Archive for February 2013
Kupferman’s coverage is quite good, not only–as here–noting the concerns that a chain grocery store might impinge on the smaller merchants of Kensington Market, but also noting that much of this protest seems ill-judged. For starters, right now there does not seem to be any commitment by Loblaws to the site in question on College west of Spadina, once home to a Buddhist temple. There also seems to be a sort of NIMBYism evidenced, in the opposition to bars or other entertainment venues appearing in a neighbourhood that has been dynamic. The commenters at Torontoist further suggest that there may not be much impact on small businesses like fruit sellers and fishmongers in the neighbourhood, since they cater to substantially different demographics than a hypothetical Loblaws would.
It’s an awkward situation. In October, city council, with the support of Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), approved a 15-storey condo at 297 College Street, to be developed by a company called Tribute Communities. Now, months after the fact, some residents and businesspeople in Kensington Market, just south of the site, are suddenly up in arms over the building, which they believe will include a neighbourhood-destroying element: a Loblaws supermarket, lodged in a planned 20,000 square foot second-floor retail space.
Sylvia Lassam, a seven-year Kensington resident who owns a home on Bellevue Avenue, is one of the people leading the fight against Loblaws. She believes that a supermarket would steal business away from the many green grocers and dry-goods merchants that line Kensington’s streets. “The raw food sales have been the constant that keeps it a real, honest-to-god market,” she said. “And if you get a Loblaws two blocks away, what’s going to happen?”
Lassam, an archivist by profession, believes that a supermarket would leave Kensington unrecognizable, erasing its century of history as a scrappy, eclectic immigrant district. There’s some reason to believe things could unfold this way. Ever since a Loblaws opened at Queen and Portland streets, about half a kilometre from the Market, neighbourhood merchants have complained of reduced sales. Fueling suspicion in Kensington is the fact that the Portland Street Loblaws is located in a condo building developed by none other than Tribute Communities, in partnership with RioCan.
“I just can’t see how that could be good for [Kensington’s small grocers],” Lassam continued. “And I think what would probably happen is that they would eventually close up, and that those storefronts would turn into more of the entertainment kind of things.” In other words, bars.
Toronto police have identified and charged the man wanted in the unprovoked stabbing of a 45-year-old man on a subway train Wednesday evening.
Cassim Celani Cummings, 20, faces several charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault in relation to the incident, which took place as he was riding the Yonge Line, near Davisville station.
He has yet to be arrested.
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The attack took place at about 10:20 p.m., police said. A passenger activated the alarm and emergency crews met the train at Davisville station. The suspect exited the train and ran away.
There was no significant interaction between the suspect and the victim before the stabbing, said Const. Tony Vella.
“The suspect was approaching [different] people on the train,” he said. “Then he went up to [the victim] and stabbed him.”
Toronto police have chased down many leads, but have still not been able to find the person who shot a TTC collector at Dupont station a year ago.
Staff Insp. Mike Earl reminded reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the same suspect had actually robbed the subway station on two prior occasions before the shooting on Feb. 26, 2012.
But no shots were fired until the incident on a Sunday night last year when the on-duty collector was wounded.
“The collector had no cash, or provided no cash to the suspect, at which time the suspect turned, commenced to walk away from the victim and then turned and fired three shots,” he said during a news conference at police headquarters.
Earl said the TTC collector was hit in the bicep and the neck.
The suspect then fled the station and went to a parking lot at Spadina Avenue and Macpherson Avenue and entered a silver vehicle.
Earl said the public has provided many tips to police, but none have resulted in an arrest.
There is not, as far as I can tell, any particular panic caused by yesterday’s stabbing and the recent anniversary. Torontonians experience the TTC as frustrating, yes, but very rarely unsafe. It’s being taken as just one of those random, but rare, things.
Yesterday morning saw the end of an almost disappointing snowstorm, the temperature hovering around freezing. Instead of simple rain, or a dry snow, we got a wet snow that quickly became slush covering the sidewalks.
Snow slid inch by inch, off the downwards-curved roof bus shelter at Dufferin and Dupont, the snow lubricated by the water and encouraged by gravity. The regular thumps made interesting sounds as they hit the ground.
This is a close-up of the previous photo.