News in Brief for October 18, 2016

On October 20, the Fox Theatre will be hosting Pitch4Pete Movie Night, an event that aims to raise funds to support groundbreaking Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The one-night event is in support of Peter Wood, among many other ALS patients and their families who hope to one day find a cure for this debilitating […]


Should we change how we vote?

Should voting in Canada be mandatory? What other voting systems exist around the world? Which one would be best for Canada? Around 175 East End residents had an opportunity to consider these questions, and more, at a Liberal-led electoral reform town hall last week. The October 12 meeting at St. Brigid’s School was part of […]

Cordelia Strube Toronto Book Awards

Beach author Cordelia Strube wins Toronto Book Awards

Accolades are pouring in for Beach author Cordelia Strube, the winner of the 2016 Toronto Book Awards for her novel On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light. Congratulations #CordeliaStrube & @ecwpress ! On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light wins the 2016 #tobookaward ! — Toronto Book Awards (@TOBookAwards) October 12, 2016 […]

Queen East filming

Busy week on Queen Street East

Queen Street East near Beech Avenue is busy this week so don’t expect many parking spaces. Besides construction, there is filming at the Fox Theatre (TV series “Man Seeking Woman“). East of Beech, TTC work at Neville Park Loop was scheduled to begin today and is ongoing. And Queen Street will also be closed Sunday, Oct. 16 (8 […]


City council approves Woodbine bike lanes

It’s official. Separated bike lanes are coming to Woodbine Avenue. Toronto city council voted overwhelmingly in favour of installing bike lanes along Woodbine Avenue, as well as connecting bike lanes along Corley and Norway Avenues, at the regular council meeting October 7. That follows a September 27 vote by the public works committee which adopted […]

Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon addresses council October 5, 2016.

Council votes to allow transfer of Tuggs lease

City council voted 21-14 last night in favour of allowing Tuggs to transfer its lease to Cara Operations Ltd., the chain restaurant corporation that owns Carter’s Landing. Cara will officially take over the lease of the premises containing the Lakeshore Boulevard building’s Athens Cafe, Tim Horton’s and Carter’s Landing, as well as the Pizza Pizza […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith's private members' bill was defeated October 5.

Erskine-Smith’s animal cruelty bill defeated

An attempt at updating Canada’s animal cruelty laws was curbed last night, with the government joining the Conservatives to vote down Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s private members’ bill. The Liberal MP’s bill would have modernized the criminal code’s animal section, banned the practice of shark finning, banned the sale of cat and dog fur […]


‘We were given both roots and wings at Notre Dame’

A school rooted in history and tradition, Notre Dame High School will be proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary on October 14. Founded in 1941 by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, the East End all-girls high school began as a small endeavour. With few funds to start, the sisters had to rely solely […]


Noisy TTC work at Neville Park Loop starts soon

Residents who live near the Neville Park Loop, the eastern end of the Queen Street streetcar route, should brace themselves for a noisy, dusty few weeks beginning after Thanksgiving weekend. The TTC is replacing the streetcar tracks along Queen Street East from west of Neville Park Boulevard to Nursewood Road, including the track inside the […]


What happened to Roma Barbershop?

Search Roma Barbershop in Google and you’ll find plenty of rave reviews. “This place is absolutely terrific,” writes one. “Best barber in the Beach,” writes another. The East End barbershop, conveniently located at 1973 Queen Street East, operated for more than 40 years. Many adult patrons say they first visited the shop when they were […]