Friday, October 31, 2014

Time to change batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 31, 2014                                             

Time to change batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, when the clocks are turned back an hour. The City of Toronto's Fire Services advises residents that the annual fall time change serves as a good reminder to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every level and outside all sleeping areas. The law now also requires homes with fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage to have carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas.

"By installing and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best protection against a fire emergency and carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales.

Tips:
• Read the manufacturer’s instructions on correct placement, testing and maintenance when installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
• Test your alarms every month using the test button.
• Replace alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning sounds.
• Replace smoke alarms if they are 10 years old or older and replace carbon monoxide alarms if they are seven years old or older.
• Plan and practise your home escape plan so everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency.

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure that their rental properties comply with the law. Tenants whose rented properties do not have the required number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should contact their landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove batteries or to tamper with their alarms in any way.

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could, upon conviction, result in a maximum fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, imprisonment, or both, and up to $100,000 for corporations, imprisonment, or both.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1sRvwL6

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.


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Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763

Overnight lane closures on Gardiner Expressway next week

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 31, 2014                        

Overnight lane closures on Gardiner Expressway next week

A series of overnight lane closures will take place on the Gardiner Expressway next week to change the work zone for the deck replacement project on the Gardiner between Dufferin Street and Spadina Avenue.

Details on the scheduled lane restrictions between Dufferin Street and Spadina Avenue:

• Traffic travelling both eastbound and westbound will be reduced to one lane on
          Wednesday, November 5 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on
          Thursday, November 6 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Traffic travelling both eastbound and westbound will be reduced to one lane on
         Friday, November 7 from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on
         Saturday, November 8 from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Traffic travelling both eastbound and westbound will be reduced to one lane on
         Sunday, November 9 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

To mitigate traffic congestion as a result of the closure, the City of Toronto will implement timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes. Real-time traffic information will be displayed on the City's overhead signs.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/108cM3v

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca

City of Toronto advises everyone to be extra careful tonight as rain is expected

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 31, 2014                             

City of Toronto advises everyone to be extra careful tonight as rain is expected

With wet weather expected for Halloween this evening, the City of Toronto is advising everyone to take extra caution when travelling.

Rain is forecast and there is less daylight at this time of the year, so visibility will be limited. Motorists will need to drive slowly and with extra caution throughout the day and evening to make sure children are safe as they trick-or-treat.

Motorists should drive cautiously through any ponding of water on roadways, especially near sidewalks where pedestrians are present.

Transportation Services staff are working today to keep catch basins clear, especially in areas where there have been problems in the past, and residents are asked to assist in cleaning catch basins on their streets if possible. With leaves falling at this time of year, catch basins often become clogged, which can result in street flooding.

In addition, traffic will be heavy in the afternoon hours. Try to give yourself extra time to get home.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/109Z7sC

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

City of Toronto completes significant maintenance work on the Don Valley Parkway

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 29, 2014

City of Toronto completes significant maintenance work on the Don Valley Parkway

Last weekend's full closure of the Don Valley Parkway enabled the City of Toronto to complete a significant amount of work prior to the approaching winter season.

The work that was completed included:
 • 118 tonnes of asphalt used to repair the roadway 
• 358 metres of guiderail installed 
• 224 tonnes of debris removed 
• 230 square metres of graffiti removed 
• More than 100 curb-kilometres of roadway flushed and swept 
• 358 catch basins cleaned and flushed 
• 33 tonnes of logs and wood chipped from overhead branches removed 
• 15 hectares of grass cut 
• 1,100 tonnes of dirt, sand and silt removed from shoulder of road/guiderail 
• 12 bridges inspected 
• Three crash systems repaired 
• One bridge joint repaired 
• Four culverts repaired 
• Six slope/washouts repaired 
• 16 bridge joints flushed 
• Concrete chipped from two bridges 
• 122 kilometres of pavement markings installed 
• 30 overhead sign structures inspected, maintained and repaired 
• One damaged overhead sign structure removed 
• 150 ground-mounted signs inspected, maintained and repaired 
• 60 ground-mounted signs installed or replaced

The City of Toronto would like to thank the public for its patience as Transportation Services continues to perform the necessary work to keep the Don Valley Parkway in a safe, operable condition for the thousands of motorists who use the roadway on a daily basis.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1sFkys2

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca

Toronto paramedics promote Halloween safety

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 29, 2014

Toronto paramedics promote Halloween safety

The City of Toronto's Paramedic Services reminds everyone to stay safe and have fun this Halloween. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following safety tips before children go out trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood on Friday, October 31.

Avoid trips and falls:
- Check costume size to ensure a snug fit for your child. The costume should be no longer than ankle length.
- Consider using facial makeup instead of a mask. Masks can restrict vision and make it difficult for a child to see trip hazards and traffic.
- Turn on your home's porch light and clear walkways of clutter.

Be visible:
- Carry a flashlight so it is readily available to use as needed.
- Attach strips of reflective tape to your child's costume.
- Provide clothing/costumes of varied colours rather than all dark colours.

