Nunziata’s expenses released

City Hall could teach the Feds a thing or two about transparency. If you’re really interested, you can scrutinize every councillor’s expenditures for the year. And I mean scrutinize: it’s all there. Everything from gift baskets (Bussin) to stamps from Shoppers (Peruzza) is on the site.

Frances Nunziata is the third-most frugal councillor, after Rob Ford (a multimillionaire)  and Doug Hollyday (who apparently lost not one but two umbrellas in April! The spendthrift!).

Nunziata spent $5050 last year. The most expensive items were advertisements in the very newspaper I view as my competitor, the York Guardian: $2339. (Frances, if you’re reading this, I can beat that price!) None of the ads were for her campaign. They concerned Canada Day, the Eglinton LRT, and the Weston community festival.

Nunziata did spend $463 on toner. This, while certainly high, is not surprising. According to the Toronto Sun, Nunziata isn’t tech savvy.

“I don’t know what a mouse is,” [Nunziata] said.

Although she’s had a laptop for 20 years, the veteran councillor said she can’t use a computer and has staff print all e-mails and letters.

“I’ve never turned (the laptop) on,” she said.

Oh well. So much for getting some of that sweet gravy-train ad money.

Resident of In Touch retirement home dies

Last month, the In Touch retirement home in Weston was exposed as a dreadful, understaffed, filthy and dangerous place in an undercover investigation by the Toronto Star. The Star now reports that a resident who featured prominently in its reporting has died.

The man had been known only as “Sam” to protect his identity. His real name was Christos Atahasiou. He died on October 31, of pneumonia.

A health care source told the Star that Athanasiou developed pneumonia at In Touch, because “he was always cold” and died on October 31, after his relatives took him to the hospital.

At his funeral in Scarborough last Wednesday, Athanasiou’s nephew said he smoked most of his life and simply died, as old men do.

Brazao, who lived with Athanasiou for a week, said “he was a sweet, sweet man.” Athanasiou frequently tried to open doors and leave. “Help me, I want to go home,” he said the day Brazao left the west end Toronto residence.

Thanks to the reader who sent me the link.

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”.

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.