Monthly Archives: October 2012

Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch Nov 1st!

Bring your pumpkins, bring your family and friends, bring your MUG!

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A HUGE thank you to Freeman Realty and Seaton Village community who came out to support the SVRA!
 The pumpkin sale/fundraiser was such a hit we totally SOLD OUT  yesterday!
                                                 There will NOT be another sale today in the park
Thanks to Elden Freeman, Daniel Freeman Randi Kwinta and the Freeman Team for making this happen!

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Freeman Realty Pumpkin Sale in Vermont Square Park this Weekend!

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by | October 25, 2012 · 3:29 pm

14 Division – Community Alert: Mobile Community Station Initiative


Community Alert Toronto Police Service
14 Division – Mobile Community Station Initiative recent arrest Sexual Assult in the Christie Street & Bloor Street West area

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM Auxiliary Officers from 14 Division will be setting up and manning a Mobile Community Station in the vicinity of Christie Pits. The Mobile Station will be set up out front of the Bickford Centre, 777 Bloor Street West as part of a community initiative regarding the recent arrest for the Sexual Assaults. Officers will be focusing their efforts in this area and handing out flyers. We encourage community members to drop by and provide any further information they may have in relation to the investigation.

Some safety tips:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Trust your instincts. •Walk with a purpose.
  • Limit the use of electronic devices.
  • Follow the safest route possible.
  • Walk in the centre of the sidewalk away from doorways and parked vehicles.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you are expected to return. Arrange to check in with them if you want.
  • Follow the safest route possible. Walk on the side of the street where you can best see around you.
  • Have your house keys or car keys ready in your hand. •Avoid overburdening yourself with parcels. Carry your purse close to you but do not wrap it around your neck, shoulder or hand.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, get away fast, cross the street and go directly to the nearest well lit or populated area or place of safety. If you still feel you are being followed, turn and in a loud voice say, “Are you following me.” Go to an occupied building or flag down a taxi and ask the driver to call the police.
  • Plan your route for places of safety. Police or Fire station, variety store, mall or crowded area. •Never be afraid to draw attention to the fact that you feel at risk.

These tips will help to reduce the potential for assault.
Constable Gord Reid, Crime Prevention, 14 Division
Message Prepared by P.C. Reid #1703

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TPS News Release: Arrest Made in String of Sexual Assaults (October 22nd, 2012)

Young Offender faces 16 charges in sexual assault investigation, Bloor Street West/Christie Street area

Monday, October 22, 2012 – 10:10 AM
14 Division

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a series of sexual assaults in the Bloor Street West/Christie Street area.

Between Thursday, August 16, 2012 and Saturday, October 20, 2012, numerous sexual assaults have been reported.

It is alleged that:

– the sexual assaults occurred in the geographical area bounded by Barton Avenue to the north, Ossington Avenue to the west, Palmerston Avenue to the east, and College Street to the south

– the accused approached women from behind, sexually assaulted them, then fled the scene

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It is further alleged that:

– on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at approximately 11 p.m., a woman was walking in the Roxton Road/Bloor Street West area

– the accused approached the woman from behind, sexually assaulted her, and was arrested by police at the scene

A 15-year-old male youth has been charged with:

1. 14 counts of Sexual Assault
2. two counts of Criminal Harassment

He was scheduled to appear in court at 311 Jarvis Street on Monday, October 22, 2012, room 1, 10 a.m.

The name of the accused cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe, Sex Crimes Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

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Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case + October 17th CPRA (Safety) Meeting Brief

Toronto   Police Service
News   Release

Media advisory, Monday, October 22, 2012, 10 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference, Major announcement in investigation into series of sexual assaults in Bloor Street West/Christie Street area

Monday, October 22, 2012 – 5:00 AM
Sex Crimes Unit

On Monday, October 22, 2012, at 10 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe will update the media with a major announcement in the investigation into a series of sexual assaults in the Bloor Street West/Christie Street area.