Plan ahead to keep children warm and dry:
- Send your child out in layers. An extra layer under a costume will make a difference to a child who is outdoors for an extended period on a chilly evening.
- Keep a hat and pair of mitts/gloves in the bottom of your child's treat bag just in case.

Follow basic safety rules:
- Supervise small children when crossing a road.
- Remind children to always stop and look both ways before crossing a road.
- Emphasize the importance of waiting for cars to come to a complete stop before walking across the street at a crosswalk or a traffic light.
- Plan a meeting spot in advance in case friends or family members who are out together become separated.

Other tips:
- Supervise your pets closely, as they may get overexcited with many visitors coming to the door.
- Dispose of candy that may be a choking hazard for small children or may cause an allergic reaction in a family member, or that is unwrapped.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1vgzsHc

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Kim McKinnon, Toronto Paramedic Services, 416-392-2255, kmckinn2@toronto.ca

ManiCURES benefiting Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, Wednesday, October 29, at 12 p.m., ManiCURES benefiting Canadian Cancer Society, THE TEN SPOT, 2358 Bloor Street West

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 5:00 AM
Customer Service Excellence:  416-808-7100

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, seven men from the Toronto Police Service will be having their fingernails painted pink in support of breast cancer research and services for those undergoing care as part of the Canadian Cancer Society ManiCURES event.

"We are thrilled that members of the Toronto Police Service are lending their hands to the fight against breast cancer by painting their nails pink in support of our ManiCURES campaign," says Susan Drodge, Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "AÂOur ability to help women is made possible only through generous donations and fundraising efforts such as ManiCURES."

The ManiCURES will be done at THE TEN SPOT at 2358 Bloor Street West, in Toronto, at noon.

"THE TEN SPOT is proud to support the Canadian Cancer Society's ManiCURES fundraising campaign and we're thrilled to be a part of the work that they're doing in not only finding a cure but providing support services for women currently living with breast cancer," says Kristen Wood, CEO and Creator, THE TEN SPOT. "Our participation is a way to show our support and help raise awareness for this very important cause."

More information can be found on the Canadian Cancer Society ManiCUREs page, click here

Donations can be made to TPS fundraisers:
Jazen Brautigam, Click here
Gary Long, Click here
Ryan Wilmer, Click here

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Acting Inspector Chris Boddy, Customer Service Excellence

Monday, October 27, 2014

Missing Man Located, Arthur Duval, 65

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing Man, Arthur Duval, 65


Monday, October 27, 2014 - 13:07
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance locating a missing man. 

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Stephen Matthews, 51 Division

Missing Woman Located, Linda Fengler, 50

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing Woman Located, Linda Fengler, 50

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 1:06 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance locating a missing woman.

Linda Fengler, 50, was last seen on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in the Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area.

She was located Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Stephen Matthews, 51 Division

A VIGIL FOR PEACE

Toronto Area Interfaith Council
www.torontointerfaithcouncil.ca

A VIGIL FOR PEACE
DATE: Monday October 27
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:
Saint Luke’s United Church
(353 Sherbourne St. @ Carlton)

On October 22, Canadians were brought to a stand still with terror and shock of the Soldier’s Murder in Ottawa. We are now called to gather to pray for peace as people of faith.

The Toronto Area Interfaith Council (TAIC) is an organization of representatives of faith communities and groups in the Toronto area. TAIC is dedicated to affirming the importance of ethics, spirituality, and faith in daily life and the promotion of understanding, harmony, respect, and acceptance among the faith communities of the Toronto area.

RSVP  Dr. Mastandrea johnjosephm@metunited.org  416-363-0331 ext24  416-809-6044

In Peace,

Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea | Zul Kassamali
TAIC  Executive Committee President Toronto Area Interfaith Council
416-363-0331 ext 24        

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Missing Man, Arthur Duval, 65

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing Man, Arthur Duval, 65


Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 6:30 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing man.

Arthur Duval, 65, was last seen on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in the Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area.

He is described as white, bald, having a brown beard and has a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots.

He may be driving a grey 4-wheeled scooter.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS(8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Stephen Matthews, 51 Division

Missing Woman, Linda Fengler, 50

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing Woman, Linda Fengler, 50

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 6:00 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing woman.

Linda Fengler, 50, was last seen on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in the Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area.

She is described as white, 5'6", 250 lbs., shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue sweater, blue pants and white shoes.

Police are concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Stephen Matthews, 51 Division

Friday, October 24, 2014

Toronto Zombie Walk, Saturday, October 25, 2014, Road closures

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Zombie Walk, Saturday, October 25, 2014, Road closures

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Special Events Planning Office
416-808-5049

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the 12th annual Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade is taking place at Nathan Phillips Square. The event will begin at Nathan Phillips Square at 3 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.

A rolling road closure will take place. Curb lanes only along the route will be closed in the direction of the walk. All other lanes will be allowed to flow.

The rolling road closure route will be as follows:

- formation area for the walkers will be at Nathan Phillip Square
- formation area for the floats will be Armoury Street, from Chestnut Street to University Avenue
- University Avenue, from Armoury Street to College Street
- College Street from University Avenue to Yonge Street
- Yonge Street from College Street to Queen Street
- Queen Street West from Yonge Street to York Street

Dispersal area will be at Nathan Phillips Square

The TTC may experience minor delays on some of its downtown routes.

