Documentary on Mark Moore and Kevin Williams, local killer and his accomplice

On Wednesday, TVO will air Some Sort of Judas about Kevin Williams, the accomplice-turned-informant who rode with Mark Moore when he murdered two men in Weston.

Some Sort of Judas – Trailer from The Mind Refinery on Vimeo.

Williams was with Moore when he killed Courthney Facey and Mike James, two innocent young men. He was also his accomplice in the violent robbery of a jewelry store, for which he was sentenced to six years.

Some Sort of Judas airs Wednesday at 9 on TVO.

Killer faces $500 fine

A 62-year-old man was charged with an improper right turn, and faces a $500 fine.

That improper turn killed Gary Sim, 70, of Mount Dennis, who was riding his bike on Jane Street. Sim died in hospital on July 2.

Is there a pro-car bias baked into the legal system? Heather Sim, the victim’s daughter, says so.

“If I was walking down the street swinging a lead pipe and hit someone, I’d be (facing an) assault charge … You just not paying attention and hitting people (with your car) doesn’t mean it’s anything more than a Highway Traffic Act charge,” she said.

Even the police think this is wrong. The Star says we could have a vulnerable road-user law, which would increase penalties for motorists who kill pedestrians or cyclists.

The province has been looking into this possibility for more than a year.

 

Upcoming events

Frontlines is hosting a community BBQ at 1844 Weston Rd. tomorrow. There will be “food, performances by local talent, DJs, activities, and much more.”

Frontlines will also be having a carwash on Saturday.


Weston Buskerfest will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m, around Weston and Lawrence. Bring change to tip your artists!

There will be a raffle for a 40” flat-screen television. To enter the draw, spend $20 or more in Weston Village on the day of the eventand bring your receipts to the information booth in front of the RBC.

 


Mural Community Consultations

UrbanArts will be meeting on July 27 and Aug 3 at 6 pm, at the Weston Library from 6-7 to discuss proposed art murals.

Cree-Métis Artist Jason Baerg proposes a text based visual art project to reclaimate the Humber River in Akwe:kon / Tkaronto / Toronto. Using the founding Indigenous languages, this work is intended to significantly improve the visibility of Indigenous communities in the local environment and help renew greater connections to the land. Currently, Toronto has one of the largest urban populations of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Kanata.

There are two proposed sites:

The first site is the Lawrence West Bridge… in Memorial Park. The second site is Scarlet Rd. parapets / bridge superstructures over the Humber.


The MDCA is hosting HumberFest on August 7:

Who was the man killed by police?

The Toronto Star has an article about the mystery of the homeless man killed by police in Weston last year. It was the second time he had been shot by police in Weston, both times after threatening them with a butcher knife.

The police have little idea who he was.

 

No one knew John Doe.

Not his real name, not his birthday, not where he came from. More than a year after Doe ambushed Toronto police officers with a kitchen knife in a dusty rail corridor in North York, leading one of them to fatally shoot him, all investigators can say is that he was a sex offender with a violent past.

Mount Dennis pop-up galleries this summer

The Eglinton Crosstown is sponsoring “Gallery City”, a series of pop-up galleries this summer, including in Mount Dennis, featuring work by local artists.

By Shirley Mpagi, From Gallery City
Joan McGivney, from Gallery City

The exhibition runs until August 25. Interested readers can find more information about the artists and locations at the Gallery City site.

Neighbour’s night out a huge success

The annual Neighbours’ Night out was a huge success again this year. Hundreds and hundreds of people showed up for food, entertainment, and socializing. The weather was perfect, and the music fantastic.

Many thanks to the organizers, and to Tony Serwatuk from Behind the Lenz for the photos.

A tale of two wards.

Councillor Pam McConnell. (from Twitter.com)

The recent and untimely death of Councillor Pam McConnell brought forth an outpouring of tributes. Many remembered her service to the community and the great things a determined councillor can achieve in a Toronto ward. Ms. McConnell may have represented Rosedale but she consistently voted to defend her poorest constituents, not the richest. She also fought hard to improve the public domain rather than work for private interests.

We can view Ms. McConnell’s recent voting record through a handy grid compiled by Toronto blogger Matt Elliott. The Google Docs spreadsheet itemizes how each Toronto councillor voted on important topics over the past few years. As part of the grid, Mr. Elliott also keeps a scorecard on how each councillor’s overall votes align with those of our right-leaning Mayor John Tory – recently described by some wags as ‘Rob Ford in sheep’s clothing’.

Ms. McConnell it turns out, voted with the Mayor only 41.5% of the time. In contrast, our own Councillor Nunziata voted with the Mayor a remarkable 92.5% of the time; more than anyone else on council. That’s loyalty but at what cost to the people in York South-Weston?

Mr. Elliott’s scorecard can be found at this link.