Volume 47 No. 1
March 6, 2018
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Make Some Noise on the waterfront at Winter Stations Woodbine Beach is alive with Winter Stations, including the Sims-like Make Some Noise! by Alexandra Grieß and Jorel Heid of Hamburg, Germany. The annual design competition officially launched on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 19, with seven installations inspired by this year’s theme, Riot, taking over the area’s lifeguard stations until the end of March.
TCHC plans to sell off homes By Josh Sherman
MORE THAN a hundred Toronto Community Housing Corporationowned homes across Ward 31 and 32 are going to be sold off as part of a broader plan for the city’s public housing agency to liquidate much of its portfolio of scattered homes to non-profits. City council approved the Tenants First project in late January. Through it, 660 houses, including detached and semi-detached homes as well as townhouses, will be transferred to non-profit housing providers such as co-ops. Eleven of these homes are located in Ward 31 and 114 are in Ward 32.
TCHC will continue to operate 22 rooming houses for now. The city said the move will help it better maintain properties, improve tenant services, and strengthen non-profits. “It is also expected that transferring these properties out of Toronto Community Housing will enable TCHC to work more closely with larger, multi-family buildings and communities,” read a statement forwarded by city spokesperson Eric Holmes. The city plans to put out a request for proposals this May and will ensure the homes continue to operate as per their current uses once they have changed hands. If
one of the future owners tries to sell the property to a buyer who isn’t a non-profit provider, the city will take possession of the home. “We are working with City of Toronto Legal and Real Estate Services staff to identify the best way to protect the affordable housing stock including how properties will be reverted to the City,” the city statement said. Staff expect to present a property-transfer plan to council in early 2019. “Once the transfer plan has been approved, there will be time layered in to finalize the agreements and enter into a due diligence period,” the statement continued.
Book and Film Club is back with Steinbeck By Josh Sherman
KATYA NOSKO, who owns The Great Escape Book Store on Kingston Road, finds John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath particularly relevant in 2018. Many issues addressed in the book and subsequent John Ford-directed film should resonate with contemporary readers, she suggests, so it was a good fit for her book store’s second annual Book and Film Club, set to take place next month. In The Grapes of Wrath “there’s a lot about migrancy, and that’s a thing that we see here very much in Canada. What’s it like for migrants, do they get help, does society help them?” she said. The event is broken into two parts. First, there is a “fairly academic talk” scheduled for April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.). Continued on Page 17
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have written many articles on the good, charitable volunteers of the Beach and East Toronto. History is not only what has transpired many decades ago, it is what is happening now in our present time. One hundred and twenty five years ago, all of the religious organizations and institutions were in the forefront of helping those less fortunate. In this article I want to enlighten our East End community of the work our religions are doing now -- their tradition carries on. There will be another article on this subject later and I can’t single out one person or group who do kind, charitable works because the number of volunteers who help their fellow Beachers are well over 100. The Beach Interfaith Group has been around for close to 20 years. They are a group of tireless, anonymous workers who give up hundreds of hours of their time to help prepare lunch for their fellow community members during the better part of the year. These lunches are free and everyone is welcome, no matter what their religion, nationality or social position. They are welcome with open arms and civility. The volunteer lunches start at 10 a.m. and last until around 1 p.m. They start at Corpus Christi on Monday, on Tuesday
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they alternate between St. Aidan’s and St. Nicholas, on Wednesday they are at the Beach Synagogue, Thursday they are at Beach United, Friday they are at Kingston Road United, and every first Saturday they are at Grant African Methodist. History in the Beach is where every person is made to feel part of our community by helping their fellow persons. At Calvary Baptist Church, they have the Grace Pascoe Food Bank in honour of its founder and others. This food bank is again run by fellow Beachers and East Enders who volunteer their time and effort to help those less fortunate. There is also a program called Out of the Cold, which gives shelter during the winter months to a couple of dozen people overnight following a community supper at St. Aidan’s in the Beach.
These are just some examples of the good being done by the people involved with our places of worship. History tells us that in this neighbourhood in the past, all of the religious denominations went out of their way to help others by opening up their hearts, wallets and buildings. This column is dedicated to all of the anonymous, charitable people who have given up so much of their time and effort to help others. They do not do this for recognition, they do it because they think it is the right thing to do. Charity comes from the heart and these Beachers, in my opinion, have some of the biggest hearts of the city. In April, we will have a special ceremony to honour these wonderful volunteers and workers -- giving them the recognition they truly deserve, even if they don’t ask for it.
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Volunteers dish out a hearty lunch at Kingston Road United Church.
