News in Brief

Local libraries are welcoming special guest performers in February to mark Black History Month. On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Beaches branch, 2161 Queen St. E., presents Toronto’s poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke, in Bards at the Beaches Library. Accompanying him will be Ayesha Chatterjee, Peter Norman and Anna Yin, reading their own […]

Holiday blackout for Beach

For 12 days this Christmas, all Elizabeth Hall got from Toronto Hydro was a tied-up call centre and two false reports that her house was back to full power. Hall said she knows many people had it worse. For all but two of the 12 days after the ice storm, Hall at least had partial […]

News in Brief

Local nutritionist Sheila Ream will visit Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Monday, Jan. 20. The Centre’s popular Nutritionist in the House program gives you an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Ream and discuss anything pertaining to healthy eating. Ream is a certified nutritionist and mother of three who believes health is determined by […]

Ice storm can’t stop Christmas deliveries

Community Centre 55 director Debbie Visconti credits volunteers and staff who went above and beyond all expectations for saving Christmas for almost 800 East End families. Each year, the centre organizes its Share A Christmas campaign, which sees non-perishable food, fresh produce and a turkey or ham provided to hundreds of less fortunate families, along […]

OMB ruling discounts Queen guidelines

City councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon says she still has faith in her  “Beach Bible” after the Ontario Municipal Board poked a hole in it last month. On Dec. 11, the OMB ruled in favour of a six-storey condo proposed for the old Shell site at the northeast corner of Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue. The ruling […]

Police Beat

A 19-year-old man was robbed in Crescent Town just after noon on Dec. 16. The victim was in his car when a man approached and entered his vehicle, pulled out a knife and demanded cash. The victim handed over his money and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The suspect is described […]

‘No name’ park has plans – but still no name

About 15 local residents gathered at Community Centre 55 last month to share their preferences for ‘no name’ park, located north of Gerrard Street East, halfway between Main Street and Victoria Park Avenue. Dan Connolly from Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Capital department and landscape architect Jim Melvin from PMA Landscape Architects presented options to the […]

Glen Davis water source a mystery

Water from what may be a buried creek is gurgling up onto Glen Davis Crescent, causing long sheets of ice on both sides of a street with no sidewalks. Residents say the water sprang up about three years ago, and the “Glen Davis Glacier” is getting worse every winter. Staff from the city’s transportation and […]

Students talk sweatshops with designer

Fashion designer Sujeet Sennik had something to show Duke of Connaught students last month – a dusty T-shirt picked from the rubble of Rana Plaza, Bangladesh. Sennik left a design position at Walmart after the poorly built Rana Plaza factory collapsed in April, killing 1,129 workers. Walmart was linked to the factory by illegal subcontracts. […]

Fire code shuts cottage to public

In 1902, when Kew Williams built a cottage for his wife in present-day Kew Gardens, the newlyweds didn’t plan to have a lot of company. More than 100 years later, what became Kew Gardener’s Cottage remains a park highlight, but its quaint design is now a problem for the many groups that use it for […]