Weston Santa Claus Parade will be November 24

The Weston Santa Claus will be Sunday, November 24th at 2.00 p.m. Our parade is the finest in Toronto, bar none, and always a hoot. This year, the BIA says there will be an “amazing line-up. We have 8 amazing bands and two of them  have performed extensively in Europe and North America.”

The Burlington Teen Tour Band is considered the best marching band in Canada and the Toronto Steel Orchestra consists of 50 of the most talented steel drum players in the world. They have played at Massey Hall on numerous occasions and have been guests on Breakfast Television. They have just returned from a tour of Spain.

The organizers are looking for marshalls and  actors to be volunteers. If you’re interested, you can apply online or email Marion at [email protected]

Gaeta Farms ejected from Farmers’ Market

Gaeta Farms has been ejected from the Weston Farmers’ market, which is causing great concern and may have serious repercussions.

Gaeta Farms has been an anchor tenant since the market began  38 years ago. The farm posted on their website this weekend that they had been told they had breached the code of conduct and would no longer be welcome. They dispute this:

Breaching the code of conduct they say: My dad has always loved this market, this is where we started. His voice is for the market and what’s best for all farmers and the other vendors who attend, he wants this market to succeed. Is his voice too loud? The community needs to know that the board is giving the farmers a hard time with the move to the new location next year, which doesn’t give us enough space to operate safely. His voice is sticking up for us farmers.

In an email, Sabrina Gaeta, Joe’s daughter, said the issue goes back three years.  “Vendors have left, customers are no longer attending and nothing is being done to promote the market or address the issue that we have less vendors year after year.”

Next year’s  move to John Street has also been very contentious. Sabrina Gaeta says that vendors do not want to move to the John Street location because the space is not big enough. She also says they have not been supported by the BIA.

The Gaetas say the new John Street location will be too small for all the vendors and their wares, and cannot be used safely with the trucks and loading that needs to be done.

Losing Gaeta Farms may have serious repercussions for the market. Several people have told me that an inspector came on Saturday and found the market had too few vendors to qualify as a farmers’ market. This appears to mean it will be downgraded to a flea market.

I’ve emailed Frances Nunziata and the BIA, but I haven’t yet heard back.

Sabrina Gaeta said, in closing:

After 38 years my dad just wants to retire peacefully from the market and move on to spend time with his grandchildren. He doesn’t want me to pursue this, but the community needs to know how unfair we were treated. Out staff lost their jobs on Saturday, income they rely on. What hurt us the most: they took away the opportunity to say goodbye to the community, our customers who have become friends. We deserve the right to say goodbye.

 

Air Canada wants Ramp Agents.

Pearson Airport is the second largest employment zone in the GTA and working there is a natural fit for Weston and Mount Dennis residents since it’s a short hop away via the UP Express..

Air Canada is advertising full-time jobs for people who can lift repetitively, are able to work nights and who also possess a G or G2 driver’s licence.  The starting pay is minimum wage but they pay benefits, pay for training and provide employees with career development plans.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, September 5 beginning at 10:00 am at 2150 Islington Avenue. Apparently it’s first come, first served.

Get all the details here.

Your job is easy

You think your job is tough? Try dressing like Marie Antoinette and standing on the pavement when it’s 42°. It has to be brutal.

My favourite performance was by Kate Mior, who returned this time as Madame Guillotine. Her performance was brilliant. She ‘executed’, with audience cheers and encouragement, an innocent man drawn from the crowd, before her own death by baguette. It was funny—and a slicing commentary on the difference, if any, between audience and mob.

The BIA, the performers, and volunteers did a great job in really tough conditions this year. Hats–or heads!–off to them!

 

Allen’s Scottish Butcher closing

Weston lost a bit of its history this weekend: Allen’s Scottish Butchers closed. Toronto.com has an article about the melancholy moment.

A couple of city surveys

The city is asking for your opinion on two important matters: shopping locally and parks and rec programming in York South–Weston.

The city “wants to help ensure the future sustainability of retail main streets and small, independent main street businesses”, and to plan “the types of recreation programs that will be offered in the community and ensure that programs meet the needs of all Ward 5 residents.”