Crews demolish former convent on Kingston Road

Brick walls cracked and crumbled on Wednesday as crews started to demolish the former Sisters of Notre Dame convent near Kingston Road and Glen Manor Drive. Closed by the Sisters in August 2013, the property at 750 Kingston Rd. was later purchased by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Built in 1952, for decades the convent […]

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Two books written by Beachers and reviewed in these pages last year have been nominated for in 40th annual Heritage Toronto Awards. Books that contribute to the promotion and conservation of the city’s history and heritage are considered for nomination. Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage by M. Jane Fairburn covers the history, social […]

Election 2014: Candidates for TCDSB trustee

Welcome to the first of three issues of Toronto municipal election coverage in Beach Metro Community News. In this issue, we are featuring local school trustee candidates for the Catholic and public school boards. Ward 11, the local ward of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, includes a dozen elementary and four secondary schools in […]

St. Pat’s student represents at board

Hannah McGroarty has many people to think about and it shows, mainly on her arms. When the St. Pat’s senior rolls up her sleeves alongside Toronto’s 13 other Catholic school trustees this year, she won’t be the only one in high school — her colleague Christopher MacDonald is also in Grade 12. But McGroarty is […]

Block Ness teaches Neil McNeil robotics team

Three days before a city-wide robotics contest, a freak radio problem had the Neil McNeil team re-thinking fast. The club robot, a.k.a. Block Ness Monster, was mostly behaving – it could carry a hockey puck, slide it on a giant crokinole board, and shoot it with an air-powered piston. (For the uninitiated, crokinole is a […]

Youth mental health service expanded

When students take a seat in Andrew Bringas’ class at Toronto East General Hospital, the first thing they see on their desks is an aquarium swimming with tiny frogs. For Grade 7 to 12 students who have stopped going to their regular school because of a mental health problem, the frogs are a welcome sign […]