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Pat Wright

On August 25, 2021 long-time volunteer Pat Wright is leaving Leaside Towers!

Pat moved into Leaside Towers in 2013 and quickly made many friends.  As those who know her can attest, Pat is not one to remain idle for long.  Within a few months, she was reaching out to the larger community to see how she could make things better for her fellow tenants at Leaside Towers.

As part of the Leaside Towers Tenants Association (LTTA), Pat formed the Getaway Club (nothing to do with travel!) bringing many activities to The Towers- exercise classes, movie nights, bridge, book club, bingo, garage sales and more.

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Great news – 0 new COVID-19 cases in Thorncliffe Park in last 3 weeks

From CBC article:

Thorncliffe Park, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in Toronto, has not detected a single case in the last three weeks. 

“It’s such an amazing thing to see cases get to zero in certain neighbourhoods where it was daunting for so long,” said Dr. Andrew Boozary, executive director of social medicine at the University Health Network.

“I hope we can build on these learned lessons as opposed to some semblance of premature victory that we’ve seen in other jurisdictions that comes with real costs.” 

Read the full article here on CBC.ca.

Woman Assaulted in 43 Thorncliffe Park Elevator

Police want to find a 24-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive elevator. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday. Police say a 40-year-old woman and a man entered the elevator. The man allegedly exposed himself to the woman after the doors closed. When the victim tried to leave, the man allegedly pulled her back into the elevator and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the building.

Police are looking for 24-year-old David Simonic of Toronto who is wanted for sexual assault and forcible confinement. He is believed to be violent and dangerous. He is described as five-foot-eight and weighs 155 lbs. He has brown hair and a trimmed beard and was last seen wearing a dark coloured ‘Bench’ shirt, a dark Adidas track top with a zipper, a gold necklace with a pendant, grey track pants, and white runners. Police say he is believed to be violent and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


Leaside Towers Fitness Centre Re-opening July 16!

Great news from Morguard!

Dear Residents,

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to reopen our Fitness Centre as of Friday July 16th.

To facilitate physical distancing guidelines, the Fitness Center will be made available from 9:30am-9:30pm at 50% capacity. It is important as we open the Fitness Centre that we do so while prioritizing the health and safety of our residents and associates.

The Recreation facilities will be on a first come, first serve basis with a 1 hour limit to allow all residents that would like to use the facilities to have access.

To allow use of the Fitness Centre while working to prevent further spread of COVID-19 the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Maintain the Public Health Canada recommended physical distance of 3-metres from all persons not from your immediate household.
  • Due to reduced capacity limits, Residents will not be permitted to have guests use the amenities to ensure residents are given priority.
  • Wipe down ALL equipment with the provided disinfecting wipes BEFORE and AFTER each use.
  • Fitness mats and balls have been temporarily removed. Until further notice, residents will be asked to bring their own yoga/fitness mats and fitness balls for their personal use.
  • You may notice a reduced amount of equipment and/or equipment flagged “Not for Use,” these adjustments have been made intentionally to encourage and allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • A member of our team will regularly monitor the Fitness Centre periodically throughout the day to ensure physical distancing, face covering, and capacity restrictions are maintained at all times.

We understand accommodating these restrictions can feel like an inconvenience, however, adhering to these guidelines prioritizes the health and safety of our residents and associates, while allowing us to open our Fitness Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact the Management Office at 416-421-8109.

Thank you,

Amit Thakur

District Manager

Leaside Towers

Toronto Public Library Service Update

Notice from Toronto Public Library

We’re excited to announce that all Toronto Public Library branches have re-opened to the public! While we are currently limited to 25% capacity during Step 2, we are pleased to be back to offering most of our pre-pandemic services:

What’s Now Available!

  • Browsing and borrowing materials
  • Library card registration and renewal
  • Fine payments and loading print card funds
  • Study spaces and seating
  • Computer usage, printing/photocopying, and Wi-Fi access
  • Information services (reference and research help, reader’s advisory, book-a-librarian sessions)
  • Grab & Go bags (they were so popular that we’re keeping them around!)

Youth Hub

Open from 3:30-7:00pm Monday to Friday, teens (13-18 y/o) can drop by our Youth Hub to use a laptop, access homework help, or just relax in the space. Current capacity is limited to 25%, or 11 people in the Hub.

TD Summer Reading Club

Our yearly summer reading club program is back! Now online, the TD Summer Reading Club is a great way to encourage kids of all ages and abilities to keep reading over the summer. Drop by the branch to register for free and receive your reading kit and web access code! For more information about the program, click here.

Please feel free to email or telephone me with any questions, requests, or if you would like to schedule a virtual presentation about how the library can best serve your clients. We hope to see you at our branch soon!