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Just Listed: 61 Northern Dancer Blvd

October 11, 2016 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog, Real Estate Blog

This home is a rare opportunity to live on Northern Dancer Blvd, across from the 28 acre Woodbine Park with its pond, playground, natural marshland and plenty of wildlife. Enjoy the spectacular unobstructed view of the city skyline and sunsets from all 3 levels.This home has 2,500 square feet of luxurious living with a designers flair, a large and enviable kitchen, and many top quality upgrades. The fabulous third floor master retreat includes a sitting area, a 6 piece ensuite, and two balconies. You’ll be just steps from the beach, boardwalk, TTC, coffee shops. and restaurants, and a short commute into the downtown core. Come make yourself at home.

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September 7, 2016 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog, Real Estate Blog

This lovely corner unit in The East Yorker is filled with natural light and beautiful vistas.  The unit is well-laid out, affording both privacy and shared space, and the calm feel throughout makes this a welcoming  suite to come home to.  Call some friends and have a barbeque on the 12th floor patio overlooking the city and the CN Tower. Join the Facebook page, and connect with your friendly neighbours.  There are many ways you can enjoy living in this condo. Call us for a private showing.


Stay Alert: Garage Break-ins and Thefts Reported #beachto

June 22, 2016 in Latest Community News Blog, Neighbourhood Alerts Blog, Neighbourhood Watch Blog

The following incidents were reported to police by Woodbine Park Neighbourhood Watch Street Captains:

Report from Sarah Ashbridge NW Captain Friday June 17, 2016 – Garage Break-in & Home Entry

Prior to going to bed at 1230am the residents heard voices in their back garden and went out on our third floor balcony and saw three people near the back door.  They screamed “Get off my property the police are coming”  then saw 3 people running to the side gate and run to the street.   They discovered their back door (to the house) was wide open and perpetrators had also entered the garage and stole from their garage fridge a $100 filet mignon and two cases of imported beer and some other food and pop.  911 was immediately called and the police came by around 1 am.  They looked around and made a report.  A second pair of police came by around 3 am and took some pictures.  It was unfortunate that their garage door and back door to the home were unlocked as they are typically very diligent about locking up but each one thought the other had locked up.


Report from Winners NW Captain Friday June 17, 2016 – Garage Break-in

Garage was broken into but they decided not to take a damaged bicycle.


Report from Joseph Duggan/Boardwalk Captain Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Garage Break-in & Bicycle Thefts

Garage break-in.  The perpetrator(s) came into the backyard via the side gate.  The homeowners, who had left their children with an adult family member and had gone away on vacation, did not report whether their sitter had unknowingly left the door leading from the backyard to the garage door unlocked, or whether the thief had broken a window pane and reached in to unlock the door from the inside.  Taken were the two parents’ bikes and their son’s Spiderman bike.


Report from Sarah Ashbridge NW Captain Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Garage Break-in & Bicycle Theft

Garage break-in.  The glass of the garage door was broken and the pull cord used to gain access to the garage.  A girls bike was stolen.  Police report made.

Keep doors locked.  Report ALL incidents to Police (416) 808-2222.  Remember, graffiti is also a crime – report it!


Neighbourhood Watch Update – House and Garage Break-ins

December 2, 2015 in Latest Community News Blog, Neighbourhood Alerts Blog

Hi everyone,

Please find below a report from Division 55 Community Response Unit below of a recent house break-in at the corner of Boardwalk and Northern Dancer in addition to a report from the Winner’s Circle Captain about a garage break-in on the east side of Winner’s Circle.

Please see tips from Division 55 in their report about home security when out of town and please remember to lock all of your doors and keep valuables locked up in your garage.  Lookout for any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood and, if found, please report it to the police.

Please stay safe!

Susan Poutanen
Northern Dancer Blvd South Neighbourhood Watch Street Captain


Report from Division 55 Police Community Response Unit Monday Nov 30, 2015 – House Break-in

Another break-in to be shared to your captains.

