Upwards of 100 people turned out on a rainy Sunday for Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erksine-Smith's town hall on Syrian refugees January 10 at the Branch 11 legion. Attendees heard from a number of local groups, like Farzana Yusuf from the East End Community Health Centre, on the programs in place to support refugees.

East End gathers to support Syrian refugees

Nearly 100 engaged East End citizens gathered Sunday to talk about the logistics of welcoming expected Syrian refugees to the area, laying out plans for what could be called a community-wide welcome wagon of refugee services and support. The town hall, held at the Branch 11 Legion Jan. 10 and hosted by Beaches-East York MP […]

Allison (Tatiana Maslany) and Donnie (Kristian Bruun) are up to no good at Woodbine Beach Park in ‘Orphan Black.’

‘Spotlight’ on award season

What do Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber and Ricky Gervais have in common? All have French-Canadian ancestors. British comic actor Gervais kicked off the 2016 red carpet season by hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Whether or not you enjoy his irreverent brand of humour, Gervais certainly likes Canada, Toronto […]

A Build Toronto chart at a March 18 meeting shows the traffic plan for the city-owned corporation’s upcoming development on the western side of the old quarry lands at Victoria Park Avenue and Gerrard Street East. The plan includes an eastward extension of Musgrave Street, a new residential street in the development, and changes to nearby traffic lights. IMAGE: Build Toronto

Quarry lands plan opposed

Beach resident Alan Burke is hoping to take a petition that failed to sway the decision-makers at Scarborough Community Council and turn it into success at the Ontario Municipal Board. In September 2015, Bernadette Warren attended the Community Council meeting with a 550-signature petition hoping to change the plans for the city-owned portion of the […]

Jason Oosthuizen, who owns The Grover Pub on Kingston Road with his dad, said the new tipping regulations are a good idea.

Tipping bill finally passes

News that a bill similar to the tipping bill Michael Prue championed for years will come into effect later this year has the former Beaches-East York NDP MPP feeling slightly shortchanged. Working to regulate service industry tips and gratuities, mainly by making it illegal for employers to take all or a portion of employee tips, […]

Hunt Club oaks may come down

Forestry staff at the City of Toronto are considering plans by The Toronto Hunt golf course to remove 22 oak trees from the east side of its nine-hole course between Kingston Road and the Scarborough Bluffs. “The canopy got so big that it’s created blocked-sun, airflow and drainage issues on the golf course,” said Chris […]

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library -- Kippendavie Avenue, nos. 96 and 98, west side, south of Queen Street East -- 1973

Deja Views for Jan. 12, 2016

This photo was taken in the winter of 1973 on Kippendavie Avenue, a little bit south of Queen Street East. It’s surprising that this smaller home wasn’t razed with the neighbouring houses. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Call me at 647-531-6116.

Woman charged after fatal collision

A 27-year-old woman is facing charges after a fatal collision on Danforth at Gillard Avenue, between Coxwell and Greenwood. Officers responded to the call shortly before midnight on Dec. 30. Police allege that a woman was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on Danforth. A 63-year-old man was attempting to cross Danforth and was hit by […]