Plan the perfect holiday party

Nibbles, snacks, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, tapas – call them what you will – these mini-bites of deliciousness are central to holiday entertaining. Whether your party is a casual affair at home where friends drop by or a more formal cocktail party, here are some organizational hints: Be ready to welcome your guests at the door […]

OMB rejects Neville Park plans

Ontario’s top real-estate appeals board has rejected plans to build four homes on three lots at the north end of Neville Park Boulevard. Writing for the Ontario Municipal Board on March 23, board member Sarah Jacobs said the proposed buildings were too large for their lots and out of character with the neighbourhood. Jacobs said […]

1915 plan visionary then and now

The plan below, drawn up 100 years ago, was shown this year to several different organizations, including the Board of Trade. There were three people who proposed this idea originally. They were R.C. Harris, works commissioner (and a Beacher, by the way), Toronto Harbour Board engineer E.L. Cousins, and F. A. Gaby, chief engineer for […]

Neglected laneway ready for limelight

Sketchy, dim, junky, ugly, snowy, glum and baffling. The way people describe it, the unmarked walkway connecting the Danforth to Coxwell subway station sounds like Cinderella’s B-list for the Seven Dwarfs. But thanks to DECA, a Danforth community group, the narrow walkway is a strong contender for a makeover plan courtesy of the non-profit Laneway […]

City rejects developer’s plans on Neville Park

City planners are challenging a developer who wants to build four houses on three lots along Neville Park Boulevard. The contested plans call for two new homes and two major renovations of existing houses. The three properties back onto a ravine slope at Neville Park’s north end. Builders are already framing a third-storey addition on […]