City Council will consider ‘Community Hub’ in Weston next week

City Council will vote on funding the cultural hub in Weston next week.

The development will have

  • An 18-storey tower with 350 rental units
  • An 800-square meter (8600 square foot) community/cultural hub
  • 26 rental artist live/work units
  • An 1,150 square meter (12000 square foot) open-space area for the  Weston Farmers’ Market
  • A 75-spot parking lot

The apartment building, townhouses, and live-work spaces will be built on the John Street parking lot and in the vacant spaces under 33-35 King.

City Council will be voting next week to “expedite the planning review process once the Rockport Group has made the necessary planning applications”, among other motions.

The proposal to Council says:

The proposed multi-million dollar investment in the Development will create some 940 new jobs, which, together with the local expansion of public transit byMetrolinx and GO Transit will contribute to an area-wide social and economic revitalization…. The cost to build the Community/Cultural Hub, Live/Work Units and Open Space Area is projected to be $13.3 million, including an operating reserve.


Construction is expected to begin in 2016.


Mount Dennis rink-masters get a shout-out in the House

Simon Chamberlain and Guy Ruggieri, the coolest guys in Mount Dennis (they’re ice cold), got a nice mention in the House of Commons this week. Mike Sullivan said:

In York South—Weston, this cold, harsh season was made warmer and brighter by a dedicated group of volunteers who for the third year ran the Mount Dennis outdoor community skating rink in Pearen Park.

I was delighted to host a Family Day skating party there. Over four hundred individuals learned to skate at the rink this past season. Nearly nine hundred used the free skate loan program. The rink continued its fine tradition of making a positive difference in the community — one smile and one skating lesson at a time!

With a tip of my toque, I’d like to congratulate rink coordinator Simon Chamberlain, who received a Volunteer Toronto Award for his outstanding efforts, and ice master Guy Ruggieri and his over 40 volunteers who gave generously of their time to make this grassroots initiative a smashing success.


CN Rail far less safe last year

CN, whose trains run through Weston, was far less safe in 2014 than in previous years, according to the Globe and Mail. CN recently had two fiery train crashes in northern Ontario, and, like other railways, uses dangerous tanker cars to carry oil.

Canadian National Railway’s safety record deteriorated sharply in 2014, reversing years of improvements, as accidents in Canada blamed on poor track conditions hit their highest level in more than five years, a Reuters analysis has found.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Tuesday that track failure may have played a role in CN’s three recent Ontario accidents, which have fueled calls for tougher regulation. The agency said oil unit trains, made up entirely of tank cars, could make tracks more susceptible to failure.

Transport Canada has proposed modifications to tanker cars that would make them safer by 2025.

Cherri Hurst in the news

This week, InsideToronto profiled Cherri Hurst, President of the Weston Heritage Conservation District. If you’ve wondered what has been happening the to the heritage designation, the article has much news and many details:

Hurst said many people aren’t even aware the Weston area is designated for preservation and there haven’t been many instances to date to test the strength of the heritage designation. The organization hopes to put up a sign informing people they are entering the heritage district in the neighbourhood in the future.



Upcoming events

Spring brings out the best in people and brings the best people out. To wit, many events in and around Weston:

Official Grand Opening of Perfect Blend, 12 noon
This Saturday, March 28 at 12, Perfect Blend will have its grand opening.

Weston Heritage Conservation District Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 31st
6:30 pm 1901 Weston Road, Unit F


Weston Library  Lip Sync Battle
Auditions: Thursday, April 2, 3:30 p.m
Battle: Thursday, April 9 at 3:30
Have you got mad lip syncing skills? Enter Weston branch’s first-ever Lip Sync Battle, for your chance to win prizes and be crowned Weston branch Champion! Too shy to perform? Come and cheer on your favourite routines, and help us choose the champions!
Costumes and dance routines encouraged!
You must audition on Thursday April 2nd beginning at 3:30 pm to be eligible to perform in the battle on Thursday April 9th.

  • Lip Sync Battle for children 6-10 years of age: April 9th 3:30-4:30pm
  • Lip Sync Battle for teens 11-16 years of age: April 9th 4:45-6:00pm

John Street Redevelopment Community Meeting
April 8 at 7 pm at the York West Active Living Centre (1901 Weston Road) where City staff, along with Rockport Group, will update the community on the plans for the John Street Redevelopment.

Community Cleanups
Join the Mount Dennis Community Association from 10am-noon to clean-up various areas around Mount Dennis on the following dates:

  • April 4: Hollis St – Eglinton & Weston Rd area (meet @ SuperCoffee)
  • April 11: Dora Spencer Ave. (meet @ Weston & Dora Spencer Ave)
  • April 18: Glenvalley-Somerville-Sunnybrae ravine edges (meet @ west end of Glenvalley)
  • April 26: Lambton Ave & Astoria Ave (meet @ Jane & Lambton)K


29 Church continues to draw fire

The repeated law-scoffing at 29 Church is creating a minor crisis at City Hall, and Korce Group (the landlords) may now be wishing they had just taken out the garbage.

In 2003, the landlords installed three apartments on the main floor of the building and refused to provide enough parking for tenants. City officials refused to grant after-the-fact permission for the  apartments, and the landlords appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The OMB forgave some aspects of the landlord’s actions but put conditions on the building. And now, much later, it turns out Korce Group has ignored the conditions.

This was a decade before the landlords paid lawyers rather than builders and tried to get around building garbage facilities and doing repairs at 29 Church. Yet the more recent events seem to have drawn the attention of our City Councillor.

In the Licensing and Standards Committee meeting from last week, Frances Nunziata said,

A recent case in which it was discovered that the conditions within an OMB decision and order from 2005 were not adhered to, nor enforced by the City, raises the question of who is responsible for enforcing OMB decisions and orders….It has been brought to my attention that the instance noted above in which the conditions within an OMB decision have not been enforced is not uncommon.



She is asking a City Manager to report and explain what can be done to better enforce OMB decisions.

Also (and this delights me), late last year she asked that city staff go enforce the orders from 2005.