Motorists should expect delays along the route.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Alan Gray, Special Events

Overnight lane closures on Gardiner Expressway next week


City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 24, 2014

Overnight lane closures on Gardiner Expressway next week

A series of overnight lane closures will take place on the Gardiner Expressway next week to change the work zone for the structural rehabilitation work that is taking place on three bridges on the at-grade section of the Gardiner Expressway between the Humber River and Park Lawn Avenue.

All of the lane restrictions will take place on the expressway from Park Lawn Road to the South Kingsway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., with the exception of Tuesday, October 28, when restrictions will begin at 11 p.m.

• Monday, October 27, all eastbound lanes of the expressway will be closed. Traffic will be diverted to Lake Shore Boulevard at the core/collector separation at Kipling Avenue.
• Tuesday, October 28, one eastbound lane and one westbound lane will be closed, with the closure to start at 11 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 29, two westbound lanes will be closed.
• Thursday, October 30, two westbound lanes will be closed. In addition, the ramp from Lake Shore Boulevard to the westbound Gardiner Expressway at the Humber River will be closed.

To mitigate traffic congestion as a result of the closure, the City of Toronto will be implementing timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes and will provide real-time traffic information on the City's overhead signs.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1wqjoG0

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sexual Assault Alert, Sherbourne Street and Wellesley Street East

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Sexual Assault Alert, Sherbourne Street and Wellesley Street East area, Ali-Reza Nikkhahmatanagh, 39, faces two charges of Sexual Assault, Police believe there may be more victims

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:17 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of charges in two sexual assaults on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at approximately 8:45 p.m.

It is alleged that:

- a 13-year old girl and a 14-year old girl attended a concert in the
Sherbourne Street at Wellesley Street East area

- a man approached both girls individually

- he sexually assaulted both girls

Ali-Reza Nikkhahmatanagh, 39, of Toronto, was arrested. He has been charged with:

1) two counts of Sexual Assault

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Thomas Comeau, 51 Division


Ali-Reza Nikkhahmatanagh, 39,
charged with sexually assaulting two girls 


Toronto Public Health launches free flu shot clinics, encouraging residents to become flu fighters

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 23, 2014

Toronto Public Health launches free flu shot clinics, encouraging residents to become flu fighters

Flu season has arrived in Toronto and to help residents reduce their risk, Toronto Public Health is offering free flu shot clinics from October 23 to November 29 at 13 locations across the city. Flu shots are also available in doctor's offices and pharmacies in Toronto.

"Everyone is susceptible to getting the flu. Hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve and staying home when you are sick reduces the risk of the flu,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. "Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to stay healthy and protect yourself, your family and others against the flu."

Influenza, also known as the flu, can spread to others before symptoms appear.  Symptoms include headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. 

Millions of Canadians suffer from the flu every year and over 12,000 individuals are hospitalized each year. While most people recover within a week to 10 days, the flu can worsen pre-existing medical conditions including asthma and heart disease, and can develop into more serious health problems such as pneumonia, and sometimes can even result in death.

Pregnant women are advised to get the flu shot early in the season, regardless of the stage of pregnancy. Also, young children – especially those under five – and the elderly are among those at highest risk of serious illness and complications from the flu.

In addition to getting the vaccine, Toronto Public Health recommends:
• washing hands frequently
• sneezing and coughing into sleeve if no tissue is available 
• avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands, and 
• staying home when sick.

The flu vaccine is free for persons six months and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. For the full schedule of flu vaccination clinics, call 416-338-7600 or visit http://bit.ly/1FwZ8rs. Individuals can also book an appointment online at http://www.tphbookings.ca.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1sTFBe1

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media Contact: Lenore Bromley, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, lbromle@toronto.ca          

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for fall maintenance

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 22, 2014

Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for fall maintenance

The City of Toronto's Transportation Services division will be performing maintenance activities on the Don Valley Parkway this weekend to keep the roadway in a state of good repair as winter approaches. A full closure of the roadway is needed to ensure safety for the public and for those working at the site.

The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway from Friday, October 24 at 10 p.m. to Monday, October 27 at 5 a.m.

Specific activities that will be undertaken during this closure include:
• cleaning and repair of catch basins (required to ensure proper drainage) 
• sign maintenance for entire length of roadway 
• bridge chipping and inspection 
• culvert inspection and repair 
• maintenance of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras 
• inspection and repair of overhead signs 
• repairs on RESCU vehicle detectors 
• roadside cleanup 
• guiderail repair 
• expressway sweeping and litter removal

City staff from Transportation Services, Toronto Water, Engineering and Construction Services and Toronto Hydro will be working 24/7 during the closure.

Motorists can use Don Mills Road, Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road as alternative routes during the closure.

In order to mitigate traffic congestion as a result of the closure, the City will be taking the following measures:
• implementing timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes 
• providing real-time traffic information on the City's overhead signs, and 
• co-ordinating other construction projects to avoid major work taking place along parallel routes where possible.

