City Council will ask the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to pull the liquor licences of establishments that have “been the scene of gun violence or where patrons have been in the possession of handguns or where the police have found handguns on the premises”.
Frances Nunziata said that his measure is necessary because
They’re open all night, it turns into a booze can or it turns into an after hours club, and they party on the streets and the next thing you know there’s guns and there’s gun violence….
They suspend their license for two or three weeks, and then they reopen….
People are afraid to walk down the street when they have that amount of violence.
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I’m pretty sure none of this is true. I come home pretty late on Friday nights, and I often ride my bike from strangling class. Of course, I’m not everywhere all the time, but I’ve never once seen a party on the streets. (Nor have I seen guns or gun violence).
The data, such as they are, back me up. There have been two shootings in Weston in 2019. Neither happened after hours. One happened in broad daylight, outside a convenience store—perhaps we could pull their lottery-tickets?
Nunziata’s efforts to clamp down on gun violence should be applauded. But this is neither a real effort nor clamping down. It’s a waste of time.
Worse, it’s an embarrassing slander against our town. Nobody wants to live in a place like she describes—but her riding is nothing like she describes it.
Readers with excellent memories may recall that jury selections in York South–Weston were among the most broken in the city. Far more white people than visible minorities are selected for jury duty because the juror’s lists are drawn from property registries, leaving out “renters, boarders, students, seniors, spouses who are not named on property titles, transient and low-income people, Indigenous people and those unable to afford property in a red-hot real estate market. ”
The Toronto Star investigated, and found that 95% of York South–Weston residents were not on the jury list.
That will soon change. The Star writes that Ontario is abandoning property registries as the source of jurors; instead it will move to the OHIP database, starting in 2020.
The police are looking for a man they allege sexually assaulted a woman in the elevator of a building near Weston and Lawrence.
On Friday, the police say a 27-year-old woman entered an apartment building and “was followed inside and onto an elevator located by an unknown man.” When the doors closed, he sexually assaulted her.
The man is described as “20-30, short black hair, approximately 5’3” – 5’5”, thin build, wearing a light-coloured blue jean vest, navy blue hooded sweater with two small white designs on the left side of the hood, light-coloured pants and black sneakers.”
Toronto police have arrested two men and are searching for two more suspects following a daylight gunfight Tuesday morning.
According to the police, two pairs of men encountered each other at the nearby variety store and got into an altercation. They exchanged gunfire before fleeing. One of the escaping cars ran head-first into oncoming traffic on Jane, and was involved in acollision. The occupants in the bystander’s car received minor injuries. The suspects fled on foot, and one firearm was recovered nearby. The other pair of suspects fled in dark-coloured car.
Cosmo James, 34, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, several firearms offenses, and four counts of breaching his of prohibition. James has a lengthy criminal history.
Nathaniel Grant, 34, has been charged with firearms offenses and four counts of breaching his prohibition. Grant, too, has a substantial criminal history.
The police are searching for Dwayne John and Malik Christie, both from Toronto.
There was a brazen daylight shooting on Jane this morning. According to the CBC, the occupants of two cars involved in a collision “exchanged gunfire”. News Talk 1010 says that there was only one shooter.
The suspects fled, and the police searched the neighbourhood. One person was found with injuries likely caused by the crash.
The students at Chaminade were put in “hold and secure”, and the students at Memorial were kept inside.
The police say that Banfield assaulted a police officer. He had been pulled over at Weston and Lawrence on Saturday for not having a valid plate sticker. He “exited the vehicle, approached the female officer and assaulted her by punching her several times about the head”.
The officer received “serious but non-life-threatening” injuries. Banfield was last seen running south on Weston Road. The police officer was treated in hospital.
The police have arrested a woman for a non-fatal stabbing at Weston and Lawrence.
The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Distressingly, CityNews says that the victim and perpetrator were not known to each other. The alleged perpetrator appears to have been arrested almost immediately.
Stabbing: Weston Rd / Lawrence Ave
– patient transported to hospital#GO311874@tps12div