Feedback on maintenance yard needed.

Here is a conceptual view of the TTC rail yard slated to occupy the Kodak Lands site.

The original Kodak building will be preserved on the site.

Next to the site is a proposed bus terminal to serve as a transportation hub.

The bus terminal, rail tracks and Eglinton Crosstown LRT all converge here.

Conspiracy theorists have said that the junction of the GO train line / Airport Link with the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in combination with the bus terminal plans will mean that Weston Station will be temporary. They think that the ultimate plan is to build a GO station in this location and render Weston Station unnecessary.

This would be even more outrageous than claiming that electrification of the Kitchener rail line / ARL has to wait for an environmental assessment.

Residents are invited to comment on the whole document but (sorry for the late notice) get your skates on. Feedback is required by July 10.

 

The Museum + Arts Pass = FREE admission to some of Toronto’s greatest institutions!

Looking for budget-friendly summer stay-cation ideas? Day trips can get pricey quickly – with admission fees, meals, transportation/parking/gas you’ve probably spent a hundred bucks when all is said and done. But with the help of Toronto Public Library and their sponsors, you and your family can visit some of our fine city’s major arts and culture institutions for FREE. Yep. Free.

The Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) is an ingenious program offered through all TPL branches. Here’s the deal: every week library branches distribute a limited number of family attraction passes to folks with a valid adult library card. These passes cover the cost of admission for up to two adults and 2-5 kids (stipulations vary per venue – read about them here). Ask for the MAP booklet the next time you’re visiting the Weston Public Library. Inside you’ll find the conditions for each venue, examples of available activities for the kiddies and recommendations for library resources that you can borrow to maximize your experience. No children? No problem. Make it a date night (afternoon?) or head down with your best bud. High-fives to the TPL and participating venues!

I have hotlinked all of the participating venues below. Click on the venue and you should be sent directly to their website. I think it’s important to note that the venues donate the tickets in the spirit of making arts/culture accessible to everyone!

Please note that the Weston Public Library is a priority neighbourhood branch and therefore has access passes to all of the places above. This is not the case at all library locations. Weston Library also currently distributes the passes alloted to the temporarily-closed-for-construction Mount Dennis branch.

Passes are in high demand, so plan accordingly. The Zoo and Science Centre passes are very popular – six Zoo passes are available at the WPL starting Saturday upon opening at 9am – they’re often gone by 10am.

St John gets approval for new school from TCDSB

Long-suffering students at St John the Evangelist got one huge step closer to a new school today. The Toronto Catholic District School Board approved a new school instead of an addition or another half measure. 

St John needs a new school terribly. The present location is overcrowded and has little green space. Parents have been pleading to have a new school built on the present grounds while the train line is being installed so that the students will face as little disruption as possible–they are already being forced to move to another school quite far away while construction is ongoing. 

The Ministry of Education is still reviewing the ‘business case’ for a new school, but has promised $6.5 million: enough money for an addition and full-day kindergarten. 

Jewelry Artist showcased in Weston this weekend!

Now this, dear readers, is something you don’t want to miss.  The Artists-to-Artists Foundation is presenting the exquisite work of Jewelry Artist, Deverae Shaw this weekend from June 21 – June 24 inclusive.

Shaw’s 2012 Spring/Summer collection entitled, Santara, combines semi precious stones, wood, charms and fabric with woven wire to create fashionable pieces of art.  This showing will include over 60 pieces of Shaw’s current collection.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen Shaw’s work up-close-and-personal, however I have seen photos.  I wish I could provide some visuals for you to peruse (even drool over) but I cannot get my hands on any!  What I can tell you is that Shaw’s work showcases impressive technical skill, an immense sense of design and a love of beautiful colours and fine materials.

Shaw’s use of colour ranges from subtle earth tones and metallics to neons and rich primary hues.

I’m not one for fashion fads but I do like when a designer can take a classic look and incorporate aspects of current trends.  Neon colours on their own scream 1987 in my humble non-fashionista opinion, but Shaw strikes an impressive balance of classic and contemporary details.  Truly wearable art!  A must see.

You can view Shaw’s work at the Artists-To-Artists gallery space at 1 Victoria Avenue West which is off of Weston Road, South of Lawrence.

Thursday & Friday  3:00pm – 8:30pm.
Weekend 1:00pm – 8pm

 

Written by: Melissa on June 22, 2012.

Wiff Restaurant: Serving delicious Somali-Italian food in Weston!

One of the best parts of living in Toronto is the near-endless cuisine options ranging from Mom-n-Pop style greasy spoons to restaurants cooking up authentic fare from traditions the world over. We don’t have quite the selection of delights available in the city’s downtown core, but I love that Weston has welcomed new restaurants into the community. Wakame Sushi is busy (a good indicator that the fish isn’t kickin’ around for several days before it meets your dragon roll) and my neighbour swears the best chicken roti in the city is found at Ritz Caribbean Food on Jane Street. I plan to put his roti theory to the test soon.

But did you know that we have a Somali-Italian fusion restaurant in the neighbourhood? Yep – and I recommend you add it to your list of restaurants to try this summer. Wiff Restaurant opened it’s doors in August 2010 and have been cooking up good eats ever since. Cuisine in Somalia differs from region to region, and has been influenced by surrounding African countries and the relative close proximity to India. Somalia, like the vast majority of African countries, has experienced a long history of European colonization, hence the Somali-Italian fusion. The Somali owners of Wiff, Asha and Zahara speak fluent Italian in addition to Somali and English.

This past Saturday I was treated to a culinary smorgasbord of Somali and Italian cuisine at Wiff’s Taste of Somalia. The aromas alone were divine but it was the food that makes me want to return again soon. For 10 bucks, we were treated to a mountainous plate of delicacies ranging from superb roasted goat to moderately spicy but majorly tasty samosas. The pakoras were very flavorful and the chicken well cooked. Even the rice was great. I can’t report on the portion sizes of individual dishes as the food was set-up buffet style for the event and the chefs and volunteers filled our plates generously.  I’d skip the iceburg-lettuce-salad though, but then again this may not be on the actual menu and only part of the offerings for the event. I should also mention that all of the food was piping hot temperature wise but not overly spicy. Sauces that offered serious heat were on offer but they’re optional.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that owners Asha and Zahara had run a restaurant for years in their native land of Somalia – experience, in this case, does make the difference. What did surprise me was the owners’ commitment to offering meals that use less fat and less salt while maintaining authentic and quality food. More often than not when a restaurant menu item denotes that it’s low-fat, it should also read low-taste, in my humble opinion. This was not the case at Wiff and I suspect that because the food is so well-seasoned and well-cooked, they don’t need to rely on excessive oils to up the flavour factor.

Asha has assured me that I had just begun to taste the flavours of Somalia and that Saturday was, as she put it, “the tip of the iceberg.”  I’d go back if it indeed was the whole iceberg (so to speak) but I’m looking forward to tasting what else is on offer. With their hours of operation being 6am to 10pm,  I’ll have lots of opportunities to head back.