The news conference will be broadcast on the Bell TOC.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant LeeAnn Papizewski, Sex Crimes Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

FROM CBC this morning:

Christie Pits Residents’ Association October 17th Meeting Brief

The SVRA has been communicating with the CPRA during this time and attended the October 17th meeting at Bob Abate Community Centre.

Inspector Dave Vickers from 14 Division, Detective Sargent Dave Kelly, a criminal investigator from the Major Crimes Unit, Eric Andre from the Community Response Unit, Detective Kernahan and several officers from the Sex Crimes Unit were in attendance to speak to the ongoing assaults to women in our neighbourhoods.

Those in attendance were assured this case was #1 priority for 14 Division – many resources were being dedicated to the case, including door-to-door canvassing, increased uniform and undercover presence and Police Command Post Mobile Unit was brought into the neighbourhood for community assistance and outreach.

The first known assaults happened on July 16th. October 7th was the last reported assault with 3 known assaults occurring over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

The police were able to give some information:

  • All offences were similar in nature with the suspect approaching the victim from behind, assaulting and fleeing – we were assured the assaults  did not escalate to penetration
  • The suspect is a male, (light) black, 16 – 45 years, 5’5″ –  5’10”, short dark curly hair and brown eyes. He has been known to wear a hat with a brim.

One of the challenges for officers working on the case is communication – receiving information and getting information out to the public in a responsive and responsible manner that also respects the needs of the victims. The police told us they were working on a composite. Getting information in a timely manner made information-sharing a challenge.

The police have relied on Social Media (Twitter and Facebook), the internet, email and their website to communicate

Area residents and concerned citizens have organized rallies, walks via Facebook and endeavoured upon postering campaigns to inform and empower those in the impacted neighbourhoods (and Toronto and beyond)

Residents Associations – The SVRA and CPRA –  have CPLC [ ] community liasions that attend regular meetings in order to get information out to local communities and enhance communication efforts, but we need your assistance…it does take a village….

The SVRA has conducted neighbourhood safety audits with Councillor Vaughan’s office, has made available community safety awareness protocol  and held meetings dedicated to community safety – clearly it is important to be safe and feel safe! Please refer to our Safety page at the SVRA website:

If you are interested in participating on the SVRA Safety Committee PLEASE send us a message

PLEASE PLEASE help us by speaking with your neighbours – especially those WITHOUT access to computers or devices that connect them to social media and other media.

Be well and stay safe.

All the best,


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Fences in the Park – Next Phase of Park Renewal Begins!

Fences were erected in the park yesterday to mark the beginning of the next phase of park renewal. Our apologies for the lack of information until now, but the actual start date was under discussion with Lomco Ltd – our contactor for this phase of construction.

Extensiveness of fence placement and site is being reviewed by City staff this afternoon – it appears the fence reaches beyond neccessary work areas.

This phase of construction will continue until the end of November and see the completion of:

  • The Art BenchI just saw it drive by on a flatbed so it will be installed this week!
  • The Stage off the pathway bisecting the park from Palmerston – Rossmore, just south of Bill Bolton Arena
  • Light boxes installed for recessed lighting feature of Art Bench
  • Addition of (3) games and (2) picnic tables and switching direction of benches along the pathway from the south side (facing Bill Bolton)
  • Regeneration of the southern transverse pathway leading from Palmerston Ave to the south east corner of Olive and Rossmore,  including regrading of the pathway and drainage improvements to surrounding area (to address the ice sheets that form on the sidewalk north of Olive Ave, along Palmerston Ave/park)
  •  (3) Benches placed “conversation-style” on this pathway to the south of the Bocce Ball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts reduced to 2 and remaining courts regraded and improvements made


The beloved oak tree stump will remain in the field (to be upgraded in the upcoming renewal projected for the spring/summer of 2013 – construction for this phase being organized in coming months)

QUESTIONS: please contact

FYI – The PUMPKIN PATCH IS ON in the park – NOVEMBER 1st this year! Stay tuned for Ads coming soon 🙂

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