Don Valley Daily Updates

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

Searches lead to multiple drug and firearm charges

A man who had been the subject of a drug and firearm investigation since August has been arrested. The arrest came after police executed search warrants on Sept. 22 at two addresses — near York Mills Road and Silverdale Crescent and near Sheppard Avenue and Beecroft Road — as well as in two vehicles.

Among the items found were two semi-automatic handguns, a fully automatic sub-machine gun, about $40,000 in Canadian currency, and quantities of crystal methamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine, worth more than $128,000, police said today.

Salim Slammy, 27, faces 15 charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, and unauthorized possession of firearms.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23.


Research Road thumbnail18-year-old charged with east Leaside murder

An 18-year-old male has been arrested for the shooting death of a 20-year-old near Leonard Linton Park three months ago. Police reported this morning Maviya Tahir of Toronto has been charged with first-degree murder.

The alleged murder victim was one of two men, both 20, shot while sitting in a vehicle in Leaside’s east end on June 9. Get the whole story.

climate change thumbnail2Are you a champion for climate action in the neighbourhood?

Could you help educate and collaborate with local residents to develop climate action projects reflecting the needs and values of your Don Valley neighbourhood?

If so, the city wants you. To become a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.

Being a local champion will take about four or five hours a month and it won’t pay much — a $500 honorarium. But you’ll get free training and the satisfaction of helping fight climate change. Read all about it.

StrollTO thumbBe a tourist in our own communities

How well do you know the Don Mills-Banbury neighbourhoods? A walking tour of the area is part of Toronto’s StrollTO program, announced today. Self-guided tours are presented in all 25 wards, with self-guided tours pointing out culturally and historically significant local sites.

It’s part of an overall ShowLoveTO initiative to encourage residents to discover shops, stops, places and spaces on local streets, the city says. Get the whole story and links to local tours.

Projects completed ahead of schedule, city says

The rehabilitation of the Don Mills Bridge over the Don Valley Parkway was completed five weeks early — just one of many construction projects completed on time or ahead of time this summer, the City of Toronto says.

The city accelerated work on as many important construction projects as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release today. Crews were reportedly able to take advantage of lower traffic volumes during the shutdown to work on infrastructure projects at a faster pace. More infrastructure projects are planned for fall.

Resurfacing work on more than 170 local roads roads has also been completed in the summer, with work on 323 more on track to be completed this fall, the city says. Plus, sewer upgrades on more than 100 streets to protect basements from flooding are proceeding on schedule.

BigArtTO thumbnailBigArtTO scheduled for local wards

The Don Mills Library is one of the sites to be used as canvases for art projection in Toronto’s just-announced BigArtTO initiative.

BigArtTO features free access to more than 200 hours of temporary public artworks created by Toronto artists, projected and illuminated on buildings and landmarks across Toronto’s 25 wards.

Get the schedule and see the full story.

Don Valley and East York home invasions linked

Police have released video and a drawing related to two violent home invasion, robberies and shootings — one in the Flemingdon Park area and one near Dawes Road in the east end. Each of the two events sent two victims to hospital, in one case with what police called “life-altering injuries.”

Although the incidents occurred two months apart, police have linked them as having a common target.

Get the story in Streeter News.

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Few recent COVID cases in this part of city

Don Valley neighbourhoods Victoria Village and Banbury-Don Mills are free of new cases of COVID-19, while Flemingdon Park and Parkwoods-Donalda are nearly there, according to the city’s coronavirus map.

This is on par with other central, midtown and east-end communities, though much better than some of Toronto worst-hit areas.

See the Streeter story to check how your neighbourhood compares to others in the fight against COVID.


thumbnail image from police videoVideo released in investigation of three shootings

Police have released video footage, including one showing a shooting six months ago, in the firearms investigations of three incidents in the Flemingdon Park area.

They’ve linked the shots fired at young men in November 2019 near Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard to two shootings in the area in May 2020.

Read the full story here.

CNE logo thumbGo to the Ex without leaving home

Toronto’s traditional end-of-summer show and exhibition is back in 2020, though in anything but traditional form. The CNE continues online starting today until Sept. 7.

Without leaving home now, you can go to the Ex via the new CNE portal, where you can take in shows and performances, share food recipes, learn how to be a busker, take virtual rides, enjoy trips through history, and even enjoy a virtual air show.

More information in the Things To Do listing.

More condos available for rent in this area, but prices hold steady

Thanks to the pandemic, the formerly tight condo rental market has loosened up across Toronto, with more apartments available and prices dropping, according to a new real estate report.

In the Don Valley area (namely, the real estate district of Don Mills, Parkwoods and Victoria Village), the situation is a little different. Listings are up slightly (four per cent) and actual leases are down substantially (30 per cent) — but the effect on prices has been negligible so far. In fact, they’re up in this area by one percent, the report says.

Compare what’s happening across Toronto.

Permit parking enforcement begins tonight

Permit parking enforcement on residential streets is resuming at midnight tonight. It had been paused due to COVID-19 but the period to purchase or renew permits began on July 2 and ran to Aug. 7.

In case you missed the window, temporary daily and weekly parking permits can be purchased online anytime.

The parking permit office remains closed but can be accessed by phone at 416-392-7873 or email at, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lawrence lanes closed for week

Sanitation and water service installation are to shut down a stretch of Lawrence Avenue East, west of Victoria Park Avenue, starting today, the city advises. A westbound and an eastbound lane are to be closed until the work is finished on Aug. 20.

DVP shut down for coming weekend

The entire Don Valley Parkway from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway is being closed this weekend from Aug. 14 at 11 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 17 at 5 a.m., provided it doesn’t rain.

The closure is for annual maintenance and improvement work that usually takes place in spring or fall, but has been moved to August this year to take advantage of both warmer summer weather and lower traffic volumes due to the pandemic, the city says in a press release today.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the work is Aug. 22–24.

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: Sep 24 2020 10:24 am

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