Meals on Wheels looking for drivers

This week will be National Volunteer Week, which is a convenient news peg, because our local chapter of Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers.

Your humble correspondent has been volunteering for them for two weeks, and it’s rewarding work. Typically, the shifts are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and as can be infrequent as once a week. It’s been a blast, and the people have been great to work with. Volunteer drivers toodle around the neighbourhood with a ‘runner’ who drops the meals off.

The Meals on Wheels program is run from Reconnect Family Services on Weston near Eglinton.

Metrolinx meeting on Thursday

Metrolinx will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the Eglinton Crosstown West this Thursday, August 19.

The Eglinton Crosstown West extension will run from Mount Dennis Station to Renfrew Drive. As we mentioned last week, it will lead to substantial changes along Eglinton, including in the Eglinton Flats, where a raised train will be installed.

You’re asked to register in advance if you’d like to ask questions.

Crosstown train goes to Caledonia.

Metrolinx has announced that a train has successfully travelled the relatively short distance between Mount Dennis and Caledonia stations. It apparently was the furthest that an actual train has been along the line. Read more about the event here.

The stations along the Eglinton Crosstown Route. Click to enlarge.

The line is expected to be ready for passengers in 2022. It will open as an entity rather than gradually.

The Ford government campaigned on and has made much of its commitment to extend the line westwards beyond Mount Dennis to the airport and is actively seeking proposals from potential contractors. Much of the extension will be underground, following Eglinton Avenue.

Two artworks for Mount Dennis Station

Metrolinx has announced that 6 stations along the Eglinton Crosstown line will be decorated with artworks chosen from 187 new and established artists’ submissions. Mount Dennis Station will be the only station to have two. The first is a collage of found images and objects by Sara Cwynar and the second, a video installation from Canadian artists based in Berlin; Hadley + Maxwell depicting the history of Mount Dennis, including the Kodak building move.

Sara Cwynar’s collage will be placed on a pedestrian corridor in the station. Click to enlarge.

An impression of the video installation, ‘Up To This Moment’. Click to enlarge.

Read more in this Inside Toronto article here and in the Crosstown announcement here.