Frances Nuniziata, the City Councillor for Weston, spoke with me about the recent rash of muggings in Weston. She said, in short, “31 Division is on top of it”.
Nunziata said that two things have caused the recent rash of muggings: patrons from the bars primarily on the eastern side of Jane St, and some problems coming from Chaminade School, on Queens Drive, on the other side of Jane. She said, as regular readers will know, that she has opposed liquor license applications in Weston, and will continue to do so. The police have visited Chaminade school, and they have been speaking with the school administration.
More police will be in Weston over the summer; as “part of the TAVIS program, we’ll have 38 extra officers patrolling the main streets an residential areas”, she said. “They were very successful at Eglinton and Jane last year. We’re very fortunate to get [TAVIS] here in Weston.” The crime cameras, however, will be installed only along Weston Rd, not at Jane and Lawrence.
Long term, and to divert young people away from crime, the city is building a community centre at Keelesedale Park at Eglinton and Black Creek; “that will be a $30 million facility “, she said. Weston also recently received an artificial turf soccer field and the skateboard facility at Lion’s Park, she pointed out.
Nunizata also said that she is continuing to work toward a new indoor market and cultural hub. Promisingly, she is also “having discussions” to bring a YMCA to Weston, perhaps at the long-vacant 33 King St building. She said she met with the president of the YMCA last week.
I sent emails to Laura Albanese, Mike Sullivan, and the Toronto Police. Laura Albanese has responded, but I haven’t had the time to speak with her. I haven’t heard back from the police or Mike Sullivan.