Frontlines has a great program for employers

Frontlines has a heck of a program to help employers: if you hire a young person, they’ll help you pay their wage.

And it’s a fair bit of money: the federal government has given Frontlines enough to subsidize each young adult for $15 an hour, and 30 hours a week, for 8 weeks. Stachen Lett-Frederick says “We have over 50 youth to place right now.”

To be eligible, employers must be a registered organization with a payroll account and WSIB or liability insurance. The work must, of course, be safe, and in a youth-friendly environment.

Golden Crisp Fish and Chips closed permanently

A Mount Dennis fixture has closed permanently. The Vandekemp family says that Golden Crisp Fish and Chips—which had been in business for 60 years— will close after the sudden death of Harry Vandekemp, in November.

Their website says,

Harry worked so hard to provide for his family and to make sure you all were welcomed with a warm smile. The love you all have shared for Harry has not gone unseen. You have all been a part of Harry’s legacy and have been faithful costumers right ’til the end, even through this pandemic! Yes, Harry loved his work but more over he loved his people. You. You were his people. We know that we, his family, are not the only ones feeling this loss. 

Man struck and killed

A 52-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit and run on Saturday night at around 11 p.m..

The police say that he was crossing Weston Road near Dee Avenue when he was struck by a “dark or black vehicle driving northbound on Weston Road”. The driver did not remain at the scene. The pedestrian died in hospital.

The police are asking for help locating the “driver of a dark BMW with front end damage to the bumper, head light and side mirror.” If you have security or dash-cam footage, they would like you to contact them.

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Fryday on SATURDAY (not Friday!)

The Lions Club is having a pop-up snack bar on Saturday, January 22, and they’ll be donating the proceeds to the Weston food bank.

We Miss Hockey – YOU MISS THE FRIES!

SaturdayJanuary 22, 2022 is Famous Arena FRY-DAY at Weston Lions Arena, 2125 Lawrence Avenue West. From noon to 3:00 p.m., the Weston Lions Club will host a pop-up drive-through snack bar, delivering their Famous Arena Fries and no-so-famous hot dogs directly to your vehicle, while supplies last. The Lions Club will donate proceeds of the day to Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES), and we will also be pleased to accept your non-perishable food and cash donations on behalf of the Food Bank. 

The pop-up will run from 12–3 p.m. It is cash only.

Golf courses under review

City staff have been considering how golf courses—including Scarlett Woods—can be better used by the public to “increase public space access” and “balance multiple and competing desired uses for the site”.

Consultations found that community members were most interested in improving golf play, trail access, and providing additional or complementary programming. Making (or keeping) city-run golf courses affordable was also an important theme.

Attendees and respondents said that Scarlett Woods should

  • Create better walking and hiking trails
  • Provide opportunities for growing food
  • Improve environmental protection, and improve flood control down river.
  • Provide off-season uses, including skiing and dog walking
  • Provide neighbourhood green space
    • Including space for children and youth