Activists Worry BMXers Are Riding on a First Nations Burial Site
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Activists Worry BMXers Are Riding on a First Nations Burial Site

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Rastia’ta’non:ha stands on the site of the mounds that he and his group claim are burial grounds.


Rastia’ta’non:ha, a soft-spoken man with a head of dark black hair, wears a multicoloured tunic-like shirt that trails ribbons, and he carries a walking stick. He’s not a particularly imposing person, but when a handful of kids using some dirt BMX ramps located on a hill at the southeastern corner of High Park see him and some of his compatriots coming, with a few reporters in tow, they hop on their bikes and bolt straight away. They know why he’s there.


“It’s disgusting what they’ve done,” he says, gesturing at a series of ramps scooped out of the hillside. “The shape of it—this part here used to be round.”
Where the BMXers see a prime biking spot, Rastia’ta’non:ha (pronounced RAH-SAH-DUH-NON-HA), a member of the Seneca, sees a travesty. He and others in his organization, the Taiaiaiko’n Historical Preservation Society (many of whom refer to him simply as “Dave”), contend that the bike ramps are located directly on top of what they call “Snake Mound,” an Iroquoian burial mound, possibly 1,000 years old, or even older.
Whatever the mound was 1,000 years ago, right now it’s absolutely a BMX park. Bikers have sculpted the steep dirt slopes into an obstacle course surprising in its scale and complexity. It’s hard to imagine it having been built without backhoes.
“To us, it’s sacred,” continues Rastia’ta’non:ha. “We know there are ancestors here, and it’s sacred. You wouldn’t want a BMX course in your cemetery, I’m sure.”
Chief Arnie General, an Onondaga elder also on hand to speak to reporters at the mound Monday evening, is even less charitable. “Little punks, that’s all they are,” he says. “They got no respect and their parents got no respect.” He leans on his metal cane and points away, through the trees, across a nearby pond. There are the bikers, watching, presumably waiting for us to leave.
On closer inspection, they’re all about 14 years old. Their first reaction when a reporter calls out to them is fright. But one of them, a boy named Alex, who is pint-sized but brave, steps forward and handles the interview.

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A barrier at the edge of the site with a City of Toronto sign prohibiting entry, with a hand-written addition.


“I know what they mean,” he says, after acknowledging that the complaints of the First Nations activists have been well known to cyclists who use the site since about two years ago, when Rastia’ta’non:ha’s group began to pursue the issue. “I wouldn’t feel nice if someone was riding over my grandma’s grave.”
“I’m fine with them taking their lands. All I want is compensation.” By which he means other places to ride. There’s a BMX park at Wallace Emerson Community Centre, by Dufferin and Dupont Streets, and there are some BMX trails in the Don Valley. But Alex and his friends live in the west end, and they consider High Park their only reasonable option, at the moment.
Alex says he’s heard that BMX riders have been using the mound for 20 or 30 years. (Other users of the site said they’d heard the same.) Building ramps in the area is prohibited by City bylaws for environmental reasons, but there wasn’t much interest in enforcement until the Snake Mound controversy came to the fore.
Constable Scott Mills, a TPS officer who is involved in the BMX community, agrees that riding spots are scarce. He’s been working with the organizers of Toronto BMX Jam to install riding parks across the city, but with limited results. “We’ve got four tractor trailer loads of BMX bike ramps that are in storage right now because we don’t have proper locations for them,” he says.
“We always seem to not have the proper funding and structure to get it going.”
Another thing Alex says he and his friends want, aside from another riding space, is proof that the mound is, in fact, a burial site.

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Alex, a High Park BMX rider, shows off his bike tricks on a mound of wood chips.


