Riverdale-East York Daily Updates

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

One more weekend of ActiveTO road closures

Saturday and Sunday will be your last chance this year to walk, jog or cycle selected major streets that have been closed to traffic.

Included in the closures from Sept. 26 at 6 a.m. to Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. are Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

Note, the usual closure on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue is not taking place this time, the city advises, due to Saturday’s planned construction on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway from Yonge Street to Cherry Street.


Nuit BlancheLocal events cancelled or moved online in city announcement

The Beaches Santa Claus Parade, the Riverside Halloween Fest and Nuit Blanche are among the east-end events seeing their live festivities shut down by the city this week. Some of them though will carry on as virtual or online happenings.

The city followed public health advice in cancelling all upcoming festivals and other large in-person gatherings held at outdoor sites managed by the city or at public locations, the city said in a news release on Wednesday.

See the story in Streeter news.

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 Riverdale or East York 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 Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood? 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.

Ashbridges Bay rocksMarkham man charged in fatal boat crash

Charges have been laid in that fatal boat crash beachgoers witnessed two weeks ago.

A Markham man, registered as the vessel owner and alleged to have been driving when it hit rocks near Woodbine Beach, faces criminal negligence charges, police say.

See the full story.

BigArtTO thumbnailBigArtTO scheduled for the east end

The Donald D. Summerville swimming pool in Beaches-East York ward and a yet-to-be-announced building in Toronto-Danforth ward are 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, shown across Toronto’s 25 wards.

The Beaches-East York event is running Oct. 21 to 24 and the Toronto-Danforth event on Nov. 18 to 21. See the full story.

Public meetings on renaming ‘racist’ Dundas Street proposed

City staff is recommending the city hold public consultations on its response to the petition to rename Dundas Street and other sites bearing the Dundas name.

The petition objected to the street being named after Scottish politician Henry Dundas “who was involved in delaying the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, causing more than half a million more Black people to be enslaved in the British Empire,” according to a city press release today.

Mayor John Tory and several councillors signed a letter on June 12 calling for the street to be renamed, referring to “signs of historic racism on streets, buildings and monuments all across Toronto.”

Some historians argue Dundas strongly favoured abolition of slavery and added “gradual” to the 1792 motion to abolish the slave trade in order to pass the motion, which would otherwise have failed.

The staff report is going to city council’s executive committee on Sept. 23.


Suspect sought in break-in spree

A series of break-ins in the Woodbine Avenue and Queen Street East area between June 25 and Aug. 1 has led to a search for a 32-year-old man. Police allege a man broke into various apartment buildings and vehicles in the apartment buildings in that time period.

Harris Omo of Toronto, who is wanted on numerous charges, including four counts of committing break and enter, theft over $5,000, assault with a weapon, and five counts of failing to comply with a release order.

He is described as 5-foot-5, 146 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes.

Riverdale pool to stay open an extra week

City outdoor pools have been set to close on Sept. 6, but the summer season for at least 10 of them, including Riverdale Park East pool at 550 Broadview Ave., has been extended to Sept. 13. Mayor John Tory announced the extension today “recognizes the new start of the school year for many Toronto children.” Most kids are returning to school on Sept. 14, a week later than in previous years.

St. Clair work to shut down two lanes through September

Work continues on St. Clair Avenue East, east of O’Connor Drive. The latest is sewer and water main installation at Rexleigh Drive.

Two eastbound lanes will closed, though two-way traffic will be maintained at all times, according to Toronto’s Traffic Management Centre. The work starting today is expected to run to the end of September.

Anti-racist art in park torn down — and recovered

The artwork created by the community as part of the anti-racist rally in Dentonia Park on Saturday was discovered torn down and crumpled the next day. But the artwork was back up shortly. A Facebook post on the Toronto East Anti-hate Mobilization page gave the bad and good news. The city had given rally organizers permission to keep the artwork up in the park.

Bike Share thumbnailRide a bike for free on Wednesday

Bike Share Toronto, which has stations all over East York and Riverdale, is letting would-be cyclists ride for free all day every Wednesday in September.

Check Streeter’s Things To Do for how to do it.

