Yonge + St. Clair

February 15, 2017

We can’t say thank you enough. But we’ll try

We tried to keep this short, but there are so many to thank.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of brave men and women at the Toronto Fire Department. They answered the bell, battling all day and night to contain the massive fire at the Badminton and Racquet Club.

Our sincere appreciation also goes to the Toronto Police, EMS, Toronto Hydro and the TTC who coordinated seamlessly throughout the day.

The collective response to Tuesday’s blaze is a testament to the community of first responders, civic leaders and citizens who rally together when called on.

We’d like to single out the efforts of Fire Chief Matthew Pegg and Councilor Josh Matlow, for working diligently at the scene to keep the community informed, as well as Mayor John Tory for his leadership.

We’d also like to thank Red Cross for opening a temporary shelter and providing a safe space for members of our community, as well as the Rosedale Animal Hospital for offering shelter to evacuated pets until residents could get back home.

And last, but not least, we’d like to thank all of you—the community at Yonge + St. Clair. The outpouring of support and compassion was inspiring. We’ve heard stories of people offering food, blankets and even their homes. We’ve seen a community rally to support the local businesses impacted by the fire.

We, at are truly lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Thank you.


Images by M. Baehr via the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association