Booze at the 7-11?

Here’s a first: the 7-Eleven convenience store at Weston and Jane has applied to sell wine and beer.

There’s a catch: you’d have to drink it on site. You won’t be allowed, even under the new COVID rules for restaurants and bars, to take it home with you. What will this look like? Nobody really knows, other than that there will be “designated consumption areas of the shops”.

From Google Maps

The application is being considered by the AGCO. It has not been approved, and you can comment on it.

TO360: last day is Friday

TO360 is a signing and mapping system the city is developing to “make Toronto a more walkable, welcoming, and understandable place for residents and visitors.”

They’re asking Weston residents to give feedback on a map of Weston they’ve developed.

You have to hustle, though. The deadline is Friday.

From the City. Note: their map is much more detailed.

Tim, a frontline worker, is part of the hidden homeless

Toronto Life has the story of Tim MacFarlane, who lives and works in the Weston and Mount Dennis area. He’s a frontline worker, and he has to live in his car.

Image from GoFundMe

I have been a registered pharmacy technician since 2013, working at a health care centre in the northwest corner of Toronto. Several of our units treat Covid-19 patients, which means that I was among the fortunate few to get vaccinated back in January. I work in the pharmacy in the basement. A doctor writes a prescription and sends it via computer to a pharmacist on the main floor, who reviews the order and transmits it to us. We fill IV bags, count tablets, package orders and take them up to the unit. The job was always a relay race; during the pandemic, it’s become way harder….

After my shift ends, I want nothing more than to drive home and crash on my couch. But I can’t. I’ve been homeless since February of 2020, just before the pandemic really touched down in Ontario. So after I clock out, I drive my 2017 Dodge Caravan—with its cracked windshield and wonky transmission—to the parking lot of a nearby retirement home.

The story is terrifying, saddening, and angering. It is required reading.

Tim’s friends are raising money for him. You can donate though GoFundMe.

Permit Parking on Rectory

On March 3, Etobicoke York Community Council will consider making overnight parking on part of Rectory Rd by permit only.

If approved, permits will only be required between Windal and Coulter Avenues.

Residents were surveyed to see if they agreed, and the vote was absurdly close: only two votes carried the decision.

However, only 8 people voted—so you could also argue that the vote was overwhelmingly in favour, and the winners had a 25 percent margin.

This is WestonWeb—where no news is too small to print.

Where is the art in Weston?

The headline is a trick question. There isn’t any.

The city does an amazing job of putting data online. This week, they released a map of all the public art.

And it shows exactly what you’d expect: the wealthy core has lots of art. The poorer corners, including Weston and Mount Dennis, have almost none.

The map shows only one piece in Weston: the Little Avenue cenotaph, dedicated in 1950. Mount Dennis has only one, as well: Nyctophilia.

Make of this what you will.