The Friends of Smythe Park have posted the all-candidates debate they hosted earlier this week, if you weren’t able to make it.
The city says that Weston and Mount Dennis are “red zones” when it comes to cycling and social equity—but it isn’t doing much about it.
The city says that Weston Road would make an excellent bike route (red in the map below). But according to Spacing Magazine, it’s not going to happen. It’s not part of the city’s 2021–2023 implementation plan.
Jane St (orange) would make another good route, but it will only be studied —though, as I reported earlier, the city had been planning extensive bus-only lanes. As far as I know, the orange route along the railway tracks is only a dream.
Planners did say that there will be
Weston neighbourhood connections extending from Silverthorn Ave and Trethewey Dr.. and will connect to the Mid-Humber trail and
closure of the gap.
However, in the city’s recent briefing slides, these connections are only to be studied.
Mount Dennis is in particularly bad shape, with less than one percent of the street (measured by the kilometer) having a bike route. However, Mount Dennis looks to be getting only a path along Eglinton, to connect to the new station.
Transportation Services will be reporting on their new bike plan for 2021–2023 later this fall, and will bring it to City Council.
City Council also voted for two very interesting motions to reduce flooding, which has been a particular problem in parts of our riding.
One motion asks city staff to study a stormwater tax—which, if you think about it, is a rain tax. But it’s a super idea!
The trouble is that large, paved surfaces push much rainwater into the sewers. Right now, water users are charged for stormwater management, even though the water you use has nothing at all to do with how big your parking lot is. The motion introduced by Mike Layton will ask city staff to study taxing hard surface areas like parking lots. Councillor Frances Nunziata voted in favour. The motion narrowly carried.
A second motion, proposed by Nunziata, asks city staff to study naturalizing the Black Creek Channel.
The Black Creek was ‘channelized’ in the middle of the 20th century—meaning the river was replaced with a concrete channel instead of a natural environment.
The TRCA says that “while providing some riverine flood remediation benefits, [channels] do not fully protect the area from riverine flooding.”
Nunziata’s motion asks staff to consider “alternative design options for the Rockcliffe Riverine Flood Mitigation Project… and report on its findings.”
This week, Frances Nunziata and City Council voted to implement a vacant home tax in Toronto.
Homes empty for more than 6 months in a calendar year would be subject to a 1% tax on the value of the home—$10,000 a year on a $1 million house, for example. The tax would start in January, 2023, based on occupancy in 2022.
There will be exemptions for snowbirds, the sick and recently deceased, and homes undergoing renovations.
If you are looking to make a few bucks in the neighbourhood, Statcan is hiring enumerators (part time) and crew leaders (full time) for the 2021 census.
Our MP, Ahmed Hussen, also posted a job opportunity for young Liberals—but hustle, the deadline is Tuesday. This summer, the federal Liberal party will have a virtual internship program for “emerging young leaders who are passionate about promoting the Liberal government’s agenda.”
Here’s a taste of what was happening in Weston back in November 2010.
Some new steps had replaced the wooden ones at Mallaby Park, near St Phillips and Weston Road.
The Weston Farmers Market had wrapped up for another year.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford nominated Councillor Frances Nunziata as Toronto Council Speaker; a powerful position she has held since then. She was being sued by a disgruntled ex-employee and Adam looked at her expenses.
Artscape was investigating the possibility of an arts hub in Weston and where it might be located.
A brand new soccer facility in Lions Park was almost complete.
Adam reported on what our local politicians had been up to.