Why this backyard rink draws neighbourhood kids and adults
Those who play hockey on Sven Walker’s backyard rink have not had to worry about the fluctuating weather so far this winter. He has installed a refrigeration system keeps the ice solid even when the temperature rises towards melting temperatures.
No wonder kids and adults have been flocking to the North Leaside yard for regularly scheduled shinny. See the whole story and pictures in Leaside news.
Winterlicious at 25 midtown eateries
Winterlicious is well underway with 200 restaurants presenting affordable, fixed price menus. Midtown Toronto has about 25 of them going strong — including at North Toronto, Forest Hill and Leaside locations. Here are the local places to call for reservations before the annual two-week food experience is over.
Coronavirus victims at home
The coronavirus victim who was being kept in isolation at Sunnybrook Hospital is now at home with his wife, who also tested positive for the virus.
So far there have been only two confirmed cases of the virus in the city, said Dr. Eileen de Villa, medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health is a release today.
“Both of these people are recovering well at home in isolation and Toronto Public Health staff continue to connect with them directly to monitor their symptoms and ensure that they remain isolated at home,” she said. “I want to remind residents that at this time the risk to our community remains low.”
Coronavirus victim in isolation at Sunnybrook
Canada’s first coronavirus case is in stable condition and is being kept in isolation in a negative pressure room at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, according to medical authorities. The man’s wife, who also tested positive for the virus, is in isolation at home. Their home address has not be released. See the story in North Toronto’s news on Streeter.
Time for a nap at Yonge and Eglinton
A business that opened recently at the Yonge Eglinton Centre has beds ready and waiting for your afternoon nap. Nap It Up offers dozes from 25 to 85 minutes for fees from $10 to $35. Great for the yawning office worker, tired shopper or student who’s been up all night.
See the full story of how and why Mehzabeen and Oscar Rahman started Canada’s first sleep studio.
Boy arrested after dead woman identified, called a homicide
A boy has been charged with second-degree murder after police identified a woman found dead three days ago and deemed her death Toronto’s fifth homicide of the year.
The body of Giulia Matthews, 54, was found at an address near St. Clair Avenue West and Atlas Avenue during a well-being check at the home by police.
The coroner attended at the site and called the death suspicious. An autopsy was conducted and resulted in the death being called a homicide.
The accused cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Time to make your Winterlicious reservations
Reservations are open for the two weeks of Winterlicious that Toronto diners look forward to every year. Nearly every neighbourhood in the city has local dining rooms, bars and bistros taking part this year, offering fine foods from economical, fixed priced menus.
Starting today, reservations can be made online or by phone for the food extravaganza that runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13.
Eateries are presenting three-course prix fixe lunch menus in their choice of $23, $28 or $33 categories and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 or $53.
Watch for our guide to Winterlicious dining in North Toronto.
Northern’s flag at half mast for girl lost in Iranian tragedy
Northern Secondary School’s community is mourning the loss of Grade 10 student Maya Zibaie. The 15-year-old girl died when Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 was shot down in Iran on Jan. 8.
Zibaie was known as an ambitious girl who also helped her friends with their schoolwork, according to Northern principal Adam Marshall. See more in the full story on Streeter.
North Toronto relatively unscathed by crime
Shootings may have increased dramatically in the city last year, but they are still relatively rare in North Toronto, judging by year-end data from the police. And while shootings and shooting victims are up across Toronto, the number of fatalities and homicides is actually down. See the full story.
Photo radar installed on local streets
Fifty speed enforcement cameras are ready to take your picture if you’re driving too fast on streets across Toronto — especially near schools or parks where kids play. Drivers have already started getting warnings in the mail. Stiff fines are to follow.
See the main article to find out more about this, including where the cameras have been set up in North Toronto neighbourhoods.
Police investigating pedestrian struck by vehicle
A pedestrian is in serious, but not life-threatening, condition after being struck by a vehicle near the Bayview-Eglinton Avenue East intersection late Saturday night.
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