Tintinnabulator John Scott works to keep the Beach on time, resetting the clock at the Kew Beach Fire Hall for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Keeping Queen Street right on time

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 […]

Malvern student Georgia Koumantaros at the Beach Gas Bar. It might be considered Upper, Upper Beach, serving Iqaluit, Nunavut.
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Malvern student joins Arctic youth conference

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 […]

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Deja Views

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.    

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Nine decades of life on Silver Birch

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 […]

Adam Nortmann, a Grade 10 student at Malvern Collegiate, casts a ballot in Student Vote on Oct. 16. A mock election jioned by 850,000 Canadian students who are not yet voting age, Student Vote featured real Elections Canada booth and ballot boxes, as well as copies of ballot for Beaches-East York. To see results from the latest Student Vote, visit www.studentvote.ca.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Student Vote gives younger voices a say

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 […]

The Gentle Fit fitness class is one of many community-led, health promoting activities run at the East End Community Health Centre, which celebrates its 25th year this October 22.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Twenty-five years of community health

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 […]

Deja Views

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.