Happy Canada Day!

There will be no activities on the old Weston fairgrounds this year and no fireworks to cap off the evening. Here’s a look at some of the celebrations from a few years ago.

Councillor Frances Nunziata sings with ‘Elvis’ in 2011.
Frontlines staff and volunteers at their booth in 2012.
The band entertains the crowd in 2012.
Fireworks are prepped in 2013.
Former MP Mike Sullivan talks to constituents in 2013.
Councillor Frances Nunziata addresses the crowd in 2014.
Frances Nunziata walks through the crowd in 2014.
Former MPP Laura Albanese in 2014.
Laura Albanese (foreground) greets constituents in 2014.
Just getting started in 2015.

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.