Riverdale-East York Daily Updates

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Open house for Danforth study tomorrow

The city is inviting members of the Danforth community to the first meeting about the coming Danforth Avenue Complete Street and Planning Study tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson St.

The open house will include a brief presentation and interactive group discussion to get community feedback.

The full study area will span six kilometres of Danforth Avenue, between Broadview and Victoria Park avenues. Find out more details about it online at toronto.ca/danforthstudy.

Another East York shooting

Just five days after two teenagers were found wounded behind a Cosburn Avenue address, an East York apartment building figures in another suspected shooting — this time a fatality. Police found a man dead in the stairwell of 75 Eastdale Ave. this morning around 8 a.m. They also found a shell casing nearby.

More on this developing story as we get it.

Halloween shooting on Cosburn

Two teenagers are in hospital in serious condition after being shot behind a Cosburn Avenue apartment building last night at about 9 p.m. Police are looking for a male who was seen fleeing the scene through local backyards. See more about this story in News.

Newly planted trees gone from Taylor Creek Park

Vandals are being blamed for having removed nearly all of the 120 trees and shrubs planted by the community in Taylor Creek Park, next to Victoria Park Avenue, on Oct. 5.

Only about six new plants remain, despite the city having already having replanted some of them since discovering 50 of them missing after the community planting event. Vandals, it seems, struck at least twice.

For more on this story see our account and photos in the Streeter News section.

Liberals fend off NDP upset attempt

Toronto–Danforth stayed in the Liberal sea of red that stretches across Toronto by re-electing Julie Dabrusin as MP in the federal election yesterday. The late Jack Layton’s former seat had been considered the riding most likely to be taken back by the NDP in this election and at least one poll showed New Democrat candidate Min Sook Lee in the lead. However, in the end, Dabrusin won convincingly, with greater than 8,000 more votes than Lee.

For more about the election in Toronto–Danforth, see today’s featured news story.

More information released on East York homicide

The teenage victim of the fatal hit-and run on Cedarvale Avenue early Monday morning has been identified and video of the vehicle suspected of having run him down has been released by Toronto police. Matthew Dreaver, 16, has been identified as the boy struck and killed by an SUV on Cedarvale Avenue in East York.

Police briefed media near the scene of the homicide earlier this afternoon, saying the incident began when Dreaver and a 14-year-old friend had a dispute with two occupants of a motor vehicle behind a nearby Shopper’s Drug Mart before 2 a.m. on Monday. The men allegedly followed the boys to Cedarvale Avenue where the SUV jumped a curb and struck Dreaver, police said.

Read the complete update and watch the video of the suspected SUV in the area.

A small forest planted on Victoria Park

One hundred and twenty new trees and shrubs were planted in less than an hour on Saturday morning by community members drawn to the city’s volunteer planting project. In fact, so many people showed up to help that the city ran out of trees for everyone to plant in the corner of Taylor  Creek Park alongside Victoria Park Avenue. More about the event — with pictures — in the News section.

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Fatal hit-and-run was intentional, police say

A boy, 16, was run down and killed by dark-coloured SUV that followed him on Cedarvale Avenue near Stan Wadlow Park early this morning, police say. The incident was first called a collision resulting in a pedestrian with “vital signs absent” when officers arrived at the scene but witnesses said the vehicle jumped the curb to strike the teenager, leading police to call it a homicide.

See the full story so far in Riverdale-East York news.

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Posted: Nov 6 2019 2:36 pm

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