Forest Hill Daily Updates

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

OBD lock to stop vehicle thefts thumbnailCar thefts up in this area

Do you have a Lexus, Toyota SUV or Land Rover? If so, maybe you’d better take some extra precautions, because these are among the favoured models for vehicle thieves in 53 Division.

The area is experiencing a hike in high-end car thefts, by thieves who use electronic methods, police are warning.

See the report and what you can do to protect your car.

Riverdale CollegiateAll Toronto schools shut down

Only yesterday Toronto Public Health advised the closing of 20 schools across Toronto for COVID investigations. Today the rest of Toronto’s elementary, middle and secondary schools are shuttered on the orders of Toronto’s chief medical officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa.

Students are to transition to remote learning which is to continue until April 18 — although this end date may also be extended, TPH warns. See the full story.

Part of westbound Lonsdale shut down

The westbound lane of Lonsdale Road at Avenue Road, just where Avenue curves around Upper Canada College, is closed as of today, the city advises. The closure, expected to last until April 16, is due to construction on a Bell pit.

Report of robbery with knife leads to police search

Police were out in force in the Oakwood area this afternoon after reports of a holdup by a person armed with a knife.

Few details have been released about the incident that occurred near Atlas and Hursting avenues at about 3 p.m. No injuries were reported however.

Police are looking for a man or woman described as in their 30s, having a heavy build, and wearing a grey hoodie and black mask.

John Tory thumbnailCity promises to revive Little Jamaica

Mayor John Tory has promised at a virtual public meeting to give Little Jamaica the long-overdue attention it deserves.

Plans to rejuvenate the Eglinton West business and residential community were discussed by Tory, city councillors, local businesspeople and others at the March 4 meeting. Read the story about the meeting.

New locations coming for photo radar

You have until May to improve your driving on Davisville Avenue, near Acacia Road, and Bansley Avenue, south of Vaughan Road. That’s when the city’s automatic speed enforcement (ASE) devices will be moved to these streets to catch speeding drivers in Toronto-St. Paul’s ward, it has been announced. This will be the third locations for the ASEs.

Retail robbery results in arrest

A 32-year-old man was arrested yesterday, four days after a robbery at a store near Dupont Street and Spadina Road.

On Feb. 26, police report a man approached the store’s checkout counter, indicated he had a gun and demanded lottery tickets and cash. The man also allegedly picked up a debit card reader and threatened to throw it at the store employee, before taking lottery tickets and fleeing on foot.

The police holdup squad identified a man and neighbourhood community officers arrested him.

He faces charges of robbery, possession of property obtained by crime, and failing to comply with probation.

Little Jamaica mural thumbnailPublic meeting to help save Little Jamaica

On March 4, Toronto-St. Paul’s councillor Josh Matlow is hosting a public conversation to “meaningfully support the future of Eglinton’s Black-owned and operated businesses, and celebrate the character and identity of Little Jamaica.”

The commercial district, on Eglinton Avenue West, has struggled for years through the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction and most recently from the COVID-19 public health lockdowns.

Get the full story.

How safe do you feel? Tell the city

The deadline is approaching to fill out the SafeTO survey. The city wants to know the level of safety and wellbeing you feel in your community, and your priorities for the SafeTO plan to guide social systems — like community services, healthcare, policing — in serving Torontonians.

The online survey, which should take less than 10 minutes, is to be completed before March 12.

gun control graphic thumbnailAs a new season of the gun shapes up….

We need strong gun control to help stop handgun violence that is once again terrorizing Toronto residents — in all parts of the city. And the federal government ban on military-style assault weapons, while welcome, is not nearly enough, Streeter editorial argues.

Read and comment on the editorial.

COVID rates mapForest Hill split by latest COVID-19 rates

The great divide between the parts of Forest Hill situated north and south of Eglinton Avenue West holds up in the latest figures on COVID-19 rates in Toronto neighbourhoods. The city’s mapping of the rates over a recent three-week period shows Forest Hill North with  319 cases per 100,000 population, while Forest Hill South has a rate of only 158 cases. Humewood-Cedarvale is even better with just 132.

However, these are all well below the worst-hit areas in Toronto with more than 700 cases per 100,000. See how our neighbourhoods compare to other central, midtown and east-end areas.

