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.

 

Fire at Irving Tissue

Firefighters fought a three-alarm blaze at Irving Tissue. It sounds like it must have been an intense day:

The fire, at Irving Tissue at 1551 Weston Rd., was initially discovered by its smoke, but because of the nature of the business and the “vast floor space” a total of 19 trucks and four district chiefs attended.

Ahmed Hussen announces third gender option on passports

Ahmed Hussen; our MP and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; announced that Canada will allow a third gender option on passports. Those who do not identify as male or female will be allowed to choose “X”.

In in the press release, Hussen said

All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. By introducing an “X” gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression.

While interim changes will be rolled out by the end of this month, the government printing presses will need to be retrofitted, and that will take longer.

Historical properties register to be considered

How can we get heritage properties listed (and protected) faster? City staff will update the Toronto Preservation Board next week with some answers. It matters: properties around Toronto, including in Weston, are torn down before they can be inventoried.

8 Oak

8 Oak Street—to my mind at least, a lovely property with much potential—was one such unprotected property. It will be torn down to make way for high-density homes.

 

Getting heritage properties inventoried has been a struggle: Councillor Matlow has been asking staff for more than two years for some better ideas on how to do so. Among the possibilities: a citizen-led database, vetted by staff.

Province seeking input on payday loan shops

Frances Nunziata is asking for you to give the province input on payday loan, rent-to-own and cheque cashing stores—what she calls “predatory lenders”. The proposed changes would make payday loans less attractive.

financial institutions
A search for cheque-cashing shops

For payday loan shops, province is considering

  1. Extended payment periods for repeat borrowers
  2. Lowered lending limits
  3. An extended, six-day waiting period
  4. Clear display of the cost of borrowing and credit counselling information

Most intriguingly, the province is also asking that credit unions be exempt from these regulations.

You can provide feedback on all the proposed changes.