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Nasty Grinch scuttles basketball playing on Dunsfold Dr.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Just ask the kids who can no longer shoot hoops on Dunsfold Dr.

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.

Jasraj Singh sent us an email saying he’s afraid to put his net back on the boulevard, a spot it occupied for several years until the Grinch-like bylaw officer put an end to the fun.

Last summer, a car owned by a man down the street ended up with a dent in it. The owner blamed it on kids shooting baskets across the street from his house, said Singh, who’s 18.

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.

But the officer didn’t want to be seen to be picking on any one homeowner, so several other residents with nets in front of their homes, including Singh, were also ordered to move them, he said.

“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.

“Every basketball net owner on my street is greatly affected by this decision because we are extremely passionate about basketball. Some days we spent countless numbers of hours playing basketball.

“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.”

We went there and watched as Singh shot baskets at a net on his front lawn, with only an uneven laneway on which to bounce the ball.

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.