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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Do you know the next Beach Citizen of the Year? The annual award honours someone who has shown a long-standing commitment to improving our little corner of the city. The first award was handed out in 2001. The award was founded by Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News. Judges include […]

Retired history teacher Michael Hume dug in deep to research the history of his
Beach Hill neighbourhood, resulting in a successful Jane’s Walk. He plans to repeat the walk at next year’s iteration of the annual celebration of city life.

Hume digs deep into Beach Hill archives

Spend a few hours with Michael Hume on his Beach Hill front porch on a warm spring day, and it’s a wonder the places the conversation will travel to – early memories of Toronto’s other Little Italy at St. Clair and Lansdowne, cities like Cape Breton, Belleville, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, Vernon, Buenos Aires, Tangier. And […]

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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Beach Citizen of the Year. The annual award is given to someone who constantly works to make life better in Ward 32. The person doesn’t have to live here, but their volunteer efforts should mainly take place here. The initiative was jointly founded in 2001 by Community Centre […]


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 […]