Colourful anti-racist rally decorates East York park

Love reigned in Dentonia Park on Saturday afternoon. Or, if not love, at least anti-hate. Colourful signs and banners festooned fences and trees for the rally to unite against racism and “reclaim the park.”

The event was a response to the alleged racist attack on a mixed race couple in the park two months earlier and, in the words of victim Mark Austin, to help fix a “broken” community. Get the full story and pictures.

Three shot in Crescent Town yesterday evening

A shooting in East York’s Crescent Town has sent three people to hospital, one with injuries called life-threatening and one called serious. It happened at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, police say.

Little information has been released on shooters or on how the incident developed. Here’s what we know so far.

arson investigation - policeWoman sought after east-end garage fire

Images of a woman have been released by police today, about two weeks after a garage was allegedly set alight near Gerrard Street and Woodfield Road in the Greenwood-Coxwell area on the morning of Aug. 12.

A person seen leaving the scene before police arrived was caught on security cameras in the area, arson investigators say. No injuries were reported from the fire.

Police are looking for a woman in the images, described as about 55 to 65 years old, with brown hair in a bun, and wearing a long red shirt, grey pants and pink Crocs shoes. She had a light-coloured shirt tied around her waist and she was carrying several bags, the images show.

condo being built thumbnailThis is the best place to buy a condo in Toronto

If you’re looking for a condo in the East York area to move into, your economically best option may be to buy one. The real estate district encompassing East York and Danforth Village ranks highest in the latest report by Zoocasa, which looked at purchase prices versus rental costs.

The Beaches area was closer to the other end of the spectrum, the brokerage firm found, placing it in the better-to-rent condo category.

Read the story in Streeter News.


Fight and shooting outside bar in Danforth area

Police are investigating shots fired and a man injured in the area of Danforth and Carlaw avenues early this morning.

Officers responded to a call of gunshots being heard at 2:43 a.m. A group of people were reported fighting near a sports bar. Someone had a gun and a man was shot, according to a police tweet at about 11 a.m.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Violent home invasion cases 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 in the east end of East York. 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.

Beam up your signature to top of hospital’s new centre

East York’s Michael Garron Hospital is inviting the community to sign the last structural beam of its new patient care centre tomorrow before it is lifted to the penthouse on the roof of the new centre.

The hospital has partnered with the Aboriginal Healing Program community to dub the beam the Unity Beam.

“Signing the beam will declare one’s support for the organization and the care it provides to the East Toronto community and solidify one’s place in the legacy and history of Michael Garron Hospital moving forward,” says a hospital press release.

You can sign it Aug. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Use the K-wing entrance at 650 Sammon Ave.

Be sure to wear a mask and practise social distancing. It is a hospital after all.

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East end nearly free of recent COVID cases

The Danforth area is free of new cases of COVID-19 and other east-end neighbourhoods are close behind, according to the city’s coronavirus map.

The latest map shows zero to three confirmed or probable new cases recently for all neighbourhoods in the east end, as well as in midtown and central Toronto, for the past 21 days — all of August actually.

Check out your neighbourhood and how it compares to others in the Streeter article.

CNE logo thumbGo to the Ex without leaving Riverdale-East York

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.

Suspected gas leak forces Carlaw closure

The south end Carlaw Avenue was shut down today after reports of a gas leak near Carlaw and Eastern Avenue. Police issued a “shelter in place” warning online at 11:14 a.m.

Enbridge Gas crews were on the scene.

Initially police said northbound lanes on Carlaw between Eastern and Lake Shore Boulevard were closed. But by 12:40 p.m. the closure was extended to include northbound and southbound lanes between Eastern and Queen Street East, as well as both directions of Eastern Avenue between Pape and Logan avenues.

Police fail to confirm report of knife-wielding woman

Police received a report today that a woman came out of a tent at Donora Park holding a knife and chasing children at about 11 a.m.. However, officers at the park near Dawes Road in the Woodbine Gardens area found no evidence of a knife-wielding woman, nor reports of injury. No criminal allegations were made, police said on Twitter.

