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Our West End is a blog dedicated for residents to share information regarding neighbourhood issues and developments with the primary intention of making West Windsor a better place to live, work and play. If you would like to post or share anything related to the west-end, please email Fabio Costante at fabiocostante@gmail.com.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Principal Move at St. James Elementary

Dear Parents,

If you have a child attending St. James Elementary and you have any questions regarding the recent Principal move at St. James, please email me at fabio_costante@wecdsb.on.ca or call me at 519-567-8719.

Personnel decisions regarding principals are conducted and implemented by administration at the Board. This week, the Board of Trustees were notified of several principals being moved across the Board, including one at St. James. I have been speaking with many parents over the past 24 hours and I will certainly bring your questions and concerns to the Board Administration in the next week or so.

Let's continue to make education better...together.


West-End Resident Interested in Learning About His Neighbourhood's History


Please read the email I received below from a west-end resident interested in learning more about his community. I strongly encourage you to get involved and discover the unique and rich history of our neighbourhood.

"Hello Fabio, I am embarking on a new venture. I want to learn as much as possible about the neighbourhood I live in. Specifically the 900 block of Bridge Ave. I want to know who lived where and when. I was hoping some of your readers can help me out. Ive been  on the block for 30 years and it is constantly changing. I just recently learned my house is 100 years this year, this prompted me to wonder about the past. I am going to the land survet office to look up prior owners of my house. Hope someone can help me out. They can reach me at jrenaud13@cogeco.ca Thanks, Joe"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

West End Crawlers New Year Drop-In


Rita Higgins from West End Crawlers is hosting a New Years Drop-In at Stathis Grill. Here are the details:

Thank You for Caring and Let's Continue the Good Work...Together.


I hope you all had a relaxing and safe holiday. Happy New Year!

I just want to say thank you for sharing your stories, through countless emails, calls and face-to-face chats. Thank you for engaging in your community and for being compassionate, caring people. Thank you for your time and energy over the past year in volunteering for our many initiatives. There are so many of you who truly care about the well-being of your neighbourhood and west-end community.

As a school board trustee, I now have the privilege and honour to serve in a different capacity. It is really humbling. Our schools in the west-end are near and dear to my heart and like I always say, our schools are the heartbeats of our neighbourhoods. Education truly is the foundation for our students and for our community.

Let's continue the good work, together, in making our community a better place for all.

Keep in touch!


Our West End Final Community Conversation


Hope you can make it out to the final Community Conversation. This will be the last one! Thank you for all of your support and help! 

City Council Seeks Applicants for Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Committees


I received an email from a west-end resident asking to post about the opportunity to apply and sit on a City of Windsor agency, board, commission or committee. Specifically, she told me about the Town and Gown committee which has a direct impact on the west-end community. I encourage you to apply if this interests you.

Here is the info:

City Council Seeks Applicants for Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Committees

Windsor City Council is now accepting applications from interested citizens to serve on various Agencies, Boards, Committees and Commissions for the 2015-2018 term. A complete list of committees can be found below.


Planning, Heritage & Economic Development Standing Committee.
  • 3 citizens to deal with Planning issues only
  • 5 citizens to deal with Heritage issues only
Meetings:  The Planning, Heritage and Economic Development Standing Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 4:30PM. Meetings dates and times were previously approved by Council.

  • Town & Gown Committee
  • Windsor Bicycling Committee
  • Windsor Essex County Environment Committee
  • International Relations Committee
  • Community Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Diversity Committee
  • Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee
  • Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Housing Advisory Committee
  • Property Standards Committee
  • Transit Windsor Advisory Committee
Meetings:  Dates and times for Advisory Committee meetings will be determined after membership is approved. Information on mandates for these Committees can be found at the City's  Committees of Council page.

  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Court/Committee of Revision
  • EnWin Energy
  • EnWin Utilities
  • Licensing Commission
  • Roseland Golf Club Board of Directors
  • WindsorEssex Community Housing Corporation
  • WindsorEssex County Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Tourism Windsor Board of Directors
  • Windsor Police Services Board
  • Windsor Public Library Board
  • Windsor Detroit Tunnel Corporation
  • Windsor Canada Utilities
  • Windsor Utilities Commission
  • YQG (Your Quick Gateway) Board of Directors
Meetings:  These Agencies, Boards and Commissions are mandated through various types of legislation. Meeting dates and times can be found on individual websites for each.

Interested applicants are required to submit a completed "Application Form" by Friday January 30, 2015. In addition to the noted link, applications are also available from the City Clerk's Office, Room 203, City Hall. For more information, call 311.