Weston Drug Mart robbed

Weston Drug Mart, at the corner of Weston Rd and Church St, was robbed at gunpoint last Thursday, according to Toronto Police.

At around 12:30 in the afternoon, a man produced a handgun and demanded cash and prescription drugs of a 59-year-old male employee. The robber forced the employee to the ground and fled up Church St in a vehicle.

Nobody was injured in the robbery, and police are asking for the public’s help.

UrbanArts completes mural project in Weston

Last week, UrbanArts  finished two mural projects, one in Weston. The projects employed six community youth, in addition to a leader, for six weeks this summer.

Marlene McKintosh, the executive director, said “our goal is to take mundane spaces and beautify them, to bring a certain life to the community, as well as to discourage negative graffiti.” The program, which has been running since 1999, paints an average of two murals a year.

The mural in Weston was created under the direction of Diliana Popova and designed by the youth team in consultation with UrbanArts and the property owners. It shows scenes from Weston’s and Mount Dennis’s history: the Kodak plant, a train, and two Meals on Wheels volunteers. It is outside Humber Community Seniors’ Services at 1167 Weston Rd.

By hiring young people from the area, UrbanArts is trying to “engage people in the community in positive ways to build skills, talent and confidence. They can take that into the other areas of their lives.”

Photos by Roy Murray.

Police still searching for shooters, information

Toronto Police are still looking for the shooters in Wednesday afternoon’s drive-by shooting, according to Det. Quinn of 31 division.

Police are looking for a newer-model Toyota Camry, and they have a description of the car and its occupants. Police would not tell me what the shooters’ motive might have been, but they did tell Frances Nunziata’s office that they suspect it was gang-related.

According to Jennifer Maccarone-Cicchelli, Nunziata’s executive assistant, the police do not have any suspects, and do not know who the intended victim is. They also do not know if it was connected to the shooting on Humber Blvd the same night.

Nunziata released the following statement:

“It is extremely disturbing that this happened in this quiet, residential neighborhood, and in the daytime with children playing in the park nearby.  This was a brazen act of violence by people who have no regard for public safety and are not welcome on our streets and in our neighborhoods.  This shooting goes to show that more needs to be done to keep handguns off the streets and to get harsher sentencing for people who engage in this type of criminal activity.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call Detective Rebellato at (416) 808-3104.

More facts on drive-by shooting

According to police, the drive-by shooting yesterday was not random, and they are working hard on finding the shooters.

Toronto Police confirmed the few publicly-known facts about the drive-by shooting on King St: they recovered five casings, and nobody was injured. They also said that they have a description of the car and its occupants, who turned south Jane St after the shooting.

In news that may be related, four people were wounded at a shooting in a backyard near the intersection of Weston Rd and Black Creek Dr. The Globe and Mail is reporting that two groups of young men were involved.

Drive-by shooting in Weston

At around 4:00 pm this afternoon, a man walking on King St was shot at by a person or people driving by. Nobody was hurt.

According to witnesses, police found five bullet casings on King between Elm and Pine. The man being shot at fled through a nearby garage, running north through the garage and yard toward Church Dr. A witness said that he ran while checking his body for wounds.

Parents at the nearby Elm Park quickly packed up their children and fled. King St is a quiet, residential street that runs past Weston Library to Jane St.

Police cordoned off the area for several hours.

Council to consider new bike paths in Weston

This week, City Council will be pushed toward two new bike paths in Weston.

The first part of the motion asks council to direct the city to “work with Metrolinx to explore all opportunities for a bike trail network running adjacent to the tracks along the Georgetown Corridor, beyond the boundaries of the West Toronto Railpath, and if possible, connecting to the West-Toronto Railpath and other existing trails.”

The West Toronto Railpath runs along disused tracks from roughly Dupont to Dundas St. Joining it would make it a cinch to commute downtown from Weston on a bike.

The second part of the motion asks the city to explain what steps are being taken to fix the Weston gap in the Humber River trail. The gap in the trail severs a long path that would otherwise almost join the northern reaches of the city to Lake Ontario. There are other small gaps, but the one in Weston is the nastiest; it forces bicyclists to ride along a very busy section of Weston Road near the Superstore.

The motion does not appear to commit the city to actually building the paths; it asks the city to explore and report. It was proposed by Nunziata and seconded by Ainslie.

The gap in the Humber Trail. Purple shows the route the city recommends. Red shows the most direct route. Past Cruickshank, the path runs almost uninterrupted to the lake. Past the 401, it runs nearly to Finch.
The West Toronto Railpath