What’s open? What’s not?

Much of Weston—and the city—is shutting down to flatten the curve. Here’s a partial list. Please help if you can by leaving a comment below. I’ll update as possible.

Closed or cancelled

  • Weston, Mount Dennis (and all other) library branches
  • York Recreation Centre
  • Shakespeare in Action
  • Mount Dennis’ Climate Action Summit
  • UrbanArts
  • Licensed daycares and schools
  • All city-run March Break camps
  • Frontlines March Break camp, as of Tuesday
  • Goodlife
  • Our MP’s constituency office


  • Weston King Neighbourhood Centre
  • Most small business, including Black Cat, P&M’s, and supercoffee, which are doing a bang-up job.

Black Cat, Weston’s finest café, has an offer for you if you’re having a hard time getting to the store. Justin says that if you can’t make it to the grocery, he can order in baked goods, eggs, and milk for you. Justin, you’re a hell of a guy.

P&M’s is offering to order meat, sauce, and seafood, if you’re in a tight spot.  I love you guys!


Upcoming events

On Wednesday, February 26, the Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood association will be hosting a town hall on climate action plans.

Two groups recently received $15,000  in city grants:

“Hopefully we would strengthen everybody’s response to climate action, whether you’re going to plant a tree in your backyard or you’re going to eat more tofu,” said Mike Mattos, president of the Mount Dennis Community Association and member of the Mount Dennis Eco-Neighbourhood Initiative.

“Whatever it is you decide to do, we should be bringing resources to help people make the changes in their lives.”

On March 2, Frances Nunziata’s office will be hosting an information session on construction coming to Weston Road betwen Lawrence and Humberview.

The city will be upgrading the sewer system on Weston and will be improving the intersections at St Phillip, Church, John, and Lawrence.

The planned work includes widened sidewalks and tactile plates, as well as new trees, planters, and permeable paving.

The meeting will be held in the Rockport Hall at Artscape Weston Common (34 John Street) from 6:30-8:30 PM. The meeting will be in an open house format with panels you can walk around and view with a presentation at 7 P


Upcoming events

There are a million great things going on in Weston in the coming weeks.

Tomorrow, to celebrate Family Day, Frances Nunziata is hosting a skating party at Weston Lions Arena.

UrbanArts has a Beats Mind Movement showcase on Friday, February 21.

St Philips presents Juno Award-winning Kirk MacDonald and his quartet next weekend.

The York South–Weston NIA is hosing a celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6.

Frontlines is hosting a March Break camp from March 16–20. 

Upcoming events

Tomorrow, the LEF will host a job fair and résumé critique from  11 to 2. The résumé critique might be particularly useful, because…

On Tuesday, February 11, Frances Nunziata is hosting a youth hiring event for job seekers from 16–29. The job fair will be at 50 Falstaff from 3 to 7 pm. Registration is free for youth.

The Artscape Weston Common is really hopping. This weekend, Piece of Mine Arts presents Black Women in Theatre, with an opening show on Friday night.

There are also ongoing drama programs for kids 4–14 and a robotics program. Good grief!

Speaking of Artscape, if you’re looking to get out of the house with your one-true-love on Valentines’, Kachan Quinlan Design Studio at Artscape is hosting a kids’ night with treats and painting.

Toastmasters off to a good start.

There was a lively crowd at the inaugural session of the Weston Mount Dennis Toastmasters. The pizza was hot and the drinks cold as the latest chapter got under way in the Weston Hub last Thursday.

Toastmasters is a club that celebrates the art of public speaking and does so in a standardized format with fun exercises and challenges that are designed to help even the most bashful among us talk to an audience and hold their attention. Veteran Toastmasters from south Toronto were on hand to help organize and demonstrate how the meetings are formatted.

One of the speakers, Justin Gobel from Bathurst / Bloor Toastmasters gave a prepared speech about adopting his son and how the experience changed both their lives profoundly. The speech was moving and heartfelt and received much applause. Audience members who wished to critique his speech were encouraged to use a format that gives praise wrapped around a ‘gift’ of constructive criticism. Some audience members were later selected to give brief talks (Table Topics) about unusual experiences in their lives.

If you would like to join Toastmasters, come to the next meeting and meet new friends and neighbours. There is a special fee for the first six months of $37 – this is open to the first twenty applicants.

Toastmasters meets every Thursday at the Weston Hub between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Come and see if it’s for you – yes there will be pizza!

L to R: Karen Goodyear, local organizer Al Farrington and Janet Heidker at the inaugural meeting of the Weston Mount Dennis Toastmasters. Toastmasters with other branches, Karen and Janet are assisting with the establishment our local branch.

Upcoming events

This week, Mount Dennis will host TRANSITioning Mount Dennis. It sounds really great.

Meander through the mid-century bank building and enjoy creativity and design by Mount Dennis residents and our Toronto neighbours. See local artist Scotty Graham’s retro-futuristic interpretations of Mount Dennis landmarks, a photojournalistic look at the neighbourhood, and more — all of it fun for the whole family!’

You’re also invited to the  annual York South–Weston Annual Muslim Community Event.

You are  invited to the annual community gathering on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6.30 P.M., to be held at the George Harvey Collegiate auditorium, 1700 Keele Street.  There will be a special program, presented by Muslim youth (Boys & Girls) along with foods & refreshments specially prepared by the community to be served at the event.  Families will be attending this large gathering from all over the city. MDCA encourages everyone to attend and celebrate our diverse community.

On February 5, the  Weston Historical Society will host Bruce Newton, who will be presenting on “Accidents, Illness and Sirens:  The History of Toronto’s Ambulance Services”

The presentation will be at  2245 Lawrence Avenue West at 7:30 pm