Glenn Cochrane: Sturdy Gert says goodbye

Sturdy Gert McCurdy had just returned from a visit to her old stomping grounds of Red Eye, and I don’t believe she had even set her bags down when she was asked to correct a problem with some of the clientele at the Stunted Pines Saloon and Manicure Shop down on White Plains Boulevard. She […]

Is Canada still the coldest nation?

I am pretty darned cheesed off these days and I will tell you why. Canadians don’t have a whole lot to brag about most times but we do require a certain persona when winter rolls around. The Brits have those hoity toity accents, the Americans have all that money and the Greeks have pretty well […]

With only three recent fights, Gert is mellowing

Sturdy Gert McCurdy is back in town after an extended vacation in her old stomping grounds. As awful and as usual, she is full of chatter about the goings on in her favorite part of the world. She had no sooner stepped out of the reindeer-powered snowmobile that took her to the town’s main street, […]

Should we honour the humble Boardwalk?

I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words on behalf of that beloved symbol of this area, the Boardwalk which has sturdily made its way along the east end of the waterfront ever since it was built in 1932. It is a warm and wonderful symbol of this blessed part of […]

Let’s give the snowball a chance to make peace

I am getting very nervous about this coming winter season. There was a time in these parts when every season had instantly recognizable characteristics. Summer was hot, fall was not, and spring was rainy. I am aware that winter did not make the short list and there is a reason for that. There was a […]

My Toronto includes streetcars and croquet

There are many things I like about Toronto and my list most definitely includes the streetcar. There is a westbound stop across from where I and The Wife reside, and it can get mighty chilly on a cold winter morning while waiting for the vehicle to arrive. Then just when all seems lost the noble […]

Glenn Cochrane: Croquet tournament is a hit at Kew Cottage

I and the Wife and a host of other dedicated volunteers are poised to add another chapter to this area’s storied athletic history. It doesn’t have the smash-mouth reputation of three-down football or six-person hockey, but on the other hand participants need clear eyes, steady hands and a willingness to take a gamble. I am […]