Council overrules staff, asks for humps on Purdy

Etobicoke York Community Council overruled the recommendation of city staff and has asked the city to look into speed humps on Purdy Crescent. Residents had asked for them, but staff found that the traffic does not regularly exceed the speed limit, and so they recommended against installing the bumps.

Purdy is a short, narrow street with a stop sign and cars parked on both sides. The limit, however, is 40 km/h. During a traffic survey, staff found that relatively few cars went over the limit (though one managed to reach 64 km/h). Your humble correspondent can see why residents are concerned, however: 40 is a high limit for such a short and difficult street. Among my many skills is the gift of excellent driving; I found 40 to be plenty zippy there.

Council has asked Transportation Services to survey street residents to see if they approve of the humps. This is a requirement before they can be installed, and it is a tough hurdle to cross: half of residents must respond, and 60% must be in favour.

If residents approve, two humps will be installed along the street and the limit will be lowered to 30.

Council wants to hear from you about Weston 2021

Frances Nunziata wants to hear from you about Weston’s future.

Etobicoke York Community Council will be meeting on February 14 to discuss the big changes to Weston discussed in the “Weston 2021 Revitalization Strategy”, which in turn sprang out of the consultations of the past year. Among them,

  • The new creative hub and Farmers’ Market at the John St parking lot
  • The redevelopment of John Street
  • The ‘renewal’ of the troubled buildings at 1765 Jane
  • New street furniture, widened sidewalks, and improved signage
There is a lot of information in the reports (I’ll try to put some of the highlights up over the next few days), and this meeting looks like it will be important.

Community Council will meet in the Council Chambers of the Etobicoke Civic Centre at 399 The West Mall. You should register in advance if you want to make a deputation. contact Rosemary MacKenzie at (416) 394-8101 or at [email protected]. If you can’t make it, you may submit written comments to [email protected].

Frances Nunziata says,

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the Weston 2021 Revitalization Strategy and encourage you to send your comments or attend the Community Council meeting on February 14th!

New Community Centre Moves Forward

Location of the new community centre.

A beautiful new community centre on the south-east corner of Black Creek Drive and Eglinton is another step closer to reality following approval to amend the Official Plan at today’s Etobicoke York Community Council meeting. The two-storey centre will house a swimming pool, gym, track, kitchen, meeting rooms and other facilities. Officially in Ward 12, the centre will be welcomed by Weston residents. Although 170 trees will have to be removed from the site to accommodate the building and infrastructure, more than a thousand replacements will be planted.

Another Licence Application Challenged

Councillor Frances Nunziata is seeking to protect us from another licensed restaurant,¬†this time at 1784 Jane Street. According to our councillor, complaints were received regarding ‘drug activity, late night noise, and late-night construction’ at this address.

It seems that the previous tenant is in rent arrears and so is probably not behind the application to open a licensed restaurant.

With the public not having access to the complaints in question, the councillor may be treading on shaky ground. Are the complaints legitimate? If so, why visit upon the new tenants the sins of the old ones? Is this unnecessarily impeding the birth of fledgling businesses? Certainly, our police are capable of enforcing laws and responding to noise complaints, yet this is the second straight month that the councillor has opposed a licence application in York South Weston. If a licensed restaurant is not in compliance with the law, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) can fine them up to $5000, suspend or revoke their license. A restaurant could continue to operate but would not be allowed to serve alcohol.

There are some important issues here that need to be addressed:

  1. When politicians oppose liquor licence applications, the process should be transparent so that business owners (and the public) know that allegations are genuine (and not someone else’s fault) while protecting the identity of the complainants.
  2. A few vocal residents should not be allowed to impede the improvement of our community.
  3. Jane Street and Weston Road are commercially zoned and desperately in need of vibrant thriving businesses. Perhaps councillor Nunziata could share her vision for these streets and what she is doing to attract businesses that meet her approval.