COVID cases continue to climb

In the past 21 days, there have been 82 COVID cases in Weston, 6 of which were in institutional care homes.

From the city

Two weeks ago, there had been 51 cases in the preceding 21 days, and the upward trajectory had flattened. That is no longer the case.

The disease is spreading faster here than in most of the city. We have had 456 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 21 days, a rate more than twenty times higher than the least-affected areas.

Over the course of the pandemic, Weston has had far more cases of COVID per capita than any other part of the city. About 3% of Westonians have tested positive.

West End Phoenix special issue!

The West End Phoenix, a small, community-run newspaper downtown has printed a special issue about Weston, and I’m delighted to say that Roy and I were invited to make some contributions.

It’s print only (yes, print only!) and $10, with free delivery.

It includes articles on rentals, development, local business, Frontlines, and more. Well worth the money (but I would say that).

Micallef calls out cycling in Weston

Would you feel safe cycling on busy Weston Road?

Freelance journalist Sean Micallef has written a column about the sorry state of cycling in Weston. He says, ““Home of the Bicycle” is a slogan found all around Weston, yet it’s one of the worst places in Toronto to ride a bike.” The article is in the Toronto Star behind a paywall but may be accessed at this link in Toronto.com.

In essence Micallef says that cycling is scary in Weston and is an equity issue according to area resident Christina Hoang.

We’ve been saying this for years at Weston Web. It’s nice to see others joining in.

City considering traffic calming on Church St


Etobicoke York Community Council will consider polling residents about adding five traffic calming to Church Street between Pine and Elm.

Traffic would be slowed by being pinched between a planter and an island. The islands would be on the north side of the street, and the planters would be on the median.

Four of the five calming devices

Residents have complained about the speed of traffic on Church Street for some time, but the problem seems to have worsened recently.

To get traffic calming, half of all residents must respond to the survey, and 60% must want the islands.