Newsletter - February 2021

Dear Neighbour,

This month I've been exploring local Black History through Awakenings, a series of art projects created within Toronto History Museums that explore untold stories and awaken a new perspectives.

Some of my favourites include Freedom Heights (A Song for Joshua Glover) that pays tribute to his fight for freedom and his will to survive as a free man after escaping slavery and settling in the west end; and Lanes, that explores the contributions of Mary Ann Shadd Cary and William Lyon Mackenzie to the abolitionist movement in Toronto and invites you to reflect on ways to take action in today's fight against racism and inequality. 

In solidarity,

Chiara Padovani
chiarapadovani.ca

 


COMMUNITY UPDATES

  

Remembering YSW resident, Hashim Hashi

Hashim Hashi was a hard-working son and brother who was studying accounting at Humber College while working part-time at the airport. He was tragically shot and killed while returning to his home in York South-Weston. Speaking on behalf of his family, youth councillor and Imam Ahmed Urur reminded us to "remember that there is nothing normal about tragic killings. How can the loss of our young people be a routine?" His family has set up a gofundme page in his memory. I'd like to extend my sincerest condolences to his family and friends for their heart-breaking loss. 

 

York Lions Club Looking for Members

York Steel Band

The York Lions Club is looking for new members. The club has been serving the York South-Weston community for over 85 years, supporting local organizations like North York Harvest Food Bank, Weston Area Emergency Support, Unison and the Salvation Army - not to mention their wildly popular Steel Band! If you are interested in joining the York Lions Club or learning more please contact Mike at [email protected] or 416-527-3446.

 

Where to Skate in York South-Weston

Skating at various parks in York South-Weston

Community outdoor skating rinks are up and running in York South-Weston! Thanks to the hard work of community volunteers, you and your family can enjoy free skating at Henrietta Park, Runnymede Park, Denison Park and Coronation Park

 


NEIGHBOURS TO KNOW

Christina Hoang

Christina Hoang has been a resident in Mount Dennis for most of her life. She is working to engage with other residents (with a focus on BIPOC youth) to address issues of climate justice and urban equity. With the Mount Dennis Eco-Connect group, she planned a vertical garden project and an "eco fair" that shared practical waste reduction skills; and with Walk and Cycle York South-Weston she is advocating for bike infrastructure and working to address equity issues within bike advocacy. Recently she created a quarantine cookbook which shares recipes and educational resources on food justice. The cookbook is free to download, with a pay-what-you-can system where 100% of proceeds are given to local groups fighting against food insecurity and poverty. If you're interested in connecting with Christina, she can be reached at [email protected]


TAKE ACTION

YSW Tenant Summit 2021

Do you rent your home in York South-Weston? Join your neighbours for this year's annual tenant summit on Sunday February 28 at 6pm over zoom. There will be prizes, games and information about tenant rights and organizing! 

 

Basement Flooding Meeting

Join your neighbours for the next meeting of the York South-Weston Coalition for Flooding Prevention on February 25 at 7pm. The meeting will provide important updates and plan priority actions for the neighbourhood. 

 

Keelesdale Needs a Planning Framework

Traffic signs at the intersection of Keele and Eglinton

With the arrival of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, change is coming to Keelesdale. Our community welcomes this new opportunity, but we insist that the change be reflective of our wishes and values. Sign the petition from Keelesdale Group asking for a Planning Framework for Keelesdale. 


PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

Seedy Saturday at Supercoffee

Attention all gardeners and growers! Supercoffee is helping out with Seedy Saturday in Mount Dennis. Drop off your seed donations (packaged & labelled) at supercoffee, and then you'll be able to pick up what you need on February 28. You can request seeds by emailing [email protected]


WHAT’S ON IN YSW THIS MONTH?

February 15: Light it Up for Paid Sick Days
February 15: International Decade for People of African Decent Webinar
February 18: Debt and Money Management Workshop
February 20: Weston RoadRunners' Anniversary Run 
February 22: International Decade for People of African Decent Webinar
February 24: 2306 St. Clair Virtual Public Meeting
February 25: Basement Flooding: YSW Flooding Prevention Coalition Meeting
February 28: YSW Tenant Summit 2021

- Ongoing - 

Wednesdays: Beats Mind Movement with Urban Arts

Wednesdays: MindARTSoul - Indigenous Art Workshops with Urban Arts

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