Leaside Daily Updates: September–December 2019
A quick look at news, views and things to do locally
Christmas Fair celebrated on Mt. Pleasant
Carolling, a visit from Santa, encounters with larger-than-life kids’ characters and other family fun were featured in the Christmas Fair presented by the Mount Pleasant Village BIA. See scenes from the fair on Streeter.ca.
Glam tunnel is back at Yonge-St. Clair
The Tunnel of Glam has returned to delight shoppers and pedestrians off Yonge Street north of St. Clair Avenue.
Fourteen million sparkly bits of colour create a trippy visual and tactile delight over 80 feet of tunnel along the Wally Crouter Walkway. See the story for more details.
Iron Horses back on Kay Gardner Beltline
If you’re hiking along Kay Gardner Beltline Park you’ll see a once-familiar sight where the trail crosses Yonge Street near Merton Street.
The Midtown Yonge BIA and the city today unveiled the new Iron Horse sculptures. The sculptures by artist Robert Sprachman were originally displayed there from 1994 to 1996.
See the full story and pictures online and on Instagram.
Annual Winter Village opens at Brick Works
The Winter Village opens at Evergreen Brick Works today and runs every weekend up to Christmas — with skating, an artisan gift market, food, music and all the usual festive stuff. Get more details at the Things To Do listing.
A few more details about Tuesday’s shooting
We still don’t know much about what happened at Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East on Nov. 17. But we have a little more information from police about the shooting. Here’s what we know so far.
Shooting reported at Bayview and Eglinton
A man was reported shot at Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, police tweeted at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 17. The victim was transported to hospital in serious condition. No suspect and no further details have been released so far. Streeter will let you know when we have more information.
Leaside girls champs in three categories at OFSSA
Leaside High girls took gold for cross country in both junior and senior categories, as well as for overall score, at OFSAA recently. This despite one girl who lost a shoe partway into the event, yet continued to complete the run, scoring well. See the full story.
Telephone scam claims your SIN used illegally
Have you received the call? A caller posing as a police office or tax collector says you are in danger of being arrested because your Social Insurance Number has been used illegally. The solution is for you to send them money immediately.
Police at 53 Division are warning this is a scam. 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.
Remembrance in the snow at Sunnybrook
Toronto’s first snowfall of the year did not deter ceremonies marking Remembrance Day at Sunnybrook cenotaph on Bayview Avenue today. For more details and photos see the story.
St. Cuthbert’s Christmas Fair tomorrow
St. Cuthbert’s Church on Bayview Avenue hosts its annual Christmas Fair on Nov. 9. Admission is free to shop through an array of treasures, enjoy a delicious lunch and stock up at the ever-popular bake table. More information in the Things To Do listing.
Local councillor diagnosed with breast cancer, to take time
The well-wishes are pouring in for city councillor Jaye Robinson who revealed today she is undergoing extensive treatment for breast cancer. The councillor for Don Valley West, which includes Leaside, Thorncliffe Park and surrounding communities, says she is taking time off from city hall to take care of her health but will continue her work as TTC chair.
For more about her announcement and the reaction to it, see the Streeter news story.
Man and woman died after being found in apartment
Two people are apparently dead after being found by police in critical condition in an apartment building on Davisville Avenue. Police are saying only that the two were rushed to hospital but media have reported the two succumbed to their injuries. See more in Streeter News.
Pair shot in parked car in Thorncliffe Park
Two people sitting in a parked car at 71 Thorncliffe Park Dr. were shot and seriously wounded late last night, police say. Officers responded to calls shortly after midnight and found a male, 34, and female, 27, in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.
For more details, see the News story.
Guided walk through Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Sunday
Royal Ontario Museum volunteers lead a tour and our largest midtown cemetery and tell stories of the Victorian Age on Oct. 20. It’s free and no registration is required. See the listing for more information.
Weekly music shows at Starbucks on Eglinton
For live local music, mark your calendar for Friday evenings at — wait for it — Starbucks. Specifically, the coffee shop on Eglinton Avenue East at Laird Drive, which has introduced weekly acoustic performances. Musicians from far and near are lining up to play there and customers seem to be loving it,
See the full story and photos on Streeter.
Gun and drug charges in Leaside-area bust
Two men have been arrested after police searches in two condominiums and a vehicle near near Vanderhoof Avenue and Brentcliffe Road. They face multiple charges, including possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, possession for the purposes of trafficking. More about the case in the News section.
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