Parents, tell your kids to drop the road hockey sticks, get off the street, and back inside to play with their iPads and video games. The City of Toronto is cracking down on residents in mid-town Toronto who have been leaving hockey and basketball nets sitting on the edge of the road in the Lawrence Avenue and Avenue Road area.
The nets are being left on the road because there are no sidewalks in the area to leave the equipment on. Encroachment bylaws ban all temporary or permanent structures placed on public roads unless permission is obtained from the city.
20 residents have been visited by bylaw officers after a neighbour complained about the nets. Others still have received a notice from the city directing them to remove the equipment from city property or face a $90 fine.
Some residents, not wanting to wrestle with the authorities, have complied with the order, but some are defying the demands.
Resident Mark Ashcroft said to CTV News “This is a wonderful area to live and grow up and we love it,” Ashcroft said. “We just have to get our priorities right.”
What does that neighbourhood’s city councillor think about all of this? Christin Carmichael Greb hasn’t said a word. She’s remained silent on this one. BUT, she is holding a meeting about it Tuesday night, which many of the area residents are planning to attend.
Should the residents comply with city rules? Is a war being waged against a coveted Canadian pastime?