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A long line of people winds its way through the Crescent Town Elementary School property last Friday during a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Run by East Toronto Health Partners with the support of Michael Garron Hospital for residents living specifically in Crescent Town, the clinic vaccinated a total of 2,000 people over the two days (April 16 and 17) that it was held. For more on this story, please see Page 14.

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NO VIRUS is stopping a team of young STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) minds from East Toronto. Grade 8 students from Glen Ames Senior Public School are moving on to the provincial FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics competition after recently winning the Robot Performance Award and the Core Values Award in the qualifying round. This in a school year that’s been largely dominated by COVID-19 news. This is the 12th consecutive ro-

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botics team from Glen Ames to move on to the annual provincial championships. Last year, one of the school’s robotics teams became the fourth in a row to qualify for the international competition – a feat that this year’s students have in their sights. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organizes its Lego League (FLL) in part of an international alliance of educators challenging young students to find solutions to real-world challenges using Lego Mindstorms technology. This kind of Lego gives students the opportunity to put their coding skills to the

test while using Lego hardware and software. It’s a competition that promotes STEM learning, teamwork, and collaboration, teacher Luke Martin said. And that has been a challenge made even tougher with COVID-19 restrictions this year, he said. The team – Team 458: Level Playing Field – is made of captain Jimmy L., assistant captain Jared H., table captain Jade D., researcher Saphia K., researcher and programmer Alexandra L., technicians Ella G., Avery D., Cole L., and Liam T., and programmer Audrey B. Continued on Page 10

Winter Stations move off Woodbine Beach for this year JUST CALL them Spring (or Summer) Stations. The organizers of the annual Winter Stations outdoor art festival have revealed a modified schedule for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the art installations being placed along Woodbine Beach, as is traditionally done from February to the end of March, this year’s event will see new locations and display dates for the art. Only one of those locations will be in the Beach community. “The Beach will always be our home and we have every intention of returning on Family Day in 2022,” said Winter Stations organizers in an April 15 press release officially announcing the changes to this year’s exhibit. “While the spirit of Winter Stations will always reside in the colder months, along the shorelines of Lake Ontario, the circumstances of the last year have forced us to be creative,” the press release said.

“We’d like to thank our partners at the City, our colleagues in the Parks department, our sponsors, and all of the artists for their patience and understanding.” The modified plan for this spring and summer will some of the five winning art installations for 2021 set up at in the Distillery District, the Graywood Development site at 33 Parliament St., and at a local site to be determined by the Beach Village BIA in the summer. The winning Winter Stations designs for 2021 were Arc de Blob from Austria and the United Kingdom; From Small Beginnings from the United Kingdom; The Epitonium from Iran; THROBBER from Germany; and Embrace from Oakville’s Sheridan College. There were more than 400 submissions from around the world for this year’s event. From May 6 to late June, Spring Stations at the Distillery District will feature ARc de Blob, From Continued on Page 14

Beach Studio Tour returns with virtual version for 2021 By Heidi Burkhardt

THE BEACH Studio Tour (BST) has been a community event for 28 years. As the first studio tour in the Greater Toronto Area, it has provided people with the opportunity to peek inside the unique homes of creative people. Amazingly, two of the founding members are still participating in the seasonal event.

This year, due to COVID-19, it will be a different experience. As with many other cultural events, this year’s Beach Studio Tour is going virtual. No walking is required to do the tour! Participants will meet this year’s lineup of artists on the BST website, with samples of their exquisite work linked to their webpages. Continued on Page 16



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Ted Reeve Arena to use $5 million in funding to make upgrades to ice pad in ‘The Bubble’ THREE LEVELS of government will be contributing almost $5 million in funding for improvements to Ted Reeve Arena. The funding announcement was made at an online event on the morning of Tuesday, April 13, featuring representatives from the federal and provincial governments, and the City of Toronto. The money will be used to upgrade the arena’s mechanical room and replace the refrigeration plant, dehumidifier, piping, concrete pad, dasher boards and protective glass for the ice sur-

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face located in ‘The Bubble’ section of the facility. Located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Gerrard Street East, Ted Reeve Arena opened its doors in October of 1954. In 2004, the second covered ice surface under The Bubble was opened. “The rehabilitation will improve accessibility, functionality of the arena, and the quality of experience for users while promoting healthy lifestyles,” said the April 13 press release by announcing the funding. Beaches-East York Councillor Brad Bradford told Beach Metro News that Ted Reeve Arena is the “heart of the community” and the funding is much welcomed. “So many residents have grown up on the ice there and – in non-COVID times – have been bringing their own families to learn to skate and play hockey,” he said. “These investments will help make important upgrades to the arena while also improving its environmental footprint which is something this community cares about deeply,” added Bradford. “The upgrades are going to improve everyone’s experience at the arena and will make it a place families can enjoy for decades to come.” Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said Ted Reeve Arena plays an important role in the East Toronto community. 2021-04-15 10:54 AM “Having grown up close to Ted Reeve, I know how much the rink matters to families

across our community” he said. “Our funding will help improve the facility, and it’s an example of our continued commitment to be a strong federal partner for our city.” Along with Ted Reeve Arena, funding was also announced for the Ramsden Park outdoor rink near Yonge and Belmont streets; the High Park Recreational Trail and Nature Centre; the Pine Point Arena in Etobicoke; and Bill Bolton Arena near Bathurst and Dupont streets. The funding is part of the Canada Infrastructure Plan to invest in improved sports and recreational facilities across the country as Canadians deal with the impacts and limitations forced upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Community spaces and recreational centres are at the heart of places where residents want to live, work and raise their families,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the press release. “Federal funding of over $8.9 million to improve the High Park trail, the Ramsden Park Twin Pad Ice Rink and the Ted Reeve, Pine Point and Bill Bolton arenas will help encourage healthy and active lifestyles among Toronto residents for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, create jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Solicitor General and MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, said: “Our government is acting to support all of these Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program projects in the City of Toronto by allocating over $7 million in funding. From recreational trails in High Park, to new funding for outdoor ice rinks, investing in the renovations and rehabilitation, these projects will help to extend the lifespan of these important communitybased facilities, while protecting people’s health and our economy, so that everyone can enjoy them for years to come.” Toronto Mayor John Tory added that the funding will allow the city to “continue to provide high-quality services to our residents and will allow us to continue to address much-needed repairs.” “The facilities and amenities that are receiving funding today are fixtures in their neighbourhoods and have provided an outlet for physical, social and mental well-being for many years,” Tory added. The funding breakdown for Ted Reeve Arena between the federal, provincial and city governments is as follows: The federal government provided $1,972,735 in funding; The provincial government provided $1,643,782 in funding: The City of Toronto provided $1,315,321 in funding.

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Man last seen in East York presumed deceased, second man charged by police TORONTO POLICE have charged a man with interference with a dead body in connection with an investigation related to a missing man last seen in East York earlier this month. In a press release issued on the night of Saturday, April 17, police said that they now believe that missing man Paul Daly, 54, is deceased. “His remains have not been located,” the press release stated. ”Police continue to search for the missing man’s vehicle, a 2008 silver Dodge Caravan, Ontario License Plate AYSV 626.” Police said on April 15 that they were looking for Daly, who had last been seen in the area of Woodbine Avenue and O’Connor Drive on Thursday, April 8, and that they were concerned for his safety. In Saturday’s press release, police said Courtney Michael Tenn, 40, of Toronto, was arrested on April 16. He

Toronto police say Paul Daly, 54, is presumed deceased. He was last seen in East York on April 8. On April 16, police arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with the investigation and charged him with interference with a dead body. is charged with improper/ indecent/interference with a dead body. Anyone with information is asked to contact police in 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or online at

Man stabbed in Beach bus shelter A MAN was taken to hospital with injuries to his leg after a stabbing in a bus shelter on Queen Street East in the Beach early on the morning of Sunday, April 18. Toronto police were called to the bus shelter at Silver Birch Avenue at 5:48 a.m. for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived they found a man who had been sleeping in the bus shelter with a stab wound to his leg. According to police, another man had attacked the victim. Officers quickly located a suspect on a TTC streetcar and he has been arrested. Police said the victim was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries to his leg. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call police at 416808-5500.



