Toronto police are showing a video of the murder of Hamilton man Leonard Pinnock, 33, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. It is brutally clear how Pinnock, who was in Toronto for reasons not yet released, was targeted by two men as he sat in his car at the strip mall on Duffeerin St at Bowie Avenue north of Eglinton Ave. West. Police ask residents in the area of Caledonia Road to the west, Dufferin Street to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the south and Castlefield Avenue to the north to check their backyards for any discarded items that do not belong to them, for example, keys, cell phones, or any item that might typically be carried in a pocket. Hamilton father killed in his car at Dufferin St. strip mall
The Badali family is featured in the current Neighbours of Leaside and Bennington Heights magazine. The Badalis celebrated the 75th anniversary of their fruit store on Bayview Ave. in 2013. Among the stories told in this Bulldog flashback is that of the Mass among the Melons, which occurred before St. Anselm’s Parish had a church in which to pray.
The Toronto Star’s Mary Orsmby and Kenyon Wallace write today that a full counting of the deaths of homeless people by Toronto has revealed that as many as 27 have expired in various circumstances in the first three months of the year. The suggestion seems to be that the community has failed the homeless, and this may be true, but there is very little information in the Star story as to how these deaths occurred. One reference is to a man who died of a self-administered drug overdose in hospital. He was not counted as homeless. Such detail may point up the essential dilemma of the homeless.
PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
People simply don’t know how to prevent them from doing things which threaten theirs lives. No amount of money or concern can override an individual’s personal decision-making. Such an interpretation may be unfair but until the City can explain precisely how people die, the sense of helplessness is entirely understandable. In a previous age, homeless people were swept off the streets and placed in jail to keep them warm during cold spells. That solution wasn’t especially nice but it makes the point that no such arbitrary action is permitted constitutionally regardless of how pleasant the housing may be. Toronto Star
An enormous fire destroyed the Green For Life recycling plant on Cherry Street Thursday morning. Latest video from the scene as shot by Tammie Sutherland of City News seems to show the demolished operation as a soggy mess. The burned out plant is sending heavy smoke across the bay and has left downtown smelling of burning rubbish. The fire appears to have threatened a next door mattress storage. As many as 40 vehicles are on the scene as is the TFS fire boat. No one has been injured so far.
LakeShore near Jameson Ave. (Joe Fiorino/CBC by Twitter)
A boy has died while cycling with his granddad on Lake Shore Blvd. near Jameson Ave. Wednesday evening. Police say the boy, 5, somehow fell causing him to drop out of the bike lane and into vehicular traffic. He was hit by a car and died later in the Hospital for Sick Children.
A nasty threat to dogs has been posted in a few places in Leslieville. The notices are apparently aimed at people who don’t pick up after their pets. They read: “To the person that lets their large dog use this area for a bathroom and will not pick up after the dog. Please be warned we have dropped small treats in the grass that will make your dog REAL SICK.”
Fans, friends and the ex-husband of Melinda McCaffrey, a well-known roller derby player in Toronto, are burning up social media Wednesday night in concern for the missing woman and in hope that she will be found okay. Nicholas Verlaine has tweeted concern for his former wife and asked anyone who has seen her to call 911. The Toronto Roller Derby has tweeted saying that one of its own is missing. Ms. McCaffrey was reported missing to Toronto Police Operations (see below) Wednesday evening. She was apparently last seen near Danforth and Greenwood Aves.
The BC Supreme Court has issued a rare order forcing two condo owners who intimidated their neighbors to sell their unit by June 3 or face arrest. The long horror story of shouted obscenities and threats from the Burnaby couple, Barry Linden and Ronald Thibodeau, has been in and out of court for more than a year. In 2016, the couple were told to stop their behaviour but to no avail. The condominium board issued fines which went unpaid. In one case recounted in court a resident said Linden would lurk outside her door and eavesdrop. The court heard Linden also followed her to a restaurant, stood a short distance away and stared at her. Thibodeau appeared in court in 2016 and claimed he and Linden were “well-liked” by the residents in the building, but neither defendant offered any evidence of that. According to the judge’s decision, if the unit isn’t sold by June 3, the board will take over the sale and the RCMP will arrest Linden and Thibodeau. In the meantime, the pair were also restrained from vandalizing common property, yelling, screaming or singing past 8 p.m. and from leaving dog feces anywhere on the common property of the 95-unit building.