Deja Views

This submitted photograph shows siblings Livia and Leon Thoeny on the corner of Nursewood and Queen streets in 1952, when they were teens. The two white condo buildings behind them were designed by their father, Victor. The one in the centre is where Livia still lives today. In the early 1950s, 33 Estonian families took […]

Defend the Beach design guidelines and protect Queen Street

Standing on the corner of Queen and Woodbine, the first thing you notice is the 108-year-old Beach fire hall, a landmark in our neighbourhood. Beyond that stretches the historic main street that makes our community so unique. Unfortunately, the gateway to the Beach is being threatened with two condo buildings that do not adhere to […]

News in Brief

The new Urban Design Guidelines for Queen Street East will be discussed at a Community Information Session Wednesday, May 22, at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd. The meeting, organized by the Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association, is slated to last from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The GBNA is made up of the smaller participant […]

Queen Street an obstacle course to some

A recent walk organized by Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has raised some issues and concerns in regards to accessibility. On Nov. 13, McMahon led a group of people with disabilities, some visually impaired, others in wheelchairs, on a stroll along Queen Street, from Brookmount Road to Lee Avenue. The goal of the gathering was […]

Queen Street rules draw protest and support

Well over 200 people crowded into the Kew Beach Public School gym on Oct. 23, for a meeting organized by the Beach Residents Association of Toronto (BRAT), responsible for the ‘Save Queen Street’ campaign, which has featured lawn signs, robo-calls and the resurfacing of former politicians. The group is opposed to a proposed set of […]

Deja Views

If you are a young adult who was born and raised in the Beach, chances are your parents purchased you an outfit from Hobbit Town, a popular children’s wear store that was uniquely set back from the street. This cove-like area was a great place to meet or wait for the streetcar. It was located […]

Queen Street Visioning Study comes to an end

The final public meeting in the Queen Street East Visioning Study process was held on Sept. 19 at the Toronto Fire Academy, with a vocal group representing a number of local interests taking part. A draft of the proposed new Urban Design Guidelines was presented by James Parakh, the city’s Urban Design Program Manager. Also […]

Six storeys approved by Community Council

Despite months of growing opposition to the six storey condo proposal for 1960-1962 Queen St. E. – currently the home of a Lick’s restaurant – Toronto and East York Community Council voted unanimously on May 15 to allow the project to go ahead. Dozens of Beach residents attended the Community Council meeting to voice their concerns […]

Looking past Lick’s to a new era of community input

It’s been a long and difficult haul, but on May 15, the Toronto East York Community Council voted unanimously in favour of approving the development application at 1960-62 Queen East. Community residents were on hand at city hall to share their frustration with the planning and consultation process, a frustration all members of the Community […]

Queen walk sparks optimism, activism

About 100 concerned Beachers gathered on a cold Feb. 25 morning to walk a section of Queen Street East, looking at potential development sites singled out in a recently completed segment study. The study was requested by Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and was completed by Armstrong Hunter and Associates, and funded by Reserve Properties, […]