.

See the story in Streeter news.

Alleged knife-wielding robber escaped store security, man arrested

A 31-year-old man was arrested by the holdup squad Sept. 20 after a robbery attempt at a store near Parliament and Dundas streets, police reported today.

A man allegedly tried to leave the store with a gym bag full of merchandise but was stopped by store security, at which point he took out a knife.

Police say security disarmed the man and held him on the ground but a gathering crowd caused the security guard, fearing for his safety, to release the man, who left the gym bag and fled.

Police later arrested a man. Jared Shmagola of no fixed address faces charges of robbery, having a dangerous weapon, and failing to comply with probation. He appeared in court Sept. 22.

climate change thumbnail2Are you a champion for climate action in the neighbourhood?

Could you help educate and collaborate with local residents to develop climate action projects reflecting the needs and values of your central Toronto neighbourhood?

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.

Man wielding knife eludes police

Police failed to find a knife-wielding person in the Bloor Street East and Sherbourne Street area Sunday afternoon. Someone was reported threatening to hurt customers with a knife at a local business at about 2:26 p.m., police said online. But after searching the area, they reported at 3:33 p.m. the man had not been located.

The alleged knife-wielder was described as bald, 5-foot-8 and having a slim build. He was said to be wearing a black jacket, a white t-shirt saying “Game Over,” and camouflage shoes, and he was apparently carrying luggage.

Chinatown StrollTO thumbBe a tourist in our own communities

How well do you know the Kensington-Chinatown neighbourhood? 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.

Projects completed ahead of schedule, city says

Here’s something you don’t hear often. A major road work project was finished early.

Watermain replacement, road resurfacing and laneway reconstruction on Yonge Street from St. Clair Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue was completed four weeks early — just one of many construction projects completed on time or ahead of time this summer, the City of Toronto says.

The city accelerated work on as many important construction projects as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release today. Crews were reportedly able to take advantage of lower traffic volumes during the shutdown to work on infrastructure projects at a faster pace. More infrastructure projects are planned for fall.

Resurfacing work on more than 170 local roads roads has also been completed in the summer, with work on 323 more on track to be completed this fall, the city says. Plus, sewer upgrades on more than 100 streets to protect basements from flooding are proceeding on schedule.

BigArtTO thumbnailBigArtTO scheduled for local neighbourhoods

The Alex Duff Memorial Pool in Christie Pits Park and the Equinix Data Centre in the Distillery District are two of the sites to be used as canvases 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, projected and illuminated on buildings and landmarks across Toronto’s 25 wards.

Get the schedule and 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.

Arrest for yesterday’s hit-and-run

A man has been charged with failing to stop after an accident causing bodily harm. A 52-year-old male was struck by a vehicle while crossing Dundas Street East at Parliament Street with a group before 3 a.m., police reported yesterday.

The pedestrian received life-threatening injuries and the vehicle, a grey Honda Civic, fled the scene eastbound on Dundas, police said.

A 25-year-old man was arrested today and is to appear in court on Nov. 3.

Alex Duff 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 Alex Duff pool in Christie Pits, 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.


Woman stabbed and hit with bat in park

A woman was attacked in Barbara Hall Park around midnight last night. Police report the woman was walking in the park in the Church and Wellesley area when two men approached her and demanded her property. The men allegedly stabbed her and struck her with a bat.

The woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police say. Officers are searching for suspects.

Pedestrian injured by collision with vehicle

A female pedestrian was reported struck by a vehicle at Gerrard Street East and River Street at 11:23 a.m. today. Police describe the woman as in her 40s and say she suffered injuries. The vehicle remained on the scene, police said. No other information has been released at this point.

Bike Share thumbnailRide a bike for free on Wednesday

Bike Share Toronto, which has stations all over Central Toronto, 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.

women in police robbery investigationImages of women released in robbery investigation

Police have released images of three women in connection with an investigation of an alleged theft four weeks ago. One of the women pictured is said to have surrendered to police on Aug. 24.

The robbery allegedly occurred early on July 31 near Yonge Street and Bloor Street East. It was reported a man had responded to an online website offering erotic massage and arranged to meet a woman at an address in the area. A short time after they met, the woman allegedly stole the man’s valuable watch.

A 22-year-old woman from Ottawa has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. She appeared in court on Aug. 24.

