2020’s cheapest house is in Mount Dennis

The least-expensive house sold in Toronto in 2020 was for $420,000. It was on Ray Avenue, in Mount Dennis.

It’s the white one.

This article is worth a read. It’s an agent’s take on the place.

The house is pretty cute on the outside, but it’s not cute on the inside. In fact, it’s a bit scary.

But that $420k buys the cheapest teardown in Toronto now—that’s terrifying.

Tenant Union meeting this week

The Tenant Union will be hosting an online training session this week for tenants.

COVID-19 has left a lot of us behind on rent. On Wednesday January 27,join us in this free online training with Downtown Legal Services to learn the ins and outs of the eviction process and payment plans – what’s legal and what isn’t. You’ll also learn about how the YSW Tenant Union has successfully prevented evictions through tenant organizing – remember you’re not alone and we’re stronger together!

COVID this week

The spread of COVID in Weston was worse than ever this week. Over the past three weeks, 140 people were infected, surpassing last week’s high of 117.

The city is offering more pop-up testing. There will now be testing every Friday at the York Recreation Centre.

The Jane Street Hub offers testing every Tuesday and Saturday. The Church Street hospital offers testing by appointment.

GO and UPX services cut

UPX and GO service will be temporarily reduced as a result of the pandemic. Trains will run twice-hourly at peak periods and hourly in off-peak periods.

The last train to Weston will also leave downtown earlier—at 10 pm. The cuts begin today.

GO Train service to Weston will also be cut. There will be no weekday evening service. The last train will leave downtown at 6:34 pm.

GO ridership is less than 10% of what it was before the pandemic.

A reader asks: Any old photos of Emmett Ave?

A Mount Denizen and Carleton Professor (you think you have a tough commute?) is looking for photos of Emmett Avenue, particularly the spaces in and around 55 and 65 Emmett Avenue.

Professor Singh is especially interested in pictures of the pool and what was known as “the pool roof” playground.

There used to a sizeable indoor pool accessible from the B2 level of 55 Emmett, and above-ground over the pool there used to be what was called “the pool roof”, a space where kids could run and play, adults could meet and take walks, etc. 
What has replaced that lively and beautiful space of physical and social activity is just this deserted parking lot you can see in the images below. One picture looks toward 65 Emmett, one looks toward 55 Emmett, and one looks out the window from the B2 level at 55 Emmett (this view used to peer into a fairly nice indoor pool). I somehow don’t have any pictures of the pool or pool roof, but would love to get my hands on some. If you have pics that you can share, please email me at . If I end up writing anything that gets published anywhere, I will be sure to give you full credit for any picture(s) I end up using!

Professor Singh’s interests in the space are both personal and professional. He was born and raised on Emmett Avenue, and he researches child development—of which play spaces are one part.

Upcoming events

On Tuesday, January 19, from 6-7 pm there will be a virtual meeting to discuss community benefits arising from a new hospital being built at West Park. The meeting is being hosted by the Mount Dennis Community Association, West Park Healthcare Centre, and the Toronto Community Benefits Network.

The organizers say the community benefits will include

Apprenticeships & Career opportunities 

Social Procurement opportunities 

Neighbourhood and Environment Improvements