Area woman and child missing

Toronto Police are looking for a woman from the Weston Area. Le Ping He and her son Brandon Wong have not been seen since last Friday.

Le Ping He is 41 years old, 5 feet (152 cm) tall and has straight, black, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a short-sleeved dress.

Brandon Wong is 8 years old, 3’6″ (99 cm) tall, with a thin build, black eyes, and short black hair in a brush cut. He was last seen wearing a green and white T-shirt and blue shorts.

It is not clear from the news release where Ms. He lives; she is known to visit the Falstaff Ave and Jane St area. She was last seen around Caledonia Rd and Lawrence W.

They may be riding a red men’s bicycle with a rack on the back.

“Police do not suspect foul play is involved”, according to CTV news.

Le Ping He and Brandon Wong

Microloan program at UrbanArts

UrbanArts has started a new microloan program for youths. It plans to give $5000 loans to arts entrepreneurs from 18–24 to help them start their own businesses.

Microloans are the newest trend in economic development. The idea is to give loans to people who would not normally be eligible, in amounts that would not normally be profitable for lenders. The theory is that small entrepreneurs can put their knowledge of a community to use where outsiders couldn’t.

Lennox Cadore, the Arts Program Manager at UrbanArts, says that they are “creating opportunities for young people who want to start their own businesses. Artists really are entrepreneurs.”

There are 15 positions available in the business program. Upon graduation, the students will be eligible for the $5000 loans. The money comes from Alterna Savings and the City of Toronto.

According to the Toronto Star, the loans will be at prime plus 6%. If the loans are repaid on time, the 6% will be refunded. The loans must be repaid in three years.

Cadore says that he has already received some applications, and he expects many more.

Capitalism is great

Weston doesn’t have a decent coffee shop—and no,  Tim’s does not count. A decent coffee shop has more than one coffee, brewed strong. A decent coffee shop has pastries and muffins made fresh, not tired old donuts rolled frozen down the 401.

Now, however, the old clock-repair and computer shop on John St is being renovated. The inside has been entirely gutted, and a sign on the window says that the Bela Cafe will be opening soon.

The owners have chosen a great location. Their shop is just down the shop from the GO station, where tired commuters gather every day in the snow. With a little luck, the café will serve excellent coffee and treats, not cups merely good enough to keep commuters coming.


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A few spaces still available at UrbanArts camps

So you forgot to register your kids for summer camp. Big deal. Sloth is not a sin.

Oh wait.

Happily, UrbanArts still has a few spots available in their day camps.

Between July 26 and August 6, kids from 8–14 can attend the Community Arts Experience camp. Lennox Cadore, the program manager, says that the first week of the camp will be devoted to environmental leadership. “We’re integrating the environment with the arts”.

From August 9 to August 20, UrbanArts will be running a visual arts camp called the “Legacy Arts Explore Camp”. They will have field trips and fun daily workshops led by professionals and emerging artists.

All the programs are free; the money has come from the United Way, the City of Toronto, and an anonymous private donor.

Cadore says that UrbanArts is running the programs for free “to provide an opportunity for young people in the area. We’re creating an opportunity too for parents to leave their kids in a highly-supervised environment.”

He says the program is “open to everybody. We get a real mix of backgrounds. We have people from both sides of Weston’s tracks.”

You can register for the programs by contacting UrbanArts at (416) 241-5124.

Best car crash ever

Every family has shared memories. Every family teases and taunts around the dinner table. But few families create stories that will become funnier every Thanksgiving, and far fewer reach such heights in hilarity as were witnessed today in Weston.

Today at around 4:30, a middle-aged woman pulled a move her husband will be telling their grandchildren about.

Forever.

The spectacular accident happened in the lot beside the Asian Farm Market at 1966 Weston Rd. Nobody was hurt, although several people did bust guts.

UrbanArts gets its money

I made a mistake earlier this week when I reported that UrbanArts had received money to clean up graffiti. I believed that the city sub-committee had authority to hand out the grants. In fact, the full City Council had to approve the spending.

It has. UrbanArts will be cleaning up graffiti in Weston this summer by hiring young people to paint murals around town.