Last night’s Frontlines Fundraiser was a success even though a last minute switching of the venue caused organizers to scramble. The event had originally been scheduled at the Church on Weston Road but a funeral necessitated some quick thinking and after some frantic phone calls, a the York West Active Living Centre was made available. The evening was organized and filled with performances from L.I.T.s (Leaders in Training) under the direction of Joel Reid and other Frontlines staff. Delicious home baked goodies and rice crispy squares were also sold.
Program Manager Denise Gillard expressed her pride at how far the LITs had come this year and thanked Summer Activity Coordinator Tyra Jones-Hurst for her work this summer. Also in attendance were rap performer Squally Blesso who praised Frontlines and thanked Executive Director Kristy Grisdale for helping him when he was a teen, and NDP provincial candidate Paul Ferreira.
A correction: Maggie Knap, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre says “York West was unable to provide the space for Frontlines at such short notice but did refer Kristy to Toronto Community Housing Health Promotion Officer, Ahmed Ali who was able to offer the recreation space at Eagle Manor at 1901 Weston Road for the venue.”
The Provincial Progressive Conservatives have announced that Lan Daniel will be the York South-Weston candidate in the October 6 election. She is the wife of brand new Federal Tory MP for Don Valley East, Joe Daniel. According to Joe’s website, they run a graphics design business in the Don Valley East riding.
Presumably Tory leader Tim Hudak couldn’t find a qualified Progressive Conservative living in York South-Weston to be the official candidate. It can only be hoped that Ms Daniel will get up to speed with the issues in this riding and will be able to explain why she is better qualified than a resident candidate. This, after all, was a major issue in Alan Tonks’ recent defeat.
Passers-by were doing double takes the other day as a worker was seen watering the new artificial turf soccer field in Lions Park. The worker said that this is done every so often to keep the playing surface clean, much like scraping and flooding an ice rink. One thing is certain, the new field has been a big hit with players.
Last Sunday, July 24, 31 Division officers patrolling at Weston and Church apprehended a young man who allegedly in addition to a quantity of marijuana, had a stolen .32 Smith and Wesson handgun in his possession. Judging by the nature of the charges against him, this young man is probably not a first-time offender. The police report did not mention if the officers were part of the TAVIS program or on regular patrol.
In an exclusive interview, she clarified her comments about Chaminade College students and says her original words were the result of a ‘miscommunication’. She also acknowledged that the muggings at Weston and Lawrence were very unlikely to have originated from students at that school.
We discussed other matters such as why she will oppose future license applications for bars in Weston. Councillor Nunziata says she has no problem with applications being approved as long as there are conditions attached to ensure good behaviour; e.g. adherence to licensed hours and noise suppression. After a year these conditions would be lifted. She claims that there are too many licensed establishments along Weston Road and Jane Street already, and that some legitimately licensed establishments operate after hours too . She’s ‘had many complaints from residents.’ I asked if any licence applications ever come from deserving businesses and was told that as long as they agree to the conditions and have not caused problems in the past, they will not be refused a licence.
We returned to the topic of crime and the TAVIS initiative. I mentioned my pet peeve which is that while the TAVIS program has great potential and is a great asset to the community, officers tend to hang around in groups of three or more (let’s not call them gangs) and could cover more ground and have more contact with the community in smaller groups. Ms Nunziata replied that the grouping format was agreed to in the TAVIS meetings, as was the location of the surveillance cameras (which, perhaps, could have produced better results along Lawrence Avenue, since much of the crime seems to occur there).
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Frontlines is running an introduction to digital photography course for students aged 10 and older. These one-week sessions take place in July and August. Frontlines needs help in acquiring digital cameras and related equipment that can be used when students are learning to compose and download images. If you are able to help, please call Program Manager Denise Gillard at Frontlines: 416-244-7017.