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May 27 Bulletin

27 May 2020 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Construction News

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 lights.

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 this year. 

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 almost here.

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 gordon.reid@torontopolice.on.ca.

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.

Meanwhile Loblaws 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.

The Avenue 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 (bob@churchofthemessiah.ca) 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 much, Sacha! 

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 willowecabral@gmail.com for information on how to join in.

·         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. 

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