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With winter on hold, kids are still playing lots of basketball on city streets. And with the Raptors doing a lot better than the lowly Leafs, basketball is more popular than hockey with many youngsters.
But basketball is forbidden on Dunsfold Dr., a residential street near Finch Ave. and Markham Rd., after a bylaw enforcement officer ordered every home with a net in front of it to remove it from city property.
He complained to the city, prompting a visit by a bylaw enforcement officer, who issued an order requiring the net to be moved off the boulevard, which is city property.
“The next day he came back and made sure the nets were all behind the sidewalk and said that he would close the file,” said Singh. “Since then, my street has been empty and I have hesitated to move the net back.
“I have had this net for three years and no one ever complained. However, now I cannot play basketball on my own net, on my own street, because one person made one complaint.”
So we told him how bylaw enforcement works, explaining it’s a complaints-driven process. If nobody complains, the officer will not come back. And he is definitely too busy to be checking up on your street.
STATUS: Carly Hinks, a right-of-way management official confirmed in the case of basketball or hockey equipment on a city street, nothing will be done until someone complains. She added that staff is preparing a report for city council’s works committee on ways to allow kids to play sports on city streets, for no other reason than it’s good clean fun. Amen to that, and Merry Christmas.
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