Beagle buddies remind us of what’s important

They say we’re connected now more than ever, thanks to the technological explosion of our times. There are so many ways to “connect” online, whether it’s with your next door neighbour or someone clear across the ocean. I still think the world needs more porch swings. Although, these two beagles are just as happy connecting […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

In My Opinion: Canada 150 is an opportunity to improve

Canada Day was full of reasons to celebrate, from the East York Canada Day parade, to the music festival in Woodbine Park, to the many neighbourhood and backyard parties across our community. I began my morning at an early citizenship ceremony in East York, welcoming 30 new citizens. Their excitement at becoming members of our […]

Deja Views for July 18, 2017

Witness a semi-detached house come undone – no pun intended. The view is on Pine Avenue between Willow and Beech Avenues. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share with our readers? Please contact me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Ah, summer – it’s berry time!

When the strawberry arrives, I know it’s time to celebrate summer, Canada Day, family picnics, birthdays…you name it, there has to be a celebration during strawberry season. Here to help with the festivities are baskets of the best, most luscious, sweet, delectable treats in all the world – strawberries – ready and waiting to be […]

Garden Views: Battling the garden invaders

It’s a jungle out there. The rain and floods we’ve endured this spring have been a two-edged sword – or rather, digging knife. Some flowers are blooming profusely: hellebores, forsythia, columbine/aquilegia, roses, clematis, heuchera. Weeds,  however, are growing like… well, weeds. And because it rains ever other day, I’ve found it really, really hard to […]

Environment Views: When it rains, it pours

As yet another June rainfall pelts against my windows, I am thinking about the still flooded Woodbine Beach, and photos and film footage I have seen of the Toronto Islands underwater. I know I am not the only one worrying about this year’s disturbing spring weather and how it affects homeowners, nature lovers, motorists, wildlife […]

When the ‘Wild West’ came to the Beach

Beachers love a parade. What a parade it was on August 22, 1885 when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show wound its way from the city out to the Woodbine racetrack near the marshes of Ashbridge’s Bay. According to the Toronto Globe, “vast crowds lined the streets” and a great audience attended the three days of […]

Happy birthday, Canada

This issue, for Canada’s 150th birthday, I am writing about my great country – the land of my birth and, to me, the greatest country in the world. As an amateur historian, I thought I would write about some of the different parts of our history. Canada has gone through many changes since 1867, and […]

In season: Strawberry salads forever

The timing is perfect. Our local berries are here just when we need them most – for all the June celebrations – graduations, weddings, birthdays and of course, the big birthday – Canada Day, July 1st! Make the most of their unique sweet taste and slurpy qualities. They are favourites with everyone. Although strawberries are […]