The UP Express has won the project of the year award at the Global AirRail Awards, given an industry magazine, AirRail News. The UP Express will, they say, be “a key component in the regional transportation plan developed by Metrolinx. The air rail link will provide an estimated 5,000 guests a day with convenient, reliable and rapid service between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport.”
Award-winning architects, however, were a little less fond of the project. Brown and Storey say that the noise walls being built as part of the project will “offer no collateral benefits for the city” according to a press release. The Junction Triangle Rail Committee published some rather shocking pictures of what they project the walls will do to a downtown park.
In other news, the Minister of Transportation maintained that the line would not be electrified in time for the PanAm games. He “said the Ontario Liberals would continue to support electrifying the Union Pearson Express (UP) air rail link… mentioning 2017 as a potential target date for completion”
The International Baccalaureate program at Weston CI is having its 8th annual “Taste of Weston” festival tonight, between 6 and 9 pm. There will be food available and live entertainment. It’s cheap: $2 a person, $5 a family, with food and activity tickets a couple of bucks extra.
A couple of surprises in the Toronto Public Health inspection results this month: my three favourite restaurants got dinged.
Wakame Sushi passed, but had a number of warnings: they failed to protect food from contamination, failed to use a cover on the food, and failed to keep non-food contact surfaces clean. They also failed to wash rooms and equipment well. Oh boy.
Tim Horton’s on Lawrence got busted for not ensuring that employees washed their hands, not having soap for employees in the food area, not cleaning food preparation areas, and not having enough cleaning solution for the machinery. They passed, though.
Wendy’s was inspected the same day. They didn’t maintain their equipment well.
Frances Nunziata, our city councillor, has long been a close friend and supporter of Mayor Ford. That continued today, when she said that the press is “harassing” the mayor over the allegations that he smoked crack cocaine.
Nunziata went on to defend the mayor, saying that the story is not true. “”They’re allegations. They’re stories the media makes up,” she said.
Frances Nunziata also voted against the Toronto casino today. She had long been a supporter, but even conservative councillors voted it down when the city was denied a $100 million hosting fee. Nunziata did not support the actual vote, however; Ford wanted the vote to simply not happen and to drop the issue, but left-leaning councillors forced the vote to express their disapproval and nail the coffin shut. Nunziata was not among the councillors who forced the vote.
Acclaimed young people’s arts provider, UrbanArts, has outgrown its storefront premises at 19 John Street so they are moving in early July to a new location on Bartonville (off Weston, east of Jane). This is a move of more than 2km. Marlene McKintosh told WestonWeb that she has no idea who will move into the space as, “it’s up to the landlord”.
Unfortunately this will add to the ample supply of empty storefronts in Weston.
Weston Safety Audit – Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Councillor Nunziata invites you to take part in the 2013 Weston Safety Audit.
We will be walking along Weston Road from King Street to Wilby Crescent to identify problem areas and areas that can be improved. Please join Councillor Nunziata, representatives from Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto Hydro and 12 Division Police in this initiative to further improve the Weston neighbourhood.
- Location: Meet in front of 1901 Weston Rd. (NE corner of Weston & Lawrence)
- Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
- Time: 6:30pm
- Please RSVP no later than May 16 to email@example.com or call 416.392.4091 to confirm your attendance.
You are invited to attend the Weston Village Residents Association AGM on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Weston Memorial. It will be held in the gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Trustee Chris Tonks and the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat, will be attending. Please enter through the front doors of our school on John St.
WMD Community Engagement Workgroup currently recruiting
If you would like to join us in developing our community engagement strategy, and plan/support engagement activities for Weston Mount Dennis please contact me for more information.
Community Development Officer
Social Development, Finance and Administration
City of Toronto
100 Queen Street West, 15th Floor, East Tower
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2
Photo exhibit at UrbanArts