Upcoming events

Weston Memorial’s annual June Fair will be Thursday, June 6. It’s always a blast.


The Queens Drive Garage sale will be Saturday, June 8. If you’ve never been, you must. It’s a wonderful Weston tradition.


The Black Creek Alliance is hosting a community fair on Sunday, June 9. There will be live music! Sounds great.


UrbanArts has announced a new program for seniors: ‘1000 Words’ will run every Tuesday at 1 pm at the York West Active Living Centre.

The ‘1000 Words’ project is an arts-based storytelling program that will enable seniors to share their life experiences through a variety of artistic disciplines. Seniors will reflect on the past, present and future through a variety of arts including collage-making, illustrations, mixed media painting and photography. All workshops will be facilitated by a trained arts professional. The program will culminate in an exhibition that will be open to the public and feature the works created by the seniors alongside portraits taken by youth throughout the project.

A Taste of Weston IB – Celebrating Community and Cultural Pride

On May 29th, 2019, the Weston Collegiate International Baccalaureate celebrated their 14th annual Taste of Weston with a Multicultural Twist.

This is the poster for the 14th annual Weston IB Multicultural night.

This event is a celebration of IB students completing their exams, as well as an event to build community, within the school and with the surrounding neighbourhood. Houses in the neighbourhood received flyers a few weeks prior to the event, inviting them to share in the celebration.

The event featured a variety of different cultural foods, with samosas being the hot ticket item, and cookies baked by the grade 11 students for a science class project. The event also featured a fashion show, showcasing traditional dress from different places and cultures, a raffle, and a talent show to finish out the night.

I have been to seven IB nights in my career, and I can honestly say, it is something to behold. The students come together to create a wonderful, accepting atmosphere, and all for a good cause. All the money raised goes towards the IB program in the school, which as you may have seen in this article, will have their funding cut in the upcoming TDSB budget. 

Through the hard work of students, teachers and volunteers, this event continues to run and change every year to suit the current culture at the school. A group of students who helped to organize the event said that organizing the event was a collective effort, and would not have been possible without everyone involved and went on to say “the great thing about being in IB is creating a family and that is what pushes us to organize events and bring people in. This family is like no other.”

Weston Students who helped organize IB night 2019 show off their cultural dress at the event.

This is an event that happens annually at the end of May. Please do consider joining them and supporting the students in the future, as these students are the future for our community.

York Memo community must make tough choice

City News reports that York Memorial community members have to make a tough choice: should they stay at George Harvey, just down the street, or go to Scarlett Heights, which is empty but farther away?

School map

If they move, they could have their own space, but fewer amenities. If they stay, they’ll have to “share specialized rooms like science labs, art rooms, gyms, the library, cafeteria and pool”.

Either way, the TDSB must make plans over the summer for the fall. They are currently gathering opinions to submit to the board.

Displaced York Memorial community must choose new home

 

Mount Dennis in the news

The Urban Land Institute (a non-profit planners’ group) has been working on ideas to revitalize Mount Dennis. Their results made the Globe and Mail  and the Toronto Star.

The short story: everybody is on board for a more prosperous, better-connected Mount Dennis. Alex Bozikovic wrote in the Globe:

Spread new growth across the neighbourhood. Focus on jobs and mix up jobs with some housing. Bring lots of people to live near transit. It sounds simple, but would require some changes to the city’s usual planning approach.

Interestingly, many locals are on board with this agenda. Mike Mattos, who heads the Mount Dennis Community Association, says the group largely welcomes the ULI proposals and, in places, development. “We need more people in the area,” he told me. “We don’t think the retail strip is going to survive with the current population. And we need more of the right kinds of jobs.” With all that, and some inventive policy, this could become a more prosperous place without becoming any less interesting.

 

Final days for recreation survey

You have only until May 31 to take the York South–Weston recreation programming survey. The city is asking residents so that they have a better sense of what sports, arts, and social programming to bring to the recreation centres around the riding.

If, like me, you’ve occasionally woken up too late to get programming for the kids, you might want to weigh in.

screenshot of survey

Gofundme for York Memo

Alan Tonks is raising money to help rebuild York Memorial, after the damaging fires of a few weeks ago. So far, the campaign has raised more than $18,000 of a $25,000 goal.

Stained glass windows
From Gofundme
The school Motto has been “Macte Nova Virture” (Go Forth With New Strength).  With the strength of our community, city,  and our York Memorial Alumni we want to preserve the heritage of the school that was built in honour of  the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our country.   Whatever the “new” York Memorial may look like we want to raise funds to persevere, restore or recreate the history in these significant works of art.

Tenants’ meeting tomorrow

Chiara Padovani will be hosting a tenants’ meeting tomorrow

What do YOU want to see in the city’s new housing plan?

We’re inviting all tenants to participate in this community consultation and provide input for the new HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

Organized by seven tenant associations in York South-Weston. Join us for a tenant-focused discussion on housing in Toronto over some delicious snacks!

Please RSVP so we make sure we have enough food for everyone:
https://bit.ly/2Qhv6Dc