April 23, 2018 – Updated message – Incident near North York Civic Centre
Here are the updated messages related to today’s incident near North York Civic Centre.
The City extends its deepest sympathies to those affected by today’s horrific incident and thanks those who assisted and continue to assist at the scene, including first responders, members of the public, TPH staff who provided CPR, hospital staff and others.
At present, the number of deaths confirmed by officials is 10 and the number of injured is at 15.
For those affected by the Yonge St. incident, a reception centre is has been set up at Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave. Red Cross and staff from the City’s Office of Emergency Management are there to assist residents and help them access emergency social services such as accommodation.
Investigators are appealing for information from the public. The hotline for witnesses to the incident is 416-808-8750. A separate hotline for anyone missing a friend or family member is 416-808-8085.
Toronto Police Service has advised the public to avoid the area around Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch. Road closures are in place in both directions on Yonge Street between Highway 401 and Cummer Avenue. Use Lawrence, York Mills, Steeles & Hwy 7 as east/west alternate routes and Dufferin, Bathurst, Bayview & Leslie as north/south alternate routes until further notice.
Subway service has resumed north of Sheppard Station on Line 1, but trains are bypassing North York Centre Station. Shuttle buses are also operating.
In response to today’s tragic incident, North York Civic Centre has closed for the day. All meetings and permits scheduled there for this evening are cancelled. All other City facilities remain open and meetings and public consultations will occur as scheduled.
The Toronto Sign has been dimmed, flags at Toronto City Hall, civic centres, and Metro Hall are being half-masted and a condolence motion will be brought to the meeting of Toronto City Council which begins tomorrow (April 24).
Toronto City Council will meet as scheduled tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. to express condolences, and then immediately recess for the balance of the day. Council will reconvene on Wednesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. for its regular meeting.
The City of Toronto extends thanks to all residents for their patience and understanding while we continue to work with our partners in response to today’s tragic incident.
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