Why is Malvern’s field closed sometimes?

Several parents of younger children are upset after finding the fence around Malvern Collegiate Institute’s yard and track locked on several weekends and holidays over the past year. “I wasn’t sure why it was locked up,” said Andrew MacPherson, a father of a two-year-old and a four-year-old that lives in the area. “It seems odd, […]

Greenwood Secondary, SOLE would move under PARC recommendations

The Toronto Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee revealed its recommendations for East End secondary schools at a busy public meeting at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute on March 11. The provincial ministry initiated the review process when it requested information on all Toronto District School Board facilities that were operating at less than 65 per […]

East End school mergers proposed

They are only blocks apart, but some big moves may be coming to four East End high schools. Greenwood Secondary, a specialized school where about 250 newcomer students spend a few semesters improving their English before transferring to other schools, may soon move to Danforth Collegiate and have its own building sold. At the same […]

TDSB studies East End enrolment

A special committee reviewing the future of 10 East End high schools is calling for community input. Prompted by falling enrolment at Eastern Commerce Collegiate, which had just 67 students last fall despite a capacity for 903, the Toronto District School Board is studying the possible closure of Eastern and the best way to use […]

Wynne stops in at Centre 55

Some nine year-old summer campers beat the Beach Metro News to an exclusive interview with Premier Kathleen Wynne last week. Kids in the day camp at Community Centre 55 got to ask Wynne several questions when the premier dropped in on Wednesday, a day when Wynne also visited the new Chest Centre at Toronto East […]

999-year lease needs transparency

Have you ever heard of a 999-year lease of a public park to a school in the City of Toronto before? Apparently nobody has. That is one reason many residents wrote to Mayor Tory and city councillors before the May 5 council meeting asking that the motion to lease Pantry Park to the Toronto District […]

Province is keeping school board from doing its job

Lord, love a duck, what a year! Five months ago we trustees took our oath of office with a spirit of cooperation and fellowship – 11 new trustees and 11 incumbents. A good mix for a new beginning. Enthusiasm ran high and people were full of hope and new ideas. Then BAM!!! The province swept […]

Anger, confusion at last-minute Pantry Park meeting

A city council vote to enter into negotiations with the Toronto District School Board on a possible 999-year lease of parkland was set to go ahead on May 5 despite opposition from some residents. Beachers concerned about the deal gathered at the school on April 28 for a hastily-organized public meeting. Local TDSB trustee Sheila […]