Dozens showed up tonight to rid the corner of King and Elm of bad vibes—and to show their support for both the proprietors of Olympic Variety and local residents, who have put up with a fair bit of violence of late. Suri Weinberg-Linsky, the organizer, called the event “a community hug”.
Weinberg-Linsky is a business owner herself; she runs Squibb’s Stationers on Weston Rd. She said that she was motivated to bring people together because “as a store owner, there’s always that fear, when you’re by yourself, that somebody’s going to come in and rob you.” Olympic Variety was robbed by three young men two weeks ago. One of the owners, Helen, was injured in the robbery.
About 80 people came to show they have also had enough of violence in the community. Sgt Jason Craft of 31 division and Councillor Nunziata attended and showed their concern.
Sgt Craft took some tough questions from the attendees, some of whom grilled him about insufficient police presence in the neighbourhood and the results of the investigations.
Craft was sympathetic, but couldn’t make promises. He said “I can’t speak in terms of specifics with those investigations because those are ongoing.”