Weston memorabilia being collected by two local groups

Two local groups are collecting memorabilia to document Weston’s history.

The Weston Historical Society has a new branch: the Weston Annex. Martin Proctor is collecting copies of the Weston CI yearbook, The Conning Tower, as well as other documents of local importance. He is converting them to electronic formats, to be put online. You can join him on Facebook.

Sandy Ross, a local Lion, is looking for programs, documents, team photos, and other souvenirs of the Weston Lions Arena, which it turning 65 this year. He has been collecting for several years now and has about 1000 photos in his digital archives.

Any material you submit will be returned if you would like it back, or archived if you prefer. In October, to commemorate the 65th birthday (but not retirement!) of the arena, we will run a nice photo essay on WestonWeb.

If you have any material you would like to contribute, drop me a line or leave a comment, and I’ll put you in touch with Sandy.

 

Crime last week

A taxi driver was mugged and robbed of his earned fare on July 10th at about 1 in the morning. He drove two women to Weston from Burnamthorpe and the West Mall. The women exited without paying and then punched the victim and stole his cash. They fled eastbound on Ray Avenue. The driver sustained minor injuries

A woman was mugged at around 2 in the morning on July 12. She was near  Lawrence and Weston when she was approached by two women. The women assaulted her and stole her money. The victim was slightly hurt. The muggers fled.

Liberal Nomination Candidates Post their Details.

Readers may be aware that a Federal Election must be held on or before October 19 of next year. Although the Tories legislated the actual date of the election, the Prime Minister retained the right to call an election before then. The likelihood of an earlier election is therefore strong as the Tories will no doubt seize any opportunity to take advantage of high polling numbers should that occur.

Three candidates so far are contesting the nomination to represent the Liberal Party of Canada in the riding of York South-Weston. They have responded to the questions posed by WestonWeb and these responses are presented below. WestonWeb will alert readers once the date of the nomination meeting is announced.

Anthony Cesario

Relevant experience:

Anthony is a small business owner and a lifelong Liberal. Prior to starting his own business, he worked in municipal government for over 10 years and volunteered with various city, provincial and federal politicians over the last 15 years. Anthony has been working on the nomination process since mid-January. He is the son of immigrants who came to Canada with the hope of a brighter future.

Main Issues:

Anthony believes that the riding has lost its voice in Ottawa and that he can help restore that voice by being part of a Liberal government that is interested in the priorities of the York South-Weston: seniors’ concerns, funding community services, providing effective transit service and combating youth unemployment.

Residency:

He doesn’t presently live in the riding but has many relatives and friends that do. He has provided services and assistance to the riding through his work in municipal government.

Monique Rudder

Relevant experience:

1: Immigrated to Canada from Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies in 1989, at the age of 13, raised by a single mother, attended University of Toronto through a combination of scholarships, student loans, summer and part-time jobs.

2: Earned a Chartered Accountant designation and has 15 years of business experience. Her job involves working with colleagues and collaborating with clients to develop solutions. MP role is similar – must listen and engage with constituents from varying backgrounds and community leaders, develop recommendations to address needs and be a strong advocate for public policy beneficial for the riding.

3. Has volunteered with various groups through the company she works for and also participated in income tax clinics, United Way events, Canadian Women’s network, volunteered for an NPO that supports Pan-Asian professionals and co-facilitated a course for the University of Waterloo’s Master of Taxation program for 5 years.

4. Has been a member of the Liberal Party for a few years, has canvassed with MPP Laura Albanese as well as acting as a scrutineer in the recent provincial election. Now wishes to become more involved and give back to the community where she grew up.

Main Issues:

1. Jobs and training

2. Housing and enforcement of standards so that people can live in dignity.

3. Access to equal opportunity and ability to get ahead, including subsidized day care.

She has canvassed in low income buildings, continues to meet with community groups in the riding and understands the struggles that people are going through.

She believes the Liberal Party is committed to invigorating the political process and achieving increased engagement with citizens. She is also interested in the increased engagement of women and youth in public service.

Residency:

She lived in York South-Weston until her early twenties and feels at home in the area. She currently lives in Parkdale High-Park with her husband and two children. Her mother still resides in the riding. Previously her grandmother also lived in the riding until moving to a retirement home due to the need for specialized care.

