Mount Dennis loses its most unusual store

Skull Store, the only place in Mount Dennis to buy an embalmed anencephalitic human fetus (risky click there), has had to move. They say “It’s the classic Toronto story – the building that houses our museum and store has been sold to developers and they are going to demolish it. We¬†were given only 2 months to secure a new location and safely move well over 20,000 specimens – ranging from beads made from dinosaur poop to an entire pilot whale skeleton!”

It’s certainly a loss to Mount Dennis. The Skull Store also offered a free natural history museum.

The new location is 397 Dundas St E, Toronto.

New signals on Eglinton at Pearen Park

At the Jan 8 Community Council Meeting, another item of note was the decision to install a pedestrian traffic signal across Eglinton at Pearen Park. Residents have long complained about the danger of crossing between the signals at Jane or Weston Rd (a distance of 800 metres). Roads and Traffic have in the past refused to permit a safe crossing, citing concern that it would slow traffic on Eglinton.
However, a death in 2017 caused the councillor to ask again, and this time they agreed. However, their recommendation is that it wait until 2021, and only if ‘competing priorities’ don’t get the money first ($120,000).
As reported by Simon Chamberlain, former chair of the Mount Dennis Community Association, the city advised that they are hamstrung by new rules imposed by the province that seriously limits the number of contractors the city can use to do such work. Apparently there is, as a result, a huge backlog of signal installation.
One would think that the safety of pedestrians would trump any provincial meddling. Vison Zero cannot be successful if intersections such as this one cannot be made safe. And what ‘competing priority’ is more important than the death of a pedestrian? The councillor can be reached at 416-392-4091, should you wish to urge her to order the installation sooner.

Toastmasters is coming to Weston / Mount Dennis.

From inc.com.

Would you like to improve your public speaking skills and your confidence in front of others? Toastmasters is an organization that helps people do just that. They hold weekly meetings where participants perform fun exercises with the goal of becoming more confident in social situations.

According to an old survey, most people fear public speaking more than death itself. Toastmasters can help with that.

A brand new Weston / Mount Dennis branch of Toastmasters is opening on January 23 at 7:00 at the Artscape Weston Hub – 34 John Street. Meetings last 90 minutes and are held weekly.

For more information click here.

No Pearen Park rink this year

Sad news: there will be no Pearen Park skating rink this year. The MDCA announced that a combination of global warming and few volunteers has led to the difficult decision.

Simon Chamberlain and other excellent residents put endless hours of work, always in the cold and often in the middle of the night, into the community rink, which they hoped would help newcomers enjoy winter in Canada.

The MDCA says they “the fall, we will decide if the rink can ever be re-activated, and what to do with the skates, helmets, and clothing.”

It will be much missed.

 

In other Mount Dennis news…

V’s vegan restaurant was named one of the 50 best vegetarian restaurants in Toronto by BlogTO. Nice! And well deserved. It’s great.

 

V’s Vegan food

The annual Pearen Park skating rink is looking for volunteers. It’s probably the best skating rink in the city, if you ask me. The all-volunteer group introduces newcomers to Canadian winters, and loans out skates to all comers. If you have time (or money), I know that you couldn’t spend it better.


Thanks to the MDCA newsletter for this news.

Open house for Mount Dennis economic development strategy

You can provide feedback on the Mount Dennis economic development strategy at an open house on December 10. The study designers hope to improve Mount Dennis’s main street and the nearby industrial lands by “realizing economic growth opportunities within the local business community”.

The strategists identify many of Mount Dennis’s strengths, including an active community, transit, and relatively affordable housing, and lays out a framework for improvement:

  1. Building on the excellent transit
  2. Remediating the “someone deficient” reputation of Mount Dennis
  3. Increasing “Cluster Development and Investment” in areas in which Mount Dennis enterprises already excel
  4. Promoting creative and cultural enteprises
  5. Supporting local talent and skills development
  6. Supporting inclusive economic growth