Helena hopes to help kids get better access to cancer treatment

East York resident Sarah Calderwood thought her then three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Helena Kirk had an earache. It turned out to be something much more serious. Helena was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a disease that would put her through 841 gruelling days of chemotherapy. “It was shocking and terrifying to know that our little three year old was going to be […]

Outbound Liberal MPP Arthur Potts takes loss in stride

As the provincial election results flashed across the TV screens at the Beach House Grill on the night of June 7, Beaches—East York MPP Arthur Potts knows he has lost his riding to the NDP’s Rima Berns-McGown. “Listen, I appreciate why people wanted to move to the NDP in order to stop Doug Ford. It […]

Notre Dame High School students travel to Ottawa to advocate for peace

On May 2, delegates from over 20 Catholic schools in the GTA accompanied the Development and Peace campaign bus to Ottawa to personally deliver postcard petitions to the Prime Minister’s Office and to their respective Members of Parliament. Among them were four Notre Dame High School students who met with Beaches—East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith […]

Anti-racism town hall disrupted

The police were called to what was supposed to be an anti-racism town hall last month at Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church as hecklers repeatedly interrupted the event sparking heated interactions between attendees and politicians. Hosted by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and his provincial counterpart, Arthur Potts, on Feb. 22, the public meeting in […]

Local MPs split on election reform

Local MPs were split in last Wednesday’s vote on whether to accept the report of the recent special committee on electoral reform. The report, which was produced by an all-party committee and recommended that the government move forward with electoral reform, was defeated in the May 31 vote, with all but two of the East […]

CanLit challenge looks to make Canadian history an open book

How long would you need to read 150 pieces of Canadian literature? If you’re a student in Ms. Pearman-Smith’s Grade 5 class at St. Brigid Catholic School, the answer is: not long. The class was the first to complete Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s Canada 150 Literacy Challenge, which is encouraging classrooms in the riding […]

MP responds to new marijuana legislation

Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is generally in agreement with the government’s newly tabled Cannibis Act, legislation that introduces a framework to legalize marijuana. “Overall, the proposed law is sensible drug policy. It is a public health approach that also treats Canadians like the responsible adults we are,” said Erskine-Smith in an email. The proposed […]

Should we change how we vote?

Should voting in Canada be mandatory? What other voting systems exist around the world? Which one would be best for Canada? Around 175 East End residents had an opportunity to consider these questions, and more, at a Liberal-led electoral reform town hall last week. The October 12 meeting at St. Brigid’s School was part of […]

East End joins Liberal sweep in Toronto

Red ties, scarves, hats, even strawberry cake was flying as supporters celebrated Liberal Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s election win in Beaches-East York last night. “It’s amazing for our riding, it’s amazing for our country,” said Erskine-Smith, speaking in the Ted Reeve party room shortly before giving a speech to his volunteers. “The current government has been so […]