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Winter writing contest winners

Thanks to our talented and creative readers for submitting some compelling entries to our second annual winter writing contest. Entries ranged from fiction to memoir to poetry, with a wide range of subjects. As always, we asked a local author to provide an opening sentence to get the creative juices flowing. This winter’s sentence was […]

The Glen Ames Garment Grabbers show off the all-in-one sleeping bag they created for the First Lego League robotics tournament. The close-knit team, which designed the waterproof and fireproof sleeping bag for a local homeless shelter, is heading to provincial championships this weekend, hoping to qualify for internationals.

Glen Ames students build a better sleeping bag as part of robotics competition

When you think of trash, what comes to mind? Plastic bottles and food waste? Garbage islands floating around the ocean? Discarded batteries and electronics? For this year’s Glen Ames robotics team, called the Garment Grabbers, what came to mind was clothing. “Usually you don’t think of clothing being wasted,” said programmer Evan Barlow. “Your parents […]

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library -- Kippendavie Avenue, nos. 96 and 98, west side, south of Queen Street East -- 1973

Deja Views for Jan. 12, 2016

This photo was taken in the winter of 1973 on Kippendavie Avenue, a little bit south of Queen Street East. It’s surprising that this smaller home wasn’t razed with the neighbouring houses. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Call me at 647-531-6116.

Grade 7 and 8 students at Duke of Connaught Public School learn the basics of computer science by coding parts of popular video games like Minecraft during the Hour of Code, held at lunch and after school on Dec. 7. Speaking in favour of the annual event, organized by the non-profit, US President Barack Obama said, “Nobody is born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and science, just about anyone can become one.”
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Early start in computer programming at Hour of Code

Step two squares forward, stop, turn right. If the sheep is woolly, shear it. Those are the kind of commands students at Duke of Connaught Public School coded on Dec. 7 for the Hour of Code. If they got it right, a blocky Minecraft character jumped for joy on their phone or laptop screen, thrilled […]


Deja Views for Dec. 15, 2015

Many of us remember the Beaches Library before the addition was built in 2005. The west side of the building was often filled with strollers, bikes and people playing chess on the permanent outdoor tables. Special thanks to Ann Patterson who provided this great photograph. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? […]

The Escape, by Justice Ryan

Painful history makes for a powerful comic book

Candy wrappers, comics, action figures – what sparked Justice Ryan’s award-winning comic book The Escape are all bright fun things from childhood. But they were stashed behind walls and under floorboards in a place no child should have been. “The kids were hiding all this stuff like contraband,” said Ryan, talking about her visit last […]

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Close encounter of a furry kind

“Nuts!” That’s how Gene Domagala, Beach historian and noted friend of Lee Avenue squirrels, describes last Monday morning. Equipped with garden gloves and a tall yellow ladder, the rescue-and-release team from Toronto Wildlife Centre was in his backyard to install what may be the Beach’s first squirrel condo. A five-unit, 0.6-metre “den box,” it came […]

The Daily Flag for Monday, Dec. 14 is called "Hidden number, hidden hunger," and comes from Violet Avenue residents Uwe Sehmaru and Christine Stanger. Plasma cut on stainless steel, it features hidden number 14s and a picnic table without any food. To bid on this or other flags from the DailyFlag for DailyBread, visit
IMAGE: Uwe Sehmaru, Christine Stranger

Daily flags raise cash for food bank

Leuty and Violet Avenue residents have increased their goal for this year’s DailyFlag for DailyBread campaign. For the fifth year, neighbours on the street will reveal a new homemade flag each day leading up to Christmas, auctioning the creations to raise money for the food bank. The goal for this year’s neighbour-run artistic advent calendar […]

Volunteers wrap gifts for the more than 80 holiday hampers that Neighbourhood Centre delivered to low-income families at Christmas last year. This year, the community centre near Main Street and Danforth Avenue is aiming to serve 100 families in the Taylor-Massey, Lumsden, Crescent Town and Oakridge neighbourhoods.
PHOTO: Neighbourhood Centre.

Neighbourhood Centre prepares to deliver Christmas cheer

Lisa’s smile grows when she remembers how Neighbourhood Centre made her Christmas last year. For over 30 years, volunteers at the community centre near Main Street and Danforth Avenue have bought, wrapped, and delivered free turkey dinners and Christmas gifts to families in need. A single mother with a son and baby daughter, Lisa received one […]