Weston Common “20 years in the making”

Toronto.com has an article on the Weston Common and the activists who helped make it happen. It’s well worth the read.

“Art can change a life; it can change a path; it can change a destiny, a perspective, and open up opportunities,” Weinberg-Linsky said.

VIA does 121 through Weston Station

A reader alerted me to a danger at the Weston Station: twice daily, the VIA train goes through without slowing down—and boy, is it going fast. According to a  spokesperson, the VIA train is going 121 km/h (75 mph)–a speed that was “determined by the railway owner”.

At this speed, the train generates a lot of slipstream, and it is passing close to passengers. Our reader said it leaves “a huge swirl of dust, newspapers, and plastic bags. A child, or pet [could] be hurled against the platform columns or on to another platform”.

The spokesperson said that VIA has not received any complaints about the trains’ speed, but concerned residents can leave a comment and contact VIA Rail’s customer relations department at customer_relations@viarail.ca.

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Pot shop pops up

Weston’s least favourite store is back in business. California Cannabis has reopened, and has promised to donate a portion of its proceeds to Black Lives Matter–a move frustrating to those who see it as a donation to an anti-police group.

The CBC has a quite funny article  with an interview of Grey, um, Greenwell, an employee. He said he didn’t know much about the donations, and said

“I think it’s more of like a front for everybody that thinks we’re bad. You know, it’s like, ‘Oh, potheads go there,’ or ‘If you smoke weed, you’re like evil,'” he said.

“It’s kind of like to show we’re not, you know, like horrible people. We’re not criminals.

Right.

Grey Greenwell, photo by the CBC

The police have already promised to raid the illegal dispensary again–the fifth time it will have been shut down. Frances Nunziata says “The investigation will remain open until the store has been permanently closed.”

Four arrested for attempted murder in Mount Dennis

Three young men and a young woman have been arrested in relation to an attempted murder in Mount Dennis in which a man was stabbed in the eye.

The three men have been charged with attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon. The woman has been charged with making death threats.

Police asking for help with stabbing investigation

12 Division police are asking for your help investigating a stabbing that took place on Monday, April 9 at about 5 p.m. near Weston Road and Denarda Avenue, in Mount Dennis.

A 21-year-old man was involved in a fight with multiple other men. He was stabbed in the eye, and was taken to hospital.  The suspects remain at large.

The police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

$3 fares on UPX and GO–if Liberals are elected

The provincial Liberals are promising a huge drop in UPX and GO Train fares for Westonians if they are reëlected this summer. Fares on all commuter trains will drop to $3, with the subsidy coming from carbon cap-and-trade revenues. PRESTO card users may also be able to keep the TTC discount, dropping a mixed-mode UPX-and-subway trip to downtown to about $5.¹

This would make Weston an even more enormously attractive place to live: we would have the nicest, fastest, and cheapest train service to downtown. UPX fares would match subway fares, but the plebes from Bloor West will have to make do with armpit views and sticky NOWs, while we read in-ride magazines on executive-class loungers.

The proposed provincial budget also promises, again, “electrified service on core segments, including the Union Pearson (UP) Express”.

Of course, there’s a catch: this is an election-year budget, and won’t be passed until after the polls in June, and only if the Liberals win.


¹ This is hellaciously complicated. To get the discount, you need to tap on the right machine. “When you are taking UP Express between Union Station and Bloor or Weston stations, you need to tap on and off the green PRESTO devices to get the discount. When you are taking UP Express to or from Union Station and Pearson Airport, you need to tap on and off the silver PRESTO devices to get the discount.”²

² The silver machines are not silver. They are silver and green. The green machines are not green. They are green and silver. This is the stupidest shit I’ve ever seen. Why are there two kinds? If there is a good reason, why do they look the same? Christ almighty. Am I the only person who thinks this is insane?

 

CashMax at Weston and Church robbed

The CashMax store at Weston and Church was robbed at around 2:15 in the afternoon yesterday, and at least one shot was fired through the window. As many as six shots may have been fired.

Police responded in force, and traffic was rerouted in the neighbourhood. A man in a mask was seen fleeing the scene. He was wearing grey or black pants, a black jacket, and black shoes.