Teen Beach: Make skateboarding accessible

Skateboarding is about community. For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the East York Skatepark at Stan Wadlow Park, the Toronto Skate Commission recently held a clean-up and barbecue at the park. Artists came to cover old graffiti with their work and skaters came to repaint ramps and clean the park. It wasn’t all […]

Painful history makes for a powerful comic book

Candy wrappers, comics, action figures – what sparked Justice Ryan’s award-winning comic book The Escape are all bright fun things from childhood. But they were stashed behind walls and under floorboards in a place no child should have been. “The kids were hiding all this stuff like contraband,” said Ryan, talking about her visit last […]

Malvern student joins Arctic youth conference

Shortly after her plane landed in Iqaluit, Georgia Koumantaros settled onto a sealskin chair and watched Nunavut’s 19-person legislature at work. “It wasn’t this big show,” said Koumantaros, a Grade 12 Malvern student and former Queen’s Park page. “They were actually working together towards a common goal.” Compared with the theatrics of question period in […]

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 […]

From Balmy Beach to the World Cup

In his wildest dreams, nine-year-old Liam Underwood couldn’t see where rugby would land him: a sold-out stadium in Cardiff, Wales roaring with 74,000 fans. A field where Ireland, the back-to-back Six Nations rugby champions, gather on the other side. That was the scene Liam stepped into Sept. 19, when the 24-year-old Beach native took the […]

Engineer out to change the world at home and abroad

In a tiny room of his old high school, Dr. Rod Tennyson, aerospace engineer, is running an experiment with vinegar and baking soda. Dr. Tennyson has designed protective coatings for spacecraft, and a kind of fiber-optic nerve system for airplane wings. Somewhere at home, he has an award for his part in saving the astronauts […]

Malvern’s young women share empowerment with Grade 8 girls

More than 200 girls attended the fifth annual Grade 8 Girls Conference hosted by the Malvern Young Women’s Empowerment Group on April 29. The event took place at Malvern CI from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featured workshops, a keynote presentation, lunch and more. The conference was a way for Grade 8 girls attending […]

Malvern cheerleaders medal at nationals

They do high-flying stunts, won silver in Niagara Falls, and never have a net to catch them. Malvern Collegiate’s daredevil cheerleading team won second place at the Canadian championships in Niagara Falls this month – their best finish on a national stage. Jennifer Wilson, a flyer and tumbler now in her third year on the […]