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The Tulip’s landlord wants to clear his name By Alan Shackleton

DAVID LUI, the owner of the legendary steakhouse The Tulip on Queen Street East near Coxwell Avenue, says he is a good landlord and wants to clear his name regarding what led to the closure of the business. The issue has been gnawing at Lui, 79, for more than a year as he feels he was unfairly portrayed as being the person responsible for the much-loved restaurant’s closure which was announced with a sign on the door on Jan. 1, 2020. Original reports of the closure said it was the result of a dispute between the landlord and the people running the restaurant. Many of these articles and the social media posts about them included long strings of comments from people taking “greedy landlords” to task for ruining the small business environment along Queen Street East. While it is correct that an agreement could not be reached, Lui said that is not the whole story. “These articles do not reflect all the facts that led to the sudden closure of The Tulip steakhouse after 32 years in business,” he said. In an interview with Beach Metro News inside the empty Tulip in late March, a still obviously upset Lui shared his reasons for wanting to talk after staying relatively silent on the matter for more than a year. “Everyone blamed me. I am made the bad guy,” he said. “Everyone called me a heartless landlord. For days I could not sleep. I just want to clear my name.” Making the entire issue so much more complicated and emotional for Lui is that the tenant and operator of The Tulip since 2008 were his son and his son’s wife. It all began when Lui’s wife, Sheila Ann Webber, passed away in 2006. Lui became lonely by himself in 2008 and because of his age and health, he decided to retire from the


David Lui stands in front of the closed Tulip restaurant on Queen Street East near Coxwell Avenue last month. Photo above right shows Lui in the restaurant’s main-floor kitchen. restaurant. Wanting to keep the business in the family because it was a profitable one, he talked to his son and his son’s wife and came to an agreement that they would run the restaurant and he would charge them rent for the space in the building at 1606 Queen St. E. which he owns. That all seemed to go well for many years but then in 2019 it started to fall apart, said Lui. Lui stressed that when he handed over the business in 2008 it was profitable and the rent was reasonable. “The whole city was grumbling about the closure and about the high rent but it was at market standard according to an appraisal and it was reasonable,” Lui added. As Lui sat in The Tulip in March, his pride in the business and how he and his wife had seen it grow since they took it over back in 1988

was clear. “Every day the business really improved and we had the name for steaks. People were lining up by 1993, and we had all these prizes from different media. I was interviewed on TV and we were named one of the top five steakhouses in the city.” That recognition put The Tulip into the same league as what were then some of Toronto’s iconic downtown steakhouses such as Barberian’s, Carmen’s, Hy’s and Bardi’s. The Tulip had signed photos of celebrities on the wall saying how much they loved the restaurant. The atmosphere at the restaurant was always relaxed and accessible — it was located in a neighbourhood with some character and grit given its proximity to the then Greenwood Racetrack — and it was open for breakfast.

“The big difference was we were a steakhouse that also served breakfast. Anybody can make eggs, but I had a special way of making home fries. People loved them,” said Lui. The Tulip has a long history in the East Toronto area that predates Lui and his wife’s ownership of the restaurant. It was first opened back in 1929 by the Diamond family on Danforth Avenue before later moving down to 1610 Queen St. E. When Lui and his wife first took over restaurant in 1988 it was at 1610 Queen St. E. “It was 50 seats with no basement,” remembered Lui. Lui said the Diamond family was very helpful in making the ownership transition at the time. “Mr. Diamond would come in and help me. He knew my background and would take me to slaughter

houses and taught me how to inspect and pick the best meat,” he said. Lui already had extensive experience in the restaurant and food business having worked as a chef at a country club for 16 years, at a “semi-French” restaurant in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area, and Hy’s Steakhouse downtown so he was familiar with the demands of fine dining. He also studied cooking at George Brown College. On March 28, 2000, he and his wife celebrated the opening of their new bigger version of The Tulip at 1606 Queen St. E., just two doors to the west of the original. Lui had full input in the design of the new restaurant. It was built to his specifications and included numerous full kitchen set ups, including one in the large basement to serve a party room, which he was still proud to point out more than 20 years later. “We sold good quality meat at a fair price and that was always how we did it. I worked in the kitchen and was head cook all those years. My wife looked after everything else including the cream pies, the cheese cake and the chocolate cake,” he remembered with a smile. Twelve years ago it was a busy restaurant and now it is an empty restaurant. As for the future of The Tulip and the building it is in, Lui said he was not sure what would happen next. Beyond that is a story of agreements and disagreements as the business and family relationship seemed to deteriorate. Who is in the right or in the wrong is in the eye of beholder, but what upsets Lui is the closure of The Tulip, the relationship he now has with his son and the perception that the restaurant closed because he was a greedy landlord. “I don’t think I was a bad landlord. As a matter of fact, I think I was a good father,” he said.

Funding helps South Riverdale CHC deal with opioid crisis THE SOUTH Riverdale Community Health Centre will be receiving additional federal funding to help it deal with Toronto’s growing opioid crisis. Minister of Health Patty Haidu and Mayor John Tory announced the funding on the morning of April 14. It sees a federal commitment of $7.7 million for projects in Toronto to increase access to a safer supply and provide additional harm reduction services and treatment options for those dealing with opioid addictions. “The overdose crisis continues to affect communities and families across Canada. Tragically, we have seen significant increases in overdose deaths and related harms during the COVID-19 pandemic, including in Toronto where overdoses deaths increased significantly between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30 last year,” said the press release announcing the funding. From March to July of last year, once the pandemic restrictions started to take hold, Ontario was

averaging 46 opioid overdose related deaths a week, according to Public Health Ontario. The greatest increases in opioidrelated deaths were in Toronto, Hamilton and Peel Region. The funding announced for Toronto will support Toronto Public Health in its efforts to expand the medication options available for people with severe opioid use disorder in the city. “Toronto Public Health’s project will be the first of its kind in Ontario to offer injectable hydromorphone for people with opioid use disorder who do not respond to currently available services and who remain at high risk of overdose,” said today’s press release. South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre will also receive additional federal funding to extend their safer supply projects for two more years and expand the resources they offer to those in need. “These initiatives will connect patients with essential health and

social services, including treatment, which may be more difficult to access during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the release. The South Riverdale Community Health Centre already offers a safe place “where people can use drugs under the supervision of nurses and doctors, where they can access medical advice free from judgment, and where they can access naloxone kits, safe disposal supplies and clean syringes and pipes, and that work keeps them alive,” according to the centre’s website. It also delivers harm-reduction supplies to those in need in an area that goes from Victoria Park Avenue to the Don Valley Parkway, and north from the lake up to Eglinton Avenue. “The need for our programs have grown exponentially throughout the pandemic, a pandemic that has made the overdose crisis so much deadlier,” said Jason Altenberg, Chief Executive Officer of South Riverdale Community Health Centre in the release. “The funding from Health Can-

