BIA looks at the year that was and the year ahead

The Beach Village BIA represents more than 300 businesses and service professionals. 2015 saw progress with its initiatives including community events, streetscaping and member promotion, all in the spirit of “bringing more feet to Queen Street.” Streetscaping is a significant component of a pedestrian-friendly, accessible, vibrant neighbourhood. The BIA street audit helped prioritize 2016 initiatives […]

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 15, 2015

Kew Gardens plan has fans and detractors Re: ‘Kew Gardens ‘help’ not necessary,’ Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1: On March 18, 2014, there was a public meeting at the Beaches Rec Centre about updating Kew Gardens. Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon invited a few youths to this meeting, including ourselves. We attended with a few friends. […]

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 1, 2015

A challenge for readers: let’s do something positive RE: Letters from Carole Wilson and Paul Romanuk (Letters to the Editor, Nov. 17): I agree that many sections of Queen Street East look appalling, ranging from dirty or sadly outdated store windows to downright dilapidated buildings. I doubt that our BIA or councillor can talk sense […]

Raising funds to build a school in Haiti

More than 30 students crammed into a classroom at Glen Ames Senior Public School last week, debating how best to turn cookies into cash. The lunch hour discussion last week covered all sorts of details for the bake sale. Would there be a cookie contest? Would the winner cost more? Should the goodies be divided […]

Queen Street landlord to appeal harassment fine

A landlord who owns 10 buildings on Queen Street East has been fined $3,000 for threatening and harassing a tenant. Writing in an order issued Nov. 2 by the Landlord and Tenant Board, adjudicator Roger Rodrigues called the landlord’s actions “beyond the pale, troubling and completely outside the norms of acceptable behaviour.” The board found […]

Fifteen years of honouring settlement volunteers

Fifteen years ago, Munni Subhani followed her mother’s good advice. A Beacher and long-time teacher of English as a Second Language, Subhani had recently joined the board at Mennonite New Life Centre – a Toronto settlement agency with an office on Queen Street East. That’s when Subhani’s mother, Begum Afzalun Nessa, suggested they organize a […]

Water treatment plant upgrading again

Crews have fenced off most of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment grounds for a three-year reconstruction project. By the fall of 2018, contractors are expected to replace the waterproof membrane that shields the underground settling basins on the plant’s north side. Crews will also upgrade the basins themselves, along with the green access hatches and […]

Sculptures stolen from Beach art gallery

A thief stole two solid bronze sculptures from a Beach art gallery last week. Christi Johnson, owner of the Great Spirit Gallery on Queen Street East, says the nine- and 12-inch sculptures are unique works by Toronto sculptor Julie Campagna and valued at over $1,900 each. Johnson noticed the theft on the morning of Thursday, […]