Bill Saundercook

Relevant experience:

As a city councillor, first for the City of York then for our mega city, Toronto, I learned a tremendous amount about our communities in York-South Weston. I’m very proud of my achievement of starting the first Blue Box program in York (all of Toronto followed), and many years of affiliated committees to the health of our Humber River. My association with numerous committees is too long to mention here, but maybe at another time. Being a life long resident of York, living in 7 different communities of west end Toronto (formerly York) has allowed me to experience the diversity of  neighbourhoods. Now, having raised our family of 5, my wife, Anne and I live in Swansea. Anne teaches in the riding, Our Lady of Victory and I taught many years (mostly part time) in Mississauga (Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board). Having the privilege of representing York-South Weston as their Member of Parliament would allow me to bring much of my life experience to the everyday lives of most of the constituency.

Main Issues:

Some of the main issues of York-south Weston, to mention just 3, would be, the aging population, youth unemployment, and infrastructure needs and concerns for the future. Without getting into too much detail, here is a thought on addressing all 3 at the same time. It has come to my attention, in dialogue with the President of the Humber River Regional Hospital, that not too far into the future, we will be dealing with a surplus building! What better location to offer our seniors a centre for activity, residence possibly, and health related care and at the same time, hopefully offer many of our youth opportunities to engage and work with our elderly! This may be a project that touches all levels of government and community, but would serve the Trimbee family proud for keeping a local service approach to the future use of this building!

Residency:

I currently do not live in the boundaries of York-South Weston. But, over the years, the boundaries have changed many times and subsequently, I have lived and voted many times for candidates representing York-South Weston.

Upcoming events

The developers of the former Beer Store site have amended their development application, so Frances Nunziata’s office will be hosting a meeting to discuss the changes.

It’s not clear to me what the changes are: the plan had been to build 38 three-storey town homes on the site. The new plans call for the same number of homes, “with integral garages located in seven building blocks”, so it may be the garages or number of blocks that is the difference.

The meeting will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 7 pm, at the York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Road.

UrbanArts will be launching the “Recipe for Community” cookbook and showcasing their programming on July 24 at 10:30 at their new location, 5 Bartonville Ave E. Various bigwigs will be in attendance and you are invited.

Westminster changes hands

The former Westiminster United Church on William Street was sold to Family Prayer Mission, a Roman Catholic organization, who took possession around the 19th of June.

The building will be used for spiritual retreats and prayer services, according to Rappai Nedumpara, President of the organization.

Nedumpara says that they have no plans to open the facility to a daycare or community groups such as Beavers. He says, “we need the whole space. We want to have living facilities there.”

The retreat will be modelled after the largest Catholic retreat centre in the world, he says, the Divine Retreat Centre Muringoor, which serves hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Westminster United closed last summer, taking with it the only institutional daycare in Weston village.

An Apology

Today seemed like a slow news day and I thought I had stumbled onto news about a boundary change for the Federal Riding of York South-Weston. Once published, a reader questioned my accuracy and as I was composing a clever reply, Paul Ferreira from MP Mike Sullivan’s office came to my rescue through a quick email pointing out my error. Red faces all round (well here anyway). To anyone who read the article (since assigned to the dustbin) please accept my apologies and know that I will try harder in the future.

Crime so far this year

Crime is down 9% in 12 Division as we pass the halfway point of 2014, according to police.

To June 30, there had been:

  • 0 murders
  • 31 sexual assaults
  • 297 assaults
  • 100 robberies
  • 95 breaks and enters
  • 88 auto thefts
  • 10 thefts over $5000

In total, the police recorded 621 major crimes. Last year at this time there were 682.

Assaults are the most common kind of crime in 12 Division, but the vast majority of these are not street assaults. Assaults are down 22%.

Crime

There is bad news, too: there have been 100 robberies in 12 Division. By this time last year, there had been 75. In 2012, a very bad year, there were only 90.

This is depressing. In the interim, a stolen cellphone database was created to stem the thefts. Clearly, this has not deterred robberies in 12 Division, though they are down significantly in Toronto as a whole. Street cameras were also installed at a few locations in Weston, but, because the statistics cover much more area than the town, it impossible to say if they have had any effect on local crime. Worryingly, TAVIS, which brought high-visibility community policing, was eliminated this year.

It bears repeating that only a portion of the above crimes happened in this community. 100,000 people live in 12 Division, but only 16,000 live in Weston. The Toronto Police have not updated the crime maps since late last year, so more local data is not available.