A Japanese maple with marcescence

Marcescence: When foliage won’t fall

What is marcescence? Well, apart from sounding like the answer to a Jeopardy clue that Alex Trebek might spring on unsuspecting contestants, it’s a botanical term to describe a phenomenon that occurs when a normally deciduous hardwood tree stubbornly retains its dead leaves through winter. It is a fairly obscure word and not exactly something […]

The cankerworms are coming

They’re small, they’re slimy, and they have a voracious appetite for leafy greens. These creatures are cankerworms — an insect also commonly known as an inchworm, and which many would recognize as a common moth later in its lifecycle — and though they may be small, they pose a mighty threat to the foliage in the […]

Exploring the weight of William Kurelek’s legacy

This year is the 40th anniversary of the death of William Kurelek, who lived with his family at 175 Balsam Avenue. During the 1960s and ‘70s you could often find his artwork hanging in the homes of his neighbours. Some were gifts and others he bartered for services. My family lived across the road. We […]

Celebrating East End naturalists

Recently I wrote about saving historic houses and buildings and making sure there was a reason to use these facilities. One of the other things to save is our natural history – our animals, wildlife, birds, vegetation, trees, etc. Not being a naturalist or an expert on wildlife, I bow to those who wish to […]

Celebrating Glen Stewart Ravine

Gene Domagala will cover the historical aspect of an organized walk through the Glen Stewart Ravine on Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the launch of a new Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine group. See page 4 for details.   Twelve thousand or so years ago an ice age retreated, leaving a lake called Lake […]

Walk the history of a ravine

Stewardship, conservancy, and appreciation. These are the three priorities the Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine hope to put forward when the group hosts its first nature walk on Sunday, Oct. 25. The guided tour will meander through the leafy enclave that stretches between Kingston Road and Queen Street East beginning at 3 p.m. at the […]

New Kingston Road condos proposed

A developer is asking the city to rezone for a seven-storey condo on Kingston Road that would back onto the Glen Stewart ravine near Beech Avenue. Gabriele Homes Ltd. plans to have 29 suites in the building, with retail on the ground floor. It would have two levels of underground parking, accessed from Beech Avenue. […]

Al Pacino’s time in the Beach

If someone were to ask about the “biggest” screen star ever to grace our leafy Beach streets, I would put my money on Cass Ole, the race horse who galloped down Kenilworth Avenue to Queen Street in 1979’s The Black Stallion. Horse play aside, I’d bet on Al Pacino in the 1989 thriller Sea of […]

Carolling in the Park hits 25th year

“What does a gingerbread man put on his bed? A cookie sheet!” Gerry Di Leo won a chorus of groans when he served that joke to everyone who gathered to sing carols in Glen Stewart ravine last month with the Salvation Army band. But jokes, even crummy ones, are just what carollers need on a […]