WHCD Study expansion

The city will be looking at part of Weston to determine whether it has a unique character, and whether is should be recommended for conservation and enhancement. The WHCD will be having a meeting on August 21 to discuss the new areas and next steps.

The effort to create heritage districts in Weston has been going on for quite a long time. It started in 2004, and the first phase was completed in 2007, with the creation of a conservation district in two areas around Weston Road.

Phase Two was to include the area between Rosemount, Pine, Church, and MacDonald.

Now, however, the city has taken over planning of conservation districts, instead of leaving it in the hands of community groups.  The WHCD says that the city is “ready to proceed with the study of the Weston Heritage Conservation District, Phase II, with the intention to go by the old boundary to Elm Street.“¹

Heritage conservation districts are “historically or culturally significant and require special care and attention in the planning process to ensure that they are conserved.”

A heritage designation limits what people can do with their properties.  Construction and restoration must be done with neighbourhood guidelines, and demolition is not allowed under most circumstances—including by neglect.


¹ My emphasis. Also, full disclosure, I live just past Elm Street.

NNO a smash

Neighbours’ Night Out was a smash this year. The weather was wonderful, and hundreds of people came out to listen to live music, eat, and  just hang out.

Neighbours’ Night Out is, if you ask me, one of Weston’s highlights—up there with the Santa Claus Parade. But things keep getting better. This year, I think more community organizations than ever were there: off the top of my head, the WHCD, Frontlines, some weirdos who think that sweating is fun, and Shakespeare in Action. Some great-looking vendors were there, too—but I ran out of time because I talk too much.




First Jane’s walk in Weston

The Weston Heritage Conservation District is organizing what your correspondent believes is the first-ever Weston Jane’s Walk.

Jane’s Walks are neighbourhood tours in honour of Jane Jacobs, urban planning critic and theorist.

The Welcome to Weston Walk will show how deep roots can enrich the present while still leaving room for the future. The stops involve a youth drop in, the Weston Heritage Conservation District, a modern Doctor’s clinic in a former Post Office, a multifaceted Artscape project, the evolution of Grand Trunk train station to one for the GO train and UP Express and the Historical Society Archives!

The Weston walk will be May 6 at 10 am, and will start in the GO Station parking lot. It should last about an hour.

30 residents to get Jubilee Medals

Credit: Mike Sullivan’s office

Thirty residents of York South–Weston were given Diamond Jubilee Medals to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. These medals were awarded by Mike Sullivan (Laura Albanese awarded others in September.

The press release describes the recipients:

Liliana Angarita Ms. Angarita is a well-known advocate and crusader for international human rights who has received many accolades for her work.

Mary Louise Ashbourne Mrs. Ashbourne has made significant contributions over the course of several decades to preserving the unique history and heritage of the Village of Weston.

Norman Baker Mr. Baker, at 96-years-young, is a lifelong volunteer with numerous community organizations. He served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War.

Domenico Barbieri Mr. Barbieri is a leader in promoting the Italian culture and heritage in Canada. For many years, he has served as the 1st Vice-President of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians.

Barbara Anne Bisgrove Ms. Bisgrove is a passionate community leader and volunteer whose many good works have benefitted some of west-end Toronto’s neediest residents.

Major Garfield Robert Bonnell Major Bonnell is a dedicated officer with more than three decades of continous service to Cadets Canada.

Mavis Irene Breckenridge Mrs. Breckenridge is the founder of a weekly supper for some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. She is an exemplary volunteer who is a role model to many.

Swatanter “Sam” Chopra Mr. Chopra has distinguished himself as a leading figure in the promotion of South Asian culture and heritage in Ontario. He is the president of South Asians in Ontario.

Gayle Helena Christie Ms. Christie served on the council of the former City of York for many years, including two terms as mayor. In her post-political life, she has lent her considerable expertise to not-for-profit organizations across Toronto.

Robert Graham Churchill Mr. Churchill has devoted the past half-century to serving his community, as an always energetic volunteer for numerous organizations and as an elected school trustee.

Mark John DeMontis Mr. DeMontis is the founder of Courage Canada, a charitable organization that promotes blind hockey and encourages youth with disabilities to engage in sport.

Odoardo Di Santo Mr. Di Santo is one of Canada’s leading advocates for injured workers and is a political pioneer in the Italian-Canadian community, having served a decade as a Member of Provincial Parliament.

Valentino Esposito Mr. Esposito has devoted the last three decades to supporting numerous youth organizations across west-end Toronto in a voluntary capacity.

John Frederick Gell Mr. Gell is a retired educator and a life-long resident of the Lambton Park neighbourhood who has chronicled and written a book on the area’s rich and colourful history.

Cherri Gail Hurst Ms. Hurst has spearheaded the impressive community effort to protect the unique architectural heritage of the Village of Weston. She is a recognized expert in Toronto’s heritage preservation community.

Muhammad “Moe” Irshad Mr. Ishad is a well-respected leader in Toronto’s Muslim community who has led successful efforts to reach out to other faiths to create greater cross-faith understanding and cooperation.

Steve Ross Levasseur Mr. Levasseur has demonstrated commitment to the development of community through his work over the past quarter-century as an Officer with the Canadian Cadet Organization.

