Deja Views for May 31, 2016

I shot the first panorama four years ago. It showed the major overhaul of Kew Beach United Church, that had recently merged with Bellefair United. The church building on Bellefair was sold to developers, which in turn helped finance the massive renovation of the church on Wineva, now called Beach United Church. In the last […]

Above, Malvern students Liam Walsh, Eric Shuell, Matt Spanton, Jakob Macleod and Sam Bonin at the boys conference, which attracted the large crowd in the picture below, May 5.

Malvern hosts conference for next year’s Grade 9 boys

For several years, the young women at Malvern Collegiate Institute have been hosting a successful women’s empowerment conference each spring, the largest in the Toronto District School Board. The conference sees Grade 12 girls orient the following year’s Grade 9 cohort through workshops and speakers focused on feminist issues and solutions to problems facing young […]


Traveling the road from the Beach to Beverly Hills

It’s a long way from Malvern Collegiate to Hollywood, but thanks to an animated character named Jessica, Efehan Elbi is starting to make a name for himself in Tinseltown. Elbi created Jessica several years ago, and she has appeared in written works and graphic novels in the past. But her latest appearance, in his short […]

Bob and Karen Hutton, with pup Haida, at their home near the Beach boardwalk May 9, 2016.

Unsung heroes recognized by police for bravery in the Beach

An annual Toronto Police awards ceremony held late last month honouring acts of community service and bravery revealed two heroic – and humble – tales with touch points on each end of the Beach. To the east, new Beachers Bob and Karen Hutton were recognized for quietly saving the life of a young woman who […]

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Beach loses one of its brightest lights

The Beach lost one of its brightest lights earlier this month, with the sudden passing of 68-year-old Marilyn Ullrich, a 30-year community member who touched the lives of many. “Ward 32 has lost a gem,” wrote councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon in a tribute to Marilyn which opened her regular newsletter. “Marilyn was a happy-go-lucky lady who […]

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Deja Views for May 17, 2016

Much like spring crocuses, condos in the Beach are popping up at an alarming rate. Many Beachers are not impressed. Imagine in the future if book reading dwindled in popularity – would our beloved library be converted into a residence? Such is the case with worshippers in our community. The first photograph of the former […]

Morgan Livingstone, at right, with Kenyan child life staff members Anita, at left, and Phillister, middle, during infant massage training.

Helping Kenyan children be children

Play is a child’s work – it’s how they explore the world they are in. This well-worn tenet is often cited in the context of early education – Maria Montessori popularized the phrase, although it has early philosophical origins – but the value play provides children goes well beyond the classroom. Just ask Beacher Morgan […]


Deja Views for May 3, 2016

When I shot this photograph in the spring of 2010, I figured that this dilapidated old house on the corner of Lee Avenue and Alfresco Lawn was on one of the most prized pieces of property in the Beach. I thought one day a developer would approach the man in black, and make him an […]

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace members at the outfit's new Beach office on Kingston Road near Main Street. On the far left is VOW co-chair Janice Alton, and on the far right is executive director Sandra Ruch.

Women bring voice for peace to Kingston Road

In May of 1960, Toronto Daily Star columnist Lotta Dempsey wrote a series of columns in the paper’s ‘Women’ section lamenting what felt like an inevitable third world war, questioning Canada’s role in the global nuclear arms race, and championing the role women could play in its protest. “I have never met a woman anywhere […]