Upcoming events

Artscape will update the community on the plans for the cultural hub on November 14 at 6:30 at UrbanArts. They promise to share details on

Artscape hub

  • “The design of the hub – the types of spaces and facilities that the hub might offer
  • The types of activities and programs that may take place at the hub
  • The proposed visual identity, wayfinding and signage for the project
  • Next steps in the hub development and tenanting process”



Police video shows suspects in boy’s murder

The police have released video of three suspects in the murder of Jarryl Hagley at Pizza Pizza.

An SUV, probably a Toyota RAV4, parked on Little Ave, and three men (but not the driver) stepped out and walked to Pizza Pizza carrying a shotgun and a pistol under their hoodies. The car had a roof rack, a sunroof, and a tire mounted on the back and it may be a significant clue in the case.

One man smoked a cigarette while walking toward the Pizza Pizza. He stayed outside as a lookout, while the other two went in; one was armed with a shotgun, the other a handgun. The shooting inside lasted only seconds, during which time two shots were fired from the shotgun and four or five were fired from the handgun. One of the shotgun shots killed Hagley.

All the suspects fled towards Little Avenue; the lookout was the slowest of the group, and the police have an excellent view of his face. They reentered the car and fled down Little toward Lawrence.

Detective Worden said that Hagley and his friends had been involved in a dispute with the murderers over the past few months, and that there have been related shootings “in the surrounding area”. The murderers may not have targeted Hagley specifically, though; they  “aimed in the direction of that group and were hoping to hit as many people as they could”.

Worden said that Hagley and two of his friends were “known to police” and had young-offender criminal records.


UPX ridership triples–but it is still diesel

Ridership on the UP Express has tripled since Metrolinx cut fares, to more than 8,000 daily riders, according to Torontoist. The number of riders continues to grow, although at a slower rate.

The Clean Train Coalition, though, would like to remind you that the Metrolinx and the province have blown right through the start date for regional rail electrification:

“The environmental assessment process for electrification was supposed to start four months ago in July. It has not started, there has been no announcement explaining the delay, and there is no word from the government when it will start.”

Raymore Park off leash zone under construction

According to newly minted Ward 2 Councillor Mike Ford, the leash free zone in Raymore Park began construction in earnest at the beginning of October. The plans are available at this link. Anticipated opening is set for next spring.

Man wanted in attempted murder

The police are looking for a man accused of attempted murder. On October 2 at about 3 am, a man the police describe as “black, believed to be in his 30s, short, with a heavy build” is alleged have stabbed the victim after an altercation near Jane and Lawrence.

Wanted man Wanted man


If you have an information, you can call 416-222-TIPS.

A bridge for Metrolinx, not for us

Laura Albanese, our MPP, wrote a quite scathing letter to Bruce McCuaig, the CEO of Metrolinx, demanding that the John Street Bridge be opened.

Apparently, Metrolinx doesn’t answer letters even from MPPs; Albanese says her last correspondence was “never followed up on with a formal response”.

I know, at the end of the day, it’s a bridge and arguably, an ugly, oversized one. But to me, it stands as a symbol of all that is wrong with Metrolinx: it is expensive, consultative, and sold with breathless unfalsifiable jargonese.

But at the end of the day, after millions of dollars and hours of puffery,  it’s a bridge built for Metrolinx, not for us.

Letter from Albanese



Upcoming events

Laura Albanese will be hosting a public meeting on the Ontario Municipal Board, the provincial agency that overrules local planning decisions.

The OMB is controversial, because it often overrules citizens’ groups and city councillors.

The meeting will be Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 at the York Civic Centre.
Laura Albanese poster