Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police request assistance with shooting investigation, Church Street and Colborne Street



Police request assistance with shooting investigation, Church Street and Colborne Street, Update, Security camera images released

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:26 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance identifying a man wanted for Attempt Murder.

On Friday, January 2, 2015, police informed the public about the investigation.

It was reported that:

- on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at approximately 2:15 a.m., police received a call for a shooting at Switch Nightclub at 55 Colborne Street
- three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries
- a man was last seen running westbound on Colborne Street

The man is described as brown, wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and a distinct black-and-gold Blue Jays baseball cap.

Security camera images have been released. This man is considered armed and dangerous. Police advise the public not to approach him, but to contact police immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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). 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 Timothy Walther, 51 Division


Security camera image of man wanted in Attempt Murder investigation. He was wearing a black-and-gold Blue Jays baseball cap.

Security camera image of man wanted in Attempt Murder investigation. He was wearing a black-and-gold Blue Jays baseball cap.

Security camera image of man wanted in Attempt Murder investigation. He was wearing a black-and-gold Blue Jays baseball cap.

Security camera image of man wanted in Attempt Murder investigation. He was wearing a black-and-gold Blue Jays baseball cap.

Public Safety Alert, Police warning on Fraud/Police Impersonation scheme, Crime prevention advice offered



Public Safety Alert, Police warning on Fraud/Police Impersonation scheme, Crime prevention advice offered

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 1:08 PM
31 Division:  416-808-3100

The Toronto Police Service would like to warn the public about an ongoing scam involving fraudulent telephone communications, purportedly coming from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), police officers, and/or federal agents working for CBSA or Immigration Canada or a large utility company like Hydro One.

There have been several reports across the GTA of a telephone caller identifying themselves as a police officer, Canada Revenue Agent or a federal agent, and the residents will be arrested if they don’t pay the government for outstanding taxes or overdue bills.

Residents with call display/caller ID will see the name Canada Revenue Agency on their phone or a phone number associated with Toronto Police Service or the utility company. This is accomplished with spoof cards which can be easily purchased. Spoof cards are calling cards that let you pretend you are calling from any phone number you select, and that phone number is displayed on the receiving phone's caller ID.

Residents are led to believe these calls are legitimate due to the phone numbers displayed or the personal information the caller may have about the resident or a family member. These fraudulent phone calls instruct the recipients to wire-transfer money or purchase pre-paid credit cards.

If anyone does receive this type of fraudulent phone call, they are encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves from fraud:

- Do not comply with the caller and contact the appropriate agency office to verify the information
- Contact them directly, with the number listed in the phone book
- Do not call the number provided by the caller
- Write down the number which appears on the call display or the number the caller provides
- Do not provide personal information over the telephone
- Restitution is awarded through the courts; police do not request or demand money
- Be cautious of who you are dealing with on the phone
- Do not provide PINs for bank cards to people you do not know
- Never wire-transfer money to someone unless you know them

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). 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 Constable Jennifer Rae, 31 Division

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Walking Proud

By Sara Faruqi, Toronto Police Service
Published: 6:37 p.m. June 28, 2015
Updated: 8:10 p.m. June 28, 2015

Over 8,000 people marched in this year’s parade, amongst them, proudly representing the Toronto Police Service were Constable Christopher Atwood and his partner Joseph Barrett.
Constable Christopher Atwood and his partner Joseph Barrett walk together in the Pride Parade
“It’s a proud moment to be able to be in uniform and be able to walk with my partner down the street and in the parade,” said Atwood, with a smile.
Barrett said walking with Atwood in his uniform was an especially proud moment when a woman came up to them and said how happy she was to see an officer walk on the street in public with his boyfriend.
"I had a tear in my eye when she said that,” said Barrett, laughing. "She said that people in the community can hold their partners hands but it’s harder for officers.
“Even when I came out it wasn’t acceptable to walk with your partner in the Pride Parade so this is huge,” said Barrett.
For Atwood, it was great to see people from all walks of life come together to celebrate.
“It’s amazing to walk through the parade and see people from every culture walk together and cheer together and celebrate life together.”

