Neighbours’ Night out

Nobody needs to eat alone in Weston this summer.

Weston’s community groups are inviting the neighbourhood out for a night of barbeque and fun at the the 7th annual Neighbours’ Night Out. The Weston Community Coalition, the WHCD, and the Weston Village Residents’ Association are putting together the event.

The Neighbours’ Night Out will be on Tuesday, June 21 at Elm Park, at the corner of King and Elm.


City looking for your input

The City of Toronto is bankrupt, and would like you to help figure out what to do: cut spending or increase revenue (or both).

An online questionnaire asks residents (or anyone with an internet connection) to rank services that the city provides, such as environment, transit, culture, and water. It also asks respondents to say whether the service should be provided by the city or contracted out.

The survey is quite detailed and interesting—if you’re into, you know, surveys and city government. Your humble correspondent was surprised, given the ideology of the current administration at City Hall, that raising taxes and user fees was an option the survey provided.

The consultation period ends June 17. You can complete the survey here.



Weston Fun Fair Announced

The annual Weston Memorial Fun Fair will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 6–8 pm.

Every year, Weston Memorial public school has a party to raise money for school equipment and supplies. Last year’s fair raised about $5000 for school computers, despite the rain.

This year, the theme of the fair is “Go Wild”. There will be snakes and spiders for the kids to look at and touch. There will also be a bouncy castle, a bake sale, games and events.

The raffle and silent auction look particularly good; there is a package to the Weston Golf Course up for grabs, and tickets to many events around town, including zoos, a climbing centre, and the theatre.



Another shot in the train wars

The Clean Train Coalition just keeps saying  “I think I can; I think I can”, even when the odds look long.

Metrolinx has said many times and for months that the Air Rail Link cutting through Weston will be diesel, at least until it (maybe) gets the money to electrify (sometime) in the future. That’s not good enough for the Clean Train Coalition, which has been hounding Metrolinx for years, and which recently sent its chair, Mike Sullivan, to the House of Commons as our MP.

The Clean Train Coalition co-sponsored research completed by the group Transport Action Canada. The result is an enormous report, released this week, covering world-wide transit solutions and the history of transit in Ontario. But it comes to a simple conclusion:

Now, the opportunity has arisen to recommit to GO and fully embrace its ability to bring about decisive change to the community habits and land development patterns of the GTHA…. More trains, on more lines, operating on quicker schedules, seven days a week….

The time for accelerated GO Transit electrification is now.

The report can be downloaded here.


Queens Drive Street Sale announced

The dates for the always-epic Queens Drive street sale have been announced. Hundreds of Torontonians will come to Weston on Saturday, June 11, to look for unappreciated treasures.

At least two local groups are looking for your help raising money. You can help:

  • Weston Memorial Public School by getting in touch with Brigitte at [email protected]
  • Weston Village Child Care by calling Kim at (416) 245-3585.

Both organizations are looking for gently-used goods and volunteer help.