Motorists should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations during this closure. Whenever possible, people are encouraged to consider other modes of travel as a convenient alternative. 

A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.

In addition, the City's T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. Inview can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1tLdj99

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City of Toronto launches educational campaign for road safety

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release

October 20, 2014                   

City of Toronto launches educational campaign for road safety

The City of Toronto is launching an educational safety campaign to encourage pedestrians, drivers and cyclists to be more aware of one another – especially now, with the approach of a season with reduced daylight hours.

"Historically, we have seen an increase in the number of traffic collisions in the months of October and November, particularly for our most vulnerable users – pedestrians and cyclists," said Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services. "This campaign is a reminder to all road users to pay increased attention to others when they are on the road at this time of year."

The advertising campaign, which appears on the sides of buses, in transit shelters and in other TTC locations, features a painted face with eyes focused on a pedestrian, a cyclist or a vehicle. The campaign uses the slogan "Stay Alert – Stay Safe."

More tips about road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, as well as the advertisement images, are available at http://www.toronto.ca/stayalert.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1Dszfae

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca





Friday, October 17, 2014

Sunday, October 19. 2014, at 1 p.m., Headquarters, lobby, Community Member Awards

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Sunday, October 19. 2014, at 1 p.m., Headquarters, lobby, Community Member Awards

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:57 AM
Corporate Risk Management:  416-808-7716

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 1 p.m., in the lobby at headquarters, 40 College Street, 29 members of the community will be recognized for unselfish acts of bravery, courage and assistance to the Toronto Police Service.

The presentations will be made by Toronto Police Services Board Chair Dr. Alok Mukherjee and Chief William Blair.

For further information, please contact Ms. Antoinette Lobo at 416-808-7716 or Corporate Communications at 416-808-7100.



COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD
The following members of the community are granted a Community Member Award by the Toronto Police Services Board for grateful acknowledgement of unselfish assistance rendered to the Service or for an initiative or innovation that impacted positively on the image or operation of the Service.

Eleanor COHEN Submitted by 11 Division

Tanisha MARTINEZ Submitted by 13 Division

Jonathan MACHADO Submitted by 14 Division
Lindsay WOOD Submitted by 14 Division
Ryan McDONALD Submitted by 14 Division

Jennifer POWELL Submitted by 22 Division

Linda PETERS Submitted by 23 Division

Marcia DIAKUN Submitted by 31 Division
Clara PARNELL Submitted by 31 Division

Essam BADAWY Submitted by 33 Division
Tracy SMITH Submitted by 33 Division

Arafath RUKARA Submitted by 41 Division
Mark WAHBA Submitted by 41 Division

Lynda COX Submitted by 43 Division
Rayphal SLADE Submitted by 43 Division

Elzbieta (Ella) MAZEWSKI Submitted by 51Division
Mandy PECK Submitted by 51 Division
Lisa BINNEY Submitted by 51 Division


Ornella GUIZZO Submitted by 53 Division
Jamie FRANK Submitted by 53 Division

Pamela LOVELL Submitted by 54 Division

Bertrand MURENGERA Submitted by 54 Division
Regis NSABE Submitted by 54 Division
Oliver UWIMANA Submitted by 54 Division

Biagio TASSONE Submitted by 55 Division
Mina SMUDJA Submitted by 55 Division

Kenneth POLLOCK Submitted by Divisional Policing Support Unit

Robert PLITT Submitted by Divisional Policing Support Unit


PARTNERSHIP AWARD
The following member of the community is granted a Partnership Award by the Toronto Police Services Board for grateful acknowledgement of unselfish assistance rendered to the Service for an initiative or innovation that impacted positively on the image or operation of the Service.


Karis ANDERSON Submitted by 51 Division
TANISHA MARTINEZ – SUBMITTED BY 13 DIVISION

On July 13, 2013 an altercation occurred between several men who were attending an event. During the altercation two men were stabbed. One of the victims, who had sustained stab wounds to his chest and to his stomach, began to bleed profusely and collapsed.

Several citizens saw the victim on the ground and called police. Tanisha Martinez was one of those citizens. She immediately took charge and began to administer first aid. Tanisha, who is trained in CPR and first aid, had her emergency first aid kit with her and began to treat and assist the victim.

Tanisha was eventually relieved by police and ambulance staff but remained on scene to assist with updating paramedics.

It was determined that the victim required emergency transport to hospital as he was in critical condition. The victim was treated at the hospital and recovered from the stabbing.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER QUICK THINKING AND PROMPT ACTION IN SAVING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER, TANISHA MARTINEZ IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


JONATHAN MACHADO - SUBMITTED BY 14 DIVISION

On October 28, 2013 officers responded to a theft that had occurred at a LCBO.

While placing two suspects under arrest a struggle ensued between the arrested parties and the officers. The accused parties were able to free themselves and flee from the officers.

Jonathan Machado was in the area and observed the altercation. He observed that one of the accused was running away with an officer in pursuit. Jonathan ran up to the officer and volunteered his assistance. He then pursued and caught the accused and held him for the arresting officer.