Chief Mark Saunders walks in the Pride Parade
And while it was a raining, the weather didn’t stop Torontonians from attending. For Chief Mark Saunders, who was marching for the first time as Toronto's top cop, a little rain couldn’t dampen the mood.
"A bit of rain isn’t going to get anyone down, there are hundreds of thousands of people here and it is going to be a great parade,” said the Chief, as he joined his wife, fellow officers and civilians in the parade.
“This reminds me of why Toronto is such a great city, the fact that we have events like this and have so much fun and that we can all understand the importance of diversity and inclusion and how we all get along together so fantastically,” said the Chief.
Constable Danielle Bottineau was also marching in the parade with her partner.
She said this year around they got a lot of requests to kiss.
“We had three or four requests and it was really cute,” said Bottineau, with a laugh, adding that they did oblige.

“It always amazes me the response we get from the community, they open up and really cheer us along,” said Bottineau. “Having the Chief there and on board is great and he is one of our biggest allies, which was obvious today.”

An officer shows his support by wearing the rainbow flag in his forge cap.

Chief Saunders high fives a Parade onlooker

Constable Danielle Bottineau with her wife Karen DaFonte

Court Officer Mary Christian laughs as she looks at people standing on roofs to watch the Pride Parade

Onlookers with their pride gear on watch as police officers walk by

Sergeant Henry Dyck walks in the Pride Parade

Toronto Police officers spray the crowd with water as they pass by on the official float.






Saturday, June 27, 2015

Changes to Jarvis Street, Lake Shore Boulevard for Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release :  June 26, 2015

Changes to Jarvis Street, Lake Shore Boulevard for Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

A series of changes will take place on Jarvis Street and Lake Shore Boulevard to accommodate traffic during the upcoming Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Effective immediately, the reversible lane on Jarvis Street will be changed to provide for northbound traffic only until August 18.

There will also be additional northbound and southbound turn prohibitions at a number of intersections on Jarvis Street to help improve the flow of traffic during the Games.
Stopping is also prohibited on Jarvis Street from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Eastbound and westbound left turns from Lake Shore Boulevard to Parliament Street and Sherbourne Street will be prohibited from June 28 to August 18.

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

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, 416-392-4391sjohnsto@toronto.ca 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

City of Toronto offers personalized utility, property tax and parking ticket information online

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  June 23, 2015

City of Toronto offers personalized utility, property tax and parking ticket information online

The City of Toronto has launched three online tools that provide residents a fast, easy and secure way of getting up-to-date account information on their computers or mobile devices. The three lookups address the evolving needs and wants of residents to access information digitally about current and previous billing amounts, payment details, status of parking tickets and more.

"These new online tools are a great example of how the City is modernizing how it serves the public and making life easier for the people of Toronto by providing information and services to residents online," said Mayor John Tory. "These online portals are a step forward for the City of Toronto and we will continue to move forward, with expanded services and online payment options coming soon.”

By visiting the City's website at http://www.toronto.ca/revenueservices, residents can quickly, easily and confidentially view their property tax and utility account details or parking ticket information any time, anywhere.

These lookups support the City's goals of enhancing online service delivery and improving customer service. The utility account and the property tax account lookups do not accept payments at this time. Parking tickets can be paid online at http://www.toronto.ca/parkingtickets.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1eG35Bm

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 contacts:

Keerthana Kamalavasan, Office of the Mayor, 647-460-7507, keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca Casey Brendon, Revenue Services, 416-392-8065, cbrendo@toronto.ca Hannah Stewart, Strategic Communications, 416-392-2708, hstewar2@toronto.ca

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  June 23, 2015

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Several events for Pride Week will involve road closures in Toronto this weekend. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to the special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/ and more information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

Pride Week festivities
• Church Street Pride Festival, June 26 to 28 Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 29 at 6 a.m.

• Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 27 Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to and including Queen's Park Circle will be closed on Saturday, June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

• Dyke March, Saturday, June 27
March route: Starts at Hayden Street between Yonge Street and Church Street, goes north on Church Street to Bloor Street, west on Bloor Street to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street, east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads will be closed between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The march is from 2 to 4 p.m.

• Pride Parade, Sunday, June 28
Formation area: Rosedale Valley Road from Bayview Avenue to Park Road to accommodate the formation of the parade Parade route: Starts at Church Street and Bloor Street East, goes west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Dundas Street and back to the festival on Church Street. Roads will be closed for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. The parade takes place from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1K8J5Tk

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

Public Safety Alert, Break-and-Enters

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Break-and-Enters, Dupont Street and Avenue Road area

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 3:07 PM
53 Division:  416-808-5300

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of recent Break-and-Enters in the Dupont Street and Avenue Road area. 

It is reported that:

- between Friday, May 15, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015, unknown suspect(s) gained entry to premises through insecure windows and doors

- in some cases the window screens have been cut to gain entry 

- in one instance, the unknown suspect(s) entered the premises while the occupants were asleep.

As a reminder, with the summer and warmer weather upon us, we are encouraging members of the community to secure their windows and doors while away from their home and when sleeping.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Daniel Sabadics, 53 Division

Monday, June 22, 2015

PLAYGROUND: the film - Tuesday June 30, 2015



PLAYGROUND:  the film is a documentary to make people aware that whenever there is a big event in a large city, child sex trafficking increases to service people who will be coming to the city.  For instance:

In an interview with ABC news, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot said:

"When fans flock to the Dallas Cowboys' stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, few will be thinking about anything other than touchdowns and tailgates.

But nearby, in hotels, motels and on street corners, Texas authorities say a "dark side" will exist, one where children are sold for sex by pimps. And those sex traffickers are descending on the area.

People are thinking of the Packers and the Steelers and the game on the field, having a good time and Super Bowl commercials. Most don't think about a 12-year-old being forced to dance naked. The Super Bowl is a magnet for child sex traffickers."

With the PanAm Games coming to Toronto, this is going to happen and we should be aware and know the signs so that, if we are presented with an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life, we can.

After the film, there will be a discussion for those who wish to participate.  Someone will also be introducing information the RCMP is making available to the public.

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Documentary showing at 7:30 p.m. SHARP

Discussion afterwards

Location: McVeigh's, 124 Church Street, Toronto (Second Floor)


For more information, visit http://campaign13.org/playground-the-film/

Friday, June 19, 2015

Toronto Police Headquarters, Chief's Pride Reception









Media Advisory, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Toronto Police Headquarters, Chief's Pride Reception

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 4:45 PM
Divisional Policing Support Unit:  416-808-0114

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Chief Mark Saunders will host his first Pride Reception in celebration of PRIDE Week.

The reception will take place at Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street.

For more information, please contact Constable Danielle Bottineau, LGBTQ Liaison Officer, at 647-539-1201 or danielle.bottineau@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Constable Danielle Bottineau, Divisional Policing Support Unit



The City's outdoor pools, splash pads, wading pools and beaches are cool places to be this summer

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  June 19, 2015

The City's outdoor pools, splash pads, wading pools and beaches are cool places to be this summer

The City of Toronto invites residents of all ages to visit the City's splash pads, wading pools, outdoor swimming pools and beaches this summer.

Weather permitting, the following 12 outdoor pools will open across the city on Saturday, June 20 on the weekends and in the evenings:  

Etobicoke York District: 
Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
West Mall Outdoor Pool, 370 The West Mall

North York District: 
Goulding Community Centre, 45 Goulding Ave.
Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhouse Crt.
Oriole Recreation Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd. W.

Scarborough District: 
Blantyre Outdoor Pool, 180 Fallingbrook Rd.
Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

Toronto & East York District: 
Alexandra Park, 275 Bathurst St. 
Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St.
Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E. 

