Bradford, Fletcher win races for new council seats

“Make us proud, Brad!” A supporter cheered, as he raised his pint glass above the boisterous crowd that came to celebrate Brad Bradford’s win at Local 1794 on the Danforth. Bradford, an urban planner at the City of Toronto Chief Planner’s Office is celebrating his first foray into politics as Beaches—East York’s newly elected city […]

Monarch butterflies can have an aggressive side

While I’ve written stories about Monarch butterflies before, and I’m sure you’ve read or watched something about their amazing migration to Mexico, this story will touch on a much darker aspect of their lives: their uncontrollable aggression. As I lounged on my friend Dianne’s front yard watching the beautiful Monarch butterflies flying around, their orange […]

St. Aidan’s fundraiser presents top local authors

From a Murdoch Mystery guest and a hockey legend biography to a Canadian historical drama, there will be something for everyone at the second annual Authors’ Dinner fundraiser for St. Aidan’s Church which happens on Thursday, September 20. The event will feature three top local writers and their latest books. Maureen Jennings, author of her latest […]

Beaches International Jazz Festival marks 30 years of fun

The Beach community came alive to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Beaches International Jazz Festival—one of the few remaining free jazz festivals in the world—with close to one million attendees this year. “The first year in Kew Gardens we had 5,000 people,” said Lido Chilelli, the founder of the festival. “Each decade, hundreds of thousands […]

Councillor McMahon recounts her successes and surprises

When Mary-Margaret McMahon steps down as Beaches—East York city councillor for Ward 32 at the end of November, it’s no exaggeration to say that it is a more community-driven and culturally rich area than it was at the start of her time in office. To celebrate and honour Councillor McMahon’s eight years as our city […]