While the Queens Drive garage sale will be sadly missed, there will be a garage sale on Rutherford Avenue on August 15, starting at 8:30 am. I hope it too will become an annual tradition!
Weston, and the rest of the northwest part of the city, was disproportionately hurt by COVID. The city has released data that explain this a little: we are a poorer, browner neighbourhood. This explanation, though, doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Torontonians who identify as East Asian or white are affected at about one-sixth the rate of those who identify as any other race.
In York South–Weston, 55% of residents are a visible minority. About a quarter are Black, and another tenth are South- or Southeast Asian, all groups hit hard by COVID.
Income also plays a role. Poorer households are disproportionately affected—in fact, the poorest are affected at almost 7 times the rate of the richest. Weston is quite poor. The median income here is $53,000, compared to $74,000 for the province as a whole, and 60% of those in our riding make less than $40,000 a year.
But these charts miss the mark, of course. Unless a pale shade or thick wallet somehow repels a virus like garlic repels vampires, there is a crucial missing question: what about low income or being a visible minority leads to exposure? Our riding also has cheaper parking, more rivers, and worse takeout than most. Correlation is not causation. In this case, correlation cannot be causation. What is the cause?
There are many unanswered and more pointed questions:
- Are Westonians living in smaller homes at higher densities?
- Are elder care homes more common in the suburbs? Are they of a lower standard?
- Did commuting workers on transit catch the bug on a bus?
- Are workers here at jobs more likely to expose them to the virus? Why?
And if so, what are we going to do about it?
The Mount Dennis Community Association is looking for new members, either as contributors to their many projects or as board members.
They say, the
MDCA has been severely curtailed by COVID restrictions, but that hasn’t stopped us from considering how to move forward on
Code of Conduct
Economic Development working group
Eglinton West LRT Extension
ecoNeighbourhood Climate Action Plan
G-Suite for Non Profits
If you wish to get involved, we are slowly moving ahead. We are looking tor people wanting to support our efforts, either on a particular topic, or as a Board member. Drop us a line, [email protected]
The super people at supercoffee in Mount Dennis have announced that they’ll match donations to the FYI scholarship fund through August 14 if people add “supercoffee” to the comment field in the payment area.
COVID appears to be coming under control in Pelmo, Weston, and Mount Dennis, with only a handful of cases reported in the past 21 days.
In the past 21 days, there have been three cases of community transmission in Weston, four in Mount Dennis, and only 1 in Pelmo. The north-west part of the city continues to be the worst hit, however.
Shakespeare in Action has announced that Alphonse, by Wajdi Mouawad, will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park later this summer. Among many other rave reviews, the play was called a “lovely piece of writing” and “a runaway theatrical success by the Globe and Mail.
SIA says it’s a story of “Alphonse [who] is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.
They also say it is Toronto’s “first outdoor theatrical production of the new COVID-19 era”. All the safety protocols will be followed.
The play will run August 20 to August 23, starting at 7 pm. It’s general admission, but tickets ($0–$50) are being sold in advance.
The police are looking for help locating Terry Walker, who was last seen in the Jane and Weston Road area.
He is described as 6’2″, slim build, with blonde hair.
He was last seen wearing a black Adidas shirt, grey pants, and sandals. He has a tattoo on his right forearm.
The police are concerned for his safety.