Without Jonathan’s assistance the accused may not have been apprehended.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST IN KEEPING HIS COMMUNITY SAFE, JONATHAN MACHADO IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


LINDSAY WOOD AND RYAN MCDONALD - SUBMITTED BY 13 DIVISION

On March 8, 2014 Lindsay Wood and Ryan McDonald were leaving their place of work when they witnessed a female walking down the street in obvious distress. They approached her in an attempt to offer whatever assistance they could.

While speaking with her, they noticed that she was bleeding from the lower midsection and they immediately offered to call an ambulance. The woman refused any help and walked away. Concerned for her welfare, Lindsay and Ryan followed the woman.

It quickly became obvious to Lindsay and Ryan that the woman was giving birth. They called 911 and rushed to help. In her traumatized state, the woman attempted to leave stating that she just wanted to go home. Concerned, not only for the safety of the woman, but also for her new born baby, Lindsay and Ryan kept the woman at the scene and waited for the arrival of the police.

Officers and the emergency medical services personnel arrived and attended to the woman and the child and transported them both to the hospital.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SELFLESS ACTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST WITHOUT HESITATION, LINDSAY WOOD AND RYAN McDONALD ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.


JENNIFER POWELL - SUBMITTED BY 22 DIVISION

On October 29, 2013 an officer responded to an accident call which involved a car being driven into a pole. When the officer arrived on scene he found the driver unconscious. He was not breathing nor did he have a pulse.

The officer advised the dispatcher and requested a rush on the ambulance. The officer then began CPR.

Jennifer Powell happened upon the scene and immediately offered to assist the officer. She assisted with the CPR performing chest compressions until the ambulance arrived.


IN RECOGNITION OF HER ASSISTANCE IN HELPING A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION, JENNIFER POWELL IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



LINDA PETERS - SUBMITTED BY 23 DIVISION

On May 28, 2013 officers were called to attend to a suspicious incident at a day care.

When officers arrived they spoke to the complainant and caregiver Linda Peters, who advised them that she was outside in the playground with the children when she noticed one child offering another child something to eat.

Linda approached the children and learned that the young child had removed a baggy from her jacket and was giving what she believed to be a cracker to the other child. Linda immediately intervened and took the baggy from the child. The baggy contained an off white substance. Linda immediately notified her supervisor and called police.

Investigation revealed that the substance in the baggy was crack cocaine.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER SWIFT, ACTIONS IN PREVENTING TWO SMALL CHILDREN FROM INGESTING A DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE WHICH COULD HAVE HAD TRAGIC RESULTS, LINDA PETERS IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


MARCIA DIAKUN AND CLARA PARNELL – SUBMITTED BY 31 DIVISION

On October 17, 2013 officers were dispatched to get information on a missing teenager who was suffering from depression and had made a previous attempt on her life. Officers were informed that she had not returned home from school and that this was unusual.

Officers attended the school and with the assistance of the school security officer, Clara Parnell, and the principal Marcia Diakun, officers began the search for the missing girl. The police dog was used to search the school premises. School videos were viewed and it was confirmed that the girl had left the school premises. Principal Diakun and Security Officer Parnell worked closely with the police providing useful information about the girl’s friends, searching her locker, and confirming that she had not attended her last class.

The next day, a male who was seen on the video with the missing girl and who had been identified by Principal Diakun and Security Officer Parnell, arrived at the school. When he became aware that an investigation was being conducted he came forward and advised authorities that the girl was at his home.

Officers attended and the girl was transported to hospital.

Without the total involvement of both the school security officer and the principal the investigation would not have been concluded in a timely manner.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONCERN FOR THE LIFE AND SAFETY OF ANOTHER AND THEIR EXCELLENT ASSISTANCE IN THIS MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION MARCIA DIAKUN AND CLARA PARNELL ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.

Essam Badawy and Tracy Smith –submitted by 33 division

On June 15, 2013 officers responded to a call that a person had drowned in a hotel pool. When officers arrived they found members of Toronto EMS performing lifesaving CPR on the victim on the pool deck. The victim was revived and transported to hospital where he was listed as being in stable but critical condition.

This person had arrived at the hotel as a part of a tour group. Together, with his friends, he went to the hotel pool for a swim. He was not a strong swimmer and entered the pool in the shallow end. As he gradually moved towards his friends who were in the middle of the pool he slipped. He began to panic and called for help. One of his friends grabbed his arm in an attempt to pull him back into the shallow end but the victim began to struggle and pulled himself and his friend further into the deep end. The friend, fearing that he would be pulled under water, let go of his grasp at which point the victim sank to the bottom of the pool.

Another member of the group ran to the front desk area of the hotel to get help. Essam Badawy and Tracy Smith, who were guests at the hotel, heard the distress call. Both ran to the pool area where they observed the victim at the bottom of the pool. They instructed hotel staff to call 911. Essam immediately entered the pool in an attempt to save the victim but was unsuccessful. At this time Tracy Smith entered the pool and together they were able to pull the victim from the bottom of the pool and place him on the pool deck. Tracy Smith performed CPR on the victim until EMS arrived.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR HEROIC ACTIONS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A STRANGER, ESSAM BADAWY AND TRACY SMITH ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.

