55 Division cops talk shop

The good news is most major crime (murder, sex assault, assault, robbery and break and enter) is down in 55 Division, particularly in the area between Woodbine and Victoria Park, and Danforth and the lake. The bad news is that graffiti has increased, and theft from cars as well as theft over $5,000 are also […]

Are Beachers a bunch of whiners?

With seven community organizations that pop up every time the word ‘development’ is mentioned, many – including the people involved – may wonder if Beachers are a bunch of whiners suffering from a severe case of NIMBYism, or simply residents that will fight at length to see their neighbourhood stay as is – packed with […]

Inspired advice for Danforth and Gerrard

A packed house at the Naval Club at Gerrard and Woodbine gathered on March 7 to hear a visiting Australian speak about how a little bit of effort and a lot of creative thinking transformed a partially abandoned downtown in an industrial town in Australia into one of Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Cities of 2011. […]

Beacher’s death sentence reinstated

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, a Beach resident of Iranian descent, has been languishing in Evan Prison in Tehran since 2008 on a trumped-up espionage charge. Hamid had been sentenced to death in 2009, but that sentence was suspended shortly thereafter. The suspension has recently been revoked and Hamid could be executed at any time. “I am absolutely […]

Glen Stewart work almost complete

Crews have been hard at work all winter long in the Glen Stewart Ravine, and heavy equipment has finally moved out to reveal a new staircase, two bridges and a long boardwalk. The project is aimed at solving the issues of aging staircases and failing retaining walls, as well as the flow of seepage water […]

Malvern hosts Social Justice Conference

Malvern Collegiate hosted its 4th annual Social Justice Conference during the week of March 5 through March 8. The event aims to address issues “in areas of school climate such as safety, health, equity and social justice”. This year’s conference focused on socio-economic privilege in context to the experiences of new Canadians. The opening assembly […]

News in brief (March 20)

Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway will hold an OAS Town Hall on Thursday, March 22 to explore the implications of the government’s proposed cuts to Old Age Security. Joining him will be MP Wayne Marston, Official Opposition Pensions Critic. They will discuss and answer questions about what these potential changes will mean to seniors. The […]

Earth Hour to darken the Beach

Earth Hour 2012 is on Saturday, March 31. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., many lights in Toronto will be turned off in an effort to raise awareness of climate change. Last year over 135 countries participated in the global initiative. But is one hour enough? Does Earth Hour make a difference? “The planet is long […]

Final Hamper’s Christmas Academy diploma

At the age of 10, Jacob Kinsella will forever be the youngest graduate from The Hamper’s College of Christmasology at the University of Northern Lights. This young man was the last one to graduate, as the College has been closed down. In the past years, the College awarded degrees and PhDs to a large number […]

Praise for 42 Hubbard not universal

Some long-time market-rent residents of 42 Hubbard Boulevard, who were dispersed three years ago, had believed their rents would stay the same or at least close to the rates they were paying. Rosemary Dyson, who lived in the building for over 33 years, was shocked when she was told that the rent would be almost […]