Clean Train rally announced

The Clean Train Coalition is having another rally, this time down at the Metrolinx offices on Bay St.

The Coalition says that Metrolinx will be presenting ‘recommendations’ to the province. I have attempted to contact Metrolinx to find out what these recommendations will be, and whether they concern the electrification study that is scheduled to finish around the end of this year. I have not heard back. If, dear reader, you know, would you post a comment?

Weston thug on trial for murder of child

Nobody should have doubted that Akiel Eubank was a dangerous man, even before the night he is alleged to have murdered an 11-year-old boy. Eubank was so proud of his gang that he carved its name into his hair. He had already been arrested for stabbing and beating a man at the now-defunct Mario Bros bar on Weston Rd. He assaulted a police officer in 2006.

Eubank is now on trial for the murder of Efraim Brown, 11. A gun battle erupted at a birthday party Brown had been attending, and the boy was caught in the crossfire. Another young man, Gregory Sappleton, has also been charged with his murder. He is also on trial.

Akiel Eubank was a member of the “Five Point Generals”, a gang active in the Weston and Lawrence area. The Five Point Generals had been engaged in a turf war for several years with other local gangs, though it may have been disbanded by police in May. Sappleton was a member of another gang, the Baghdad Crew, and had previously been charged with shooting a 4-year-old boy in a similar case—though those charges were eventually dropped.

According to the CBC, Eubank’s lawyer said “We’re anxious to have the facts come out and my client expects to be proven innocent”.

Weston church honouring those who serve

The Westminster Community of Faith will be having a remembrance service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 7. The service will be in solidarity with the women and men serving in Afghanistan.

All are invited.

Police announce traffic blitz

The police of 31 Division will be starting a safety campaign next week. From the 8th to the 14th, police will be nabbing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who pull bone-headed moves at crosswalks and stop signs.

In the blitzes, police often issue a disproportionate number of tickets to jaywalkers and bicyclists; readers may be forewarned.

Residents, though, certainly know that drivers generally treat Weston’s stop signs as merely cautionary, while parks and school zones are distractions for Bluetooth lobotomites.

Frances under fire

Frances Nunziata is accused of discriminating against and harassing a former employee and is defending herself before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, according to local newspapers.

Nunziata’s accuser, George Berger, has a bone condition that causes him discomfort. Nunziata is accused of ridiculing him when he stood up in a meeting and when he bought a wireless mouse to relieve his pain, and of yelling at him when he wouldn’t divulge a password.

Berger is suing the city and Nunziata for $170,000 and an apology. Nunziata denies the accusations and says that Berger “would always be very intimidating. He treated me like I didn’t know what I was talking about,” the Toronto Sun reports.

Other reports: The Star, The Globe and Mail.

Nightmare on Elm St

Hallowe’en night is always fun in Weston, but this year it was fantastic. Queens Dr was the place to be—there were kilos of candy, a mischief of monsters, and a zeal of zombies. They had come from all over the city; the street was almost impassable with parked cars and kids. Coming out of my house at the corner of King, I overheard a kid say “This street sucks compared to Queens.” And he was right.

While many of the houses on Queens brought gasps of horror, only one brought gasps of astonishment. It had a lawn full of pumpkins—a hundred or so, each lit and carved beautifully.

Farmers’ market finishes

Weston’s fabulous farmers’ market has finished another season.

The season started slowly, with cold, wet days and unusually small crowds. It ended well, though; all the vendors I spoke to planned to come back next year.

The corn guy said that he wasn’t taking a break. As soon as he gets home, he’s tilling the land and bringing in 75 dump trucks of compost. Next year he’ll be back, with plans for a petting zoo and community trips to his farm.

The Pie Man from Pie Land (which, as far as I can tell, is actually run by two women) will be moving to the Downsview Market. (And, if you haven’t been, you must. It’s a cornucopia of cool crap and full of fantastic food.)

The sausage lady, though, said with relief that she’d just be taking a break and sleeping in.

Masum Hossain, the chair of the Weston BIA, and Frances Nunziata took a few moments to thank customers and talk about plans for the future. Nunziata commented on the cold weather and said that she is trying to have the market moved inside some time in future.