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East Ender Views
There’s density, and then there’s density done well Main and Danforth Developments
Stephen Wickens is a life-long East End resident and a semi-retired journalist
t might be easier these days to argue against motherhood and apple pie than to question doctrine that underpins policies encouraging new density on land near public-transit stations. On the simplest symbiotic level, the concept is unassailable and important. But cities – like ecosystems, medicine and economics – can only be understood by considering the interplay of many relevant factors. With seven major developments proposed, approved or under construction within 800 metres of the Main and Danforth transit stations, we may already be late in asking how much density is too much? Also, and probably more important, how about asking what types of density do we lack in an area with an out-of-balance land-use mix, high concentrations of low-income households, and built-form challenges such as long blocks and a rail-corridor barrier effect that inhibit walkability and the local economy? Main/Danforth has been deemed a “Gateway Mobility Hub” by Metrolinx (Ontario’s transit-planning agency and step-parent to GO Transit). It’s a station zone where intensification is encouraged, though not on the scale of what’s planned for major “Anchor Hubs” (Union Station, Pearson Airport and some of the attempts at new suburban downtowns). The base goal for a Gateway Hub area is a minimum of 10,000 combined residents and jobs by 2031, something that might be ambitious for GO stations surrounded by seas of surface parking in the 905. But at Main/Danforth, we’d already more than doubled that 2031 goal by 2014, when the total was 20,900 (17,400 residents and 3,500 jobs). The seven developments in the pipeline include four high-rise towers and 1,942 new residential units in total. At current average household sizes, we’re talking of 4,467 to 5,438 newcomers – population growth of 26 to 31 per cent. We might be able to absorb it, but to do so well will require changes in types of development we get, as well as some big public investments. At the January public meeting to discuss Tribute Properties’ plan to build a 30-storey condo tower near the southwest corner
1. Options for Homes: 227 units under construction at 14 Trent Ave.
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2. Shoppers site proposal: 160 retirement and senior-focused units at 2494 Danforth Ave. 3. Tribute proposal: 30 storeys, 201 units, plus office replacement at 286-294 Main St. *
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4. Main Square: 503 units approved by the city in two new towers (15 and 32 storeys)
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5. Eastdale proposal: 37 storeys, 396 units, at 90 Eastdale Ave.*
6. Canvas Condominiums: 170 units under construction at 23012315 Danforth Ave.
GRAPHIC: ANNA KILLEN
This map shows seven under-construction and proposed developments for the Main and Danforth area, as well as the two Toronto District School Board elementary schools in the vicinity.
of Danforth and Main (across from Main Square, where two more high-rises already have approval), some called for more units big enough for families while others questioned whether local schools
Cities – like ecosystems, medicine, and economies – can only be understood by considering the interplay of many relevant factors. and daycares can handle larger households with kids. Phil Pothen, chair of the Secord Elementary School Parent Council’s overcrowding committee, pointed out that Secord already has 14 portables, a situation that wouldn’t be tolerated in affluent parts of town. (A TDSB spokesman told us by email Secord is only at 82-per-cent utilization, but conceded that, “in coming years
[it’s] expected to approach 100% with the port-a-pack included.” He said nearby Gledhill Junior Public School is at 93 per cent, though TDSB projections see it slipping below 90.) There were the usual concerns about building heights and parking, things you’ll hear at nearly all development meetings no matter the magnitude of the proposals. Former MP Matt Kellway (who’s expected to seek the Ward 32 city council seat this year), also mentioned shortages of spots in local recreation programs and that Ted Reeve’s hockey teams sometimes have to drive to other parts of town to get ice time for practices. But maybe most pertinent of all, considering new developments are predicated on proximity to transit, was a question about why we’re adding any density when it’s already hard to squeeze onto trains at Main in the morning rush. The answer – not that anybody on stage really articulated it – lies in the fact that residential is just one part of a healthy urban mix. There is spare transit capacity in the a.m. at Main/Danforth, but it’s on eastbound trains. The place needs to become a destination in the morning again. As local historian Gene Domagala pointed out, it was jobs – a chain reaction of employment growth starting with the Grand Trunk
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Railway in the 19th century – that brought the towns of East Toronto and Little York into existence. And it’s going to have to be employment density or significant new institutional uses that breathe new life into this “Mobility Hub.” It’s not a radical concept, even if it’s not yet really on the radar. It meshes with provincial policy calling for “complete communities.” Metrolinx also calls for employment as part of its Mobility Hub mixes. As Brent Toderian, the former chief planner in Vancouver, likes to point out, there’s a big difference between density and density done well. There’s no set formula for calculating an optimum residentsto-jobs ratio for this or any context, but the 5-to-1 level Metrolinx found at Main/Danforth in 2014 was out of whack already. And because the developments in the pipeline are residential, the ratio is set to worsen. (The only new employment space proposed involves replacement of medical offices on the west side of Main, the bare minimum under current city regulations.) With the private sector unenthusiastic about developing new non-residential buildings, Main/ Danforth may need to be high on the list for government offices or a new college or university campus (that space atop the GO station might be ideal).