Two east-end streets get charging stations in pilot project

Hydro workers are installing an electric vehicle charging station on Alton Avenue today as Councillor Paul Fletcher announces the next stage in the city’s Electric Vehicle Strategy.

Alton Avenue in Leslieville and Mountjoy Avenue in the East Danforth area are among the seven locations across Toronto to get the stations to test the technology in the pilot project.

See the full story.


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 permit.parking@toronto.ca, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call for artists to create Danforth murals

East End Arts, in partnership with the city’s StreetARToronto Program, is calling on artists to submit proposals to participate in the revitalization of Danforth Avenue under the name Destination Danforth.

Destination Danforth includes a roll-out of public art over the next year, with four mural installations and twelve traffic signal boxes to be completed by October 2020.

Right now, the call is for four murals — one in each of four Business Improvement Areas: Broadview Danforth, GreekTown on the Danforth, Danforth Mosaic, and Danforth Village. The two themes to be addressed by submissions are Gratitude, Resilience, Hope and #EastEndLove.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26. Artists can get more details from East End Arts online.

Alleged arsonist sought after East York apartment fire

Toronto Police are looking for a 42-year-old man after an apartment near Barrinton and Lumsden avenues was set alight shortly before midnight last night. A man was seen walking around a building with a yellow jerry can in his hand, police say. He reportedly poured gas and lit his apartment on fire, then left the scene.

Aaron Bonnell is described as 5-foot-11, bald with no facial hair, having a medium build, wearing a dark shirt and dark pants. He is known to frequent the area, police say.

He is wanted for arson and failing to comply with recognizance.


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.

Man charged with murder after body found in East York house

Police arrested a man, 41, after finding the body of a 37-year-old man in a semi-detached house on Greenwood Avenue, south of Millwood, yesterday.

Police issued a news release this morning, saying a man faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Here’s what we know so far.

Much of Bloor-Danforth subway shutting down over weekend

Subway service on Line 2 between St. George and Woodbine stations will be closed on Saturday and Sunday this weekend for track work, the TTC has announced.

Bay, Sherbourne and Chester stations are to be completely shut down, while other stations are to remain open only for the purchase of PRESTO fares and for connection to surface routes.

Shuttle buses will operate along the line, the TTC says.

Tours launched for Toronto’s historical museums

East York’s Todmorden Mills and Central Toronto’s Mackenzie House are among the 10 Toronto history museums you can tour — with all the public health precautions in place — in the city’s newly launched HistoricTO program.

Tickets go on sale starting tomorrow on a pay-what-you-can basis for the tours that run from July 30 to Sept. 4.

Find out all about it.

NDPers back Toronto call to limit construction noise

East-end MPPs Rima Berns-McGown and Peter Tabuns are among 12 opposition MPPs asking Premier Doug Ford to give Toronto back the power to limit construction noise. This comes after city council made a similar request and after residents and residents’ associations have complained about noise keeping them awake.

In April the province issued orders allowing “essential” construction projects to generate noise earlier and later than the city had previously allowed. Get the whole story.

Double shooting investigated at Dawes Road apartment building

Multiple suspects are being sought after two men were shot at a Dawes Road apartment building early this morning.

The two victims had to be rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition, police reported online.

Here’s what we know so far.

Man sought for alleged offences in east end

Police have released a photo of a Toronto man wanted for offences committed in in the area of Main Street and Danforth Avenue.

A man allegedly broke into a residence and assaulted someone on July 9, followed by two further criminal offences by breaching his probation on July 23.

Joao Martins, 56, of Toronto, is wanted for break and enter, assault and four counts of failing to Comply with a probation order.

He is described as 5-foot-4, 138 lbs., and unshaven with long dark hair.

Daycares opening but say they need financial help

Local child care centres say they are facing added expenses from the required health precautions during the pandemic at the same time as revenues are declining because fewer kids are retuning. Government assistance is needed if they are to stay in operation, some say.

Read the full story in Streeter.


Virtual commemoration posted

The city has posted a commemoration to the victims of the Danforth shooting online late yesterday, including video of the private ceremony held earlier in Withrow Park. See it here.

