Upcoming events

Weston Community Christmas Food Drive

On Sunday, December 9th from 1-5 pm, Weston Park Baptist Church is having its annual Christmas Community Food Drive.

Each year the Christmas food drive helps 330+ local families. For almost 30 years the community has graciously responded with the needed food.

This is achieved is by distributing 4000 bags into the Weston community a week prior to the drive. With more than 50 volunteers the food is collected door-to-door, it is sorted at the church, boxed and prepared for distribution by the Weston Area Emergency Support WAES Food Bank.

Food may also be brought to the church at 1871 Weston Rd. Volunteers are welcome.


Upcoming events

The Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting its AGM this Wednesday  from 6:30–9:00 at the York Recreation Centre. Paul Bedford, a former chief planner for the City of Toronto will be the keynote speaker.

The AGM will focus on the new Line 5, the Mount Dennis mobility hub, and the Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study. The study will update rules about land use, density, and infrastructure.

CP’s Holiday Train will chug into town this Thursday. It will be at the CP’s Lambton Yard, at 750 Runnymede, between 8:15 and 9.

The Weston Historical Society will be having their 38th annual Christmas Carol and Hymn Sing at Victory Assembly International Church on Wednesday, December 5.

UrbanArts will be having a Winter Expo on December 8. It sounds great.

UrbanArts wins $10,000!

UrbanArts won a $10,000 grant from the TD Community Arts Award program

The price “celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture.”

UrbanArts is one of York South–Weston’s gems. They provide year-round arts programming and summer camps for young people in the neighbourhood.

Marlene McKintosh, executive director.

The other finalists were Art Starts and Jumblies Theatre.

Weston Santa Claus Parade a huge success

The Santa Claus Parade was a blast this year. The weather was great, and the floats and entertainers were really terrific. My favourite was probably the Burlington Teen Tour Band. Boy, does that bring back memories.

The Weston food bank was raising money and accepting donations, which they certainly need. Toronto.com says they serve about 750 people a month.

If seeing the big-hearted big man has put you in the spirit, you can donate online.


BMO closing

The Bank of Montreal in Weston will be closing in early 2019, and ‘merging’ with the BMO at the Sheridan Mall near Jane and Wilson.

This is at least the fifth bank closure in Weston. We have already lost the RBC and TD on Jane, and the TD and Scotia on Weston Road. We now have only one of the big banks left in Weston: the RBC at Weston and Lawrence.

We do, however, have at least 11 payday loan and cheque-cashing shops.

This is infuriating.

The banking oligopoly has a government-guaranteed business: they will never, ever, go bankrupt. If their masters in Ottawa had spines, they would be held to the other side of that social contract: providing a social good, which might—heavens!—entail providing service where it isn’t always profitable.

But the payday loan shops show it can profitable to operate in Weston. Clearly, even with stiff competition and regulation, they are able to make money.

And it matters. The middle class, the documented and the accredited can bank for cheap on phones or computers. We can drive—or, hell, Uber—to Wilson and Jane. Me, I can get my mortgage broker on the phone on a weekend. You probably can too.

But pity the poor sucker—likely older and poorer—who gets paid with paper. For them, it’s two fares and 52 minutes on the bus or 70 minutes of walking in the snow. And that’s how Usury-4-U stays afloat: $21 to cash a cheque is outrageous—but it’s a bargain for the bricklayer getting home at 7, faced with $6.50 in fares and another hour on the bus.

Even if you don’t care about the less lucky, you should care about bank closures. Walkability pays. Walkable neighbourhoods are livable neighbourhoods, and people want to buy and rent in them.

There’s nothing inevitable about this. Banks have regulators, regulators have ministers, and ministers have electors. Ahmed Hussen’s phone number is (416) 656-2526.

Thanks to P for the tip and the photo.




New NDP candidate, Yafet Tewelde

Yafet Tewelde, who wrote for WestonWeb, has announced his candidacy for the federal York South–Weston NDP.

The NDP has historically done well in the riding, though not always at the federal level. Mike Sullivan was our federal NDP MPP between 2011 and 2015, and provincially, we are represented by Faisal Hassan.

Artisans wanted for pop-up shop

The Mount Dennis BIA is looking for some local artisans to take part in a pop-up shop at 1016 Weston Road.

The shop will run for the four weekends before Christmas, “including the night of our 3rd Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21st.”

If you’re interested, you can email [email protected]