Letter of the week – Farmers Market

This week’s letter comes from ‘Anonymous’ and comes up with an excellent idea about the Weston Farmers Market that is obvious in hindsight.

As the new Weston Hub moves closer to opening day and its new facilities are taking shape on the ground rather than on paper, it’s becoming harder to imagine the Weston Farmers Market shoehorned into its future designated space.

The planned 2019 home of the Farmers Market.
The space that traders have enjoyed at the UP Express location. (file)

There are plans to have landscaping in front of the rental tower building and along the walkway to the footbridge that will eat away precious available space and although there has been a suggestion that the market be allowed to spill over onto adjacent John Street, it is clear that traders will have to scale back their stall space. This may make Weston’s market not worth the bother.

It has been proposed that the market spill over onto John Street.

Another factor is the noise. Traders begin setting up the market from 5 am. This is a noisy process and may disturb homes overlooking the site.

What’s the solution – well, that’s proposed in the letter of the week.

“I wonder if the folks at Weston Lions Arena were asked to share their lot for the neighbourhood market?

Way back in the olden days, was it not known as the Fair Grounds?

Wouldn’t that be a nice venue – right in the river valley, away from the very tired looking Main Street area.” – Anonymous

The Weston Lions Arena parking lot.

The idea is worthy of consideration. The space is huge,  further away from residences and as the arena is closed from April until October, it is a natural fit with the market. Adjacent to the parking lot is nature in all its glory, a splash pad, playground, tennis courts, soccer field and during July and August, the open air pool is open, there adding to the festive atmosphere. As an added bonus there is plenty of parking.

Discuss.

Local lawyer wants to be mayor of Toronto

Saron Gebresellassi (from Facebook).

High flying local lawyer, 31-year old Saron Gebresellassi is running for mayor of Toronto. She came from Eritrea to Canada as an infant in 1989 and according to an article in The Lawyer’s Daily, her impressive list of accomplishments ranges from fluency in six languages to classical piano and flute playing. She graduated debt free from three universities thanks to winning several private scholarships. While she’s unlikely to defeat the incumbent, she will no doubt raise the profile of York South-Weston and introduce some important issues into the campaign.

Today in Weston / Mount Dennis May 19, 2018

Eglinton Flats: the weather may have been dismal but plant hounds were taking advantage of the Roselands Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale. Yes, that’s Frances Nunziata on the far left.

Roselands Horticultural Society was founded in 1926 and operates in Mount Dennis. The society works with schools in the area and also with the Long Term Care Facility at West Park Hospital.

Members meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at  the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1149 Weston Road. 7:30 pm.

Upcoming events

The Weston CI IB program will have its 13th annual Multicultural Twist festival next Wednesday, May 23, from 6 until 9.


The Weston Historical Society will have a really interesting lecture on Weston’s aerospace heritage. Jordon Bimm will be speaking Wednesday, Jun


The annual Queens’ Drive Garage sale will be June 9th this year, the same day as the grand opening of the 2018 Weston Farmers’ Market. Huzzah!

All-candidates debate next Wednesday

Local community groups will host an all-candidates debate next Wednesday at the York Civic Centre. Be there and be square!

All the candidates for the provincial seat have confirmed that they will attend.

Man arrested for attempted murder

A man has been arrested for an attempted murder in Weston. Nashon Simmons, 24, of Oshawa, was arrested on Wednesday.

The police allege that on May 12, he was at a bar near Jane and Lawrence at around 2:20 in the morning, and got into an argument with another patron. They say he produced a handgun, shot the victim, and fled.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Simmons has been charged with attempted murder, failing to abide by the terms of his judicial release, and six firearms-related counts.