A conference planning the future of Weston was held last month, and the report summarizing community feedback has now been released. It discusses 10 messages from the community, none of will surprise residents, but any of which, if acted upon, would make Weston a better place to live.
In short, the recommendations were:
Weston Road could be nicer if it had better design and more varied retail
The tracks and Lawrence are physical barriers that separate us
Weston is a culturally and economically diverse village, with few ties between communities
Don’t touch the Farmers’ Market, but make the surrounding area better; make the GO Station area better, too
Convince developers to pay for everything—don’t make taxpayers
Tall buildings are generally undesirable; rental high rises are especially undesirable
Community arts and spaces are good. A movie theatre would be good too.
Weston is not an intersection. It is a village with history.
The schools could use some help—especially St John, which is crowded and threatened by the train
Weston Memorial’s June Fair was a huge success. The school and volunteers raised about $6500 for school programming.
According to Cristine Ramos, an organizer, “everyone agreed that they have never seen the school yard so full of people and by everyone’s guesstimations it was the best attended fair in recent history.”
The weather was fantastic this year, and the schoolyard was a total zoo—appropriate, given the theme, “Go Wild”. Hundreds and hundreds of kids caused a wonderful ruckus.
The school raised money through a barbecue, a bake sale, jumpy castles, a raffle, and a silent auction.Many good people and businesses donated money and services to the fair. Jorge Ramos, from Financial IQ Camp Millionaire, deserves to be carried across town on the shoulders of the people for his donation. Sam Valentini and Paula Carrascalao deserve special mention for covering the cost of the bouncy castles. The Ontario Falconry Centre also donated their show.
The money raised at the fair will be used for “school trips and arts and science programs”, according to Ramos.
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.
The Toronto Police are inviting the public to meet with Chief Blair about the TAVIS program that will be run this summer and the change in boundaries for the officers who patrol Weston.
The meeting will be Wednesday, June 1st, from 7 to 9 pm at the Weston Collegiate Auditorium at 100 Pine Street.
TAVIS is “an intensive, violence reduction and community mobilization strategy intended to reduce crime and increase safety in our neighbourhoods”. It rolls out every summer to neighbourhoods experiencing a disproportionate amount of violent crime
The boundary changes to 12 and 31 Division will also be discussed. 12 Division, headquartered at Trethewey and Black Creek, will be taking over supervision of Weston from 31 Division, which is located around Jane and Finch.
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.