Local Business owner and Weston Heritage Conservation District President Cherri Hurst invited Lauren Pelley of the Toronto Star to take a tour of Weston recently and the result is a lovely article extolling many of the lovely features of Weston. Ms. Pelley asked readers to submit their favourite features of where they live – WestonWeb suggests that readers add theirs in the comments section the article.
Read the article here in today’s Star.
A happy Canada Day to all our readers! We truly are lucky to live in Canada.
Bouncy castles galore; July 1, 2015.
Don’t forget that tonight at 10:00, Weston’s own annual fireworks display gets under way at Lions Park. The weather promises to be fine but cool by 10:00 so dress warmly for the evening. If you’ve attended in the past, you know what a treat is in store. Come and listen to Elvis and other talented musicians, meet your favourite politicians, gorge on some french fries and onion rings and try out a slide or bouncy castle – perhaps not in that order!
A word to the wise – if you can walk to the celebrations all the better as parking tends to be filled early and after the fireworks, there may be a bit of a wait while everybody queues up to leave.
Fireworks at the ready; July 1 2015.
L to R: M.P. Mike Sullivan, Councillor Frances Nunziata, B.I.A. Chair Masum Hossein, ‘Elvis’ and M.P.P. Laura Albanese.
Weston’s politicians were out in force for the annual official opening of the Weston Farmers Market, now in its 36th year. Elvis was on hand again to serenade the crowd and many of the stallholders have returned with a few new additions. Artscape and Rockport Group have a combined table where patrons can get more information about the new Hub and 30-storey rental apartment coming in the next couple of years. Once construction begins, the market will move temporarily to the GO / UP Express parking lot.
It will be interesting to see if a greater exposure to traffic in the new location will draw more visitors to the market.
Yesterday I took a look at Weston Station and two things are evident;
1. The station still needs a lot of work before it is complete.
2. It’s going to look very nice – a lot nicer than the old one.
Judge for yourself in these images.
Weston Station – a work in progress.
A northbound train heads towards the Weston Tunnel.
The southbound platform.
Workers finish off planter beds.
The ramps leading to the platform.
The pedestrian bridge deck.
A view between the rail and pedestrian bridges over Lawrence Avenue.
Lots of expensive floral displays.
The pedestrian bridge over Lawrence Avenue is not open yet.
Lots of work yet to do.
A Union Station bound train leaves the station.
Rockport Group’s Jack and Daniel Winberg sat down with Adam and I in a cordial meeting of minds on Monday. It’s fair to say we were impressed by this father and son team and were were able to find out more of what’s involved in the proposed Cultural Hub. A longer article will emerge from the interview but in the meantime in the spirit of fairness, a couple of correction. On April 13, I mentioned that:
“As a sidenote, Mr Winberg’s company built Scarlett Heights retirement home along Lawrence and handily smacked down residents’ objections when the development was inevitably taken to the OMB.”
This sidenote was incorrect; although Rockport built Scarlett Heights, I was confusing that building with Humber Heights on Lawrence. Scarlett Heights is actually on Eglinton and there was no involvement with the OMB. For the record, here is a list of their completed projects.
With regard to development charges, an impression was created in my articles that the City was waiving them entirely. In fact development charges are waived only for the Hub component and not for the rental apartment building.