Rastia’ta’non:ha, for his part, has been cataloguing evidence on the Taiaiaiko’n Historical Preservation Society website. On Monday, he narrated a PowerPoint presentation of some of his most compelling proof to an appreciative audience at a Roncesvalles Avenue café. He has oral history; he has astrology; he has an arrowhead, and some fragments of what might be bone or ceremonial objects, but could also just be rocks (DNA analysis on the bone is, he says, pending). He also has some interesting but inconclusive ground studies by an archaeologist allied with his organization. What he doesn’t have is independent verification of his claims.
It’s widely thought that High Park may contain undiscovered First Nations artifacts, but there is little reliable data to prove or disprove that supposition. Some First Nations burial sites were reportedly discovered near the park’s Grenadier Pond in 1921. In 2010, the City included all of High Park, along with countless other locations across Toronto, on a map of sites with “archeological potential.” The City conducted studies of parts of High Park in 2008 and 2009, but the results are available in full text only by special request from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Also, the province has included another rumoured High Park burial mound, known as “Bear Mound,” on its register of archaeology reports. But none of these things mean that High Park definitely does contain buried First Nations remains. They mean only that officials are open to the possibility.
At this point the dispute is a matter of belief. Members and friends of the Taiaiaiko’n Historical Preservation Society have all the proof they require, and have in fact been holding ceremonies on what’s left of Snake Mound. The next one is scheduled for May 1.
But they’re not alone in their displeasure over the land’s upkeep. Back at High Park, Alex tells us that adults sometimes use the mound to party, and that he’s heard rumors of drug use, and people finding discarded syringes. “I think it’s disgusting, seriously,” he says.
Photos by Nick Kozak/Torontoist.

CORRECTION: April 20, 2:59 PM This article originally stated that the City was in the process of conducting archaeological studies of parts of High Park, and that the results are not publicly available. In fact, those studies are complete, and the results are available in redacted full text from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, by request. The article has been amended to reflect this.

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55 Responses

  1. Doesn't anyone remember Poltergeist? Those kids are fucked.

  2. torontothegreat says:

    Great story!

  3. 00AV says:

    Oh please… everything is a sacred site to someone. I bet the people who own(ed) homes in Caledonia felt their property was sacred… and we've all seen how that worked out for them.

    Natives made many bad deals many, many years ago. Now we should continually pay the price for their poor negotiating skills?

  4. bigdaddyhame says:

    Steve did you talk to any of High Park's managers? Someone at Parks & Rec?

  5. MichaelOrnot says:

    It would demonstrate a great deal of respect if you took the time to look into the reality of other peoples beliefs (not to mention our city's history), before you dismissed them so casually.

  6. SteveKupferman says:

    I tried to reach Heritage and Preservation Services for detail on the archaeological significance of the site, but couldn't before deadline.

  7. The kids and the elders should get together and discuss the situation as adults. Alex sounds like a reasonable individual. Not all teens are punks and not all first nations peoples are automatically somehow above scientifically proving such important claims.

  8. 00AV says:

    Hardly Laura, but good try at oversimplifying my viewpoint. *gold star*

  9. JEREMY says:

    Not to be a jerk about it, but how would this help? The kids want to use the site, the FNs folks want them to stop completely. There is not a lot of room to “meet in the middle” so to speak. The only compromise I see would be to find an alternate site for the cyclists to use. Perhaps the THPS could join them and advocate for such a site to be created?

  10. PoorGen says:

    The bikers are behaving as if they are entitled to have a place to ride. Sorry, kids, you're not entitled to that. The sanctity of human remains trumps you having a good time and no, no one is required to recoup your perceived losses.

  11. Kevin says:

    Interesting story. Although I haven't been by in 6 months or so, I've ridden my bike in that location on and off with my son over the past few years without ever knowing that it might be a burial mound.

    I'm sure the 'punks' as they are called would be more understanding if there was some official recognition of the site – otherwise it becomes an unsolvable he said/she said argument.

  12. PoorGen says:

    Preservation of the site is the only thing that is actually important here. Would it be nice for the kids to have another place to ride? Sure. However, it's not a vital part of this equation.

  13. PoorGen says:

    If there's even a chance of human remains, a person with a conscience would stop riding there until the situation is settled.

  14. Carl Wilson says:

    The fact is that whether the burial-mound claim is true or not, nobody should be BMX riding on the environmentally sensitive land of High Park, since it completely destroys the native plants and habitat there. (Same goes for dogs-off-leash.) But as the story mentions, the city isn't willing to commit any resources to enforce the rules. So what should be Toronto's equivalent of Central Park will instead be a big dirt plain in a couple of decades.

