Sporting chef whites on a sunny day by the Beaches Rec Centre, Gordon Brown stands zero chance of going unnoticed. “Hi Chef Gordon!” comes the sing-song voice of a kid walking up Lee Avenue, half a block away. “Looking good!” calls a woman not a minute later, laughing with a friend as they push by […]
On Halloween morning, John Scott flew across Toronto like an offbeat Santa Claus. But rather than slide down chimneys, Scott climbed up clock towers. At each one, he left behind a gift that everyone wants, but no one can hold on to. “I give people an hour,” he says. Scott is a horologist and tintinnabulator […]
Shortly after her plane landed in Iqaluit, Georgia Koumantaros settled onto a sealskin chair and watched Nunavut’s 19-person legislature at work. “It wasn’t this big show,” said Koumantaros, a Grade 12 Malvern student and former Queen’s Park page. “They were actually working together towards a common goal.” Compared with the theatrics of question period in […]
The view is Queen Street East, looking east from near Orchard Park Boulevard. The year is 1953. It would be another 40 years before the Greenwood Racetrack was razed, eventually to be replaced by Woodbine Park. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Call me at 647-531-6116.
Malvern Collegiate’s formidable rugby team of 1939 steamrolled its way to the city championships. Team members pledged to join the forces together to fight in the Second World War. Several didn’t return, but the memory of one lives on at Trenton Air Base. Born June 20, 1922, Kenneth Tutton grew up at 17 Firstbrook Rd., […]
Bob Fraser has many remembrance days, some welcome, some not. At 91, Fraser is best known for his paintings – bright scenes of life in the Beach and along the boardwalk. But in the spring of 1944, Fraser was far from the Beach and his lifelong home on Silver Birch Avenue. He was a 20-year-old […]
Even people who voted early this federal election are way behind Nick Szczepanksi. The Grade 11 student voted for a Beaches-East York candidate at Malvern Collegiate on Oct. 16, and he’s not even 18. It was actually Szczepanksi’s second time voting in Student Vote, a parallel election held at Malvern and another 6,000 elementary and […]
Walking into the East End Community Health Centre, the sun seems brighter on the inside. Windows and light wells brighten a big, open reception area and an activity room that looks out onto Coxwell and Queen. Even in the “clinical corridor,” where people meet nurses, doctors and many more health specialists, sunlight beams in. It’s […]
In 1924, when this photo was taken, roads between Queen Street East and Kingston Road were gravel. This photo documents the upgrading of Wheeler Avenue, which meant many houses had to be hoisted up and repositioned. Do you have an old photo you would like to share with our readers? Please call me at 647-531-6116.