ada to sustain the SOS programs in Toronto is essential to preserving a continuum of harm reduction services that are saving lives as the opioid poisoning crisis continues to devastate communities of people who use drugs.” Dr. Eileen De Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, said the COVID-19 pandemic has put people who use drugs at a higher risk of overdose death and that the federal support for city programs is crucial to protecting those people. “We are very pleased to have the funding to operate this important program especially during this time of escalating overdose deaths in the City of Toronto and believe that it will save lives. The impact of COVID during the opioid crisis has meant that people who use drugs are at higher risk of overdose death,” she said. “The implementation of this program will not only save people’s lives by reducing their reliance on the unregulated and dangerous drug supply, but will connect people to other needed supports

such as case management, mental health and shelter and housing. The opioid overdose poisoning crisis has had a devastating impact on people who use drugs and we look forward to implementing a program that will save lives.” Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said the programs being offered by Toronto Public Health and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre are lifesaving for those dealing with opioid addiction. “A toxic, illicit drug supply has been killing people for far too long,” he told Beach Metro News. “This is the type of program that will save lives in the community right now.” Erskine-Smith is an advocate for drug reform in Canada, especially in how it relates to harm reduction programs and the criminal code. For more information on opioidrelated deaths in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to data-and-analysis/substance-use/ opioid-mortality

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Scarborough Southwest MPP Begum calls for ‘equitable amount’ of COVID-19 vaccine for community By Ali Raza, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST MPP Doly Begum held a press conference on Friday, April 16, with Scarborough Health Network ER physician Dr. Lisa Salamon at which they both urged the province to prioritize Scarborough for vaccinations. It came just days after the Scarborough Health Network had to cancel 10,000 vaccination appointments citing a lack of supply. East Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital also cancelled appointments slated for its mass immunization clinic at Thorncliffe Park Community Hub last week. Scarborough and Thorncliffe Park are among the most severely hit neighbour-

hoods in Toronto facing rising cases of COVID-19. While the cancellations were until Monday, April 19, Dr. Salamon said if vaccine supply is not prioritized for Scarborough, then further appointment cancellations are possible. “We’re a city in itself and since December we’ve been getting dribs and drabs of the vaccines,” she said. “We need the vast majority of vaccines to be directed to Thorncliffe, Peel, northwest Toronto, and Scarborough, they’re all being devastated.” Begum urged the province to deliver an “equitable amount” of vaccines to Scarborough where the virus has spread rapidly among essential workers and racialized communities.

“What I’m seeing in ED (Emergency Department), there are a lot of essential workers, or their family members,” Dr. Salamon said. Begum also called on the federal government to deliver more vaccine supply to Scarborough and other hard hit communities in the province. Ontario reported 4,800 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, April 16. On Saturday, April 17, Ontario reported 4,362 new cases; and on Sunday, April 18, Ontario reported 4,250 new cases. Ali Raza is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Gerrard East Market’s future unknown due to increased COVID-19 restrictions By Alexandros Varoutas

LAST YEAR, a group of east end businesses got together and opened Gerrard East Market (GEM) as a way to work within COVID-19 safety rules. String lights went up, picnic tables were built, and 22 tons of sand were dumped, turning the once unassuming parking lot on Gerrard Street East by Marjory Avenue into a tropical vacation spot where patrons could enjoy local food and beer and forget the pandemic for a while. This year, as the patio weather nears, business owners are left wondering when the province will give the green light for outdoor dining. Adam Kelly, one of the owner/operators of Vatican Gift Shop and Gardel, is concerned that there might not even be a market this year.

“We thought we were all on the road to a better summer,” said Kelly, “but now it looks like there’s going to be a summer filled with restrictions again.” With the recent provincewide stay-at-home order being extended, any plans for outdoor dining are on hold until COVID-19 infections drop to a manageable level. “It’s kind of anyone’s guess as to when they’re going to allow us to even go forward with it,” said Kelly. “Hopefully, we can still do some sort of outdoor event but it’s kind of just up in the air.” Patios are a bit of a rarity on Gerrard Street, with many businesses limited to opening storefront windows for a bit of fresh air. So when the first round of lockdowns was announced last year, some businesses owners saw it as an opportunity to explore new options.

Enter CafeTO, a municipal initiative aimed at expanding outdoor dining space for businesses that might not have a patio and need to offset the loss of business from COVID-19. This year, Toronto continued the CafeTO program and extended the zoning permits in light of the extended lockdowns. Of course, this was before the latest provincial stay-athome order. “Gerrard Street doesn’t have a lot of patios like Danforth or Queen,” said Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher, who’s a big advocate for the program and sees the idea spreading down the road. “I think we were just a leader in starting something like that. Actually, it stimulated a lot of interest in the suburbs to get private lots at strip malls to set up the same kind of thing,” she said.



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COVID Community Heroes recognized during difficult year Paula Fletcher Toronto-Danforth Councillor


his past year has been difficult and the pandemic has greatly impacted our community. However, these impacts have not all been negative. The East End has come together in remarkable ways to help those in need, showing strength, resilience and compassion. Over the winter I put out a call for COVID Community Heroes, asking residents to nominate those who have been making a difference. I received more than 50 nomina-

tions of people and groups who have been doing amazing work throughout the pandemic. I want them to know their kindness and generosity has not gone unnoticed. Over the next few weeks I will be sending out special Community Hero awards and showcasing their incredible efforts on my social media and website. Back in March 2020, people swung into action right away. There was a sudden and urgent need for masks and Michael Garron Hospital was also in need of PPE. Many folks and local businesses offered donations of PPE and an army of “sewists” got to work sewing thousands of masks. The support for our local hospital and our healthcare workers was truly moving.

There was also a great need for donations to our local food banks. Again, staff and volunteers stepped up and our food banks continued to provide necessities to those in need each week. I’d like to highlight the incredible work of the Bethany Baptist Church Food Bank, Glen Rhodes Food Bank and Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre Food Bank. There were also many others who provided access to food and fresh meals, including the Sandwich Sisters, the Danforth COVID Emergency Food Response, the Danforth Church, Mustard Seed, St. Ann Parish, St. John the Compassionate Mission and local restaurants. The Neighbourhood Food Hub quickly pivoted to respond to the

pandemic, providing reliable fresh food to community members. Between April and December of 2020, they distributed over 2,233 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables and also over 2,000 ready-to-eat meals to those in need. I’d also like to give a special shout out to the East York Seniors’ Christmas Dinner volunteers. They transitioned from their annual sit-down event at the East York Community Centre to providing warm meals to over 200 seniors, right to their front doors, safely. All of these dedicated staff and volunteers helped so many in our community access food and necessities they needed during a difficult period. The fight against COVID-19 isn’t over and I encourage you to support a local food bank or organiza-

tion however you can. I’d also like to thank everyone who helped their neighbours throughout the pandemic. Many of you have been delivering groceries, booking vaccine appointments, and doing simple things that just spread the #EastEndLove. We are doing what East Enders do best, taking care of one another. And the best way that we can continue taking care of one another is by following the public health measures in place and getting vaccinated. I encourage everyone to get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible. If you’d like to nominate someone as a COVID Community Hero, please contact me at councillor_

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Letters to the Editor

Spend taxpayers’ money National defence spending is like insurance on helping people not on buying new war planes Re: ‘Local MP asked to stand up against cost of new fighter jets,’ Letters, April 6. I am asking BeachesEast York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith to please read the April 6 letter by Murray Lumley in Beach Metro News, and to bring it to the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Every Canadian, even those who make money building fighter jets and the corporate CEOs in pursuit of endless profits for their corporations, should be

ashamed and disgusted that in a world suffering from COVID-19 and vast environmental challenges that endless billions of dollars are to be spent on war planes. Have you ever asked why there are only about 2,000 ICU beds in all of Ontario for a population of close to 14 million people? Please stop the war machinery madness! Use taxpayers’ money to improve our lives, not destroy them. Sharman Wilson

