More details on murdered man

The police have released more details on the man murdered this week on Patika Avenue. He was Hamdi Zakarie, 27. He appears to have ambushed by the murderers, who “had been in the area some time prior waiting for Hamdi Zakarie to exit his house.”

Zakarie had just placed his newborn baby in the car seat when he was shot.

The police have been collecting video from the neighbourhood.

More Crosstown Delays

Influential Toronto transit blogger Steve Munro is reporting a significant development in construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Line. Metrolinx has consistently stated that the line will not open until all stations are ready. Now it seems that thanks to various factors, Eglinton Station (at Yonge) might not be ready until May 2022 and a direct connection to the subway will be delayed until fall of that year.

Why the change in plans? Steve points out that, “The expected June 2022 provincial election will bring considerable pressure to provide a ribbon cutting for Premier Ford at whatever cost is necessary.”.

Read his blog post here.

View an interesting take on the line from Reece Martin below:

Update: Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster has called talk of a partial opening as a ‘distraction’. Verster seems unhappy with builders of the line, Crosslink Transit Solutions.

Read more here.

Man murdered near Jane and Lawrence in “brazen daylight shooting”

A man was killed in a “brazen daylight shooting” on Patika Avenue at around 9:15 this morning.

Nearby schools were locked down.

The 27-year-old victim was taking his newborn baby to the hospital with his partner when he was shot. The police say that two suspects fled eastbound in a four door sedan. Neither the woman nor the child were injured.

“It’s time to address systemic social injustices”

Ken Theobald had a trenchant article published in Rabble this week:

Despite the devastation left behind by de-industrialization, Weston-Mount Dennis and other adjoining communities continued to be destination points for wave after wave of newcomers. If the myth of Toronto as a vibrant, multicultural city has any credibility, it is to be found in these inner suburbs.

Decades of neglect have contributed to the inner, and outer, suburbs becoming hotspots for COVID. This neglect corresponds with a worldview dominant since of the 1980s of a reduced role for government in favour of private-sector market solutions. The market solution to housing was to turn it into a commodity for speculation, making home ownership or even affordable rental housing out of reach for many.

COVID cases continue to climb

Cases of COVID in Weston continue to climb. Two weeks ago, there had been 15 cases of COVID in 21 days in Weston. This week, there had been 26.

In early August, there were only 3 cases in the preceding 21 days.

Weston remains by far the hardest-hit neighbourhood in Toronto, with 2079 cases per 100,000 people.

Andrea Horwath grabs a coffee

Andrea Horwath passed visited York South–Weston this week to announce [1] an updated “Save Main Street”, the NPD’s economic plan for the second wave of the COVID pandemic.

The leader of the NDP is calling for increased spending from the Progressive Conservatives and

a ban on all commercial evictions, a 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy, sick days for all, a fund to help businesses with safe-reopening costs or remote-work set-up costs, more non-profit and public child care spaces for working parents, an end to insurance gouging and insurance denials, and more.