Celebrating Glen Stewart Ravine

Gene Domagala will cover the historical aspect of an organized walk through the Glen Stewart Ravine on Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the launch of a new Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine group. See page 4 for details.   Twelve thousand or so years ago an ice age retreated, leaving a lake called Lake […]

History of Kew Williams Cottage finally recognized

One of the most historic sites in the East End, Kew Williams Cottage, will be receiving a historic plaque from Heritage Toronto at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Finally, because of organizations like the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, Friends of Kew Williams Cottage, the Toronto Heritage Board, the Toronto Beach Rotary Club, […]

A brief history of the business of dying

Cemeteries, funeral parlours, and undertakers have been around in the East End for quite a long time. There are probably native burial grounds in the area, but their exact locations are not known. Originally in our area, when there was not a burial ground, the people, especially farmers, buried their dead on their own land. […]

Pan Am Games bring past games to mind

This column is dedicated to the late Glenn Cochrane, who grew up in Hamilton, but was a Beacher by choice with his wife Jean, and a great Canadian. I learned a lot from Glenn about Hamilton sports in a national context. I recently had a discussion about the Pan Am Games, which someone said was […]

In praise of our historical society

Speaking to several people about history in our area, I hear, “Oh, there are these other historical societies in the East End, and they are really good.” I started to think about our Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, which has been involved in local and city-wide history for more than 40 years – we […]

The once-ambitious Cedarvale

“Where and what is Cedarvale?” I was asked by a person living on the Danforth. Cedarvale is the name of two areas in the city of Toronto. For our purpose I will write about the one in the Woodbine and Danforth area. (The other is in the West End near Bathurst and St. Clair). A […]

1915 plan visionary then and now

The plan below, drawn up 100 years ago, was shown this year to several different organizations, including the Board of Trade. There were three people who proposed this idea originally. They were R.C. Harris, works commissioner (and a Beacher, by the way), Toronto Harbour Board engineer E.L. Cousins, and F. A. Gaby, chief engineer for […]

Readers ask for more Sir John A.

Since I wrote my last article on Sir John A. Macdonald, and whether we should reward his memory with a plaque or by naming a park after him, I have been told by many people that they think something along those lines would be appropriate. Others wanted more information about Sir John A., his life […]

Is first PM plaque-worthy?

On Jan. 10 it was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first prime minister of Canada, probably the leading nation-building spirit behind the founding of our country. There are many things that are good about the founder of our beloved country, and there are other things which in retrospect are not so good. […]