You can’t beat beets for Thanksgiving dinner

Pumpkins, squashes, tomatoes, beets, apples, pears, leeks, onions, herbs, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, mushrooms — my gracious, the list goes on and on. We are fortunate indeed to have this paradise of colour, variety and goodness right at our doorstep. Whether a farmer’s market, supermarket, fall fair or our own garden, we are surrounded by quality […]

Permable pavers, like these, help direct rainwater away from storm sewers and back into the ecosystem.

6 tips to reduce your environmental footprint

At the September 14 Town Hall hosted by Beaches-East York MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, yours truly attended as one of the panel members. There, I spoke about the top six ways in which each individual or household can do their share to reduce their environmental ‘footprint’ and impact on climate change. I could only say so […]

A fawn and doe enjoy a nuzzle on September 4.

A doe, a deer, an East End deer

What is it about spotting a deer that brings out such feelings of wonder and serenity? I’ll laugh at a chipmunk absurdly stuffing its mouth with food, or smile at a strikingly red cardinal on my bird feeder, but if I happen across a wild deer I might actually start to lose track of the […]

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Nut allergy? Try seeds

The summer is over. And while our children are begrudgingly heading back to school, many of us begin the tedious chore of packing them nutritious, tasty and nut-free lunches and snacks. In years past, the simple and yet satisfying classic peanut butter sandwich might have been a welcomed staple in our lunchboxes. But times have […]


Meet Archer, the discerning Greyhound

Archer may share his name with “the world’s most dangerous spy” from that naughty animated series on FX, but that’s where the similarities end. He’d be more of a gentlemen’s spy – if he were a spy at all – a “007” type. (He likes his water poured, not stirred.) I’m also guessing he’d much […]

Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts, US Consulate Chris O’Brien, and MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith were in attendance at the 15th annual September 11 memorial, hosted by Community Centre 55 at the Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park.

Beach 9/11 vigil matters to all

Historically, 9/11 is an integral part of history and the lives lost that day in 2001 deserve to be remembered. To that end, the Beach hosts a ceremony at Millennium Gardens, located at the southeast corner of Eastern and Coxwell Avenues each year. But how and why did this event get started and how has […]


Season’s bounty brings special meals

Enjoy the harvest with these Cuban style recipes from Foodland Ontario; they make the most of the season’s bounty and are ideal make-ahead fare, so necessary when returning to busy fall schedules. Arroz con Pollo This make ahead Cuban favourite, chicken with rice, serves well as a week night meal (with enough leftovers for lunch […]

A big crowd turned out to Kew Gardens to celebrate East End Olympians.

Beach community should be proud of summer ’16

In a summer that has reached record high temperatures, the Beach Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) has had a busy time. Beautiful flowers and uniquely decorative painted planter boxes have added a bright splash of colour and interest along our retail strip. Some new and returning retail businesses are adding some unique flavour to our […]