The WKNC newsletter this week had great news. First, they fed 120 people with 13 turkeys at their Christmas dinner. Wow.
Michael Kooiman also passes along some great news from Diana Stapleton at the Weston food bank. I don’t think he’ll mind if I repeat it here:
We are able to provide over 10,000 hampers to families and singles that are struggling to pay their rent and feed their families. WAES helps people like Samson, the new immigrant from Nigeria struggling to find full employment so he can bring his family to the safety of Canada. He came to WAES only when he ran out of food, something that had never happened before in his life. He was so amazed that the volunteers at WAES went to so much trouble to get him the food he needed, and that all he had to do was ask. He is now employed, and his family is going to be arriving in Canada in the spring. Your support helps us to do this valuable work, and we all appreciate your contributions. Merry Christmas, and thanks for the amazing neighbourhood support.
The WAES has a site where you can donate money.
Metrolinx will open the eastbound lane of King Street at Weston tomorrow, December 20th. They also say they will not be working between 7 pm and 11 pm between December 23rd and January 3rd.
How much workers’ safety insurance should small construction companies pay? The Ontario government says that all companies—large and small—should pay the full WSIB premiums. Laura Albanese, our MPP, says that some small operators should pay less.
Albanese put a private member’s bill in the legislature last week that will reduce the WSIB premiums that small construction companies pay. Her bill is in response to a reform of the WSIB system that will make independent operators, sole proprietors, partners and executives pay the same premiums as large companies.
Albanese’s bill would reduce the amount. Small companies would pay only 1/3 of what workers in large companies pay. This will, the Homebuilders’ Association says, make small, law-abiding companies more competitive with under-the-table, cash companies.
The excellent, free, community-run Mount Dennis ice rink in Pearen Park is open, weather permitting. Volunteers make and staff the rink, and provide free lessons and rentals to anyone who asks. They are also looking for volunteers.
If you have a few extra bucks around, I cannot think of a better place to donate them. I’m going to.
Laura Albanese broke ranks with the Liberal party to vote to electrify the Union Pearson Express.
Albanese was one of three Liberals to do so. One Conservative voted in favour of the bill, which was otherwise supported only by the NDP. All other Conservatives and Liberals voted against Bill 84.
A house on Queen’s Drive was burgled on the morning December 6, 2013. The thieves stole a safe with a quantity of cash and jewellery, office equipment and liquor.
The second reading of Davenport MPP Jonah Schein’s private members bill to electrify the Union Pearson Express was unable to withstand the combined vote of minority governing Liberals and opposition P.C.s. and was consequently defeated. Precisely what interest the Hudak Tories have in blocking the bill is a mystery because passing a private member’s bill would not have triggered an election. Perhaps they have their own plans for the line if they can form a government after a possible spring election. Besides, anyone looking to the Tories for cleaner air is likely a cock-eyed optimist. The Liberals’ excuse is that they have to wait for the environmental study (a.k.a. delay of game) before acting. The depressing Hansard transcript (including some lovely eye-rolling moments) is on Jonah Schein’s site.
Read more in Oye Times.