Two years after the Danforth tragedy

Two years after two people were killed and 13 injured by a lone gunman on Danforth Avenue, survivors and families of the victims joined city representatives in commemoration in Withrow Park. Mayor Tory, Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher, and shooting victim Danielle Kane were among those laying flowers beneath trees planted in memory of the two girl who lost their lives. See the whole story.

East-end housing prices up despite pandemic

In the first half of 2020, the average house in the real estate district including the Beaches, Woodbine and East Danforth is priced nearly 12 per cent higher than in the same period a year ago, according to a real estate report released yesterday.

East York is up about nine per cent and the district including Riverdale and Leslieville are up nearly seven per cent.

Get the full story to see how we compare to other parts of Toronto.

Man buried by east-end building collapse

Toronto Fire Services pulled a lifeless body out of a trench at a Jones Avenue house-building site yesterday morning. A man had been buried under debris, mud and concrete when the structure partially collapsed during construction. Get the full story.


Farmers’ market back tomorrow

The East York Farmers’ Market continues its schedule of taking place every Tuesday at the East York Civic Centre grounds, in compliance with public health recommendations. See the Things To Do listing.

Person in custody after gunfire in east end

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.

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 Riverdale-East York, this includes Riverdale Park East, Monarch Park, George Webster Park, Stan Wadlow Park, Withrow Park and many other local locations.

See the story and get the details in Streeter news.

East York Farmers’ Market reopens tomorrow

The farmers’ market returns to the East York Civic Centre grounds July 14, although this time with new rules to be in compliance with public health recommendations. See the Things To Do listing.

composite drawing of man soughtDrawing released of man sought in Crescent Town sexual assault case

A composite drawing of a man wanted in a Crescent Town sexual assault investigation (see July 3 item) has been released.

Police describe the man as being 30 to 40, 5-foot-7, and 180 pounds. He is said to have a slim-to-medium build and black curly hair.

He has been sought by police since a 37-year-old woman was attacked on Crescent Town Road near Massey Square on June 12 at about 11 p.m.

Another Pape lane shut down

A borehole investigation is planned to start on Pape Avenue north of O’Connor Drive today. The work is expected to close the southbound curb lane of Pape from O’Connor to Minton Place daily until July 17.

Meanwhile further south on Pape, the months-long construction restricting lanes between Gowan and Danforth avenues is planned to continue until July 25.


Morning rumble in Dentonia Park?

Police are looking for witnesses to a fight between two groups of people in Dentonia Park, between Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue, on June 25 at about 10:30 a.m. They are investigating the alleged assaults that reportedly started with an altercation between dogs in a park.

Investigators have interviewed witnesses and are appealing to anyone who may have seen the incident to contact Detective Emanuel Gialousis, 55 Division, at 416-808-5504.

Murals thanking frontline heroes

Have you seen that colourful graffiti-style mural covering the side of the gas station at 2265 Danforth Ave.? It’s one of the first artworks in the city’s project hiring street artists to create murals thanking frontline workers during the pandemic. Read more about it.


Man sought after sexual assault of woman in Crescent Town

Police released today a description of a man wanted in an investigation of a sexual assault. They say a woman, 37, had been walking eastbound on Crescent Town Road near Massey Square on June 12 at about 11 p.m. when a man approached and assaulted her, before fleeing eastward on foot.

The man is described as 30 to 40 years old, 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion, a slim to medium build, and black curly hair. He was last seen wearing a brown silk jacket.

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 east end:

  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. — open Thursday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Ave. — call 416-395-7957 first.
  • Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave. — call 416-396-4126 first.
  • Blantyre Park, 180 Fallingbrook Rd. — call 416-396-4126 first.


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.

MPPs hosting fight against hate in east end tonight

East-end MPPs Rima Berns-McGown and Peter Tabuns are hosting a public forum to fight hatred after the recent incident at the Michael Garron Hospital construction site. It takes place tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

More details in the Things To Do column.

Fletcher to support police defunding motion “of course”

Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher assures constituents she favours the motion by councillors Josh Matlow and Kristyn Wong-Tam to cut the police budget by 10 per cent and divert the savings to community programs.

