Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Gordon Hartnell, from Weston, received the Meritorious Service Medal yesterday from Governor General David Johnston. The medal goes to people whose “specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.”
CWO Hartnell has served for 28 years in the military, including in the Airborne and special operations.
As battle group sergeant-major in Afghanistan from April to November 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell was a key player in high-intensity counter-insurgency operations. Tenacious in combat and a firm disciplinarian, he was respected throughout the unit as a model for others to emulate. Whether providing advice to the commander or leading soldiers in combat, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell demonstrated impressive leadership and soldiering ability, which proved to be critical to the battle group’s operational success.
Toronto Police are looking for a man who went missing in the Lawrence and Jane area:
Wayne Leslie Carrick, 61, was last seen on Sunday at 10 pm. He is 5’9″, 168 lbs, with white hair.
Call 222-TIPS if you’ve seen him. Police are worried about his well being.
Laura Albanese broke ranks with the Liberal party to vote to electrify the Union Pearson Express.
Albanese was one of three Liberals to do so. One Conservative voted in favour of the bill, which was otherwise supported only by the NDP. All other Conservatives and Liberals voted against Bill 84.
Metrolinx has released the final designs for the noise walls that will cut through Weston.
Almost all of northern Weston, from St Phillips to Coulter, will have concrete walls. At Coulter, there will be a small art wall.
From King, where the tunnel emerges, to Lawrence, the east side will be mostly ‘film strip’. The west side of the tracks will be the uglier concrete, except at the John Street crossing, which will be transparent, and the Farmers’ Market, which will have art.
Around the GO train parking lot south of Lawrence, Metrolinx will be building art and film strip walls. These are the last nice walls for some distance.
Through south Weston and Mount Dennis, they will be building precast concrete walls—starting at Victoria and going all the way to Black Creek Drive, with only a brief glass reprieve at Eglinton.
Your humble correspondent cannot help but believe that GO gave the squeaky wheel grease. While Mount Dennis gets concrete, The Junction—which had been vociferously opposed to the walls—appears to get mostly glass and filmstrip.
The TC3 Concert Choir
While some Westonians were watching Santa go by, others were cozy and warm listening to some stirring gospel music from TC3 (Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company) and their special guests, the U of T Gospel Choir.
U of T Gospel Choir.
TC3 recruits students between the ages of 7 to 18 from all over the city with the aim of enriching academic and artistic talents of their members. An impressive 90% of TC3 alumni continue to higher education after high school.
Founder and Choir Music Director, Reverend Denise Gillard expressed the hope that one day, TC3 members would be singing in the U of T Gospel Choir.
In addition to their busy touring schedule, TC3 will be performing on Breakfast Television in the next few days.
The awful In Touch ‘retirement’ ‘home’ has been told to close its doors, according to the Toronto Star. In Touch made news a few years ago for its deplorable conditions and its awful treatment of residents. The subsequent reverberations have changed the industry.
Now Elaine Lindo, the owner of the former Tyrell home located on the corner of Rosemount and King, has been told to close up shop. Lindo lost her licence to operate a retirement home. She also lost an appeal.
According to The Star, the owner
finds most of her clients on the streets and in hospital wards, then offers them care in exchange for their assignment of their pensions.
Metrolinx will be conducting a vibration test to see if the tracks should be padded to reduce rumbling in the neighbourhood. Seven tests of about five minutes each will be performed over the next week in three locations around Weston.
Mount Dennis will be getting “ballast mats”—rubbery mats that line the track bed to absorb some of the rumbling. Perhaps if I can get than nincompoop who parks outside my house with his stereo on to head down to Church Street at the right time next week, we’ll get ballast mats too.
In other construction news, Metrolinx will be undertaking another series of ‘continuous pours’. The pours are required to ensure the concrete sets as one slab. More cement trucks than usual will be entering and leaving, and some construction will be taking place during the night