A poll, and bearhunting

Yesterday my daughter and I went bear hunting in Weston. We did great, catching a dozen at least. Thank you to those who are making this a little less unbearable for the kids and kidlets!

On the way home, we decided to have a little competition and take some arty photographs. My eldest is quite convinced that she has an poet’s soul and much talent. I think it’s time we disabuse her of this notion and get her into solar cell engineering, a field in which I am certain she will excel.

Please vote on the following photos and let me know which is your favourite. In the name of science, I shall not say who took which photo. You will have to vote on their merits alone.

Childhood restrained

In the first, entitled “Childhood restrained” we see an allegorical photograph of a child’s toy seemingly held back by caution tape. Is the tape holding the toy in? Or is it keeping the children out? The background, softened by a long lens and open aperture, shows a play structure, empty, made misty as if by memory or time, accentuating the distance between childhood and the present.

In the latter photo, called “Piece of tape”, we see some tape.

Leave your comment below. “Childhood restrained” or “Piece of tape”? The loser (my daughter) does the dishes.

 

 

 

There’s always time for politics for Hussen

Ahmed Hussen, our MP and Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, said that Service Canada is stopping in-person service “so that we can redeploy our focus to online and telephone services to better serve Canadians.”

That is not what the Globe and Mail says. The service centres are closed because “employees en masse refused to work”.

The Globe says

The government bent to pressure Thursday evening from the Canadian Employment and Immigration Union….The centres were crowded and efforts to control the traffic resulted in long lines outside and sometimes irate visitors, she said. In recent days, so many missed work that 187 centres closed on Thursday – almost 60 per cent of the network.

This is politics, but it isn’t just politics. The CDC says that in an emergency, government should “Be First, Be Right, Be Credible”.

Hussen just burned a little bit of credibility in a time when the needs it most.

 

 

Bear hunt in Weston

You know, I love this little town so, so much. No, this isn’t a case of wildlife returning to urban areas, as is (supposedly) happening in Venice and other cities.

The Weston Village Neighbours Facebook group is organizing a bear hunt: people put teddy bears (other stuffies are okay too) in the window of their homes for kids to spot on their toodles.

Make it happen, and bonus points for anyone who places a giant one high in an apartment or condo building. Sure, it’s weird to peer at a building with binoculars, but I think my kids have got enough charm to pull it off without getting arrested.

I guess we’ll see.

Good Food Box delivers to Weston!

I know it can feel a bit like Soviet Russia now, what with all the shortages and lineups. So, do I have exciting news for you. There is an organization that will deliver food to your door, for cheap, with no rationing or lineups—and it’s not owned by a billionaire. It’s the Good Food Box program run by FoodShare.

The Good Food Box delivers fresh produce once a week to homes around Toronto. (Weston’s delivery date is Thursday). They have a range of options, from $15 (small) to $38 (organic), but to my eye, the sweet spot is the large produce box ($22) with a loaf of bread ($5).

FoodShare also offers meat boxes—alas, not an option for us. Stupid vegetarians.

Good Food Box

FoodShare is waiving the usual small delivery fee until April to respond to COVID. They aren’t making a lot of money on their deliveries, though, so they ask you to consider buying a loaf of bread or some meat to help them out.

 

Parks: leash free, play and exercise areas closed.

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip, Mayor Tory has acted to discourage groups of people hanging out together in Toronto’s parks.

From the city’s site:

“All City-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment and other parks amenities, as well as parking lots attached to its parks system, are closed.”

This may be in response to reports of people not maintaining a sufficient distance.

Read more about affected city services here.

In New York, they are considering similar measures but to compensate, will close some streets to (already greatly reduced) traffic so that people will have more places to get some fresh air.

Weston restaurants remain open

Marion from the BIA passes along this important information: local restaurants remain open for take out and delivery, even after the announcement yesterday that most businesses must close. Uber Eats is offering free delivery, too. Some Weston restaurants are

  • Egg Smart
  • P & M Family Restaurant
  • Ali Baba Middle Eastern
  • Wiff African Restaurant
  • P & M Family Restaurant
  • Perfect Blend Café
  • Yummy Delight
  • Sun Crisp Fish and Chips
  • Weston Barbecue
  • Tim Hortons Coffee Shop
  • Chicken Roast Middle Eastern
  • God Bless Canada
  • Pizza Alps
  • Zeal Burger
  • Kitchen King Jerk
  • Auseff Halal Middle Eastern
  • Pizza Pizza
  • Popeye’s Chicken
  • Living Well Caribbean
  • Milam’s Pizzeria

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Comal Y Canela, Canada’s finest Mexican restaurant.

Gun smuggler pleads guilty

A gun smuggler who supplied handguns to a Weston-area gang busted in 2018, has pleaded guilty.

Harris Poyser, 59, of Scarborough, admitted to his role in smuggling 60 cheap guns from Florida to Toronto, where they were distributed with help from members of the Five Point Generalz gang, originally based out of Weston. Poyeser faces a sentence of 10–15 years.

In 2018, police arrested 75 people in “Project Patton”, which included raids at 33 King. Some of the “highest ranking members” of the Five Point Generalz, were arrested in the raids.

From the police

At the time, the police said, “This investigation was based on intelligence that led investigators to suspect that the Five Point Generals were operating as a criminal organization and that they were involved in illegal activities that posed a direct threat to community safety,” he said. “…We allege that the Five Point Generals are a dangerous street gang that, while having roots in the area surrounding Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W., its criminal activities extended throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area and into other parts of the country, the United States and even as far away as the Caribbean.”

Police display seized guns