Weston CI leads in anti-bullying programs

The Star has an excellent article on city-leading anti-bullying efforts at Weston CI:

Instead of suspending students for fighting or bullying, Weston offers them a face-to-face meeting with their victim to discuss the incident and its reverberations, and finally, to draft the penance together. They each get to bring along one supporter.

The results have been stunning: Four years ago, before “Weston Restores” was created, fights broke out most days at the school, near Lawrence Ave. W. and Jane St. This year, there have been four.


Thanks to Sue for the tip.

Elm park a shambles

The new trend in news is “crowd sourced reporting”. Yes, it’s a way to get work done for free, but it’s also a way to cover more ground in more depth than one person can manage.

Can we give it a shot?

Elm Park is a wreck. Two of the five swings are missing, and the ones that remain are mounted hilariously high from the ground. A spring toy is gone, and two garbage cans have been removed. Trash seems to be more prevalent, and there is a nasty patch of broken glass. Your correspondent has called several times about the missing equipment, and nothing has come of it.

The community has obviously been taking care of things; I know I’m not the only one picking up garbage, and someone has been making repairs to the climbing net. Community help is not enough, though–and frankly it’s not our job.

So, here is what I propose: can you, dear reader, take a gander at the park near you? See if things are as they should be, and are as they were. If this is systemic neglect, armed with info, I am sure we can get things fixed. 

If you see something in your park, leave a comment or send me an email.


My daughter is a future basketball star. That swing is at my bum level—and I’m 6’2″.




Sullivan shoots from the lip.

Half of the students in a local Grade 10 class own or know someone with an illegal handgun. York South Weston MP Mike Sullivan made this claim in Parliament yesterday as he discussed a bill to allow citizens a stronger reaction when confronted by a criminal. Students divulged that the predominant reason for possession of a firearm is for self-defence. The school in question is likely York-Humber as Mr Sullivan visited there last week.

Before we run off madly in all directions, we need to take the revelation with a large grain of salt. The question referred to owning or knowing someone who owned an illegal gun. This is hardly a scientific survey. Grade 10 boys are prone to exaggeration and would want to look cool in front of their buddies and a visiting VIP. In addition, Mr Sullivan was making a point in Parliament and perhaps he too got carried away.

If guns were as prevalent as Mr Sullivan’s informal survey indicates at first glance, our neighbourhood and indeed Toronto would be like the wild west. Fortunately, the murder rate in Toronto is one of the lowest in the country and far lower than any major U.S. city. Let’s keep our perspective on this. There are guns out there but the need for attention of a few Grade 10 students should not be allowed to outweigh more reliable evidence.

Weston Baseball Association safe!

The boys and girls of summer will have another summer, thanks to a fee reprieve, according to InsideToronto

News that fee hikes for sports organizations to use city fields would be waived this year came as welcome relief to the Weston Baseball Association (WBA).

“If they had implemented that, it would have killed us,” said Roy Baksh, WBA president, noting the league would have had to pay an extra $15,000.

Like many involved in running recreational sports leagues across the city, the proposed $1.5-million fee hike came as a surprise to Baksh.

“It was like a kick in the teeth,” he said.

Police issue warning, ask for help

12 Division police are asking the public for help with a series of odd and brazen break and enters that have happened in the Jane and Lawrence and Keele and 401 areas.

The police say that over the past two months, burglars have been stealing from homes while the residents were outside gardening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-1200, through 222-TIPS, or online at www.222tips.com.



Events this week

Community Forum on Weston Mount-Dennis Asset Mapping Research, April 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm
The forum will focus on connecting youth to employment, creating jobs for youth and connecting with youth outreach workers. 1652 Keele Street, Basement Boardroom. All interested persons are invited. A light dinner will be served between 6:00 and 6:30pm. RSVP to Robyn Forster 416-645-7575 ext. 2913


The public is invited to join in the Clean Trains Festival on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 4 pm along the West Toronto RailPath. The main stage for music and speakers is located at the west end of Wallace Avenue in the Junction Triangle. It’s a short walk north from Dundas West Subway Station to the Wallace Foot Bridge across the tracks.

Let’s Talk – TCHC Town Hall Meeting April 30, 6:30 – 8:30pm, 1901 Weston Road. The Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors invites members of the public to talk about Crime, safety and security; building cleanliness and maintenance; building services and pest management. For more details, or to register in advance to speak at the meeting, phone 416-981-4292.