Leslieville Daily Updates

The latest news, views and things to do in Leslieville neighbourhoods

Councillor seeking rethink on CafeTO charges

Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher says the proposed changes to the CafeTO program, which created curbside patios on streets like Danforth Avenue and Queen Street East, are “too big and too fast” for many businesses that are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

She has sent a letter to city council’s executive committee asking that the proposed re-introduction of charges for the program be replaced by a more modest participation fee.

Restaurants Canada representatives have also told Mayor John Tory and the executive committee that 60 per cent of restaurants would be unable to participate at the higher rate. The plan goes to city council on Feb. 7.

Man sought after woman punched in face

Police are looking for a 40-year-old man after a woman was allegedly punched in the face early afternoon Friday near Queen Street East and Booth Avenue.

See the police news release for more information and an image of the suspect.

Town hall budget meeting for east-end residents

Have your say at the town hall meeting on the city’s 2023 budget, co-hosted by Toronto-Danforth and Beaches East York councillors. The meeting’s on Feb. 3. See more about it in Streeter’s Things To Do listing.

JAN. 27 REMINDER: Winterlicious starts today at restaurants across Toronto and in Leslieville. See Jan. 20 item below.

Stabbing found to be self-inflicted, police say

This afternoon police investigators say a stabbing first reported shortly after midnight this morning was self-inflicted.

According to a police tweet at 12:31 a.m., a man in his 60s was stabbed near Eastern and Logan avenues and the suspects were two black males in black hoodies who had supposedly fled the scene.

The victim, stabbed in the chest, was taken to hospital by emergency run, police said.

But at 4:14 p.m. police tweeted: “Further investigation has revealed that the injury was self-inflicted and not the result of a criminal act.”

Man sought for alleged assault in Greenwood area

Toronto police are looking for a man after an alleged assault in near Greenwood and Walpole avenues on Jan. 2.

The incident began with an altercation between the man and the alleged victim and included threats against the alleged victim’s family member, police say.

Robert Dickie, 43, is wanted for assault and uttering threats.

An image of the man and more information are given in a the police news release.

Start making reservations for Winterlicious

Winterlicious is back, set to offer prix fixe lunches and dinners from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9.

Leslieville-area restaurants participating in Winterlicious Toronto include Gare de l’Est Brasserie on Dundas Street East, The Real Jerk on Gerrard Street East, Maple Leaf Tavern on Gerrard St East, Brickworks Ciderhouse on Queen Street East and The Civic on Broadview Avenue.

You can find the entire Toronto list on the city’s Winterlicious page.

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CampTO registration set to open

It’s time to start planning the kids’ summer camp activities at local parks and centres this summer. The city has announced its CampTO programs are online for your consideration, ready for registration beginning Feb. 11.

Some new programs have been added to the CampTO lineup for the programs that run from July 4 to Sept. 1.

Camp locations in and around the Leslieville area include:

  • Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
  • Main Square Community Centre, 245 Main St.
  • S.H. Armstrong Community Centre: 56 Woodfield Rd.
  • Withrow Park and Clubhouse, 725 Logan Ave.

For more information on the program and registration, see the Streeter calendar listing.

Pizza shops’ original location moved from area

Queen Margherita Pizza, specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, closed its doors at 1402 Queen St. E. as of Dec. 31. Its original location was opened in 2010 and additional shops were opened elsewhere in Toronto.

The company said it is opening at another site in the east end, but so far we see only one west-end location listed on Queen Margherita Pizza’s website as being open.

Leslieville Beerfest

Beerfest to take over Dundas on Aug. 27

The Leslieville Beerfest has announced it’s returning to Dundas Street East for its “street party” on Aug. 27.

Dundas will be shut down between Logan and Carlaw avenues for the celebration with breweries, food venues and artisans selling their wares.

Tickets can be bought online for  $40 and include a commemorative mug and three beer samples. See the Leslieville Beerfest site for more information.

Riverdale art show

Riverdale art show back for 32nd year

Hundreds of new and original works by local artists will be on display at the Riverdale Art Show and Sale over two days next week. It’s the 32nd year for the show at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave.

Hours are Aug. 5, 6–9 p.m., and Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information online.

Second arrest in east-end homicide case

A woman, 29, has been arrested in the homicide investigation after the shooting death of Megan Elizabeth Crant, 32 in the east end on July 7, police report.

Chelsey Mais, 29, of Toronto is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Her arrest comes one week after a man being charged with first-degree murder. See the latest police news release on the case.

Coxwell/Danforth search yields luring and sexual exploitation charges

A 55-year-old man faces charges, including multiple counts of luring a child under 18, since police searched a house near Coxwell and Danforth avenues on April 20.

Police reported child sexual abuse material was found and seized during the search.

Richard Burdett, 55, appeared in court today on 16 charges, including sexual exploitation and making child pornography, police report. See the police news release.

Images of break-in suspect released

Yesterday evening police released images of a male they say is wanted in several break and enter investigations in the east end.

The break-ins reportedly took place between July 9 and July 15 at commercial establishments near O’Connor Drive and St. Clair Avenue East, as well as in the area of Woodbine and Danforth avenues.

The male is described as white, 6-feet tall, having an average build and medium length to long hair worn in a ponytail or bun.

See the news release and images.

Farmers’ market continues in Greenwood Park

In case you’ve forgotten, the Leslieville Farmers’ Market carries on in Greenwood Park every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, see the market’s website.

Arrest in Gerrard Street homicide investigation

A man has been arrested in the alleged homicide on July 7 on Gerrard Street East, police reported today.

Nicholas Hirsch, 26, of Toronto faces a first-degree murder charge and is to appear in court today.

See the police update.

Woman shot, two sought in alleged east-end murder

Two people are being sought in a homicide investigation after a woman was shot in the parking lot behind the Naval Club of Toronto at 1910 Gerrard St. E. on Thursday, police reported today.

The victim has been identified as Megan Elizabeth Crant, 32.

Nicholas Hirsch, 25, is wanted for first degree murder and Chelsey Mais, 29, is sought as an accessory after the fact to murder.

Both are considered armed and dangerous, police say. See the police news release.

Assault alleged after dog-leashing argument

An altercation over an unleashed dog on school property led to an assault on June 27, police say today.

They are looking for a man and a woman described as being in their early 20s.

The couple were walking a large dog off-leash on school property at about 5 p.m. when a school custodian asked them to leash the animal as there were children in the yard, police report. A verbal altercation reportedly escalated into the couple assaulting the custodian and fleeing with their dog.

See the police news release for more information and photos of the two being sought.


Woman sought for alleged assault, robbery May 27

Police released today a picture of a woman they say is wanted for aggravated assault and robbery with an offensive weapon.

On May 27 a woman allegedly attacked a 37-year-old man with an expandable baton before stealing his property near Donlands and Danforth avenue. The man sustained non-life threatening injuries, police say

See the police news release, including the identity and an image of the suspect.

Leslieville market continues in Greenwood Park

Don’t forget the Leslieville Farmers’ Market is on every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Greenwood Park.

Vendors include local farmers, producers of prepared foods, wineries and brewers. The market runs weekly into October.

For more information, see the market’s website.

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Farmers’ market back in Greenwood Park

Starting today the Leslieville Farmers’ Market is back on every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Greenwood Park.

Vendors include local farmers, producers of prepared foods, wineries and brewers. The market runs weekly into October.

For more information, see the market’s website.


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Posted: Jan 31 2023 4:00 pm
Edition: Toronto

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