Re: ‘Local MP asked to stand up against cost of new fighter jets,’ Letters, April 6. It would seem that some constituents in Beaches-East York are lobbying to cut defence spending, specifically a replacement fighter jet. But their comparing defence budgets to those of other countries (Russian, Chinese, or other) is a misleading fallacy. Russians are paid at a pittance of what Canadian labourers receive. The same is true for China. The costs stated for Canada are honest, as they include not just purchasing, but also infrastructure, parts, main-

tenance and training. The Department of National Defence does not buy items directly; the big problem for Canadian defence is the Government Department of Supply and Services who continually escalate costs upwards by delaying the spending while seeking Canadian manufacturers. A C7 rifle costs $700 in Canada but could be purchased in the United States for $200. The Canadian Iltis jeep cost $35,000 but could have been bought from Germany for about $7,000 each. The MLVW trucks were built here in Canada but a few years later, when the

wheels started falling off, the Department of National Defence was told the company doesn’t make them any more. While spending on health, poverty, transit, housing, education, etc.. is commendable, one must remember that unless we have our security we’ll have none of those. If we leave our troops equipped with obsolete and non-functioning equipment you cannot expect them to stand up to any incursion here or worldwide. National defence is insurance. Yes you can cancel or downgrade your personal

insurance costs and coverage in favour of buying other things, but when the worst suddenly happens it’s too late to have it reinstated. Donald Kernaghan

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Black Lives Here

Elisha Gotha takes on challenges of running own business Mimi Liliefeldt

IN THIS new era of enlightenment, it seems like every company, charity and government organization is looking for a way to “diversify.” Overall, the goal sounds like a good one and of course BIPOC are cautiously optimistic that our white counterparts are finally forging an attempt to make room at the table for us… But the weary refrain I’ve heard time and again is, ‘how long will it last? Change won’t happen unless everyone is motivated and united in the cause.’ We don’t want to be the ‘token’ Black person in a sea of white faces. We want to be seen as equals, to feel our own worth, and be leaders, not because you let us, but because we are. Elisha Gotha is a Black woman who leads and most assuredly knows her own worth. She is a smart, confident, business owner and mother of two. Elisha has owned The Curl Lounge, a full-service hair salon with a staff of 10 people, at Kingston Road and Main Street since 2019. Despite her years of apprenticing and full-fledged hair stylist status, she found working at various salons for other people to be limit-

ing. There was only so far she could go before noticing that her white colleagues, often with less experience and clients than herself, were promoted instead of her. If for one shameful moment you dared to question her level of service as a reason for this ‘oversight’, I assure you that her online reviews are outstanding. On Google alone she has more than 161 reviews with a 4.7 out of 5 rating (at the time of this interview). Elisha tells me, “I think the success of my salon is directly related to the level of customer service and feeling you can give your client when you really believe in what you’re doing. There is a lot of gratification in seeing your great reviews. When you’ve given something to a client and they are so grateful, for me that’s the highest level of success.” Like many young entrepreneurs, success wasn’t a straight line for Elisha. After years of hair styling, she reconsidered her path because she was pregnant, and went to school for medical administration. Around this time, she accepted a part-time job as a stylist with a friend who had opened up her own salon. “As I was working with her, I realized I could do this. I could open my own salon. She inspired me to be my own boss,” Elisha said. “I was already a master stylist, so this opportunity gave me a different outlook.” When Elisha started lay-


Elisha Gotha runs The Curl Lounge on Kingston Road, just west of Main Street. ing the groundwork for her own salon, getting a loan proved to be impossible. After getting turned down a few times, she was saved by her older sister, and now silent business partner. “She really encouraged me. She told me she had always seen the potential in me to do this. She said, ‘I’ll help you, if you want to do this.’” And so, the dream got off the ground, and one of life’s lessons was brought into sharp focus: Believing in yourself is a good start, but having others believe in you makes it sustainable.

When asked about the challenges of owning her own business she said, “Finding the right people that believe in your business as much as you do is hard. People that you can rely on and want to provide a high level of service. We are a niche (curly hair) salon, people are coming to us and need someone they can trust, someone who knows how to work with their hair.” Curly hair has always been rife with stigma and misrepresentation. Movies and television have a troublesome history of depicting women with curly hair as the bad

girl, sexy temptress or frazzled ditz. The marketing of most hair products and tools are often targeted at ridding us of “unwanted” curly, frizzy, big hair. Has anyone stopped to wonder why that is and where it came from? “We’re not specifically a Black salon, we’re a curly hair salon. We’re very diverse, curls are not specific to one race,” Elisha tells me as we discuss the various ways society has placed a hierarchy on looser smoother curls over kinky frizzier hair. When society does this kind of thing, it pits us against each other. Someone like Elisha, who considers herself Black, is lighter skinned and has a beautiful crown of looser spirals. “As a person with lighter skin I never really fit in at any establishment. If I went into a white salon, they would be like, ‘Oh my god, ethnic hair, I don’t know how to deal with it.’ It would end up being super expensive, and you could see the terror on their faces. Then the other side, where I would think someone will be able to relate to me, there was a certain level of judgment because I had ‘good’ hair. Or they would try to push (hair) relaxer on me.” What’s at play here is colourism. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you are definitely, at least subconsciously participating in it. Colourism is discrimination based on how dark your skin tone is. And because

white society has favoured those with lighter skin and smoother curls, it has had a divisive effect for Black people. “I’ve dealt with colourism and racism. It can feel like you don’t belong,” Elisha tells me. “Now, I am more comfortable with myself, but when I was younger, I’m sure it affected my self-esteem. I am more empowered now. After having kids, I got more strength and confidence, it brought me to a new level. I have more focus; I realized that I need to know who I am.” Today, Elisha definitely knows who she is. She is a person who didn’t wait for her place at the table, she pulled up a (salon) chair and made her own. Her confidence gives her the strength to build her own dream. But if this COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to work together and trust that we are all committed to the greater good. This means, like Elisha, who was lucky enough to have someone believe in her, we all need to believe in each other. We need to believe that this change towards a truly equitable society isn’t a quick fix, it isn’t just another PR tagline.

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In My Opinion

With home reno boom, mediation is a good way to resolve disputes Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury Guest Column


he HomeStars 2020 Reno Report showed a staggering 80 per cent of homeowners surveyed, began renovation projects since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020. Although these numbers are not based specifically in the Beach area in Toronto, being a local resident, I know how prolific renovations are here in our community. Often, given the ages of some the houses, renovations become essential and the pandemic has given us the perfect excuse to get started. But what happens if the renovation isn’t what you expected it to be? Or if it is defective? In Ontario, under the Consumer Protection Act, home

renovation projects over $50 must be in writing. The contract should contain details, including the name of the contractor, description of the work required, materials and labour costs, and the date of completion. I recently mediated a case involving a basement renovation, where the plaintiff claimed the defendant’s work was defective and negligent. After spending thousands of dollars, the homeowners alleged they were left with a basement that was not correctly waterproofed. The renovation took place in a house that was more than 100 years old. Contractors who frequently work in older homes have a greater knowledge of the environment and the surprises that may loom beyond the surfaces. Providing clients with reasonable assurance and

