Queens, John closed for search

John and Queens were closed off tonight at Pine and Elm streets while police searched for a wanted man, according to the Weston Village Playgroup.

The man is described by commenters as a white 30 year-old-male with bushy hair and lots of tattoos.

I’ve contacted the police liaison for more information. I’ll let you know if I get some.

Thanks to M and D for the tip and the awesome mums for the info.


Sullivan’s memories of shooting on The Hill

Mike Sullivan posted a memoir to Facebook of last week’s shooting on Parliament Hill.

Our caucus main door, leading to the Hall of Honour, was two double doors – an outer wooden door which opened out, and an inner padded door which opened in, for soundproofing. There were three other sets of doors into the room, all padded and doubled, and I hastily helped move a table against the door closest to me, to keep it shut. By this time we were hearing a hail of gunfire. It seemed to be first outside the main door, then it moved to outside our back door. I was too close to it, so I moved away and put my back to a stonewall. I was shaking like a leaf…


In related news, Mike Sullivan agreed with Thomas Mulcair’s opinion that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a criminal, not a terrorist. Sullivan said, “Here, here” [sic], when sharing the opinion from Mulcair on Facebook. Mulcair has been criticized by Conservatives and Liberals for this position, but received wide support from the public.

Nunziata wins in a landslide

Frances Nunziata will continue her long political career—to nobody’s surprise. She won more than 71% of the vote tonight. While Nunziata’s victory was predictable, the magnitude is enormous.

The second-place candidate is genuinely shocking though: José Garcia. Garcia received 17% of the vote—and he was never once seen. There were no pictures, no website, no lawn signs. Nothing.

Dory Chalhoub, who ran an active campaign on a shoestring budget, came in last, with 11% of the vote.

Voter turnout appears to have been higher than in the last election. 18,308 voted compared to fewer than 16,000 in 2010.

In other news:

  • Chris Tonks was handily re-elected to the TDSB with 65% of the vote
  • Frank D’Amico breezed in to the TCDSB with 75%.
  • Marie Fontin won for the French Catholic board

In next-door Ward 12, John Nunziata, Frances’ brother and our former MPP, came in second, narrowly losing to Frank DiGiorgio, the incumbent, in a hard-fought, 4-way race.


96 John St requests severance

The owners of 96 John Street have asked the city to let them sever their property. Doing so will violate several planning regulations, including

  • The frontages will be less than required
  • The lot areas will be smaller than required
  • The dwellings will take up a larger-than-allowed portion of the lot
  • The lots will not have the required amount of lawn or landscaping
  • The garage will be larger than required

The applicants will be making their case before the committee of adjustment this Thursday at 1:00 pm at the York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West.

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What do you need? Jobs, jobs, jobs.

The Star has a series of articles (1, 2, 3) about the new job-creating programs of Action for Neighbourhood Change, Irving Tissue, and the United Way.

Five years in the making, a major part of ANC’s plans is getting off the ground. Known as the Community Training and Employment Project, ANC has teamed up with United Way, George Brown College, the City of Toronto and paper product company Irving Tissue.

New commenting system

For now at least, I’ve turned off the old comments on WestonWeb.ca. I’d like to try two new things: a Facebook group where you can comment and create your own discussions, and a commenting system that ties into Facebook.

While the comments here were frequently lovely, they were sometimes frustrating, and using Facebook should improve upon the system we had.

Most importantly, it will let you start your own discussions. I’m sure that some of you would like to contribute the occasional bit of news or advice.

Also, though, our Facebook group will:

  • Allow for up-voting
  • Encourage civility
  • Give you freer rein to comment on the stories
  • Ensure opinions are backed by real people

All the news we write on WestonWeb will appear on the group. You can comment on it clicking straight through from the post using the little “Discuss” link.

If you prefer, though, you can also continue to post your comments here. Now, however, you will be asked to sign in with your Facebook account, for the same reasons.

To start or join the discussion, join our new group—I really hope you like it.

And one important warning: This will be an experiment, so don’t write your first novel in the comments.