Police said there may be other victims. Security camera images have been released showing women all dressed in tight-fitting black clothing.

condo being built thumbnailThis is the best place to rent a condo in Toronto

If you’re looking for a condo in the Rosedale area to move into, your economically best option may be to lease one. The real estate district encompassing Rosedale and Moore Park ranks lowest in the latest report by Zoocasa, which looked at purchase prices versus rental costs.

Get the full story in Streeter News.

NDP leader here to talk about school

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh is appearing in front of Dewson Street Junior Public School tomorrow. He’ll be talking to media at the Concord Avenue school at 10 a.m. to discuss a “safe return to school for our kids,” according to an NDP press release today.

Sexual assault of male reported in Rosedale Valley

Police reported yesterday the sexual assault of a young man in the area of Park and Rosedale Valley roads on Saturday. It is alleged the 18-year-old was approached by another man and led to a secluded wooded area where he was assaulted, before escaping.

Police are looking for a man described as in his 20s, white, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1, and having a fair complexion, an average build, shaved or bald head, short beard, and light eyes. He was reportedly wearing a grey long-sleeved shirt.

Bay Street narrows for repairs

Expect daily traffic delays along Bay Street starting tomorrow until Aug. 29. Sidewalk repairs will be closing curb lanes in both directions from Scollard Street in the north (in the Yorkville area) to Dundas Street West in the south, the city advises.

Fragment of coronavirus map.

Few recent COVID cases in this part of city

Cabbagetown and South St. James Town are free of new cases of COVID-19. And other nearby neighbourhoods are the same or close behind, according to the city’s coronavirus map.

It shows zero to four confirmed or probable new cases recently for neighbourhoods in Central Toronto, as well as in midtown and the east end, for August so far.

Check how your neighbourhood is faring in the Streeter article.

CNE logo thumbGo to the Ex without leaving home

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.

More information in the Things To Do listing.

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Police seek identity of car used in alleged multiple shootings

Police have released a photo of a car in an investigation into multiple shootings in the Cabbagetown and Regent Park area more than a week ago.

On Aug. 10 shortly before 10 p.m., police responded to a shooting near River and Oak streets.

It was reported three men had arrived in the area in a dark sport utility vehicle, the vehicle stopped in the vicinity of River and Dundas Street East, and firearms were discharged at a group of people. The vehicle then left westbound on Dundas, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


Central Toronto MPPs condemn attacks on mosques

Toronto Centre MPP Suze Morrison and University-Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell today released a statement condemning the sixth attack on Masjid Toronto in three months.

“It is deeply concerning to hear about the racist graffiti and damage inflicted on Masjid Toronto’s locations, and the frightening rate with which these incidents have occurred,” the statement says.

“As a community, we must call out these hate crimes and threats against the Muslim community.”

They called for police to provide protection to Masjid Toronto Mosques and  to thoroughly investigate “thgese acts of hate.”

37-year-old charged with July 9 murder

Police reported today a man, 37, was arrested shortly after the alleged murder of a man, 42, at 291 George St., north of Dundas Street West.

On July 9, a man was found at the address complaining of pain to his torso but was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, police said. The victim was identified as Daniel Carmichael of Toronto.

Alan Smith was charged with second-degree murder and appeared in court on July 10, according to police.

Tavern staffer tests positive, patrons being tracked

Toronto Public Health is tracking down about 550 people thought to have visited the Brass Rail Tavern on Yonge Street over four evenings, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

They are seeking to notify anyone present on the evenings of Aug. 4 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Aug. 5 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Aug. 7 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

No one attending the Brass Rail outside of these dates and times is at risk, according to a city press release today. Anyone who attended and known close contacts are being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after their last visit.

The  Brass Rail is a bar and strip club at 701 Yonge St. that had its reopening on July 31.

Here’s the city’s complete news release.


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 permit.parking@toronto.ca, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

DVP shut down for coming weekend

The Don Valley Parkway from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway is being closed this weekend from Aug. 14 at 11 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 17 at 5 a.m., provided it doesn’t rain.

The closure is for annual maintenance and improvement work that usually takes place in spring or fall, but has been moved to August this year to take advantage of both warmer summer weather and lower traffic volumes due to the pandemic, the city says in a press release today.

In case of inclement weather, the rain dates for the work are Aug. 22–24.

Transformation of Bell boxes continues

In the 12th year of the Bell Box Mural project, those drab boxes are continuing to be turned into vibrant works of art across central and midtown Toronto.

They hope to bring happiness to local residents during this sad time in Toronto, the artists say. And their musical tableaus and natural scenes — bugs! flowers! animals! — seem to be doing the trick.

More on this engaging project.

