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.

Open for business

Premier Doug Ford has returned from Florida with some new inspiration provided by Canada’s ‘11th province’. Doug seems to take his cultural lead from either Chicago where Deco Labels has a branch plant, or his Florida compound (Mar a Fordo?). According to rumours, the premier wants to truly make his mark on Ontario by re-jigging our licence plate motto. Some of us oldies can remember when it was ‘KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL’ and then the current, ‘YOURS TO DISCOVER’. Hell, I can even remember when we had to change the damned plates every year – everybody at the same time, front and back – in the middle of winter! Imagine the line-up at the liquor store on Christmas Eve – changing plates was similar, except people had to line-up outside and there was no booze at the end.

The trial balloon floated on Friday indicates that Mr. Ford is keen to change the slogan to a more capitalist, ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’. He also wants to get rid of that pesky front licence plate (just like Florida). One immediate benefit will be to give parking officers a little more in the way of exercise.

Perhaps readers can help Mr Ford come up with a better and more creative slogan for our car’s er, plate. Kindly place your suggestions in the comments section here, or on Facebook. Remember to keep it beautiful clean.

Bitcoin in Weston

When Joe Kennedy—yes, that kind of Kennedy—heard stock tips from his shoe-shine boy, he sold all of his stocks. Kennedy figured that if shoe-shine boys were piling in the market, the smart money should get out.

And he was the smart money. The crash that followed would have wiped him out.

If the reasoning still holds, I think it’s time to unload your crytpocurrencies—because you can now buy them at a 24-hour laundromat in Weston.

The Sky Light Laundromat, beside Pizza Nova, has a crypto-ATM near the entrance, though it was a little hard to reach, tucked as it was behind some laundry carts, when I was there last night a little after midnight. Perhaps the lateness of my visit allowed me to beat the rush: there was no line-up to use the machine.

  

The ATM sells Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash and, of course, Bitcoin. The fees are between $1 and $5, plus about 10% in currency conversion fees.

 

 

Nunziata protests unaffordable housing.

From CTV.

Councillor Frances Nunziata joined an ACORN protest march along Weston Road yesterday protesting against the high cost of housing in Weston. If only she could get the local councillor and the Mayor to do something.

For more, see this CTV news report. The item begins at 09:40.

Riding the 89 – The Old Man in the Trench Coat

Anyone who has lived in Weston has (at least once) had to ride the 89 Weston bus.

The ride is often not a very pleasant one.  Hot and smelly in the summer, crowded in the winter, each passenger jostling for a small piece of personal space.

There are so many stories that can be written about the things that happen on this bus, but today, I am going to tell you a story about the old man in the trench coat.

It was a cold, blustery winter day when I was standing on the bus platform at Keele Station waiting for the 89 Weston bus. The platform, as is typically the case during rush hour was packed. We were all standing so close to one another that you could almost feel the other person breathing, all of us, that is, except for one.

At the corner of the platform stood an old man in a brown trench coat. His back was hunched and his face hidden as he tried to shield himself from the snow that danced around us. When the bus finally arrived he got on and sat down on a seat close to the window, one of those single seats.

The bus began to move and I drifted between thoughts of what I was going to have for dinner and for lunch the next day at work. I was half gazing out the window and listening to my music when the old man once again caught my eye. This time he pulled something out of his coat.  The young women who stood close to him looked shocked and horrified. I noticed them quickly move away from him, trying to find a spot, any spot in the crowd that was away from him.

After they had moved, I was able to see what the old man in the brown trench coat had pulled out; he had pulled out a rat.

The rat was big and brown. Its long thick beige tail hung like a rope.

The old man in the brown trench coat was talking to it and hugging it. It was clearly his companion.  No one dared say a word, they simply looked on in disbelief.

Once my own feelings of shock subsided, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of empathy wash over me. It is so hard in this lifetime to find someone we can love, someone we can trust and if this rat provided that comfort in this mans life, who was I to judge.

It also reminded me once more, that you never know that you will see when you take a ride on the 89 Weston bus. I would love to hear about your adventures on this bus. Please share your experiences in the comments below.