If you’re in a bit of a pickle because of the teachers’ walkout planned for Thursday and Friday, hustle over to this Google form and sign your little ones up for the “West Toronto Solidarity Camp”. It’s organized by parents and community volunteers “in solidarity with our striking educators”.
The camp will be on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7 at the Canadian Legion at 3591 Dundas St W. They’re asking for a suggested donation of $10 a day, but nobody will be turned away.
WVRA Chair Dave Bennett is interviewed in this 18-minute video by local realtor Louisa Bada and talks about the work that goes on at the Weston Village Residents Association.
A few points of note in the video:
The developer of the subsidized rental retirement building proposed for 2346 Weston Road has resubmitted a new design. Bennett says the senior building was to be a ‘mish mash’ of one, two and three bedroom apartments with only one elevator. Now it will have only one and two bedroom apartments along with two elevators and a, ‘floor for guests’ where people can stay overnight. (I looked for the guest floor in the city report but it only mentions 188 square metres (2023 square feet of community space)). There will be a walking path on the top of the building. According to Bennett, it will be a place where, ‘I would put my mother’. I’m not sure if Bennett is claiming credit for the changes.
Bennett, says the City’s 28-page report on the 1956 Weston Road (Greenland Farms) development is a, ‘daunting document’ but the WVRA will put a link to it on their site with their own highlighted notes. Weston Web covered the contents of the report on January 4th -for our summary click here.
Comment: It’s great to see the WRVA opening up about what they do. I’m sure they mean well and do a lot of good in the community but if they are to truly represent all the residents of Weston, their meetings and decisions should be public and transparent. This will avoid the perception that the association is being used by Councillor Nunziata to legitimize questionable developments to the detriment of the public interest. Daylight is a good disinfectant.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions for the WVRA:
Residents should be able to join online.
The Constitution, by-laws and meeting minutes should be online.
Meetings should be publicized and open to any member of the public – especially those where developers and other lobbyists are present.
Over 50 disgruntled Weston residents turned out to a meeting Tuesday, January 28th, held at the Weston Memorial Jr. Public School to voice their concerns regarding construction work being done on several streets to replace aged storm drainage pipes. The construction work currently taking place is part of the city’s Basement Flooding Protection Program.
The local city councillor’s office reported a high volume of complaints coming from residents who were either not informed of the construction project properly or misinformed by city staff or private contractors that the city had hired to do the work.
One resident reported that both his (underground) Bell cable and his Rogers cable had been severed by the all the digging around his driveway and when questioned about who was going to repair it was told by the contractor, “You have to go and ask Bell or Rogers about that.”
Other residents complained that they have yet to be told what the time-frame for completion of the project will be and when they will have access to their driveways and streets on which they live. There was a lot of head bobbing by the four city staff assembled by the councillor’s office to attend the meeting with many “we’ll have to get back to you on that one” kind of answers, but no real strategies put forward to lessen the impact of construction on the Weston streets that are affected.
One resident asked how much of the drainage infrastructure is being replaced throughout Weston, in that there has been a marked increase in homeowners experiencing basement flooding and clogged drains. City staff indicated that “there just is not enough money in our budget to do all that needs to be done, but we are trying to designate those streets that need it the most.”
One resident suggested that if a community meeting had been called prior to the commencement of construction, people would have had a better understanding of the work that was to be done and the time-frame for completion. In response, our city councillor asked the resident: “Would you have even come to the meeting if I had called one?”
One wonders if a similar meeting in a Rosedale neighbourhood would have received such a high handed response from a city councillor.
The future of York Memorial, which was destroyed in a fire in May of last year, was debated tonight by education trustees. The board is “going to start a process to look at enrollment and utilization” Chris Tonks, the trustee, told CityTV. CityTV says there are three possibilities:
Keeping things as they are, with York Memorial independent and the nearby George Harvey continuing to operate well under capacity
Merging the two schools into George Harvey’s building
Constructing an all-new school
Yafet Tewelde, who ran to be York South–Weston’s MP, has created a petition to have the school rebuilt, among other requests.