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Beach Metro News congratulates Grade 12 Malvern students Taylor Aitken and Casey Pope. The two are the recipients of the Beach Metro News Award recognizing skill, imagination and delight in the use of the English language in written work. Each received a cheque for $300 at the Malvern commencement on Nov. 11.

Toronto Hydro will hold a series of town hall meetings during the next two weeks to give residents an opportunity to ask questions about any work that may be going on in their communities. Hydro staff will be on hand at the ‘Powering up your neighbourhood’ sessions to answer questions about construction projects, power outages, smart meters, billing, time-of-use rates and conservation programs and workforce renewal.
You have four opportunities city-wide to attend, but the closest ones to the East End are being held tonight, Nov. 15 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., and Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m.
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The Toronto Parks department will hold a public consultation session for Toronto East York on Thursday, Nov. 24 at Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St., from 7 to 9 p.m. If you wish to attend, RSVP to 416-338-6608 or email as space is limited. You may also complete a survey online at
For more information call 311 or Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon at 416-392-1376.

An Air Quality Information & Action Night, hosted by Councillor McMahon, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 at the S. H. Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd., at 7:30 p.m. Get the results of the recently-completed Ward 31 and 32 air quality study and find out what you can do to improve the situation.
Then on Monday, Nov. 28, spend an evening with Councillor McMahon and former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Paul Bedford, at Malvern Collegiate where the Official Plan, urban design and development will be up for discussion. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Malvern library.
For more information contact Councillor McMahon’s office at 416-392-1376.

Local musician and Juno award nominee Chris McKhool will perform with his band Sultans of String and several other special guests at a fundraising concert for ArtsCan Circle and the Daily Bread Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. (at Spadina) at 1 p.m.
‘Celebrate: Holidays of the Global Village’ explores the many different world wide customs and festivities observed here in Canada: Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnaval (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice. Performing with McKhool will be Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar and Jordan Klapman.
This is a free public event but monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. For more information visit

Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Gingerbread Build on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Habitat Toronto Home Building Factory, 155 Bermondsey Rd. Buy your $50 gingerbread house kit at and then assemble it on either day. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the contribution.
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Art of the Danforth is putting out a call for contributors to next year’s event taking place from May 20 to June 10. Art of the Danforth is a large-scale multi-disciplinary art festival held along Danforth Avenue between Woodbine and Greenwood Avenues. It is open to all forms of artistic practice. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16. For more information visit

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