Gas leak shuts down part of Spadina

Spadina Road north of Bloor Street was closed this morning after construction crews hit a gas line, police are saying on Twitter. Police reported at 8:29 a.m. the “smell of gas in the air” near the the Spadina subway station.

An hour later, police reported the gas line was fixed and the road would soon reopen. No injuries have been reported.

Subway line east of St. George shutting down over weekend

Subway service on Line 2 between St. George and Woodbine stations will be closed on Saturday and Sunday this weekend for track work, the TTC has announced.

Bay, Sherbourne and Chester stations are to be completely shut down, while other stations are to remain open only for the purchase of PRESTO fares and for connection to surface routes.

Shuttle buses will operate along the line, the TTC says.

Tours launched for Toronto’s historical museums

Central Toronto’s Mackenzie House and Forest Hill’s Spadina House are among the 10 Toronto history museums you can tour — with all the public health precautions in place — in the city’s newly launched HistoricTO program.

Tickets go on sale starting tomorrow on a pay-what-you-can basis for the tours that run from July 30 to Sept. 4.

Find out all about it.


Two fled from Cabbagetown collision, one arrested, one being sought

A female has been arrested and a man is being sought after a two-vehicle collision near Carlton Street and Berkeley this afternoon, police said on Twitter.

Police received reports at 3:35 p.m. that two vehicles collided and two people got out of a vehicle and ran away. Shortly afterwards one female was arrested. A man being sought was described as having a medium build and medium-brown curly hair, and wearing a blue mask, white t-shirt, and black pants. He was possibly limping, according to police.

No injuries were reported from the collision.

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NDPers back Toronto call to cut back construction noise

Twelve opposition MPPs, including  central Toronto representatives Jessica Bell and Suze Morrison, are 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.

Dramatic video of robbery in alleyway released

Police are seeking three men who robbed a couple at gunpoint early Monday morning. They released video showing a man with a rifle and two others apparently robbing a man in an alleyway near Gerrard Street East and Pembroke Street.

See the full story and video.

Housing prices up in most central and midtown areas despite pandemic

The average price for a single-detached home in central and midtown Toronto for the first six months of 2020 is up over the same period of last year, according to a real estate report released yesterday.

The real estate districts including Cabbagetown, the Annex, Forest Hill and Yonge-St. Clair, for example, have all experienced price increases of 10 to more than 55 per cent over a year ago.

However, a few of the wealthiest districts — like those including Rosedale, Moore Park and Bridle Path — have seen prices drop from a year ago.

See the full picture and details in Streeter news.

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 Central Toronto, this includes Rosedale Park, Riverdale Park West, Winchester Park, Ramsden Park and other local locations.

See the story and get the details in Streeter news.

Cabbagetown murder leads to arrest of Kitchener man

Seven months after 55-year-old Dalibor Dolic was killed on Sherbourne Street, a 52-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont. has been arrested, police say. Here’s what we know so far.

Overdosing woman missing after man claimed to take her to hospital, police allege

A woman is still missing, despite the man last seen with her being arrested for kidnapping today, police report. Witnesses said the woman suffered an apparent overdose in the Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East area at about 8:30 a.m. and was placed in a car by a man who said he was taking her to hospital.

The woman never arrived at hospital, however. Police found the car and arrested the 51-year-old man, charging him with kidnapping and failing to comply with parole. He is to appear in court tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Amber Johnson, 33, is still missing. She is described as 5-foot-11, 160 lbs., with an average build, and short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, blue cut-off jean shorts, and black and white running shoes.

UPDATE: Police announced Johnson has been found at about 7:15 p.m.

Reported robbery of convenience store leads to arrest

The Toronto Police holdup squad arrested a man yesterday shortly after a convenience store near Bay and Wellesley streets was reported robbed.

Police say a man entered the store and was recognized by the owners for allegedly shoplifting before. Asked to leave, the man allegedly threatened the owners and grabbed items from the shelves and walked to the exit. The owners confronted the man and he allegedly threatened them aggressively and fled on foot with the merchandise.

Investigators identified a man and located him within hours. A 25-year-old man has been charged with robbery, two counts of threatening bodily harm, and failing to failing to comply with recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

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 Central Toronto:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St. — call 416-392-0910 first.
  • Ramsden Park, 1020 Yonge St. — call 311 first.
  • Rosedale Park, 20 Scholfield Ave. — call 311 first.
  • Riverdale Park West, 375 Sumach St. — call 311 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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Posted: Nov 25 2020 1:45 pm

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