“As a longtime advocate for reducing and reallocating the police budget towards social and community programs and mental health, of course I am planning to support the proposed Matlow/Wong-Tam motion,” according to a statement posted on her website on June 22. “I want to make this very clear as I have been hearing from a number of people who are uncertain about my position. I have always voted and worked to address the longstanding issues with police accountability and spending in our city.”

The motion to defund is on the agenda for the city council meeting on June 29–30.

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 lots of sites in the Riverdale-East York area. Find out all about it on Streeter.

Hydro pole hit in Broadview North area

A female was sent to hospital as a precaution after a vehicle knocked over a hydro pole at Broadview and Cosburn avenues, police reported on Twitter at about 8 a.m. today.

The roads were closed for about three hours as Toronto Hydro attended the scene.

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 get 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.

East York’s @Home celebration of Canada Day underway

There’s no parade or park festivities on July 1 in East York this year, but still lots of celebrations planned. In fact, they’ve already begun with weekly challenges to residents and more to come. You can still get in on the fun. Get the full story.

Search leads to child porn charges

Police investigating the possession of child pornography executed a search warrant in the Danforth Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue area yesterday. Police allege a man accessed, possessed and made available child sexual abuse material.

A 22-year-old Toronto man was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of accessing child pornography, and making child pornography available. He was to appear in court yesterday.

Local councillors join push to rename Dundas Street

Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher is among five city councillors who sent a letter to the city manager yesterday in support of Mayor John Tory’s call to review the name of Dundas Street.

The street needs to be renamed because it honours a British lord who allegedly opposed the abolition of slavery, the councillors say. Read about it.


Police arrest police in East York human trafficking case

The Toronto Police Services’ human trafficking team has charged 10 men, including a 51 Division officer, with obtaining sexual services from persons under 18. The team was investigating men who had purchased sexual services from a 16-year-old girl in the area of Pape and Cosburn avenues, police revealed in a media release yesterday. Here’s what we know about this so far.

East-end farmers’ markets coming back?

City-run farmers’ markets — like at the East York Civic Centre, East Lynn Park Park or Ashbridges Bay — may make a 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.

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Arrest made for Danforth-Coxwell break-ins

Police announced today they have arrested a man in an investigation of break-ins at commercial businesses near Danforth and Coxwell avenues from April 25 to April 29.

A 39-year-old Toronto man faces three counts of break and enter, one count of mischief Under $5,000, five counts of failing to comply with recognizance, and one count of break and enter with intent. He is to appear in court today.

Local businesses fear eviction for unpaid rent

How many east-end stores will be left after the pandemic has passed? Some are worried they cannot pay their rents and may be shut down, despite the government’s rent-relief program. Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford is among those calling for a moratorium on evictions.

Get the whole story on Streeter.

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If you gotta go while in the park….

The washrooms in Riverdale and Withrow parks are scheduled to reopen this week. But for other public facilities in east-end parks, such as Stan Wadlow and Woodbine, 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, the city announced today. See the story.

East-end affordable housing sites get council okay

City council approved yesterday the second phase of the Housing Now initiative to build more affordable housing, including on two east-end properties, including on Queen Street East and Danforth Avenue. The plan and the sites had been announced by Mayor John Tory two days earlier.

East-end shooting leaves man seriously wounded

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after a shooting near Main Street and Gerrard Street East, police said on Twitter yesterday. Callers reported multiple gunshots about 5 p.m. and emergency responders arrived on the scene to find an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to hospital. Police are investigating.


Second east-end child care centre opened for essential workers’ families

Another child care centre for children of essential and critical service workers has been opened at 84 Blake St., near Danforth snd Jones avenues. The site was the home of the Blake Street Early Learning and Child Care Centre before it was shut down with all other daycares during the pandemic.

This is the eighth such centre opened in existing city-run facilities and staffed by city child care workers. It’s also the second in the east end, after the centre at 1125 Danforth, opened in mid-April.

Danforth and Queen among sites for affordable housing

Six city-owned locations were proposed for creating affordable housing in an announcement by John Tory yesterday. One of them is where a social services building now stands and another where a library operates — both in the Beaches-East York ward, with councillor Brad Bradford’s blessing. Check out the full story.


