Fun fair next week!

The Carnival will be making a stop at Weston Memorial JPS on Thursday, June 9th, for the annual fair. It’ll be best night of the year.FUN FAIR POSTER June 9th, 2016

This year, there will be pony rides for the younger students and a circus dog show in the gym, among the other attractions, like bouncy castles, competitions, and games.

The food sounds great: burgers, hot dogs, bifanas (Portuguese pork cutlet sandwiches), pizza, samosas, cotton candy and fresh popcorn. There will also be vegetarian and Halal/Kosher options too.

The raffle table will be creaking with tickets and prizes: a children’s bicycle, Toronto Zoo passes, Science Centre passes, Henry VIII restaurant and pub gift certificates, movie passes, climbing centre passes and a one-week summer camp experience at Just Bounce Trampoline. 

There will be all new carnival games, too, hand made by the hardest working dad on Boyd.

If you have a child who is in grade 8 and up, who would like to receive volunteer hours, drop me a line. I’ll put you in touch. The organizers are also still looking for a few adult volunteers.

With thanks to Cristine Ramos!

Weston collegiate’s multi cultural night

May 25th 2016 marked Weston Colligate Institutes 11th annual Multi Cultural night. The night was jam packed with exciting events, delicious food and an amazing talent show. All volunteers at the event were dressed in cultural attire, and many hosted the games that were being played around the crowed cafeteria.

At 6:00pm guests started flooding, dressed in cultural attire, and seemed to run around the cafeteria to participate in all the different events. From family feud, to a photo booth, every event was extremely successful and everyone who participated had a great time.


While all the events took place, there was also a buffet of delicious food for guest to enjoy. Tables were filled with a plethora of piping hot, delicious foods from all over the world. Dishes included steaming spring rolls, saucy lasagna, tres leches (three milk) cake, and every dish in-between. Everything served was amazing, and everyone went back for seconds.

When guests weren’t feasting on the delicacies of the night, they were able to purchase raffle tickets, and bid on a variety of gift baskets in a silent auction. The school was auctioning off baskets full of sports memorabilia, luxury chocolates, movie tickets, and the schools merchandise! Visitors could also buy raffle tickets, so they could have a chance to win prizes including Beats headphones, $100 gift cards and even a drone camera!


Once the event was in full swing, a small fashion show took place through the area where guests were seated. Music was played and students were able to strut down the isles of the cafeteria, to show off their cultural attire.


Just when the excitement seemed to be slowing down, the talent show began. Students and guests alike filed into the school’s auditorium to see spectacular performances.
Performers played songs, danced, sang and there was even a pair who did a breath taking spoken word poem. The show concluded with a teary eyed performance of One Love by Bob Marley from the grade 12 students who completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.


For eleven years Weston Colligate institute has been hosting this event, and it has always been a success. All proceeds from the event go towards the schools International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Funds help give scholarships to students pursuing post secondary education, as well as the annual Algonquin Park trip that takes place in September, for 9th grade and graduating students.

Weston’s Multi Cultural night is extremely popular with the school and community. Everyone in attendance always has an amazing time and talks about it for nights on end.

The official name of the event is A Taste of Weston IB with a Multi Cultural Twist, but it should really be called, Around the world in one night!

This post was brought to you by: Luisa Bada: Living in Weston and loving it

Car thefts continue

The Weston area suffered another minor rash of car thefts last week. Four were stolen from Weston and Mount Dennis; another two were stolen from the area.

Car thefts 16 to 23

It’s impossible to say at this point whether this is just a random clump of thefts or if it is part of a larger trend. In the period until March 31 (the last time the police updated their statistics), auto thefts were down significantly in 12 Division. Still, it couldn’t hurt to lock your car and keep an eye out for tow trucks at your neighbours’.




Landlords mapped

The City of Toronto gathers and publishes data when officers attend and verify that a by-law infraction has occurred in an apartment building.¹

Now, I present to you the fruit of a sleepless night: the first-ever map of building infractions in Weston and Mount Dennis, using that data.²

Every landlord on Jane and Weston who received a visit from the Municipal Licensing and Standards is on the list. The majority of buildings receive only one or two visits in a year.

The infractions range from the minor (fallen branches) to the severe (unsafe conditions). Which infractions apply to which building is somewhat difficult to determine, though I’m working on it. (Any Excel masters want to pitch in?)

Buildings with 1–2 visits received a star. 3–6 visits are coded green. 7–12 visits are coded yellow, and 13–24 are pinkish. More than 24 are coded with a caution sign.

There are at least four good reasons to be careful before saying that more visits is worse:

  1. First, a large building will get more visits
  2. The severity of the infractions is not coded (and I’d worry more about, say, a hole in the roof than junk on the lot).
  3. Buildings change and improve. Landlords fix problems.
  4. It’s possible‚ even likely, that the data or I am in error

Still, the buildings with a caution sign received more visits than 97.5% of the rest of the community, for one reason or another.


¹ The city is amazing at open data, at least compared to the province and the feds, which really pale in comparison.

² I was inspired by Landlordwatch, who are working on a similar project. They, however, are rather political, and their data has a few flaws.

Metrolinx exploring alternatives to gas plant

InsideToronto has an interesting article on the ‘backup’ natural gas power plant at the Kodak lands. Metrolinx is, the article says, looking at “alternatives to the proposed natural gas powered backup facility at the Kodak lands that would provide the same functionality,”

Frances Nunziata says, however, “At the end of the day, I think (Metrolinx) will build what they originally recommended back in November.”

I think the concern is not whether a natural gas plant gets built: the concern should be how often it is used. Metrolinx is proposing that it will be used in the case of outages, to move the LRT trains, but also when the power system is under heavy load.

System-wide power outages happen very infrequently—only every few years, according to Metrolinx. Price spikes, though, happen very often indeed: yesterday, the price of electricity briefly hit $372/MWh, twenty times the typical price. Would Metrolinx fire up the generators to save a few bucks?

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We will get a natural-gas plant. Let’s focus on a manageable goal: a sensible operation policy.

That natural gas plant should be operated only in emergencies, not for profit.

Upcoming events

Metrolinx will have a Eglinton LRT Mount Dennis Station open house, tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, 2016 starting at 6:00 p.m at The Learning Enrichment Foundation, 1267 Weston Road.

On Saturday, June 4, the TTC and Metrolinx  be discussing SmartTrack at York Humber High School (100 Emmett Avenue) from 9:30 am–11:30 am.

The new Weston Mount Dennis Health Centre will have an open house on on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm. It’s in the old postal building.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Artscape Weston Hub will be on Wednesday, June 22, at 22 John St,  at 11:00. They ask that you RSVP.