Ronald Kenneth McCuaig Mr. McCuaig is an active and generous supporter of a diverse number of community and social justice organizations. He is well known for his philanthropy.

Ernest Stuart McMullan Mr. McMullan has long been a pillar of the Downsview neighbourhood. For many decades, he operated a pharmacy that became a community gathering spot where no one was turned away.

Sadrudin “Sam” Meghji Mr. Meghji is a local small business owner who has always given back to the community. He serves on a number of local boards and was a lead organizer of the Weston Santa Claus Parade for five years.

Maria Meyers Ms. Meyers is one of Toronto’s foremost promoters of the Caribbean culture and heritage. She is the president of the Spice Isle Association and the Grenada Day Association.

Odesia President Ms. President is a model immigrant success story, having started her own business and always making sure to give back to her adopted country. She dedicates herself to improving community safety and providing more opportunities for youth.

Carol Pamela Sip Ms. Sip is an avid community volunteer who has served in many capacities over the past two decades, including as one of the lead organizers of the annual Amesbury Park Canada Day celebration.

Bella Jane Smith Ms. Smith is one of the founding volunteers of the local Meals-On-Wheels program. Nearly a half-century later, she is still personally delivering meals to seniors in the community.

Gail Elaine Stacey Mrs. Stacey has devoted three decades of exceptional voluntary service to ensuring the continued success of the York Lions Club and the York Lions Steel Band.

Diana Helen Stapleton Ms. Stapleton is the volunteer chair of the Weston Area Emergency Support food bank that provides food to almost 10,000 people on a yearly basis. She is also an avid fundraiser for many local causes and organizations.

Donald Andrew Stewart Mr. Stewart is a veteran of the Second World War, having served in the Canadian Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Since the war, he has advocated for his fellow veterans and served two stints as Legion branch president.

Charlcie Mae Stickley Mrs. Stickley is a World War Two “war bride” who has served on the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Dennis Branch for several decades, including as president. She is currently Secretary- Treasurer and is an inspiration to many.

Barbara A. Stone Ms. Stone is a community leader in Mount Dennis. She has been the driving force behind a number of community improvement initiatives to benefit the neighbourhood.

Suri Weinberg-Linsky Ms. Weinberg-Linsky is proprietor of Weston’s oldest continuously operated business, Squibb’s Stationers. She is a tireless champion for, and promoter, of the local small business community.

Events for the week of December 4

St John the Evangelist community meeting

The school board will be holding a community meeting at St John the Evangelist school on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm.

Agenda – The board will be updating our community on all temporary accommodation options for students considered by staff.

CSAC will have a table in the Gym to help answer concerns and to gather more emails in an effort to advocate for a replacement school, not just an addition to our 1953 building which already has an addition.


Weston Historical Society Hymn Sing


Navigating the University and College Application Process: a Presentation by the Toronto Employment & Social Services

Applying to a university or college can be competitive and complex.
Universities usually receive more applications than they can accept.

This information session will:

  • describe the university and college application process, including information about application
  • deadlines and fees
  • discuss the various financial supports available, such as Second Career and ASETS
  • explain how to get your post secondary transcripts

For more information or to register, please call 416 394-1016 or register in person

Thursday, December 8th
Toronto Public Library, Weston Branch
2 King Street

Post-Secondary Application Deadline is coming. Register for a FREE information session today!

UrbanArts Winter Expo

The Winter Expo is an exhibition of dance, music, spoken word and visual arts created by the participants in our After School Arts Programs, as well as other artists in the community.

The expo will be December 8 at 6 pm, the LEF at 1267 Weston Road.


Neighbourhood Arts Toronto

The community meeting is our stepping off point where we will ask questions and learn more about Weston and Mt. Dennis’ creative scene.  The meeting will be a good opportunity for participants to hear more about what’s happening in their local area and will help us better understand how people value the arts. There will be food and we promise to make it fun!

Meeting details

Place: Weston Library, 2 King Street

We want to know:

  • How do people participate in the arts? By this we mean all kinds of art forms including music, dance, spoken word, media arts, poetry, visual arts, hip hop, theatre, crafts, photography, painting, murals  and mash ups of all the above.
  • What goes on in places dedicated to the arts like galleries and theatres but also what gets created in homes, courtyards, church basements, community centres, common rooms, parks and alleys?
  • How do people hear about what’s going on in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • Where are new ideas coming from?
  • Who are the people making things happen in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • What is Weston and Mt. Dennis’s best kept creative secret?

We’re organizing a community meeting because we want to meet:

  • People who attend arts events in Weston and Mt.Dennis and/or in other parts of the city
  • People who participate in arts projects or create their own work and enjoy the arts for the love of it
  • Professional artists who live and/or work in Weston and Mt.Dennis
  • Artists who have recently moved to Canada and have made Weston and Mt.Dennis their home
  • Anyone who lives and/or works in Weston and Mt.Dennis and is interested in creative activities in the neighbourhood

What Can You Do?

  • Help us promote the community meeting by passing the word via your networks
  • Help us identify artists, arts groups and community agencies using the arts
  • Attend the meeting and contribute to the discussion
  • Agree to an interview in  the new year (we’ll contact you in January to set up a time)


Pearls of Wisdom Fundraiser for York West Active Living Centre: