SAHRA eBlast – March 4, 2020

Membership Contribution Campaign 2020

The 2020 campaign for Membership contributions was initiated on Feb 4.  We need your financial support!  We have a population of 823 households – last year 122 households contributed (15%) whereas we have 506 subscribers to our eBlasts (61%).  We hope that you find our eBlasts informative and helpful such that you would be willing to support our costs.  We have on-line payment capability on our website or you can mail/drop off a cheque.  Please see the attached Membership Form for links and details.

Pruning of Trees on Avenue Road

SAHRA submitted an inventory of the condition of 127 trees on the east and west sides of Avenue road between Joicey down to Lawrence to Councillor Colle’s office in Sept, 2019. This was in turn submitted to Urban Forestry for their review and scheduling of the appropriate pruning.  We are pleased to report that pruning was initiated in late February.  We look forward to reviewing the results of our hopefully healthier trees in the Spring.

Councillor Mike Colle March 2020  E-Newsletter

You can access the E-Newsletter on SAHRA’s website via this link

TPS – Sexual Assault Alert – Man Arrested

SAHRA has a newly-developed policy to forward Toronto Police Service information to our members.  The policy considers the risk to our residents based on the type of crime and how close the crime’s location is to our neighbourhood.  The policy includes forwarding the following when it occurs anywhere in 32 Division (Steeles to Lawrence, Bayview to the train tracks just west of Caledonia Road): sexual assault, stabbings and neighbourhood crime rates. Most other important crimes are forwarded if they occur within Sheppard to Lawrence and Yonge Street to Bathurst. There are two exceptions: homicides and shootings. We expect that these will be covered by the media. Should you have any questions or comments regarding the policy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

At present, we receive only sexual assault news releases from the police. We are looking for a volunteer to monitor the police’s Twitter account for other posts which then would be forwarded based on our policy. We expect the time commitment would amount to 5 – 10 minutes per day.

As per the policy, since the alert below is related to sexual assault and occurred within 32 Division, we are reporting it to you.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 3:30 PM  32 Division 416-808-3200

The Toronto Police Service is advising the public of an on-going sexual assault investigation.  It is alleged:
– on Friday, February 14, 2020, a man sexually assaulted a woman while she received a massage at a spa located in the Steeles Avenue West and Yonge Street area.
– the man was working as a massage therapist

On Tuesday, February 18, 2019, Napoleon Arenas, 63, of Brampton, was charged.  He is charged with:
1. Sexual Assault
2. Fail to Comply with Release Order

He was scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Police believe there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, 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.

SAHRA’s Annual General Meeting on April 29 2020

Reserve the date  – Wed, April 29th from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Armour Heights Presbyterian Church (105 Wilson).  Come hear Meg Davis talk to us about Waterfront Updates.  Councillor Mike Colle will give us Ward Updates. Jim Sadler will talk about our efforts in Reducing Crime in our area.  Please join us!

Community Events:

Annual Book Sale

Fairlawn Avenue United Church will be holding their annual Book Sale with a huge selection of good quality books, vintage vinyl, CDs and DVDs on the following dates:

Thursday, April 23     6:00-9:00 pm
Friday, April 24          12:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, April 25     10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Yoga with Erin

Free yoga classes with Erin Stone on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.  See the attached for dates in March.  Contact [email protected]  or call 416-485-4000.

Lunch & Learn – The Luck O’ The Irish

Before pubs and St. Patrick, beyond leprechauns and shamrocks, join us for this exciting presentation by Lianne Harris sponsored by Mosaic and Armour Heights Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 17 12:00-2:00 pm.  A journey into the history of the people and land of Ireland.  RSVP to 416-485-4000 or [email protected].

POINT’S Senior Walking Club

POINT’s Senior Walking Club is a biweekly event occurring Tuesday and Friday mornings at 11am at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre indoor track. It is a great opportunity to stay active during the winter months, socialize with your peers and increase your agility and mobility. No matter your fitness level, all are welcome. If you have any chronic medical conditions, please check with your physician before attending sessions.  For more information and to register please call 416-487-2390. Location: 200 Eglinton Ave W (at Lascelles blvd) 2 blocks west of Eglinton subway station.

Lunch & Learn – Exploring Medical Cannabis

Pharmacist Cinzia Cifarelli will discuss this complex botanical compound including the risks, benefits, stigma and much, much more at this Lunch & Learn at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 21 from 12:00-2:00 pm.  RSVP to 416-485-4000 or [email protected].

Watermain Replacement

The City of Toronto is planning to replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on YONGE BLVD FROM WILSON AVENUE TO SANDRINGHAM DRIVE  during the months of March and April 2020.  This project is part of the Council-approved 2019 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk of watermain breaks.