Roselands Plant Sale draws gardeners.

There was a line-up of eager plant buyers before the 9:00 am opening of the Roselands Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale at the Eglinton Flats. Roselands has been going strong since 1926 and uses sale proceeds to fund their work with local schools and with West Park Hospital’s Long Term Care Facility.

Bernice and Karen awaiting customers.
Warren and Donna are all set at their table.
Last minute preparations before the public arrives.
The ribbon is cut at 9:00 am exactly.
At 9:03 am, tables are busy.

Roselands email: [email protected]

First LRT arrives at Crosstown Storage Facility

As 2021 draws near, the components of the Eglinton Crosstown Line are falling into place. The first LRT has just arrived by truck – even though it is standard gauge and could have come by rail. Crosstown TO has posted their latest video showing the process involved in bringing the first of the Bombardier vehicles from Kingston.


The train will no doubt be a feature of the storage facility’s upcoming open house (part of the Doors Open event) on Saturday May 25.

From the Doors Open Site:

Building Description

For the first time ever, public are invited to take a peek behind the doors of the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility (EMSF). It houses the Crosstown Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) where they are inspected, cleaned and maintained. Construction on the facility began in 2016, and was completed in October 2018. Light rail vehicles began to arrive in January 2019. The facility will initially be home to 76 light rail vehicles, with capacity to store 135 as service levels increase to meet future demand. The main building is built to LEED Silver certification, and includes high energy and water efficiency, green roofs, solar reflective paving, and vehicle charging stations for electric vehicles.

 

Visitor Experience

Join Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility on Saturday, May 25th for Doors Open, presented by Metrolinx and Crosslinx Transit Solutions. Come by for a tour of this world class facility, step into a brand new light rail vehicle and check out the evolution of the Crosstown project through an interactive display! UrbanArts has partnered with Crosslinx Transit Solutions to provide interactive programming and entertainment in the main parking lot of the facility. There will be free children’s activities, live music and refreshments for purchase.

 

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted, without tripod
Interior filming permitted, without tripod

 

Accessibility Notes

Some uneven ground due to rails.

 

Date: Saturday May 25. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Address: 85 Industry St., Toronto ON, M6M 4L5

Upcoming events

Shakespeare in Action will be putting on Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop “a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare” this weekend.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.


In other Shakespeare news, SIA is looking for staff for their camp inHigh Park in and their production of  Shakespeare in the Shell—which will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. You’ll notice that I’ve buried the lede here—there’s  going to be a professional production of Shakespeare in the bandshell in Little Avenue Park! Nice!


Frances Nunziata will be hosting a community safety meeting on May 22 with Chief Saunders.

WVRA hosts AGM in Weston Hub

On Tuesday May 14, the Weston Village Residents’ Association held its annual general meeting inside the new Weston Hub. The Hub interior still needs some final touches but is essentially complete. Landscaping is a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely and will be ready for next year. The official opening is on May 25th and 26th.

WVRA Chair Dave Bennett opened by talking about some of the ‘heat’ encountered when the Hub was proposed. This was later echoed by Councillor Nunziata.

For some warm reading go here, here, here and here.

You’re welcome Dave and Frances.

This area will house the Farmers Market next year. (click to enlarge).
Landscaping work has been done at the Hub entrance. Note the bridge connecting the multi-storey parking lot to the rental building.

The new space easily accommodated the 50+ people in attendance. LoriAnn Givran from Artscape, talked about the new facilities, Marlene Mackintosh from UrbanArts and Michael Kelly from Shakespeare in Action introduced themselves and the programs that they offer.

The highlight of the evening was to be a presentation from former Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford but because of illness, Mr. Bedford was absent but ably represented by colleague and Urban Lands Institute Executive Director Richard Joy. The presentation dealt with the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report tabled last August.

From the TAP report (Click to enlarge).

Richard dealt with the five big ideas from the report, namely,

  • Promote and plan Weston as a riverfront community
  • Market Weston as an affordable commercial and residential location for airport workers
  • Bring a brewery to Weston
  • Build partnerships with Universities and Colleges
  • Establish a co-op grocery store.

Later, Councillor Frances Nunziata spoke and talked about local issues including the upcoming paving of Weston Road and widening of sidewalks in the stretch between Lawrence and Little Avenue.

Sidewalks along this stretch of Weston Road are being widened.
Sidewalks along this stretch of Weston Road are not being widened. Go figure.

During the break, some mouth-watering goodies were available (well done Suri) and attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.

A conference room.
One of the two large event rooms.
The lobby of the Weston Hub; WVRA Chair Dave Bennett (3rd from R) talks to residents.
The lobby – entranceway.
Michael Kelly of Shakespeare In Action speaks to the audience in the main presentation space.

Some aspiring politicians were in attendance including Yafet Tewelde and Chiara Padovani.

Chiara Padovani and brand new WVRA member Ryan Demchuk chat during the break.

It was a busy evening with lots of information – to hear a recording of the full meeting click the two links below:

Audio Part 1

Audio Part 2

Missing boy

The police are looking for Zak Jjuuko, 10, who was last seen on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. around Weston Road and Jane Street.

He is 4’6”, “with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a school uniform: grey sweater with orange patch on the sleeves, white shirt, and black pants.”

The police are concerned for his safety.

If you see him, you can call the police at 416-808-1200.

Happy birthday to us!

If I remember it right, we were walking home from the Farmers’ Market nine years ago this weekend, when I asked my wife what she thought about me starting a blog about Weston.

I’m pretty sure we were walking under the mulberry tree on Elm (I love mulberry trees) when she asked me what I would call it.

“WestonWeb?” I said.

She thought the name was stupid. I remember that clearly. She’s probably right.

But it stuck, and nine years later, we are still the best blog about Weston. Happy birthday to us!

Most nine-year-olds have different tastes from us, so it’s hard to find a gif.