Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Toronto HA serious renters

The typical Torontonian isn’t the only one being priced out of the city’s sky-high housing market. Local Hells Angels are happy to be renters now after a flirtation with home ownership, Det. Sgt. Len Isnor of the OPP Biker Enforcement Unit said in an interview.

“It’s a huge trend toward renting,” Isnor said. That’s partially a reaction to the estimated $700,000 hit the Hells Angels took when they lost their old clubhouse at 498 Eastern Ave. to the federal government.
With 100 members, the Hells Angels remain easily the largest outlaw biker club in the Toronto area. They’re followed by 40 members each of the Outlaws and Vagabonds; 18 members of the old Para-Dice Riders; 10 members of the newly arrived Satudarah club, from Holland via Indonesia; and 10 Loners, a longstanding York Region club.

In Hamilton, there are 30 members of the independent Bacchus club while Peterborough is home to six members of the California-based Vagos. There’s peace for now among bikers because the smaller clubs know enough to stay out of the way of the Hells Angels. “They’re like a rowboat against a battleship,” Isnor said.
While the Hells Angels lost their Leslieville clubhouse, they’re not wandering the streets. Instead, they have settled into a rental home in Parkdale on Elm Grove Ave.

There aren’t any signs outside like in the old days, as the club is trying to keep a lower profile. Since the new clubhouse is a rental, they don’t have to worry about losing it to proceeds of crime legislation. “The Hells Angels are so entrenched here,” Isnor said. “They learn from our investigations.”