offering suitable solutions is essential. In Jayde Mechanical Inc. v Szabo, 2017 CanLII 45933 (ON SCSM) the defendants owned a cottage in Lake Erie. The plaintiff, (a contractor) was retained to replace the boiler. He followed the manufacturers instructions when installing it, but the boiler failed to function. The defendant did not pay the full invoice amount, which lead the plaintiff to file a claim. After 10 days in court the judge summarized that the work was not suitable for the purpose and that a contractor must understand the circumstances and intended use by the consumer and try to reasonably achieve this. The claim was dismissed on the basis that contractor inflated his prices and the Defendant still benefitted from the boiler after it was properly installed. In a basement that is

more than a 100 years old, a contractor should look to the environment to ensure adequate waterproofing can be provided. Litigation is by nature an unpredictable process. High emotions can arise in these cases because someone’s home and a contractor’s reputation are at stake. Against the monetary value of the case and the potential legal fees and expenses, it was in the best interest of the disputants to find a negotiated solution regarding the work to the basement. With the increase in renovation projects in Ontario, disputes of this nature would serve as a cost and time saving measure to proceed outside of the traditional court system. So, what is mediation and does it work? Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolu-

tion, which facilitates a resolution between two or more parties before a case goes to trial. It is a structured and interactive process, whereby an impartial party known as “The Mediator”, assists disputing parties to resolve a conflict through a negotiated agreement. Mediation allows you to control a solution that best suits your needs. If a solution is reached by all the parties, the terms of settlement become binding in a court of law. What are the benefits of mediating? Mediation is a extremely beneficial process for many reasons. Going to court can be expensive and risky. If the judge does not decide in your favour, you may have to pay the other side’s costs. Mediation provides a faster resolution to your case. Depending on the mediator’s availability, you can settle

your dispute within weeks rather than years. Mediation is most beneficial because the parties can choose how they wish to settle. When should I mediate? You can mediate your dispute before filing the case with a court. If you have already filed your case, you can still mediate at any stage before the trial begins. How much do mediator’s charge? Mediator rates can vary depending on experience, seniority, and the time it takes to mediate your case. This is something you may want to research. Often mediators will offer tailored fees depending on the type of case you have. There are some mediators that also offer pro bono services. Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury is a Beach resident, mediator and lawyer.



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BEACH STUDIO TOUR Online Art Show, April 30May 9, featuring local artists. Info: THE PERIOD PURSE – Toronto East Spring Blitz. Donations of period products, new cloth masks and underwear for delivery to local food banks and shelters can be made at three locations until May 28: Origin Wellness, 2017 Danforth Ave.; MCA Wellness Clinic, 2245 Queen St. E.; Might & Main Coffee Shop, 126 Main St. To make on online donation, visit www.theperiodpurse. com/donations. Info: WOODGREEN’S DO-IT-YOURSELF TAX HELPLINE. Are you unsure of how or where to start on your taxes? WoodGreen Community Services’ Do-It-Yourself Tax Helpline can help. It’s free! No appointment necessary. Call 416-645-6000 ext. 2999. For more info, please visit: https:// SPRINGFEST ONLINE AUCTION - May 17-31. Many interesting items including art, gift baskets & one-of-a-kind treasures on the auction block. Proceeds support Birchcliff Bluffs United Church. Info:, 416-694-4081 STAYING ACTIVE INDOORS Workshop (free), on Tuesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Being physically active is possible for everyone, no matter what your health status! Join the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto for an Interactive Virtual Workshop designed for older adults over the age of 65. Caregivers also welcome! A trained health provider will teach you how to keep moving in fun and safe ways inside the home. To register: call 416-480-6026 or email COMMUNITY CENTRE 55 AGM for members of CC55, Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., for the purpose of considering and taking action with respect to the following: to approve the financial statements of Community Centre 55 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020; to receive our Program report; and to fill 1 vacancy on the Board of Management. Info: Debbie Visconti, Executive Director, Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113 ext. 225 KEW BEACH LAWN BOWLING and Croquet Club, at the foot of Lee Avenue beside the hockey rink. 113 years and going strong! We plan to be open for bowling in late May. New members welcome. Very reasonable annual fee. We will provide equipment if you want to give it a try. Following Covid protocols to keep members safe. Info:, email or call 416-694-4371 WOMEN, WAR AND LOVE: Author Kim Echlin reads from “Speak, Silence” 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 27 ONLINE. International bestselling author Echlin will read from her new book “Speak, Silence” followed by an opportunity to ask Kim questions. Zoom link provided with a donation through Eventbrite: Open to all. Donations to this event will support volunteer-run food programs at Beach United Church. BEACH UNITED DOCUMENTARY DISCUSSION SERIES Wednesday, April 28, 8 p.m. online. Watch the provocative documentary “Seaspiracy” on Netflix before April 28th. Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction. Discuss with others - what you like, do not like, what was your lasting impression. To receive Zoom link register with moderator: Everyone is welcome. Info: COVID-19 SUPPORT GROUP for people with longterm symptoms, virtual meeting with East End Community Health Centre, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. (April 27-June 15). Connect with others who have been experiencing similar long-term mental and physical COVID-19 symptoms; develop coping strategies; get support from health care professionals. Program is free. Space limited. To register: Marilyn VanDerKooi 416-778-5805 x 204, by May 3. GRANTFULL AND FELLOWSHIP FOODBANK. For the month of April, Grantfull and Fellowship Foodbank and Soup Kitchen, 2029 Gerrard St. E., will operate on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. for walk-in clients and home delivery for seniors and clients who are unable to come to the Foodbank. As of May 5, the Foodbank days and hours of operation will change to: home delivery - Wednesdays

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Provincial robotics championships set for week of May 3 to 8 ‘Glen’ from Page 1 “This team is our first robotics team ever to never be in the same room together at the same time,” Martin said. The students have largely worked with each other via Zoom video conferencing, and while the competition stages would normally be held at local schools, those too have been online. But COVID-19 isn’t stopping these bright students, instead they call their robotics competition “the highlight of the pandemic.” The competition involves three main components: there’s an innovation project, a core values presentation, and the robotics competition. It’s designed purposefully as such to offer the students a chance to expand their scope of learning beyond STEM. “Every year at the FLL they have a different theme,” Jade said. “Our missions correspond to that theme. For this year our theme is fair play in sports.” So students have designed the robot in question to complete tasks and programs related to “sports, treadmills, weight machines, certain things you would use for training in sports,” she added.

The Glen Ames Senior Public School robotics team for this year is called Level Playing Field. The team recently qualified to take part in next month’s online provincial FIRST Lego League championships. “One of the missions we have with the biggest success rate is the bench mission,” Jade explained. “The robot starts in an area called ‘launch’ and it takes one attachment, removes a backpress, returns it to launch, and goes back to continue.” It’s one of many tasks the students have designed, coded, and assembled the robot to complete. For their innovation project, the team aimed to solve a real world problem in sports: racism. In a presentation, they deliver strategies and incentivized goals to help sports organizations and

teams become more inclusive and eliminate discrimination. “We’re trying to help fix inclusivity and equality in sports,” Jimmy said. Their project even got support from Sportsnet. “They were very impressed,” Jimmy added. And for the final core values component, the team put forward teamwork, innovation, impact, inclusion, fun, and discovery as their six key core values embodied in their project and in their robotics team. “All these components, they all teach you different things,” Ella

said. “They teach you creativity, innovation, how to think outside the box to solve problems, and how to work well as a team.” And all of this is done through Zoom. Normally the qualifiers took place in various classrooms in Toronto, the provincial championships were held at Durham College, and the international competition took place in California. This year, the students are limited to presenting their project to FIRST judges via Zoom. The robotics teams have three major tournaments to compete in – the qualifiers, the provincials, and the international. They completed their qualifying round the week of April 5, and are headed to the provincials from May 3 to 8. If the Glen Ames students succeed there they will move on to the international round, competing against teams across North America. “Normally there are hundreds of FLL TDSB teams,” Martin said. However, given COVID-19 restrictions, school closures, and going back and forth between inperson and remote learning, there are only 10 teams from the Toronto

