Police seeking man linked by DNA to 3 assaults

The police are asking for the public’s help finding a man who has been linked by DNA to three sexual assaults, including one in the Mount Dennis area.

He is alleged to have committed two other sexual assaults since 2015 in Collingwood and Toronto.

On Monday,  a 28-year-old woman had ordered a ride-share service at about 10:25 p.m. to pick her up on the Lakeshore. The man who picked her up, who was not working for the ride-share company, led her to believe he was her driver. He then took her to a parking lot in the Jane and Eglinton area and sexually assaulted her. He then sped away. He is “25-35, brown complexion, approximately 5’7” – 5’9”, with a small build, and a short beard”. He “suffered an injury to his eye during the sexual assault.”

The same suspect is alleged to have assaulted a 17-year-old girl on January 1, 2017, in Collingwood, and a 23-year-old woman on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in Toronto.

The police have released composite sketches of the man.

Childcare-education funding for LEF

Ahmed Hussen announced $735,000 in funding for a childcare-educator-training program being run by the Learning Enrichment Foundation.

The LEF is developing

an enhanced and accelerated early childhood education training program to respond to the growing demand for registered early childhood educators in Ontario, address sector-defined skills needs, and ultimately improve the quality of early learning and child care services.

The LEF has three locations in the Weston area and has been in operation for 41 years.

Frontlines in the news

Weston’s own Frontlines was in the news last week. Moira Welsh profiled the culinary program they offer:

For the last six weeks, since late April, Sherese Jesuorobo has been coming here each morning.

At 25, she was seeking a kind, welcoming community and a fresh start. As others before her have, Jesuorobo found it here. She entered the culinary training program that meets five days a week and teaches people between the ages of 18 and 29 food safety, chopping skills, menu design, organization and recipe creation on “Walk-it-out Wednesdays.”

Sitting beside the big window that overlooks Weston Rd., Jesuorobo talks about her connection to the community, the negativity she felt after her brother, Mike James, was shot and killed here nearly 10 years ago, and, now, the new purpose she has found through the Frontlines program.

Thanks to T for the link.

Upcoming events

Lots to do in August! This weekend is UrbanArts’ CultureShock Festival in their new digs at Weston Common.

Today, and every Friday until the end of the summer, Frontlines is hosting Beats in the Streets.


UrbanArts raising money for kids’ camps

UrbanArts, Weston’s finest arts organization, is asking for your help sending kids to camp. They’re trying to raise $5000 to help young people from varied backgrounds “have a lifetime of memories with new experiences in the arts, visiting cultural attractions and meeting new friends.”

The campaign has raised  $940 of their $5000 goal. You can donate at this link.

Kids having fun
Image from UA
Image from UA