Hungry canid spotted

A reader has sent in some photos and a warning about an emaciated fox or coyote he saw in his backyard. He lives on Rosemount, near the tracks, and while your humble correspondent is not a wildlife biologist, I suspect that the animal is using the tracks as a highway and might be hungry.

Rosemount residents: bring your cats in tonight.


Thanks to Chris for the photos and tip.

Weston Village dog show and sidewalk sale announced

The Weston Village BIA would like to invite you to their end-of-summer and back to school sidewalk sale.  It will be on Saturday, Sept 10 from 10 am to 7 pm. The sale will be up Weston Rd to Church and down Lawrence to Little.

In addition to deals, music and entertainment, there will be a dog fashion show and talent contest. Your humble correspondent was asked to submit his well behaved but totally homely German shepherd, so he is certain that your dog will stand an excellent chance. The dog show will be at the Royal Bank on Weston and Lawrence between 2 and 3 pm on Saturday, Sept 10.

You may submit your pooch for consideration by calling Marion at (416) 249-0691.

Free Clean Train documentary screening tomorrow night

Bending the Rails, a documentary about the struggle to get electric trains along the Georgetown line that runs through Weston, will be screened tomorrow, August 30, at the Revue Cinema.

The film was directed by Jeff Winch, a local filmmaker, who will be attending and answering questions.

The Revue is at 400 Roncesvalles, and the movie starts at 7:00. The screening will be free.

Thanks to KMilburn for the tip.


TAVIS arrests man wanted for second degree murder

The TAVIS program, which just passed the halfway mark, has certainly been visible, and officers have made some significant arrests. Most of the arrests, however, have been for non-violent and arguably minor crimes, like possession and violating bail.

This month, however, Weston—Mount Dennis TAVIS officers made a startling arrest: they arrested a man who had been wanted for second degree murder.

The circumstances of the murder and the arrests are startling. Twayne Ruddock, 25, was arrested in Rolo’s Bar and Grill at 1239 Weston Road in Mount Dennis, the very same spot where he had allegedly murdered David Blyth, 30, two nights before. Blyth was badly assaulted at 1 am on  July 29 but was, apparently, brought back into the bar by patrons. He was discovered outside the bar the next morning, and died later in the hospital.

Ruddock is charged with second-degree murder.

David Blyth, victim

Albanese’s been busy: new family health teams announced

Laura Albanese, our MPP, has had a busy week. Yesterday she announced that the new Humber River Regional Hosptial and the West Park Healthcare Centre will get ‘family health teams’ to “provide increased access to care for 40,000 residents.” Earlier this week, she announced that West Park will be expanding.

Family Health Teams are supposed to more closely integrate doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners to improve the quality of care. They also offer extended office hours and after-hours care. The government says that this reduces costs while improving care by diverting patients from emergency rooms.

West Park Healthcare Centre to expand

The Ontario government announced new funding for one of the major healthcare centres in the Weston area. West Park will receive a new building, 51 new beds, major renovations, and a new physical plant.

West Park is at Weston and Jane and provides rehabilitation, community living, and complex continuing care. It also conducts research and other programs, generally for seniors and those living with disabilities.

Laura Albanese, our MPP, said in a press release

Improving the availability and quality of the local health care system for the residents of York South Weston is something that I’m particularly proud of. The West Park Healthcare Centre construction and renovation project clearly demonstrates our government’s commitment to accessible and excellent health care for all.

The press release also touted the benefits for Weston and Mount Dennis: “When construction commences, the investment will be an economic stimulus to the Weston and Mount Dennis communities, attracting more professional and higher paying jobs and create economic stimulus for construction trades.