UrbanArts has started a new microloan program for youths. It plans to give $5000 loans to arts entrepreneurs from 18–24 to help them start their own businesses.
Microloans are the newest trend in economic development. The idea is to give loans to people who would not normally be eligible, in amounts that would not normally be profitable for lenders. The theory is that small entrepreneurs can put their knowledge of a community to use where outsiders couldn’t.
Lennox Cadore, the Arts Program Manager at UrbanArts, says that they are “creating opportunities for young people who want to start their own businesses. Artists really are entrepreneurs.”
There are 15 positions available in the business program. Upon graduation, the students will be eligible for the $5000 loans. The money comes from Alterna Savings and the City of Toronto.
According to the Toronto Star, the loans will be at prime plus 6%. If the loans are repaid on time, the 6% will be refunded. The loans must be repaid in three years.
Cadore says that he has already received some applications, and he expects many more.
Weston doesn’t have a decent coffee shop—and no, Tim’s does not count. A decent coffee shop has more than one coffee, brewed strong. A decent coffee shop has pastries and muffins made fresh, not tired old donuts rolled frozen down the 401.
Now, however, the old clock-repair and computer shop on John St is being renovated. The inside has been entirely gutted, and a sign on the window says that the Bela Cafe will be opening soon.
The owners have chosen a great location. Their shop is just down the shop from the GO station, where tired commuters gather every day in the snow. With a little luck, the café will serve excellent coffee and treats, not cups merely good enough to keep commuters coming.
So you forgot to register your kids for summer camp. Big deal. Sloth is not a sin.
Happily, UrbanArts still has a few spots available in their day camps.
Between July 26 and August 6, kids from 8–14 can attend the Community Arts Experience camp. Lennox Cadore, the program manager, says that the first week of the camp will be devoted to environmental leadership. “We’re integrating the environment with the arts”.
From August 9 to August 20, UrbanArts will be running a visual arts camp called the “Legacy Arts Explore Camp”. They will have field trips and fun daily workshops led by professionals and emerging artists.
All the programs are free; the money has come from the United Way, the City of Toronto, and an anonymous private donor.
Cadore says that UrbanArts is running the programs for free “to provide an opportunity for young people in the area. We’re creating an opportunity too for parents to leave their kids in a highly-supervised environment.”
He says the program is “open to everybody. We get a real mix of backgrounds. We have people from both sides of Weston’s tracks.”
You can register for the programs by contacting UrbanArts at (416) 241-5124.
Every family has shared memories. Every family teases and taunts around the dinner table. But few families create stories that will become funnier every Thanksgiving, and far fewer reach such heights in hilarity as were witnessed today in Weston.
Today at around 4:30, a middle-aged woman pulled a move her husband will be telling their grandchildren about.
The spectacular accident happened in the lot beside the Asian Farm Market at 1966 Weston Rd. Nobody was hurt, although several people did bust guts.
I made a mistake earlier this week when I reported that UrbanArts had received money to clean up graffiti. I believed that the city sub-committee had authority to hand out the grants. In fact, the full City Council had to approve the spending.
It has. UrbanArts will be cleaning up graffiti in Weston this summer by hiring young people to paint murals around town.
Asian Grocery and Spices at 1956 Jane St has received a conditional pass from DineSafe.
The grocery store did not provide washroom supplies and did not use a thermometer to keep customers’ food at safe temperatures. Both of these are significant infractions. The store also did not meet the washroom requirements, which is a minor infraction.
Four employees of Health Canada’s Radiation Protection Bureau were taking samples from Elm St Park today. They are co-op students sent to study radon and radiation levels around the Toronto area.
Kaela Maclellan, a Carleton University student from Ottawa, explained that they are checking “the amount of radon as well as the surface radiation”. Everything is fine, she said; “9—it’s one of the lowest sites we’ve seen in a while.”
Ellen Leigh, also a Carleton student, said that they would be in the Toronto area for some time, taking samples from around the city. All the data are taken from parks, and at the end of the study, the Bureau “will publish it in a map”.
Happily, while kids are free to pretend they are the Incredible Hulk, no real green mutants will be created in Weston.