Nunziata levels up on texting ban

Frances Nunziata is sticking with her plan to ban texting and walking, despite rebuffs from the province. 

Although she is quite fiscally conservative, our councillor is asking city staff to do work sure to end in nothing: research regulating pedestrians. Staff salaries, surely, could be better spent. 

Nunziata also told the Star 

“We’re just trying to make the road safe for everyone and I don’t think that’s a joke,”… referring to some of her colleagues on council who jeered the motion or called it “silly” after it passed.

“I don’t understand because it is, in my opinion, serious. When we talk about a road safety plan, it applies to everyone, not just motorists and cyclists,” she said.

That cyclists and pedestrians are the killed and not the killers seems to be moot. 

In related news, your correspondent found 24 other people playing Pokemon Go at 10 last night in Little Park. We had a blast. Nobody was run over. 

They are there if you look!
I spoke to a handful of people and had a bushel of laughs. One guy told me he went from watching TV to walking 10k a day.

I concede, however, that I was nearly made a hood ornament shortly after while chasing a Spearow to the library. Righteous certainty, beer, and indignation are not nearly as prophylactic as I had thought. 

Interesting Commercial Properties for Sale in Weston.

According to Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat, there may be a movement of commercial offices to the downtown core and that this is coming at the cost of the suburbs. One can only assume that the long commute times are responsible for this trend.

“Previously thriving suburban office parks are now experiencing double digit vacancy rates and declining rents, as employers flock downtown.”

Looking at commercial properties for sale in Weston, there is currently only one office property on offer:

2000 Jane Street: Asking Price $3,295,000
2000 Jane Street: Asking Price $3,295,000. This is a large property on about an acre of land by the Highway 400 ramps and the new hospital.

When it comes to retail stores however, there is no shortage of properties for sale, some of them very well known to Westonians.

2387 Weston Road: $599,000
2387 Weston Road: $599,000. This property A.K.A. ‘Artcube’ is near the Weston Plank Road building in a busy spot near Weston Road and St Phillips. It has served as an art store and taxidermists in recent incarnations.
1982-1986 Weston Road & 1 Little Avenue: $1,199,000. This comprises several properties and includes the former Chelli shoe store, the pizza restaurant next door and the barber shop on Little Avenue. There is a two bedroom apartment on the upper level.
1676 Jane Street: $2,499,000
1676 Jane Street: $2,499,000. This is a parcel of five properties fronting on Jane and Ellis Avenue. It has been approved for redevelopment.
1744 Jane Street: $759,800
1744 Jane Street: $759,800. This property comprises two retail units with an upstairs apartment.
1542 Jane Street: $249,900
1542 Jane Street: $249,900. This modern Subway outlet at Jane and Denison has 1100 square feet of floor space.
18 - 2007 Lawrence Avenue W: $249,900
18 – 2007 Lawrence Avenue W: $249,900 Near the Weston Station Tim Hortons, formerly the Brotherhood of Christ Healing Temple Ministry, this property has been reduced from $299,000.
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#2-213 Lawrence Avenue W:  $259,900 Also near the Weston Station Timmies.
1650 Weston Road: $689,000
1650 Weston Road: $689,000. Currently operating as a convenience store, there is a three-bedroom apartment upstairs.
1746 Weston Road: $1,899,000
1746 Weston Road: $1,899,000. This property currently hosting a seafood store at Weston and Wilby is across the street from the new GO station. Wilby was the site of an affordable condo project that failed to get off the ground a couple of years ago.
1705 Weston Road: $4,650,000
1705 Weston Road: $4,650,000. This grouping of three properties is next to the Weston GO station and are being sold ‘as is’.
2464 Weston Road: $989,000
2464 Weston Road: $989,000. This property comprises two units of differing sizes with a total of 3200 square feet of floor space.

All images from Realtor.ca

CultureShock needs you!

UrbanArts, Toronto’s finest community arts group, will host the 11th annual CultureShock festival on August 12 and 13. There will be “dance, music, visual arts, theatre and spoken word” at Little Avenue Park.

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They are looking for volunteers, performers, vendors, and exhibitors. Jump in!

Kodak Lands Gas Generator is dead.

Judith Hayes (centre) gets ready to host the residents' meeting.
Judith Hayes (centre) gets ready to host the residents’ meeting.

Mount Dennis Residents’ Association held an information meeting last night at the York Civic Centre. Several speakers were in attendance as well as Provincial Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese and Toronto Councillors Frances Nunziata and Frank Di Giorgio. Also of note, in the audience was a small contingent of attentive young people from the For Youth Initiative.

The meeting was held to discuss the 18MW natural gas generator proposed by Metrolinx to be used in power outages on the new Eglinton Crosstown Line as well as a cheaper source of energy during peak periods.

For the first part of the meeting, several speakers discussed greener methods of power generation and conservation.

Once the floor was opened to residents’ questions, the most pertinent comment came in response MDCA’s Rick Ciccarelli. He asked the City’s Fernando Carou (Community Energy Planning) for confirmation that Metrolinx has withdrawn its site plan application for a gas generator on the Kodak Lands. He then asked what is now being planned. Carou replied that the application has indeed been withdrawn and that Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro are currently working on more environmentally acceptable ways of providing back-up power.

According to the politicians present at the meeting, a further announcement will be forthcoming in about a month and that residents will be consulted on any further proposals.

Interestingly, one of the speakers, Jason Rioux, Vice President of NRSTOR, confirmed that battery storage is capable of providing emergency power and that instead of using one site, several smaller battery modules could be installed along the crosstown line. This would provide more efficiency during a power outage and would eliminate the need for a large building on the Kodak lands site. The batteries would be charged at night with cheap electricity while trains weren’t running.

For now, residents can breathe a sigh of relief. The generator is off the table. Well done to all involved who applied political pressure to ensure this option was eliminated and to the politicians who responded to the people’s wishes. It remains to be seen what Metrolinx will come up with next but according to the politicians present, people will be consulted on any new proposals. A further announcement will be forthcoming in about a month.