Interview with GG award nominee

The Mount Dennis Residents’ Association interviewed Governor General award nominee Donna-Michelle St Bernard in the 12 edition of its newsletter. 

St Bernard’s play A Man A Fish is about Prosper, a Burundian fisherman who meets an eel salesman. The salesman promises to ‘improve’ the local lake by stocking it with eels, leaving Prosper at his mercy.

Asked what attracted her to our area, she says she is now writing full time and finds it helps her focus to be away from the “festive and convenient madness” of downtown’s arts scene! Her friends say she has changed now she lives “north of Bloor and so far, far away”, but DM says she “needs community with a looser weave” and finds it here with our “broader diversity of people”.

A Man A Fish was a finalist, but lost to Pig Girl.


The bridge is open–and it’s good

Metrolinx opened the John Street Bridge just in time for the last day of the market. I confess, I had thought the bridge to be rather ugly from afar: it seemed engineered for safety and accessibility, which, if not inimical to beauty, are certainly challenges to it. I was wrong.

The bridge is quite nice!

I had thought that there was rather too much fencing  Up close, though, it 2016-10-29-12-06-42 works: the fencing is attractive stainless wire. It looks great.

The steps are actually kind of fun; on the John Street side, they are steeply pitched. My kids loved it, and they were actually a bit scared. The auditorium staircase, with much larger steps, is pretty great too.2016-10-29-12-09-512016-10-29-12-07-45




Last day of the market

Today was the last day of the Weston Farmers’ Market. I went with my family at midday, when the vendors were beginning to wind down. There was a pronounced melancholy in the air, along with the threat of rain.

2collageThe three local politicians were there, announcing to a small crowd a new—and quite nice—mural facing the GO parking lot. It has a quite different aesthetic than most of the murals in town: more abstract, with an 1980’s colour palette.


InsideToronto’s Weston stories

InsideToronto has two stories on Weston this week. The first is about the mural to be revealed at the Weston GO Station.

The second is on the good people in the Weston Historical Society.

“A lot of people think history is a dead and stagnant thing. It’s constantly changing. We’re constantly learning. It’s kind of a living thing,” said president Cherri Hurst, who is also president of the Weston Heritage Conservation District.


Sullivan blasts Hussen

On the one-year anniversary of the 2015 federal election, former York South Weston MP spared no mercy for his successor, Liberal MP  Ahmed Hussen. In a Facebook post Sullivan laments that Hussen has failed to send out ‘a single piece of email out to those who used to be my constituents’.

He also has some kind words for his supporters who may yet be called upon in the next election.

Read the full posting below.

A year ago today, I was in the process of being fired from my job. I was swept out in a wave of adulation for Dubya Trudeau.
I loved my job, but if you can’t afford to lose, you shouldn’t be in politics.

I want to thank, once again all of those who tried to convince people to let me keep my job, and the man who first convinced me to try, Paul Ferreira.

It was a great job, one where every day you can help individuals, and at the same time have an impact on where the whole country is going. And I couldn’t have done it without Ornella, Paul, Faisal, Deb, Alex and a host of volunteers and interns.

The new guy has yet to send a single piece of mail out to those who used to be my constituents. No one knows where he or the Liberals stand on their many promises, most of which they have yet to even consider doing: Aboriginal Education, C-51 (Privacy), C-38 (Environment), Subsidies to Big Oil, Regugee deportations and their health care.

And we have learned where they really stand on arms sales to human rights abusers (they did it), Climate change targets (same as Harper), Pipelines and Natural Gas projects (in favour), putting Bovine Growth Hormones in our children’s milk (TPP in favour), and Improving and protecting our health care system (same as Harper).

But the adulation continues. Elections shouldn’t be won on who is the cutest, but…