All 57 outdoor pools will begin regular hours of operation on Friday, June 26 and will remain open with varying schedules until Sunday, September 6. More information about the hours of operation for the City's outdoor pools is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/swim or by calling 311. 

"Our outdoor pools, wading pools, splash pads and beaches are the coolest places," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. "Last year over 1 million people took advantage of our swimming programs at our outdoor pools and I encourage all Torontonians to enjoy the many options they have to cool off this summer."

Supervision or swimming ability requirements are in place for children under 10 years of age. Drop-in swimming is free for all ages.

Eight of Toronto's 11 swimming beaches have earned Blue Flags, making them a great choice for family fun and cooling down during the hot summer.

The Blue Flag program is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-label for swimming beaches and identifies beaches that meet the highest criteria for excellence. More information about Blue Flags is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/beaches_blueflag.htm  

Splash pads are open across the city and will remain open until September 20. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are activated through push-button features.  Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water play areas.  

On June 26, over 100 supervised wading pools will open for the summer. Wading pools operate with varying schedules until September 6, weather permitting. Wading pools are shallow water areas intended for children and are located in many City parks. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children at all times in these areas.

More information about pools, wading pools and splash pads, including hours of operation is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/swim or by calling 311.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1K0udYt

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: Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, pfrmedialine@toronto.ca 

Toronto Public Health shares food safety tips for summer

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  June 19, 2015

Toronto Public Health shares food safety tips for summer

As residents enjoy the summer season with outdoor barbecues and picnics, Toronto Public Health is reminding residents to keep food safety in mind when preparing meals. Following a few basic rules can go a long way in preventing food-borne illnesses and making sure your summer meals are safe and healthy. Simply remember these four easy steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.

"It's important that residents take the appropriate steps to ensure food safety is top of mind when preparing and transporting food outside during summer months," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "Knowing how to safely handle, prepare and store poultry, meat and produce like fresh fruits and vegetables, will go a long way in preventing you from getting sick so that you can enjoy a safe and healthy summer."
Toronto Public Health has several fact sheets on its website that provide information on food safety: http://bit.ly/1sZf3tU.

They include tips on:
• how to properly wash your hands, utensils, food contact surfaces and foods 
• how to avoid cross contamination of food 
• how to cook poultry and ground meats, and 
• how to store food when travelling or on a picnic.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1I2qtnZ

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: Keisha Mair, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-8020, kmair2@toronto.ca

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Toronto Triathlon Festival, Saturday, June 20, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015, Road Closures


Toronto Triathlon Festival, Saturday, June 20, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015, Road Closures

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:59 AM
Public Safety - Special Events: 416-808-5031

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015, the Toronto Triathlon Festival will take place. The main competition comprises of three legs: a swim, a bike, and a run, in both Olympic distance and Sprint distance. The event will start on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 6:50 a.m., and should be completed by 2 p.m.

Road closures will be in place for all or part of the day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, June 21, 2104at 5 p.m.: -Remembrance Drive from Newfoundland Drive to Lake Shore Boulevard West

Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 2 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
- Gardiner Expressway from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Don Valley Parkway (eastbound lane only)

-Don Valley Parkway from Fred Gardiner Expressway to Eglinton Avenue (northbound lanes only)

Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 2 a.m. to 12 p.m.:-British Columbia Drive from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Springhurst Avenue

- Saskatchewan Road from British Columbia Drive to Princes Boulevard

- Princes Boulevard from Saskatchewan Road to Ontario Drive

- Ontario Drive from Princes Boulevard to Lake Shore Boulevard West

Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. (partial road):-Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West from Windermere Avenue to Remembrance Drive (eastbound curb lane only)

All access to the Don Valley Parkway will be restricted to the locations of: (northbound):-Don Roadway
-Queen Street East ramp
-Bayview Avenue ramp
-Don Mills Road
-Eglinton Avenue ramp (bus lane)

All access to the Gardiner Expressway will be restricted to the locations of: (eastbound only)- South Kingsway
- British Columbia Drive
- Lake Shore Boulevard East at Lower Jarvis Street

Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation.

