An update

Thank you to all the kind people who emailed me. You’re too much. And thank you to those who gave suggestions and helped me clarify my thoughts a bit.

To be clear, it’s not (just) the comments that have got me down. Here’s a notification I received last week from my computer:

As you may know, I’m a college teacher. It’s a great job and a privilege, but it has meant spending a lot more time on screens since the pandemic began. And, of course, when I’m not working, I’m often computing one thing or another.

I honestly find that screen time number hard to believe, but even if the number is off, I feel like I’ve been spending 12 hours online. I know I’m not alone!

Adding WestonWeb to that—well, honestly, it was too much. I just wasn’t doing as good a job as I think I should.

Anyway, I’m going to take another week off and try to get some more sun on my face. I hope you can, too.

Party’s over

I’m going to shut down the comments on our website. Sorry about that—the party got out of hand, and I’ve had enough for now.

There are three reasons. Two are technical, and one is my own failing.

First, the report-a-comment function isn’t working. Second, I’m not always receiving emails when new comments are posted, as I should. WestonWeb is old and decrepit, and some things just aren’t working as they ought to. As a result, some comments I won’t allow have been getting by me.

Finally, my enthusiasm for WestonWeb has always ebbed and flowed, but as you can maybe tell, it’s pretty low at the moment. I’m not checking in often enough to keep a handle on the corners of the site that have gotten out of hand.

So, lights are up, music is off. Thanks to those of you who came with love.

In other, related, news, I think I’m going to take a week or two off to see if I can rekindle some enthusiasm. I see that this is our 4000th published article, and it seems like as good a time as any for me to take a break.


A brief reminder: we have a commenting ‘policy‘ here on WestonWeb. I hope you’ll take the time to read it, but it goes like this: if you wouldn’t say it at my dinner party, don’t say it here.

I know that each and every one of you is a good person, full of love for your community. But love and passion are slightly different. Can we have more love and a little less passion? That would be super. My thanks in advance.

Upcoming events

The Mount Dennis Community Association will be holding its annual general meeting online on Wednesday, November 17. The MDCA is looking for new board members, too:

MDCA is distinct from most community groups in that we have representatives both at a resident level, but also from businesses, faith groups, and agencies.  If you live, work, or operate here, being part of the MDCA team is a great way to make connections and improve your local knowledge.  And it’s free.  MDCA has no fees, we fund raise by seeking grants and selling ads in our newsletters and programs

Frontlines will be hosting a Holiday Extravaganza on December 11.

Shakespeare in Action is presenting “The Snow Queen” in two public performances, on December 11th and 12th.

Community consultation on severing 64 King

The owners of 64 King, the historic Tyrrell House, are asking for permission to sever the property and build another house on the east side of the lot.

There will be an online community consultation on November 16 at 1 pm. If you have comments about the plan, you can email them to [email protected], but you must do so no later than tomorrow, November 8 at 4:30 p.m..

Hassan calls for fewer pot shops

Our MPP, Faisal Hassan, asked Queen’s Park to do something about the “proliferation of cannabis stores” in York South–Weston and the province. Ontarians are, he says, “losing the character of their neighbourhoods, with cannabis shops seemingly everywhere. At the municipal level, business improvement areas and residents have little influence on the location of these cannabis operations”.

Hassan said that the NDP’s plan was better: “well-regulated cannabis distribution, including control through the proven, responsible hands of the LCBO.”

The Attorney General, Doug Downey, took his question but dodged it with a non-answer.

Hassan said in his email circular that “There is a clear consensus throughout York South—Weston that things need to change”. He also said he supported Bill 235, which would give city halls the ability to veto retail applications.

My toke take: I don’t like pot, and I have no particular love for cannabis shops. I think I’ve been in one once—and you know what? It was really nice.

I’m also not really sure what the harm is. It seems to me that nearly all pot shops are responsible retailers, and are, in fact, extremely quiet. I’d certainly rather have a pot shop next to me than a muffler—or even coffee—shop.

Pot shops are making jobs, supporting a nascent national industry, and providing a service people pay for. They don’t work on large margins (they must buy from their largest competitor), and these are very early days yet. I say we let the market decide. If they’re truly not wanted, they’ll go out of business. Otherwise, let them bloom.