News in Brief

A roof repair campaign for the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care in Scarborough got a $10,000 boost last week thanks to members of the Branch 11 Royal Canadian Legion on Dawes Road. Built in 1976, the centre is supported by the community rather than Veterans Affairs because it provides long-term care for veterans’ spouses and Silver Cross mothers, as well as for veterans themselves. To make a donation, visit

The Toronto East General Hospital Foundation has raised the full $60 million in funding to pay for its portion of the hospital’s redevelopment, including a new patient care centre. Volunteers, donors (including every doctor at East General), and fundraising events helped contribute to the project, which will cost an estimated $360 million. A $5 million gift from Peter and Diana Thomson helped top off the funds. Planning on the 218-bed Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre is already underway.

Applegrove Community Complex will hold its fourth annual Seniors Active Living and Information Fair on Wednesday, March 18, at 60 Woodfield Rd. This free event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes a light breakfast and lunch. To register or to find out more, call 416-461-8143 or email

Kids in the Kitchen is a fun, two-day cooking program for budding chefs ages eight to 12 and their parents, hosted by East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen St. E. The young cooks will learn quick and easy recipes along with new kitchen skills. The workshop runs Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. To register, or to get more information, call Sudha at 416-778-5805 ext. 224. For information about other EECHC programs, visit

City councillors voted in favour of a heritage study for the TTC building at 1627 Danforth Avenue. Local councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon says residents want to protect the brick carhouse, which dates back to 1915 and is one of the older public buildings in the area.

Community Centre 55 is running a series of Kidsproof Children’s Safety Workshops in April. Never Bee Lost, for ages five to seven years old, teaches the steps to staying safe if kids become separated from their parent or caregiver. Cybersafe is for children aged eight to 11 and covers internet safety through interactive and entertaining lessons. Stranger Smarts is also geared to the eight to 11 year olds and offers solutions on what to when approached by a stranger. Home Alone is for children nine to 12. This workshop prepares kids to be confident when they are at home by themselves. The workshops are offered in April and May and cost $20 or $25. To find out more or to sign up, contact Lainey Anderson at CC55, 97 Main St., by phone at 416-691-1113 or email

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