The TTC will not experience any delays.

The event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  June 17, 2015

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Several special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work in Toronto is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/. More information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

Taste of Little Italy
College Street from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street will be closed in both directions from Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. to Monday, June 22 at 2 a.m. 

Church Street Summer Festival
Church Street from Wood Street to Gloucester Street will be closed from Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 22 at 2 a.m.  Wellesley Street will be open to traffic.

North by Northeast Music Festival
Yonge Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street will be closed each night from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

Fairbank Village BIA Multicultural Celebration 
Eglinton Avenue from Dufferin Street to Ronald Avenue will be closed from Saturday, June 20 at 2 a.m. to Monday, June 22 at 5 a.m.  A number of smaller streets in this area will also be partially closed to accommodate this event.

Port Union Village Waterfront Festival
Port Union Road (south of Lawrence Avenue) will be closed in both directions from south of  Shoalhaven Drive to Bridgend Street on Saturday, June 20 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bridgend Street will be closed in both directions from Port Union Road to the east part of Vessel Crescent.

Toronto Triathlon Festival
• The eastbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway from the Humber River to Carlaw Avenue will be closed on Sunday, June 21 from 2 a.m. to noon. All westbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway will remain open.
• The northbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway from the Gardiner Expressway to Eglinton Avenue will be closed on Sunday, June 21 from 2 a.m. to noon.  All southbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway will remain open.
• One eastbound lane of Lake Shore Boulevard from Windermere Avenue to Strachan Avenue/Remembrance Drive will be closed on Sunday, June 21 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Journey to Conquer Cancer Run/Walk 5K
A series of road closures will take place for this event on Sunday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to noon in the area bounded by McCaul Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, Bay Street to the east and Gerrard Street to the south.

Muchmusic Video Awards
There will be a series of road closures in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 21 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 22 at 3 a.m.  

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1Bo8uXu

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 to officially open the William Meany Maze on Toronto Island Park

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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Media Advisory:  June 17, 2015
 
City of Toronto to officially open the William Meany Maze on Toronto Island Park

City officials and staff, along with businessman William Meany, will join members of the community to celebrate the opening of the William Meany Maze with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Date: Friday, June 19
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Centre Island, Avenue of the Island (over the bridge, to the right).

In 2012, the original Toronto Island hedge maze was dismantled after being crowded out by a cluster of nearby trees. Meany donated $200,000 to provide the materials and equipment required to rebuild the maze. The original 1967 blueprints by the late Peter Vanderwerf, landscape designer, were used to guide the restoration.

This media advisory is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1BncJm4

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 www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, pfrmedialine@toronto.ca

Community Walkabout: Queens Quay Neighbourhood

From: Councillor Pam McConnell [mailto:councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca]
Subject: Community Walkabout: Queens Quay Neighbourhood


Each year, I host a very popular walkabout with City Planning staff to explore our community. This year, we will be taking a look at Queens Quay.

Queens Quay is Toronto’s waterfront boulevard and is being transformed through careful planning and community consultation. The revitilization of the promenade in the west, the emerging neighbourhood in the East Bayfront, and new plans for landmarks such as the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal are part of a vision for a waterfront that is beautiful and accessible to all.

I hope that you will join me as we get an inside look at the changes taking place and plans for this important part of our city.

Date: Wednesday, June 17
Time: Meet at 6:15 PM, depart at 6:30 PM
Location: Southwest corner of The Esplanade and Lower Sherbourne Street

Look forward to seeing you there,

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell
Ward 28, Toronto-Centre
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St West, A7
councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca
416-392-7916

Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival

PARTY TIME!!

Love Corktown? Show your neighbourhood pride at the FREE Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival taking place this Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Underpass Park— right here in Corktown!

The event will be a multi-arts festival celebrating mural, graffiti and street art, with live music, performances, food vendors, fun & games and MORE!

The day-long party will feature a smudge ceremony performed by Elder Duke Redbird, the live painting of the Street Art Toronto underpass mural by artists Labrona and Troy Lovegates, plus FREE arts activities for kids and adults of all ages!



