Deja Views: May 17, 2011

A shout out to Natalee Gill who kindly submitted  this candid family photograph. Judging by the car, it was likely taken during the roaring 20s on Hammersmith close to Glen Manor Drive West. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774

Deja Views: May 3, 2011

The reason this archival photograph of Silver Birch Avenue was taken in 1916 was to document the manhole cover in the centre frame. Today, the maintenance cover has been moved and the house shown close to the lake has been replaced with the Silver Birch Boat House. Do you have an old photo you’d like […]

Deja Views: April 19, 2011

Not long ago, Beachers could pull up in front of this Becker’s (located at the corner of Queen and Leuty), leisurely walk in to purchase a jug of 2% milk and never have the slightest worry about getting pinched by parking enforcement officers – thanks to a parking space at the rear. This photograph was […]

Deja Views – April 5, 2011

This archival photograph was taken at the northwest corner of Danforth and Coxwell Avenues in the late 1930s. The photo was contributed by the Duncan Meyer family. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774.

Ward 9 News survives, but just…

Last issue we reached the end of 1972, and almost the end of the paper itself. In its first 10 months there had been 19 editions consisting of four or eight pages. The great coup for unpaid editor/business manager Doug White and his team was to pull off a 20 page issue on Nov. 23 […]

Farewell to cigarettes – Phil attempts the big ‘Quit’

It’s very difficult to describe to a non-smoker what it’s like to smoke. Explaining why you can’t ‘just stop’ is virtually impossible. But let me attempt. I smoked because it made me feel relieved, re-charged, re-energized, re-focused, re-(insert any other term here). It seemed that the lack of nicotine in my system was enough for […]

Scots get credit for Canada

How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan, 2010, Harper Collins, 415 pages, $29.99 Writer and historian Ken McGoogan paraphrased the title of his most recent book from Arthur Herman’s classic How the Scots Invented the Modern World, published in 2001. McGoogan said that his book, How the Scots Invented Canada, expands on “the relatively few […]

Garden centre has a secret weapon – four ladies at the helm

It was early in December on a wind-chilling Saturday afternoon when I dropped in on 77-year-old owner-operator Theresa Tate and her three daughters at East End Garden Centre. The 1395 Queen St. E. landmark’s walls were decked with seasonal greenery, festive urns, and untold metres of red ribbon, a display worthy of a well-known northern […]

January 11, 2010

This archival photograph depicts the unveiling ceremonies for the First World War memorial at Malvern Collegiate in May, 1922. The entire school body and the Lieutenant Governor Henry Cockshutt (seen next to the statue in grey coat) were in attendance to honour the 25 former Malvern students who paid the ultimate price for their country. […]