Businesses gone busted

It’s been a tough go for some local fixtures in Weston. The Dairy Queen on Weston across from the Super Centre closed just before the money-making season began. My children were a bit bummed.

Weston’s Bakery Outlet will close later this month. Though I was an infrequent shopper there, I did love their panegyrics to the food-sciences.

I’m sure fewer tears were shed when Cash Inn closed. Your correspondent confesses to not paying much attention to usurers, but feels that this might be the first to close in a crowded market.

In other business news, nothing is up at the Crossroads Centre–nothing at all. It’s spooky. I counted 14 empty storefronts, among them several large spaces, including the former Home Outfitters and the Asian market. Readers, do you have any ideas what might be going on up there?

What’s new at the YWALC/Canada Day Lunch

Have you ever wanted to try clogging?  How about belly dancing or even tap dancing?  At the York West Active Living Centre, you can try these and so much more!

The York West Active Living Centre offers a variety of classes and social outings for people 55 years old and up.  The fully accessible, air-conditioned facility is located at the corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue.

In addition to dance classes, the centre provides fitness and educational classes including Zumba, Pilates, computer courses, Spanish and Italian language courses and a watercolour painting class.                               

I spoke to Suzanne Teixeira, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre about the centres’ commitment to promote, encourage and support healthy, independent living. “Some members are very involved at the center; participating in different fitness classes and trips.  For others, knowing they belong to the Centre is enough,” she said.

Dancing with Parkinson’s is easily one of the most inspiring programs offered at the centre.  Instructors guide individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological ailments through a specialized dance that empowers them and encourages them to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative.

A non-profit organization, the centre uses money it receives from the small membership fee it charges and grants to fund the programs and pay for equipment including its two vans which play a vital role in bringing people to the centre.  “A lot of our members are no longer driving, so we have two minivans that are used to bring members to and from the Centre.  We also use these vans for social outings,” said Ms. Teixeira.

This Friday, June 29th, the York West Active Living Centre will be holding a Canada Day Lunch from 12 PM to 1:30 PM.

The event is open to both members and non-members who are 55 years young and older.  Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available along with coffee, tea, and dessert.  The cost is $10.00.

Today in Weston: June 6, 2018

Andrea Horwath drops in to see York South-Weston NDP Candidate Faisal Hassan today at his campaign office on Weston Road. This is the last day of campaigning before the election tomorrow (From Twitter).

Cupboards are bare at the food bank

In medieval times, I read, the time of greatest hunger was the most cruel: it happened in early summer, while the crops were still growing, trees were flowering, but the larders were empty from last year. Peasants could see the future and what was left of the past. The present, though, was bleak.

The shelves at the Weston Area Emergency Support are bare, and they could use your support. I always recommend donating money rather than goods, though I am assured that both are welcomed. Nobody wants hotdogs with no buns, however, and money lets food banks buy what they need, often at a discount over what you might pay.

What about this idea, Council?

Giorgio Mammoliti speaking at City Council made absolute sense today when he questioned the uniform application of development charges across the entire city. Development charges are what the city bills developers for putting up new housing or building non residential floor space. These are the current rates for the city. Speaking shortly before the lunch recess today, Mammoliti seemed to indicate that Councillor Nunziata agrees with him.

He will be putting forward a motion at council this afternoon  that would encourage developers to build in the far flung suburbs by reducing development charges in areas like his own Ward 7, Weston, Mount Dennis and other parts of Toronto where some encouragement for development is needed.

Let’s hope he succeeds.

Watch this afternoon’s City Council session live here.

Weston Common “20 years in the making”

Toronto.com has an article on the Weston Common and the activists who helped make it happen. It’s well worth the read.

“Art can change a life; it can change a path; it can change a destiny, a perspective, and open up opportunities,” Weinberg-Linsky said.