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The city, with 181,000 on Toronto Community Housing waiting lists, still needs more residential, and some can fit this area (because seniors tend to provide eyes on the street without aggravating crowding in schools and on transit, the 160-unit proposal for Danforth and Chisholm shows promise). But a nuanced approach is needed. The good news is that real experts are studying the area: City Planning has broken out the Main Street corridor from the Danforth Avenues study, Metrolinx is working on its Mobility Hub plan and the Urban Land Institute (with the help of former chief Toronto planner Paul Bedford) has assembled a diverse group of mid-career professionals to produce a vision for a large part of the area east to Victoria Park. But with established challenges this big, getting good density as opposed to merely more density is going to require creativity and serious re-examinations of long-held assumptions as well as courage on the part of politicians and bureaucrats to let the processes stray into uncharted territory. No pressure, but we’ll be watching. This column discusses urban issues in the East End. Connect with Stephen Wickens on Twitter @StephenWickens1.
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Hamilton city councillor Matthew Green, left, and Beaches-East York NDP nominee Rima Berns-McGown at Beach United Church, Feb. 22, 2018.
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THE POLICE were called to what was supposed to be an anti-racism town hall last month at Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church as hecklers repeatedly interrupted the event sparking heated interactions between attendees and politicians. Hosted by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and his provincial counterpart, Arthur Potts, on Feb. 22, the public meeting in the Beach was meant to address racism-related topics such as police carding and motion M-103, a private members bill addressing Islamophobia. Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Irqa Khalid, who co-sponsored M-103, and MPP Michael Coteau, the minister responsible for anti-racism, shared the stage with Erskine-Smith and Potts to share info and take part in a scheduled Q&A. But early on it became clear a handful of the 150 people who had come to the church had other ideas about how the evening should unfold. Khalid’s presentation was derailed by shouted demands for a definition of Islamophobia, leading to a call to 55 Division. “The police are on their way,” said Erskine Smith after the verbal altercation broke out. “And they are going to escort a number of individuals out as I expressly said multiple times, don’t interrupt, act like an adult—this is a safe space for all of us to have a conversation,” he added. While at least one heckler did leave the event before its scheduled 8:30 p.m. end, the police never did enter the church’s basement, where known white supremacist Paul Fromm watched events unfold.
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At top, a man, who was later escorted out of the room, shouts at the panel during last month’s anti-racism town hall at Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was co-hosted by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, below, and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts.
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Erskine-Smith suggested the lack of 55 Division presence at the event was no oversight, given some of the discussion was to centre on carding, a practice which has been routinely criticized as racist. Attendees had already been provided with paper to write their questions on and submit—and many did follow instructions during the standing-roomonly event. In writing one asked how to bring people together in a city as diverse as Toronto. Khalid emphasized the role of cultural celebrations and inter-faith groups. Another wanted to know whether having police officers posted in schools meets the needs of Ontarians. “I believe that has to be left up to the local community,” said Coteau. “I’ve heard some communities say that it works for them, some communities say that it doesn’t work for them,” he added. And the question of what Islamophobia is was addressed. “Islamophobia: An irrational fear or hatred of Muslims or Islam that leads to discrimination,” Erskine-Smith replied. Between disruptions, panelists found the time to note the importance of having uncomfortable conversations about race. “We have now started to think about the social contract that we have with one another,” said Khalid. “It is very encouraging to see all of you out here today to participate and to further this conversation about how we can continue to build those bridges,
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Community news matters - and it all comes down to you Anna Killen Editor
LAST ISSUE I wrote about the role that you, as readers and community members, can play in the production of the Beach Metro News. Our readers are the newspaper’s greatest asset, and your contributions – in their many forms – are not only valued and respected, but help us produce a product that is more reflective of the community we serve. Your stories, your tips, your subscribership, your advertisements and your readership make this local paper the special publication that it is. As is the case at any newspaper, by being an active reader who communicates with us, the paper’s reach broadens and our
coverage strengthens: we are able to report deeper stories, we know when we’ve gotten things wrong, and we are better able to anticipate the stories you want us to report next. The office might be a small staff of seven, but with your help, it can feel like a lot more than that. That small staff of seven is about to change, as this is my last issue as editor of Beach Metro News. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working for you, readers, and I thank you for letting me into your homes and community and for sharing your stories with me. I would like to especially thank our team of wonderful columnists, whose expertise, words, pictures and ideas add great colour and depth to this paper. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. I joined the Beach Metro in part because, as a journalist passion-
ate about local news, I know that papers like Beach Metro are rare in today’s media landscape, populated with a handful of media conglomerates swapping papers, cutting staff, and outsourcing jobs away from the community. With some exceptions, it can be pretty doom and gloom out there. But a local, non-profit, independent paper with an engaged readership and tradition of ethical reporting? This is the stuff journalism panels and academic papers have long touted as the way to “save” journalism. It’s the secret sauce. The template to follow. And the Beach Metro has been doing it since 1972. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Still, it isn’t easy. While journalism experts often talk about how the non-profit model is the future of news, the non-profit Beach Metro is not eligible to become a member
of traditional news resource and advocacy associations like News Media Canada. As a free, bi-weekly community paper, Beach Metro is also not eligible for the Canadian Periodical Fund, which provides funding for subscription-based newspapers and magazines, many of which are owned by consolidated media companies. As someone who believes journalism is integral to a healthy democracy and society, and that meet-you-where-you-live local politics and news-you-can-use local journalism are often the most accessible entryway into the political discourse, it has long bothered me that free community papers like this one haven’t been considered special, niche or valuable enough to qualify for these grants. There’s talk that the CPF program is changing, and promised support for local news is mentioned
in the latest federal budget, but it’s unclear what that will look like. News that the federal government plans to study models for “private giving and philanthropic support for trusted, professional, non-profit journalism and local news” is particularly encouraging. Regardless of what happens, I encourage you to continue to support the Beach Metro – with your readership, your advertising dollars, and your vocal support for community news. Tell local businesses where you saw their ad. Direct people to our classified pages. Ask your neighbours what they thought of that story in the latest issue. Most of all, keep giving the community your active engagement and ask others to do the same. Your support is ultimately what allows existing hyper-local papers like this one to thrive, and encourages new ones to be born.
