Holiday blackout for Beach

For 12 days this Christmas, all Elizabeth Hall got from Toronto Hydro was a tied-up call centre and two false reports that her house was back to full power. Hall said she knows many people had it worse. For all but two of the 12 days after the ice storm, Hall at least had partial […]

Boardwalk trees not lacking fluids

When a gardener asked Beach Metro News to find out if lack of moisture was causing white patches to form on the base of trees along the boardwalk, the answer was actually the opposite – too much watering, by dogs. Beth McEwen, the city’s manager of urban tree renewal, says while dog urine is toxic […]

Beach has always been a tourist area

What is a heritage area? I look around our great city and see a few areas that are designated as a tourist area, such as the Eaton Centre. How in the world can the Eaton Centre be designated a tourist area during holidays but not the Beach? Over the past few decades I have fought […]

Deja Views

Can you imagine walking south on a frozen Lake Ontario for 100 metres in March? Well the photographer of this image did it on March 7, 1924. The view is looking east from the bottom of Silver Birch Avenue. Construction on the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant would not begin for another 8 years. Do […]

Beach and East End throw Doors Open to all

Doors Open Toronto is featuring a number of Beach locations in its lineup this year. The program, which began as a millennium project in 2000, allows visitors to peek inside many city buildings which are normally closed to the public or would charge an admission fee for entry. On the weekend of May 28 and […]