History of Beach Metro News: 1986

When I look through the old issues of this paper to write its history, I marvel at how young and how thin everyone looks, including me. And so it was in 1986. At the AGM in June Barbara Phillips became president, Tom Howat vice president, Judy Campbell secretary and Kelvin Francis was in the early […]

Bill MacLean’s 5 Minutes – 5 Questions

Our 5 Minutes – 5 Questions spot is proving to be a very popular feature. People have emailed me (arts@beachmetro.com) with their responses – unsolicited – and I think we may have to take it to a wider audience. In the meantime I’ll continue with some of the responses I got while attending the All […]

History of Beach Metro News: 1985

It was 1985. The Ward 9 Community News was now 28 pages thick. This was the year the financial and distribution records were computerized. At the annual general meeting, the treasurer Gord James said that the paper was now on a solid financial base, and then announced his resignation as he was being transferred to […]

Deja Views

This view of 1133-1131 Woodbine Ave. was taken on VE day in May 1945. The bunting and flags celebrated the end of the war in Europe. The Union Jacks at 1131 were displayed by an English family whose father served in the British army. The Treadway family, who lived next door, were rejoicing over the […]

Ad revenue kept the paper running

Brenda Dow was the newspaper’s ad manager from 1979 to 1994. Here are some of her recollections of those early days. What a great job! Walking distance from home! Eight weeks off in summer and two weeks at Christmas and work in an exciting environment! After 17 years of stay-at-home motherhood, I was now employed […]

Deja Views

In the early 80s, a Beacher, trying to find a gift for their spouse’s second cousin’s birthday celebration, might have considered dropping in at Miracles. Proprietor, Norman Smith billed his business as “A wonderland store that has everything and something more.” This image was taken opposite Kew Gardens by Ann Patterson. Thank you Ann!

Bill MacLean’s 5 minutes – 5 questions

We thought it might be a fun way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Beach Metro News by asking various Beachers a few quick questions about themselves. Nothing too revealing. Nothing too complicated. Nothing that would really make them think too hard (this is supposed to be fun after all!) These questions would present our […]