  15. Carl Wilson says:

    (Kind of an ironic counterpoint to the long-view, seven-generations perspective that's reflected in the First Nations' peoples concern for an ancient burial site.)

  16. Kevin says:

    Agreed, but it pays to be realistic when asking someone to stop doing something with insufficient evidence.
    The article hints that there may be archaeological sites throughout the park. Should people stop eating at Grenadier restaurant? Walking among the Japanese maples? Playing on the soccer and baseball fields? Fishing in the man-made ponds?

    I'm not trying to be insensitive to the possibility, now that I'm aware of it I'll gladly spread the word.

    I suppose as a life-long cyclist I'm sensitive to the fact that a cyclist at the Olympic Games is a national hero, but a BMXer in a park is a nuisance.

    It's easy (and likely justified) to push aside a bunch of 14 year olds in a situation like this, but I wonder if the reaction would be the same if a burial mound was found under a trendy bar or a busy road?

  17. torontothegreat says:

    Ignorant. Wow. Learn some history before you choose to argue the re-written version.

  18. Eric S. Smith says:

    Should people stop eating at Grenadier restaurant? Walking among the Japanese maples? Playing on the soccer and baseball fields? Fishing in the man-made ponds?

    Don't go all crazy, now — PoorGen might want to do some of those things.

  19. torontothegreat says:

    No, don't worry your viewpoint is still simpleton… oops, I mean simple…

  20. Andrew Smith says:

    what about the road that goes through it? the people who walk in it? the people who litter in it? The city pollution around it?

  21. Andrew Smith says:

    good chance you walked over human remains today without knowing it.

  22. Andrew Smith says:

    better off smoking crack I say

  23. Isn't there like quite a few molecules from Hitler's ashes and Jesus' farts in like every breath we take?

  24. The solution to this could be a dedicated BMX track close by, like a skate park. I only say this because I was riding my BMX in High Park back in the 80's when I was a pre-teen. Hordes of us. That's a good solid 20 years ago. So we're not talking about an activity that's simply going to go away, but we can certainly put it in a place that's more favorable.

    Kids aren't going to understand the politics behind this. They can be informed, but then you're going to have to inform the next swarm of kids and so on into infinity (or until the invention of hoverboards or whatever). What they will understand is a better place to do this activity.

  25. how dare they try to have a good time and get some exercise. Don't they know about the internet?

  26. oh christ, shut up. A big dirt plain? High park has done alright for itself over the last hundred years or so, i can't see a group of BMXers in a small south section of the park causing its downfall.

  27. my god! Im surprised it hasn't been turned into a big dirt plain by now.

  28. wklis says:

    The section of earth between The Queensway and the CN tracks, just south of High Park, is reclaimed earth. Why don't they put ramps in there and let the bikes have a go down there instead?

  29. tyrannosaurus_rek says:

    Until there's proof I don't see why anything should change except to allow the proper investigation to occur to settle the issue.

  30. torontothegreat says:

    Things should at the very least, be put on hold (on both sides) until the investigation finishes

  31. billy3b says:

    Reminds me of the Tabor Hill case in Scarborough where people Tobbogan on a burial mound (confirmed by a dig). The end result was, whatever. Also note Victoria Memorial square is Toronto's First graveyard and it is used as a park. So even if it were proved to be real there will probably be no change.

  32. tyrannosaurus_rek says:

    There are dead people everywhere these days.

  33. teh jamez says:

    When I was in elementary school living in Wasaga Beach a Native Burial Site was discovered and guess what, a few months later a nd still to this day there stands a McDonalds… Moral of the story: stop crying.

  34. SteveKupferman says:

    I wrote a follow-up to this story that anyone interested in the mounds should definitely read:

    http://torontoist.com/2011/04/

  35. J D says:

    Your comment is completely uninformed. You have no idea of the history of this land or the Indigenous peoples who continue to resist imperial, colonial, capitalist terrorism, and have done so for over 5 centuries. It is easy to make such blunders when blinded by white privilege and a lack of critical education, however it is unethical to suggest that desecrating sacred burial grounds is right or should be legal. Perhaps I should veer of the paved path in mount pleasant cemetery and build some ramps and jumps from the tomb stones there? This is, after all, my ancestral land and since I live here, according to your logic, that should give me the right to do so?

