Mission failed.

I sent my son out to do some undercover investigative reporting. It was like Veronica Mars, but without the beaches, beautiful people, or Backup.

Sam’s job was to dig into the smoothie story. Armed only with his point and shoot camera, he was to find out who is behind the Weston Smoothie Café and what their plans are. Global expansion? World domination? Grilled sandwiches?

I should have known better. Instead of a full report, I got a single usable photo and a bill. Worse, I had to do the interrogating—of my own boy.

His report was curt, as you might expect of a hard boiled 11-year old.

I leaned over, placing my hands on the table. He could feel my breath on his face. “How was it? Tell me, son, and this will go better for you.”

He slurped the bottom of the cup and the slurples turned my stomach. “Tastes like real mango” he said when he was done sucking.

I stood and looked at the mirror, straightening my neck. “Not good enough, pal. Tell me everything. You know how this goes. I need the details.”

“Very good. Would recommend. Worth the price.” He put the cup on the table, leaving his sticky prints all over it. I’d have to pick it up later.

“We’re getting there. But I know you didn’t make the smoothie alone. You’re not good enough. Tell me who was in on it.”

A smile brightened his chubby little face. “The service was very good.There were three people there, the dude who takes your order and two other people who make it. They were nice.”

I knew then what had happened. For the price of a mango smoothie, he’d been bought. He wasn’t working for me; he was working for them now.

My son had been mixed up and turned by the smoothie man.

SafeTO survey

The city is surveying residents to find out their safety worries as part of its SafeTO plan.

(The deadline to complete the survey is supposed to be March 15, but the link wasn’t working when I tried it.)

When the SafeTO plan is complete it will guide how social systems that serve Torontonians such as community services, healthcare systems, justice systems and police work together to meet community needs by changing how we think about safety.

The city will also be holding outreach sessions to consult and inform residents. Our consultation be Tuesday, March 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and you can register and attend online.

They will discuss violence prevention, response, recovery, interruption, and intervention, among other things

Police seek help identifying man

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man wanted for a stabbing in the Weston and Lawrence area.

On Sunday, February 21, 2021 at approximately 11:40 p.m., police responded to a stabbing call in the Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West area.

It is reported that:

– two men were involved in an altercation on board a TTC bus

– both exited the bus in the Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West area

– once outside the bus, one man stabbed the other

– he then fled in an unknown direction

The man is described as 35-40 years old, 6’ tall, slim build, wearing a black mask, green toque, black jacket, blue jeans and carrying a black backpack.

An image has been released

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

UrbanArts has MindARTSoul

Your correspondent failed to notice that UrbanArts launched a new program called MindARTSoul. It

takes place every Wednesday at 1PM EST. The event focuses on Indigenous art and reconnecting with our roots, with art workshops hosted by Indigenous artists via Zoom. We also provide free art kits and Goodfood boxes for each participant.

You can register at their website.