BIA looking for pop cans

The BIA is looking for a little help making a float for the Santa Claus Parade.

We’re making float pieces for the parade with recyclable materials. We need 250 empty pop cans for one float piece. If you have some, just put them in a plastic bag or box and leave them outside the BIA office door at 4 John St, Unit 3. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this request.

They could use your cans before Thursday, if you have some.

Victim named in bar shooting

I’m sorry I’m a bit late to this.

Toronto Police have named the victim of last week’s shooting at the Red Room bar on Jane. Miganeh Idris, 20, was killed at about 1:30 a.m. last Thursday when an unknown gunman entered the Red Room and shot two men. 12 Division Police have issued no description of the suspect.

Supporters of Idris’ family are raising money for the family’s expenses.

Seniors home approved for vacant lot

The Etobicoke York Community Council voted to approve a 15-storey affordable rental tower for on seniors on the long-vacant property at 2346 and 2352 Weston Road.

Photo of vacant lot
From Google Maps
Drawings of the building
From the application

The proposed tower will contain

  •  42 bachelor units
  • 70 one bedroom units
  • 15 two bedroom units

The proposed units would be targeted to older adults and seniors, aged 59 and over.

The EYCC had previously opposed the building because of “built form, density, height, massing, site layout, shadow impact, proximity to the Humber River valley, access, parking and loading”.

In response, the applicant revised the plan with more setbacks, more open space, better wind design, fewer units, and a more amenity space, among other adjustments.

The development will be funded in part through the city’s affordability programs.

The plan will now go to City Council.

Responses to recent shootings

The CBC covered some of the local responses to the recent shootings in Weston and the surrounding area. Several community groups were included, including Stachen Frederick from Frontlines.

Image from the CBC

At a meeting on Wednesday, she saw someone get the call that a relative had been injured.

“More and more youth are becoming fearful of living in this community,” Frederick said.

They try to engage children as young as six at Frontlines, with youth programming ranging from homework help to fitness and cooking classes. About 460 young people come through their doors a year.

Frederick says there needs to be more effort from all levels of government and more funding so places like Frontlines can be open later and offer more to young people.

She also says there’s a lack of spaces for young people in the community.