The latest news, views and things to do in East York neighbourhoods
Councillor seeking rethink of CafeTO charges
Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher says the proposed changes to the CafeTO program, which created curbside patios on streets like Danforth Avenue and Queen Street East, are “too big and too fast” for many businesses that are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.
She has sent a letter to city council’s executive committee asking that the proposed re-introduction of charges for the program be replaced by a more modest participation fee.
Restaurants Canada representatives have also told Mayor John Tory and the executive committee that 60 per cent of restaurants would be unable to participate at the higher rate. The plan goes to city council on Feb. 7.
Taylor Creek Trail is now repaved
In case you haven’t noticed it under the snow, the repaving of Taylor Creek Trail is completed and open for walking or cycling, the city says — though some locals have noted construction notices are still posted.
The new pathway is raised higher than the previous pavement to prevent the flooding that previously covered stretches of the well-travelled trail.
Have you spotted the orange pigeon?
Social media is reporting an unusually orange pigeon hanging around with other normally hued birds in the east end — notably outside Shopper’s World on Danforth Avenue at Victoria Park.
If you see it, tell us. The world wants to know.
Town hall budget meeting for east-end residents
Have your say at the town hall meeting on the city’s 2023 budget, co-hosted by Toronto-Danforth and Beaches East York councillors. The meeting’s on Feb. 3. See more about it in Streeter’s Things To Do listing.
Identity sought in assault investigation
Police are looking for a man shown on security cameras after an alleged assault near Danforth and Jones avenues at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.
The victim fell to the ground and sustained serious injuries, police say.
The police news release provides an image and more information.
TTC bus passenger reportedly attacked by youths
Toronto police tweeted reports of a man suffering minor injuries after being assaulted by a group of young people on a TTC bus today.
The alleged assault took place during evening rush hour near Pape and Cosburn avenues.
Cosburn Ave & Pape Ave
– reports of a man assaulted by group of young people on board TTC bus
– @TorontoMedics took patient to hospital with minor injuries
– suspects fled the scene
– police o/s
– ongoing investigation#GO210795
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) January 28, 2023
Arrest made in Broadview purse-snatching case
Police are thanking the public for helping them find a man wanted in robbery after a purse was taken at Broadview station. (See Jan. 25 item below.)
A 44-year-old man has been arrested and faces charges of robbery, failing to comply with judicial release and failing to comply with probation, according to a police news release today.
New CafeTO fees to hurt local eateries: Fragedakis
Local restaurants may be hit hard by the changes to the city’s CafeTO program this year, says Mary Fragedakis, executive director of the GreekTown on the Danforth BIA. She was talking to John Moore on Newstalk 1010’s Moore in the Morning program today.
City council is considering a staff report that proposes charging new fees for restaurants participating in CafeTO.
“Many small businesses are struggling terribly right now … and this is another stressor,” Fragedakis said. She predicted the new fees would put CafeTO out of reach for many of them.
Hear the interview on iHeart radio, including Mayor John Tory’s defence of the fees.
Purse snatching reported at Broadview Station
Police are seeking the identification of a suspect in a robbery investigation after a man was reported to have snatched a purse in Broadview Station.
The victim’s purse was grabbed, causing her to fall down the stairs, on Monday at about 7 p.m., police say.
The suspect was then seen fleeing with the purse.
See the police news release for more information and video.
Gas leak shuts down part of Main Street
Hope United Church and nearby at Danforth Avenue and Main Street have been evacuated after discovery of a gas leak, according to a Toronto police tweet shortly after noon today.
No injuries were reported but Main north of Danforth was temporarily closed and subway stops at Main Station cancelled.
Sexual assault on subway near Woodbine
A man reportedly masturbated near passengers and assaulted a woman on a subway train westbound from Woodbine Station during morning rush hour, Toronto police say.
He is described as 35–45 years, having a heavy build, being unshaven, and wearing a black toque and all black clothes.
An image of the man and more information are given in a police press release.
JAN. 25 UPDATE: Police have issued a new press release stating “Upon further investigation, it has been determined that no criminal offence was committed.” They have also deleted the image.
Start making reservations for Winterlicious
Winterlicious is back, set to offer prix fixe lunches and dinners from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9.
East York-area restaurants participating in Winterlicious Toronto include Papyrus, 7 Numbers, Megas, Soula’s, Tapas at Embrujo, Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse, and Il Fornello — all on Danforth Avenue — as well as California Restaurant on Pape Avenue.
You find the entire Toronto list on the city’s Winterlicious page.
Second arrest in 2021 homicide in East Danforth area
More than 17 months after an alleged homicide in the East Danforth area, Toronto police have charged a second person.
The victim, 77-year-old John Manion, died in hospital on Aug. 29, 2021, three weeks after being critically injured in a fight near Danforth and Walpole avenues, police said.
A man, 28, turned himself in to police on Sept. 4, 2021 and was charged with manslaughter.
And now police report a woman, 42, has also been arrested and charged.
CampTO registration set to open
It’s time to start planning the kids’ summer camp activities at local parks and centres this summer. The city has announced its CampTO programs are online for your consideration, ready for registration beginning Feb. 11.
Some new programs have been added to the CampTO lineup for the programs that run from July 4 to Sept. 1.
Camp locations in the East York area include:
- Dentonia Park, 80 Thyra Ave.
- Dieppe Park, 455 Cosburn Ave.
- Earl Beatty Community Centre, 455 Glebeholme Blvd.
- East York Community Centre, 1081 Pape Ave.
- Main Square Community Centre, 245 Main St.
- O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Ave.
- O’Connor Public School, 1665 O’Connor Dr.
- Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave.
- Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd.
- Victoria Village Recreation Centre and Arena, 190 Bermondsey Rd.
For more information on the program and registration, see the Streeter calendar listing.
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