Scruffy man appears in North Leaside yard, is told to leave

A thread of 22 comments on Facebook discusses the story and pictures posted by a North Leaside resident about the young man seen here. He jumped over a fence and “made himself comfortable” in the backyard. “My husband went out and asked him to leave. He went without much protest, straight toward the house across the street. When he saw me taking pictures he turned westbound on Donlea. I filed a police report.” The lady of the house continues: “He was rummaging through our things on our deck. I was too scared at that moment to ask about his well-being, as he was trying to steal from us. He is probably sick and needs help, but in those few minutes I could only think about the safety of my children.” Some of those posting think they have seen him panhandling near Leslie St. and Highway 401.

Magical Midways, Unstoppable, Galito’s and MP’s job fair

As the week begins, Magical Midways is back at East York Town Centre with games and rides running through to Sunday, April 28. They were flying Monday. Find them in the east parking lot. Upper right, the unstoppable para-Olympic athlete Tracy Schmitt is at Leaside High School Tuesday night. You must hear her. At centre right, they’re whispering at the A & W in East York Town Centre that the Peel restaurant chain Galito’s is getting ready to open next door. Another example of the Costco effect possibly? At lower left are the Maguire-Moore Peewee B Wildcats, silver winners at the Brampton Canadettes Easter Tournament. Great work ladies. Finally, get the kids over to MP Rob Oliphant’s job fair Wednesday afternoon at St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral on Overlea Blvd. If you don’t go, you won’t know.

Danish billionaire loses 3 of 4 children in Sri Lanka killings

Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attack, according to local media reports. The family was visiting the country over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been released at this time. Holch Povlsen is one of Denmark’s richest men, being the owner of the clothing chain Bestseller and the biggest single shareholder in online clothing retailer ASOS. He is also the largest private landowner in the U.K., according to media stories.


Models in silver suits promote vaping at Yonge and Dundas

Health Canada Sunday shut down the Imperial Tobacco Company pop-up vaping operation in Dundas Square, the wildly magnetic location for teens and tweens at the corner of Dundas and Yonge Sts. The government says Imperial, under the trade name of its vaping subsidiary, Vype, was violating its prohibition on lifestyle vaping ads. Among the attractions at the Vype pop up were stylish young women dressed in silver. Vype was created by Imperial in 2016 as an inducement to those who smoked tobacco to quit that habit. Many however say the vaping industry is intent on recruiting young non-smokers to that habit. Imperial Tobacco is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT) with head offices in London.

Cyclist, 25, dead in hit and run on Hwy. 9 near Schomberg

A cyclist, 26, has been killed by a hit and run driver as he rode his bike along Highway 9 near Schomberg Sunday night. He was riding west and was struck from the rear by a westbound vehicle. Police say the driver apparently slowed after the collision and but then drove off. It is unstated if the bicycle had lights. The stock picture of Highway 9 below from near the accident scene reveals how dangerous it would be to ride a bike along the edge of the pavement at night.

She stabs man in groin then falls or jumps from building

An apparent domestic argument at an apartment unit near Victoria Park Ave and Parma Court Sunday morning was the prelude to a stabbing and serious fall from the residence. During the argument a woman attacked a man in the groin or genitals several times. He escaped and called for help. Shortly after that a woman identified as Deidre Martin, 42, of Toronto fell or jumped some distance to the ground. Both persons are being treated for serious injuries.

He’s baaack! Husky Apple products thief starts new season

The husky burglar and thief of Apple computer equipment from downtown businesses is back. The man is well known to police of four Divisions, including 53, for his careful break and enters designed to net him Apple computer products  A release Sunday notes that he targets older buildings and gains entry with a crowbar to force doors. He has been doing this on an apparent schedule since 2016 during the summer and fall months. Maybe he’s a snowbird. The photo montage above was released by the police last October. He is described as 6’0″-6’2″, heavy build, 220-240 lbs., clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He dresses well and blends in with regular crowds. He is agile and stands out due to his size. Security camera video is now released. Take a look at him below and see if you know him. Somebody does.

Beaches Easter Parade, Appletree Egg Hunt please children

The 46th Annual Beaches Lions Club Parade was held Sunday along Queen St East. And the Appletree Easter Egg Hunt and photo occasion with the Easter Bunny took over June Rowlands Park at the Sharon, Lois and Bram Playground. Happy Easter all.

Middled-aged man living alone victim of Regent Park fire

A man has died from injuries from a fire in his rental unit in Regent Park early Sunday. The man, said to be middle-aged, lived alone. No cause is yet known. The Toronto Community Housing Corporation said that the fire alarm system inside the building was functioning properly. The spokesperson said that staff with the TCHC will be in the building Sunday “to support tenants and assist with the response to the fire.”

200 dead as Christians targeted in Sri Lankan massacre

A series of eight bomb attacks in the Indian Ocean island state of Sri Lanka has killed more than 200 people in a massacre which authorities say was planned to kill Christians. Several important churches were attacked as were hotels housing tourists. It is said the population of Sri Lanka is about ten percent Christian.

Shot dead, Gardiner speedway among overnight mayhem

Overnight mayhem has seen a man shot and killed early Sunday near Vaughan Rd and Glenora Rd.  It appears to have happened in the street but there is no other information on the event or the person killed. Meanwhile police say racing is behind the seriously crash in three were injured early Sunday on the Gardiner Expressway near Islington Ave. A rear-seat passenger was trapped and suffered life-threatening injuries. Two others in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Door bell burglars find owner home at Bayview, Eglinton

Police say two brazen burglars broke into a home near Bayview and Eglinton Ave. when no one answered the bell but then encountered the owner inside. They fled and no further harm was done. This occurred Friday, April 5 about 7.20 p.m. Suspect #1 is described as white, 5’11”, 28 – 30, medium build, brown hair, with a brown goatee/beard. He was wearing a blue hooded sweater with white writing, black pants, and white running shoes.


Suspect #2 is described as male or female, slim build, with an unknown complexion. This suspect was wearing a black jacket, black hat, brown leather backpack, blue pants, black/grey sneakers. It’s notable perhaps that the suspect appears to be wearing heeled boots.