News Briefs

Candidates for the Ward 32 city council seat meet for a two-hour debate at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican church, organized by Beach Metro Community News and Community Centre 55, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The event will be moderated by Rob Granatstein, senior producer and director of

Questions for the candidates may be submitted by mail, email (, the Beach Metro Facebook page, or through Twitter (@BeachMetroNews). The church is at 470 Woodbine Ave., at the northwest corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue.

Those unable to make it out on that night, or in need of more municipal political debate, are invited to the gym at Applegrove Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 2, for another Ward 32 debate, from 7 to 9 p.m. Applegrove is located at 60 Woodfield Road, just north of Queen Street East.

Radi’all Encompass, a short film about local artist Evond Blake’s new mural at Woodbine and Gerrard, will screen Oct. 4 at the Naval Club. Directed by Beach Hill filmmaker Nathaniel Fox-Pappas, the film includes animations by Blake, a.k.a. Mediah, and will show as part of the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Fall Fete, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit for more info on both the film and the Fall Fete event.

Crews have started work on a $1.5-million renovation of the Woodbine Beach bathing station expected to be finished in late spring. The renovation will include a canopy along the boardwalk, a surrounding deck with stairs and a ramp to the beach, and more wheelchair-accessible washroom fixtures.

It’s Legion Week at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11. The branch is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, “the War to end all Wars” and birth of a nation. Visitors can drop in to see displays of Canadian military history and memorabilia, and chat with veterans.

The branch, located at 9 Dawes Rd., will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. until Thursday, and on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Teachers are invited to bring students for a memorable educational experience.

Contact Helen Pearce at 416-690-6388 or email For more information visit

A ceremony honouring the 100th anniversary of the First World War is being planned for the Beach and organizers would like to hear about the local men and women who served. They would also like to hear stories about how people on the home front coped during those tumultuous years.

The information will be included in a booklet for distribution on Remembrance Day, November 11, as part of a special parade and presentation at the Kew Gardens cenotaph.

Send photos, stories and remembrances to by Oct. 15.

The Beach Group is hosting its Epic Event fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 4, benefiting SickKids Foundation’s brain tumour research fund. The event, to be held at the Balmy Beach Club, will feature a silent auction, live entertainment, draws, and prizes.

Limited tickets are $20, available by emailing

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