    This has nothing to do with “poor negotiating skills” and everything to do with historic and ongoing colonial terrorism.

  36. S Green says:

    The City of Toronto has now agreed to work with the Six Nations Confederacy, Taiaiakon Historical Preservation Society, Aim Ontario and Red Power United, in the removal of the illegal bike jumps, and the restoration of the site back to its original state before it was destroyed by the illegal activity of the “cyclists”
    This Torontoist article is damaging, and now as being ignored by City officials as having any truth to it. The Torontoist are very poor journalists and did not research the issue properly before making these damaging comments. The people involved that they attacked with these articles can now very easily take all those to court and sue for damages to the site and also damages to their integrity. It is strongly recommended that the Torontoist removes this article by the Torontoist from their website.

    TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE, PARKS § 608-29. Bicycles.

    While in a park, no person shall:

    A. Ride or operate or be in possession of a bicycle where posted to prohibit bicycles;

    B. Obstruct, inconvenience or endanger other users of the park while riding or operating a bicycle;

    C. Construct or assemble any ramps, jumps, pathways or obstacle courses; or

    D. Ride or operate a bicycle in a manner which results in damage to trails, vegetation, trees, fauna or other natural features.

  37. tyrannosaurus_rek says:

    “cyclists”

    They're on bikes, whether or not you approve of what they do with them, so they are cyclists – sans scare quotes.

    “This Torontoist article is damaging, and now as[sic] being ignored by City officials as having any truth to it.”

    Citations? And why were city officials relying on the article (and for what reason)?

    “The people involved that they attacked with these articles can now very easily take all those to court and sue for damages to the site and also damages to their integrity.”

    What attacks? What damages were incurred?

  38. torontothegreat says:

    lol, so not true.

  39. qviri says:

    Indeed… no dead people on the moon, nor on the top level of the CN Tower…

  40. S Green says:

    I guess you haven't read the article or visited the Taiaiakon website. Slander of a person name when all facts are not researched fully , and defamation of character is illegal, in order to promote the destruction of an environmentally sensitive area and a culturally important area to Indigenous peoples, is doing just that. Causing more damage to the site, which at this point the City could very easily fine all of the “cyclists” who have built illegal ramps and caused damage to a protected species of trees and plant life. Another protected plant that has been destroyed, are Trillium, the Ontario flower. Before you continue to post the ignorant , un-researched comments you have made, I would suggest that you visit their website: http://taiaiakon.wordpress.com

    TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE, PARKS § 608-29. Bicycles.

    While in a park, no person shall:

    A. Ride or operate or be in possession of a bicycle where posted to prohibit bicycles;

    B. Obstruct, inconvenience or endanger other users of the park while riding or operating a bicycle;

    C. Construct or assemble any ramps, jumps, pathways or obstacle courses; or

    D. Ride or operate a bicycle in a manner which results in damage to trails, vegetation, trees, fauna or other natural features.

  41. tyrannosaurus_rek says:

    Point out the slander and defamation.

    (And stop conflating Torontoist and the City of Toronto.)

  42. torontothegreat says:

    Ridiculous. Yea let's dismiss the aboriginal claims because some of you believe that there are dead people buried in every square km of the city and the province (minimization, much?).

    This kind of patronizing is such b/s and IMHO borders on racism. At the very least you are being extremely disresptful of my aboriginal brothers and sisters and of our history and culture.

    Good job!

  43. S Green says:

    “Point out the slander and defamation.

    (And stop conflating Torontoist and the City of Toronto.) “

    Read the whole article your self and take the blinders… and what are you going to do people like myself “conflating Torontoist and the City of Toronto?” I tell you what the destructive activity down there has increased rapidly since the Torontoist articles came out. 1+1=2
    Simple equation, one that you obviously you are unable to grasp.
    The Torontoist failed to mention the city by-law in both of their articles, and were also there on the site when illegal digging and cycling was occuring on April 18. They should have mentioned something about that which they did not, which makes them just as guilty as those breaking the law. Instead they have showed their biased support of the BMXERS in their articles, encouraging more damages to occur at the site.

    TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE, PARKS § 608-29. Bicycles.

    While in a park, no person shall:

    A. Ride or operate or be in possession of a bicycle where posted to prohibit bicycles;

    B. Obstruct, inconvenience or endanger other users of the park while riding or operating a bicycle;

    C. Construct or assemble any ramps, jumps, pathways or obstacle courses; or

    D. Ride or operate a bicycle in a manner which results in damage to trails, vegetation, trees, fauna or other natural features.

  44. tyrannosaurus_rek says:

    “Read the whole article your self and take the blinders… and what are you going to do people like myself 'conflating Torontoist and the City of Toronto?'”

    I'll continue to point out this site isn't part of the City government and it makes you look ridiculous implying otherwise, that's what I'll do.

    “The Torontoist failed to mention the city by-law in both of their articles, and were also there on the site when illegal digging and cycling was occuring on April 18. They should have mentioned something about that which they did not, which makes them just as guilty as those breaking the law.”

    The article clearly states that cyclists were seen at the site. Evidence of cyclist activity there is also apparent, or there wouldn't be an issue. Whether anyone at Torontoist later reported any bylaw violations I don't know – and neither do you – but again, the city is aware of these ramps so there would be no point.

    You seem to think people and the media shouldn't talk about crimes because it makes them just as guilty of the act and responsible for future crimes. That is, fortunately, not the case.

  45. qviri says:

    Nice goalpost shift, I almost fell for it.

  46. torontothegreat says:

    No it's not. Dismissing it is also patronizing. kthxbye.

  47. S Green says:

    False and Reckless attack on people's character; Internet/Online reputation; Facts not checked with THPS before publishing; False assertions; Harmful assertions of opinions that are not facts. False Assertions. Public Facts need checked and False Statements Retracted; Apology issued in print. The record needs corrected.

  48. S Green says:

    The article needs to AMMEND this statement:

    “Earlier this week, we reported on a dispute over an area of High Park, used by BMX bikers for riding and claimed by others to be a First Nations burial site”

    To:

    “Earlier this week, we reported on a dispute over an area of High Park, used ILLEGALLY according to Laws/By-laws by BMX bikers for riding and claimed by others to be a First Nations burial site”

    Otherwise, the Torontoist is breaking the laws, and encouraging others, esp. children, to break the laws!

    The article also needs much more in print that they say they have (and some they say they can't find on the Internet but I could; from a competing newspaper)
    They need to print the findings they have a copy of!

    “As a result of that study, the recommendation came back that there's no further concern, nothing was found whatsoever.” (That report was filed with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It was never—and still isn't—available online, or even in electronic format, to the best of our knowledge; we have a photocopy that we picked up from their office.)

    PRINT IT!

    Or is it too “blacked out” to look good and support their biased cause?

    “If something is found in the future the appropriate authorities have to be consulted and informed,” Hugues continues. “And that's just a standard process.”
    The City, she says, decided not to proceed with more invasive investigation methods on the basis of these findings.”

    What are they hiding? WHAT are “these findings”? The PUBLIC has a need and right to know! PRINT IT!
    The writer, Kupferman, can't say this without SHOWING the “evidence” which is not “evidence” without proof of the documentation “not available online”, etc.

    “Under contract to the City, Archaeological Services Inc. also conducted a broader survey of High Park. “It looked at whether these mounds resemble any other kind of burial mound complexes in parts of the United States and other parts of other jurisdictions, and they don't,” says Hughes”

    We know it was Ron Williamson, unlicensed, and they don;t want the public to know.
    Also, we know the small area “tested”
    is not representative of the entire area. We also know that Williamson snuck in there, likely at night. This is a big cover-up and http://www.torontoist.com/prof… speaks of “professionalism”??? in comments?

