Power returns to O’Connor/Broadview/Danforth/Donlands

A power outage affecting the area bounded by O’Connor, Broadview, Danforth and Donlands has been repaired and power is back on Hydro says. During the blackout Hayden Watters tweeted a picture of shoppers going about their business by iPhone light at Sobey’s on Broadview. The cash was still powered. CBC

No chainsaw manifest (nor massacre) on Rosedale Valley

It’s not uncommon for police to be sent on false calls but in a case Sunday they have spoken to the man who says he was chased by another man in possession of a chainsaw. The details are not known beyond this except that police have found no chainsaw. The  geography at this crossing places Sherbourne St on a bridge many dozens of feet above Rosedale Valley Rd.

German voters have not forgotten 2016 Christmas killings

News reports on the diminished victory by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sunday’s German general election make little reference to last December’s assault on Christmas shoppers in Berlin by a Tunisian man in a truck. He killed 12 and injured 56 others six days before the holiday. But it is clear the voters have not forgotten. They cast their ballots in new and enlarged numbers for anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party. It will control a third of seats in the new Bundestag, reports say.  On the other hand, Merkel’s main centre-left rivals, the Social Democrats, were set for their worst result since World War II. The party, led by challenger Martin Schulz, vowed immediately to leave her coalition government and go into opposition. In the end however, the projected outcome seems to put Merkel on course for a fourth term as chancellor but with a tricky task in forming a new coalition government.

Leaside Smokedown raises $35,000 for New Circles charity

Last week’s sold-out Leaside Smokedown music and dinner evening at Amsterdam Brewery on Esandar Drive generated $35,000 for the New Circles charity at 161 Bartley Drive just off Bermondsey Road. It is known best for its annual offering to teens who need clothes to attend their high school prom. The program is known as GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear). Seen above are sponsors Patrick Rocca, jazz singer Denise Leslie and Smokedown originator Andy Elder of the Grilltime meat shop on Laird Drive. This Smokedown was jazz themed with Ms  Leslie and her quartet providing the music. To the right, a shot of Pumpkin Alley at Longo’s on Laird Drive and below that some Leaside Atom Wildcats crowd the door at the MastCard Centre in Etobocke where it is said the Leafs waved back during practice.

Gardens event hails food drive, 65 years of Leaside sports

Leaside Memorial Community Arena was the scene of ceremonies to mark its 65 anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of the neighborhood food drive started by Sarah and Claire Jordan. It kicked off again this month  Ray White, Chairman of the arena board spoke and introduced political and civilian figures. The young sisters whose names are emblematic of an annual collection of food both spoke. They recalled an after dinner conversation Sarah had with mother Lynda DeBono about people very nearby who did not have enough. Sarah was touched and inspired to collect food for less those less fortunate than herself. An engaging “canstruction” in the Lea Room was the wall of canned chickpeas donated by Tufts Valu-Mart on Bayview Ave. The cans could be purchased for a contribution to the drive. The structure spelled the word Hunger, as shown above.

Ammonia leak at Evans Ave. food preparation plant Sunday

An ammonia leak at a food preparation plant on Evans Ave. in Etobicoke has sent two people to hospital Sunday, one of whom is a  man who is said to have had trouble breathing. The site is on Evans between Kipling Ave. and Bellman Ave. TFS personnel evacuated three homes and some businesses as well as the TTC Queensway yard.

Carlton, Church Sts. limited parking during Invictus Games

Road narrowing this week to accommodate the Invictus Games including streets around Mattamy Athletic Centre on the second and third levels of Maple leaf Gardens at Carlton and Church Sts. TPS release

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Ontario ticket wins $5 million Lotto 649 draw Saturday

Saturday night’s $5 million Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket sold in Ontario. And the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec. The jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 27 will again be approximately $5 million.

Another of those brief recurring power outages in Midtown

Power was out briefly Sunday morning in Midtown, the third such early morning outage in recent months. Power was off by 6.55 a.m. and returned shortly before 7 a.m.

Sarah and Claire’s Food Drive kickoff at arena Sunday at 10

Sunday morning will see the kickoff 10th Anniversary of Sarah and Claire’s Food Drive. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Leaside Memorial Gardens Arena as part of the Leaside Memorial Gardens 65th anniversary celebration. The day runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Drop by and have breakfast/brunch. Andy Elder of Grilltime will be creating delicious peameal on a bun sandwiches for $6 (generously donated by Grill Time & COBS Bread). As they are committed to doing, the sisters Sarah and Claire want to erase hunger around here. You purchase a cans of beans from our  the “canstruction” (1700 cans of beans have been generously donated by Tufts valu-mart). Cans are being sold for $2/can. At 10:30 dignitaries will be speaking, including: Mayor John Tory, MP Rob Oliphant and Councillor Josh Matlow


Meghan in stands near Harry at Invictus official opening

The Invictus Games were officially opened Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.

Spectacular fire rips through home in Vaughan on Saturday

A fire worthy of the term conflagration has destroyed a home on Lady Valentina Avenue near Heintzman Crescent in Vaughan. The late afternoon fire was called in at about 5 p.m. There were no injuries.