-Occurred at corner of Boardwalk & Northern Dancer
-Nov 24th – 29th (Residents were out of town)
-Suspects broke glass window
-House had alarm system but only on doors.
Please let people be aware, but also provide tips such as:
-When away from home have someone check on your property
-Limit & control who you let know when away
-If you know your neighbours are away, keep an extra look out for the property and take some sort of action if something is not right (check the property yourself, contact the owner if possible, call police etc.) 
Report from Winners Circle NW Captain Monday Nov 30, 2015 –Garage Break-in

We live on the east side of winners circle . At some point between 5:30-6:30 tonight , Monday November 30th- someone entered our garage and attempted to steal bikes- fortunately two were locked and one had a flat and I suspect they could not ride off with it. We could tell of foul play as cushions thrown everywhere and bikes tossed around.

So, it appears thieves are merely waiting for dark to begin their search. We need to be watching and alert our neighbours if they see a garage door left open. I suspect they may have opened it with a remote as no evidence of breaking plexi-glass in the door of our garage.

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Notes

November 22, 2015 in Latest Community News Blog, Neighbourhood Alerts Blog

Dear Neighbours,

For those of you who were not able to attend this meeting, here is a summary of what Constable Jon Morrice from 55 Division Crime Prevention said.

While we live in a police district that has a relatively low crime rate[1] , and in a city that is safe, there are steps we can take to increase safety and reduce property-loss crimes.

1.  Home and Garage Break-ins:

Most break-ins in District 55 occur in the daytime when no one is at home. Most times the criminal will enter the back yard from the laneway, and gain access through a basement window or by kicking in a door or by forcing open a basement window.  It doesn’t take much to kick in doors The thieves prefer a yard with garbage bins, which they can stand on to enter a first-floor window, or bushes they can hide behind while trying to open a basement window. He suggested we could remove these aids and limit access to our sliding basement windows by bracing them with a length of wood, such a piece of a hockey stick handle. “Criminals don’t want to make noise or expend a lot of effort: They want it easy,” Morrice added. “Alarms don’t help much because of the time it takes the police to get there…(The thieves) are in and out in under five minutes.”

2. Stolen Packages:

Last year numerous packages were stolen when delivered to front porches. Thieves will sometimes follow couriers to grab the items as they are delivered. So Morrice urges us to choose the option to sign for deliveries; or, if away, to arrange for a neighbour to accept delivery.

3.  Stolen Mail:

Some crooks have stolen credit card bills, magazines, notices from the Ministry of Transportation from mail boxes to commit identity theft. Morrice suggests installing a lockable mailbox.

4. Theft from Cars:

“Theft from cars is endemic,” said Morrice. “(But) we don’t get a lot of broken windows.” So always check that your doors are locked, and don’t tempt thieves with valuable items like expensive sunglasses, hockey equipment, skis – even garage door openers. If you keep identification in the car a thief who finds your car in parking lot could use the information to find your home, and use your garage door opener.  You could lose bicycles if they are not locked to the building, power tools, coins and CDs.

5. Theft from Persons:

Teenagers are more vulnerable to those rare thefts that occur out in public areas. The victims tend to be shuffling along after dark, hoods up, daydreaming to the sound of their earphones. Their electronic devices are attractive to thieves. So encourage them to stick to well-lit areas, to walk with a companion, to pay attention to what’s ahead and behind them.

6.  Watch out for your Neighbours:

Be neighbourly. Keep an eye out for suspicious and potentially dangerous conditions, and report them. Watch out for elderly neighbours who may be shut in by a winter storm or at risk if walkways are left icy. Residents at the meeting with Morrice urge us all not to speed on the laneways or streets.

7.  Vacation Safety:

Make arrangements before you leave on vacation, or turn over your home to tradespersons. When away, don’t signal your absence: Arrange to have your mail and other deliveries picked up and your sidewalk and walkways cleared. Ask a neighbour who is home during the day to keep an eye out for those who might pose as a tradesperson to enter your home to steal. If your key to the house, or the security code for your garage door opener, is passed around to multiple workers, change the locks and code after the project is complete.


