History of Beach Metro News: 1977 was a very good year

By the beginning of 1977 the newspaper was settling down.  There were no crises on the horizon. It had a paid (albeit modestly!) staff of three – editor Joan Latimer, ad manager and editorial assistant Amy Vanderwal, and myself looking after the business and circulation.  We were putting out 12-page papers and acquiring what our […]

Deja Views: May 17, 2011

A shout out to Natalee Gill who kindly submitted  this candid family photograph. Judging by the car, it was likely taken during the roaring 20s on Hammersmith close to Glen Manor Drive West. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774

Deja Views: May 3, 2011

The reason this archival photograph of Silver Birch Avenue was taken in 1916 was to document the manhole cover in the centre frame. Today, the maintenance cover has been moved and the house shown close to the lake has been replaced with the Silver Birch Boat House. Do you have an old photo you’d like […]

Deja Views: April 19, 2011

Not long ago, Beachers could pull up in front of this Becker’s (located at the corner of Queen and Leuty), leisurely walk in to purchase a jug of 2% milk and never have the slightest worry about getting pinched by parking enforcement officers – thanks to a parking space at the rear. This photograph was […]

Deja Views – April 5, 2011

This archival photograph was taken at the northwest corner of Danforth and Coxwell Avenues in the late 1930s. The photo was contributed by the Duncan Meyer family. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774.

Ward 9 News survives, but just…

Last issue we reached the end of 1972, and almost the end of the paper itself. In its first 10 months there had been 19 editions consisting of four or eight pages. The great coup for unpaid editor/business manager Doug White and his team was to pull off a 20 page issue on Nov. 23 […]

Farewell to cigarettes – Phil attempts the big ‘Quit’

It’s very difficult to describe to a non-smoker what it’s like to smoke. Explaining why you can’t ‘just stop’ is virtually impossible. But let me attempt. I smoked because it made me feel relieved, re-charged, re-energized, re-focused, re-(insert any other term here). It seemed that the lack of nicotine in my system was enough for […]