Forest Hill Daily Updates: September–December 2019

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

Girl, 11, struck by fire vehicle on Oakwood Avenue

An 11-year-old girl is in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a fire emergency response vehicle while she was crossing Oakwood Avenue, police and fire officials reported yesterday.

The firetruck was reported responding to a call for a fire on St. Clair Avenue East when it struck the girl in a crosswalk at Oakwood and Rosemount avenues at around 4 p.m. on Dec. 16.

The girl was rushed to a trauma centre.

Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said investigations are underway by by both police and fire departments.

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Back when horses vied with cars

The reinstallation of the Iron Horse sculptures on the Beltline bridge sent us back into the city’s public archives to see what the scene looked like in North Toronto’s early days. On 1915 the bridge was for train traffic and the only horses were pulling carriages down muddy Yonge Street under the bridge — alongside early gas-powered vehicles. See the photo and the story of the overpass.

Iron Horses back on Kay Gardner Beltline Trail

The Midtown Yonge BIA and the city today unveiled the new Iron Horse sculptures on the bridge where the Kay Gardner Beltline Park trail crosses over Yonge Street.

The sculptures by artist Robert Sprachman were first displayed there from 1994 to 1996 but have now been reinstalled in more durable form.

See the full story and pictures online and on Instagram.

A rare first for St. Mike’s sports

There aren’t many sports milestones St. Michael’s College School hasn’t reached, but its senior boys’ golf team managed to reach one recently at the provincial level. Grade 10 student Luca Cimoroni and Grade 11s Domenic De Luca, Oscar Feschuk and Ben Hirasawa all shot under 80 to earn themselves a gold medal. More about the feat in Streeter News.

Power outage hits parts of midtown

Neighbourhoods in the north and west parts of midtown Toronto were without electricity this morning, as parts of the North Toronto and Forest Hill communities were affected.

More than 5,000 residents were affected, including homes in the neighbourhoods of Forest Hill Village, Cedarvale, Humewood, Oakwood Village, Forest Hill North, Fairbank, Glen Park and Yorkdale, according to Toronto Hydro’s map.

However, unlike an east-end power outage at the same time, the outage in midtown was not acknowledged by Hydro in a tweet or press release. We have no information about exactly when this outage occurred or for how long.

Also, there’s no word from Hydro yet what caused either outage.

Telephone scam threatens arrest over compromised SIN

Have you received a call from someone claiming to be a police office or tax collector, saying you are in danger of being arrested because your Social Insurance Number has been used illegally? To avoid arrest, the caller says, send them money immediately.

But don’t do it, police at 53 Division are warning. They’ve received many reports of the ongoing fraud in this area. And they have some advice for when you are called. See the story.

Bennett decries cynicism, misinformation during campaign

Carolyn Bennett sailed to an easy victory in the federal election, landing nearly 55 per cent of the vote and leaving her closest competition, Conservative Jae Truesdell nearly 20,000 votes behind with only 21 per cent of the votes cast in Toronto-St. Paul’s.

But she isn’t necessarily happy with how the election went, and used some of her time at her victory party last night to complain about people having mailed untruths to people’s mailboxes. She also decried the alleged misinformation campaign “cynicism ramped up on purpose to decrease voter turnout.”

Read the story about election night in the Streeter News section.

Explore the ROM tonight for free

If watching the elections on television is not your thing, you might prefer to visit the Royal Ontario Museum this evening. It’s one of the nights each month the ROM offers extended hours and, better yet, free admission. Check out more details in the Things To Do listing.

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Yonge line shut down through midtown over weekend

If you’re taking transit this coming weekend, you might want to check out alternatives to the subway between St. Clair and Lawrence stations. That section of the Yonge line is closed on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, according to a TTC service advisory.

Arrests in firearm discharge at Yonge and Eglinton

Two men have been arrested for firearm and drug offences after a five-week investigation of a firearm discharge in midtown, police have reported. A gun allegedly was fired on Sept. 1 outside a restaurant in the Yonge-Eglinton area after a dispute. Read how this led to the expanded charges being filed more than a month later.

Green Block Party held on Saturday

The Toronto-St. Paul’s community received a party and a trophy on Sat. 21. The Green Live Block Party, hosted by Coun. Josh Matlow and Green Live Toronto, took over Wells Hill Park for the afternoon, offering family fun with an ecological theme. More about it in News.

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Posted: Dec 31 2019 10:48 am