[1] District 55 (Danforth to the lake, Don Valley to Victoria Park) had zero murders, and fewer break-ins and car thefts during the first nine months of 2015 than in the much-larger District 53 (Lawrence to Bloor, Bathurst to the Don Valley). Other crimes increased but the totals did not exceed those in 53 by much: Assaults 566 to 506, robberies 124 to 86, sexual assaults 79 to 73. (Source:

Please stay safe!

Susan Poutanen

Northern Dancer Blvd South Neighbourhood Watch Street Captain


Leslie – Lakeshore Update

August 7, 2015 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog

On Saturday, August 8, 2015 Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street is scheduled to re-open to traffic.

Traffic Details

  • 3 lanes will be restored to vehicular traffic on Leslie Street between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue, resulting in uninterrupted traffic movement between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • The curb lane on the east side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street will remain closed for ongoing utility upgrades and streetscaping activities.
  • Access to Memory Lane and Sears Street from Leslie Street will not be available due to ongoing work.
  • Access to Mosley Street from Leslie Street will not be available due to ongoing work.

Pedestrian/Cyclist Access

  • The sidewalk on the west side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street will be restored.
  • A minimum of one sidewalk on Leslie Street will be maintained during remaining streetscaping reconstruction activity between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.

Maps and additional project details can be found at

High Risk Offender to be Released

June 16, 2015 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog

Reports from Joseph Duggan’s Captain today – Police Release


Community Safety Notification, High-risk offender to be released, Simon William Gares, 34, Photograph released
Broadcast time: 10:26  Monday, June 8, 2015
53 Division  416-808-5300
On Monday, June 8, 2015, Simon William Gares, 34, of no fixed address, will be released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for:
1) two counts of Threatening Death
2) Theft
3) Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest
4) Fail to Comply Probation
During the investigation, he made non-specific threats related to the safety of children attending elementary schools.
He is subject to a Probation Order requiring him to abide by numerous conditions including, but not limited to:
1. Keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
2. Do not attend within 500 metres of Bayview Avenue and Moore Avenue
3. Do not possess any weapon(s) as defined by the Criminal Code
4. Do not buy, possess, or consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances
5. Do not possess or consume any unlawful drugs or substances
The Toronto Police Service is notifying the public because of his potential to violently reoffend. He will be residing in Toronto upon his release.
Anyone with information regarding Simon Gares is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World. 

Suspicious Activity

June 16, 2015 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog

Reports from Winner’s Circle Captain on Friday June 12, 2015 – Suspicious Activity

Our door bell was pressed multiple times this evening so I finally went to answer. I told the person to stop and that I was not interested in canvassers. She was very aggressive and wanted to know who I was!

She obviously wanted to get in the house and she tried to stick her head in the front door to look around.

We suspect she was attempting to case the house for a subsequent break-in.

She left quickly as soon as my wife said she was calling the police.

Red hair, 35-40, light coat, carrying a courier envelope (presumably a prop for delivering something).

Just Listed: 83 Northern Dancer Boulevard $1,849,000

June 4, 2015 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog, Real Estate Blog

Yet another listing on Northern Dancer that doesn’t fail to disappoint! This elegant and bright parkside detached 3-storey home is simply perfect for a family. Features include granite counters, natural gas fireplace, large family room, and a roof-top deck with magnificent views of Toronto’s skyline. Have a peek at this 3+1 bedroom home at the link and pictures below:

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Just Listed: 194 Wineva Avenue $949,000

June 3, 2015 in Neighbourhood Alerts Blog, Real Estate Blog

What’s not to love about this beautiful 4 bedroom home? You’ll be sold the moment you walk in by its open-concept and natural light flooding in through expansive floor to ceiling doors and windows. Features include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a wood-burning fireplace, tiered front yard, and finished basement room – this property is sure to please! It is also ideal for a growing family as it’s located close to the magnificent Queen Street and close to public schools. Don’t miss out and view this property now! Check out some pictures and the virtual tour below: highres_018highres_007