Beach history group rejuvenated

A packed room at the Beaches library provided ample evidence that the time has come for the rejuvenation of the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society (BETHS). About 60 history buffs met on Oct. 29 for a slide show and talk by historian and Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala, who offered up a […]

Future of Beach “gateway” at stake

With residents and developers looking on, lawyers made final arguments at an Oct. 22 hearing into a six-storey condo proposed for Queen and Woodbine. But with a February hearing into another six-storey condo planned across the street and a May appeal of a city bylaw related to the Queen Street urban design guidelines, debate over […]

City consulting public on priority neighbourhoods changes

On a windy, damp Monday evening, the cafeteria at Monarch Park CI was host to about two dozen service agency staff and concerned residents, for the second of eight city-wide ‘community conversations’ about the Priority Neighbourhoods plan. The first major change is rebranding. The Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 will take community input and other data […]

Police Beat

Jordan Lowe, 20, was named by 55 Division as last week’s honouree for Wanted Wednesdays. Police allege that a male was in a stolen vehicle that was the subject of a police chase downtown before officers called off the chase for safety reasons. The vehicle was found and DNA evidence was recovered. Lowe is wanted […]

Bussin weighs options for 2014 Toronto election

Three months before campaigns start for Toronto’s 2014 election, former councillor Sandra Bussin is testing the waters for a political comeback in Beaches-East York. “I’ve been approached by a number of residents saying they’re very unhappy with what’s happening at the city and urging me to run again,” Bussin said. “That’s where it started.” Now […]

Sale of rare beachfront properties stalled by red tape

Last-minute paperwork is the only thing delaying “For Sale” signs at four Toronto Community Housing homes that are right along the Kew Beach lakefront. Built in 1926, the heritage homes at 4 and 6 Wineva Avenue and 5 and 7 Hubbard Boulevard are among the highest-valued houses in the TCH inventory. Their sale has been […]

Youth mental health service expanded

When students take a seat in Andrew Bringas’ class at Toronto East General Hospital, the first thing they see on their desks is an aquarium swimming with tiny frogs. For Grade 7 to 12 students who have stopped going to their regular school because of a mental health problem, the frogs are a welcome sign […]

News in Brief

What do history, Harris tweed jackets and bicycles have in common? They are all components of the first Ward 32 Tweed Historical Bike Ride. Decked out in their finest woolens, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, local historian and Beach Metro News columnist Gene Domagala, the Bard in the Park Thespians and 32 Spokes Cycling Club will lead […]