Hussen blames anyone, everyone, but never himself

Three-and-a-half years into his four-year term, our MP, Ahmed Hussen, continues to avoid responsibility for his department’s abject failures.

Hussen was under fire (again) for bungling the chaotic rollout of the family reunification program. Some applicants sued the government because they were locked out of the computerized registration system that closed after only 9 minutes. The plaintiffs were quietly offered residency in exchange for dropping the suits.

Michelle Rempel asked Hussen whether this is any way to run an immigration system (it is not). He said that they’re doing a bang-up job (they are not), and that they have cleaned up a mess left by the Conservatives (they have not).

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In follow-up questions, Rempel gave Hussen the facts. He further embarrassed himself by avoiding the questions and—again—saying the Conservatives, who have not been in power for three years, were worse.

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Hussen has a tough job, and he has also done it terribly. That is beside the point. In the House, Hussen continues to reveal a deep character flaw: he is immature.

Grown men make mistakes and accept responsibility. They do not blame the other ‘team’ for their losses; they blame themselves—especially when the stakes are so high. They improve, grow, and strive to do better by the people who trust them, as well as the people who don’t.

Ahmed Hussen needs to learn this to deserve the position of Minister.

Our MP is not rising to his station. He’s flailing and falling far beneath it.

Rogue retirement home (hopefully) shut down.

It’s hard to believe, but the In Touch retirement home continues to operate.  Now, Elaine Lindo, its operator, is again facing jail time.

In Touch is in the beautiful Tyrrell house at King and Rosemount. But while the outside is gorgeous, the inside is a nightmare.

The In Touch retirement home was exposed as abusive and disgusting in 2010 by an undercover Toronto Star operation. The Star found

People left in urine and feces-filled diapers for hours. Washrooms with no toilet paper so residents, some suffering from dementia, wiped themselves with their hands or a flimsy communal towel. No stimulation. Bad food. Poorly trained and underpaid staff, with just one on duty overnight.

A resident wandered away earlier this year and was later found dead.

Lindo has been punished by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority almost every year since 2013. In 2015, she was given 15 days in jail. In January of 2019, she was found to be breaching her probation.

On June 3, Lindo “was ordered by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to vacate and stop the operation of an illegal retirement home by June 7”.

Lindo told the court that she was the subject of racial and religious discrimination. She saidher spiritual beliefs had prompted her to help the homeless.”

Traffic changes around St John, HJ schools

As St John the Evangelist gets closer to completion, Etobicoke York Community council is considering changes that will slow and reduce traffic around the school.

Council is considering

  • Speed humps on George
  • Eliminating turns onto the street from Fern and Church during pick-up and drop-off hours
  • Allowing entrance onto George Street only from King Street

    City staff are recommending against the speed humps, but their recommendations are often overruled by council.

Awesome week in Weston

Boy, it was a cracking week in Weston.

The June Fair was a huge success. The weather was perfect, and hundreds of people turned out. There were bouncy castles, hamburgers from Zeal Burger, and great games and prizes. On a melancholy note, both Ms Madarasz and Ms Sestito announced their retirements.


The Queens’ Drive (and neighbourhood) annual garage sale was awesome, as usual, today.

William selling the best lemonade on Queens Drive.
Cherri and Leslie on King, raising money for the Weston Historical Society

Upcoming events

Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood Green Energy Panel

On Monday, the Mount Dennis Community Association will host a panel discussing Mount Dennis’ progress toward becoming a net-zero ecoNeighbourhood. The event is at the Mount Dennis Public Library, and doors will open at 6:00


On Tuesday, June 11, Mike Sullivan, our former MP will be showing a film, Being Poor Makes You Poorer. Yafet Tewelde, who would like to be our new MP, will be attending.


Saturday, June 15, will be the official opening of the Weston Farmers’ Market.

DeMontis withdraws from federal election

Mark DeMontis has withdrawn his candidacy in the upcoming federal election. He said on Twitter the he has “decided to focus on [his] role with the Government of Ontario”.

DeMontis challenged incumbent Laura Albanese and winner Faisal Hassan in the Ontario election. He placed second with nearly a third of the vote, and, in my opinion, he would have been a very strong contender in the federal election. DeMontis has been a successful broadcaster, speaker, and has a gripping story of overcoming adversity—he lost most of his sight in early adulthood, but rollerbladed across the country to raise money for blind hockey players.

Jarryl Hagley’s murderers get life sentences

The murderers of Jarryl Hagley, 17, at the Weston Pizza Pizza will serve at least 25 years in prison before they get the chance for parole. Brothers Lenneil and Shakiyl Shaw, both 25, and Mohamed Ali-Nur, 21, were convicted of first-degree murder two weeks ago and sentenced today.

The Hagley’s family and friends read their victim impact statements for several hours before the judge sentenced them.

Hagley was killed in late 2016 while he sat with friends in the Pizza Pizza. The murderers charged into the restaurant and shot at him with a shotgun and a pistol. Hagley was shot in the chest.

The killers’ escape was caught on video, and they were convicted in part on the testimony of an accomplice, whose car was used in the crime.