Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Homicides #28/1983 and #48/1983 Cold Case: Erin Gillmour, 22, and Susan Tice, 45, YouTube video appeal, $200,000 reward



Homicides #28/1983 and #48/1983 Cold Case: Erin Gillmour, 22, and Susan Tice, 45, YouTube video appeal, $200,000 reward

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:37 AM
Homicide:  416-808-7400

Homicide Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant is appealing to the public to help find the killer of Susan Tice and Erin Gillmour, murdered in separate incidents in 1983.

Police continue to investigate the murders and have collected DNA evidence found at the crime scenes that can definitively link a suspect to the crime. They need help from the public identifying a suspect.

Watch the YouTube video.



Homicide investigators would like the public to share the video in their social networks and note there is still a $200,000 reward for information.

Homicide cold case investigators will continue to release YouTube video appeals to ask the public for help solving unsolved murder cases.

Read about more unsolved cold cases:  http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/homicide/coldcases.php

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, 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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant, Homicide

An attachment to this release is available on our website.
 

Friday, March 18, 2016

City of Toronto's family activities for Easter weekend

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  March 18, 2016  
        
City of Toronto's family activities for Easter weekend

The City of Toronto will offer many fun activities at its recreational facilities and attractions, as well as at City historic sites, during the coming Easter weekend. 

Recreation programs, services and permits
No recreation programs or permits at parks and recreation facilities are scheduled on Friday, March 25 (Good Friday) and Monday, March 28 (Easter Monday), with the exception of scheduled tournament or league play at indoor arenas. Programs and services will operate as usual on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

Residents can contact their local community and recreation centre or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks for more information about individual facilities.

Attractions

Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm features a variety of farm animals, including domesticated waterfowl, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and brand new triplet goat kids. Visitors can stroll the grounds, visit the barns and paddocks, and meet the farmers. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information:http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks

Toronto Island Park

Toronto Island Park is just minutes away from the downtown core by ferry. The islands are a great place to walk, roll, cycle, explore and enjoy views of the city skyline, offering fun for the whole family. Franklin Children's Garden is open daily: http://bit.ly/1AP32H7. More information: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island

High Park Zoo (on Deer Pen Road)
The High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including a baby Highland calf and twin Barbary lambs. The animal attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information:http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo 

Easter flower shows
Easter flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory and Allan Gardens Conservatory. 


Both shows feature lilies, primroses, spring bulbs and cineraria. The two conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Easter activities at Toronto's historic sites 
All of the City's 10 historic sites will be closed on Friday March 25. Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum are the only locations that will open on Monday, March 28. All the historic sites will be open on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, offering tours and activities. Regular admission fees apply. Times and activity details vary by location. More information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events. 

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://ow.ly/ZFYWS 

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. 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: 
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, pfrmedialine@toronto.ca 
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca 

Police request assistance with Break-and-Enter investigation, Underground condominium storage lockers targeted, Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West area



Police request assistance with Break-and-Enter investigation, Underground condominium storage lockers targeted, Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West area

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:46 AM
14 Division:  416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance identifying people wanted for breaking into storage lockers in highrise buildings.

Police would like to inform the public about numerous Break-and-Enters to storage lockers in the Liberty Village and Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West areaa.

Condominiums with underground storage facilities are being targeted.

The Toronto Police Service is asking the public to be vigilant, to check their storage units on a regular basis and not to store anything of value or importance in their storage units. Police are also asking the public for assistance. If they see any suspicious activities or people in or around these areas, please contact police immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, 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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Amar Katoch, 14 Division

Monday, March 14, 2016

Federal inmate wanted, Warren Loppie, 33



Federal inmate wanted, Warren Loppie, 33

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 2:46 PM
Fugitive Squad:  416-808-5900

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as result of his alleged Breach of Parole.

Warren Loppie, 33, is wanted. He is described as 5'9", 160 lbs., has a tattoo on his right forearm of a Skull and a tattoo with the writing “The only good cop is a dead cop” on the left side of his neck.

He is serving a four-year sentence for Armed Robbery. He is known to frequent the Greater Toronto Area and Barrie.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900, or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673), Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or 911. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Steve Sermet, Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad

An attachment to this release is available on our website.


Federal inmate wanted, Warren Loppie, 33

Missing woman, Shuter Street and Yonge Street area, Christy Strickland, 20



Missing woman, Shuter Street and Yonge Street area, Christy Strickland, 20

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 10:23 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing woman.