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Disappointed in the destruction of Winter Stations IT WAS a joy to see all of the kids, dogs, and families on the beach to see all of the Winter Stations exhibits, since the art show opened on Family Day. One exhibit in particular stood out: the windmills, with what looked like millions of them high up – that must have been the best one. But then last week, someone broke it and another Winter Station down and burned the wood. Very upsetting. Tsk tsk to our elected officials for not watching to make sure this didn’t happen. Kristine Tengberg
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Two of this year’s Winter Stations, Wind Station, left, and Obstacle, right, are being rebuilt after they were vandalized last week. Beach photographer Kenn Leitch captured them on the public art installation’s opening weekend, Feb. 18.
In our last issue we misstated the last name of Sharman Wilson, one of the honourable mentions of our Winter Writing Contest. In Jan Main’s Valentine’s Day recipe for Lemon Sponge Pudding in the Feb. 6 issue, the 2/3 cup of sugar should be divided in order to be used twice, as called for in the method.
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Open Doors: Spiritual Matters
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his is the season of Lent on the Christian calendar – a six-week period that is often marked by temporarily giving up bad habits. Many of us flex our willpower by denying ourselves things such as alcohol or sugar or behaviours like binge-watching TV. Some of us take on disciplines like getting up earlier to pray, reading the Bible daily, or doing physical exercise. There are undoubtedly benefits to these practices. Giving something up or taking something on can certainly be of personal use: lose a few pounds, feel better about your spiritual life. But there’s another, wider dimension to Lent that is often overlooked. The practices of fasting and so forth are intended to benefit the community not just the individual. In a passage in the book of the Jewish prophet Isaiah, a rather exasperated-sounding God says this: The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground. Do you call that fasting? This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is sharing your food with
the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. – Paraphrase of parts of Isaiah 58 from The Message Bible How could you take part in that kind of Lenten practice? It’s way more challenging than giving up candy or taking up yoga. It asks more of us and it’s geared towards others: the marginalized, the exploited, the impoverished. It’s spirituality with work boots on. Here’s how author and activist John Dear suggests we might engage: Righteousness is not just the private practice of doing good; it sums up the global responsibility of the human community to make sure every human be-
ing has what they need, that everyone pursues a fair sense of justice for every other human being, and that everyone lives in right relationship with one another, creation, and God… Join a grassroots movement that fights one or two issues of injustice and get deeply involved in the struggle. Since all issues of injustice are connected, fighting one injustice puts us squarely in the struggle against every injustice. – Excerpt from The Beatitudes of Peace, 2016 We often think of faith and spirituality as private, personal matters. But at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition is the teaching that we are in community with one another, and how we live and care for one another as global and local citizens matters far more than how we pray or what we claim to believe. So this Lent, try taking on a spiritual practice that engages with God’s work for justice. Pick an issue and do something about it, no matter how small. Be part of a faith community or community group that works on local or global issues. Believe that even one person can make a difference. As Jesus put it, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.” – Matthew 5:6
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Thelma Susie England August 24, 1923 – February 1, 2018 Long time Beach resident and homemaker, Thelma Susie England, passed away peacefully in her home. She lived a long and joyful life until the age of 94. Thelma was the oldest of five children in the small town of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. Her father was a chef and worked out at sea cooking on the steamer ships, so he was away a lot. Her mother was very thrifty and had to fend for her family alone while he was away working. This meant she depended on Thelma to help her to do chores and look after her siblings. As a young woman Thelma moved to Toronto and landed a job as a Nanny/Housekeeper. Later she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps based in Montreal, Quebec to provide administrative support. After the war, Thelma returned to Toronto and met Roy England who grew up in the Beach. They fell in love and got married on May 3rd, 1947. They started their life together in a house they bought on Connaught Avenue. As their family grew they moved to Elmer Avenue. With a total of nine children in 1963 they won the Irish Sweepstakes and that is when they bought a bigger house on Bellefair Avenue. Roy and Thelma became lifetime members at Bellefair United Church and Thelma donated much of her time to the women’s auxiliary. She loved to cook and entertain and made many delicious meals. She was famous