There’s no Y in YSW

Sometimes no news is bad news. The non-news event of non-insignificance  was the passing-over of York South–Weston by the YMCA. Last week The Y announced five new locations, but none near here.

Much was made in the Toronto Star of the organization’s ability to transform neighbourhoods; one of the Y’s staff said, “We’re definitely thinking about the determinants of social health — such as targeting poverty and increasing social inclusion, but it’s really about bringing change to the whole community”

Alas, though we could certainly do with less poverty and more inclusion, the nearest Y will be built at Kipling and Bloor. In response to an email, Frances Nunziata’s staff said, “the Councillor continues to work with the YMCA to see that they establish a location within in the Ward.  This would be a great opportunity for the community.”

Thanks to Connie for the tip.

From “Infographic: Bold New Five”, The Toronto Star.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

5 thoughts on “There’s no Y in YSW”

  1. Based on the criteria as stated in the article It seems to me that the needs of our neighbourhood are far greater than those of Kipling & Bloor….what’s up? Do we have to supply the land. Can we contact the “Y” and find out why we are not eligible?

  2. Given that the community centre for the area is also far from Weston — a Y would be exactly what the area needs, and there are lots of empty places to build one.

    Here’s a chance to lobby for the community, Ms Nunziata!

  3. I’m surprised too. Bloor and Kipling doesn’t strike me as a particularly high-needs area. I’ve contacted the Y, but I haven’t heard back. I’ll let you know if I do.

  4. These other areas have far better political representation. The Y is for everyone, not just for a particular group or income level.

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