East York Daily Updates

The latest news, views and things to do in East York neighbourhoods

Excitement builds for Taste of the Danforth return

One of the city’s most popular street festivals, A Taste of the Danforth, is back on (see March 1 item below) — after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic and a controversial decision by the local BIA last year.

And excitement seems to be building with the hiring of an event planner and local businesses welcoming the return of the festival that draws thousands to the area. See the Toronto Observer story for more about it.

Local stores need city help to survive, Pape business says

Many stores have not been able to bounce back after the pandemic, Kiss the Frog owner Karen McNeilly told the Toronto Observer. They need help from the city, she said.

The Pape Avenue shopkeeper is asking Toronto’s next mayor — whoever that may be — to provide economic support for small businesses to keep more of them from closing. See the Toronto Observer story.

Winner of Agnes Macphail Award named

The 2023 Agnes Macphail Award is to be presented to East York resident Dr. Shakhlo Sharipova for her many contributions to the East York community.

The public is welcome to attend the award presentation on March 19 at 2 p.m. at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.

For more about this year’s award recipient and the awards ceremony, see the Streeter Things To Do listing.

Outdoor skating continues to Sunday — if the ice holds up

The city is encouraging skaters to enjoy the last few days of the official outdoor skating season at our local rinks. However, the weather seems poised to end the season earlier than the scheduled March 19 deadline.

Sunday evening is when the city starts to close its outdoor artificial ice rinks, natural ice rinks and skating trails and begin its annual conversion of spaces into skateboarding parks, tennis courts and pickleball spaces.

Meanwhile the forecast for the next four days calls for rainy and overcast days with temperatures mainly above zero.

Locals upset by cutting down of Don Valley trees

Nearly 2,800 trees in the Don Valley are being cleared to make way for construction of the Ontario Line.

It’s a move that reportedly appalls nearby community members and representatives who say Metrolinx has not communicated adequately about the massive cutting.

See the recent Toronto Observer story about the local reaction.

Arrest for crosstown bank robberies 20 minutes apart

A man was arrested yesterday after a bank robbery near Danforth and Coxwell avenues, police reported today.

It was the second such bank robbery of the day, they said. Twenty minutes before the East Danforth holdup, officers had responded to a holdup call near Bloor and Bathurst streets.

In both cases a man is alleged to have worn a mask and gloves while handing a teller a note saying he had a firearm and demanding cash. The man then fled the areas with the money, police said.

A 24-year-old Toronto man faces six charges, including two counts each of robbery and disguise with intent.

Developments to change the face of Danforth

The full scale of the transformation being wrought on East Danforth by multiple highrise developments was brought home at the community consultation yesterday.

The virtual meeting heard from three development teams on the eight buildings, ranging from 15 to 55 storeys, they propose to add to the existing buildings and to eight other towers already approved for the stretch of Danforth Avenue from Main Street to Dawes Road.

Little time was left at the meeting, however, for community feedback.

See Streeter’s full report on the event.

Images released of car in interrupted sexual assault case

Police have released better images of a car thought to have been used in a sexual assault near Felstead and Lamb avenues on Feb. 25. (See March 3 item below.)

The victim is reported to have fled the car when another vehicle approached on a dead end street.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a four-door, light-coloured sedan, believed to be a 2011–2014 silver Hyundai Sonata with a sunroof.

Grainy photos of the suspected vehicle were released with the first report but clearer images have been released in police news releases on March 8 and March 9.

Man sought for spraying subway rider with noxious substance

A subway passenger was repeatedly sprayed with an unknown, pepper-like substance on the Bloor-Danforth line between Donlands and Greenwood stations on the evening of Feb. 28, police report.

Two men, unknown to each other, were travelling eastbound when, without provocation, one man sprayed the other man in the face, police said in a new release today. Each time the victim stepped away from the attack, he was sprayed again.

A man is wanted on three counts of administering a noxious substance. For more details, see the police news release.

MARCH 7 REMINDER: Registration for the city’s spring recreation programs is set to open tomorrow at 7 a.m. Residents in this area can then sign up for programs that start April 1. (See the Streeter Things To Do listing or today’s news release from the city.)

Public consultation to be held on three massive Danforth developments

Thousands of residential units with several thousand more residences could be added if three planned developments on Danforth Avenue, between Main street and Dawes road, are approved.

A virtual community consultation on all three projects is being held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. City planners and Beaches East York councillor Brad Bradford are scheduled to take part.

A total of eight new buildings, ranging from 15 to 55 storeys are being proposed.

For more on the projects and the online community meeting, see Streeter’s Thing To do listing.

Driver sought in interrupted sexual assault

Police are trying to identify a male who allegedly sexually assaulted someone in his vehicle in the east end on Feb. 25.

Police reported the incident began at about 3 a.m. when a man, described as in his 20s, offered a ride near Danforth and Greenwood avenues.

The vehicle was driven to a dead end street around Felstead and Lamb avenues where the victim was sexually assaulted, police said.