for her apple pie that won prizes. Thelma joined a drama club and was in a few plays. She loved to play Scrabble and Euchre and she learned to play Bridge in her early 70’s. During Roy’s retirement, they both became very active as extras in the Film Industry. So, don’t be surprised if you see them in a movie. Just to name a few: Stanley and Iris, The Fly and even The Perry Mason Show. Thelma loved music and took piano lessons. She was an abstract painter, a knitter and a crocheter. Thelma loved to laugh and had a great sense of humour. She was well known in the Beach community for her respect and kindness to others. Predeceased by her husband Roy Edward England, her daughter-in-law Sandy England, and her son Christopher Norman England. She is lovingly remembered by her children Susan Barrett, Janet and Bob Ferguson, Roy England, John England, Alexandra and Jim Fulton, Kim England, Jane England and John Douey, Judy and Tim McCarthy. She will be missed by her 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and her first great, great grandchild Henry. A memorial service will be held at Waverley Road Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. Please come and share your memories about Thelma.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Community Calendar MARCH 6: Fairmount Park Playground Community Consultation at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Councillor McMahon and City of Toronto Parks staff. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org MARCH 6: Beach & East Toronto Historical Society meeting at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., 7 p.m. Historian and author, Peter Vronsky, lectures on ‘Ridgeway 1866: The Hidden History of the Last Battle Fought in Ontario and Canada’s First Modern Battle. Info: 416-393-7703 MARCH 10: Academy Concert Series presents ‘Portrait of Paganini’ at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave., 7:30 p.m. Featuring Scott St. John (violin), Lucas Harris (guitar), Emily Eng (viola), and Kerri McGonigle (cello). Tickets $20 / $14 / $5 (under 18). Info: 416-629-3716, academyconcertseries.com MARCH 11: The Psychic is In! at Juice & Java Café, 2102 Queen St. E., once a month, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.-ish. Live entertainment and great food plus great shops to walk-about in Toronto Beach! Info: text 647-449-5920, email ThePsychicInn@ gmail.com, www.ThePsychicInn.com MARCH 13, 14, 15: Lenten Retreat – Journey with the Canadian Martyrs at St. John’s Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Rd., 7 p.m. A Jesuit priest from Martyrs’ Shrine will facilitate. Included will be relics of the Martyrs exposed in the church, individual blessings with the relics, a reflection on the self-sacrifice of the Martyrs weaved into the passion narratives of Christ and a Mass. All are welcome. Info: 416-698-1105, email@example.com MARCH 16: Kids’ Night Out at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 5:30-9 p.m. Parents, enjoy an evening out! Drop off your kids at CC55 for games, face painting, arts & crafts and a pizza dinner. Little Red Theatre will perform “The Tales of Peter Rabbit”. $20 per child. Info: Jade 416-691-1113 x 224 MARCH 24: Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S. (south of Kingston Rd.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual seed exchange, heirloom seed vendors, gardening booths and advice, environmental organizations, green living ideas and great workshops on growing and living sustainably. Over 50 exhibitors and many workshops. Info: scarboroseedysaturday@ gmail.com, www.facebook.com/SSSGFair MARCH 25: Kingston Road Village Concert Series presents Joe Trio at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 1:30 p.m. Tickets $25 at the door or Eventbrite.ca. Children under 12 free. MARCH 26: Applegrove Community Complex Annual Meeting at 60 Woodfield Rd., 6:30 p.m. Meeting will include a light supper, speaker, annual report, and awards. The agency is also looking for individuals to join the Board. To vote, membership must have been obtained by February 23. RSVP: 416-461-8143 MARCH 26: Osteoporosis Support & Information Group at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham Rd.), 10 a.m.-noon. Topic: Positive Effect of Aging. Admission and parking free. Info: 416-396-4051 MARCH 26, APRIL 23, MAY28: Sacred Circle Dance at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. (1 block N of Coxwell subway station. Enter through doors up laneway on west side, up the stairs into the sanctuary.) 1-3:15 p.m. Dance time-honoured simple folk dance steps to a wide range of music, ground yourself in the here and now of the circle. All dances are taught/reviewed. All are welcome. Info: Carolynn at firstname.lastname@example.org MARCH 29: Free Seniors’ Movie – “The Shape of Water” at The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E. Doors open 10 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Rotary Club of Toronto Beach. MARCH 30: Toronto Beach Chorale presents Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., 7:30 p.m., with Artistic Director Mervin W. Fick and Jenni-