ARAFATH RUKARA AND MARK WAHBA – SUBMITTED BY 41 DIVISION

On January 16, 2014 Mark Wahba, Arafath Rukara and their friend were walking through the bus bay area at a subway station. As Mark and Arafath reached the inside of the station they realized that their friend was no longer with them. Immediately, Mark and Arafath retraced their steps in an attempt to locate him.

As they were walking back through the bus bays they observed their friend lying on the ground partially in the lanes for bus traffic. Mark and Arafath rushed over to assist. They found their friend not moving and on further examination they determined that he was unconscious and not breathing.

Arafath called 911. Mark checked the victim for a pulse; when he could not locate a pulse he immediately began to perform CPR. As Mark became exhausted from performing CPR, Arafath took over from him until paramedics arrived.

Doctors later told police that the victim most likely would not have survived this incident had it not been for the actions of these men.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR QUICK ACTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP THEIR FRIEND IN A LIFE THREATENING SUTUATION, ARAFATH RUKARA AND MARK WAHBA ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.



LYNDA COX - SUBMITTED BY 43 DIVISION

On January 04, 2014 Lynda Cox was at her home with her husband James Cox. At this time James collapsed and went into distress. Lynda was alone with her husband and immediately called 911. While on the phone with 911 James stopped breathing and his heart stopped functioning.

After receiving instructions via the 911 operator Lynda began to perform CPR on her husband. She continued CPR on her own until the arrival of Toronto Police and EMS. James continued to receive medical attention on scene and EMS was able to revive him. He was then transported to hospital for further treatment.

The emergency physician who attended to James advised police and EMS that if it had not been for Lynda’s swift and immediate action in commencing CPR her husband would not have survived.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER SWIFT AND DECISIVE ACTIONS RENDERING ASSISTANCE TO SAVE THE LIFE OF HER HUSBAND, LYNDA COX IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.

RAYPHAL SLADE – SUBMITTED BY 43 DIVISION

On March 21, 2014, Rayphal Slade was in the City of Toronto on business. He was travelling westbound on Lawrence Avenue East in his personal vehicle. He was driving over the Lawrence Avenue East overpass at Colonel Danforth Park. This overpass is located approx. 100 feet over the park. As he passed over the bridge expansion he observed a young female on the north sidewalk climb onto the railing. Given the actions of the young lady, and out of concern for her well-being, Rayphal returned to her location.

The young woman was in crisis and about to leap from this location. Rayphal approached the distraught female and quickly grabbed her in a bear hug to prevent her from committing this final act. As Rayphal was on one side of the railing and the young woman was on the other side of the railing there was little that Rayphal could do other than hang on to her. Passerby’s alerted police via 911 and officers from 43 Division attended the scene.

With the aid of the officers the young woman was removed from this position of peril. The young woman was then transported to hospital to receive the appropriate medical attention. It should be noted that at the time of the original 911 call further information was received from the young woman’s frantic mother that her daughter had indeed left a note of her intentions to end her life.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS BRAVE ACTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY IN DISTRESS, RAYPHAL SLADE IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.

ELZBIETA (ELLA) MAZEWSKI AND MANDY PECK – SUBMITTED BY 51 DIVISION
On August 25, 2013 an off-duty officer was on his way home on his motorcycle when he was nearly struck by another vehicle travelling approximately 130 km/hr.

The officer further observed the vehicle nearly hit 3 other vehicles. The officer believed this was possibly an impaired driver. He requested the drivers that had almost been hit to call 911. His request for assistance was not heeded.

After the 4th vehicle was nearly struck the off duty officer drew the attention of (Ella) Mazewski and her passenger Mandy Peck, who had their vehicle window open. The officer identified himself to Ella and Mandy and requested they call 911 and to inform the dispatcher that he would be following an impaired driver and to give the dispatcher the description of the impaired suspect vehicle.

The off duty officer then suddenly spotted a police car and he informed the officer of what he had observed. The officer in the police car activated his emergency lights, siren and air horn in an attempt to stop the driver but the driver would not stop. Other police vehicles attended and the driver was eventually stopped and arrested.

The off duty officer later learned that the officers attending the scene were fully briefed on the situation as it unfolded as Ella and Mandy not only did as he had requested but they went beyond that and kept the dispatcher fully informed of all the details of the dynamic situation that was taking place.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO RENDER ASSISTANCE AND AIDING IN THE SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF A DANGEROUS SITUATION, ELZBIETA (ELLA) AND MANDY PECK ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.


LISA BINNEY – SUBMITTED BY 51 DIVISION
On August 13, 2013 Lisa Binney was at work when she observed one of her co-workers collapse.

Lisa immediately rushed to the aid of her colleague and discovered he was without any vital signs.

She immediately called 911 and as she is trained in CPR, she began to administer CPR. She kept up her efforts until emergency medical services arrived.

