Gerrard East Community Organization takes to the streets

The recently-formed Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO) recently invited local residents to discover the businesses in their neighbourhood on a community walk. Organizer Belynda Blyth said the walk was so successful that the group only managed to make it halfway along one side of the street. “It was fantastic. Everybody that was involved really had […]

Youth sports groups blindsided by new fees

A group of youth sports volunteers gathered at an East York library meeting room on March 3 to talk strategy, after many groups were blindsided by a small item hidden in the 2012 City of Toronto budget that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in new permit fees. The meeting was run by East […]

Queen walk sparks optimism, activism

About 100 concerned Beachers gathered on a cold Feb. 25 morning to walk a section of Queen Street East, looking at potential development sites singled out in a recently completed segment study. The study was requested by Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and was completed by Armstrong Hunter and Associates, and funded by Reserve Properties, […]

Vigil held for shooting victim

Nearly 40 people held a vigil on March 3 in memory of Michael Eligon, who was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer on the morning of Feb. 3. on Milverton Boulevard, near Coxwell and Danforth. The group first marched from Toronto East General Hospital to the site of the incident where a few […]

News in Brief

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and the newly-formed Gerrard East Community Organization will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 7, to address concerns about the increasing number of empty and derelict storefronts in both neighbourhoods. Organizers have invited guest speaker Marcus Westbury to talk about how he single-handedly revitalized the downtown core of […]

Foulidis: bad guy or fall guy?

There seems to be no end to the drama that surrounds the Boardwalk Restaurant – or is it Pub, or Café? Regardless of what the name is, it seems to be a political mess planted right here in the Beach for the long haul. The most recent chapter in this ongoing power struggle had George […]

Beachers ride to Conquer cancer

A husband and wife team of Beachers is training for the Ride To Conquer Cancer in June. Jasmit Bhandal and Dr. Girish Kulkarni were looking for a challenge they could share after completing a half marathon last year, and decided to try the two-day bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls. “It’s nice to find […]

Community Centre 55 gets soupy

Community Centre 55 will be hosting the first of what the Centre’s Nancy Culver hopes will be an annual soup competition. The contest will take place on Thursday, March 1 at Centre 55. Culver will be creating the official Centre 55 entry, which will compete with courage foods’ Karen O’Brian, Vera Cozy Café and Bakery’s […]

News in Brief

The Friends of Glen Davis Ravine are holding a fundraising Darts Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 23 at The Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., from 7 to 10 p.m. The Friends are a community organization which made an unsuccessful bid to oppose the construction of a condominium building at the Glen Davis Ravine in the […]

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 […]