Councillors vote to fight condos at OMB

Wide sidewalks, a three-storey look and open views of the Kew Beach fire hall – that’s how city councillors hope a revised zoning bylaw will shape any future development along Queen Street East from Coxwell Avenue to Nursewood Road. But a legal test of the new rules is already underway. Two developers who are separately […]

Residents pick top fixes for Stephenson Park

Russell Spotton was walking his dog Nikki in Stephenson Park last summer when she found a new way to cool off in the park’s battered baseball diamond – a deep puddle between first and second. Stephenson is “a good little park” says Spotton, who walks in the park near Danforth and Main almost every afternoon. […]

Police beat

A 16-year-old youth reported that he was at Kingston Road and Glen Manor  on March 30 when he was  approached from behind by a male wearing a disguise who pushed him and took his cell phone, cash, knife and belt, then fled. A 38-year-old man was in his residence in the Gerrard and Greenwood area […]

Business network looking for members

A new chapter of Business Network International (BNI) has formed in the East End. Lee Welbanks of Welbanks Mortgage Group said the Leslieville chapter includes several Kingston Road businesses including his own Welbanks Mortgage group, Ilavsky chartered accountants and Snider and DiGregorio barristers and solicitors. The group is still half a dozen members short of […]

Silver Birch Boathouse changes put on hold

After a high-intensity public meeting at the Balmy Beach Club on March 28, Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department have announced they will be backing off on a plan to evict boats from the Silver Birch Boathouse. For those without personal watercraft, the boathouse may be best known […]

Future of Silver Birch boathouse questioned

The question: where is the best place in the Beach to spend a Thursday evening to kick off Easter weekend? If you answered ‘the Balmy Beach Club’, you wouldn’t be alone. However, the crowd  that packed the hall at the club on March 28 were not there for a drink and a laugh. Well over […]

TTC consults on Leslie Barns track construction

Beach residents are voicing traffic concerns a month before construction crews start closing parts of Leslie St. to install the new streetcar tracks that will link the Leslie Barns storehouse on Commissioners St. with Queen St. E. About 100 residents gathered at tables set with maps and comment forms for a meeting hosted March 27 […]

Beach coyote ‘elephant in room’ at meeting

Beach residents may be split on what to do about the coyote that fatally attacked a small dog here in February, but on one point nearly everyone agrees—don’t feed coyotes. That was the key advice for about 60 residents who attended a public meeting led by four wildlife and conservation groups at the Beaches Recreation […]

Lyall Heritage Conservation District recognized

While the four western blocks of Lyall Avenue have been designated as a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) since 2006, there has been nothing—other than the stately homes themselves—to signify to the average person walking down the street that the area is one with a distinct history and character. That’s why Deborah and David Livingston-Lowe opted […]

Crescent Town exceeds fundraising goals

The entire school population at Crescent Town Public School will be getting brand new BPA-free water bottles, thanks to a fundraising initiative which saw the school raise more money than originally planned, much to the delight of organizers. “We raised $1,871,” said Emily Tureck, one of those organizers. “Our goal was $1,200.” Tureck is a […]