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Here are all the news and events for Midtown Toronto from Feb 21 to March 7. Check back regularly as we will be posting the Midtown Toronto community news updates often.
North Toronto Painter brings joy into other people’s lives
Kate Taylor from the North Toronto Group of Artists likes to paint with bold and vibrant colours as a way of sharing her upbeat and optimistic personality with the world. “I like to think I am bold, open minded and have a talent for bringing some joy into other people’s lives through my work,” Kate has said. Click here to read more.
Line 9 gets free ride
Volatile tar sands crude will be flowing through Enbridge’s pipeline in north Toronto within a year. In giving Enbridge the go-ahead to reverse the flow of crude along its Line 9 Thursday, the National Energy Board (NEB) attached over three dozen conditions aimed at allaying the concerns of environmentalists and a host of municipalities, including Toronto, which raised liability issues related to water protection. Click here to read more.
Off-the-beaten-path’s a fine road for writer
Once Lawrence Park resident Rob Brunet got on to the old dirt road of his imagination, he was living his dream as a crime novelist. “My kids and possibly my wife were convinced this may be a mid-life crisis,” he said, with a wry grin. “Three years in, I think they’re realizing I’m serious.” Click here to read the full story.
Development funds are paydirt for local North Toronto schools
Two North Toronto schools are about to receive upgraded playgrounds, thanks in part to an Avenue Road condominium development proposal recently given the go-ahead by the city. John Wanless Junior Public School on Fairlawn Avenue and Allenby Junior Public School on St. Clements Avenue will be given $50,000 each to go toward installation of artificial turf from developer Mady Development. Click here to read more.
Midtown stores flaunt their curb appeal
The stores around the Midtown Yonge Street area are widely known for their unique, attention grabbing store fronts. Squint Eyewear, at 2501 Yonge St., is up for two international awards — best overall store design under 3,000 square feet and best window display — at the Association for Retail Environments Design Awards this month in Las Vegas. Click here to read about more of the unique Midtown Toronto Store Fronts.
North Toronto annexed to Toronto by slim margins on both sides
While what is now known as downtown Toronto made up the city’s original boundaries, North Toronto was not annexed into the city itself until just over a century ago. You Can read the history of this here.
Highrise building evacuated after gas leak in the Mount Pleasant and Davisville area.
A highrise building was evacuated due to a large gas leak in the Mount Pleasant Road and Davisville Avenue area on Thursday, Feb 27. A number of streets were closed off for several hours. There were no reported injuries. Click here to read more.
Two weeks, no heat: North Toronto landlord fined but furnace still not fixed
The residents of 2779 Yonge Street have been without power for almost two weeks after issues with the furnace caused a carbon monoxide leak. The gas company refuses to turn the heat back on until that leak is fixed. This building has received complaints in the past, causing over two dozen city investigations in under two years. Click here to read more.
Bobcats keep grip on Hewitt trophy
The Bishop Strachan Bobcats’ four year winning streak continued on Feb 4 at the North Toronto Arena, where they beat the Gators 5-2. Click here to read more.
Book club pays DeMar DeRozan a visit
Students from Ledbury Park Elementary School and Rawlinson Community School were given a special treat on March 2 when they attended the Toronto Raptors-Golden State Warriors game. Members of the DeMar DeRozan Slam Dunk Book Club met their group’s namesake courtside after a 104-98 Raptors win. Click here to read more.
City wants charges against developer after trees felled
City hall has begun to take legal action against an unnamed developer for allegedly taking down trees without a permit at a Yonge and Lawrence area development site. Ward 16 councillor Karen Stintz says the city is now collecting evidence to build its case against the developer, who is accused of bringing in contractors on Feb. 1 to remove trees from the property. The site where the former Fifth Church of Christ Scientist building was razed in December was being prepared for a six-storey, 114-unit condominium. Click here to read more.
A chance to say what bugs you about the TTC
North Toronto residents had an opportunity to voice their opinions to the city’s top three transit officials in a Feb. 25 town hall meeting at Lawrence Park Community Church. The event was organized by Ward 25 councillor Jaye Robinson and features TTC CEO Andy Byford, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation services, sharing their plans to reduce gridlock and expand the city’s transit network. Click here to read more.
Food trucks at Yonge and Eglinton
Food trucks are likely to be parking at sidewalks near Yonge and Eglinton soon if, the city votes this month to relax its streetfood rules as they are expected to. Click here to see what Zane Caplansky, owner of Kensington Market’s Caplansky’s Deli has to say about this.