When another vehicle approached the dead end street, the man was reportedly startled and the victim escaped.

A description of the suspect and murky images of the suspect vehicle have been released. For more, see the police news release.

Metrolinx to move planned layover facility from Don Valley

Metrolinx appears to have given in to demands that a planned layover facility not be built in the Don Valley alongside the parkway north of the Prince Edward Viaduct.

Yesterday the provincial agency overseeing public transport announced it has found a new location in a light industrial area near York Mills Road and Leslie Street.

The proposed 11-acre site in the valley has been the subject of protests and petitions from environmental activists and community members who said building the facility there could damage the valley’s sensitive ecology.

Taste of the Danforth is back on — but different

The Greektown on the Danforth BIA has voted to hire an event planner for the return of Toronto’s biggest street party built around food.

For the first time since pre-pandemic days, A Taste of the Danforth festival will take over Danforth Avenue over three days — this year Aug. 11–13.

But the event may not go quite as we recall it. Organizers are saying A Taste of the Danforth is to be “reimagined.” See yesterday’s CBC report for the breaking story.

Summerlicious applications open

Winterlicious seems barely over and it’s already time for local restaurants to sign up for the summer edition of the fixed-price dining festival.

Applications to participate in the Summerlicious program will be accepted from today to March 22, the city has announced.

This year’s Summerlicious runs from July 7 to 23 and there’s good news for participating restaurants: the fees have been cut to less than half the pre-pandemic rates. The new fee is $550. The city says this reduction should “make it easy and affordable for restaurants to participate and will encourage more Toronto residents to dine out and celebrate Toronto’s diverse culinary scene.”

Restaurants can find more information on the City’s Summerlicious 2023 Restaurant Participation webpage.

Homicide suspect surrenders to 52 Division

A man has been charged with manslaughter after he surrendered to 52 Division police tolday, about a month after the death of Douglas (Michael) Finlay, according to a police news release.

Finlay, 73, was seriously injured in an apparently random attack on Danforth Avenue near Jones Avenue on Jan. 24 and he died a week later.

See the Streeter story for more details.

Councillors pressing Metrolinx about Ontario Line plans

Toronto-Danforth’s Paula Fletcher is among three city councillors pressing for answers from Metrolinx, which they say has been too secretive about building the Ontario Line.

Along with Spadina–Fort York’s Ausma Malik and Toronto Centre’s Chris Moise, Fletcher won the support of Toronto and East York Community Council to create a sub-committee to press Metrolinx for information.

See the CBC story on the issue.

Federal rep ponders what he could do as provincial leader

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith appears closer to declaring himself a candidate for the Ontario Liberal leadership, though he won’t make his final decision until next month when the party sets the rules for the race.

That’s what may be gleaned from a CBC story today in which the Beaches-East York MP, who has been touring the province for a possible run, touted his experience as an outspoken backbencher in Ottawa as showing he could bring democratic renewal to the Ontario political scene.

Three humps or four: east-end speed humps get go-ahead

Toronto and East York Community Council today approved speed humps as traffic-calming measures at the following locations in Toronto-Danforth ward:

  • Greenwood Avenue, three humps between O’Connor Drive and Plains Road
  • Langley Avenue, three humps between Carlaw and Pape avenues
  • Sparkhall Avenue, three humps between Hampton and Logan avenues
  • Warland Avenue, four humps between Donlands Avenue and O’Connor Drive

Local home prices dropping, real estate board says

real estate sale signHome prices are down by 14.8 per cent from last year in this area, according to figures recently released by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board.

The report indicates the year-over-year decrease for the real estate “E03” area, including East York, Broadview North, Playter Estates, Danforth Village, O’Connor-Parkview, Woodbine-Lumsden and Crescent Town.

As of January, the average home here is now about $1.2 million, TRREB reports.

Single-family, detached houses have taken the biggest hit, dropping 16 per cent to about $1.3 million.

Get ready to walk on the Coldest Night of the Year

Coldest Night of the Year walkThe Coldest Night of the Year charity walks to serve the hurt, the hungry and the homeless take place on Feb. 25, with the Toronto Danforth edition hosted by Kennedy House Youth Shelter.

The local walk starts at St. Barnabas on the Danforth Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave.

To sign up for the walk, to donate or just to find out more, see Toronto Danforth’s Coldest Night page.

Parking restrictions eased for Family Day

Police have announced they will not be ticketing vehicles parked on the street on Feb. 20 on rush-hour routes and in areas with posted Monday–Friday regulations.

FEB. 17 UPDATE: A man has been arrested in the investigation of the stabbing with a broken bottle on the TTC (see Feb. 15 item below). A police news release today reports more details of the incident and the identity of the accused.

Subway rider stabbed in face with broken bottle

A man is sought by police after a subway passenger suffered facial injuries from being stabbed in the face with a broken bottle three days ago, police said in a news release today.