District School Board participating this year. For the students at Glen Ames, the experience has lightened what has been a heavy year for students across the world. “This year has taught me a lot of stuff,” Alexandra said. “We had to learn to problem solve, I’ve had great experience working with talented people.” “Before I started, I applied for the robotics team not knowing anything, hoping for a new experience,” Saphia said. “I taught myself programming, I’ve learned a lot from this experience, and a lot from my teammates.” “Before I went into robotics, I wasn’t the most confident speaker,” Liam said. “All the training I’ve done the last couple years, it’s really helped.” Whether schools are open for in-person or only offering online classes, the Glen Ames students will compete in the provincials championships on the week of May 3 to 8. Ali Raza is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Danforth Families for Safe Communities critical of gun control bill By Alan Shackleton

THE DANFORTH Families for Safe Communities (DFSC) sent a letter to the Canadian government this week outlining its “great disappointment” with the proposed changes to federal gun control laws being put forward by the ruling Liberal Party. The April 7 letter was addressed to Scarborough Southwest MPP and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, with copies to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal Members of Parliament. “We do not accept this government’s record on gun control reform as meeting, or being on track to meet, its platform promises,” said the letter posted on the DFSC’s website. “To then claim that Bill C-21 is the ‘most sweeping and significant gun legislation in Canadian history’ is highly offensive to gun crime victims. Bill C-21 not only misses the mark on the most important elements that such legislation should address, but the messaging disseminated by this government actually masks the potential harmful effects of this bill for Canadians.” The DFSC is made up of families who were affected by the Danforth Shooting on the night of July 22, 2018, that took the lives of two peo-


adequately address them, which is disappointing to say the least. Consequently, it is with great disappointment that we are once again forced to revisit our own grief and trauma as a means of having you and other elected officials take notice,” the letter said. The Liberal government’s failure to address the many issues related to gun control and public safety in the wake of the Danforth Shooting, along with continuing gun-related crimes across the country, is bringing back the pain of July 2018 for many of the members of the DFSC group, the letter said. “It is not easy to relive the night of July 22, 2018, nor any other occasion where gun use led to tragedy, shattering lives and the perceived sense of safety within a community. Nonetheless, we have shared our stories. “For all of us, it is impossible to accept the senseless loss of life and long-standing health effects of the related injuries (whether they be physical or mental). For all of us, it is impossible to erase the direct and indirect impact of the trauma and the haunting memories for those who bore witness,” the letter said. The letter specifically takes to task Minister Blair and 48 Liberal MPs (25 in the City of Toronto and 23 more in the surrounding Greater

Toronto Area) for “failing” to protect Canadian citizens and being “collectively complicit” in the process and shortcomings of Bill C-21. “And, it is, most particularly, a failing of yours, Mr. Blair – Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness – which is significantly disappointing to those signatories hereto who are represented by you in the electoral district of Scarborough Southwest,” the letter continued. “The bottom line is that your direct experience in Toronto law enforcement and representation as a Toronto MP should have resulted in a far stronger recommendation on handgun policy.” Blair was a Toronto police officer for 39 years, including serving as Chief from 2005 until his retirement from policing in 2015, after which he ran in that year’s federal election and was elected MP for Scarborough Southwest. Among many failings in Bill C-21 outlined by the DFSC is the section saying municipalities could be responsible for instituting their own bans on handguns exclusive of a Canada-wide law. “Withdraw the proposal for a municipally-determined handgun prohibition on storage and transportation in order to determine a more credible strategy, which must include reducing, and eventually

phasing out, the private ownership of handguns in Canada,” said the letter. Mary-Liz Power, a spokeswoman for Blair, said in a statement to CBC News on April 8 that the federal government has “taken the strongest and most extensive action to end gun violence that our country has ever seen.” She told CBC that if Bill C-21 is passed, owners of prohibited weapons would need a licence and enhanced storage requirements would be mandated. “These measures will give our government information about where these prohibited weapons are, and who has them; information that will ensure our buyback program is effective in retrieving these weapons that are too dangerous for our communities,” Power said. “The federal government would like to thank the members of Danforth Families for Safe Communities for their advocacy, and their commitment to a future free from gun violence.” To read the full text of the Danforth Families for Safe Communities’ letter, please see our online story at letter-by-danforth-families-forsafe-communities-says-toronto-area-liberal-mps-complicit-in-failureof-federal-government-to-delivermeaningful-gun-control-reform/



ple and injured 13 others. Beach resident and Malvern Collegiate grad Reese Fallon, 18, and Markham’s Julianna Kozis, 10, were killed in the shooting that took place near Danforth and Logan avenues. The shooter killed himself as he was approached by police near Danforth Avenue later that night. The gun used by the shooter had originally been legally sold in Canada but was then later stolen from a gun dealer in Saskatchewan in 2015. Those who signed the April 7 DFSC letter included the parents of Reese Fallon and Julianna Kozis, and family members of many of those injured in the Danforth Shooting. In a Beach Metro News story in February of this year, DFSC member Ken Price said the federal government’s proposed changes in Bill C-21 to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code were disappointing to the group and were “difficult to support.” Price’s daughter Samantha was wounded in the Danforth Shooting. The April 7 letter went much further in its criticisms of Bill C-21 than Price had first outlined in February. “Unfortunately, the Liberal government’s response has been to acknowledge the issues but to in-

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e have all had that moment of panic when a squirrel or a rabbit has darted into the road; we don’t want to hit the poor animal, but we also don’t want to risk swerving and causing an accident. Surprisingly, one of the most hit animals is one that you’d think would be easy to avoid: turtles. Many people don’t even realize that cars are a serious problem to our local turtle populations. While it is easy to assume that a turtle is easy to avoid, because it moves so slowly, the fact that it may take five to 10 minutes for one to cross the road means that it only takes a single car, out of potentially hundreds, to not notice it and hit the turtle. Now that spring has arrived, our armoured reptile


A Blanding’s turtle discovered by Ann Brokelman and her daughter Jennifer one May day had a tracking antenna attached to its shell. friends are beginning to wake up and to look for the right pond or river to settle in. For many of them, that means leaving their current location and venturing across our roads in search of new bodies of water. If you know you’re driving by anything like a swamp, pond, stream, or river, slow down a little and keep a special watch out for anything that looks like a slow-moving turtle. Over the years my kids and I have helped dozens and dozens of turtles cross the road. On one long drive, my daughter Jennifer and I must have carefully moved over a dozen. The photos with this column are from one of the most memorable sightings: It was a warm day in May, several years ago, and the perfect weather for a slow and easy drive somewhere in Ontario. We were enjoying our travels when Jen caught sight of a turtle in a deep ditch on the side of the road. I pulled over, safely as always, and we went back to see if it needed any help. When we got close enough, we realized it was one of Ontario’s most threatened at-risk species: the Blanding’s turtle. The bright yellow throat and domed shell are the main things to look for. As

she slowly climbed out of the ditch, Jen noticed that it had an antenna and a tag on its back. This was something new! We waited to see if he was going to try to cross the road, and, when we were certain he was, carefully picked him up and carried him across to the other side. Did you know that turtles like to pee when you pick them up? I do not know if that’s actually the case, but in my experience, it happens every time! An interesting side story: after we found the antenna and tag, we called local conservation group and told them about the number on the tag. It turns out that this turtle was quite old. We gave them the GPS location and they came by later to look for the turtle’s nest. Because Blanding’s turtles are endangered, and because the mother abandons the eggs after they’ve been laid, the conservationists will take the eggs back to their centre to give the hatchlings the best chance of surviving until they can grow large enough to be safely released back into the wild. Hopefully in a few more years the Blanding’s turtle population will have recovered enough that this won’t be required. So how can you help turtles?

