Pelmo Park School land may be severed to pay bills

The Toronto Star reports that the TDSB is thinking of selling school land to developers to pay for renovations. One of the schools facing the loss is Pelmo Park in Weston.

According to The Star, Pelmo may be forced to sell 2.9 acres of land—about one-third of its property. The proceeds would be used to put money into the board’s capital budget, which has been frozen by the provincial government. The school board says it has a $3 billion dollar capital debt and a $30 million capital deficit.

Chris Tonks, our trustee, said that he was unable to discuss the particulars of the proposal until after the meeting tonight, but added “I am opposed to any severance and sale of Pelmo Park Public School green space if proposed. In any event, any recommendation by TDSB staff to sever land at any school property should be brought out to the communities that are impacted”.

Weston Treasures: Weston Golf and Country Club

Weston Golf and Country Club’s unobtrusive entrance at 50 St Phillips Road.

If you’re not a golfer, you may have wondered about this famous and highly regarded, private 18-hole course set in the heart of Weston. In a beautiful setting by the Humber River, Weston Golf and Country Club opened in 1915 after four friends began golfing in 1909 on a self-made, four-hole course on the east side of the Humber. Scottish golfer and course designer Willie Park Jr. was responsible for the layout. He designed a number of courses in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, of which the best known is probably Sunningdale on the outskirts of London.

Weston was the site of the Canadian Open in 1955 during which golfing legend Arnold Palmer claimed his first PGA tour victory. Palmer, just getting started in golf was so short of money, he slept in a field behind the superintendent’s shed during the tournament. Weston was the turning point in his career and Palmer retains a great deal of fondness for the course. In 2005, shortly before retiring from the game, he returned to Weston in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his victory.

Weston Golf and Country Club has catering facilities and is available for weddings and other occasions. They also operate a curling rink with 6 sheets. A year’s trial golf membership at the highest (Gold) level is $5470, which (according to those in the know) is very reasonable. Membership includes reciprocal access to several courses in Canada and the U.S. including others designed by Willie Park Jr.

A blogger by the name of Frank Mastro has posted a set of photos of the course here.

Rob Ford votes against all grants to benefit Weston

City Council awarded hundreds of thousand of dollars worth of grants in its last meeting before the summer. Rob Ford voted against every single grant that would have benefitted York South—Weston. He was the only councillor to do so.

The York Youth Coalition received $40,000 from the City of Toronto to continue projects in Weston Mount Dennis.The coalition is an umbrella organization that works with the Learning Enrichment Foundation, Urban Arts, and area youth, among others; they are using the funding as part of a four-year project “building youth capacity, enhancing community engagement and mobilizing youth.” Support for this grant was nearly unanimous; only Ford voted against it.

The Weston Minor Hockey League was given $10,000 by the city. Your humble correspondent would have thought Ford a sporting kind of guy. Not so. Ford voted against hockey.

The Community Action Resource Centre project to improve safety in YSW with resident consultations, safety awareness workshops, and 25 community ambassadors received $40,000, and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, to help minorities and low income people, was given $46,800. Ford was, of course, the only person to vote against these grants.

Rob Ford received 60% of the vote in York South—Weston.

Weston Baseball Association safe!

The boys and girls of summer will have another summer, thanks to a fee reprieve, according to InsideToronto

News that fee hikes for sports organizations to use city fields would be waived this year came as welcome relief to the Weston Baseball Association (WBA).

“If they had implemented that, it would have killed us,” said Roy Baksh, WBA president, noting the league would have had to pay an extra $15,000.

Like many involved in running recreational sports leagues across the city, the proposed $1.5-million fee hike came as a surprise to Baksh.

“It was like a kick in the teeth,” he said.

Events for the week of December 4

St John the Evangelist community meeting

The school board will be holding a community meeting at St John the Evangelist school on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm.

Agenda – The board will be updating our community on all temporary accommodation options for students considered by staff.

CSAC will have a table in the Gym to help answer concerns and to gather more emails in an effort to advocate for a replacement school, not just an addition to our 1953 building which already has an addition.


Weston Historical Society Hymn Sing


Navigating the University and College Application Process: a Presentation by the Toronto Employment & Social Services

Applying to a university or college can be competitive and complex.
Universities usually receive more applications than they can accept.

This information session will:

  • describe the university and college application process, including information about application
  • deadlines and fees
  • discuss the various financial supports available, such as Second Career and ASETS
  • explain how to get your post secondary transcripts

For more information or to register, please call 416 394-1016 or register in person

Thursday, December 8th
Toronto Public Library, Weston Branch
2 King Street

Post-Secondary Application Deadline is coming. Register for a FREE information session today!

UrbanArts Winter Expo

The Winter Expo is an exhibition of dance, music, spoken word and visual arts created by the participants in our After School Arts Programs, as well as other artists in the community.

The expo will be December 8 at 6 pm, the LEF at 1267 Weston Road.


Neighbourhood Arts Toronto

The community meeting is our stepping off point where we will ask questions and learn more about Weston and Mt. Dennis’ creative scene.  The meeting will be a good opportunity for participants to hear more about what’s happening in their local area and will help us better understand how people value the arts. There will be food and we promise to make it fun!

Meeting details

Place: Weston Library, 2 King Street

We want to know:

  • How do people participate in the arts? By this we mean all kinds of art forms including music, dance, spoken word, media arts, poetry, visual arts, hip hop, theatre, crafts, photography, painting, murals  and mash ups of all the above.
  • What goes on in places dedicated to the arts like galleries and theatres but also what gets created in homes, courtyards, church basements, community centres, common rooms, parks and alleys?
  • How do people hear about what’s going on in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • Where are new ideas coming from?
  • Who are the people making things happen in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • What is Weston and Mt. Dennis’s best kept creative secret?

We’re organizing a community meeting because we want to meet:

  • People who attend arts events in Weston and Mt.Dennis and/or in other parts of the city
  • People who participate in arts projects or create their own work and enjoy the arts for the love of it
  • Professional artists who live and/or work in Weston and Mt.Dennis
  • Artists who have recently moved to Canada and have made Weston and Mt.Dennis their home
  • Anyone who lives and/or works in Weston and Mt.Dennis and is interested in creative activities in the neighbourhood

What Can You Do?

  • Help us promote the community meeting by passing the word via your networks
  • Help us identify artists, arts groups and community agencies using the arts
  • Attend the meeting and contribute to the discussion
  • Agree to an interview in  the new year (we’ll contact you in January to set up a time)


Pearls of Wisdom Fundraiser for York West Active Living Centre:




Big weekend in Weston

Put your running shoes on: you’ll want to cover a lot of ground in Weston this weekend.

Peter’s Barbershop—the one with the Maple Leafs—will be bringing the Stanley Cup in to celebrate the business’ 50th anniversary. That’s the nearest a Stanley Cup will have been to a Maple Leaf in almost as much time.

The Best of Weston festival is also on this weekend. There will be booths and bouncy castles, and all sorts of other festival-y stuff.

Saturday will be a bit of a melancholy day, though, as it will be the last weekend of the Farmers’ Market for 2011. This will be your last chance to pick up a pumpkin before Halloween.