Wonderful summer whites

This article was first published June 18, 2013 Ah summer…hot, lazy, long days of endless sunshine! The perfect time to just kick back with a glass of cool, white vino! Not just any wine, though! You’ll want something that’s light, fruity, crisp and clean with little, if any, oak at all. Put aside those big, […]

Summer time to remember life savers

This story was first published July 2013 There have been great scullers, oarsmen, swimmers and athletes who lived in the East End and on the Toronto Islands. There have been stories about shipwrecks in Lake Ontario, and of the sailors who nearly drowned, but were saved by a few people living around the islands and […]

Ticks can be a year-round problem for pets and people

This story was first published January 27, 2016. It was not that long ago that for vets and physicians in Toronto, tick-borne disease was really only a concern for our colleagues in certain parts of the US. In recent years, however, this has changed dramatically. The combination of a rapidly growing tick population in southern […]

Make ice cream at home – sans machine!

Ice-cream! Ice-cream! I scream for ice-cream. Frozen, sweet and deliciously slurpy, ice-cream is a summer pleasure. It is especially good if it is the homemade variety such as Ed’s Scoop on Queen at Beech or the Sicilian ice-cream sold at Vincenzo’s, Westlake and the Danforth just west of Main Street. The premium quality of President’s […]

Teen Beach: Enjoy that idle time

Everyone deals with idle time differently. While some do their best to eradicate any chance of a spare moment in their schedule, others love having nothing to do. For teenagers, summer can bring lots of idle time – so much that sometimes it’s difficult to come up with things to do aside from spending time […]

Beagle buddies remind us of what’s important

They say we’re connected now more than ever, thanks to the technological explosion of our times. There are so many ways to “connect” online, whether it’s with your next door neighbour or someone clear across the ocean. I still think the world needs more porch swings. Although, these two beagles are just as happy connecting […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

In My Opinion: Canada 150 is an opportunity to improve

Canada Day was full of reasons to celebrate, from the East York Canada Day parade, to the music festival in Woodbine Park, to the many neighbourhood and backyard parties across our community. I began my morning at an early citizenship ceremony in East York, welcoming 30 new citizens. Their excitement at becoming members of our […]

Deja Views for July 18, 2017

Witness a semi-detached house come undone – no pun intended. The view is on Pine Avenue between Willow and Beech Avenues. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share with our readers? Please contact me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Ah, summer – it’s berry time!

When the strawberry arrives, I know it’s time to celebrate summer, Canada Day, family picnics, birthdays…you name it, there has to be a celebration during strawberry season. Here to help with the festivities are baskets of the best, most luscious, sweet, delectable treats in all the world – strawberries – ready and waiting to be […]