Someone’s playing a game of Monopoly in Weston.

Areas in pink have been acquired so far. (Click to enlarge) Map adapted from Google Maps.

A source tells me that a company by the name of Weston Asset Management Inc. has bought a couple of properties near its recently acquired Greenland Farm property at 1966 and 1956 Weston Road. These are the people who have proposed a 28-storey apartment building with retail at the base. In addition to #1956, the parking and laneway to Lawrence Avenue that comes with Greenland Farm, Weston Asset seems to have acquired 1952 (next to P&Ms) and 1980 Weston Road.

1952 Weston Road.
1980 Weston Road (tall building on left).

Attempts to find out anything about Weston Asset Management have proved to be futile as the company seems to have no web presence. Any web sleuths out there?

Let’s hope that they will be more forthcoming about who they are and their plans at the next community consultation meeting which should happen this spring.

Yet another coffee shop for Weston?

1986 Weston Road at the corner of Little Avenue.

A few days ago we reported on the Weston Bun Bakery’s proposed reincarnation. Now another coffee shop is about to launch at Weston Road and Little Avenue. The former pizza restaurant at 1986 Weston Road closed last year. Now we’re about to get “Keswick’s Best Coffee”. There was no response at the phone number (416-901-6801) today, but our readers may have more success.

I was able to contact Justin Zielonko, the new owner of the Keswick location and he says that he bought the original Keswick coffee shop from ‘Rose’, who will be opening the Weston store soon; probably within a couple of weeks and that she tries to help people in need with the profits of her business. She’s moving to Toronto to be ‘closer to the people that she’s helping’.

Rose sounds like a lovely lady and we wish her success in Weston.

Update: I found this photo on Facebook of the same address taken over 50 years ago.

Photo from Facebook: Thanks to Doreen Elminowski.

Today in Weston January 16, 2017

The footbridge between Lions and Raymore parks after last night’s snowfall. Click to enlarge.

Will you be my pollution partner?

I’ll soon have the chance to do a bit of scientific research, and I was wondering if any loyal readers in Mount Dennis or Weston might be interested in participating.

My plan is to build low-cost (no cost to you) sensors that will detect noise and dust pollution. The sensors would automatically post data online so that we could all see how trains, construction, and traffic affect (or don’t affect) our lives.

To participate, you’ll need wifi, a place outdoors where you can put a little box, and some patience with me.

If you’re interested, drop me a line:

Hussen faces tough situation

Having been released from prison for serious crimes, Abdoul Kadir Abdi, a Somalian-born childhood refugee, faces deportation. Abdi’s adoptive mother and Ahmed Hussen, the man who holds Abdi’s fate in his hands, both have ties to Weston: she lives in the riding, and Hussen is both her MP and the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees.

Eighteen years ago, Abdoul Abdi was taken by Nova Scotia’s child services, and he lived in many foster homes—but the province of Nova Scotia did not apply for Abdi’s citizenship. Had they done so, he would not be facing deportation now.

Asha Ali, his aunt (who has been Abdi’s mother since his birth mother died in a refugee camp) says she couldn’t apply. She spoke to Desmond Cole:

I tried! I insist more than three times in a row, but unfortunately I couldn’t succeed because the Department of Community Services, along with Children’s Aid, blocked my way and take me to court and said, “legal guardian of these kids permanently is us, and that’s our job. Asha should not apply [for] their citizenship.”

She says she met with Ahmed Hussen before he was elected, who, she says, told her her he would help. She says she has since been rebuffed:

DESMOND: And what has he done in recent times on this issue for you?

ASHA: Nothing. I tried since the last year going back and forth his office. His secretary and his assistants asked me [for] all the documents in this case. I put them up, I gave them. and then they asked me, “come back.” Tomorrow, next day, he’s not here, he’s in Ottawa. He’s gonna meet you next week. Week after week. And then next thing I know they said, “Ahmed Hussen’s not able to help you for this case—we’re closing the file.”

Abdoul’s sister asked Justin Trudeau about her brother’s deportation. He told her “As far as I know there hasn’t been any final decisions made yet…. I can assure you that our immigration minister, who himself came to this country as a 16-year-old Somali refugee, understands the challenges and the situation that your family is facing right now””

96 John appeal rejected as “destabilizing”

The application to sever 96 John Street has been rejected by the Ontario Municipal Board on the grounds that it wouldn’t be in character with the neighbourhood. This may set a good precedent for the village.

The owners had asked to sever the lot and for permission to build a second home. The lots would have been 7.5m wide—unusually small for the community.

The decision is very encouraging if you believe, as I do, that Weston has a unique character that shouldn’t be fiddled with. The OMB based its decision on the size and character of the village’s lots, and said that approving a division would be “destabilizing”.

[The] Weston neighbourhood is currently a very stable neighbourhood that is not undergoing any change in its lot fabric and pattern of lot sizes… In the Board’s view, to allow this consent would thus represent a significant departure from the lot fabric of lot sizing and lot configuration that exists as part of the physical character of the Weston neighbourhood….

Although cases must be decided on their own merit, and although the possibility of establishing a precedent should not interfere with the examination of the merits of any application, in a neighbourhood such as the Weston village, the consequential impact of approving the first severance of this nature cannot be overlooked, nor the potential destabilizing effect that such a precedent might then cause.

The OMB also appeared baffled by the planning department  staff, who initially submitted a single-line email saying “Planning has no concerns” without, it seems, having actually reviewed the facts in the lot study.


Events this week

The Weston Historical Society will be holding its General Meeting on at 7:30 on Wednesday February 7,  2018 at The Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West.

Our guest speakers will be Mary Louise Ashbourne & Cherri Hurst.
Their topic will be “Celebrating What Was and Still Is (In Weston).”

All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The meeting is wheelchair accessible.