Christy Strickland, 20, was last seen on Saturday, February 25, 2016, in the Shuter Street and Yonge Street area.

She is described as 5’4", 140 lbs., medium build, with black wavy hair.

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). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Detective Corey Crawford, 51 Division



An attachment to this release is available on our website.


Missing woman, Shuter Street and Yonge Street area, Christy Strickland, 20

Missing man, Queen Street East and Sumach Street area, Raul Rojas, 70



Missing man, Queen Street East and Sumach Street area, Raul Rojas, 70

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 10:13 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Raul Rojas, 70, was last seen on Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the Queen Street East and Sumach Street area.

He is described as 6', 210 lbs., large build, gray-and-black hair, clean-shaven.

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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Detective Corey Crawford, 51 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.



Missing man, Queen Street East and Sumach Street area, Raul Rojas, 70

March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 14, 2016 − Sunday, March 20, 2016



March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 14, 2016 − Sunday, March 20, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 4:59 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

During the week of Monday, March 14, 2016, to Sunday, March 20, 2016, the Toronto Police Service will be conducting the annual March Break pedestrian safety campaign.

The "March Break, March Safe Campaign" is designed to promote the education, awareness and enforcement strategies intended to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety.

While children will be celebrating the arrival of March Break, the Toronto Police Service would like to remind parents and caregivers that the safety of the children in their care must still be a top priority.

Collision analysis has shown that, on average, 50% to 60% of all fatalities involve pedestrians. A total of 75% of all the fatalities reported this year have involved senior-age pedestrians. Last year, 39 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 60% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, even in the most routine circumstances, is a key component to moving through traffic safely. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit-users alike. We ask those who drive to take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children and seniors might be present.

Pedestrians/Transit-User Tips:

Parents and caregivers can reinforce some of these pedestrian safety messages to children, as well as some of our more vulnerable seniors and transit-users.

- stop, look, listen and think before entering the roadway
- utilize crossings at controlled areas, intersections and crosswalks
- make eye contact with drivers and other road-users
- wear reflective or bright clothing whenever possible
- never run into the street
- obey crossing signals and signs

Driver Safety Tips during the March Break:

- a driver who is aware and alert can avoid hazards and other distractions

General Driving Tips:

- scan to identify pedestrians and cyclists entering the road from curbs and driveways or when approaching intersections
- be ready for the unexpected
- avoid using distracting devices
- leave at least 2-3 seconds following distance between you and vehicles ahead
- in fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full head lighting system. Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well
- to avoid backing into, or out of, a parking space, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out
- drive in traveled lanes only - avoid driving across or through parking spaces
- use rear-view and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed

During the campaign, all road-users will be subject to various education and enforcement initiatives. Let's all work together to make the rest of the season safe.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at: Twitter, Facebook Group and on Blog.

To learn more about the TPS Traffic Services Safety Program that aims to reduce pedestrian injury and death through education and awareness, click here.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Police seek assistance with Sexual Assault investigation, Richmond Street East and Church Street area, Police believe there may be other victims



Police seek assistance with Sexual Assault investigation, Richmond Street East and Church Street area, Police believe there may be other victims

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 7:52 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service is seeking assistance with an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

- on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at approximately 6 p.m., a 55-year-old woman was walking in the Richmond Street East and Church Street area.

- she was grabbed and sexually assaulted by a man while walking

- the woman confronted the man who then fled

It is further reported that:

- on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 6:28 p.m., a 36-year-old woman was walking in the Richmond Street East and Church Street area

- the woman was grabbed and sexually assaulted by a man while walking

- the man fled

The man is described as black, 6’4”, 25-35, large build, black leather jacket, green sweater, blue jeans, clean-shaven or slightly unshaven, short hair.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, 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.

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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Detective Liz Montgomery, Sex Crimes

Friday, March 11, 2016

Reminder to change smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  March 11, 2016

Reminder to change smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries

Toronto Fire Services reminds residents that this weekend's start of daylight savings time, when clocks are moved forward one hour, is also a convenient time to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

"By installing and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home, you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defence against the devastating effects of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales.

Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm installed on every level and outside all sleeping areas. Working smoke alarms can increase your family’s chance of survival in a fire by providing early warning for escape. Every second counts.

As of April 2015, every home in Ontario with a fuel burning appliance or attached garage must have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside all sleeping areas. Working carbon monoxide alarms alert you to the presence of this colourless, odourless, tasteless and potentially deadly gas.

