Messiah/Complex extended until January 31

Screenshot from the video

If you missed Messiah/Complex—a completely new take on Handel’s Messiah featuring the diversity of Canada’s people and geography—now’s your chance. The online run has been extended until January 31.

This production, by Against The Grain Theatre, includes Weston’s own Elliot Madore, and the Weston Lions Arena. It received a long and flattering review in the New York Times.

Pay-what-you-can tickets are available online.

Shooting NYE

We didn’t get the year started off very well.A home in Mount Dennis was shot at early in the morning of January 1. Police found shell casings and “evidence of gunfire” at a home on Humber Blvd and Avon Avenue. There were no injuries.

Man arrested for retail robberies

On December 15, Toronto Police arrested Andrea Franco Sestito, 34, for a series of robberies, including at least one in Weston.

Sestito is alleged to filled a backpack with stolen goods while wearing a mask, and to have threatened employees with a folding knife.

He has been charged with robbery, disguise, possession of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and failing to comply with probation.

Crime this year: down

Weston has long had a reputation as a bad neighbourhood. (I’ve long disagreed, but numbers only get you so far.)

As the year ends, we can compare crime rates to 2019. And they are good.

Crime rates, which were already low, fell considerably in 12 Division. Robberies, assaults, thefts, break-ins, sexual assaults and murders were less frequent. Only auto thefts were up.

Crime rates in 12 Division, image from the city

There could be many reasons for this, but it’s noteworthy that rime rates were down across the city. Doubtless, the pandemic paid a role.

Clearance in 12 Division, image from the city

The police also solved more crimes this year. The clearance rate jumped quite dramatically, to 78%.