Beach Books: The stories behind the stories

Sharing centre stage with my young neighbour, India Harvey-Kane, during a talk on my latest book, Rivers of Gold, was a reminder of the unforeseen bonuses of my chosen profession. Weaving the colourful history of horse racing with the science of genetics, Rivers of Gold is populated with magnificent horses and their often extraordinary human […]

Yes, this 72-year-old man is about to jump in the lake

If you’re out on Kew Beach early on a winter morning, you might see a lone figure in a wetsuit and life jacket dive into the icy water. That would probably be long-time Beacher and swimmer Hastings Withers. For the past three years, he’s hardly missed his once-a-week dip in Lake Ontario—no matter what the […]

No Frills plans to re-open in the fall

Plans are afoot to re-open Rocca’s No Frills, a local grocery store that closed its doors unexpectedly in May 2016, before the year’s end. “We continue to work hard with the intent to open a newly renovated store by the early fall,” said Karen Gumbs, a spokesperson for Loblaw Companies Limited, which is No Frills’ […]

First Nations housing providers face funding issues

Ahead of the federal Liberal government’s anticipated announcement of a plan to address Indigenous housing issues, a local non-profit Indigenous urban housing provider is underscoring funding issues facing organizations like itself. “There will be no reconciliation as long as First Nations peoples are required to live in grossly sub-standard and utterly unaffordable housing,” said Angus […]

News in Brief for Feb. 20, 2018

The Beaches-East York NDP will select their candidate for the upcoming provincial election Thursday, Feb. 22 at a meeting at the Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. NDP leader Andrea Horwath is a special guest at the event, which begins with registration at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open […]

Remembering Dr. ‘Skip’ Jones

“He was a good man.” Shirley Jones keeps returning to this phrase as she and two of her daughters, Laurie and Heather, share memories of her late husband Dr. “Skip” Wentworth Jones, who died Feb. 13. He was 86. Seated in the living room that was at one time the doctor’s examination room in the […]

School trustee reprimanded

The Toronto District School Board trustee for Ward 16 is taking a leave of absence following an investigation into recent code of conduct complaints filed against her. Sheila Cary-Meagher announced her leave, effective immediately, in an apology letter dated Feb. 2. “Last November, I made a comment that I deeply regret, using a term that […]

Robotics team gets the OK to travel

After weeks of uncertainty, the Toronto District School Board is going to let the Glen Ames robotics team travel south of the border to participate in an international competition after all. At a regular meeting on Feb. 7, board trustees voted to create a district-wide exemption to the stateside travel ban it imposed in March […]

Police investigating after historic Leuty Lifeguard Station is vandalized with racist graffiti

Toronto police are investigating after graffiti, including the image of a swastika and anti-Black slurs, was discovered this morning spray-painted on the historic Leuty Lifeguard Station at Kew Beach. Ward 32 Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon described the act as “despicable, vile, and horrible.” McMahon said she reported the graffiti, which included crude drawings and graphic slurs […]