York Memo Fire Statement – more questions than answers.

Seeing Through the School (file)

A confidential report on the York Memorial School fires of May 6th and 7th has been completed by the Ontario Fire Marshal based on investigations into the cause of the blaze that devastated the historic structure. The public will not see it for some time but a copy is now in the hands of Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg.

A spokesperson for  the OFM said yesterday that the fire was one event and was accidental in nature.

“This was a single-event fire originating within the wall cavities of the structure in the area of the school auditorium,”

Once the statement was released it was clear that was to be no further comment from any involved parties until more information is available. The Toronto District School Board is scrambling to make the former Scarlett Heights Academy available for the approximately 1000 students and staff on September 3rd and would not comment.

Readers may remember that Chief Pegg at the time called the May 7th blaze, ‘Separate and distinct’. While it’s now clear that there was one cause and that it was accidental (which is some good news at least), the statement has reporters and members of the public examining the chicken entrails in order to tease out more information. These troubling questions remain unanswered:

  • If this was a single fire that managed to smoulder overnight and re-emerge the following afternoon, who was responsible?
  • Was the Toronto Fire Department at fault in not killing the fire on May 6th?
  • Should there have been TDSB or TFD personnel on fire watch overnight at the school?
  • Why did Chief Pegg say there were two separate and distinct fires?
  • Can the school be saved or will it have to be demolished?
  • What about other old schools in Toronto – are students at risk?

No doubt there is much to be learned from the fire. Let’s hope the report and its recommendations can be released soon so that these and other questions can be answered.

Air Canada wants Ramp Agents.

Pearson Airport is the second largest employment zone in the GTA and working there is a natural fit for Weston and Mount Dennis residents since it’s a short hop away via the UP Express..

Air Canada is advertising full-time jobs for people who can lift repetitively, are able to work nights and who also possess a G or G2 driver’s licence.  The starting pay is minimum wage but they pay benefits, pay for training and provide employees with career development plans.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, September 5 beginning at 10:00 am at 2150 Islington Avenue. Apparently it’s first come, first served.

Get all the details here.

Weston’s Beer Store open on Labour Day

From lookhuman.com

Just in case you find yourself running out of beer on Labour Day, the Beer Store at Weston Road and the 401 will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. next Monday. Our local branch of the privately run (and exclusive) purveyor of 12 and 24 packs of beer will be one of 63 in Ontario and 10 in Toronto to stay open on the public holiday.

Apparently this is the Beer Store upping its game in response to consumer demand. Readers; please feel free to suggest other ways in which the Beer Store can improve its service.

Weston and Mt Dennis on the rise

And, in better news, Weston and Mount Dennis got a great write-up in The Star.

“This was definitely not a ‘cool’ neighbourhood when I bought my house,” said James, 46, who paid $380,000 for her detached two-storey century home in 2013, several blocks from where she grew up.

“But Weston-Mt. Dennis has always been a great community,” she said. “People talk to each other. They look out for each other.

Man stabbed

A man was beaten and stabbed early Saturday morning near Weston and Lawrence.

This is the third very violent incident this week. On the 21st, Minh Le, 61, was shot and killed near McDonald’s. On the 22nd, Abdikani Ismail, 31, was shot and killed while driving. The police said that both incidents were targeted shootings, but they have not said that they are related.

The police are looking for two men, one of whom is known to them.