John Street residents want speed humps

John Street residents have started a petition to get speed humps on their street, according to David Nickle from

Best idea ever.

To the east of Pine Street toward Jane Street, the community has opted to have speed humps remain following a road resurfacing — in no small part because of Weston Memorial Elementary School’s location there. But from Pine to Rosemount Avenue the residents have felt differently, for years demanding that the residential street in the Lawrence Avenue West/Weston Road vicinity remain smooth and clear — and also, very fast.

Art cube collapsed

The building I know as the Art Cube building has fallen in on itself. I always thought of it as a pretty cool building gone to seed, though  looking at old photos of it now, I think it may have been a pretty cool façade on a seedy building.

The collapse caused large traffic disruptions on Weston Road as fire and gas services took over the scene. The building is now surrounded by demolition fence.

The Art Cube building
As I think of it
Before the collapse
The building today
The building today
The building today
The view from St Phillips.

Upcoming events

The Weston King Neighbourhood Centre invites you to their AGM on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 pm.

The Mount Dennis BIA is hosting Coffee Culture the last Thursday of every month until fall at supercoffee, and is starting it with a dance party kick-off. The party will be July 5, under the lights at Nyctophilia.

Weston Community Invited to School Walk-in June 6th

On June 6th, around 8:30am, community members are invited to schools in the area for a community Walk-In to protest the cuts to education put forth by the Ford Government.

This walk-in is taking place at schools across the city, including those in Weston, who will be among the most severely impacted by Ford’s cuts to education. There are over 250 schools registered already, with several in our area, including Weston C.I., Pelmo Park, Weston Memorial JPS, and C. R. Marchant Middle School. Their information on their website states that they are “ calling for a reinvestment in our schools, children, and communities” through community building.

Already, petitions have been made to protest these cuts, the main one for music courses being cut at Weston C.I. but this is the first big step towards a change. One Weston resident commented on the cuts by saying “I like the idea of e-learning courses being incorporated into the curriculum, but not until grade eleven and twelve. They help teach independence and resourcefulness, which are essential in post-secondary education but this cannot come at the cost of jobs and quality of learning,” while another resident commented “this does not consider students with learning disabilities or those who do not have access to internet in their homes. This is a great idea.”

If you would like to join these groups tomorrow morning, see their website here to find a school that is registered near you and make your voice heard. Their links also include more information on their initiative.

A flyer from the school walk in information page.

A Taste of Weston IB – Celebrating Community and Cultural Pride

On May 29th, 2019, the Weston Collegiate International Baccalaureate celebrated their 14th annual Taste of Weston with a Multicultural Twist.

This is the poster for the 14th annual Weston IB Multicultural night.

This event is a celebration of IB students completing their exams, as well as an event to build community, within the school and with the surrounding neighbourhood. Houses in the neighbourhood received flyers a few weeks prior to the event, inviting them to share in the celebration.

The event featured a variety of different cultural foods, with samosas being the hot ticket item, and cookies baked by the grade 11 students for a science class project. The event also featured a fashion show, showcasing traditional dress from different places and cultures, a raffle, and a talent show to finish out the night.

I have been to seven IB nights in my career, and I can honestly say, it is something to behold. The students come together to create a wonderful, accepting atmosphere, and all for a good cause. All the money raised goes towards the IB program in the school, which as you may have seen in this article, will have their funding cut in the upcoming TDSB budget. 

Through the hard work of students, teachers and volunteers, this event continues to run and change every year to suit the current culture at the school. A group of students who helped to organize the event said that organizing the event was a collective effort, and would not have been possible without everyone involved and went on to say “the great thing about being in IB is creating a family and that is what pushes us to organize events and bring people in. This family is like no other.”

Weston Students who helped organize IB night 2019 show off their cultural dress at the event.

This is an event that happens annually at the end of May. Please do consider joining them and supporting the students in the future, as these students are the future for our community.

Guest speaker, Carriane Leung, to visit Weston Library writers’ group

A guest post by Barbara Bisgrove

Thank you so much for reaching out and telling me about the writing group. Perhaps I can come and meet the writers sometime and chat with them.

Best, Carrianne

Every Tuesday I excitedly join the Creative Writing Group in Weston Library. Classes started there in the fall of 2016, as a program funded by Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, through a New Horizons for Seniors Program Grant.

The classes and the refreshments are free, and anyone from the community is welcome— would-be-writers come from all backgrounds! The one-year grant stretched until January, 2019 when it ran out. But we, bonded classmates, thrilled with our progress (some have published) refused to stop meeting for lack of money.

Instead, we formed a small committee to raise funds, to allow us to continue meeting together and learning to understand each other’s backgrounds through sharing our writings. The goal is $11,000 mostly to pay the teacher.
We produced a pamphlet, citing the benefits to writing and meeting others, backed by our own stories of the experience. And we decided to send letters to all the Canadian authors we felt had an affinity for our type of community, asking for their help.

One of our replies was from Carrianne Leung, a fiction writer based in Toronto, who is visiting the library on June 4th at 6:00 to talk about her book, “That Time I Loved You.” Her second book, it explores life’s challenges through the eyes of a young Canadian of Chinese descent living in the late 1970’s Toronto. In the linked stories, Carrianne talks about how not all our dreams come true, and some people cannot go on seeking that promised happiness.

I could relate to that time period, moving from a rented place at Yonge and Davisville to our first home at Weston Road and Finch —where cows were still grazing. Carrianne’s characters are from different ethnic backgrounds, but very recognizable as people you have met, or they have emotional challenges you remember. Both the adults and young people experience that period of time when you change from being an “immigrant” to becoming a “Canadian” living behind curtained windows and tidy lawns in the suburbs, trying to be true to yourself.

Please join us at the library on June 4th at 6:00 to meet this generous author and make her feel at home amongst us.

Jury deliberations underway in Jarryl Hagley murder case

The jury in the Jarryl Hagley murder case is now deliberating. Hagley was murdered inside the Pizza Pizza on Weston Road in 2016 by men caught on camera fleeing.

Mohamed Ali-Nur and Lenneil Shaw are alleged to have murdered Hagley while he sat in the Pizza Pizza with friends. Their alleged accomplice, Shakiyl Shaw, is said to have driven the getaway car. A fourth man, Winston Poyser, is testifying against the accused. Poyser says he consumed drugs and alcohol with them before they drove his mother’s car and spotted Hagley in the restaurant.