Whew!

Toronto Police have found Kimberly Pryce, the 15 year-old girl who went missing from the Weston area last week. She was found with the assistance of the public.

Police looked for Pryce for eight days; she was found last Friday.

 

AGM season starts this week

There must be a tax reason why AGMs are all happening around now. I just got back from  one, and two are planned for this week in Weston.

The Weston BIA AGM will be tonight, Monday, at 7 pm at 4 John St.

On Thursday, the Weston Heritage Conservation District will be meeting in the library, starting at 7. Cherri Hurst will be stepping down, and Dave Bennett will be taking over as President.

The WHCD is looking for websitey people to do websitey things (don’t look at me!).  They are also hoping to find some volunteers to help with research—they’ll teach you, and students can get volunteer hours. If you’re interested, send me a note, and I’ll pass along the contact info.

Weston CI earns D-

Weston Collegiate, the secondary school in Weston, did not do well in the latest round of school rankings.

The Grade 9 students at Weston CI were asked to do a mathematics test and a literacy test earlier this year. The results are discouraging.

In math, Weston CI students continue to perform worse than their peers at the city and provincial levels. 23% of CI applied math students met the provincial standard. While this is a dramatic improvement over last year’s number (13%), our students still performed much worse than their counterparts in the province (42%) and board (30%).

Academic math students were also bested. 71% of Weston’s students met the standard. 83% of the province did, as did 81% of the board.

This is the fifth straight year that Weston CI students have not measured up. Not once, in fact, have Weston students in either the academic or applied streams performed as well in mathematics as their peers.

Weston CI’s literacy results were only slightly better. This year, 74% of students met the provincial literacy standard. The board (81%) and the province (83%) still did better.

Once, however, in April of 2009, some Weston students did as well as some of their peers. In 2009, 75% of male CI grade 9 students met the provincial standards. Only 70% of the board did—though the province as a whole still pipped CI by a single point.

Albanese pushes for organ transplant plan

Laura Albanese, our MPP, is pushing a resolution to create an Amber Alert system for organs. Children in need and donors would be matched more quickly than they are now.

According to the Star, Albanese will be cooperating with two colleagues to create a tri-partisan resolution to push the Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, to investigate the system. Right now, however, details are “sketchy”.

Albanese was also just given a promotion; she is now parliamentary assistant to the Ministry of Labour.

GO noise meeting tomorrow

GO Transit will be hosting a meeting tomorrow to inform residents about its noise and vibration mitigation plans. This does not sound exciting, but it may be one of those meetings you wish you had attended.

GO and Metrolinx, as every Westonian knows, are expanding the Georgetown lines that run through Weston, and they have been building from the south to the north. Other neighbourhoods have complained bitterly about the noise of the construction, and have even sued to have the project assessed. The noise and vibration were found to be “unreasonable.”

The meeting will be at Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Road. If you can’t attend, there will be two other meetings.