First, as much as we want to help them, never put yourself or other drivers in danger. After you’ve spotted one, and only when you’re sure it’s safe to do so, pull over to the side of road and put your hazard lights on. If there is no, or little, traffic on the road, just stand by and watch the turtle cross. Let nature do its own thing if possible. However, if there is a lot of traffic in the area, pick up the turtle, with both hands, and carefully take it across the road in the same direction it was headed. I like to wait until they are 20 to 30 feet away from the road before I head back to my car. Please, please, please keep the head away from you: just in case you’ve found a Snapping Turtle. If they feel threatened, and being picked up is a threatening situation, they will absolutely try to bite you and they can cause serious harm. There is a special way of moving them, so please go to the Ontario Turtle Conservation website and watch the video on how to safely pick one up. Turtles are amazing creatures. Who doesn’t love to see them basking on a rock or a log, or get excited when you see one scurry away into, and swim around in, the water? All they want is to be left alone to go about their turtle business, and sometimes that business takes them across our busy roads. Let’s do our best to slow down, keep an eye out for them, and help their populations recover. If you see an injured or hit turtle please put it in box (I keep a plastic crate in my car year-round) and call your local wildlife centre or conservation group to assist you. We can make a difference.

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Spring and summer exhibits Huge numbers turn out for planned for Winter Stations pop-up vaccination clinic ‘Winter’ from Page 1 Small Beginnings, and The Epitonium installations. Also from May 6 to late June, the site at 33 Parliament St. (just southwest of the Distillery District) will be home to the THROBBER installation. In the summer months, Arc de Blob will be hosted by the Beach Village BIA though an exact location and dates have yet to be determined. “These dates were chosen to align with the end of the (Ontario) stay-at-home order. Should public health officials choose to extend the order, we may adjust our start dates,” warned the organizers. “That said, we recognize the ever-increasing importance of outdoor settings and look forward to offering a fun and safe activity for Torontonians to enjoy. We encourage everyone who visits the stations to do so on their own, or with members of their own household and to practice social distancing while at a station.” A location and time to display the installation designed by Sheridan College students, Embrace, is still be-

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The Winter Stations art installation Arc de Blob will be hosted by the Beach Village BIA some time this summer, though an exact location has yet to be determined. ing finalized with the team at the college, said Winter Stations organizers. Additionally, a digital version of the Winter Stations Opening Night Pecha Kucha is slated for Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to meet the artists and learn about their winning designs from the comfort of their homes at this event on Zoom. It will hosted by Beaches-East York Councillor Brad Bradford

and Tiffany Pratt in partnership with sponsors. The Pecha Kucha will take place on Zoom and will be hosted by the co-chairs of this year’s jury, Councillor Brad Bradford and Tiffany Pratt, in partnership with sponsors. To register to attend the virtual Pecha Kucha, please visit www.winterstations. com and complete the registration form. Attendance is free.

THERE WAS a huge line of people hoping to get their COVID-19 vaccine shot at a pop-up clinic in Crescent Town on Friday, April 16. The massive line snaked from the lower playground at Crescent Town Elementary School, up the hill, through the rest of the schoolyard, onto Massey Square and then onto Crescent Town Road halfway to Victoria Park Avenue. Resident Zinnat Jahan was at the very end of the line when she spoke with Beach Metro News early on Friday afternoon. She expected she’d be waiting until after 5 p.m. for her chance of a shot from the clinic being run by East Toronto Health Partners with the support of Michael Garron Hospital for residents living specifically in Crescent Town. “Six weeks ago this should have been happening,” Jahan said. “Crescent Town was a hot spot in the first wave. Many people in my building caught COVID and we are at high risk.” She was pleased though that the vaccination clinic

was taking place on Friday for those who otherwise would not be able to get a shot. “It’s good that it’s here today, but it would have been better if the vaccines came earlier.” The pop-up vaccination clinic in Crescent Town also took place April 17. Over the two days of the clinic, 2,000 people were vaccinated. With high densities, economic challenges and many residents working in essential services and unable to take time off from work, Jahan said there were not a lot of options available for Crescent Town residents looking to get vaccinated. She added the stress of dealing with both COVID-19 and unsympathetic landlords was also making life difficult for many Crescent Town residents at this time. “We are scared of COVID plus all the evictions being issued here as well. We are losing our health and our homes, and we are terrified and in a panic,” said Jahan. Beaches-East York MPP Rima Berns-McGown, who is herself recovering after having had COVID-19 last month, spoke at the Crescent Town pop-up vaccination

clinic on Friday. While she praised ETPH and the hospital, Berns-McGown was extremely angry with how the vaccine rollout is being handled by the Province of Ontario. “Half the reason I am so enraged is that this is a hot spot per Toronto Public Health but it’s not on the list of the province’s high-priority postal codes,” she said. “This is the only way people here can get a vaccine.” The province designated numerous postal codes across Ontario as high priority, which would open up vaccinations to everyone over 18 if they could get an appointment. Crescent Town, which is in the M4C postal code, was not among the 53 identified in Toronto by the province as being high risk. “The essential workers living here can’t even take a sick day to get vaccinated because they will lose pay and get evicted,” said Berns-McGown who is an NDP MPP. She said Premier Doug Ford and his ruling Progressive Conservative Party must make structural changes to how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic or it will only get worse.

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‘Beach” from Page 1 Here is a glimpse into the work of the 14 participating artists: Lucille Crighton, the weaver on Balsam Avenue, is an institution by herself. A visit to the studio of this BST founding member presents the added pleasure of seeing her artful garden. Heidi Burkhardt, also a founding member, can be found around the neighbourhood with stool and canvas, painting scenery and urban landmarks. Dianne Shelton, small in stature, sometimes paints huge abstract canvasses. She and Ruth Hays have been holding court on Fernwood for over two decades. Ruth, with her ethereal watercolours, has been teaching legions of Beachers in her popular classes. What is special about a studio tour versus a gallery show is that artists can show anything they like. In a commercial gallery an artist is limited to new work, selected by a gallerist for cohesion. Some artists who work in a variety of media do not have that imposed limitation when they open their studio. So someone like Susan Ward, another long time member, can show her glass work, her watercolours and her mixed media pieces. Versatility can shine in a studio sale. If you want to see Beach landscapes, look at Shelly Cinnamon, Sandi Stahlbrand, or Jenna Westphal. For contemporary imaginative paintings look at Susan Aaron, or Lisa Bennett or the textural wonders of Sheila Thompson’s felt creations. Now, there is a fresh, young crew of artists who have joined the tour. Shah Ruby the newest member makes beach inspired jewellery. Cynthia Barrett presents her gorgeous hand-blown glass creations. Hannah Burkhardt, a second-generation BST artist is a printmaker. Her mother,

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and self-discovery that I had experienced on the shores of the Georgian Bay. It created in me a sense of community: the feelings of two humans towards a part of the world shared through canvas. I will definitely come back for more this year!” Traditionally the works on display have been a balance of fine arts and fine crafts. Expect to see painters, jewellers, mixed media artists, weavers, and one-of-akind clothes makers. Currently the sneak preview is available. The official Beach Studio Tour show runs April 30 to May 9. Participants in the tour will see the current offerings on the Spring 2021 website,

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Remembering horse racing at Greenwood Raceway By David Van Dyke

Recently, my son Michael and I spent an hour walking around Woodbine Park looking for the two trees depicted in the photo above. Really, how much does a tree grow in just more than 32 years? The tree on the right had been felled and we did find its stump to know we were in the exact same place John Leslie Harrison was when he took the photo image (at the top of this page) of Greenwood Raceway in 1988. His daughter Laura Harrison told me her father walked three kilometres a day and often took his camera with him (a habit I cannot help but agree with). A tree has been planted in his memory at Woodbine Park near the children’s play area.

