A wall of trucks and heavy construction equipment
invaded Huron between Bernard and Dupont last Friday. The reason?
Rogers Communications’ continued infrastructure renewal. Workers are
installing new cable conduit throughout the Annex – a project that was
originally slated for 2019 – 2020. The team pictured here suggest
that the process is only really noisy for the first couple of days.
The last week and a half of work on that section of Huron will be
relatively quiet, or so they promise.
And in related construction news, after long years of
petitioning on the part of the community, traffic lights are to be
installed at the corner of Huron and Dupont. The bases are in
position, the ground has been excavated, wired, and cemented. The
poles were installed yesterday -- Tuesday. Now we just need those
Finally, be prepared to move across the road when you're
walking down Davenport between Dupont and Bedford. Signs went up
yesterday announcing sidewalk replacement to be finished by July of
Kirk, Nav, and Cody -- part of the team installing new
Rogers cable conduit on Huron.
The last community meeting petitioning the City for
lights at Dupont and Huron was in 2017. Three years later, they're
Community Safety Concerns
Toronto police are reporting an increase in assaults and
car break ins along with home break-and-enters, a result they believe
is due in part to the crisis brought on by COVID-19.
Here in the Annex, residents up in the northeast corner
are experiencing a marked rise in petty theft. Several packages have
been stolen from front porches – including a gift basket of champagne
and flowers delivered just an hour before to help celebrate the
owners’ wedding anniversary.
There has also been a rash of car break ins perpetrated
by brazen thieves. One resident actually caught a thief in the act of
smashing his car window. But when he was challenged, the vandal
simply invited the owner to “F*** Off” (which he wisely did, as it is
foolhardy for civilians to physically confront someone determined to
commit a crime.)
Our Community Safety Chair, Natasha Gromoff-Kramer, says
it is imperative to report every such incident to the police no
matter how small, because it is only through tracking that officers
can determine where they need to deploy more resources. Either call
416 808 2222 or go online at https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/core/
to complete a CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry).
For urgent matters, reach out to your dedicated Crime
Prevention Community Safety Officer. To the east of Spadina in 53
Division that would be Constable
Timothy Somers #90023
who can be reached directly at 416 808 5337 or on his mobile at 416
473 6314. For those who live to the west of Spadina in 14 Division,
your direct contact is Constable
Gordon Reid #1703
– available at 416-808-1427 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of several examples of car vandalism in the Annex
west of Avenue Road.
Groceries for Purchase or Donation
Grocery shopping has been risky for Annex residents.
Despite stringent safety measures, Fiesta Farms experienced its
first Covid-19 case last Tuesday. Management responded swiftly,
however, immediately closing the store to allow for testing of all
staff and deep cleaning. It re-opened on Saturday. Check the store’s
website at https://fiestafarms.ca/
for timely and forthright updates. They've got our
safety in mind.
at Christie and Dupont has once again opened its doors to customers.
While Loblaws has not released any specifics, we do know that there
was a series of major outbreaks at the store causing short-term
closings on April 17, April 29, and May 2. Then, when Toronto Public
Health came in, the store was closed from May 11th to the
25th – the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Hopefully
management will now take more obvious precautions to protect staff
and customers alike.
Road Food Bank that operates out of the Church of the
Messiah at the corner of Dupont and Avenue Road has made another plea
for donations. Items most in demand are shelf-stable foodstuffs: it’s
just not feasible for staff to deal with fresh fruits, vegetables,
and meats at present. Also in demand are basic toiletries and PPE.
Please contact Robert Mandel (email@example.com)
to arrange a drop off time. Or consider making a tax-receipted
monetary donation through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/118863141RR0001-church-of-the-messiah.
Finally, in the groceries department, Sacha Lewis has
announced the opening of a Little
Free Pantry at 60
Albany Avenue. To our knowledge, this is the first in
the Annex. Sacha asks us all to make contributions if we are able so
that folks who are short on food can take what they need. Thanks so
Tins of tuna, jars of peanut butter, cans of soup,
noodles, beans … you name it … such shelf-stable items are perfect
for the Little Free Pantry.
Notes and Queries
Last week we wrote about Willow Cabral and her fellow
students at UofT who are helping develop the first-ever master plan
for the Toronto Island Park (TIP). They have now posted a short
Google Form survey that invites you to share your thoughts on the Island.
You can find it online at tiny.cc/tipTOsurvey.
A reminder also that you are invited to attend a ZOOM public
participation conference tonight (Wednesday May 27) at 7pm. Contact
Willow directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to
And there’s an update on vandal tagging. It seems that
one ubiquitous tagger now has a rival: check the image below taken
this past weekend in Jean Sibelius Park. City staff have been notified
of this and other tags. But residents are encouraged to help stop
such vandalism by erasing the tags as soon as they appear if at all
possible. If you want to know why this is so important, go to the
Toronto Police fact sheet on graffiti at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/community/graffiti/factsheet.pdf.
"3rror" has been leaving his mark throughout
the Annex and beyond. Residents are urged if at all possible to erase
this and other such tags as soon as they appear. Only this way will
the vandal tagging stop.