Mark DeMontis petitions to recognize Drake

Westonian Mark DeMontis launched a petition yesterday to add “Home of Grammy Award Winning Artist Aubrey Drake Graham” to the Welcome to Weston signs around town.

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known by his middle name, grew up in Weston before becoming one of the world’s biggest stars. Yesterday was his birthday.


DeMontis is running for the Progressive Conservative candidacy, and your correspondent had the chance to speak with him and record WestonWeb’s second-ever podcast. We spoke, among other things, about his memories of Drake, and being in a picture Drake posted yesterday on Instagram.

My bar mitzvah board 😂

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Killer faces $500 fine

A 62-year-old man was charged with an improper right turn, and faces a $500 fine.

That improper turn killed Gary Sim, 70, of Mount Dennis, who was riding his bike on Jane Street. Sim died in hospital on July 2.

Is there a pro-car bias baked into the legal system? Heather Sim, the victim’s daughter, says so.

“If I was walking down the street swinging a lead pipe and hit someone, I’d be (facing an) assault charge … You just not paying attention and hitting people (with your car) doesn’t mean it’s anything more than a Highway Traffic Act charge,” she said.

Even the police think this is wrong. The Star says we could have a vulnerable road-user law, which would increase penalties for motorists who kill pedestrians or cyclists.

The province has been looking into this possibility for more than a year.

 

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.

Today in Weston July 9, 2017

On Sunday evening, people watch from the banks of the Humber in Raymore Park as firefighters battle an equipment blaze on the other side. A digger appears to be burning at one of the sewer upgrade sites on the opposite bank. It is not yet known what has caused the blaze.

SRO in Weston CI pushes back

One of Weston’s finest has been pushing back against the furore this week surrounding school resource officers. Constable Peter De Quintal has been taking to Twitter, Newstalk 1010, and the CBC to make a gentle case for his role in schools.


The Toronto Police Services Board considered the role of School Resource Officers last week, generating much protest about racism and the marginalization of vulnerable students. One protestor said,

“Police officers in schools have been discriminating against black children, indigenous children and other racialized youth and I just don’t think that there is a world where we need to have guns in schools with kids who are there trying to learn,” Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Sandy Hudson told CP24.

Constable Peter De Quintal, AKA “Star Wars Cop” is the SRO for Weston CI and other schools in the neighbourhood. He is famous for, among other things, bike rodeos, Star Wars toast, and the most charming selfie I’ve ever seen—taken when he was being honoured as a Portuguese community leader.

De Quintal told the CBC “I believe the student body in general wants us there, they’re welcoming. I don’t turn the school into a police state, I don’t patrol the hallways. I’m a resource to them, I’m a means of engagement”.

The Police Services Board postponed any decisions about police in schools until December.

Man falls to death, SIU investigating

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a 30-year-old man fell to his death from a balcony at 1775 Weston Road last night.

The police, searching for someone, knocked on the door of an apartment, and “shortly after that, a man fell from the apartment unit”. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

New park to be built in Mount Dennis?

The Mount Dennis Community Association showed the power of the people and got Frances Nunziata to look into creating a new park out of a “wasteland” at Brownville and Barr Ave.

A long-time vacant City owned lot on Brownville (beside the rail tracks opposite Barr Ave.) has been generating complaints from neighbours about accumulating litter, dog-poo and general lack of maintenance. The City’s Real Estate staff administer the site, and proposed to simply fence it in. But fifteen local residents showed up at an April 24 meeting with Councillor Nunziata at the Library, and most of them had other ideas. At the end of the meeting, the Councillor agreed to try and get the site transferred over to the Parks & Recreation Department as a first step towards upgrading it for community recreational activities.