Police were called to Chester Station at about 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 but the suspect had fled the scene, they said.

See the police news release for more details and images.

FEB. 15 REMINDER: Community consultation is being held today on proposed development at Pape and Danforth avenues. See Feb. 7 update below.

Family Day fun planned at Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills is one of seven Toronto History Museums planning Family Day activities. It’s free to drop in for crafts and games in the Papermill Gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is at 67 Pottery Rd.

For information about the Family Day programming at history museums across Toronto, see the Streeter Things To Do listing.

Robbery at Broadview-Danforth store

A woman is sought after a robbery at a store near Broadview and Danforth avenues on Jan. 29 at about 2 p.m.

The woman was caught shoplifting but fled with the merchandise after being asked to return it, police say.

See today’s police news release for more information and images.

East York auto thefts reported on the rise

A recent story in the Toronto Observer says East York is seeing a major increase in reports of auto thefts, counting nearly 200 incidents in January alone.

This reflects figures from Toronto as a whole which has experienced a nearly 50-per-cent increase in the crime over the past year, according to the article.

FEB. 11 REMINDER: CampTO programs for summer camps are open for registration starting today. See Jan. 17 item below.

Report our potholes to be fixed

You may see repair crews out on the roads today as the city launches its first pothole-fixing blitz of the year.

Chances are, though, plenty of East York potholes will remain unless they are reported. To get those car-wrecking eyesores filled, report them via the 311 Toronto mobile app, online at Toronto.ca/311 or by calling 311.

The city says most repairs are carried out within four days of potholes being reported.

Arrest made in pedestrian homicide

Police said today they’ve made an arrest in the investigation of the death of a pedestrian at Danforth and Cedarvale avenues on Feb. 5.

Ryan Andrews, 24, of Toronto was arrested yesterday and has been charged with first-degree murder.

Trees to be cut down for Ontario Line kept from two MPPs

The Toronto Star is reporting the provincial government instructed Metrolinx to leave two Toronto MPPs off a notice to politicians about trees in their ridings to be cut down to make way for the Ontario Line subway.

Toronto Centre’s Kristyn Wong-Tam and Toronto-Danforth’s Peter Tabuns, who have both been critical of the Metrolinx plan, sent a letter to Transportation Minister  Caroline Mulroney asking why they were deliberately excluded.

Community consultation on development scheduled for Feb. 15

A virtual community consultation meeting is to be held Feb. 15 to hear the plans and get feedback for a development at Pape and Danforth avenues.

A proposal has been made for a 49-storey tower, including a five-storey commercial podium, on the northeast corner where several retail and office buildings now stand.

See the Streeter Things To Do listing for more information.

Victim identified, more details in pedestrian homicide

Police have identified the man struck and killed by a vehicle on the sidewalk at Danforth and Cedarvale avenues as Gabriel del Castillo Mullally, 25, of Toronto.

They have also provided more details of the events leading up to the alleged homicide.

Get more of the story at Streeter news.

Vehicle kills pedestrian on Danforth sidewalk

Early this morning police were called to an apparent hit-and-run accident in front of Tim Hortons at Danforth and Cedarvale avenues. The victim died after being rushed to hospital and police started treating the incident as a homicide.

Get the full Streeter news story.

Danforth assault now a homicide case

The 73-year-old victim of an alleged assault on Danforth Avenue (see Jan. 28 item below) has died and police are now seeking a man for manslaughter.

The deceased has been identified as Douglas (Michael) Finlay, a former CBC journalist and producer.

The man being sought has been identified as Robert Robin Cropearedwolf, 43. His photo has been released.

See the full story and image on Streeter news.

FEB. 3 REMINDER: The town hall meeting on the city’s 2023 budget is at the East York Civic Centre tonight. See Jan. 29 item below.

Toronto-Danforth soon to have three cameras to catch speeders

The city is adding 25 automated speed enforcement cameras, one for each ward in Toronto. The most recent ASE site in Toronto-Danforth is on Logan Avenue north of Wolfrey Avenue.

The new camera will join two existing cameras in the ward, currently located on Dundas Street East, west of Boulton Avenue and on Carlaw Avenue, south of Queen St. E.

See the full Streeter story on the new cameras.

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.

JAN. 27 REMINDER: Winterlicious starts today at restaurants across Toronto and in East York. See Jan. 20 item below.

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.

Get the full story at Streeter news.

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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.

Fire sends two to hospital

Two people were sent to hospital with minor injuries after a fire in a low-rise apartment building on Torrens Avenue near Broadview Avenue last night. CP24 and Toronto.com have the story

Letter to Ford opposes ‘strong mayor’ bill

Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher is among 15 city councillors sending a letter today to Premier Doug Ford opposing the province’s Bill 39, the so-called Better Municipal Governance Act.

The Act would, under certain conditions, let the mayor of Toronto propose and pass bylaws with support of only one-third of city council, a move that critics have called undemocratic.

See full text of letter at Progress Toronto.


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