Weston’s Beer Store open on Labour Day

From lookhuman.com

Just in case you find yourself running out of beer on Labour Day, the Beer Store at Weston Road and the 401 will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. next Monday. Our local branch of the privately run (and exclusive) purveyor of 12 and 24 packs of beer will be one of 63 in Ontario and 10 in Toronto to stay open on the public holiday.

Apparently this is the Beer Store upping its game in response to consumer demand. Readers; please feel free to suggest other ways in which the Beer Store can improve its service.

Streety McStreetface

From nzherald.co.nz

A while back according to BlogTO, Toronto residents were asked to submit possible street names for the reconfigured Six Points area where Bloor, Kipling and Dundas used to merge in the form of a 1960’s dystopian mini expressway. The dystopian part is being demolished and replaced with some new streets and the city wants us to help with the naming via an online survey. Six hundred names were originally submitted by the public and the short list (chosen by city staff) is to say the least, interesting and contains a controversial name.

One of the contenders for your vote is the late local councillor and Mayor Rob Ford. According to the CBC, Rob Ford’s name was submitted for consideration, “…with a signed consent form from a representative of the Ford family”.

As if to steer voting towards the Premier’s brother, few of the remaining nine choices are compelling and even include the names of living people.

Here’s the list:

  1. Adobigok (Missisauga First Nation Word from which Etobicoke is derived.)
  2. Wadoopikang (Another Mississauga First Nation word – both mean, ‘Place where the alders grow’.)
  3. Biindagen (An Ojibway word – means ‘welcome’ or ‘come in’.)
  4. Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics artist and Etobicoke resident who died in 2016.)
  5. Diversity (From Toronto’s motto, ‘Diversity is our Strength’.)
  6. Jerry Howarth (Former Blue Jays broadcaster and current Etobicoke resident.)
  7. Dr. Judith Pilowsky (Etobicoke-based clinical psychologist.)
  8. Rob Ford (The late former Toronto councillor and mayor.)
  9. Westwood Theatre (A nondescript movie theatre in the Six Points area that was demolished in 1998.)
  10. Dr. W.K Fenton (Former Etobicoke medical Officer of Health 1938-1954.)

I must say, I’m not a fan of naming anything after people, living or dead. One era’s model citizens are the next era’s pariahs.

Sadly, we’ll never know if Streety McStreetface was a contender but I’m betting more than a few submitted the name.

Regardless, once the public has voted, city staff will determine the winners (just in case we haven’t voted the right way).

Vote for your completely representative choice here.

Whose party is it anyway?

July 1 preparations in Lions Park this morning.

Did you ever get an invitation to a party where you are footing the bill?

You have now. Toronto city councillor Frances Nunziata and MP Ahmed Hussen have sent invitations to ‘their’ party – that you are paying for.

Nunziata’s reads,

I am thrilled to co-host my first Amesbury Canada Day in Amesbury Park from 12-10PM. Mayor Tory will be stopping by for the fun. Flea market opens at 9 AM. Fireworks show at 9:45PM!

I am also hosting my annual Canada Day party in Weston Lions Park from 5-10:30 PM. Fireworks at 10 PM!

Bring your family for all the food, fun, and celebration!
I look forward to seeing you at one (or both!) of these exciting events!

Hussen’s goes like this,

I am hosting my annual Canada Day party at Weston Lions Park (Weston Road and Lawrence Ave W) from 5pm-10:30 PM. I warmly invite you to bring the whole family for an evening of food, fun, and celebration! There will be food trucks, inflatable rides, and entertainment for all. Be sure stick around for the fireworks show at 10 PM! I can’t wait to see everyone there!

At least MPP Faisal Hassan isn’t claiming credit for your Canada Day celebrations.

Let’s hope we’re not at the banana republic stage where politicians have to dispense largesse in order to stay in office.

Oh wait; Doug Ford. Peel me a $20!

Mystery noise last night wakes residents.

From quora.com

In the early morning hours of last night, Weston and Greater Weston™ residents woke up to an ominous rhythmic thumping. I dutifully trotted down to check on the dishwasher which turned out to be humming away quietly.

Next, I poked my head out the back and then the front to discover the noise was external and sounded something like a pile driver. Apparently many in Weston heard the noise and talked about it on FaceBook; someone as far away as Royal York and Dixon heard it.

Can anyone shine a light on this and will it be a regular occurrence?

Update: still no news about the banging but this afternoon, loud music seemingly from the Hickory Tree and Bellevue area was playing for hours. I phoned the non-emergency police line and was told that the police no longer deal with noise complaints and to phone 311.

The operator at 311 needed an address and said that a by-law officer would investigate within five days if I could provide one (which I couldn’t as the noise is coming from several hundred metres away).

Toronto’s austerity years continue.

Development plans for Weston and Lawrence announced

Builders have announced development plans for the area of Weston and Lawrence. Responding to community concerns about yet another high-rise in Weston, they have said that they will be building their ‘tower’ underground in an innovative plan they are calling “basement dwelling”.

In a meeting late last year, residents expressed concerns that the site would contain too many rental apartments too close to transit, which could cause falling rents. There were also concerns that the site would draw more visitors to Weston, leading to changes on the main street.

In an admirable response to the community, Dingleberry Developers have promised that the the  13-storey inverted rental tower will have ample above-grade parking in a 4-level parking garage, but no residents above ground.

The building is expected to connect to the to-be-buried UPX stop, announced by Premier Ford, when the station is complete in 2050.