Missing Man, Wai Yu Chung "Joe", 26








Missing Man, Wai Yu Chung "Joe", 26

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 8:49 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Wai Yu Chung, 26, was last seen on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 8:15 a.m., in the Market Street and Lower Jarvis Street area.

He is described as Asian, 5'7", 150 lbs., slim build, short black short and has brown eyes.

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). 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 Constable Melissa Morrison, 51 Division


Missing Man, 
Wai Yu Chung "Joe", 26


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SPECIAL APPEAL TO FEED THE HUNGRY IN TORONTO DURING THIS RAMADAN

FLEMINGDON COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
10 Gateway Blvd, Basement Floor, Toronto, M3C 3A1
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SPECIAL APPEAL TO FEED THE HUNGRY IN TORONTO
DURING THIS RAMADAN

Make this Ramadan special for the many needy and hungry in Flemingdon Park and vicinity. Flemingdon Community Food Bank has 4600 families registered for weekly supply of food. 72% are Muslims. Daily Bread Food Bank supplies us with food items, but for the past few months, they could not supply some staple food, which are very essential dietary needs of the population served by this food bank.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are appealing to help us with following items for this Ramadan:

--cooking oil either vegetable or canola 2 litre
- all purpose white flour 5 lb or 10 lb
- Rice
- dry lentils all types
- baby diapers 4,5,6 sizes
- baby formula
- powdered milk
- peanut butter
- soup - Halal - no beef or pork
- tuna
- Halal meat

Items can be dropped of at the Food Bank during the day as follows:

Monday & Friday – 9-00 a.m. to 1-00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -  9-00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For after hours or weekends delivery, please call William at: 416-931-3695

Address: 10 Gateway Blvd. Basement Floor, (entrance from the West side under the umbrella), Toronto, M3C 3A1
Phone:    416-425-1841

Cash donations will also help us to buy these items. Please send your donations to the above address.  For Tax receipt, please make cheque payable to our Trustee organization - Ansaar Foundation.
On line donation can also be made on the website: www.ansaarfoundation.org


Abdul Hai Patel
416-282-4342
afsaz@rogers.com

Man arrested in unrelated event, Investigation revealed multiple robberies, Cody Fountain, 24, faces eight counts in Toronto









Man arrested in unrelated event, Investigation revealed multiple robberies, Cody Fountain, 24, faces eight counts in Toronto

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 10:20 AM
Hold Up:  416-808-7350

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in connection to a man wanted for multiple robberies.

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, June 12, 2015, a man was arrested for fraudulently obtaining food and lodging

Upon further investigation, it was further alleged that:

- on Sunday, June 7, 2015, and Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the man robbed two convenience stores and a restaurant in the Carlton Street/Church Street area

- in each incident, he was armed with a large knife and made demands for money

- in addition, the man was wanted for robberies in Lindsay, Peterborough and Durham Region

Cody Fountain, 24, of Lindsay, is charged with:

1) three counts of Robbery
2) three counts of Weapons Dangerous
3) Fraudulently Obtain Food and Lodging
4) Obstruct Police Officer

He was scheduled to appear in court on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Old City Hall, in courtroom 111.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Mike Earl, Hold Up

Man arrested in robbery of variety store, Joshua Charlebois, 33, faces four counts


Man arrested in robbery of variety store, Joshua Charlebois, 33, faces four counts

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:20 AM
Hold Up:  416-808-7350

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in a robbery investigation.

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, June 12, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a man entered a convenience store with a bandana masking his face

- armed with a knife, the man approached the clerk and made a demand for money

- the man fled after obtaining money

Responding officers searched and located the man emerging from a nearby ravine.

Joshua Charlebois, 33, of Burlington, is charged with:

1) Robbery
2) Disguise with Intent
3) Weapons Dangerous
4) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 15, 2015, at College Park Court, in courtroom 501.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Mike Earl, Hold Up