Dave Bennett awarded volunteer of excellence award

I can still remember Dave Bennett holding up the cage of my hockey helmet as I ate a hotdog from the snack bar of Weston Arena during an intermission of a Weston Dodgers game. Stories like this one aren’t unique to me as a hockey-playing kid from Weston; I’m sure hundreds of other kids have similar stories about Dave’s compassion and patience at the arena.

From as long as I can remember, Dave has been a tireless volunteer both in the arena and out in the broader community.

Last week Dave was awarded the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education’s Parent Volunteer of Excellence Award for his dedication and advocacy efforts in getting a new school for the students of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Weston. When I heard about this, I couldn’t think of a better person to receive the award.

Securing the new school has been a successful, but ongoing, fight for Dave and other members of the community for years. Dave had been involved in the advocacy work every step of the way—long before the construction crews broke ground in 2014. I often get Dave to give me updates on the project, and he can tell me every single detail from the nitty-gritty of the floor plan to what’s going on with the construction process. This is just another example of his attentiveness to the “little things” that are often overlooked in community advocacy work.

His patience, dedication, and service to the community is inspiring for Weston. Thanks for all that you do, Dave! Congratulations!

Longtime York South—Weston resident and advocate to become NDP candidate

Faisal Hassan, a resident of Weston and a longtime community advocate, is set to become the NDP’s candidate in York South—Weston for the upcoming provincial election.

Hassan says that this community has given him a lot; he wants the same opportunities that he has received to be accessible to all residents of York South—Weston. He believes in job creation, addressing income inequality, public health care, affordable housing and child care, and environmental sustainability. He sees a bright future for all residents of York South—Weston.

Currently Hassan serves on the volunteer board of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (WKNC) in Weston, and has been an active union member. Earlier on his career, Hassan hosted a popular current affairs radio program and served on the volunteer boards of the Centre for Equality in Accommodation and Brampton’s Habitat for Humanity.

As a politically active community member, I have been able to witness Faisal’s commitment to his community. He has canvassed all the issues that we care about and that greatly impact residents of York South—Weston; universal pharmacare, labour law reform, and the privatization of hydro, among many other things.

If you would like to meet Faisal Hassan, join the York South—Weston NDP at their nomination meeting on Wednesday, November 8th, 6pm at Weston Collegiate (100 Pine Street).

Model home on Weston catches fire. Again.

The hideous model home at Weston and Dora Spencer that caught fire on September 17—and which remained undemolished thereafter—was on fire again this weekend. About 20 vehicles were called to the scene.

The new fire raises questions about why the model home was still standing after the fire more than a month ago—or, indeed, at all. It does not seem to have been used in years; a Google Street view from 2011 shows it in disrepair.

Upcoming events

Lots to do this month in Weston and Mount Dennis:

On Monday, October 9, the library will be having a Youth Advisory Group from 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Join the Weston Youth Advisory Group and EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS alongside other students! New members are always welcome.

Every Friday, there is Mommy and Child Yoga at the Library from 10:30– 11:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Metrolinx will update the community on construction of the Eglinton LRT at an open house. It will be at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, 2690 Eglinton Ave. West from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 18, the library will have an Adult Colouring Club from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Relieve stress, make friends, and work on your motor skills at our biweekly adult colouring sessions. Join us and find out for yourself why adult colouring has become so popular in recent years!



Suspicious fire in model home on Weston Road

A local eyesore landmark was destroyed tonight. The hideous ‘model home’ on Weston near Dora Spencer Road was ruined in a blaze the fire department is calling suspicious.

According to 680News,

Fire crews responded to the scene on Weston Road and Dora Spencer Road at around 8:15 p.m. after multiple callers reported seeing flames shooting out of the home.

Platoon Chief Doug Harper said 11 trucks responded to the blaze and crews were met with “heavy fire”. The blaze was knocked down within the hour and no injuries were reported.

Toronto Life remembers Weston exists

Netizens around Weston rallied this week and scored a minor victory over the downtown media: Toronto Life amended an article to include Weston, a location it had entirely forgotten about when it listed the places around the GTA in which It had been shot.

The original article included locations as far away as Port Hope and Elora, but forgot about our beautiful town, which is featured prominently in the trailer. It’s not the first time Toronto Life has maligned us: in the past, they named us, without reason, as a lousy neighbourhood to live in. They were wrong about that, too.




Celebrate Eid-al-Adha with the BIA

Tomorrow, from 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., the Weston Village BIA

will be hosting a little celebration in front of 1901 Weston to honour our Muslim businesses and residents. Of course, everyone, not just Muslims, is welcome. It’s nice for all our faith systems to see how other faith systems celebrate.