Weston has had a raw deal in the past few decades. Our ‘village’ has lost nearly all of its industry, historic properties have been demolished to make way for unattractive developments, and the area has become depressed. The once attractive main street has been infiltrated by payday loan/cheque cashing companies, dollar stores, and other detritus of hard times.
Weston gets no respect. The airport link as originally proposed was never intended to stop in Weston. When the TTC wants to save money, Weston services are cut. When Metrolinx needed to expropriate properties as part of the airport link, the way they dealt with homeowners was reprehensible and high handed. Drug related gangs of criminals seem to operate freely without much fear of capture. There is apprehension on the part of many people about being a victim of crime. While there are many beautiful homes in Weston, there is a large amount of ugly low-income housing both public and private.
Throughout all of this process, federal, provincial and municipal politicians have collected their generous salaries and tut-tutted about the sad state of affairs: “What a shame and we’re doing all we can; by the way, don’t forget to re-elect me as I’m really concerned about unemployment—mine.”
With one election under our belts and two more on the way, perhaps it’s time that the citizens of Weston asked our politicians: what have you done for Weston lately? Sitting on committees and attending conferences in glamorous places doesn’t count. What really counts are results bringing prosperity and hope back to Weston and eliminating the conditions that encourage crime, namely unemployment and lack of opportunity.
Here are some of the things that Weston could benefit from:
- Improved education and workforce training
- Decent housing
- Help for struggling retailers and small businesses
- Doing something about empty commercial properties
- Police on the ground, not in cars
- Politicians actively working on our behalf.
- Encouragement and support for local initiatives such as the Farmers’ Market
- Community facilities such as an indoor pool
- Better communication by politicians about what they are doing for the community
There is no desire to malign individual politicians by lumping them together as a group. Perhaps everyone is doing the best they can. It would certainly be appreciated if our individual representatives would take the time to outline plans for Weston to their employers, the people.
You may wish to contact them individually, here are their contact details:
Federal MP Alan Tonks,
2534 Keele St
Toronto ON M6L 2N8
Phone: (416) 656-2526
Fax: (416) 656-9908
Provincial MPP Laura Albanese
2301 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M6M 3Z9
Tel: (416) 243-7984
Fax: (416) 243-0327
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C49
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: (416) 392-4091
Fax: (416) 392-4118