    Tyrannosaurus_Rek apparently loves the Torontoist and is likely a big Steve Kupferman fan:
    http://torontoist.com/2010/12/

    T-Rek “liked” the above articles.

    http://torontoist.com/mt/mt-cp

    T_Rek has commented 15 times.

    Has apparently only been in Toronto about 2 1/2 years?
    Dec 2010:
    “By the way, I spent my first 2.5 years in Toronto living on Finch, first east of Leslie then west of Jane.”

    Has opinions related to government spending and transit, now the High Park Mounds issue, but his comments there aren't showing up yet in his posting history as Rek.

    He uses DISQUS to sign in and has posted 3960 comments at Torontoist, and “liked” 546 times.
    http://disqus.com/tyrannosauru

    He seems to follow David Topping articles mostly.
    one post appears he could be David Topping:

    http://torontoist.com/2009/06/

    This was when Gothamist had the Torontoist.

    Maybe David Topping is aka Tyrannosaurus _rek.
    Pretty clear from his comments about making a personal appearance at the paio story link.

    Former Editor, Torontoist:

    David Topping
    June 2006–December 2010
    http://torontoist.com/staff.ph

    No photo:

    http://torontoist.com/profile/

    David Topping would have hired Kupferman and now must show his support, or it's also HIS reputation. What do you think?

    David Topping comes up with BMX Go Forward articles:
    http://bikingtoronto.com/weekl

    Has photo credits, and also was the editor at the time of these many PRO-Biking articles.

    Notice there is a man named HUNT in the
    “Ink Truck is owned and operated by founders and partners Amanda Alvaro, Ken Hunt, and Rob Silver.”

    Brien Hunt related?

    Here's “Rocker” on Twitter who made the first comment “Let the kiddies ride”

    http://twitter.com/#!/rockerTF

    (he follows 4 people, 2 in sports, one silly young woman named Meg Hiney, Danny Dichio, a footballer for Toronto FC , one an investment banker, Paul Beirne, who is also involved with the Toronto FC (Soccer).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P

    Could it be that Paul Beirne is the business man and $$$ behind BMX sports in Toronto?

    Found a connection to Paul Beirne in 2002 with BMX but nothing else yet:

    Paul Beirne – Uproar BMX circa 2002, Paul Beirne – Uproar BMX c. … of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Paul Beirne, Toronto FC's director of business . …
    http://www.123people.com/s/paul+beirn... – Similar

    http://twitter.com/#!/MegHiney

    (a drunk, crack & weed user- student looking for a job? May be a BMX'er (has a trainer, goes to gym; Has/had a b/f named “ERIK”; coincidental name from Blogto??) From St. Clair; all from her tweets.)

    Not much concern with her…

    That Eric S. Smith has commented elsewhere, I believe on blogto.

    There are 2 boys in the bmx Toronto scene that participated in the Jams named “Smith”.

    (Anyway, there is a “14 & Under”:

    George Debryun Smith

    and a PRO RIDER:

    Darrin Smith

  49. S Green says:

    That's something that is in the works.

  50. S Green says:

    False and Reckless attack on people's character; Internet/Online reputation; Facts not checked with THPS before publishing; False assertions; Harmful assertions of opinions that are not facts. False Assertions. Public Facts need checked and False Statements Retracted; Apology issued in print. The record needs corrected.

  51. S Green says:

    The article needs to AMMEND this statement:

    “Earlier this week, we reported on a dispute over an area of High Park, used by BMX bikers for riding and claimed by others to be a First Nations burial site”

    To:

    “Earlier this week, we reported on a dispute over an area of High Park, used ILLEGALLY according to Laws/By-laws by BMX bikers for riding and claimed by others to be a First Nations burial site”

    Otherwise, the Torontoist is breaking the laws, and encouraging others, esp. children, to break the laws!

    The article also needs much more in print that they say they have (and some they say they can't find on the Internet but I could; from a competing newspaper)
    They need to print the findings they have a copy of!

    “As a result of that study, the recommendation came back that there's no further concern, nothing was found whatsoever.” (That report was filed with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It was never—and still isn't—available online, or even in electronic format, to the best of our knowledge; we have a photocopy that we picked up from their office.)

