WVRA AGM

The Weston Village Residents’ Association would like to invite you, all Weston residents and community leaders, to join us for our online Annual General Meeting on November 8th, 2021. 

You may use the link below to learn more about the event and register. The AGM is an excellent way to find out what’s happened, what will happen, and how you can help shape our community! We look forward to seeing you. 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/weston-village-residents-association-agm-2021-tickets-204613282837

That was amazing.

They call them the undead for a reason. Nothing, and certainly not a measly pandemic, can keep them down.

Tonight’s Hallowe’en was one for the ages, though—the most insane I’ve ever seen. Thousands—thousands—of kids came out. It was awesome.

I’ve said many times that Queens Drive is the best trick or treating street in Toronto, but this year was the best ever. Residents went all out with the decorations, and the sidewalks were packed with little (and large) monsters. I think we all felt that it was wonderful to put the last nail in the COVID coffin.

Ahmed Hussen now Minister of Housing

Ahmed Hussen, our MP, has been given a new portfolio in the new parliament. Hussen has been made Minister of Housing and Minister of Diversity and Inclusion.

Before the election, Hussen was Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and oversaw the CMHC, the Canada Housing Benefit, and the National Housing Strategy.

While Canada needs a housing minister, it’s going to be a tough job. Canada’s real-estate prices are among the most overpriced in the world (trailing only Sweden or New Zealand, depending on the measurement).

Hussen told the CBC his plan:

“I think the first and foremost thing is to build housing supply,” Hussen said of his priorities as the first federal housing minister in an interview airing this weekend on CBC’s The House.

He said in the interview:

“It is to ban foreign ownership and investment in our housing sector. It is to implement the promised tax on non-residential, non-Canadian vacant homes beginning in January, 2022.”

He also said that he wants to make the private sector build more affordable housing, and to prioritize “intensification… making sure we’re building more housing around transit hubs”. Weston and Mount Dennis have two hubs.

West Park completes vaccination campaign

West Park announced some good news this week: they are winding down their COVID vaccination campaign at the Community Place Hub. They vaccinated more than 20,000 people at the Weston Road location. Another 12,000 were vaccinated at West Park.

They say

Thank you to each and every partner organization and the key individuals at each who made the clinics a reality, dealing with supply interruptions and other logistical obstacles with grace and determination.

Thank you to the many clinic staff members, who managed difficult circumstances and evolving information in remarkable fashion.

And, thank you to the people who got the shot and received over 32,500 vaccinations at the clinics. Thank you for helping in the battle against COVID-19.

Upcoming events

Holy smokes there’s a lot to do over the coming weeks. This Monday, there will be Pumpkin Parades in Mount Dennis and Weston: 6–8 in Elm and Denison Parks.


The Weston BIA is having a juried art exhibition at Artscape Weston Common. You’ll have to hustle, though (sorry). The deadline is Monday, November 1.


Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house for the Eglinton Crosstown on November 3.


Urban Arts has announced their programming for the upcoming months: Beats.Mind.Movement will be a 5-month program every Wednesday from 4:30–6. Live Your Art is an online and in-person photography for wellness group that sounds really interesting.


The Weston Village Residents’ Association AGM will be next Monday, November 8. Details will be announced.


The Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting Into The Ravine: Stories from Hurricane Hazel on Saturday, November 13.


Toastmasters will be hosting a virtual open house on November 11, with acclaimed speaker Roger Caesar.


And, finally, the Weston Park Baptist Church is running their excellent annual community food drive on November 28. They will be collecting non-perishable food items from the community, or you can drop off donations at the church. (And though they didn’t ask, I always recommend donating online because nobody wants buns with no hotdogs.)

Victim identified, car photographed

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a car seen fleeing the murder at Crossroads plaza on Saturday.

A black Lexus SUV was seen “driving aggressively away from the scene in the area of 2625 Weston Road at approximately 3:40 p.m.” The police ask for anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact the investigators.

The police also identified the victim: Mathio Youkhanna, 24, of Toronto.