TTC service changes take effect

During the city budget process, a surprise vote by council to reverse a number of proposed cuts included a motion to restore roughly $5 million in funding to avoid cutting service to a number of TTC surface routes. “We allocated that $5 million specifically so that service didn’t have to be cut,” said Ward 32 […]

Planning for Woodbine Park

A meeting to discuss the possibilities in Woodbine Park attracted an impressive 50 local residents on Feb. 9. Hosted by the Greening Ward 32 group at a nearby condo building, residents heard from several guest speakers before committing their own ideas to paper for consideration by the city’s Parks Department. Martina Rowley, the Greening Ward […]

Skatepark gets renewed commitment from councillor

While skateboarders across the city prepared for a mass rally at city hall, Steve Jarrett from the Beaches Skatepark Association (formerly the Southeast Toronto Skateboard Association) and long-time skatepark supporter Steve Kotsopoulos met with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon on Feb. 9. By the end of the day, McMahon had been brought up to speed […]

Skatepark phase two TTC money redirected

Construction on phase two of the Beaches Skatepark at Coxwell and Lakeshore has been put on hold, possibly indefinitely, after Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon requested $300,000 in TTC funds earmarked for the park be released. McMahon said she would like to see the community decide how the money should be spent. “Since it wasn’t […]

New group unites residents associations

A large umbrella group covering the Beach has formed to encompass seven different residents associations, as well as to cover the areas that currently fall in between existing groups’ coverage areas. The Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association will cover the area from Coxwell to Victoria Park, and from the lake up to the rail corridor. Organizer […]

News in Brief

While we patiently wait for Mother Nature to co-operate in the creation of our neighbourhood and backyard ice rinks, we can still get our skating fix at Ted Reeve Arena, located at the corner of Main and Gerrard Streets. The rink is open for Pleasure Skating on Saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. until […]

Prue talks budget with public

A small group of residents gathered at Access Point on Danforth on Jan. 26 to discuss issues pertaining to the upcoming Ontario budget, expected to be revealed in March by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. The meeting was organized by Beaches/East York Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Prue, who is also the New Democrat’s finance critic, […]

42 Hubbard welcomes residents home

It was just over three years ago that an independent contractor doing kitchen cabinet refurbishments came across mould in nearly all the units at 42 Hubbard Boulevard, an apartment complex owned by Toronto Community Housing (TCH). The discovery prompted TCH to evacuate the building and relocate all residents with the assurance that they would be […]

CCQLD recaps 2011 developments

The Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development (CCQLD) gathered at Birchcliff Bluffs Church on Jan. 18 for their annual general meeting, and to hear the latest developments from Ward 36 councillor Gary Crawford. Crawford expanded on a failed negotiation between the Conservatory Group, which won the right at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to acquire […]

Budget cut impacts lessened

Recent weeks saw record numbers of Torontonians taking active interest and participation in the city’s budget process, after initial announcements indicated a number of social and recreational programs were slated to lose funding. Some lobbied city hall in person while others protested, both in Nathan Phillips Square and in council chambers. By the time the […]