Even old houses can turn green

Renovating an old house is bad enough. Renovating an old house to be as environmentally-friendly as possible – well, that’s a giant job. But that’s what Beacher Keely Kemp decided to do when she bought a 1917 fixer-upper some three years ago. The house had been vacant for several years, and had been in the […]

Where’s the coolest place on earth?

Perhaps mid-summer you paused outside the former Bellefair United Church on your Saturday morning stroll along Queen. What was missing? Oh, yeah, that artsy sign welcoming campers to “the coolest place on Earth: Theatricks”. Do not be disheartened: Theatricks, the theatre company for kids, has not met its demise; indeed it is now thriving at […]

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 […]

Nurturing a seed brings forth a bounty

At the tender age of five I was elected, by secret ballot, to be the Janitor/Artist-in-Residence at the Hartwood Avenue Dinosaur Museum located in our neighbour’s garage. Run by my brother, myself and two neighbour boys, the museum was a beautifully curated and awe-inspiring collection of shoebox dioramas stuffed with Play-Doh models and an assortment […]

Financial ‘to do’s’ before the end of the year

Grandparents, parents, friends and family can contribute to RESPs (Registered Education Savings Plans) for children. Grandparents, parents, friends and family can contribute to RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plans) for qualified disabled individuals. A donation to an eligible charity can reduce annual income tax. If you turned age 71 this year you must convert RRSPs to […]

Apples add to Thanksgiving

The McIntosh apple, for which Canada is renown, turns 200 years old this year! What better way to celebrate the apple than at Thanksgiving? This sweet, juicy favourite has given us a number of offspring, among them the Empire and the Cortland. And there are the Crispin and Ginger Gold.  Why not plan an apple […]

Wine pairings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to count one’s blessings and be happy for what life has provided. This holiday is usually celebrated with a big feast. Next to Christmas dinner, it’s the meal that folks tend to go all out on and a glass of wine or two is the perfect accompaniment. The noble turkey is […]