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.

 

 

Weston students win business competition

InsideToronto has an article about four skilled Weston Collegiate students who won first prize in a business competition put on by Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.

Prasanna Patel, Krishna Shah, Poojan Parikh and Shagana Uthaykumar each won $1,000 scholarships towards post-secondary education, plus gift cards from Future Shop for taking first place in the Titan Challenge, organized by business education group Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.

Kindergarten Registration Has Started

Kindergarten registration is underway at most elementary schools. Many area schools will continue to offer full-day kindergarten next year (Weston Memorial, H.J. Alexander, Portage Trail, Bala Avenue & Dennis Avenue). Pelmo Park and St. John the Evangelist continue to offer half-day programs.

Children born in 2007 are eligible for Junior Kindergarten and those born in 2006 for Senior Kindergarten (if your child is currently in JK you do not need to re-register for SK). Be sure to call ahead as some schools require appointments and others are operating on a drop-in basis.

Politicians, What Have You Done For Weston Lately?

Weston has had a raw deal in the past few decades. Our ‘village’ has lost nearly all of its industry, historic properties have been demolished to make way for unattractive developments, and the area has become depressed. The once attractive main street has been infiltrated by payday loan/cheque cashing companies, dollar stores, and other detritus of hard times.

Weston gets no respect. The airport link as originally proposed was never intended to stop in Weston. When the TTC wants to save money, Weston services are cut. When Metrolinx needed to expropriate properties as part of the airport link, the way they dealt with homeowners was reprehensible and high handed. Drug related gangs of criminals seem to operate freely without much fear of capture. There is apprehension on the part of many people about being a victim of crime. While there are many beautiful homes in Weston, there is a large amount of ugly low-income housing both public and private.

Throughout all of this process, federal, provincial and municipal politicians have collected their generous salaries and tut-tutted about the sad state of affairs: “What a shame and we’re doing all we can; by the way, don’t forget to re-elect me as I’m really concerned about unemployment—mine.”

With one election under our belts and two more on the way, perhaps it’s time that the citizens of Weston asked our politicians: what have you done for Weston lately? Sitting on committees and attending conferences in glamorous places doesn’t count. What really counts are results bringing prosperity and hope back to Weston and eliminating the conditions that encourage crime, namely unemployment and lack of opportunity.

Here are some of the things that Weston could benefit from:

  • Improved education and workforce training
  • Decent housing
  • Help for struggling retailers and small businesses
  • Doing something about empty commercial properties
  • Police on the ground, not in cars
  • Politicians actively working on our behalf.
  • Encouragement and support for local initiatives such as the Farmers’ Market
  • Community facilities such as an indoor pool
  • Better communication by politicians about what they are doing for the community

There is no desire to malign individual politicians by lumping them together as a group. Perhaps everyone is doing the best they can. It would certainly be appreciated if our individual representatives would take the time to outline plans for Weston to their employers, the people.

You may wish to contact them individually, here are their contact details:

Federal MP Alan Tonks,
2534 Keele St
Toronto ON  M6L 2N8
Phone: (416) 656-2526
Fax: (416) 656-9908
Email: [email protected]

Provincial MPP Laura Albanese
Unit 102
2301 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M6M 3Z9
Tel: (416) 243-7984
Fax: (416) 243-0327
Email: [email protected]

Councillor Frances Nunziata
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C49
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2
Phone: (416) 392-4091
Fax: (416) 392-4118
Email: [email protected]

Weston Memorial needs your help

The Weston Memorial Annual Fun Fair needs volunteers and donations. The fair will be on June 2, and the planning committees are looking for people to help out both in advance and on the day of the fair.

The school needs people to help with

  • Ideas
  • Raffle Donations
  • Lootbag donations
  • The bake sale
  • Setting up, running events, and tidying up

Last year’s event raised about $5000 for new school computers, and it was a total blast. There were sack races, snacks, bouncy castles, music and more.

If you or your company want to contribute, call Cristine Ramos at (416) 614-7177.

Weston kids to share a cup with soldiers

Weston Memorial grade 4 and 5 students will be visiting Toronto Emergency Medical Services today to pass along Tim Horton’s gift cards they collected. The cards will be sent to Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The “Share A Cup with a Brave Canuck” program was started two years ago. It aims to give every soldier, sailor and airperson a thank-you card from someone back home in Canada. The program is led by Toronto EMS, and school children from Weston Memorial, Montogomery Village School, and St Jane Frances school will attend the event.

Weston Memorial traffic headaches

Toronto Traffic officers will be ticketing scofflaws who park and stop outside Weston Memorial. The streets around the school have become a warzone around the beginning and end of school, especially now that there is snow on the ground and more parents are dropping their children off.

According to the school, the problem is worst on John, but Queens Drive is becoming bad as well. The principal, Vince Baglione, said in a newsletter that he is “extremely fearful for the safety and security of our children, as the tempers escalate and the gridlock expands.”

This morning, your man in Weston saw quite a bit of honking and fist shaking and witnessed a parking officer circling in his car, but not yet issuing fines.

Baglione asks parents to walk, and, if that’s not possible, park a block away.