Wednesday morning, third beach ....... in addition to the usual still-smoking remains of the previous night's fire, the smashed beer bottles, the food and drink cartons and discarded clothing, there were a number of sawed-off saplings and branches from recent park plantings that the revelers had gathered to keep the fire bright. Of course, the green wood did not burn and was left on the beach, sad emblems of insensitive indifference and waste, only meters away from the vandalized, burnt-out wreck of what used to be the wildlife observation deck.
This is happening a lot right now and will increase, as usual, now that Summer is under way.
Some say that this behaviour is just youngsters doing what youngsters do; others call it a crime. In recent weeks a FOSS member was brutally attacked when he approached some teenagers in the same spot asking them to put out their fire. Youthful exuberance can certainly have its dark side.
There seem to be very few patrols by police officers. They know of this ongoing problem but, for some reason, are rarely seen attending to it. Perhaps it is time that we inundated the police with requests to step up patrols.
If you wish to add your voice to this, you can call Sergent MacDonald at 416 808 2199. He is in the Community Response Unit at 22 Division and responsible for ordering patrols. Better still, you can call his boss, Staff Sergent Khan at 416 808 2213. Even better still, I was told that, if you are not satisfied with the follow up, a call to Chief William Blair at 416 808 8000 can be very effective. A written complaint can also be made at the Lakeshore sub-division station by completing a Community Policing Complaint Form, insisting that they forward it to Sergent MacDonald at 22 or taking it there yourself. And, of course, there is also the Councillor's office, Mark Grimes, 416 397 9273 - maybe you could add a reminder that a proper Community Center might go a long way towards giving youngsters on the Lakeshore a constructive alternative for evening activity.
Posted by Terry Smith