Reception to toast lifelong arena volunteer George Turrell

The Premier will host a reception at the William Lea Room at Leaside Arena to toast and thank a lifelong arena volunteer George Turrell for his work. It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017 between 6 and 8 p.m.

Landlords will be required to track complaints, waste, pests

Toronto Council has directed staff to begin inspecting thousands of apartment buildings — including those in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park — as part of an attempt to police bad landlords. The vote was 41-1 in favour of creating regulations which will require landlords to register each year with the city and to pay an annual fee. They will also be required to make a plan for tracking tenant requests, handling waste and dealing with pests. Landlords who fail to comply will be issued violation notices and face fines up to $100,000 under the new regulations. Premier has consultation meeting with Thorncliffe tenants

Development dreams for SE corner of Yonge and St. Clair

Urban Toronto tells of applications to build two developments that would replace everything on the east side of Yonge from St.Clair down to Pleasant Blvd.

Cyclist reportedly hit at Davenport and Avenue Road

Man wanted for bank holdup, alert on break-ins off Bayview

Whole Foods jobs listed as new signs go up at 1860 Bayview

As the signs go up on the building at 1860 Bayview Ave. the Whole Foods job site is listing 34 openings for the new store they call Toronto Leaside. The WF opening is April 26 and new signs indicate that the Shoppers Drug Mart opening is not far off either.

FUNNY TRAFFIC SIGNALS

Be warned. The traffic lights to cross Bayview on both the north and south side of Broadway are of the “semi-actuated type 2 pedestrian signals” which won’t let you cross unless you push the “beg button.” Most people do, but many people are confused by the semi lights. This happened most notably at the busy corner of Bayview and Manor/Fleming. Councillor Burnside had them changed to show a Walk prompt on each cycle, button or no button.

UK triggers article 50 to begin two-year exit from EU




Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain’s divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was “no turning back” from a decision pitching her country into two years of “messy” negotiations. Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain was quitting the bloc it joined in 1973. “The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” May later told parliament in London. “This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back.”

Split on $3.35 billion 1-stop wonder makes odd bedfellows

The Scarborough one-stop subway will proceed to construction along with the McCowan bus station following eight hours of debate at City Council Tuesday. The windy session seemed to cover ground previously well trod. In the end, arguments like “the City can’t wait” and “in thirty years no one will care” prevailed over what seems to many to be simple common sense. A better system by LRT for less money. How much of the support in Scarborough is based purely on politics? We can only guess. There are ten wards there and only Paul Ainslie was opposed to the subway. There is deep resentment against Toronto which seems to grow more bitter with each kilometre east. When Councillor Glen De Baeremaeker baited residents at a panel meeting Monday about downtown perceptions of “Scarberia” he might just as well have said “and Toronto is where the hated rich people live.” The split in votes saw an interesting collection opposed: Josh Matlow (Ward 22) and Jayne Robinson (Ward 25) quite different politically but hard-headed about money. Odd bedfellows Mike Layton and Giorgio Mammoliti sided together.

Result: Carried Majority Required – EX23.1 – Balance of Executive Committee Item EX23.1 as amended
Yes: 26 Ana Bailão, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory 
No: 18 Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
Absent: 1 Ron Moeser 

Homes under construction consumed by fire in Brampton

Indiginous restaurant Kū-kŭm to open at 581 Mt. Pleasant

An indigenous peoples restaurant known as Kū-kŭm will open shortly at 581 Mount Pleasant Rd. in the former Mogette Bistro. The Chef, Joseph Shawana, a native of Manitoulin Island, will preside. It is said Kū-kŭm will offer a roasted rack of elk, poached pike, braised venison, smoked whitefish pate, pine needle and citrus sorbet and purple beet root ice cream. Could be good.

Name the car wash alley? What else but Turtle Wax Lane

The Sherwood Park Residents’ Association is asking for submissions to name the laneway beside the Bayview Car Wash.  It runs from Roehampton to Glazebrook. The purpose is to make it easier and safer for emergency and official services to find it. As Ben Daube, president of the residents’ association says, it is a lot easier to find a street that has a name. We’re thinking maybe Turtle Wax Lane would commemorate the many decades of vehicle cleaning done here and entertain passersby. Very much in the spirit of Penny Lane.

OPP charge 5 in rogue biker activity, more arrests to come

The public will be pleased learn of a break in the on-going terror that ordinary people have experienced at the hands of a nasty streak of rogue bikers in the GTA.  Cases date back to last summer and fall and were continuing to this month on the streets of Toronto. Now an eight-month investigation has led to charges in two separate cases of aggressive motorcycle riders, OPP report. Five motorcyclists are charged and there are said to be more arrests coming. In a case last July, one man died after a road rage incident where two motorists were injured. Bikers were performing stunts in the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 near Allen Road. They eventually approached a transport truck and several of them collided.

BIKER KILLED

One of the motorcyclists, Mauro Bustelo of Toronto, was killed. Two months later a group of motorcyclists were again performing stunts in the area of Highway 427 and Dundas Street. Police say they came into contact with a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man. A road rage fight with a woman passenger occurred. She was knocked to the ground. The bikers fled but were followed by the man and his passenger. In the ensuing confrontation the couple were greatly outnumbered, They fled hitting a wall on Aerowood Drive in Mississauga which flipped their car. One of those arrested is a 33-year-old Richmond Hill man.