The victim was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. The paramedics and the doctors at the hospital informed police later that if it were not for the skilled response of Lisa Benny the victim would not have survived.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER PROMPT ACTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO SAVE ANOTHER IN DISTRESS, LISA BINNEY IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



ORNELLA GUIZZO AND JAMIE FRANK – SUBMITTED BY 53 DIVISION

On April 6, 2014 a call was received regarding a domestic assault where an unconscious 40 year old female was in the basement of a house with her two children.

Paramedics Ornella Guizzo and Jamie Frank were first to arrive on scene. As directed by the radio call, the paramedics unloaded their medical equipment and proceeded to enter the house. They were startled by a male voice and saw a man blocking the door that lead into the kitchen. The paramedics requested the man step away from the door so that they could enter but he would not comply. He indicated that he and his wife were having an argument and that she had fallen. The paramedics continued to try and coax the suspect away from the door.

Finally, the suspect complied and the paramedics immediately began to give medical aid to the victim. The victim’s condition was serious. She was on the floor unconscious. There was blood spatter visible on the kitchen floor and wall. The victim’s injuries were assessed as life threatening. Officers arrived on scene and did an emergency run to the hospital.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR REMARKABLE COURAGE AND PROFESSIONALISM IN THEIR APPROACH TO A SERIOUS DOMESTIC ASSAULT, PARAMEDICS ORNELLA GUIZZO AND JAMIE FRANK ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.


PAMELA LOVELL – SUBMITTED BY 54 division

On January 8, 2014 a couple were involved in a domestic argument which escalated to the point where the female victim locked herself in the bathroom to get away from her attacker.

The male suspect kicked in the bathroom door and began to beat the victim with a piece of wood from the broken door. The suspect then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and used the handle, to strike the victim in the forehead. The suspect fled the scene before the police arrived. Investigators attended and quickly identified the suspect. Having concern for the safety of the victim and the public they issued a press release with a photo of the suspect.

On January 9, 2014 the suspect attended a hospital complaining of blunt force trauma injuries. He was checked by emergency staff. One of the staff members, Pamela Lovell, noticed that the suspect’s complaints of injury were not consistent with his actions or demeanor. She completed her shift and went home. While watching the news Pamela saw the press release and recognized the suspect.

In the interest of safety for her co-workers and the public at large, she immediately called police to relay the information of the suspects’ whereabouts.

Officers attended the hospital and the suspect was placed under arrest.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER KEEN OBSERVATIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OTHERS PAMELA LOVELL IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



BERTRAND MURENGERA, REGIS NSABE AND OLIVER UWIMANA – SUBMITTED BY 54 DIVISION

A suspect who had a very violent past and was on parole for armed robbery and who was also a crack cocaine user had since robbed a grocery store, committed street robberies on pedestrians as well as robbed a taxi cab driver.

On January 31, 2014 a male was drinking at a local sports bar. When the proprietors were not looking the man went behind the bar, opened the till, grabbed the cash, and then fled out of the front door.

Three patrons who were in the bar observed this and gave chase. They were Bertrand Murengera, Regis Nsabe and Oliver Uwimana. They caught up with the accused and attempted to apprehend him. The accused fought all three men and had to be tackled to the ground. The accused was held by Bertrand, Regis and Oliver until police arrived.

It was determined by police that the arrested party had a violent past which included many robberies and drug use.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR QUICK ACTIONS IN APPREHENDING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS A THREAT TO COMMUNITY SAFETY, BERTRAND MURENGERA, REGIS NSABE AND OLIVER UWIMANA ARE AWARDED COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARDS.


Biagio Tassone and Mina Smudja - SUBMITTED BY 55 DIVISION

On January 11, 2013 police were dispatched to attend to an unknown trouble call. Once on scene it was determined that two passerby’s had intervened and pulled a female from the other side of the bridge to safety.

Biagio Tassone was driving to work when he observed a female standing on the ledge of the bridge. Biagio made a quick U-turn and approached the female on foot. He quickly grabbed her.

Mina Smudja was on a streetcar when she too observed a female leaning over the bridge. She asked the driver to stop and she quickly ran out of the street car and assisted Biagio pull the female from the bridge to safety.

Biagio and Mina held the female until police arrived.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR QUICK ACTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO SAVE ANOTHER IN DISTRESS BIAGIO TASSONE AND MINA SMUDJA ARE AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


KENNETH POLLOCK – SUBMITTED BY DIVISIONAL POLICING SUPPORT UNIT

On December 10, 2013 officers received a radio call for a prowler.

Kenneth Pollock was home during this time and was looking out of his front window when he observed a male standing in the neighbouring residence driveway across the street. Kenneth, who knows his community well, thought he was seeing his neighbour arrive home from work early. However, seconds later he became suspicious as the male was just standing in the driveway by the motor vehicle.

Kenneth then observed the male walk to the next driveway to another neighbour’s motor vehicle. It then became clear to Kenneth that this was not a neighbour but a perpetrator who was breaking into the motor vehicles.

