Dennis Ave school to be rebuilt

The province announced that Dennis Avenue Community School in Mount Dennis will be replaced with a brand-new, $10.8 million facility as part of a new $784 million funding package for schools and daycares.

It’s not all good news, mind you: Dennis Avenue School had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Whether Dennis Avenue would be amalgamated with other schools was not included in the announcement, though your correspondent thinks it likely will be merged: the TDSB had suggested that Roselands and Cordella be joined with Dennis Avenue to address declining enrolment at all three schools.

Mount Dennis: ‘The potential for this neighbourhood is huge’

InsideToronto has a very complimentary article on the potential of Mount Dennis.

“The potential for this neighbourhood is huge,” said Robert Caplan, owner of Caplan’s Appliances, a fixture on Weston Road just south of Eglinton Avenue, since 1953. “I see it every day.”

“This could be a focal point in the city,” Caplan said. “We’d love to see new restaurants and independent businesses.”

Abdoul Abdi seeks second chance

CBC TV’s The National had an interview with Abdoul Abdi, the man who, having been released from a prison sentence for serious crimes, is facing deportation. Abdi is not a Canadian citizen—but he was a child refugee and ward of the state, and it was Nova Scotia’s responsibility to ensure he got his citizenship.

Abdoul Abdi’s adoptive mother lives in York South–Weston, and Abdoul had planned to move here. Ahmed Hussen, our MP, will ultimately be responsible for his deportation, should it occur.



Weston BIA to expand

The results are in, and Weston businesses have voted to expand the BIA. Now the issue will go to City Council.

Proposed BIA expansion
Proposed BIA expansion

On August 8, 19 ballots were sent to businesses just northwest of the existing BIA. 12 of the 15 ballots returned were in favour of joining, so the ratification requirements were handsomely met.

City Council will consider the issue this week, and when the new BIA is approved, it will include the businesses north of King St up to Church.

Upcoming events

Frontlines, Urban Arts and the Weston Mount Dennis Community Place Hub, present The Cook Out- An Evening of Black Food and Culture, on February 23rd from 4-6 pm. It will be held at the John Street location, and is free.

Frontlines has also announced the date for its annual fund-raising dinner. The event will be at the Weston Golf and Country Club on April 28, and tickets cost $90.

Man wanted for attempted murder

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help finding a man wanted for a Weston-area attempted murder.

Barrington Brooks, 51, is alleged to have entered a hair salon near Jane and Lawrence on January 20. He is alleged to have then stabbed a man several times. The victim tried to escape the attack, and was saved by the intervention of other patrons. Brooks is then said to have run south in an alleyway just off Jane.

Brooks is 5’10″ with a medium build.

Andrea Horwath outlines NDP platform.

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at the York Civic Centre on Monday night.

On Monday night at the annual general meeting of the York-South Weston NDP, special guest speaker, Party leader Andrea Horwath outlined the major planks of her platform for the upcoming June 7th provincial election.

In his introduction to Ms. Horwath, York South-Weston riding nominee Faisal Hassan described her as an incredibly strong, passionate woman and a champion for working families who is working hard to build a brighter future for all Ontarians.

Ms Horwath went on to outline what an NDP government will do if elected.

Specific promises:

  • Bring Hydro back into public ownership and lower bills.
  • Expand affordable not for profit quality child care (currently over $2000 monthly in Toronto).
  • Expand minimum wage to everyone (e.g. restaurant servers)
  • Make it easier to form unions
  • Make temporary  workers permanent after 3 months
  • Match funds with the Federal and City governments for social housing repairs and maintenance
  • Give all Ontarians access to free prescription drugs
  • End the layoffs of workers
  • Fund healthcare to cover inflation and take care of the unique needs in each community.
  • Make sure healthcare funding matches population growth
  • Stop school closings – schools will become vibrant, well-funded community hubs
  • Combat anti-black racism through re-innstituting the Anti-Black Racism Secretariat (an earlier version of today’s Anti-Racism Directorate) and fight all forms of discrimination and hate.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions in a way that’s fair and not costly to the poor – make polluters pay.
  • Ensure that indigenous people are able to have a decent life.

Mr Hassan will be facing Liberal incumbent Laura Albanese and Conservative nominee Mark DeMontis.