Ana Pavoa, the mother of 17-year-old Joseph Petit, who was murdered in the Dentonia Park neighbourhood at the beginning of the year, speaks to media June 8, 2016.

Police offer $50,000 reward for homicide info

Toronto police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed in the Dentonia Park neighbourhood in the city’s first homicide of the year. Police held a press conference Wednesday, June 8 to update the […]

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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Do you know the next Beach Citizen of the Year? The annual award honours someone who has shown a long-standing commitment to improving our little corner of the city. The first award was handed out in 2001. The award was founded by Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News. Judges include […]


In memoriam: Bob Acton, 1956 – 2016

For one night last week, the CN Tower shone purple, black and white. The commemorative lighting was to mark the start of ALS Awareness Month – purple, black and white are the official colours of the ALS Society of Canada – and coincide with a cross-country candlelit vigil that evening, June 4. Here in the […]

News in Brief for June 14, 2016

Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala is hosting another of his popular guided walks, this time through the Kew Gardens neighbourhood along Queen Street East. The walk will take place Friday, July 1. Meet up with Gene in Kew Gardens at 1 p.m.   A couple of public drop-ins laying out plans for the […]

Glen Ames students halfway to fundraising goal

The Me To We club at Glen Ames Senior Public School is almost halfway to its goal of funding construction of a school in Haiti. When Beach Metro News checked in last December the club had just passed the $1,000 mark, mostly earned from hot chocolate, candygram, pancake and Mother’s Day jewelry sales. Students were […]


Brief Beach lemonade store part of ad campaign

Blink and you might have missed it, but for a brief period at the beginning of May Queen Street East was home to a slick pop-up lemon-themed bakery. Called “The Lemonade Stand”, word around the Beach spread fast about the outfit’s affordable treats and drinks, with several posts on area Facebook groups and a short BlogTO write-up […]


Canada Post to stop delivering Your Ward News

Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, has issued a prohibitory order to stop the delivery of the controversial, Beach-based publication, Your Ward News. In a press release issued by Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP), Lisa Kinsella, a founding member of STAMP, explains that a prohibitory order is a “legal instrument issued by Canada Post against […]


Beloved Beach coach passes away

Bob Acton, a coach and mentor to many young players in the Beach and beyond, has died. Acton had been battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since 2014. At the age of 60, Acton had been coaching hockey, baseball, and other sports for over 25 years. Acton had a reputation of being tough on the ice, but gentle and […]

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Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Beach Citizen of the Year. The annual award is given to someone who constantly works to make life better in Ward 32. The person doesn’t have to live here, but their volunteer efforts should mainly take place here. The initiative was jointly founded in 2001 by Community Centre […]


Bard in the Park transplants Shakespeare into the 1970s

The Beach’s favourite Shakespeare troupe is back and ready for another summer of Bard in the Park. The group of East End theatre lovers’ 12th season will feature Love’s Labour’s Lost, running for two nights in Norwood Park and then for a week in Kew Gardens. The comedy’s plot focuses on King Ferdinand and his […]