FIFA Standards Come To Weston Lions Park

Panoramic view looking south.

Thanks to two million dollars’ worth of Federal Government infrastructure funds, Weston can now boast of a FIFA standard soccer field in Lions Park. It’s almost complete – there just remains some upgraded lighting and proper fencing to keep stray soccer and baseballs away from each other. Oh and yes, goal posts will be coming too.

View from the north-east corner.

The pitch is pool-table level. Bulldozers worked for weeks scraping, compressing and flattening the ground. As for the playing surface, gone are the days of hard bristly artificial turf when players would risk abrasions and burns whenever they slid along the ground. This new material is very soft with a layer of shredded rubber between the fibres.

Soft fibres interspersed with rubber make falling more pleasant and safer.

Lastly, you have to get down onto the surface to appreciate how soft and dry it is. The drainage is phenomenal. I was able to kneel without getting wet.

Players are looking forward  to the opening of this world-class facility in spring.

UrbanArts announces Winter Expo

UrbanArts has announced the dates for their annual Winter Expo. It will be held on Thursday, December 9, from 6 – 9 pm at George Harvey CI,  and will feature performances from local artists.

UrbanArts is a Weston arts group that offers programs to local youth. They have after-school and summer programs, and produce exhibits and performances several times a year.

The Winter Expo is a spin-off from the After School Arts Program (ASAP), which is for young people from 11 – 18. ASAP runs five days a week from 3:30 until 5:30 and gives instruction in visual arts, music, drama, dance, and improvisation.

The event will be hosted by Baby-G from CHRY radio and Weston CI’s student president, Devante Burey.

12 Division to expand.

As readers may know, Toronto is divided up into police jurisdictions called divisions. These divisions are numbered (rather than named) in a way that seems rather counter-intuitive—but that’s another story. There is a proposal to change the boundary of 12 Division so that Weston will be contained entirely in this division rather than split between 12 and 31 Divisions.

The northern border of 12 Division will move north from its current location of Lawrence up to Highway 401. According to, Scott Gilbert, project overseer, is confident that the proposed change will be implemented. If this is the case, we can only hope it will lead to more coordinated and successful policing in Weston.

Fighters, sliders, speakers: what your politicians do all day

It’s been, thank God, a slow news week: no murders, no elections, no trains. I thought, therefore, that I’d peer into the sausage factory to see what the pols have been doing with your tax dollars.

Alan Tonks has has a busy seven days. Last Thursday he spoke about the acquisition of F-35 fighter jets, saying that we need a foreign policy review to see what we might actually do with them. On Friday he gave quite a long speech on a point of order about a bill to reintroduce the long form census.

Tonks has also been busy voting: on Tuesday he voted to cancel the F-35 fighter acquisition and hold an open tender (the bill was defeated). On Wednesday he voted on two somewhat mundane topics:

  • To have a look at the water system reports of a contaminated Canadian Forces base in Valcartier Quebec
  • To change the language of a bill regarding affordable housing

This week Tonks also sat through two meetings of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, of which he is the Vice Chair. It met on both Tuesday and Thursday and considered nuclear isotopes and energy security.

Laura Albanese spoke to the house today about the importance of winter tires and related a story about her own car crash. She was speaking to a bill that would implore (but not require) insurance companies to lower insurance rates for cars with snow tires. She also spoke briefly in favour of a bill that would create a database of prescription painkiller users. This week she voted:

  • For a bill to reduce water use and improve water infrastructure
  • For a bill to give energy bill tax credits to low-income households.

Frances Nunziata has been on tenterhooks. City Hall is all but shut down as David Miller packs up and Rob Ford picks drapes. Nunziata is expecting, according to the papers, to be nominated Speaker of City Council as a quid pro quo for supporting Ford in the mayoral election. The Speaker chairs council meetings, and must be voted in by the rest of council.

Break-in on Queens Dr

A home on Queens’ Drive was burgled in the afternoon of November 12. The intruder broke in through a basement window, confined the dog in a room, and stole the home owner’s jewelry.

The owner is quite shaken, and doubly since some of the jewelry had great sentimental value. The police, however, were cautiously optimistic about catching the burglars.

Break-ins are quite uncommon in Weston; this is the first I’ve reported since I started the site in May.

Two events from Heritage Weston

The Weston Heritage Convervation District has announced two events for the coming weeks. On the 27th, they will be having their AGM. Richard Charbonneau will be a guest speaker, explaining stone wall preservation.

On Wednesday, December 1, the Weston Historical Society will be having its 30th annual Christmas Carol and Hymn Sing.

All are welcome at both events.