York South—Weston political boundaries may be redrawn

The political boundaries of York South—Weston may be redrawn. The easternmost boundary would be moved from the train tracks near Caledonia Road to Keele Street. The move would occur as a result of population shifts and growth in Toronto, and the lines would be redrawn by an independent commission. The villages of Weston and Mount Dennis would not be affected by the change.

Both the provincial and federal ridings would change; they, by law, are identical.

Khaki is the revised riding. Khaki and grey is the riding presently.

Events for week of August 26

Thursday August 30, 2012, York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West, 7 pm

MPP Laura Albanese, Councillor Frances Nunziata and Councillor Frank Di Giorgio will be hosting a Town Hall on Youth Services and Crime Prevention in York South Weston

The keynote speaker for this event will be MPP Michael Coteau, who will be discussing the provincial government’s 30-day review of the many programs and supports provided to young people. The review calls for an Action Plan on which strategic investments need to be made.

Other guests include York South-Weston MP Mike Sullivan, and local youth service providers including For Youth Initiative, Urban Arts, Social Planning Toronto, Frontlines and Access Alliance. The keynote speech will be followed by a roundtable discussion on youth services and the action plan, and a question and answer period from the audience.

Date:  Thursday August 30, 2012

Place:  York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West

Time:  7 pm

Nunziata: Bring TCHC HQ to Weston

Gene Jones, the new chief of Toronto Community Housing Corporation has announced that the organization’s headquarters in the Toronto suburb of Rosedale will be sold. Jones says that by being in such a posh location the wrong message is being given to citizens and TCHC tenants (or should that be customers in the new corporate speak?). As prompted recently by WestonWeb, TCHC Board member Councillor Nunziata is suggesting that TCHC move its head office to the Weston area and has named some suitable locations.

Good for you councillor and you’re welcome.

Squibbs wins York Guardian Awards

Squibbs has been in business in the same location since May 1927 – you can guess that they may be doing something right to have achieved that longevity. York Guardian readers recently voted them into the Diamond Award in the ‘Bookstore’ and ‘Specialty Bookstore’ categories.

No doubt Squibbs will be around for a while longer! Patrons may use this coupon for a 15% discount during the next week.

Police seeking two suspects in B&Es

Toronto Police are looking for help with two break and enter investigations.  On Thursday, May 10, 2012 (yes, May 10), two men broke into an apartment unit at 1755 Jane Street. They stole electronics and jewellery before fleeing.

Again, on Monday, July 23, the same two men entered the apartment building at at 1465 Lawrence Avenue West. They tried to break into several apartments but were unable to.

Police have several very good pictures of the suspects.


No light at end of tunnel for McGuinty

Thirteen elected representatives delivered a letter to Dalton McGuinty asking him to “listen to our communities” and inviting him to a town hall to hear their concerns about the diesel trains that will soon be running on the Georgetown line.

Politicians of all stripes and from all levels were signatories. Mike Sullivan and Frances Nunziata both signed the letter. Laura Albanese did not.

The letter informs Premier McGuinty that the politicians do not agree with a recent announcement made Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli:

Minister Chiarelli recently stated that the decision to electrify the ARL will only be made after 2015 and refused to commit to a timeline or funding for electrification.The Minister claims that the “train has left the station” on this matter. As representatives of over 300,000 Ontarians who live near the rail, we can assure you that our constituents are not on board, and neither are we.


Chiarelli, to be fair, did say that electrification remained a priority.