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Celebrating East End naturalists

Recently I wrote about saving historic houses and buildings and making sure there was a reason to use these facilities. One of the other things to save is our natural history – our animals, wildlife, birds, vegetation, trees, etc. Not being a naturalist or an expert on wildlife, I bow to those who wish to […]

Legends by the lake inspire film

This has been a golden summer of sports in Toronto. In celebration of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games the Toronto Reference Library (Yonge and Bloor) is hosting a wonderfully nostalgic exhibit looking back at sport and recreation in a simpler time. Toronto’s Sporting Past includes early photos of the Balmy Beach Club and […]

Paul M. Babich is 15th Citizen of the Year

Like most of the previous honourees, this year’s Citizen of the Year says he can’t quite understand why he deserves the title. As far as Paul M. Babich is concerned, he’s just doing what he does, organizing when things need to be organized, pitching in where he can, and helping out whenever he’s asked. So is […]

Garden planned for Ashbridges Bay Park

It was a grey cold day in April, and it came with a surprise snowfall. Even so, when they met a Master Gardener to map out the Beach Community Edible Garden, Joyce McLean and Adele Gendron could see good things growing at Ashbridges Bay Park. Both volunteer with Friends of the Beach Parks, a three-year-old […]

Balmy Beach Old Boys hit the ice in Europe

When the Balmy Beach Old Boys play an away game, it’s far, far away. This spring, the local old timers’ hockey team laced their skates in Italy, Austria and Slovakia. It was the Old Boys’ 15th tour of Europe – a tradition that goes two ways. Over the years, teams from northern Italy, Austria, and […]

Jane’s Walks ready to tour East End

Jane’s Walk, the annual weekend-long spring event honouring the legacy of community builder and urban activist Jane Jacobs, will take place May 1-3. Jane’s Walk is a collection of neighbourhood walking tours led by local residents who are passionate about the places they call home. Jacobs, who died in 2006, was a staunch believer in […]

Entertainment Beat

Self-proclaimed “Beach brat” Carleigh Beverly is taking the stage at Theatre Passe Muraille in Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still. Presented by TSS Collective, the play was a hit at last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. The story centres on Sarah and James, a couple in modern-day Brooklyn. Sarah is a photojournalist who suffered […]