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.

 

Police want your input at community meeting

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.

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.

 

 

Doors closed in Weston

Almost 150 buildings around Toronto will open to the public next weekend as part of the Doors Open festival. Some are spectacular, like the Architects’ Headquarters. Some are quiet, like the Fischer Rare Book Library. Some are holy, like St James Cathedral; and some appear pretty banal—like the potting shed at Casa Loma.

But none are in Weston. Not even one.

By way of contrast: the Junction has three sites, Parkdale has five. Four sites are within walking distance of High Park.

This, in your humble correspondent’s opinion, is a let down. Weston has many interesting buildings worth a look-see, and which are not normally open to the public. I would love to see what goes on in the Masonic Lodge and post office on Weston Road. I’m sure I’m only one of a dozen people to have been in the Plank Road building in the past 50 years. There are many old, beautiful churches I wouldn’t normally go into, given my faith (or lack thereof). I’m sure I’m not the only one.

More importantly, not having Doors Open means we miss a chance to build a bridge between the two Westons. I’ve never been in the public and low-rent housing around town, even though I write about it. I’ve never been to the Weston King Neighbourhood Drop In, to my shame. And even if I don’t always physically stay on my side of the tracks, I emotionally do. I would have welcomed an open door—and opened mine as well, of course.

And you, dear reader, what would you like to see, if the doors were open to you? Leave a comment.

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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.

Nice article on Weston 2021

InsideToronto has a nice article on the changes that may be coming to Weston. Some are in the works, and some are clearly fantasy, but they are all inspiring:

Turning Weston Road, the main street for commerce in the area, to a boulevard lined by trees and storefronts, and reducing the number of laneways from four to two.

Converting a set of vacant buildings along King Street into a future expansion for George Brown College.

Building a cycling museum at the new GO station in honour of a former cycling manufacturer that operated in the area for nearly a century.

Burying the rail corridor underneath Lawrence Avenue.