Late last night on February 2, Toronto Police were called to a parking lot on Oak Street, between Sackville Street and Sumach Street, in Regent Park. Police officers located three male victims with serious injuries. There is an ongoing investigation from Toronto Police Services and anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto Police Service - 51 Division at 416-808-5100 or Toronto Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).
I have received a report that the Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction at Toronto Fire has issued orders for both properties at 238-240 Berkeley Street to be shut down immediately, effective January 21, 2021.
Yesterday, I was informed by residents of Berkeley Street that a massive fire broke out at 5:15 a.m. at 238 Berkeley Street. The at-risk activities arising from these properties are well known to Toronto Police and City divisional staff as they have a long history of jeopardizing the wellbeing and safety of the community. My office was first informed by the residents of their ongoing struggles, when they brought the properties to my attention in June 2020.
I am deeply saddened to learn of Michael Miceli’s passing on December 22, 2020. Only 40 years old, Michael was a valued leader in the city and member of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) for over two and a half years. As Chair of this committee, I had the privilege of learning from Michael and working with him on a number of key issues to improve the livability of Toronto for people living with disabilities.
Last week the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) provided a revised decision on the proposed daycare at 459-461 Sackville Street. This application proposes to turn the existing heritage building into a daycare for up to 80 children. Following a confusing 2020 TLAB decision which appeared to unconditionally approve the daycare despite noting concerns about parking, traffic and safety, the City Solicitor asked the TLAB to review its decision. I am pleased to hear that the City Solicitor was successful in that review request. While the TLAB has affirmed the variances for the approved daycare, it has helpfully attached five new and clearly stipulated conditions that the applicant must satisfy prior to any daycare use on the site.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their neighbourhood and with this in mind, I am sympathetic to residents who have seen safety, and the perception of safety eroded in Cabbagetown South and Moss Park over the last year. Reports of rising assaults, theft and vandalism are incredibly distressing and a reason provided by some local residents on why they have hired private security guards to patrol city streets.
On December 15, 2020, the Board of Directors at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) approved Tridel Builders Inc., as the new developer partner and construction manager for the coveted final phases of 4 and 5 in the Regent Park Revitalization.
I want to thank everyone who has called and emailed my office offering feedback and expressing concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents experiencing homelessness, and living outside in encampments through this pandemic. As the winter weather hits, I am also deeply concerned for their safety.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tricia Waldron on November 4, 2020. Tricia was struck by a vehicle at the corner of Mill Street and Cherry Street. This is a tragic loss, and while it cannot be undone, my commitment to pedestrian safety in our neighbourhoods is strengthened.
I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of a 30 year old Black Trans woman on October 26, 2020, who died in hospital after being apprehended by police under the Mental Health Act. I extend my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and to our community deeply affected by yet another loss.
In a release from Toronto Police Service, officers responded to a break in call. Upon arrival, it was determined that no break in had occurred and there was a woman in crisis. While in police custody, she was transported to hospital and went into distress. Life saving measures were taken and unfortunately, she was pronounced deceased at 10:15 a.m. Subsequently, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been engaged and no further details have been released.