Responses to recent shootings

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The CBC covered some of the local responses to the recent shootings in Weston and the surrounding area. Several community groups were included, including Stachen Frederick from Frontlines.

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At a meeting on Wednesday, she saw someone get the call that a relative had been injured.

“More and more youth are becoming fearful of living in this community,” Frederick said.

They try to engage children as young as six at Frontlines, with youth programming ranging from homework help to fitness and cooking classes. About 460 young people come through their doors a year.

Frederick says there needs to be more effort from all levels of government and more funding so places like Frontlines can be open later and offer more to young people.

She also says there’s a lack of spaces for young people in the community.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

4 thoughts on “Responses to recent shootings”

    1. Good point. Artscape was seen as the gentrification option while Frontlines helps people who are here.

  1. Frontlines is a ‘product’ of the Weston Park Baptist Church. They have been working on their own ‘plan’ for quite some time. Probably best not to criticize without knowing all the details. I’m sure if you contacted them, they could fill you in. And Frontlines has grown leaps and bounds over the past 10 years and will continue to do so.

    It’s really typical and very discouraging to constantly read negative comments about initiatives that took many years and many people to work on. Is it perfect? Nope. Is it better than a giant cavernous space sitting empty for another 40 years? YUP! Why is it that people who have had no involvement and who have never participated in trying to bring good things to the community feel a need to crap on those who have? Do you get a charge out of it waiting to see if anyone will refute your nasty comments?

    To crap on Artscape and therefore UrbanArts & Shakespeare In Action, both YOUTH-ORIENTED organizations who are their anchor tenants, is sort of pathetic. We need lots of various kinds of activities for youth. We need more space for EVERYONE to do their thing. To have 3 amazing places for young people to go, to learn, to feel safe, to create, is amazing. To have a space that artists in the community (and there are a lot!) can show their work is amazing. That people in the community still don’t recognize it as a good use of space is beyond me. It’s not ‘gentrification’ to take a dead space and re-purpose it for a whole community to use. It’s called having vision. Too bad there are some who have none and prefer to crap on others who do. You diminish every good thing that Weston has with your nonsense.

    1. I like Frontlines.
      I donate to them on an ongoing basis.
      I don’t like Artscape in Weston. I don’t like it because it was sold as a game changer, and as one that thought it was a good idea originally, no longer think it is.
      Now I also don’t like Worker Bee.
      Just because people don’t agree with you, doesn’t mean your right.

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