fer Krabbe (soprano), Laura McAlpine (mezzo soprano), Marcel van Helden (tenor), and Matthew Cassils (bass). Tickets: General $25 ($30 at door), Youth 7-18 $12.50 ($15 at door), Children under 7 free. Tickets and info: www.torontobeachchorale.com or a choir member APRIL 7: Tree of Life & Awesome Mystery at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. (Warden Ave. & Kingston Rd.), 7:30 p.m. Easter season drama with art and music. $10 adults, $2 children. Info: bbuc.ca, 416-694-4081 APRIL 9: Fashion Show at St. Thomas More Parish Hall, 2234 Ellesmere Rd. (E of Markham), 7:30 p.m. A presentation by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Scarborough, as a fundraiser for two Centennial College Awards, CFUW National 100th Anniversary Special Award (2019), and support for the Scarborough Women’s Centre. Raffle proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for the “AIDS Grannies.” Tickets $25 at 416-265-5995. MONDAYS: FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP for adults, 7-9 p.m. This is a group of about 10 people at the intermediate level and above. If you are highly motivated and interested in joining, please call (leave your number if the answering machine responds) 416-699-4681 MONDAYS-FRIDAYS: O.S.P.C.A. THRIFT SHOP, 2232 Kingston Rd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Good bargains in clothes, shoes, household items, etc., Donations welcome. Pickup arranged (416-694-4853). Help support the animals. Info: 416-266-7716 TUESDAYS: BEACHES MENTAL WELLNESS GROUP at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., 7-8 p.m. Peers helping peers with issues affecting mental health. Info: www.beachesmentalwellness.com TUESDAYS: THE BARONS BAND at Baron Byng Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave., 1:30 -3 p.m. Hot swinging jazz you can dance to! Info: Paul Hallam 416-444-1956 TUESDAYS: ‘DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S’ Dance Class at Beach United Church (Meeting Room 1 – fully accessible facility), 140 Wineva Ave., 1-2 p.m. Program runs to March 27. This Toronto-based dance class helps those with Parkinson’s disease explore the potential of their own movement through choreography and improvisation. No dance experience necessary. Caregivers/spouses are welcome but it is not necessary to bring a dance partner. $60 for each 6-week term ($10/ class). Instructor: Claire Wootten, longtime Beacher and Associate Professor in Dept. of Dance, York University. Info and registration: Sarah Robichaud 647-2179252, register@dancingwithparkinsons. com or email@example.com FRIDAYS: FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP at Calvary Baptist Church, 74 Main St. (rear entrance, lower level), 9:30-11:30 a.m. All levels welcome. Don’t use it you’ll lose it. Info: Diana 416-698-6537 SATURDAYS: ENTERTAINMENT at Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 11, 9 Dawes Rd., 7:30 p.m. Info: rcl11.com SUNDAYS: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC at Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave. (near Woodbine), 3-6 p.m. Music genres include folk, pop, country, R&B, jazz. Hosted by Nicola Vaughan. All ages welcome. No cover charge. Info: 416-551-7560 AL- ANON at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Wednesdays 7:15 p.m. Alateen members are welcome to attend. Info: 416-691-1113 AL-ANON BEACH R&R GROUP meets Tuesdays at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave., 7:30 p.m. (newcomers’ meeting 7 p.m.). Use side door in middle of the building. No fees or dues. ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH CHOIR welcomes new members. We practise Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. and perform Sundays at 11 a.m. at 794 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks east of Main St.). You don’t have to have musical training to sing with us, but you do have to like singing and want to be with others to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. We are friendly and wel-
coming and our leader is a wonderful music teacher. Info: Paul Williams 416-699-2518 CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN, Scarborough Branch. Since 1960 we have been active in promoting women’s rights and education in Scarborough. Our purpose is to pursue knowledge, promote education, improve the status of women and human rights, and to participate actively in public affairs. New members are welcome! We meet monthly on the 3rd Monday at Knox United Church, Education building, 2569 Midland Ave. Info: Janet Holt 416-293-8822 BEACH INTERFAITH OUTREACH LUNCH and Fellowship, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults in the community are invited for soup, sandwiches and fellowship. •Mondays at Corpus Christi Church (16 Lockwood Rd.) March 12, 19, 26 •Tuesdays alternating at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave.) March 13, 27, April 10 and at St. Nicholas Anglican Church (1512 Kingston Rd.) March 6, 20, April 3 •Wednesdays at Beach Hebrew Institute (109 Kenilworth Ave.) March 7, 14, 21 •Thursdays at Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) until May 17 inclusive •Fridays at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.) until May 18 inclusive. Info: 416-691-6869 MARKET 55 @ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. (at Swanwick). Indoor farmers’ market featuring produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, fresh coffee beans, fermented foods and more! Every Sunday 10am-2pm. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 4TH ANNUAL WINTER STATIONS, along the boardwalk between Ashbridge’s Bay and the Balmy Beach Club, until April 1. This year’s theme is ‘Riot’. Info: winterstations.com PUR YOGA, 2245 Queen St. E., lower level •Feb. 25-March 25: Core 4 Yoga Series, Sundays 11 a.m.