Enduring value of peace for the next generation

November 4th marks the rededication ceremony of the Malvern Collegiate Institute War Memorial.  This cenotaph bears the names of the 25 ‘Boys of Malvern’ – boys who graduated from this high school and went off to fight and die in the First World War. It is worth taking the time to read about the lives […]

Residents’ associations create better communities

Behind every great community is, quite often, a stellar residents’ association (RA). Why? RAs are a tried-and-true way to connect with your neighbours, crusade for a cause, host fun events and work together to beautify your little corner of the world,  all while building a keen sense of camaraderie. Talk about value! Fortunately for us, […]

Queen Street E. closed on Oct. 16 for Waterfront Marathon

For the last two years, Beach residents and businesses have hosted the turnaround of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This year is no exception. Along with hosting this part of the run includes our making our stretch of Queen Street East available to the runners, but it also means we’ve got a world-class sporting event […]

With or without Jack, we must hope and love

In the corner of my bedroom is my father’s cane.  In the final months of his battle with cancer, it became necessary.  But it was also used with such an ease and, often, to great comic effect.  It became an extension of him.  So I have kept his cane – near. I think this is […]

Partnership Power: None of us is smarter than all of us

Over the past eight months, we have been fortunate to meet some incredibly talented, creative, energetic and active groups in Ward 32. One of the things I love to do is connect people with similar interests so they don’t have to go it alone. Strength in numbers! Here are some of the fantastic groups we […]

Trustee’s ordeal is over, case dismissed

“It’s over!,” I yelled!!! I was being sued for conflict of interest because I have a daughter who teaches in the TDSB and it is over. The complaint had been withdrawn and the judge had dismissed the case. It isn’t as satisfying as being found innocent but it will cost less than a fifth of […]

Many hands turn visioning into action

Thank you to the many hands involved in creating some terrific action-oriented teams from our Town Hall Vision Team sessions. Take a look at what is starting to happen in our neighbourhood: Schools as Community Hubs Led by Lesley  Sargla and team, they have started with Malvern CI as the first hub.  We have hosted […]

Beach BIA changing with the times

Change is inevitable. The degree and pace with which things are changing is staggering. And for the most part, we are not in control of those changes on our own behalf, but instead are immersed in the changes that are going on around us – we’re simply required to adapt and adopt to keep up. […]

An early dispatch from the moon

“This place is the moon,” said an experienced civil servant to a room full of rookie MPs, myself included, gathered on ‘the Hill’ in Ottawa.  “Back home in your riding, that’s earth.” As this column goes to print I’ve made my third lunar landing since May 2.  My trips to date have been for the […]