The third wave continues to recede. Weston had 193 COVID cases in the past 21 days, down from 250 last week, and 275 the week before.
That’s the good news.
The bad news: Weston’s immunization rate remains below the city average, despite the pop-ups and community vaccination efforts. According to The Star, the city’s vaccination rate is 54% while Weston’s is 46%—in the bottom 25% of neighbourhoods.
Weston remains one of the worst-affected neighbourhoods in Toronto; we are have had the ninth-most cases per capita since the pandemic began, and we had the ninth-most cases in the past 21 days. There are 140 neighbourhoods in Toronto.
While many church congregations are shrinking or struggling financially, Weston Park Baptist Church is placing its faith in development plans that aim to revitalize its property in the west-end Toronto neighbourhood.
“Our vision formulated [in] 2005,” says church deacon John Frogley-Rawson. “It’s a nice piece of land, and we have developed [a plan] for the property and the community.”
It’s worth reading, because it shows how a development should be done: with community consultation and assent. It also includes much on the fate of churches, and how they will be reused and redeveloped in a secular age.