Mt Dennis Jane’s Walk

Ever-awesome Simon Chamberlain will be leading a Jane’s Walk through Mount Dennis this weekend. The tour promises “Boom and Bust. Canals, Masons, Booze, Railroads, Disease, Flooding” (or historical facsimiles thereof).

The walk will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, May 2 at the Portage Trail School.


Metrolinx kills resident’s tree, behaves poorly

Last week, a boor hired by Metrolinx killed a 130-year-old tree without the landowner’s permission. The tree was limbed, and is “likely too damaged to save”.


The tree was along the route of the UP Express, and its killing shows insensitivity to local sentiment. Mount Dennis residents have been begging Metrolinx for years to limit the felling of trees along the route, and Metrolinx has been zealous in “clear-cutting” trees along the corridor—cutting back as much as 8 metres from the track. According to the Star, “Metrolinx officials say they plan to clear the entire 20-kilometre corridor from property line to property line.”

Police were called and they prevented the complete destruction of the tree, although no charges were laid. 

Metrolinx has planned a meeting with the affected residents and says the contractor has been “reminded of our policies”. 


Metrolinx contractor allegedly assaulted a resident, cut tree illegally

If a video posted online is to be believed, a Metrolinx contractor (gently) assaulted a pushy observer as he was filming the cutting (or trimming) of a tree on Hollis Ave. The tree does not appear to be on Metrolinx’s right of way.

The video started a long discussion on Twitter, and Metrolinx promised to investigate. It’s been six days, though, and no response has been given. They say the tree was not cut down, but have not said whether the person in the video (who seems to be a contractor) has been disciplined.



Mount Dennis rink-masters get a shout-out in the House

Simon Chamberlain and Guy Ruggieri, the coolest guys in Mount Dennis (they’re ice cold), got a nice mention in the House of Commons this week. Mike Sullivan said:

In York South—Weston, this cold, harsh season was made warmer and brighter by a dedicated group of volunteers who for the third year ran the Mount Dennis outdoor community skating rink in Pearen Park.

I was delighted to host a Family Day skating party there. Over four hundred individuals learned to skate at the rink this past season. Nearly nine hundred used the free skate loan program. The rink continued its fine tradition of making a positive difference in the community — one smile and one skating lesson at a time!

With a tip of my toque, I’d like to congratulate rink coordinator Simon Chamberlain, who received a Volunteer Toronto Award for his outstanding efforts, and ice master Guy Ruggieri and his over 40 volunteers who gave generously of their time to make this grassroots initiative a smashing success.


Upcoming events

Spring brings out the best in people and brings the best people out. To wit, many events in and around Weston:

Official Grand Opening of Perfect Blend, 12 noon
This Saturday, March 28 at 12, Perfect Blend will have its grand opening.

Weston Heritage Conservation District Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 31st
6:30 pm 1901 Weston Road, Unit F


Weston Library  Lip Sync Battle
Auditions: Thursday, April 2, 3:30 p.m
Battle: Thursday, April 9 at 3:30
Have you got mad lip syncing skills? Enter Weston branch’s first-ever Lip Sync Battle, for your chance to win prizes and be crowned Weston branch Champion! Too shy to perform? Come and cheer on your favourite routines, and help us choose the champions!
Costumes and dance routines encouraged!
You must audition on Thursday April 2nd beginning at 3:30 pm to be eligible to perform in the battle on Thursday April 9th.

  • Lip Sync Battle for children 6-10 years of age: April 9th 3:30-4:30pm
  • Lip Sync Battle for teens 11-16 years of age: April 9th 4:45-6:00pm

John Street Redevelopment Community Meeting
April 8 at 7 pm at the York West Active Living Centre (1901 Weston Road) where City staff, along with Rockport Group, will update the community on the plans for the John Street Redevelopment.

Community Cleanups
Join the Mount Dennis Community Association from 10am-noon to clean-up various areas around Mount Dennis on the following dates:

  • April 4: Hollis St – Eglinton & Weston Rd area (meet @ SuperCoffee)
  • April 11: Dora Spencer Ave. (meet @ Weston & Dora Spencer Ave)
  • April 18: Glenvalley-Somerville-Sunnybrae ravine edges (meet @ west end of Glenvalley)
  • April 26: Lambton Ave & Astoria Ave (meet @ Jane & Lambton)K


No humps for Dennis Ave?

City staff have recommended against installing humps on Dennis Avenue, in Mount Dennis. The staff say that there are too few cars and that they go too slowly to warrant the installation of humps.

That said, the street runs by Dennis Avenue Community School, an elementary school, and looks (from the maps) to be a great shortcut for drivers trying to skirt the intersection of Weston and Eglinton.

The Etobicoke-York Community Council will consider the decision on February 18. City staff can be overruled by the community council.