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 […]

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 […]

False alarm on lead levels

Drinking fountains are spouting once again at Duke of Connaught. Two recent tests show the school’s tap water is safe to drink, suggesting human error was behind an earlier test that registered a high level of lead. For the two weeks before June 10, staff and students at the kindergarten to Grade 8 school had […]

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 […]

Malvern’s young women share empowerment with Grade 8 girls

More than 200 girls attended the fifth annual Grade 8 Girls Conference hosted by the Malvern Young Women’s Empowerment Group on April 29. The event took place at Malvern CI from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featured workshops, a keynote presentation, lunch and more. The conference was a way for Grade 8 girls attending […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor for May 5, 2015

On farmers’ markets and Kew Gardens RE:  No Farmers’ Market for Kew, March 24: I would like to clarify some information concerning the Boardwalk Café lease and a potential farmers’ market stated in a March 24 opinion piece. Yes, the city solicitor was involved in the Tuggs/Boardwalk Café debate, however it was the parks department […]

Francophones seek new school

Trustees at Toronto’s largest school board got a tough assignment this winter, but local francophone parents are hoping they have at least one of the answers. In January, Ontario’s education minister assigned the Toronto District School Board a list of 13 reforms, including a call to look at selling some underused schools. When TDSB trustees […]

News Briefs

Newly re-elected Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Ward 36 councillor Gary Crawford will both serve on Mayor John Tory’s executive committee for the 2014-2018 council term. Crawford joins the executive as chair of the city’s budget committee, while McMahon will serve as a member at large. ● Sheila Cary-Meagher, school trustee for the local […]