Over and out, after four decades

This paper is a special one for me.  After 40 years and about 875 issues, it’s the last time I will see my name on the masthead. I am retiring on March 31 from what has been the best job in the world. While it hasn’t been as dramatic as choosing a new pope, the […]

Spring Sprint needs runners and volunteers

  You arrive before the runners and the water in Lake Ontario is like glass.  The sun is still low on the horizon, and there’s a nip in the air that is brisk and yet has a suggestion of spring in it.  It’s Spring Sprint day, and the volunteers gather on the boardwalk by the […]

Fashion management student off to NYC

Sarah Walkington has always had an interest in fashion. Now, with a $5,000 scholarship under her belt, she is headed to New York City to intern with an American retailer where she will get hands-on experience in combining fashion sense with business acumen. Walkington is in the final year of the Fashion Management program at […]

Coyote claims canine victim in Neville Park ravine

The coyote locals have cutely named ‘Neville’ displayed his decidedly un-cute – though predictably natural – behaviour recently, when he attacked a small dog owned by the family of Kingswood Road resident Chris Peters. Peters said he was in his back yard with his dog, when the coyote leapt out of the neighbour’s bushes, grabbed  […]

Silver Birch boathouse changes in the works

The future use of the Silver Birch Boathouse is uncertain, after the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) department determined the facility was underutilized and underfunded. Letters have been sent to owners of watercraft at the boathouse, informing them that boats must be removed by the end of October this year. The intent, according to […]

Plans for Quarry Lands aired at Community Council

Build Toronto’s plans for its portion of vacant land northeast of Gerrard and Victoria Park were before Scarborough Community Council last week, with the presentation of a preliminary report on an  application for an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment. The biggest news is the inclusion in the current plan of a single large retail […]

News in Brief

A new group aimed at fostering community input is being created by 55 Division’s Toronto Police Liaison Committee. The inaugural meeting of 55 Neighbourhood Residents Group will be held Thursday, March 7 at Gerrard/Ashdale Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Police are specifically hoping to attract members of all of the East End’s many residents […]

Biz-savvy students surprised by success

What happens when drive and motivation get the best of you? Sometimes, they will get you ahead of yourself and leave you stranded. That’s what happened to three bright students at Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School this year. Best buddies Gowttam Perinpanayagam, Enrique Olivo, and Tamim Chowdhury, all in grade 11, decided in November of […]

Queen and Woodbine condo clash looming

The recently adopted Beach Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) may face a trial by fire at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), as two development proposals for the northwest and northeast corners of Queen and Woodbine do not meet the new guidelines. The city’s Planning Department and Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon indicated their intention to defend […]

School hosts foreign students

Exchange students are fairly common across school boards, but to have a large number from the same country in one is rare. Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary had three international students last year. This year they have 35 Chinese students in the program. The number arises from the promotion of schools by the Toronto Catholic District […]