    PRINT IT!

    Or is it too “blacked out” to look good and support their biased cause?

    “If something is found in the future the appropriate authorities have to be consulted and informed,” Hugues continues. “And that's just a standard process.”
    The City, she says, decided not to proceed with more invasive investigation methods on the basis of these findings.”

    What are they hiding? WHAT are “these findings”? The PUBLIC has a need and right to know! PRINT IT!
    The writer, Kupferman, can't say this without SHOWING the “evidence” which is not “evidence” without proof of the documentation “not available online”, etc.

    “Under contract to the City, Archaeological Services Inc. also conducted a broader survey of High Park. “It looked at whether these mounds resemble any other kind of burial mound complexes in parts of the United States and other parts of other jurisdictions, and they don't,” says Hughes”

    We know it was Ron Williamson, unlicensed, and they don;t want the public to know.
    Also, we know the small area “tested”
    is not representative of the entire area. We also know that Williamson snuck in there, likely at night. This is a big cover-up and http://www.torontoist.com/prof… speaks of “professionalism”??? in comments?

    Tyrannosaurus_Rek apparently loves the Torontoist and is likely a big Steve Kupferman fan:
    http://torontoist.com/2010/12/

    T-Rek “liked” the above articles.

    http://torontoist.com/mt/mt-cp

    T_Rek has commented 15 times.

    Has apparently only been in Toronto about 2 1/2 years?
    Dec 2010:
    “By the way, I spent my first 2.5 years in Toronto living on Finch, first east of Leslie then west of Jane.”

    Has opinions related to government spending and transit, now the High Park Mounds issue, but his comments there aren't showing up yet in his posting history as Rek.

    He uses DISQUS to sign in and has posted 3960 comments at Torontoist, and “liked” 546 times.
    http://disqus.com/tyrannosauru

    He seems to follow David Topping articles mostly.
    one post appears he could be David Topping:

    http://torontoist.com/2009/06/

    This was when Gothamist had the Torontoist.

    Maybe David Topping is aka Tyrannosaurus _rek.
    Pretty clear from his comments about making a personal appearance at the paio story link.

    Former Editor, Torontoist:

    David Topping
    June 2006–December 2010
    http://torontoist.com/staff.ph

    No photo:

    http://torontoist.com/profile/

    David Topping would have hired Kupferman and now must show his support, or it's also HIS reputation. What do you think?

    David Topping comes up with BMX Go Forward articles:
    http://bikingtoronto.com/weekl

    Has photo credits, and also was the editor at the time of these many PRO-Biking articles.

    Notice there is a man named HUNT in the
    “Ink Truck is owned and operated by founders and partners Amanda Alvaro, Ken Hunt, and Rob Silver.”

    Brien Hunt related?

    Here's “Rocker” on Twitter who made the first comment “Let the kiddies ride”

    http://twitter.com/#!/rockerTF

    (he follows 4 people, 2 in sports, one silly young woman named Meg Hiney, Danny Dichio, a footballer for Toronto FC , one an investment banker, Paul Beirne, who is also involved with the Toronto FC (Soccer).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P

    Could it be that Paul Beirne is the business man and $$$ behind BMX sports in Toronto?

    Found a connection to Paul Beirne in 2002 with BMX but nothing else yet:

    Paul Beirne – Uproar BMX circa 2002, Paul Beirne – Uproar BMX c. … of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Paul Beirne, Toronto FC's director of business . …
    http://www.123people.com/s/paul+beirn... – Similar

    http://twitter.com/#!/MegHiney

    (a drunk, crack & weed user- student looking for a job? May be a BMX'er (has a trainer, goes to gym; Has/had a b/f named “ERIK”; coincidental name from Blogto??) From St. Clair; all from her tweets.)

    Not much concern with her…

    That Eric S. Smith has commented elsewhere, I believe on blogto.

    There are 2 boys in the bmx Toronto scene that participated in the Jams named “Smith”.

    (Anyway, there is a “14 & Under”:

    George Debryun Smith

    and a PRO RIDER:

    Darrin Smith

  52. S Green says:

    That's something that is in the works.