“Just walking is an amazing thing”

Matt Coverly didn’t have an easy start in this world. He was only four years old when he experienced his first run-in with death – he was eating a chocolate peanut brownie in kindergarten one afternoon when he suddenly went from being excited to asphyxiated. But the same near-death experience that brought to the surface […]

Deja Views: May 16, 2017

This easterly view is Kew Gardens, of course! These two panoramas were taken eight years apart, nearly to the day in spring. It turned out to be a great juxtaposition, as if I knew the park was going to be renovated – but I must confess, I was just lucky. Do you have a photo […]

Canada 150 sings a song of opportunity

With Canada’s sesquicentennial fast approaching, many artists, playwrights and musicians have been hard at work in preparation. That’s certainly the case for one creative Beacher. For Alex Eddington, Canada’s 150th birthday has meant the opportunity of a career – the chance to compose a piece of music for a professional orchestra. “I was actually approached […]

Deja Views for May 2, 2017

What a difference a decade makes. These three images were shot in 2008, 2010 and 2017 on Wheeler Avenue, just a little north off Norway. There are a lot of opinions about the changing complexion of the Beach, but I’ll let my camera do the talking. P.S. While there are a lot of differences in […]

Deja Views for April 18, 2017

This archival photograph looks down the hill to the lake from Balsam Avenue, just south of Pine. It was taken in 1972 and the photographer is unknown. Would you like to be a known photographer in Beach Metro News? Please send an email to gdvandyke@gmail.com

Warm welcome for new Canadian

Grinning from ear to ear in front of his workplace, the Top Valu gas station on Kingston Road, Tanzanian-born Shehzada Mazherali Kassamali might be a familiar face for many drivers in the neighbourhood. But on a recent day in April, he’s smiling for a special reason. Holding his Canadian citizenship certificate in his hands, he […]

Deja Views for April 4, 2017

Major additions began to be made to what is now known as Malvern Collegiate Institute in 1922, around the time this archival photograph was taken. The photographer is unknown. In the mid-sixties, the main building was closed for two years as it was modernized and renovated, and the library wing in the front was added […]