Tips for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms:
• When installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, read the manufacturer’s instructions on correct placement, testing and maintenance.
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month using the test button.
• Replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
• Replace smoke alarms that have been in place for 10 years or longer. Replace carbon monoxide alarms that are seven years and older.
• Avoid removing the battery in response to a sounding smoke alarm due to cooking or steam. Instead, move the smoke alarm to a better location or use the hush-button feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.
• Consider installing combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with a 10-year lithium battery.

Homeowners are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Landlords are responsible for ensuring that their rental properties comply with the law. It is against the law for tenants to remove smoke or carbon monoxide alarm batteries or to tamper with the alarms in any way.

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code 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 of Toronto website at http://ow.ly/ZlEzd.

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. 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

Police request assistance identifying people breaking into storage lockers in highrise buildings



Police request assistance identifying people breaking into storage lockers in highrise buildings, Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East area

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:19 PM
33 Division:  416-808-3300

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance identifying people wanted for breaking into storage lockers in highrise buildings.

The Break-and-Enters are being committed in apartment and condominium buildings in the Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East area.

It is alleged that:

- from December 2015 to March 2016, several storage lockers were broken into
- reported items stolen include sports equipment, specialized clothing and firearms

See previous release.

The Toronto Police Service is asking the public to be vigilant, to check their storage units on a regular basis and not to store anything of value or importance in their storage units. Police are also asking the public for assistance. If they see any suspicious activities or people in or around these areas, please contact police immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, 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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Robert Strain, 33 Division

Sunday, March 13, 2016, St. Patrick’s Day 5km Run/Walk, Road closure information



Sunday, March 13, 2016, St. Patrick’s Day 5km Run/Walk, Road closure information

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6:59 AM
Public Safety - Special Events:  416-808-5053

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk will take place.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

Participants will assemble on Bremner Boulevard, east of Rees Street, at approximately 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the 5-km run/walk will proceed along the following route:

Road closure:

Formation area: Bremner Boulevard (Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street)
Westbound, Bremner Boulevard
Northbound, Spadina Avenue (northbound curb lane only)
Eastbound, Clarence Square
Eastbound, Wellington Street (two southside lanes)
Turnaround, just west of Yonge Street
Westbound, Wellington Street (two southside lanes)
Westbound, Clarence Square
Southbound, Spadina Avenue (northbound curb lane only)
Eastbound, Bremner Boulevard
Dispersal area: Bremner Boulevard (Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street)

Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays and are advised to consider alternate routes.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Jennifer Ladouceur, Special Events Planning

Sunday, March 13, 2016, noon, 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Road closure and route information



Sunday, March 13, 2016, noon, 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Road closure and route information

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6:59 AM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, the 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at noon in Toronto. The procession will start from Bloor Street West and St. George Street and continue along Bloor Street, then south on Yonge Street, west on Queen Street West to Nathan Phillips Square.

As a result of the event, a full road closure will take place on Bloor Street, Yonge Street, and Queen Street. A number of secondary roads will also be closed or partially closed, affecting traffic flow in the area.

See all closures below:

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
St. George Street from Bloor Street West to College Street
Devonshire Place from Bloor Street West to Hoskin Avenue

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
Hoskin Avenue, from St. George Street to Queen's Park Crescent West
Harbord Street, from St. George Street to Huron Street

11:35 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Bloor Street, from Huron Street to Avenue Road and Queen's Park Crescent

11:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Bloor Street, from Avenue Road and Queen's Park Crescent to Yonge Street
Yonge Street, from Bloor Street to Queen Street
Queen Street West, from Yonge Street to University Avenue

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
Bay Street, from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
Elizabeth Street, from Dundas Street West to Hagerman Street
Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street

12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
University Avenue, from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
Armoury Street, from University Avenue to Chestnut Street
Centre Avenue, from Dundas Street West to Armoury Street

TTC service will be disrupted during the event on Queen Street West

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions. Members of the public should anticipate traffic disruptions, in the area surrounding the event.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Alan Gray, Special Events

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Overnight lane closures for work on Gardiner Expressway

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  March 10, 2016 

Overnight lane closures for work on Gardiner Expressway  

A series of overnight lane closures on Toronto's Gardiner Expressway next week will allow workers to set up the final work zone for the elevated expressway's deck replacement between Dufferin Street and Spadina Avenue.

