Longtime York South—Weston resident and advocate to become NDP candidate

Faisal Hassan, a resident of Weston and a longtime community advocate, is set to become the NDP’s candidate in York South—Weston for the upcoming provincial election.

Hassan says that this community has given him a lot; he wants the same opportunities that he has received to be accessible to all residents of York South—Weston. He believes in job creation, addressing income inequality, public health care, affordable housing and child care, and environmental sustainability. He sees a bright future for all residents of York South—Weston.

Currently Hassan serves on the volunteer board of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (WKNC) in Weston, and has been an active union member. Earlier on his career, Hassan hosted a popular current affairs radio program and served on the volunteer boards of the Centre for Equality in Accommodation and Brampton’s Habitat for Humanity.

As a politically active community member, I have been able to witness Faisal’s commitment to his community. He has canvassed all the issues that we care about and that greatly impact residents of York South—Weston; universal pharmacare, labour law reform, and the privatization of hydro, among many other things.

If you would like to meet Faisal Hassan, join the York South—Weston NDP at their nomination meeting on Wednesday, November 8th, 6pm at Weston Collegiate (100 Pine Street).

‘The Humber’ building changes style again

‘The Humber’ is planned as an affordable apartment building that is scheduled to ‘launch’ on Wilby Crescent by winter 2018. Its incarnation a few years ago was a rather attractive Frank Lloyd Wright style building. That failed to get off the ground thanks to low demand.

Sadly, the new version is a taller, less attractive building. Read all about it here.

Events this week

Weston’s first pumpkin parade will be this Wednesday, November 1st, thanks to the Weston Roadrunners. Bring out your pumpkins and have one last farewell before Jack O’Lantern takes them back to the pumpkin patch.

The official unveiling of Supercoffee’s lovely new mural will be on November 4 at 2 pm. You’ll be able to meet the artist, Nick Sweetman, and help plant a new pollinator garden.

Developer plans for 1705 Weston

A developer has announced that it has plans for the lot just south of the UP Express station, at 1705 Weston Road.  There are few details on Oldstonehenge’s website, but they plan “mixed-use development” and “affordable rental housing and easy access commuting done the right way”.

So far, so good.

Oldstonehenge’s description of Weston, however, is quite tone-deaf.

 An ethnic patchwork of heritage homes, older housing stock and outdated high-rise apartment complexes makes this an undervalued node in the city. The recent addition of the Weston Station on the GO Line and nearby UP (Union Pearson) Airport Express really adds the potential for its gentrification.

Start with the facts. The GO station has been around since the dawn of time; only the UPX is new.

But I really don’t like the judgment.  “Older housing stock” is an odd and mechanical way to describe “homes”, and “outdated rental properties” is a pejorative for “affordable apartments”.

An “ethnic patchwork of heritage homes” doesn’t “make this [neighbourhood] undervalued”. I, for one, quite like our heritage homes. And “gentrification” is usually used sneeringly, because it means  “conforming to a middle-class taste.”

I imagine Oldstonehenge was trying to say, “We think we’ll be able to add something new to this old, diverse, and affordable neighbourhood. We think you’ll really like living here, and the commute downtown is really easy.”

At least that is what I hope they mean.

Mark DeMontis petitions to recognize Drake

Westonian Mark DeMontis launched a petition yesterday to add “Home of Grammy Award Winning Artist Aubrey Drake Graham” to the Welcome to Weston signs around town.

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known by his middle name, grew up in Weston before becoming one of the world’s biggest stars. Yesterday was his birthday.

DeMontis is running for the Progressive Conservative candidacy, and your correspondent had the chance to speak with him and record WestonWeb’s second-ever podcast. We spoke, among other things, about his memories of Drake, and being in a picture Drake posted yesterday on Instagram.

My bar mitzvah board 😂

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