Thugs with handgun terrorize pot shop on Danforth

The genteel trade of selling dope at 2145 the Danforth was shockingly disrupted Saturday when three men wearing black ski masks staged what can only be called a vicious armed robbery. The police report says that’s what it was. The thugs took control of the employees, pistol whipped one and fired a shot as well. They stole  the cash and marijuana stock. This was at the The Green Leaf dispensary just east of Woodbine.  Suspect #1: black, 5’8″ – 5’10”, skinny build, black ski mask, black clothing, armed with a handgun, Suspect #2: black, 6’0″, muscular build, black ski mask, black clothing and Suspect #3: black, 6’0″, athletic build, black ski mask, black clothing

Possible freezing rain Tuesday before a warmer week

There may be some freezing rain overnight and early Tuesday but rising temperatures should make it short.

Empty stores on Bayview are about to lose tax rebates

Why are storefronts empty on South Bayview, Mt Pleasant Rd and other attractive midtown business districts? Mayor Tory suspects that many of these vacant shops are just property plays by their owners. Whatever the truth, Tory is campaigning to eliminate the approximately $22 million a year in tax rebates to landlords who control empty storefronts. He requires provincial approval to make the change. Landlords will see the issue differently. Business may be better than it was during the economic crisis of 2008 but things are certainly not back to the palmy days of 2000.

And while some landlords may play the tax loss game for profit it remains true that not every prospective tenant is worth the trouble. Too many stores wash out in 18 months if the business plan is based on a dream. Are rents too high? Sure. It is a fair comment that no one who can’t afford to buy the store should be in retail. In making his decision public, Tory said that from 2001 to 2013, the City handed out $367 million through its property tax rebate for vacant commercial and industrial buildings. Maybe half of that money went to businesses where property values are skyrocketing, he said. “We are subsidizing people to keep space empty that is increasing, almost hourly, in value,” Tory told reporters.

 

Toronto security guard killed in Mexico was a “gentle giant”

The CBC reports that a well-known security guard in downtown Toronto’s club scene was one of five people killed Monday morning after a shooting rampage at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, during a music festival. Kirk Wilson, 49, had been a bouncer and security guard at many clubs, including Guvernment and Cabana. Friends identified him as one of the victims in the shooting at the BPM electronic music festival. CBC

Man killed in industrial accident at Queen and Woodbine

A man has been killed in an industrial accident near Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue area shortly after 4 p.m. According to police, the worker was located in some kind of construction machinery at the scene. He was pronounced dead a short time later, paramedics said.

Leaside Garden Society award to the Bayview Pixies

Certificate of Appreciation

Everyone appreciates the hard work done by the volunteer group known as the Bayview Leaside BIA Pixies.  The Leaside Garden Society took the time to present them with an award saying so.  The Certificate of Appreciation reads, “In grateful recognition of their tireless efforts to beautify Bayview Avenue in Leaside”.

2 Canadians, 3 others killed in Cancun nightclub shooting

Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian are among five people dead following a shooting and stampede at an electronic music festival at the Blue Parrot night club in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun, Mexico early Monday, authorities say. Miguel Angel Pech, the attorney general of Quintana Roo state, says several of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival. The nationality of the fifth person who died isn’t immediately known. CBC

Japanese fingerprint wonk warns against making peace sign

A Japanese researcher, Isao Echizen, says it may be dangerous to make the peace sign. He is from the National Institute of Informatics (NIII) where research shows prints can be made “widely available”. But wait, Echizen also says “biometric jammers” or transparent stickers will block the theft of prints even by the highest resolution camera. We choose not to worry about this first-world matter rather than add transparent finger tip stickers to our morning routine.   With BBC

 

Leaside Lightning U13 are proud silver medal winners


The U13 girls of the Leaside Lightning team are the silver medalists from the weekend’s Ontario Volleyball Association Challenger Cup event over the weekend. The team belongs to the Leaside Volleyball Club. Nice going guys.

Father moved by news that Alyssa Langille safe in Toronto

15-year-old Alyssa Langille has been found safe, say police in Mississauga. The girl’s father spoke briefly to CP24 and was moved by his daughter’s recovery. Alyssa was returned to her home by Toronto Police. She was found in the east end, sources said, after calling her parents perhaps in response to the alert. The overhanging question of  whether she was really abducted, and whether the men who took her were known to her, remains open. In further remarks with the father CP24 reportage suggests that this is a matter of a teen breaking away, a phenomenon not unknown.

Select Invitational begins February 3 with Novice Night

There’s not quite three weeks to go before the Leaside Select Invitational Tournament hits area arenas. Most critically, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens complex will be mobbed with kids ranging in age from five to 18 years for this mid-winter classic of family fun. The kickoff comes the evening of Friday, February 3, 2017 with “Novice Night” a free event beginning at 5.30  for families. The ceremonial puck drop, silent auction, raffle and other activities are set. Again this year Scotiabank is the lead sponsor followed by many others.  The teams are chosen by coaches of Leaside Hockey Association and may attend by the strength of that invitation alone. This year some 2,100 kids will participate.