City Council approves Weston Road and Little Ave development

City Council approved the very large development at Weston and Little this week. According to UrbanToronto, it was adopted with no debate.

If built, the development will include two tall towers—one 29-storeys, and one 35-storeys—between the Dollar Store and Little Avenue. They will share an 8- storey podium.

Arson on Weston

The police are asking for the public’s help locating a woman wanted for arson.

They say that on Saturday, July 16 at around 12:30 in the morning, a woman set fire to an object on the front porch of a house on Sykes Avenue resulting in the house “being engulfed in flames”.

Image courtesy Hans Havermann

She is also alleged to have set fire to four vehicles parked on Weston Road near Victoria and a garbage can outside of 1551 Weston Road.

There were no injuries.

The police say

The woman is described as black, light skin, with short hair. She was last seen wearing a long jacket, sandals, a scarf, carrying a tote bag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

Man arrested for child sexual assault

Toronto Police have charged Rufus Folkes, 43, with two counts of sexual interference.

Folkes is accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl at a store in the Weston Road and Jane Street area.

The police are concerned there may be more victims.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

Upcoming events

The Friends of Smythe Park Community members working with the city’s InTO the Ravines program and other community groups have organized a couple of great events for the coming weeks. On July 23 at 2 p.m. there’ll be Kids and Caterpillars:


A hands-on introduction to caterpillars and butterflies with real, big caterpillars. Look, hold, touch! Look for butterflies. Ontario Naturalist, outdoor children’s educator and retired middle school science teacher Don Scallen will bring his large Saturniidae moth caterpillars, including cecropias, prometheas and lunas to show children aged 3-10. He will talk about their life cycle and how to rear them, and will give children (and caregivers!) the opportunity to hold the caterpillars and admire them up close. After his talk, he’ll take children and caregivers on a walk to look for butterflies, caterpillars and caterpillar plants. Join us for this entertaining and informative hands-on afternoon in the park. And, free popsicles!


On August 6, they’ll be hosting Turtles for Families, a “turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park” (this dad approves that pun!)

Join us for a turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park. We will meet at the playground and take a gentle car-free walk through the woods to the ponds. Children will look for basking and swimming turtles, predated and protected nests, and learn how to identify and protect these wonderful park inhabitants. Then outdoor artist and school art teacher Alexandra Iorgu will guide families to make their own clay turtles. Our turtles will form a public display to highlight our park’s special local role in Toronto’s biodiversity. Come enjoy hands-on learning and creating together outdoors. And, free popsicles! 

Nunziata asks for Somali community cultural centre

City Council will ask staff to study the feasibility of a Somali community cultural centre if Frances Nunziata’s motion is approved this week at City Hall this week.

The motion says,

While the Somali community continues to thrive, it also faces significant systemic barriers due to anti-Black racism and Islamophobia. Many studies, including the work of the City’s Confronting Ant-Black [sic] Racism Unit, and also the testimony of Somali residents at City Council or local boards have documented the deleterious impacts of systemic racism on the prosperity of this dynamic and vibrant community. In addition, action 7.1 in the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Action Plan calls on the City to “improve recreation spaces in neighborhoods [sic] with high proportions of Black residents”.

If approved, the motion would ask staff to “explore potential partnerships for a new community cultural and recreation centre” as well as find a location and funding opportunities.