Community garden grows on Woodbine

East End resident Miranda Snyder may not admit to being a community gardening expert quite yet, but with her involvement in a second horticultural endeavour this year, she’s well on her way. Snyder first got involved setting up the Rail Garden, utilizing a patch of semi-wild city land near a pathway under the rail line […]

Monarch Park student honoured with Zonta award

It’s not the average hgh school student who would get excited about meeting Canada’s Governor General; but then an average student likely wouldn’t have won the Young Women in Public Affairs Award from Zonta International District Four. Wendy Liao, 18, was chosen as the local winner by the Zonta Club of Toronto, then picked as […]

Quilt unites Gerrard community

A community-created quilt, featuring dozens of squares stitched by Gerrard Street business owners and residents, was unveiled last Saturday at the Gerrard-Ashdale Library. The quilt was born of an idea from artist Leanne Rhem and Lazy Daisy Café owner Dawn Chapman, after media coverage and community meetings about vacant storefronts in the area. “We can’t […]

Courcelette P.S. celebrates 100

Courcelette Public School is celebrating a century of education in the community this month. The school will be hosting a centennial party for graduates, former staff and community members on May 26 at the school from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature the opening of the time capsule from the 75th anniversary, as […]

Woodbine Park makes friends

It’s official: the park lovers of the former racetrack have formed a group. Say hello to Friends of Woodbine Park (FoWP). Since February 2012, three community meetings have been held in venues near the park. Presenters from the city’s Parks department and other park advocacy groups as well as our own local historian spoke of […]

News in Brief

Transit riders are venting their frustration with service changes on the Queen Street East and Kingston Road routes, where buses have replaced streetcars while track replacement is carried out. In response to complaints forwarded to him from Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s office, TTC CEO Andy Byford has authorized some changes to help alleviate wait […]

1960-1962 Queen on to Community Council

The big day is approaching for several resident associations opposed to a six-storey development at 1960-1962 Queen St. E., generally referred to as the ‘Lick’s development’, since the proposed building would take the place of the burger restaurant at Queen and Kenilworth. The plans for 1960-1962 have been filed with the city’s planning office, and […]

BMN photographer honoured by fire fighters

Toronto Fire Services Chief William Stewart, left, and Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association President Ed Kennedy, right, present Beach Metro News photographer Phil Lameira with the Association’s Media Award for Best Photo on April 20. The winning photo ran last June on the front page of Beach Metro News, and also won a photo of the […]

City looks at building new ground

Toronto City Council recently passed a motion calling for an environmental assessment (EA) of possible new landforms on the city’s waterfront. The multiple projects in the EA would have the goals of building up land that will help improve water quality at Sunnyside Beach in the West End, near the mouth of the Humber River, […]

Units merge under new Staff Sgt.

The Beach has a new face in the leadership of community policing. Staff Sergeant Adrianne Johnstone has taken over from Staff Sergeant Grant Burningham, who is leaving for Afghanistan for one year as part of a NATO mission. Johnstone, who previously filled the position of Detective Sergeant  at 55 Division, is looking forward to being […]