Canada’s 150th: The Miracle Boy from the Beach

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this series looks back at the people and events that shaped our community “On This Week” in Beach history. January brings a New Year and new hope. For 14-year-old Leonard Thompson of Pickering Street, 1922 brought only faint hope that he would survive the ravages of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. […]

9 most viewed Deja Views of 2016

Our readers often tell us how much they enjoy David Van Dyke’s Deja Views column — a look at the Beach, then and now, through photographs.  We certainly enjoy them, too — and are grateful to the many of you who submit photographs. While Deja Views is a hit in our print edition, it is […]

Deja Views for December 13, 2016

Dreaming of summer days? This photograph of the Donald D. Summerville pool was taken in 1966, just three years after the pool opened. Fifty years later it is still the Beach’s number one summer cooling off centre. Thank you to Donna Halliday for providing this image. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? […]

Deja Views for November 29, 2016

A lovely stroll in Balmy Beach Park. The unknown photographer shot this photograph of the bottom of Silver Birch Avenue, where the boardwalk begins and stretches out to Ashbridges Bay Park, in the fall of 1972. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share? Please contact me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Help for Haiti needed now more than ever

When Keteline Pierre walked into the coffee shop on November 15, she looked bright-eyed and hopeful, her smile wide as she stuck out her hand to introduce herself. Her composed nature belied her past experiences: massive devastation, disease and starvation. In Haiti, Pierre has been witness to exactly that. Pierre speaks eloquently as she begins […]

Deja Views for November 1, 2016

Another streetscape from the lens of Ann Patterson. This image was taken in front of Kew Gardens on Queen Street East sometime in the early ‘80s. I love this photo because it is a casual observation of a moment when we cross a crosswalk. Thank you, Ann. Do you have an old photograph you’d like […]

Deja Views for October 18, 2016

This street view of Queen Street East taken in 1995 depicts two very prominent eating establishments from days gone by. In the foreground is the Lion on the Beach, now the Stone Lion, and across the street on the corner of Kenilworth Avenue is Licks, a very popular hamburger joint (especially if you liked happy, […]