U of T students blitz Weston

Some University of Toronto students spent their reading weeks in Weston and Mount Dennis pitching in on various community projects.

The students went to the  LEF, the WKNC, The Jane Street Hub, and Laura Albanese’s office. They were busy, too—painting, helping out with clients, and work that isn’t particularly glamourous, like organizing the clothing room at the WKNC and cleaning up.

photo of Michelle Hayano and other students painting a mural
Photo from the U of T
Photo from the U of T.

New website on Kodak lands

InsideToronto and the Learning Enrichment Foundation are launching a new website to reimagine the Kodak lands. They are asking for your submissions. InsideToronto has an interesting article on the possibilities.

“The former Kodak lands are at one end of the project and we’re big believers the entire community has to be involved in their redevelopment,” he said. “We love to play a role of catalyst for community discussions.”

Some good news

UrbanArts, mural painters par excellence, were given a nice grant by the city to paint a mural in the Denison Road underpass. The mural will be done in partnership with Frontlines.

According to the city, “Acclaimed artist Jim Bravo will work with 10 youth artists to create the mural ‘Bridging the Changing Times,’ which will consist of a series of camera framed renderings of the Weston Rd and Mount Dennis communities in various stages of their industrial, economic and cultural evolution.”

The city gave $27,247 for the project.

Frances Nunziata’s office also reports that the Learning Enrichment Foundation is hiring interns for the summer. All the jobs are posted online.

Your lottery money, well spent

I’m still mad that I didn’t get win the $56 million 6/49 draw—I just knew that it was my time—but at least I know that my eight bits were well spent. The Ontario Trillium Foundation has given all of my money, and another $490,000 besides, to Weston community groups.

UrbanArts picked up $224,000, The WKNC $110,000, and the LEF $156,000.