Weston CI earns D-

Weston Collegiate, the secondary school in Weston, did not do well in the latest round of school rankings.

The Grade 9 students at Weston CI were asked to do a mathematics test and a literacy test earlier this year. The results are discouraging.

In math, Weston CI students continue to perform worse than their peers at the city and provincial levels. 23% of CI applied math students met the provincial standard. While this is a dramatic improvement over last year’s number (13%), our students still performed much worse than their counterparts in the province (42%) and board (30%).

Academic math students were also bested. 71% of Weston’s students met the standard. 83% of the province did, as did 81% of the board.

This is the fifth straight year that Weston CI students have not measured up. Not once, in fact, have Weston students in either the academic or applied streams performed as well in mathematics as their peers.

Weston CI’s literacy results were only slightly better. This year, 74% of students met the provincial literacy standard. The board (81%) and the province (83%) still did better.

Once, however, in April of 2009, some Weston students did as well as some of their peers. In 2009, 75% of male CI grade 9 students met the provincial standards. Only 70% of the board did—though the province as a whole still pipped CI by a single point.

Weimaraners for sale

Weston resident Denise would like you to know that she has four Weimaraner puppies for sale. They are $850 and “CKC registered. Microchipped. First and second shots, tails and dewclaws done, vet health checked. Home raised, crate training. Ready to meet their new best friends and families.”


324 jobs lost at Weston-area plant

Maple Leaf Foods will be closing the old Shopsy’s plant just north of Weston, at the cost of 324 jobs. Maple Leaf is laying off 1500 people in a nation-wide reorganization.

The company is still barely profitable, but according the the Globe and Mail,

Now that the loonie is close to par with the U.S. dollar, [the CEO] said, Maple Leaf Foods and other food processors are struggling to compete against larger, more productive U.S. companies.

“We are to some degree the poster child for the productivity gap between Canada and the United States,” he said. “Maple Leaf and the Canadian industry must change to be globally competitive.”

The neighbourhood plant is on Bartor Rd, north of Wilson, parallel with the 400.


Thanks to Anon for the tip.

Fire at 2240 Weston Road

A fire broke out in the parking garage of 2240 Weston Road last night. Nobody was injured in the blaze, but the first few floors of the building had to be evacuated, according to CP24.

There may be no relation at all, but a reader reports that there were two bright blue electrical flashes and a brief power outage last night in the area of Wendell and the 401. The fire was reported at around 2 am, and the power outage occurred at around 1:30.

Thanks to the tipsters.