Townhouse fire sends neighbours into frigid temperatures

No injuries were reported as a two-alarm fire took out the top levels of a townhouse at 370 Hopewell Ave. this morning at about 4:30 a.m.

The fire was quickly knocked down but neighbouring residents were evacuated into a TTC bus to shelter them from the freezing overnight temperatures. Here’s the full story.

ice hearts by carolyn bennett thubmnail‘Less romantic’ Valentine’s Day urged by MP

She’s never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, particularly now when we are witnessing a parallel pandemic of domestic violence, Toronto-St. Paul’s MP Carolyn Bennett says. She proposes a “less romantic” approach to Valentine’s Day this year, including expressing gratitude for some good news in the fight against COVID and showing our love for each other by staying home and following other public health measures. Read her full column.


Arrest made for store robberies

A 45-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested in relation to several retail robberies, including one near Spadina Avenue and Dupont Street, police say.

On Jan. 28 and Feb. 9 a man is reported to have entered stores wearing a mask and with his hood up and tried to leave with merchandise without paying. When approached by security, the man allegedly threatened them with a hammer or broken bottle, before he fled on foot with merchandise.

Holdup squad investigators say they identified a man and found he was alleged to be responsible for three retail thefts. He was arrested on Feb. 11 and faces 19 charges, including multiple counts of robbery, assault with a weapon and failing to comply with probation.

Valentine's Day with mask thumbnail Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home

Special dinners-for-two and online social events are among the ways being offered to lovers to enjoy this Feb. 14 during the lockdown.

Order or sign up online now for a safe Valentine’s Day in Toronto. Here are some suggestions.

Starbucks thumbnailLocal Starbucks among those shut down

The Starbucks at 504 St. Clair Ave. West at Bathurst Street is among the 25 locations shutting down over the recent weekend and today in Toronto.

It’s part of a Canada-wide cutback by the U.S.-based coffee chain as it moves to alternative, digital means of delivering all those Tall, Grande and Venti beverages. See the whole story.

Toronto-St. Paul’s drivers drew few ASE speeding tickets

Over 500 speeding tickets were issued by two photo radar stations in Toronto-St. Paul’s ward over five months last year, according to figures released today.

This may sound like a fair number but it’s far lower than in other parts of Toronto. Across the city, 50 ASE devices issued 53,090 tickets during the first round — an average of nearly 1,062 per location.

These tickets were from the first round of automated speed enforcement (ASE) devices from July 6 to Nov. 30, 2020. The devices, placed mainly near schools, were moved to new locations beginning in late November.

Results from the two first-round locations in Toronto-St. Paul’s were:

  • Atlas Avenue south of Ava Road: 116
  • Brownlow Avenue south of Eglinton Avenue East: 413

We’ll see how our drivers do at the two new ASE locations: on Ava Road, east of Westover Hill Road, and on Tweedsmuir Avenue, south of Heath Street West.

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Full-time employment and better pay for LTC workers: Matlow

Toronto-St. Paul’s councillor Josh Matlow is petitioning the province to improve support for long-term care workers with more unemployment and better pay.

“I’m asking the Premier, Minister of Long Term Care [Merrillee Fullerton] and Retired General [Rick Hillier] to implement the following immediate changes: address the dangerous staffing shortages through stabilizing the workforce by offering more full-time employment opportunities, greater pay, heightened benefits, increased sick days and extending the $3 temporary wage increase” beyond the March 31 expiration date, Matlow said in an online petition.

Other recommendations include developing plans to administer the vaccine around the clock to all LTC residents and workers.

Local libraries open for pickup and drop-off

Branches of the Toronto Public Library will remain open during the lockdown beginning tomorrow — but for pickup and drop-off of library materials only.

Current operational hours are being maintained. A previous communication that branches will close at 8 p.m. were mistaken, the TPL says.

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Man evades police and canine after door kicked in

Police failed to find a man after a door was reported to have been kicked in near Oakwood Avenue and Rogers Road about 2 p.m. today.

The man fled on foot through backyards after a traffic stop by officers in the area, police said. A police dog was brought in to join the search but the manhunt was given up after about two hours.

The vehicle was seized and the investigation is to continue.

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Posted: Apr 7 2021 6:52 pm

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