Riverdale-East York Daily Updates: July–August 2019

Who had their jewellery stolen?

Police released today a photo of jewellery recovered in spring after an arrest in the Victoria Park Avenue and Danforth Avenue area. The owners may not realize the items were missing, investigators said. See more details and the photo in the main story.

East-end ramps to Don Valley shut down for weekend

Work to prevent flooding on the south end of the Don Valley Parkway is shutting down the northbound lanes from Friday midnight to Monday 5 a.m., the city has announced. On-ramps leading from the Gardiner Expressway, Don Roadway, Eastern Avenue, Queen Street East and Dundas Street East will be affected.

The partial closure is needed to replace a culvert pipe that crosses all lanes under the bottom of the Dundas Street East on-ramp. This is critical work that was not completed during the previous closure in May due to rain, according to the city press release.

During the closure, east-end motorists can get on the northbound parkway at Bloor Street East or points further north.

Power outage in east end

Toronto Hydro has restored power to about 8,000 residences that were without electricity for about two hours today. Hydro said reports came in around 3:30 p.m. of outages in an area bordered by Danforth Avenue, Main Street, St. Clair Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue, though witnesses reported to Streeter traffic lights were malfunctioning and homes were without power as far west as neighbourhoods near Chester and Pape avenues. And one apparent customer tweeted power was out at Paper and O’Connor Drive.

All power was restored, according to a Toronto Hydro tweet at 5:23 p.m. No cause of the outage has been reported.

East-end gap in Martin Goodman Trail filled in

East-enders can now access Martin Goodman Trail to take them 22 kilometres across the city’s waterfront, after city staff, councillors and members of community groups cut the ribbon to officially open the missing link of the trail, connecting it with Leslie Street.

The new 740-metre portion of the trail runs parallel to the south side of Unwin Avenue, north of Tommy Thompson Park, stretching from Outer Harbour Marina Road at Unwin Avenue to Leslie.

“Opening this beautiful and important missing link on the Martin Goodman Trail means that users, including families and children, finally have a safe route that’s away from the busy roadway,” Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher said. “East-end residents are now fully connected via the waterfront trail to downtown and all the way to the west end of the city and beyond.”

Vigil marks anniversary of Danforth shooting

One year after a lone gunman went on a rampage, killing two, wounding 12 and terrifying hundreds of others on Danforth Avenue, the community gathered to remember the victims and support the survivors this evening. They met in the rain by the Alexander the Great Parkette where the shooting began to exchange feelings of pain and words of hope. See the story in words and pictures.

Stolen medication could be harmful: police

A pill bottle containing 25 Oxycodone tablets was stolen from a vehicle parked on Playter Crescent sometime between 10 p.m. on July 18 and 8 a.m. on July 19, police have reported. The stolen medication could be harmful, even fatal, if ingested and is especially dangerous to children. Anyone with information on the theft should contact police immediately, they say.

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Bike Share expands in the east end

Getting a bike for a local ride should be easier as Bike Share has increased its system in the east end. Mayor John Tory announced at Dentonia Park today that most of the 105 new Bike Share stations being added this year have already been installed. A look at the Bike Share map shows 39 stations currently established in the Riverdale-East York area. Read the full story.

Altercation between drivers led to shot fired

An “interaction” between drivers began on Danforth Avenue and ended up with a car forced off the road and a shot fired on Victoria Park Avenue early yesterday, police say. They are looking for a 36-year-old man who is said to be considered “armed and dangerous.” More on this in the news story.

Foxy Fringe Festival entry opens in east end

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival starts tomorrow, with one of the more interesting productions taking place in the east end at the Streetcar Crowsnest Studio, 345 Carlaw Ave. from July 3 to 13. We’re talking about Fox Woman, retelling a Siberian myth through flamenco dance and music. Check it out.