Raymore Park Clean-up

On Sunday April 24, there will be a park clean-up organized by Brian MacLean who is also leading a campaign to set up a permanent memorial to the Hurricane Hazel victims, many of whom perished in a community now occupied by Raymore Park.

Please meet by the pedestrian bridge across the Humber between Raymore and Lions parks at 10:00 a.m. Note – the Raymore parking lot is closed to traffic. There is street parking on Tilden Crescent or the Lions Park lot is open – it’s a short walk from there to the footbridge that crosses into Raymore.

Area Map – from Google. Click to enlarge.

For more information contact Brian MacLean at [email protected]

Upcoming events

Weston Then & Now“, a celebration of the 200th birthday of the Central United Church, will be happening this weekend. There will be artist installations and “music, visual art, storytelling, live performance, history, and a reflection on Weston that will be unforgettable”. The event will be Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27.

Frontlines continues to host its online homework club “to help local students with math, science, French, English, and social studies. The program runs weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, email [email protected] or call (416) 244-7017. 

On Wednesday, the Learning Enrichment Foundation will be hosting a neighbourhood discussion of the “Quilt on Weston Road”, their proposed new building.

In May, UrbanArts will launch “Rhythm & Poetry”, a free 8-week program people 16+. It will run every Tuesday from 4:30–6:30 at Artscape Weston Common.

Led by international playwright, Natasha Adiyana Morris, and special guest instructors, participants will explore writing and performance through rhythm and poetry. If you’re interested in creating authentic and bold writing, as well as learning how to make unique choices on stage, this intensive is for you.

On Saturday, Sofija Theordou will be leading the first ” Knowledge-Sharing Bike Tour” of the season. They’ll run biweekly until June 18, if the cool weather puts you off this weekend.

This summer, Shakespeare in Action will have its Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp.

Our annual summer camp is back in Weston in July. Learn new skills, make friends, play outdoors, and create and perform an abridged Shakespeare play this summer. We’re excited to launch a new camp in August in partnership with Assembly Hall in Etobicoke!

Early registrants save 10%.

Upcoming events

Two important meetings will happen this week.

Tomorrow, Monday, March 7, the city will be hosting a meeting to discuss the enormous proposed development on Photography Drive. You can register here.

On Tuesday, March 8, the city will be hosting a meeting to discuss the proposed development on Hollis St. The developers are asking to build a 34-storey, 365-unit residential building at the end of a small residential street.

The consultation will start at 7 p.m. and is online. You can register here.

Upcoming events

The city will host a meeting this week about the huge proposed development on Photography Drive.

The developers propose 2356 new homes in seven towers, the largest of which would be 49 storeys tall.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7, from 7 until 8:30 pm. It will be online, but the city website doesn’t list it yet.

Rockcliffe flood mitigation meeting March 1

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will be presenting their “preferred solution” to flooding in the Rockcliffe–Smythe area on March 1. The presentation will be online.

The TRCA’s environmental assessment started last year ” to determine a preferred riverine flood mitigation strategy for the Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood”, which is “the most flood vulnerable area in TRCA’s jurisdiction”. It addresses only ‘riverine’ flooding—not sanitary or storm sewer floods.

The presentation materials for March 1 suggest that the TRCA will not recommend naturalizing the Black Creek channel, because it would have a large deleterious impact on the local area, including Smythe Park.

Instead, the TRCA recommends widening and deepening the channel, with some other design changes to bridges and alignments.

“Learn to swim” film

Image from Eventbrite

Shakespeare in Action and Castlepoint Numa are sponsoring the Weston showing of “Learn to Swim”, a new short film by Thyrone Tommy.

Thyrone Tommy is an award winning, internationally acclaimed Toronto-based filmmaker with roots in Weston! This exclusive ‘Weston’ showing of his new film ‘Learn to Swim’ is a truly unique event. Think of it as a special afternoon out for adults.

The showing will be Sunday, the 27 February from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. It will be in-person, at Artscape Weston Common. Tickets can be reserved online.