Local city councillor candidates riding out ward limbo

Weeks away from municipal election on October 22, candidates for Beaches—East York city council are in ward-boundary limbo after a series of unprecedented judicial jigs and political pirouettes. The shake-up, which involved Ontario’s Superior Court, Queen’s Park and Toronto City Hall, was over the provincial government’s decision to reduce the number of wards and city […]

NDP wins Beaches—East York

Beaches—East York has a new Member of Provincial Parliament, and she’s a Beacher. Rima Berns-McGown, who has lived in the area with her family for 25 years, was left speechless by the cheers and applause by her supporters, volunteers and staff who were gathered at the Firkin on Danforth to watch the election results roll […]

Student Vote gives younger voices a say

Even people who voted early this federal election are way behind Nick Szczepanksi. The Grade 11 student voted for a Beaches-East York candidate at Malvern Collegiate on Oct. 16, and he’s not even 18. It was actually Szczepanksi’s second time voting in Student Vote, a parallel election held at Malvern and another 6,000 elementary and […]

Letters to the Editor for December 2, 2014

Council candidate displeased with election coverage Beach Metro News was founded to be a non-partisan community paper. Non-partisan does not mean apolitical. Inevitably, the few people running Beach Metro will have their own biases, but lately I have begun to wonder if the paper really is non-partisan and whose voice it really represents. I have […]

Four more years for incumbents

Mary-Margaret McMahon had to stand on a chair and shout her thank-yous over the cheering crowd of supporters who packed Kingston Road’s Grover Pub on election night. “This is a clear, strong, solid message to Ward 32 that we have done great work in the last four years!” she said. A rookie when she was […]

Looking forward to four more years of community building

A gigantic THANK YOU to wonderful Ward 32 for re-electing me as city councillor again! I am honoured. I am humbled. I am appreciative. I look forward to four more years of community and city building – this time with less fanfare! Elections are a time for renewal. They are a chance for new ideas […]

Sparks and ideas fly at Ward 32 debate

How do you leave a mark on the beach? That question – how to improve Ward 32’s waterfront – sparked many ideas and a few fireworks when ten Toronto council candidates met for an Oct. 7 debate at St. John’s Norway Church. Put mall-style signs by the boardwalk to show visitors all the Queen Street […]

Duking it out on campaign trail

Sporting a bright green T-shirt marked ‘mmm good!,’ councillor Mary Margaret-McMahon calls out as her bicycle bumps over cracked and potholed pavement by Main Street Library. “You see how bad the road is? I bumped up the road resurfacing on Main,” she says. “We’d heard complaints, but it was also because we bike there.” Before […]