Nunziata approves controversial Junction tower

The CBC has a long report on a proposed development near the Junction that involves our councillor, Frances Nunziata. Nunziata voted for a development that would allow towers that are too tall and too close to the railway tracks, and she did so despite the recommendations of city staff.

… city planners have deemed this plan inappropriate for a variety of reasons, outlined in a staff report, saying:

  • The buildings would be located too close to the neighbouring rail line.
  • The proposed buildings would be more than twice the height allowed for any development on that site.
  • The buildings would be located too close to each other.

Residents living on the upper floors of the proposed condominiums might suffer “unacceptable levels of odour” from a nearby rubber recycling plant.

The report also notes that the project “could result in an unsafe and inappropriate living environment.”

 

 

WCI’s Annual Spring Concert

springWeston Collegiate Institute’s annual Spring Concert will take place Thursday, April 23 from 6:00 – 9:30 (that’s tomorrow evening folks)! This event is open to all members of the community. Pay an admission of $2 to be treated with a night of great music from Weston’s students, accompanied with an art show and bake sale.

The various music sections in the school, soloists, art departments, and music coordinators have been working diligently in preparation. Bring your family and unwind while enjoying superb talent.

Hope to see you there!

 

UP Express opens June 6.

With great fanfare, Premier Wynne today rode the UP Express from Union Station through to Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport. The Premier, pronouncing the much discussed train as the ‘up express’ (rather than U.P.), stated that this is the beginning of a new era in infrastructure investments. She also suggested that public transport becomes widely used if it is a more convenient way to move from one place to another than driving. No doubt many people will sample the new service for the first time out of curiosity but whether the train is viable in the long term is a highly contentious point. Time will tell if our new transit link will be more convenient for Torontonians, airport workers and tourists (and therefore successful) or if it will end up as a commuter rail line with additional stops along the way.

The Premier also referred to the doubling of GO train service by 2020 which is part of a $16 Billion Liberal infrastructure spend designed to get people out of their cars and onto public transit. Metrolinx President, Bruce McCuaig claimed that in its first year, the UP Express will result in 1.6 million fewer car trips. Former federal Transport Minister David Collenette who got the ball rolling back in 2000 tagged along for the ride. Sadly, there was no invite for WestonWeb to sample the new line.

In its early inception, the train was called Blue 22 and tragically, with the addition of a stop in Weston and three minutes of extra travelling time, nobody in the government could come up with a brief rhyming couplet that ended in twenty-five; hence UP Express. As readers are aware, the stop in Weston was a testament to the political clout of residents who forced the government to offset the negative repercussions of about 150 extra trains through Weston every day. Hence we ended up with a stop along the route, new respect from politicians and a beginning to the end of the decline of Weston.

Arrive in 25.

Don’t Drive – Arrive in 25™

Let’s hope that the same fighting spirit hasn’t left the station as there are fresh battles coming (more on that later).

For extra credit, here is an article that extolls the merits of vastly expanding our current (slow and very tentative) link to Kitchener (Incidentally, there is considerable interest among Kitchener residents, some of whom would like to change at Weston onto the UP Express).

Weston’s Eco Team Keeps Weston Nice and Clean

WCI Eco Team member keeping the Weston community garbage-free.

17 April, 2015 – On a sunny Friday afternoon, WCI’s Eco team and various volunteers spent their lunch hour scouring school grounds and the Pine Street sidewalks for garbage.

Equipped with gloves and large plastic bags for recyclables and trash, the students clean the back field, front area, and Pine Street. They dug underneath bushes, unearthing empty Tim Hortons cups and yanked forgotten sytrofoam containers from the fence. Although we half-jokingly scoffed at the copious amounts of litter, and even laughed at the more peculiar garbage we found, the end result was a grim reminder that we should all be doing our part to keep Weston clean.

PSA to the soccer teams, rugby team, track team, frisbee, and cricket team: please pick up your water bottles when practice is over.

These cleanups are a well-established annual activity, except this time the club has decided to register with Toronto’s ‘School Clean-up Day’ program to further establish the weight of their cleanups.

“Even though a lot of us who signed up didn’t come, those who do care came out and it was awesome.” Eco Team’s current president, Rizeena Khan, says, “No one complained, we just did what we had to do and that was great.”

WCI’s Eco Team has been doing a great job establishing a popular eco-friendly attitude throughout Weston. In light of Earth Day and Earth Hour, they have hosted various events to encourage students in bringing waste-free lunches, and reminding teachers to turn off their lights whenever possible. Their intensely successful Battery Bake Sale and aluminium water bottle sale has only further helped in maintaining a Gold Rank in Ontario Eco Schools. The team truly deserves this award – the smell from waste audits can be unforgiving.

Celebrating a cleaner community.

The Eco Team hopes to further expand their cleanups, perhaps reaching out to the garbage on Weston and Lawrence in all its glory, or perhaps even working down to the Humber River. Later this spring, their annual WCI beautification process will begin as the team will plant various flowers around school property, with a few pollinator-friendly choices to help the bees.

For the next school year, water bottle refill stations are ready to help students and staff opt away from plastic bottles. With her final consecutive year as president approaching, Rizeena fiercely wants a Platinum ranking for WCI.

This active environmentally-friendly club is not only helping WCI make mindful decisions, but branching into Weston’s neighbourhood to ensure that the community does their part as well.


This post is brought to you by Maureen Lennon, who is happy to encourage great writing by young Westonians!

Art consultation

Metrolinx is asking for your advice on the street art they will install along the noise wall on Lawrence near the Weston GO station.

They will have a community consultation on Wednesday, April 28, from 6–8:00 p.m at the York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. They will also allow online feedback between April 29 and May 6.

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Robbery arrest

The police arrested a man on April 2 for robbing a Weston bank in March. On March 11, the Adrian Milligan, 20, is alleged to have robbed a bank in the Weston Road and Lawrence area. The robber used a note saying he was armed. Nobody was injured.

Milligan was charged with robbery and wearing a disguise.