Kenneth immediately called police and positioned himself without notice in order to observe the perpetrator. The officers who responded were able arrest the male, collect an abundance of evidence, and to bring closure to several outstanding occurrences because of the information provided by Kenneth.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS KEEN OBSERVATIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF HIS COMMUNITY KENNETH POLLOCK IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


ROBERT PLITT – SUBMITTED BY DIVISIONAL POLICING SUPPORT UNIT

On July 8, 2013 the city of Toronto was hit with a major rain storm which caused many floods and power outages across the city. In one such affected area a GO Transit train was submerged in water. There were approximately 1500 passengers still on the train and a city wide call for resources was placed.

Officers from all over the service attended the area to give assistance. With the help of officers, hundreds of passengers were evacuated from the train and escorted across the tracks to safer ground.

Robert Plitt approached the officers and provided water and food to the evacuating passengers who had been stuck on the train for approximately 6 hours. Robert loaded approximately 20 litres of bottled water, cups and granola bars in to a police vehicle to be taken to the passengers. Many of the passengers were tired, hungry, and dehydrated. They were very appreciative of the food and water provided by Robert which tied them over until the Red Cross attended with more supplies.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST HIS FELLOW CITIZENS IN A CRISIS SITUATION ROBERT PLITT IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



KENNETH POLLOCK – SUBMITTED BY DIVISIONAL POLICING SUPPORT UNIT

On December 10, 2013 officers received a radio call for a prowler.

Kenneth Pollock was home during this time and was looking out of his front window when he observed a male standing in the neighbouring residence driveway across the street. Kenneth, who knows his community well, thought he was seeing his neighbour arrive home from work early. However, seconds later he became suspicious as the male was just standing in the driveway by the motor vehicle.

Kenneth then observed the male walk to the next driveway to another neighbour’s motor vehicle. It then became clear to Kenneth that this was not a neighbour but a perpetrator who was breaking into the motor vehicles.

Kenneth immediately called police and positioned himself without notice in order to observe the perpetrator. The officers who responded were able arrest the male, collect an abundance of evidence, and to bring closure to several outstanding occurrences because of the information provided by Kenneth.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS KEEN OBSERVATIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF HIS COMMUNITY KENNETH POLLOCK IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.


ROBERT PLITT – SUBMITTED BY DIVISIONAL POLICING SUPPORT UNIT

On July 8, 2013 the city of Toronto was hit with a major rain storm which caused many floods and power outages across the city. In one such affected area a GO Transit train was submerged in water. There were approximately 1500 passengers still on the train and a city wide call for resources was placed.

Officers from all over the service attended the area to give assistance. With the help of officers, hundreds of passengers were evacuated from the train and escorted across the tracks to safer ground.

Robert Plitt approached the officers and provided water and food to the evacuating passengers who had been stuck on the train for approximately 6 hours. Robert loaded approximately 20 litres of bottled water, cups and granola bars in to a police vehicle to be taken to the passengers. Many of the passengers were tired, hungry, and dehydrated. They were very appreciative of the food and water provided by Robert which tied them over until the Red Cross attended with more supplies.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST HIS FELLOW CITIZENS IN A CRISIS SITUATION ROBERT PLITT IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



ELEANOR COHEN - SUBMITTED BY 11 DIVISION

On June 26, 2014 Eleanor Cohen, who is employed as a nurse, was on her way to work. While on the subway platform she heard a thudding sound from track level. Eleanor looked and saw a man lying motionless across the tracks.

Eleanor immediately took action. She directed a passenger to press the emergency button on the wall to cut power to the trains. She also directed another passenger to alert TTC employees and to obtain additional assistance. Eleanor then jumped to track level to assist. With help she was able to move the victim to the safety of the centre median. A few moments later a train entered the subway station just inches from where Eleanor was attending to the victim.

When officers arrived, Eleanor was monitoring the victim’s vital signs while advising and directing TTC employees. The victim was subsequently removed from track level and taken to hospital for medical attention.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER SELFLESS ACTIONS WHICH SAVED THE LIFE OF ANOTHER WHILE RISKING HER OWN SAFETY, ELEANOR COHEN IS AWARDED A COMMUNITY MEMBER AWARD.



KARIS ANDERSON - 51 DIVISION
With the City of Toronto being host to many large events, it has become one of the Service’s priorities to develop and improve our ability to address and analyse crimes using technology. This includes analyzing social media sources as a way of preventing crime at these events and obtaining current intelligence as these events take place.

While completing her Master’s degree for Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis at Michigan State University, Karis attended training hosted by the Toronto Police Service and completed the certification program in Crime Analysis Applications.

During her training Karis volunteered a large amount of her time to help our crime analysts to prepare for the city’s Pride events. These events present unique issues with respect to site security and threat assessments due to the increased density of people in a small, concentrated area. Taking into account the mix of associated social events that happen in bars, clubs and restaurants after the Pride festivities, an increased Police presence has historically been used as an effective crime prevention measure.

Karis analysed intelligence from social media sources and liaised with her contacts to provide a thorough report on any security issues that needed to be addressed.

IN RECOGNITION OF HER VOLUNTEER EFFORTS AND COMMITMENT TO INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS AND CRIME PREVENTION, KARIS ANDERSON IS AWARDED A PARTNERSHIP AWARD.




Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Kim Yeandle, Corporate Risk Management