-noon, focuses on breath work and strengthening the core. •Feb. 25-April 8: Beginners Yoga Series, Sundays 12:151:30 p.m., for those new to yoga or those wanting to gain a deeper knowledge. •Feb. 25-April 8: Beginners Yoga Series Part 2, Sundays 1:45-3 p.m. •Feb. 25-April 8: Yoga Nidra, Sundays 3:15-4:15 p.m., a special relaxation technique which has a deep calming effect on the body, the energies and the mind. Info: puryogatoronto.com EAST END COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE, 1619 Queen St. E. •March 16 & 17: Kids in the Kitchen, 2-5 p.m., a fun cooking program for kids 8-12 years and their parents. Registration: Sudha Ellie 416-778-5805 x 224 •March 21 & 22: Money Matters, 10-11:30 a.m., budgeting and debt-reduction tips for people living on low-income as well as social assistance. Registration: Jackie Carruthers 416-7785805 x 220 •March 26: Gardening Group, 11 a.m.-noon. Planting, growing and cooking herbs and vegetables, for those 55+. Registration: Jackie Carruthers 416-778-5805 x 220 •Tuesdays: Computer Café Drop-in, 2:30-4:30 p.m. •Thursdays: Drop-In Sexual Health Clinic, 3:30-4:30 p.m. All programs are free. Info: www.eastendchc.on.ca I WANNA SING! a Community Singing Club for Older Adults (50+) in the Pape/ Gerrard area, Sundays 2:30-3:45 p.m.. We sing early rock’n’roll, blues, folk, and musical theatre. Why not make this your winter project! Learn new skills! Make new friends! Cost = by donation. Info: Carolyn email@example.com CHURCHES ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 794 Kingston Rd. (2 blocks E. of Main St.). Lent Services – every Friday during Lent: 4:30 pm Stations of the Cross, 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross, 7:30 pm Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration for an hour. Everyone welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 416-698-1106 FALLINGBROOK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 35 Wood Glen Road (corner of Kingston Road and Wood Glen), where all are welcome. Join us for Lenten and Easter services. Sundays in Lent from Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m., Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m., a communion service
downstairs in the Friendship Hall, and Easter Sunday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. Info: www.fallingbrookpresbyterian.com CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 72 Main St. (between Gerrard & Kingston). Know you are welcome at our neighbourhood church. Visit with us to worship and experience our caring, extended family Sundays 10:30 a.m. BEACHES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 65 Glen Manor Dr. (S of Queen) in the heart of the Beach. Worship in a familyfriendly, relaxed environment. Sunday School and Nursery available. Coffee and new friendships are Free! LGTB friendly. Sundays 10 a.m. Info: www. beacheschurch.org, 416-699-5871 Minister: The Reverend Katherine McCloskey ST. AIDAN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Queen St. E. at Silver Birch Ave. •Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Children’s Program & Nursery at 10:30) •Wednesdays: Drop-in Playgroup, 9:30 a.m., Mid-week Service, 10:30 a.m.; Christian Meditation, 7:30 p.m. •Thursdays: Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Info: Church Office 416-691-2222, staidansinthebeach.com HOPE UNITED CHURCH, 2550 Danforth Ave. All are welcome! •Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m. •Thursday Yoga Classes, 10:30-11:30 a.m. •March 7, 12:15pm-1pm, Noontime Concert Series, The Dark Lake Quartet. •March 10, 4:30-5:15pm, Supper & Gospel, Blues, and Praise Service. Join us for a service featuring inspirational music that will touch the soul and lift the spirit. •March 21, 5:30-7pm, Easter Messy Church. All-ages family event with crafts, activities, music and a story, and a great meal. •March 24, 4:30-5:15pm, Jazz Vespers, featuring The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio •March 25, 2-4pm, “Where Have They Taken Our Lord” Easter Cantata and Concert, a telling of the Easter Story through word and song. The Vox Aeris Brass Trio will present a variety of Easter Music on the second half of the program. •April 4, 12:151pm, Noontime Concert featuring Zoe Kai Wai Lei. Info: 416-691-9682, HopeUnited.ca BEACH UNITED CHURCH, 140 Wineva Ave. All welcome! •Regular Sunday Worship Service held at 10:30 am. Nursery care & children’s activity time provided. •Knitting for Shivering Children Group, March 10, 10 a.m. We welcome new members, including beginners, to knit vests, blankets, hats and stuffed animals for impoverished children. We donate our work to the charity Canadian Food for Children. •SoundWave Café, March 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. featuring “The Sun Harmonic” performing in a relaxed coffee house atmosphere, with complimentary coffee and tea, snacks available for purchase. •Blood Donor Clinic, March 23, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Info: 416-691-8082, www.beachunitedchurch.com. Find us on Facebook. KINGSTON ROAD UNITED CHURCH, 975 Kingston Rd. (3 blocks W of Victoria Pk. Ave.). Join us each Sunday for Worship and Church School, 10:30 a.m. Our services are filled with beautiful music and thoughtful sermons, and are shared amidst a caring community with true neighbourly spirit. Come in and get a faith lift. Info: www.kruc.ca. 416-699-6091 TORONTO UNITED MENNONITE CHURCH, 1774 Queen St. E. We warmly welcome you to join us for our worship service each Sunday with Christian education and nursery, 10 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Info: 416-699-6631, www.tumc.ca LIBRARIES BEACHES LIBRARY, 2161 Queen St. E. •Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 2-4 p.m. Cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. March 7 – Paper Moon (1973); March 14 – Wonder (2017); March 21 – Holiday (1938); March 28 – Quartet (2012) •March 20: Introduction to 3D Design, 6-8 p.m. Fusion360, OpenSCAD, Sculptris. Register at Eventbrite.ca •Beaches Adult Book Club, first Thursday of every month, 7-8 p.m. April 5 – Don’t I Know You? by Marni Jackson •March 31: Casual Chess Club, 2-4 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. Drop-in. Info: 416-393-7703
