Briefly… for October 26, 2007

Centretown group re-elects president

David Blaine was re-elected president of the Centretown Citizens’ Community Association at the group’s annual general meeting last week.

Blaine pledged that the association would strive to gain more members and continue to represent Centretown residents.

Elected to the board of directors were Andrew Aitkens, David Gladstone, Susan Kerr, Joan Spice and Heather Watson.

Urban planning issues dominated discussion at the meeting with special emphasis on reducing urban sprawl, building height regulations and visual amenity. –Greg Dunlop

Arson suspected in Chinatown fire

Police and fire officials believe the $2-million Chinatown fire in August was the work of an arsonist.

Samples taken from the scene had been submitted to the Centre of Forensic Science in Toronto for analysis but officials will not say what ultimately led them to the conclusion.

The blaze at Somerset and Booth streets destroyed 18 apartments and five businesses and left more than 30 people homeless.

Anyone having information is asked to call police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2199 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477. –Greg Dunlop