News in Brief

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon will lead the Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. The neighbourhood walk will begin at Maple Cottage, 62 Laing St., the site of the historic maple which stood for over a century and inspired Alexander Muir, in 1867, to write The Maple Leaf Forever. The City has salvaged the wood and plans to use it in ways that honour the tree’s cultural significance. Tour participants will learn from eco-woodturner Michael Finkelstein how to salvage wood from their own trees and create furniture, bowls or family heirlooms. Registration is required, along with a suggested donation of $5. To register or find out more visit

Climate Justice: What are the Issues and How Can We Respond? is the topic of a panel discussion and breakfast at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Wood Glen Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Panelists are Sara Stratton of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and David Gordon, an environmental award-winning teacher with the Durham District School Board. His colleague, teacher Ryan Grinnell, who was the eco-school rep leading his school to a Bronze designation, will moderate. To RSVP call 416-699-3084 or email

Beach Metro News columnist and founder of Big on Beagles (B.O.B.) Rescue, Marna Gale, is thanking animal lovers for coming to the financial aid of the “little beagle repair shop.” Gale recently rescued a 10-year-old beagle that had been abandoned off at the Georgina, ON pound. It was soon evident that ‘Georgie’ was in poor health and needed emergency surgery, but less than 24 hours later she died. The veterinarian bills are expected to rise to $6,000, but through donations almost half of that has been met.

“The medical costs incurred in an effort to save Georgie’s life significantly impacted our funding,” Gale wrote. “We thought we’d have to close our doors indefinitely.”

Any donation is helpful and welcome. Visit to find out more.

Monarch Park Collegiate Institute is offering community swim programs for the duration of the school year. An all-ladies swim will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., with a $2 per swim fee. An adult lane swim is Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m., with a $2 per swim fee. On Fridays families can enjoy some splash time from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee is $2 per swimmer or $5 per family. The pool will be closed on specific holidays. Email for more information.

The Beach Business Hub is holding a first anniversary open house at 2181 Queen St. E., Suite 301, on Friday, Oct. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event offers an opportunity for new start-up businesses to see this shared workspace environment and find out about new part-time member options. There will be prize draws, the launch of the office’s ‘living wall’, and no celebration would be complete without cake. For more information call 647-748-1311 or visit

The Welbanks Mortgage Group will be handing out 250 free pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 19, on the front lawn of Kew Beach Public School, 101 Kippendavie Ave., between 1 and 4 p.m. Because last year’s inaugural Great Pumpkin Giveaway was so successful, organizers decided to do it all again as an annual thank you for community support. In addition to the gourd giveaway, the festivities include children’s face painting, a bouncy castle, balloons and a contest to determine the scariest pumpkin. A pumpkin pie recipe, courtesy Canadian Living magazine, will be available for anyone who doesn’t already have a family favourite. The event is free but organizers will be accepting food bank donations.

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