Metrolinx has released the final designs for the noise walls that will cut through Weston.
Almost all of northern Weston, from St Phillips to Coulter, will have concrete walls. At Coulter, there will be a small art wall.
From King, where the tunnel emerges, to Lawrence, the east side will be mostly ‘film strip’. The west side of the tracks will be the uglier concrete, except at the John Street crossing, which will be transparent, and the Farmers’ Market, which will have art.
Around the GO train parking lot south of Lawrence, Metrolinx will be building art and film strip walls. These are the last nice walls for some distance.
Through south Weston and Mount Dennis, they will be building precast concrete walls—starting at Victoria and going all the way to Black Creek Drive, with only a brief glass reprieve at Eglinton.
Your humble correspondent cannot help but believe that GO gave the squeaky wheel grease. While Mount Dennis gets concrete, The Junction—which had been vociferously opposed to the walls—appears to get mostly glass and filmstrip.
The TC3 Concert Choir
While some Westonians were watching Santa go by, others were cozy and warm listening to some stirring gospel music from TC3 (Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company) and their special guests, the U of T Gospel Choir.
U of T Gospel Choir.
TC3 recruits students between the ages of 7 to 18 from all over the city with the aim of enriching academic and artistic talents of their members. An impressive 90% of TC3 alumni continue to higher education after high school.
Founder and Choir Music Director, Reverend Denise Gillard expressed the hope that one day, TC3 members would be singing in the U of T Gospel Choir.
In addition to their busy touring schedule, TC3 will be performing on Breakfast Television in the next few days.
The awful In Touch ‘retirement’ ‘home’ has been told to close its doors, according to the Toronto Star. In Touch made news a few years ago for its deplorable conditions and its awful treatment of residents. The subsequent reverberations have changed the industry.
Now Elaine Lindo, the owner of the former Tyrell home located on the corner of Rosemount and King, has been told to close up shop. Lindo lost her licence to operate a retirement home. She also lost an appeal.
According to The Star, the owner
finds most of her clients on the streets and in hospital wards, then offers them care in exchange for their assignment of their pensions.
Metrolinx will be conducting a vibration test to see if the tracks should be padded to reduce rumbling in the neighbourhood. Seven tests of about five minutes each will be performed over the next week in three locations around Weston.
Mount Dennis will be getting “ballast mats”—rubbery mats that line the track bed to absorb some of the rumbling. Perhaps if I can get than nincompoop who parks outside my house with his stereo on to head down to Church Street at the right time next week, we’ll get ballast mats too.
In other construction news, Metrolinx will be undertaking another series of ‘continuous pours’. The pours are required to ensure the concrete sets as one slab. More cement trucks than usual will be entering and leaving, and some construction will be taking place during the night
Living in Weston, it’s hard to miss the constant reminders of a major construction project under way. The noise of machinery, diesel horns warning track workers, dust, road closures or the plain inconvenience of having to figure out how to get from one place to another have made living in Weston less than ideal. Now it seems that Metrolinx wants to extend work hours up to 18 per day.
As a result of the extended hours, along with other issues around construction of the U.P. Express line, MP Mike Sullivan has initiated a formal complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency and has notified Transportation Minister Glen Murray and Metrolinx President Bruce McCuaig.
Read Sullivan’s letter below.
In the past, the CTA has ruled against excessive community disruption by GO / Metrolinx and federal courts have upheld the ruling. Let’s hope that Metrolinx can be a bit more considerate of residents’ concerns and act quickly on this.
A landmark at a familiar and painful bottleneck is gone. The old Weston Road bridge dated from 1924 and was a familiar sight for generations. According to Metrolinx, it was demolished because of its ‘age and poor condition’. It certainly won no prizes for architectural beauty. Watch the Metrolinx time-lapse video of its destruction which took place on September 7th and 8th.
12 Division police are looking for people who may have witnessed a pedestrian being struck by a Nissan Versa on Thursday.
The driver, a 34-year-old man, hit an 84-year-old man while turning left from Weston onto Lawrence. The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information on this collision is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.