Building licensing on the books

ACORN, a local anti-poverty group, may score a big win in City Council this week as a 17 year-long struggle to license landlords comes to fruition.

On the 28th, Council will decide whether to make landlords more accountable by:

  • Making them register with the city
  • Track issues in the building
  • Have a notification board
  • Manage pests and garbage

The new laws will apply to all buildings with 10 or more units and 3 or more floors. It will improve on the current system by not being complaint driven.

ACORN  got its start in Weston in 2004, and has been pushing for landlord licensing since.

 

Upcoming events

Mount Dennis is having an eco neighbourhood meeting on April 3 at the Mount Dennis Library. It sounds like a great initiative.

The Weston Historical Society is having its AGM on Wednesday April 5th. at The Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West, at 7:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Galway, speaking no the Tretheway Model Farm and Plaque Project.”


UrbanArts is hosting an ongoing participatory art project called “My City My Six”. They will be having “My City My Six workshops in creative writing, spoken word & poetry, digital story-telling and comedy.”

Weston Silver Band wins big in U.S.

On March 11, the Weston Silver Band competed in the annual North American Brass Band Championships and were judged to be best of ten bands in the First Section (think divisions) winning a gold medal. WSB was the only Canadian entry out of 33 other bands. In 2013 the band placed top in the Second Section; the first Canadian band to do so.

The Band celebrates its win.
Weston Silver Band at the North American Brass Band Championships, held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 11, 2017.

The Weston Silver Band has an interesting history. Before immigrating to Canada, George Sainsbury, started a band in the U.K which survives to this day. Once he arrived in our neck of the woods, he formed what began as the Weston Boy’s Band in 1921 and has flourished ever since, keeping its Weston links by performing annually in the Weston Santa Claus Parade. Although at the present time there are no members who live in Weston, the band is very proud of its roots in the Weston community and keeps extensive archives of its history. Practices are still held locally every week at the Salvation Army’s York Community Church on 1100 Weston Road in Mount Dennis. The band began to draw musicians from further and further afield from Weston beginning in the late 1970s.

For their upcoming performances, click here.

Band Manager Theresa MacDonald kindly sent me some archival photos of WSB that illustrate its proud Weston heritage.

George Sainsbury and his wife.
The original Weston Boys Band in 1921 at the C.N.E.
Weston Boys Band 1924- Music Director George Sainsbury, Taken at Dr. Irwin’s Estate on Little Ave, in Weston.

Theresa tells me that when the band played in Gravenhurst last year, George Sainsbury’s grandson approached them with a music case belonging to the founder. This treasured item is now stored with the many trophies and other memorabilia gathered over the years.

The original music case belonging to George Sainsbury.
Weston Silver Band 1951 – Music Director Horace Sainsbury, Little Park, Weston.
Weston Silver Band 1960 – Music Director Wallace Mason -C.N.E Winners Class I All Brass, Best Performance, Highest Marks of All Bands, Gold Medal Cornet Solo – Jim Alexander, Gold Medal Euphonium – Ken Martin
** The band has all these shields and trophies in their archives, as well as uniforms etc.

BIA planning multicultural festival

The Weston BIA is looking for your help with their annual multicultural festival. The BIA would like community groups and organizations to show their support for the festival with a letter they can use to apply for grants.

“We’re doing this because it’s Canada 150th,” O’Sullivan said. “Right now there’s been so much said about divisiveness in our society because of all the stuff that Trump is saying and doing. We’re a very united community here and we want people to know that we welcome everyone.”

You can reach Marion at admin@westonvillagebia.com

Last-minute March Break ideas

If, like me, you forgot that March Break is next week, you might try sending your kids to one of the awesome neighbourhood programs.

UrbanArts has a camp every day from 9 to 4 all week long with “visual arts & crafts, music, dance, photography, and digital arts” for kids 8–14.

If your kids are a little older (between 13 and 17) Frontlines is hosting a March Break Camp with many activities “including a special basketball camp at the Air Canada Centre.”

Both camps are a total steal.

 

Writing group in Weston

Finally, some good news!

The WKNC is sponsoring an 8-week storytelling and writing program at the Weston Public Library. Every Tuesday at 6 between March 7 and April 17, you can join other interested scribes to tell your story. The organizers hope to turn the program into an ongoing writing group. Contact kent@wknc.ca to join in.