Details on the nightly scheduled lane restrictions between Dufferin Street and Spadina Avenue are as follows:

Westbound expressway traffic will be reduced to one lane each night between 12:01 and 5:30 a.m. from March 14 to 22. On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, the lane restriction will stay in place until 8 a.m.

The ramp from Spadina Avenue onto the westbound Gardiner Expressway will be closed from midnight to 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20; Monday, March 21; and Tuesday, March 22.

Eastbound expressway traffic will be reduced to one lane overnight from an hour before midnight to 5:30 a.m. from March 14 to 22. On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, the lane reduction will stay in place until 8 a.m.

These scheduled lane-restriction dates could be affected by the weather and are subject to change.

To assist motorists during this closure, the City will provide real-time traffic information on the City's overhead signs.

The City's web-based map to help residents make their travel plans can be accessed athttp://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Information about the City's planned capital construction work is available 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/222A9db

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. 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, March 09, 2016

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam, Update



Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam, Update

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:33 PM
Financial Crimes:  416-808-7300

The Toronto Police Service has been made aware of a recent progression in the Canada Revenue Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada scam.

See previous news release regarding scam.

The spoofed caller ID has been reportedly displayed as 416-808-2222, which is the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number.

The Toronto Police Service is aware of this spoof, and furthermore, is aware of the scam.

If you have been victimized, please call your local police service to report it.

If you received a call, did not fall victim to the scam, or would like further information, please visit www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications

Police request assistance with Theft investigation, Queen Street East and Berkeley Street area, Security camera images released



Police request assistance with Theft investigation, Queen Street East and Berkeley Street area, Security camera images released

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:11 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance identifying two suspects involved in the Theft of a cell phone.

It is reported that:
- on Monday, February 1, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a man was at a venue in the Queen Street East and Berkeley Street area.
- when the man was not looking, two men picked up his cell phone from the counter
- the two men left the venue

Security camera images have been released.

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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Brian Maslowski, 51 Division


Attachments to this release are available on our website. 

Police request assistance with Theft investigation,
Queen Street East and Berkeley Street area,
Security camera images released

Police request assistance with Theft investigation, 
Queen Street East and Berkeley Street area, 
Security camera images released


FRAUD ALERT: City of Toronto cautions residents about responding to misleading communications – Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  March 9, 2016

City of Toronto cautions residents about responding to misleading communications – Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales

The City of Toronto is receiving complaints from residents who are being given notices such as flyers from independent contractors using door-to-door sales tactics. The notices are designed to appear as if they are City communications about programs and services associated with Toronto Water. 

Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not sell, partner with or endorse any products or services. The public should be wary of any companies offering health-based testing of Toronto's drinking-water quality or claiming to be working on behalf of the City, or notices saying mandatory City programs require the purchase of services or equipment.

Residents are also advised to exercise caution when solicited for any service and when sharing personal information with people unknown to them. Elderly people are often most at risk for these kinds of solicitations. Anyone suspecting fraud should call the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222 or the Ministry of Consumer Services at 416-326-8800. 

Residents who have a concern or question about Toronto Water's programs and services can call 311 or visithttp://www.toronto.ca/water. Residents can also submit certain kinds of water-related service requests online at http://bit.ly/1rUMhZe.

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

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. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or followus@TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Kris Scheuer, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4310, kscheue@toronto.ca

Public Safety Alert, Lost medication



Public Safety Alert, Lost medication

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 8:44 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a quantity of lost medication.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, six prescribed bottles of methadone, with 125 ml in each container, were lost in the downtown area.

The methadone bottles had an orange tab and all were placed in a paper bag. The paper bag was inside a larger white plastic bag, with red tape that was marked "METHADONE."

The medication may be harmful/fatal if ingested, especially to children.

Anyone locating this medication is asked not to handle it, but 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.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Niki Spyropoulos, 51 Division

Man wanted in Child Pornography investigation, Update, Darren Padilla, 47, formerly known as Darren Laite, has been located



Man wanted in Child Pornography investigation, Update, Darren Padilla, 47, formerly known as Darren Laite, has been locatedWednesday, March 9, 2016 - 7:31 AM
Sex Crimes:  416-808-8500

The Toronto Police Service would like to update the public on a Child Pornography investigation.

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, investigators from TPS Sex Crimes Child Exploitation executed a search warrant in Toronto.

See previous release.

