Quick news updates

InsideToronto has the cool story of Mellina Orr, a young woman helping her community and bootstrapping her own non-profit.

Mellina Orr has always had a passion for helping youth and other residents in her neighbourhood: Weston.

“Even when I was younger, my friends used to come to me for help and advice and I used to help them,” she told The York Guardian.  “I find joy in doing so.”

The UPX struck a pedestrian in Weston on Thursday—though quite how this could be possible is a mystery given the fences and walls surrounding the tracks. The man was struck just east of the station.

It’s the second time someone has been struck in Weston.

There were two shootings in the Weston area last week. Two boys were

Firearm violence in WMD
Firearm violence in WMD

shot near Jane Lawrence at a pool. Another young man was shot at Sheridan Mall. Weston and Mount Dennis have had little firearm violence so far this year.

The Alia N Tanjay at the Crossroads Plaza has closed, joining HomeSense Home Outfitters, the Asian Market, and some smaller retailers.

Cold case: Glenn Lowe

InsideToronto has the story of Glenn Lowe, murdered in 2010.

Glenny Lowe was kind-hearted and trusting. Perhaps too trusting, some say.

The 30-year-old was helping friends with the irrigation system of a marijuana grow house on Jane Street near Harding Avenue when he answered a knock at the door and was shot and killed.

It was a Sunday night in February 2010, and Toronto police are still looking for the gunman.

From InsideToronto

Documentary on Mark Moore and Kevin Williams, local killer and his accomplice

On Wednesday, TVO will air Some Sort of Judas about Kevin Williams, the accomplice-turned-informant who rode with Mark Moore when he murdered two men in Weston.

Some Sort of Judas – Trailer from The Mind Refinery on Vimeo.

Williams was with Moore when he killed Courthney Facey and Mike James, two innocent young men. He was also his accomplice in the violent robbery of a jewelry store, for which he was sentenced to six years.

Some Sort of Judas airs Wednesday at 9 on TVO.

Who was the man killed by police?

The Toronto Star has an article about the mystery of the homeless man killed by police in Weston last year. It was the second time he had been shot by police in Weston, both times after threatening them with a butcher knife.

The police have little idea who he was.


No one knew John Doe.

Not his real name, not his birthday, not where he came from. More than a year after Doe ambushed Toronto police officers with a kitchen knife in a dusty rail corridor in North York, leading one of them to fatally shoot him, all investigators can say is that he was a sex offender with a violent past.

Never a dull day

The SIU and Toronto Police are investigating a car crash at King and Elm that has left one man in hospital and a car destroyed. It also happened to occur across the street from your correspondent.

Police were pursuing a Ford Flex at around 2 this morning. After the crash, the driver fled the scene. The passenger was seriously hurt and is in hospital.


The police were tight-lipped with me, but to my eye, it looks like the pursued were racing up King Street from the Rosemount area. Clearly, they were moving very fast and ran the stop sign at Elm. They missed the bend, jumped the curb, and hit the tree.

Pieces from the car were scattered far: a piece of the headlight is about 15 metres away and across the road.

Crime diving in 12 Division

Crime is diving in 12 Division, according to the most recent batch of police statistics, even though crime across the city is, on the whole, unchanged on a year-to-year basis.

In Toronto, robberies and thefts over $5000 are up about 10%, while assaults and sexual assaults are down very slightly (murders, which are so rare as to be of very dubious statistical use, are down 44%).

In Weston, Mount Dennis, and the rest of 12 Division, the numbers are down almost across the board. Auto thefts are up 7%, but B&Es and robberies are down by about 25%. Sexual assaults have been reduced by 10%. Thefts over $5000 and murders, being very rare, have no value as indicators of a trend, but they are down substantially, too.

The statistics were released at the end of March, and measure crime on a year-to-date basis. Obviously, things good change, but the first quarter of 2017 was certainly very good indeed.


Profile of Marc Porlier, alleged arsonist

The Sun profiled Marc Porlier, the man allegedly behind the arson at St John the Evangelist Church. Porlier, the article says, was once an altar boy at the very church he tried to set fire to.

While the defence lawyer wouldn’t comment on any animosity her client may have had toward the church, she acknowledged bizarre videos Porlier posted online in recent years — all entitled “The Gospel according to Marc” — provide insight into his feelings on Catholicism.

In one video, Porlier explains he was “raised in a cult.”

“I’d like to say that I didn’t like being brainwashed, but as a kid I actually wanted to be a priest,” he says.