Quick arrest after Main-Danforth bank held up

It took uniformed officers only 45 minutes to locate a suspect and recover stolen money after being called to an east-end bank robbery on Monday, police said yesterday. Read the complete story.

Danforth stores slow to reopen

They’ve been given permission to open, but many businesses on Danforth Avenue say they can’t do it just yet. Mainly because they are unable to immediately institute the precautions necessary while the pandemic is still raging.

And after two months of being shut down with no revenue, they aren’t sure they can afford the expense involved. See the full story.

Thorncliffe and Danforth shootings among wave of weekend gunfire

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

Restaurant pleading: Please wear a mask here

Hollandaise Diner on Danforth Avenue is worried about a recent drop in the number of customers wearing masks. It’s imploring them on the diner’s website and Instagram page to put on a mask before entering the place. See more.

Pothole-fixing blitz continues today

If you run into traffic delays today, it may be because the city is on another 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 east-end pothole is not filled in by today’s blitz, you can report it online, by email or by calling 311. It will likely be repaired within four days, the city says.

Local libraries to start accepting book returns

Pape/Danforth Library on Pape Avenue and S. Walter Stewart Library on Memorial Park Avenue are 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.


Greektown restaurant shuts down permanently

The Pappas Grill is no more. The landmark Greek and mediterranean eatery has shut down in the middle of the pandemic after more than three decades on Danforth Avenue. See the news.

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.

Taste of Danforth among latest coronavirus victims

Taste of the Danforth and the Beaches Jazz Festival are among the latest local summer events to be 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.

GoFundMe money could help save Danforth childcare centre

Blossoming Minds Learning Centre, which serves families in East York, Riverdale and Upper Beaches, was worried it wouldn’t survive the pandemic shutdown — thanks to high rents and non-existent revenue. But an online fundraising drive and the possibility of some government funding has given owners hope the centre will survive. Read the full story.

Woman arrested yesterday in saliva-spreading investigation

A 32-year-old woman faces a charge of mischief about two weeks after East York bank staff reported surveillance cameras showed someone coughing, spitting and spreading saliva around an ATM machine. See the update on this case.

Bradford lauds ShopHERE program to set up shops online

The city has joined with BIAs and other partners in a free program to set up small businesses and artists with online stores. Up to 3,000 businesses are expected to take up this offer, allowing more consumers to shop online, order delivery, and arrange pickup at places offering curbside service.

A city press release quotes Beaches-East York councillor Brad Bradford as supporting the “city’s effort to support independent businesses, especially the mom and pops that are the heart of main streets everywhere.”

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.

In-store shopping at some garden centres

Getting the go-ahead from Ontario premier Doug Ford, some local garden centres are throwing their doors open to shoppers, while others are sticking to curbside pickup and delivery. But all are promising to observe social distancing and other safety considerations. Here’s the rundown.

Mother’s Day brunch without taking her out

Some local restaurants are offering Mother’s Day brunches on Sunday for pickup or delivery. But you may have to order now. Check them out.

Garden centres opening with curbside pickup

With the Ontario government’s go-ahead, many garden centres and nurseries are open and operating as online businesses. Here are some local places you can place an order for delivery or pickup.

Woman identified from saliva-spreading images

Police are thanking the public today for help in identifying a woman after security camera images of a saliva-spreading incident at a Pape Avenue ATM were published a few days ago. She is being sought by police. We’ll have the full story shortly.

Here’s the updated story.

Local Canada Day festivities cancelled

East Yorkers will miss their parade, festival and fireworks on July 1 as the city has cancelled all in-person Canada Day celebrations. They’re the latest events to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing well into summer. Read about them and see the entire list of local cancellations.

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.

If you used this ATM, contact a doctor

Anyone who used the bank machine at 1002 Pape Ave. between 5:38 a.m. and 9 a.m., on April 30 should get medical attention, police advise. That’s because security camera footage allegedly shows a woman coughing, spitting and spreading saliva on and around the ATM. Read the news account.

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Posted: Sep 25 2020 2:00 pm

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