On Monday, March 7, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police located the body of a deceased man in the Haliburton County area.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the identity of the man was confirmed as Darren Padilla, 47. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Susan Burke, Sex Crimes Child Exploitation

Monday, March 07, 2016

Fatal collision #14/2016, Jarvis Street at Queen Street East



Fatal collision #14/2016, Jarvis Street at Queen Street East

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 12:58 PM
51 Division:  416-808-1900

On Friday, March 4, 2016 at 2:11 p.m., police responded to a call for a personal injury collision at Jarvis Street at Queen Street East

− a 30-year-old woman was attempting to cross Jarvis Street near Queen Street East

− a 31-year-old man was driving a 2009 Kenworth dump truck, southbound on Jarvis Street, approaching Queen Street East

− the pedestrian stepped on to the roadway and was struck by the truck

The 30-year-old woman was pronounced at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, 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.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe Traffic Services

City of Toronto offers many free and affordable activities during March Break

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  March 7, 2016

City of Toronto offers many free and affordable activities during March Break

During March Break, March 14 to 18, the City of Toronto will offer free and low-cost activities at its community centres, parks and historic sites. Highlights of Parks, Forestry and Recreation division activities and attractions follow, in addition to information about Toronto's historic sites/museums.

Camps
March Break camps are a great opportunity for children and youth to enjoy a range of activities. Participants enjoy activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, sports and games. More camp details are available athttp://www.toronto.ca/camps or by calling 311. 

Drop-in programs
City of Toronto community centres offer various free or low-cost programs for all ages. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks and by calling 311. 

Skiing and snowboarding
The City's Centennial Park and Earl Bales ski and snowboard centres will be open, weather permitting, for March Break on the following schedule:

Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre 
March 14 to 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre
March 14 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
March 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both centres will close for the season on March 21.

The use of helmets is mandatory when participating in programs and lessons at both centres and the use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet is strongly recommended for all other participants while on the slopes. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/ski. 

Skating
Thirty-seven outdoor artificial ice rinks are open until the end of the day on March 20, weather permitting. Locations, hours and program details are available at http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating/dropin/marchbreak/index.htm.

Indoor leisure skating programs, including caregiver and tot, family skate and shinny, are free for all ages. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under six years of age and all shinny hockey participants, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Schedules and locations are available athttp://www.toronto.ca/skate. 

Swimming
City of Toronto pools offer free March Break swimming opportunities. More information is available athttp://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/swimming/dropin/marchbreak/index.htm. 

Attractions
Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St.)
Visitors can tour Riverdale Farm's scenic grounds to see domestic farm animals such as pigs, horses and sheep. The farm's Meeting House will offer crafts and games and farming demonstrations will be provided throughout the day. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accessible to all. Admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks. 

High Park Zoo (on Deer Pen Road) 
Established 120 years ago, the High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and yaks. Admission to the zoo is free and it's open daily from dawn to dusk. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/.

Toronto Island Park
Just minutes away from downtown by ferry, Toronto Island Park offers March break fun for everyone. It's a great place to walk, roll, cycle, explore and enjoy the city skyline. A list of ferry fees and the schedule are available at http://www.toronto.ca/ferry. 

Playground Paradise (Flemingdon Park Community Centre, 150 Grenoble Dr.)
Playground Paradise offers fun for children aged 12 and under. Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, and play in the ball pit. A fee of $2.50 per child applies. More information is available by calling 416-395-6014. Schedule during March break: 
• March 14, 16 and 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• March 15 and 17 from 10 a.m. to noon

Conservatories
The spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. and Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Both shows feature various spring flowering plants, including tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. The Easter displays, featuring lilies and hydrangeas, will open at both conservatories on March 20. The conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. More information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Historic Sites
Many of the City's 10 historic sites are open during March Break for tours. The sites highlighted below will also offer drop-in family activities including crafts, games and tasty treats from historic kitchens. Regular admission fees apply. Times and activity details vary by location. More information about drop-in activities is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

Museum drop-in activity times by location: 

Colborne Lodge (Colborne Lodge Dr. in High Park)
March 12 to 20 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
March 14 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge Street)
March 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 16 to 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
March 12 to 20 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Weekends only from 12 to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
March 12 to 20 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
March 12 to 20 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Four of the historic sites are also offering day camps. More information on those camps is available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://ow.ly/Zaq9x 

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. 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: 
Matthew Cutler, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, 416-560-8726, mcutler@toronto.ca 
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca