Don Valley Daily Updates

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

Vic Park repairs to take three weeks

The northbound lanes of Victoria Park Avenue from Sloane Avenue to Janet Boulevard are to be occupied due to permanent utility cut repairs starting today, the city warns. The work is to take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Aug. 14.

Don Valley house prices rise despite pandemic

Prices for single-detached homes in the Don Valley area have risen modestly in the first six months of 2020 from the same period last year, according to a real estate report released yesterday.

The real estate district that includes the communities of Don Mills, Victoria Village and Parkwoods-Donalda has experienced an increase of more than three per cent over a year ago.

Neighbouring parts of the city have seen both greater increases in house prices and actual drops in prices. Get the full story and details in Streeter news.

Two shootings, one arrest

People were sent fleeing from the Topham Park area early Saturday morning after multiple gunshots were heard. Toronto Police received reports of gunfire near Victoria Park and Sunrise avenues shortly after midnight.

They quickly located a suspect and a suspect vehicle and they had someone in custody by about 12:30 a.m., according to the police Twitter account. Several shell casings were also found. No injuries have been reported.

There has been no report of an arrest, however, in another shooting incident around the same time. Police received reports of a gun being shot from a black vehicle at Railside Road and Lawrence Avenue East. No injuries were reported in what was called a “drive-by shooting” in a police tweet about 1 a.m.

Police did find shell casings and a vehicle damaged by gunfire. They are investigating.

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 Don Valley, this includes Broadlands Park, Fenside Park, Roywood Park, Flemingdon Park, Topham Park and other local locations.

See the story and get the details in Streeter news.

Vehicle occupants reported fled after York Mills collision

The occupants of a vehicle ran from the scene after their vehicle was involved in a collision with another one at York Mills and Valley Wood roads, police reported on Twitter at 6:37 p.m. today. One of the vehicles was on fire and minor injuries were reported.

Firefighters and paramedics were also on the scene. Police shut down lanes of traffic for more than two hours to investigate.

Don Mills southbound disrupted

Sidewalk reconstruction is planned along Don Mills Road south of York Mills Road, starting today, effectively shutting down two southbound lanes and a curb lane. The work is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 6 to July 8.

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 the Don Valley area:

  • Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd. — call 416-395-7966 first.
  • Maryvale Park, 5 Trestleside Grove — call 416-396-4127 first.
  • O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Ave. — call 416-395-7957 first.
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr. — open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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.

Bicycles needed for women to learn to ride

Women in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park need bicycles to gain the empowerment of being able to ride. The Women’s Cycling Network and Cycle Don Valley Midtown are seeking donations of bikes for 50 women to learn on. See the Things To Do item to find out more about making a contact-free donation.

Heated, spacious Access Hubs providing transit shelter

If you’re catching transit at Victoria Park Avenue and Ellesmere Road or at Overlea Boulevard and Thorncliffe Park Drive, you may appreciate the new large, heated shelters the TTC calls Access Hubs. They’ve been set up all over the city, including in the local area. Read all about them.

Start signing up for CampTO tomorrow

Registration for the city’s new day camps initiative, CampTO, starts in this area tomorrow. Sign up by phone or online to send kids from age 6 to 12 for the camps that feature physical distancing, regular health checks and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Camp locations include several sites in the Don Valley area. Find out all about it on Streeter.

Wider reopening finally gets the okay

You can soon take the family out to a local restaurant or hang out in a local bar again. Take the kids to the pool or splash pad. Go shopping for more than groceries. Get a haircut or your nails done. All this and more as Toronto reopens businesses, cultural places and recreational centres in the move to Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan.

Read more about today’s long-awaited announcement.

Another local grocery store employee tests positive for COVID

Grocery chain Metro announced yesterday a positive test for COVID-19 of an employee at the York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue store. The employee’s last day of work was June 16, the company said.

This is the second recent instance of a positive test at 291 York Mills Rd., as a similar announcement had been made two days earlier. In that case the employee’s last day of work was said to be June 14.

Man arrested soon after bank robbery yesterday

Police arrested a 40-year-old man yesterday after a bank was robbed near Ellesmere Road and Victoria Park Avenue.

A man with his face covered by a baseball cap, sunglasses and a medical mask allegedly entered the bank on June 15 and shouted at a teller while handing over a note. The note demanded cash and indicated the man was armed with a gun, police said.

