Forest Hill Daily Updates: May–August 2019

Have your say on city’s decision-making

Here’s a chance today to see the newly renovated North Toronto community centre and take part in a serious civic event. The city is holding a public consultation at the centre on June 17 to discuss your ideas about how decisions are made in Toronto. Get all the details in our Things To Do listing.

Community centre reopens amid hoopla

After more than a year of being mostly closed for renovations, the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre was reopened yesterday. Toronto mayor John Tory, Eglinton-Lawrence councillor Mike Colle and city staff led the community celebration. Part of the centre was closed in March 2018 to undergo renovations including a new roof and skylight, pool upgrades, mechanical and change-room upgrades, a new building automation system and accessibility improvements, among other fixes.

“This important community hub has become even more valuable to the community and surrounding area with the many changes that have been implemented,” Colle said, according to a city press release. Watch for our full report on the new centre.

Woman assaulted, robbed in condo elevator

Police have released a video of man being sought after a woman, 35, was robbed of her purse in a condominium building near St. Clair Avenue West and Avenue Road in early morning on June 2.  An unknown man allegedly the woman into an elevator and indicated he had a gun, before assaulting her and taking the purse. See the full news story and picture.

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Four Toronto streets voted among Ontario’s worst

Eglinton Avenue East has been ranked the worst road in Ontario by voters in a CAA poll. The good news is that Eglinton Avenue West has dropped out of the top ten in the annual list. But also among this year’s top 10 are three other Toronto roads, including midtown’s Bathurst and Dufferin streets. See the story.

Local events for Jewish Music Week

Jewish Music Week is underway in Toronto with concerts, lectures, films and other musical events, many of them presented in the Forest Hill and North Toronto areas. The schedule began on May 26 but several local events are still to come.

On May 30 Eric Gertner presents “The Holocaust’s Impact on Music” at the Columbus Centre on Lawrence Avenue West, examining the impact of the Nazis’ coming to power and the Holocaust on Jewish musicians and Jewish music from 1933 to the present (check our Things to Do listing for more information.) Children’s entertainers Sonshine and Broccoli perform the “Cool Kids Concert” on June 2 at ​Beth Sholom Synagogue on Eglinton Avenue West (see Things To Do listing.) You can see the full schedule of events on the Jewish Music Week website, including both ticketed and free events.

Reverse library cuts, MPP urges

Toronto-St. Paul’s MPP Jill Andrew was joined by library workers and users for a press conference at Queen’s Park today against planned library cuts. Andrew tabled a motion on May 16 calling on Premier Doug Ford to reverse his library cuts, which she says are already hurting communities. “Not only are libraries community hubs, but they are democratic spaces,” Andrew said in a press release. “Families, children, seniors, and vulnerable people can all find programs and support at the library that improve their quality of life.” You can see Andrew, who is the NDP cultural critic, questioning the government about the cuts in the legislature on video.