Robert Bertram, purveyor of unique hiking sticks, on his Queen East balcony June 16, 2016.

The man behind the Queen Street hiking sticks

If you’ve found yourself on Queen Street just east of Ivan Forrest Gardens on a weekend, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen Robert Bertram on his balcony – and if you haven’t seen the man, you’ve likely seen the sticks and the sign. A handwritten sign noting “Unique Hiking Sticks” for sale hangs on a […]

Credit Lou Gerard -- Eastbound PCC on Queen St. East, July 1980.

Deja Views for June 28, 2016

This delightful summer streetscape was photographed in the summer of 1980. The view is looking west on Queen, with Willow in the foreground. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share? Please call me 647-531-6116.

House, Beech Avenue, no. 15, northeast corner of Park Avenue, Toronto, Ont.

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Year/Format: 1972, Picture

Deja Views for June 14, 2016

This beautiful Queen Anne Revival style house sits at the corner of Beech and Park Avenues. It was once occupied by playwright Lister Sinclair. The unknown photographer took this image in 1972. If you have a old photograph you’d like to share, email gdvanyke61@gmail.com or call me at 647-531-6116.

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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Do you know the next Beach Citizen of the Year? The annual award honours someone who has shown a long-standing commitment to improving our little corner of the city. The first award was handed out in 2001. The award was founded by Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News. Judges include […]

Retired history teacher Michael Hume dug in deep to research the history of his
Beach Hill neighbourhood, resulting in a successful Jane’s Walk. He plans to repeat the walk at next year’s iteration of the annual celebration of city life.

Hume digs deep into Beach Hill archives

Spend a few hours with Michael Hume on his Beach Hill front porch on a warm spring day, and it’s a wonder the places the conversation will travel to – early memories of Toronto’s other Little Italy at St. Clair and Lansdowne, cities like Cape Breton, Belleville, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, Vernon, Buenos Aires, Tangier. And […]

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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Beach Citizen of the Year. The annual award is given to someone who constantly works to make life better in Ward 32. The person doesn’t have to live here, but their volunteer efforts should mainly take place here. The initiative was jointly founded in 2001 by Community Centre […]