Queen Street E. closed on Oct. 16 for Waterfront Marathon

For the last two years, Beach residents and businesses have hosted the turnaround of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This year is no exception. Along with hosting this part of the run includes our making our stretch of Queen Street East available to the runners, but it also means we’ve got a world-class sporting event […]

With or without Jack, we must hope and love

In the corner of my bedroom is my father’s cane.  In the final months of his battle with cancer, it became necessary.  But it was also used with such an ease and, often, to great comic effect.  It became an extension of him.  So I have kept his cane – near. I think this is […]

Partnership Power: None of us is smarter than all of us

Over the past eight months, we have been fortunate to meet some incredibly talented, creative, energetic and active groups in Ward 32. One of the things I love to do is connect people with similar interests so they don’t have to go it alone. Strength in numbers! Here are some of the fantastic groups we […]

Trustee’s ordeal is over, case dismissed

“It’s over!,” I yelled!!! I was being sued for conflict of interest because I have a daughter who teaches in the TDSB and it is over. The complaint had been withdrawn and the judge had dismissed the case. It isn’t as satisfying as being found innocent but it will cost less than a fifth of […]

Many hands turn visioning into action

Thank you to the many hands involved in creating some terrific action-oriented teams from our Town Hall Vision Team sessions. Take a look at what is starting to happen in our neighbourhood: Schools as Community Hubs Led by Lesley  Sargla and team, they have started with Malvern CI as the first hub.  We have hosted […]

Beach BIA changing with the times

Change is inevitable. The degree and pace with which things are changing is staggering. And for the most part, we are not in control of those changes on our own behalf, but instead are immersed in the changes that are going on around us – we’re simply required to adapt and adopt to keep up. […]

An early dispatch from the moon

“This place is the moon,” said an experienced civil servant to a room full of rookie MPs, myself included, gathered on ‘the Hill’ in Ottawa.  “Back home in your riding, that’s earth.” As this column goes to print I’ve made my third lunar landing since May 2.  My trips to date have been for the […]

Planning, parking and people power

Happy Spring everyone! It’s great to finally be outside enjoying the sunshine and smiling faces. I hope some of you were able to take part in all the Jane’s Walks this past weekend.  Gene Domagala and Steve Wickens ran some fabulous ones in our ward. Stay tuned for more walking opportunities with our upcoming Safety […]

Ontario families need answers — and tax relief

Every day more and more people come into our office for help. Times are hard for many of them. Good jobs that disappeared in the financial meltdown have not returned. For those lucky enough to find work, jobs are temporary, part-time or at minimum wage. Many people work two and three jobs just to try […]