Laura Albanese, our MP, sent me an email last week about the recent rash of muggings in Weston. In it, she explains the work the province is doing to reduce crime and violence in Weston and the province.
Albanese identifies four ways in which the province has been trying to reduce crime:
- Funding more police in Weston
- Supporting crime prevention
- Getting people back to school
- Developing recreation programs
Ms Albanese says that the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) has put “about 30 more officers on our streets this summer at Weston and Lawrence.” The program, she says, will also create a “stronger, more trusting relationship between law enforcement and our neighbourhoods.”
The province has funded several organizations in York South – Weston, Albanese says, including Frontlines, UrbanArts, Guidance of Somali Canadian Youth, and Young and Potential Fathers. Crime prevention, she says, is a “key element of the government’s plan”.
Getting people back to school
Ontario is trying, she says, to keep kids in Weston high schools by creating the Specialist High Skills Majors program, which allows young people to do practical work of interest to them while getting their diploma. Weston CI, Chaminade, and George Harvey CI all have the program. The province, she says, is also trying to help families better make the transition from high school to college and university.
Developing recreation programs
Ms Albanese says that the province “has made substantial investments in local infrastructure”, including renovation of the Smythe Outdoor Pool, playground improvements at Pelmo and Pellatt Parks playgrounds and the FIFA standard soccer field at Weston Lions Park.
Mike Sullivan’s office has said that he will respond to our questions about the recent muggings in Weston when he returns from Ottawa. Your humble reporter has not heard back from the Toronto Police.