You can never get rid of the curse of the beagle

Halloween ain’t over, Rover! It’s time to do the Monster Mash at the Beagle Bash! Just when you thought it was safe to answer your door now that the ghosts and goblins have disappeared until next year, there’s a monster on the loose! He’s a one-eyed, one-tailed, flyin’ purple tennis-ball eater and he’s determined to […]

Residents’ associations create better communities

Behind every great community is, quite often, a stellar residents’ association (RA). Why? RAs are a tried-and-true way to connect with your neighbours, crusade for a cause, host fun events and work together to beautify your little corner of the world,  all while building a keen sense of camaraderie. Talk about value! Fortunately for us, […]

My Toronto includes streetcars and croquet

There are many things I like about Toronto and my list most definitely includes the streetcar. There is a westbound stop across from where I and The Wife reside, and it can get mighty chilly on a cold winter morning while waiting for the vehicle to arrive. Then just when all seems lost the noble […]

East End school for wayward girls flourished

In the province of Ontario there was a need for homes for troubled youths’. Some of these were institutions were run by religious organizations, and some by the municipalities and the provincial government. In the East End of the city near the present Victoria Park and Kingston Road area in the period starting around 1880, […]

Bottled water leads to tooth decay

Is your child spending too much time in the dental chair?  Based on scientific data, they may not be alone.  Statistics have shown that dental caries, better known as tooth decay or cavities, is on the rise in children aged two to five years, and has been on the increase for the past two decades. […]

Any time is bubbly time

What tickles your nose, dances on your palate and makes magic every time you sip it? That would be bubbly of course. Sparkling wine is made several different ways. The Champagne method involves a second fermentation in the same bottle. In the Charmat, tank or cuvée close method (all the same), the second fermentation takes […]

Easy, tasty, versatile meals

With Halloween just around the corner, and numerous other evening events scheduled for fall, some quick and simple menus are always welcome. This is especially true, if the recipes, like these, can do double duty and provide leftovers to pack in lunches for the next day. Chicken ‘Meatloaf’ This mixture is the ultimate in versatility. […]

Plan your selling strategy well

As far as Thanksgiving weekend weather goes, this past long weekend has to rank up there as one of the best we’ve been given in a long time. It was like summertime all over again. Really quite spectacular, wasn’t it? And now that the last of the turkey leftovers are gone, or unless you celebrate […]

Swan song in the Beach

Can you guess what creature is elegant, has an elongated neck, long white feathers, and is very beautiful?  Why swans, of course. There are two species of swans in the Beach area. Mute Swans Down at the Leslie Street Spit and Ashbridges Bay you will find a pair of Mute Swans.  Watching them reminds me […]