No blood drawn in debate

Tonight’s debate among the Ward 11 candidates was interesting if not enlightening.

The contenders, responding (or not) to questions about public transit, public-sector salaries, public safety and business interests, engaged in a lot of cross-talking and some arguing about facts.  In the 60-second initial spot and a 30-second wrap-up, each presented themselves, unsurprisingly, as the best person for the job.

What viewers think will be clear on voting day.

Guest post by M. Lennon.

Clean Train Coalition To Apply More Pressure

Are you dreading a steep increase in the number of diesel trains rolling through Weston when the Airport link is completed? The Clean Train Coalition would like to see electric locomotives instead and is holding an ambitious music festival on Sunday, September 26 in Sorauren Park (just south of Dundas on Sorauren Avenue).

The festival kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a charity barbecue, music and family activities. Keynote speakers will take to the stage at 3:00 p.m. For more information see the Clean Train Coalition website here.

Weston CI hosts some heavy-hitting politicians

Premier Dalton McGuinty and American Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Weston Collegiate on the 13th.

Duncan was Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, and played basketball with the President on election day. He is said to be one of Obama’s close circle of friends. Duncan was in Toronto to deliver a keynote speech at a conference being hosted by McGuinty, The Building Blocks for Education: Whole System Reform.

The pair were touring Weston CI because it is one of the schools with a Specialist High Skills Majors program. Weston CI has a manufacturing major: a bundle of 9 credits, four of which concentrate on manufacturing skills such as vehicle maintenance, manufacturing design, and engineering.

Duncan said “we have to engage our teenagers. The young people we talked to today couldn’t be more thrilled about the classes they’re taking and the opportunities they have. As I talked to young people today, I couldn’t be more impressed.”

Rash of muggings in Weston area

It’s dangerous to ride a bike in Weston. It’s even more dangerous to walk.

In the past three weeks, there have been at least six muggings, swarmings, robberies and assaults in the Weston area. There were three in just the past week. Most have happened on the periphery of Weston, but several have happened on major streets, and many have happened in the day or in early evening.

The most frightening incident happened on September 8 at about 10 pm. A 33-year-old man walking at the intersection of Weston Rd at St Phillips was approached from behind, blinded by a sweater thrown over his head, and stabbed and beaten. He was unable to give a description of the man who assaulted him, and police are giving no motive for the attack.

In all of the other cases, muggers attempted to steal property. On September 18, three men entered Seif Halal Food Market, also at the intersection of Weston and St Phillips. One brandished a handgun and struck one of the three victims with the butt of the pistol. They stole keys to the store and to a car, and fled.

There were also two swarmings. In the first, a young man was swarmed at Trimbee Park by a group of eight people who stole his cell phone. In the second, four men approached a young couple leaving Maple Leaf Park at 2:20 in the afternoon at intersection of Culford and Rustic Rds. The 16-year-old woman was grabbed, and the group stole her cell phone.

A 26-year-old employee of the Roger’s Store on Wilson Ave also had his phone taken. Two men entered the store and took his phone from the counter. There was a struggle, but both assailants were able to escape. The employee was not injured.

A 17-year-old was also mugged nearby the day after. On September 20th, two men approached him from behind and searched through his pockets. They fled empty-handed.

Muggings in Weston so far this month

Ward 11 candidates to debate on the 23rd

A reader has sent in a hot tip: Ward 11 candidates will be debating on Rogers Cable on this Thursday.

The candidates in Ward 11 are

  • Abdi Hashised
  • Leo Marshall
  • Frances Nunziata
  • Fulvio Sansone

Viewers can call in questions live, or email them in advance to torontovotes@rogerstv.com. The debate will start at 7 pm on cable channel 10.

Crash on Weston Rd forces evacuation

A Honda Civic crashed into 2202 Weston Rd at around 4 in the morning today, severing a gas line and forcing the evacuation of the building.

The CBC reported that the driver had been ejected from the car and was taken to hospital.

Weston Road was closed until about 10 in the morning.

Image from the CBC
Image from building owner

King, John Streets to get speed bumps

At the community gathering tonight, one Westonian expressed her concern with the speed of traffic along King St. She said that the recent daylight drive-by shooting would likely not have happened had the culprits not been able to make a quick getaway.

Frances Nunziata said that “speed humps will be coming.” King St is in rough condition with many potholes, and, according to Nunziata, when the city has finished reconstructing the road in 2011, speed humps will be put in.

Speed humps will also be coming to John St, although Nunziata did not give a timeline.