News in Brief

Meet Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway at his annual Holiday Party Open House at the constituency office, 155 Main St., on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mix and mingle with community members, neighbours and friends at this family-friendly event. Light refreshments will be available. For more information or to RSVP, call Elaine at 416-467-0860 or email

Now that the frosty weather is here it’s time to lace up the skates and take to the ice at the Beach’s indoor and outdoor rinks. Ted Reeve Arena, at the corner of Gerrard and Main Streets, is once again offering free leisure skating on Saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Children six years old and under must wear a helmet. For more info call 416-694-6893.
The outdoor rinks in Kew Gardens and Monarch Park are now open every day for public skating and shinny. Head online to for hours and programs.
And watch for diligent dads and moms to start flooding neighbourhood rinks in the coming weeks.

The patch of land between William Hancox Avenue and Brockville Street in the Upper Beaches is still without a name. Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is calling out for some ideas. If you can think of a good name for this park, let her know by emailing or call her at 416-392-1376.

Nia Centre for the Arts is the latest community service agency to join the AccessPoint on Danforth Community Hub (APOD) at 3079 Danforth Ave., at Victoria Park. Nia, a community space supporting the holistic advancement of Afro-diasporic youth, joins Access Alliance Multicultural Health Centre, Action for Neighbourhood Change Taylor Massey, Early York East Toronto Family Resources and Toronto Employment & Social Services. APOD was initiated by the United Way as a resource centre and to foster community involvement in resident organizations and grassroots groups. It is a satellite organization of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (AAMHCS). For more information about Nia, visit, and for information about APOD visit

A Toronto East General Hospital doctor has finished first in Ontario, and second in Canada, by raising over $42,000 in the ‘Movember’ campaign to fight prostate cancer. Dr. Rajiv Singal, head of the Urology department and current Lead of the surgical robotics program used in treating prostate cancer patients, said he took up the Movember challenge this year, after a three-year hiatus, because he wanted to support the TEGH patients. ‘The Robot’ system, acquired through donations and a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, provides patients with the latest in minimally-invasive surgical technology. It is estimated one in seven Canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime.

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