Police cruiser smashed, shots fired near Weston

The police are looking for a suspect involved who was involved in at least one car crash and a shooting in the Weston area.

The story is very murky. Shots were fired at the building at 300 Queens Drive (which is over Jane Street from Weston) and the suspect likely fled to the area of Rogers and Weston roads in a stolen car. Spotted there by police, he crashed into a cruiser before fleeing.

CP24 says (insensibly) that he fled to Sheppard and the 400, was involved in another collision with a cruiser, and then returned to the area of the first collision before crashing the car and fleeing on foot.  680News makes no mention of a second crash, Global News says that the suspect collided with two cars, and City says with a car and fence.

300 Queens Drive was the site of a murder in 2004.

 

Weston man faces eviction for gov’t screw up

A local man was in the news today because he faces eviction from his apartment even though he did nothing wrong.

 

Drywaller Andrew McLean, 53, had arranged for his disability cheques to go directly to his landlord to ensure his rent was paid on time. But when those cheques stopped arriving, Ontario’s Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) prevented new ones from being issued quickly.
Now his landlord has successfully argued for an eviction order for late-payment of rent, though McLean’s disability benefits caseworker admits it’s the government’s fault the cheques weren’t getting there on time.

Realstar, McLean’s landlord, owns the building at 35 King.

Musical Opportunity for Weston Youth

If you know anyone interested in music between the ages of 15 and 24, here is a golden opportunity to learn from the experts. Outstanding band Soundcheck is offering free lessons for a year and they even include the use of an instrument. See the official poster below for the details.

Play Our Sound Poster Final!

Irving putting people to work

The Star has a great article on the ways that Irving Tissue and community groups are putting young people to work in Weston and Mount Dennis.

With the help of the United Way, the plant has partnered with Yorktown, Weston-Mount Dennis Action for Neighbourhood Change, York Youth Coalition, George Brown College and the city. Together, they have identified 13 area youth aged 19 to 29 and are providing them with job and life skills training as well as the mentoring they need to become potential employees.

 

 

Business as usual at City Hall

In spite of the nice shine that Mayor John Tory is putting on the work of running Toronto, for lobbyists and the councillors who meet with them and accept their money, it’s business as usual.

A typical example is the sad story of how eight massive highway billboards were imposed on the people of this city by councillors acting against the public good. Sadly, our own councillor, Frances Nunziata appears to be part of the problem. According to influential blogger and Toronto activist, Dave Meslin, Nunziata, met with billboard lobbyists Paul Sutherland (twice) and David Bordonali (three times), accepting campaign contributions from them both. By mere coincidence, Ms Nunziata then thought she knew better than City Staffers and the citizen Sign Advisory Committee (both of whom rejected the signs) and voted to impose these eyesore traffic distractions onto our landscape.

Apparently this is quite normal – if you’re ever puzzled by the voting patterns of councillors, and why they seem to vote against the public interest, lobbyists might be the answer to your question.

Read the awful details of this depressing story here.

Upcoming events

Tonight, Mike Sullivan will be hosting a film screening to celebrate Black History Month. The movie will be “The Road Taken” a documentary about the struggles of Black railway porters in the 1950s.  The movie will be 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West.

The York West Active Living Centre will be hosting a health fair on Tuesday March 17. They’ll be answering questions about their programs and facilities.

health fair flyer 2015