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Beach resident organizing Heal the Earth virtual concert in support of Earth Day By Anson Wong

FIFTEEN ARTISTS from Canada, Sweden, Scotland, and the United States will have their music played in celebration of Earth Day later this month The virtual concert, Heal the Earth, is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. The event will be pre-produced and then released. Beach resident Sandy Graham is executive producer for the event. She brings her years of experience in the music industry to Heal the Earth. Graham was one of the first women to work at a major music label in Canada and has been in the music industry for more than 40 years with experience in radio, production, and marketing. About 15 years ago, Cashbox Magazine proposed the idea of opening a Canadian division with Graham. “Being the entrepreneurial, fearless person I am at times I said, not unless I can own it. And they said, ‘OK, you can own it,’ ” Graham said. Now, the online magazine and radio station serves as a place to give indie artists exposure, which sets Cashbox apart from other media outlets. Graham felt that much like the music industry, the environment has also suffered over the years. Without a conscious effort, problems such as climate change and pollution will continue to plague the planet. “There’s ways to protect the planet and it just takes one step at a time for every person,” Graham said. Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to address these

issues, she said, and the Heal the Earth event will advocate for caring and compassion towards the environment. For Graham, music is one of the best and most powerful forms of human expression. “Musicians are always the ones that want to rally,” Graham said, noting how positive music comes out of terrible times. It did not take much for Graham to get the musicians on board for Heal the Earth. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the music industry much harder than many others. Live venues are no longer an option during the pandemic, and for most musicians performing live is a major portion of their revenue, Graham said. Heal the Earth has attracted a range of younger and older musicians alike as it is an issue everyone wanted to address, no matter their age, she said. “I’ve got young boys that are in their twenties and I want their kids to be able to play on the beach and swim in the water,” Graham said. “What’s going to happen if we don’t fix it now?” Small habits can protect the environment even if they do not seem like much, she pointed out. Properly sorting garbage for example can ensure that recyclables, organics and waster are properly disposed of. “It sounds like such a small thing,” Graham said, “but if every person did that it would change the environment.” The Heal the Earth concert was put together over nine weeks. There is no cost, and the event is non-profit, but viewers are free to make donations to Earth Day Can-

ada. Performers at Heal the Earth will include Andy Kim, Julian Taylor, Gowan, Glass Tiger, Murray McLauchlan, the Spoons, Don Graham, and Tom Jackson. Other special guests are also expected to take part. Here is a list of some of the featured performers and the songs they will sing:

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FROM AN awards standpoint, 2021 has been shaping up as a pretty good year so far for East Toronto musician Julian Taylor. Earlier this year it was announced that he had received his first two Juno Awards nominations in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year categories for his second solo acoustic album The Ridge. And on April 11, it was announced that he had been named Solo Artist of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards. “I’ve been performing and recording music for over 20 years now, and these are my first Juno nominations. So I’m extremely thrilled about that,” said Taylor in a recent interview with Beach Metro News. “I think my parents are just relieved because they’re like, ‘Oh thank goodness we got the music lessons’. They’re finally relieved. So that’s nice.” This year’s Juno Awards, the 50th anniversary edition, will be presented on June 6 in Toronto. At this time, performances at this year’s Juno Awards are slated to take place virtually and the event will be televised from Scotiabank Arena but it cannot be a huge gathering and celebration of Canadian musicians and music due to COVID-19 safety regulations. “It’s a bit strange that I’m not going to be able to hang out with people and mingle and make new friends and things like that. But that’s the world we’re living in, there isn’t much we can do about it except be grateful,” said Taylor remarking on his nominations and the virtual

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East Toronto musician Julian Taylor has been nominated for two Juno Awards this year. He was also named Solo Artist of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards on April 11. ceremony being held this year. His album The Ridge draws inspiration from the time he spent with his grandparents on their farm in Maple Ridge, British Colombia. As a Canadian musician, when asked about how he felt about Canadian artists being represented on a global stage he responded with optimism and remarked that Canadian artists like The Weeknd and Drake were “dominating the charts.” “From a contemporary roots element, which is one of the nominations that I’ve been bestowed, I find that Canadians are doing great there, too. I think the reality is that the people in my category are all making waves

internationally, which is brilliant. I think it’s a genre that a lot of people may or may not have really paid too much attention to. It’s a storytelling genre, as is the second categories I’ve been nominated for - Indigenous artists or group of the year. Storytelling is really about what these two particular genres are about. I like that because my heritage being Indigenous and West Indian, in both cultures are very well their oral traditions are very important to their preservation,” said Taylor. When asked about his hopes for performing live this summer, Taylor couldn’t help but express disappointment about the current COVID-19 circumstances.

“Personally, I’m extremely frustrated. I’ve seen a lot of my favourite places that I would go to see live music in the East York and Beaches community closing. And in the entire city closing. I’m worried for my friends who are in that business. Primarily, musicians are not working,” he said. Hoping that things go back to normal soon, Taylor maintained his optimism for the future and the upcoming Juno awards ceremony. “The universe has a funny way of working, so maybe it’ll bounce my way this time.” Taylor’s music is available to stream and for purchase music

Musicians to take part in Heal the Earth ‘Beach’ from Page 19 Paul Saunders – Courage (Canada); Spoons – New Day New World (Canada); The Magnettes – Indifferent (Sweden); Tom Jackson – Blue Water (Canada); Tommy James – Crystal Blue Persuasion (USA) Canadian actor and singer Tom Jackson will also act as host and producer for Heal the Earth. “Heal the Earth is here to lift conscience, mind and spirit to a higher ground,” said Jackson in a Heal the Earth press release. “This is a moral and musical compass designed to guide you on a road paved with caring and compassion. There is hope in our future if we use our voices to take action against the sounds of silence. These are songs to be sung and celebrated so our children can bear witness to the enduring strength that is

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changed, and the reality of PTSD is now talked about “The fire department is so much better now. When I came on the job and I had a traumatic event, there was no debriefing team. I drank so I would fall asleep and get rid of that bad day. Maybe tomorrow is better. If tomorrow is also bad, I’d drink again. That was my motivation,” he said. Ratushniak retired four years ago, and it wasn’t until two years ago that he stopped having nightmares. He said CAMH and initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk help people to speak out and talk about how they are feeling without any stigma. “It’s only when people start saying ‘I’m struggling’ that you realize how extensive the problem is,” said Ratushniak. Today he is working in the film industry, which is what inspired him to start writing and led to his book. He said that during the times he was not getting calls for auditions, he wrote a video for kids called Lots and Lots of Firetrucks, and wrote a documentary on the Great Fire of 1904 in Toronto called Iron Men, Wooden Ladders. One thing he misses most about being a firefighter is the crews and the people he worked with, as well as the adrenaline rush of battling a fire. Ratushniak’s book Aftermath:


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sons, I thought – hey, having an app to do ear training here would be fantastic. And that’s how hearEQ came about.” said Andrews. With Waay, Andrews wanted to develop something that would empower musicians to employ music theory as a tool they could use to bring their ideas to life. The app teaches applied music theory in





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