The man was given cash and fled the area, but was tracked down by 41 Division officers, the Emergency Task Force and police dogs who arrived on scene quickly, according to police.

Dae Ung Ium of Toronto has been charged with robbery and disguise with intent. He is to appear in court today.

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Farmers’ markets coming back?

City-run farmers’ markets, like at Flemingdon Park, may make their reappearance this summer, if not earlier.

The city says it is working with the markets it operates to get them back up and running while complying with the new public health requirements. Read more about it.

If you gotta go while in the park….

A few washrooms in North Toronto and other parts of the city are scheduled to reopen this week. But for public facilities in parks closer to the Don Valley area, well, you’ll just have to hold it till next week. The city is reopening about 50 parks washrooms by June 6, with the rest of the 200 washrooms to open by mid-June, it was announced today. See the story.

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Thorncliffe woundings among citywide shooting wave

Two teenage males are in hospital after gunshots were exchanged Saturday afternoon on Thorncliffe Park Drive. It was one of at least six shootings across Toronto over the weekend, including two along Danforth Avenue. Get the whole story.

Pothole-fixing blitz continues today

If you run into traffic delays today, it may be because the city is on a massive project of fixing potholes on expressways, major roads and neighbourhood streets. Sixty-six crews and 162 workers are fanning out across the city today in the final round of pothole repairs for this month, the city has announced.

About 18,000 potholes have already been repaired in May — and 105,000 so far in 2020. But in case those numbers sound impressive, bear in mind they are only slightly ahead of last year’s pothole-fixing pace — and well behind the numbers racked up by May in each of the two previous years.

If your least favourite pothole is not filled in by today’s blitz, you can report it online, by email or by calling 311. It will likely be be repaired within four days, the city says.

Some local libraries to start accepting book returns

Don Mills Library on Lawrence Avenue East is among a short list of public library branches to reopen their drop boxes for returned items on Monday. Other branches will follow on June 1. And curbside pickup of materials ordered online is to begin shortly after that.

Read the whole story on Streeter.

Some fun in the parks is back, as long as you keep your distance

Toronto is following the province’s lead and opening more of the city’s parks facilities. Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced skateboard parks and other facilities are opening immediately, followed by soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters and other amenities by the weekend.

But no team activities are being allowed and physical distancing rules are still in place. Get all the details.

Gunfire reported last night at DVP and Eglinton

Officers found a vehicle with suspected bullet holes after gunshots were heard near Eglinton Avenue East and the Don Valley Parkway at about 11:15 p.m. yesterday, according to a police Twitter report. Police are investigating.

This follows by minutes reports of gunshots in the area of Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard. That led to police shutting down the intersection to investigate. It has not been reported whether the two incidents are related.

Bermondsey depot reopened to public for drop-off

The Bermondsey Transfer Station on Bermondsey Road is among two drop-off depots reopened — partially — to the public in Toronto. But the hours for getting rid of your garbage, recycling and yard waste are limited mainly to evenings and nights. And you have to follow public health guidelines to use the depots.

Read all about it.

More festivals shut down as city cancels permits to end of August

Summer events scheduled for up to Aug. 31 have been cancelled, as the city has extended its cancellation of permits for major festivals to the end of August. Mayor John Tory announced the cancellations in his daily press briefing today.

See the latest news on what’s been cancelled, postponed and moved online.

City program sets up shops online

The city has joined with BIAs and other partners to offer a free program to set up independent businesses and artists with online stores. Up to 3,000 small businesses are expected to take up this offer, allowing consumers to shop online, ordering delivery and arranging pickup at places offering curbside service. Read all about it.

Demand is up at food banks but they’re coping

With so many unemployed during the pandemic, food banks in midtown and east-end wards are facing long lineups and big changes to how they serve those in need. But, so far, most are dealing with it well. See the full story and photos.

You can continue putting your waste out, city says

With a record amount of yard waste being generated while residents are stuck at home, the city has decided to resume its collection. Yard waste pickup was cancelled early this spring but brought back in April for a four-week trial. The trial must have been a success, because now the city says yard waste is returning for the season. Just when garden centres and landscapers are also reopening their businesses.

See the full story in Streeter news.

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Posted: Jul 23 2020 9:24 am

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