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Beach Arts Scene THIS MONTH, the Beach Photo Club presents The Eclectic Eye, the club’s fifth annual exhibition at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Rd., from March 7 through 18. Exhibition coordinator Michael McAuley says the show is inspired by “the different ways that the photographers in our group see and capture images taken in our Beach neighbourhood, and throughout the world.” The 19 photographers “demonstrate their keen artistic vision in 49 images, whose diversity in theme and style are sure to intrigue, charm or delight the viewer.” An artist reception will be held March 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibition’s hours are Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m.
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SPRING IS in the air and that means it’s time for artists to start thinking about submitting to Yellow House Gallery’s annual Canada Day exhibition. The Kingston Road gallery sends out a call for artists in March for the summer show, which celebrates Canadian art, to give artists enough time to register and prepare their work. The Canada 151 show will feature
over 150 small works from local and emerging artists. All mediums, styles and levels of experience are welcome. The show is inclusive and non-juried. The deadline to register for a 5x10 wood board to use to create the art is May 15. More details can be found at www. yellowhousegallery.ca or by calling 416792-8460.
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Michael Edward Robitaille It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Edward Robitaille on February 17, 2018 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Mike lived his 57 years in the Beach and Upper Beach, and in better times he enjoyed making music: he was an extraordinary guitar player and song writer, performing his music live and on homemade CDs. He was a hero who noticed and alerted area residents of a building fire, and going door to door, made sure everyone got out. For this he was recognized with a citizen’s award. Mike was a brave spirit who suffered physical and mental pain daily yet carried on. We would like to extend a special thank you to his fellow tenants for their patience and support over the years; the medical teams at St. Michael’s, Michael Garron, St. Joseph’s and Toronto General Hospitals; and to Dr. Miriam Wiebe at the East Toronto Community Health Centre. We will be honouring Michael in a celebration of his life on Saturday, March 10 at the Church of St. Aidan, 70 Silver Birch Ave., Toronto from 2-5pm. All are welcome.
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Good Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. Toronto Beach Chorale members and artistic director Mervin W. Fink welcome a professional orchestra and guest soloists soprano Jennifer Krabbe, mezzo-soprano Laura McAlpine, baritone Matthew Cassils and tenor Marcel van Helden in a performance of one of Mozart’s most powerful works. Toronto Beach Chorale is an auditioned concert choir of about 50 men and women as well as a community booster. For more information, and for tickets, visit www.torontobeachchorale.com. Tickets are also available at the door in cash or through a choir member.
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Beach homes are ready for their close-up Bernie Fletcher
t’s not every day you go cup in hand down to the basement in your pyjamas to grab some cream for your morning coffee… and there’s Jason Priestley, the 1990’s heartthrob from Beverly Hills: 90210. Courtney Geddes of the MacPherson family on Balsam Avenue wasn’t dreaming. Priestley and crew were filming scenes for the show Private Eyes and using their basement as a “green room” for the cast. The hit Global TV series returns for a new summer run in June. Geddes has only good things to say about the experience, recalling that Priestley said politely, “Let us know if you need anything.” She was quite impressed with the “handsome” star: “Jason Priestley does not age. He is a stunning, kind, gracious man, living life well.”
A primary concern for the Private Eyes crew was their impact on the neighbourhood. Geddes says that crew members went out of their way to smooth over any problems, going to the neighbours to make sure there were no issues. Producers rented a neighbour’s driveway and adapted to the Beach Studio Art Tour. Geddes hasn’t actually tuned in to the detective show. She is too busy with three children under five to watch much television, but her kids really enjoyed the experience. A producer tried to include everybody, even taking the time to show the little ones how a drone works. Around Halloween the crew also brought extra candy for the family to hand out as an additional thank you to the neighbours. How do you get your home on screen? In this case, a location scout had the vision of a beautiful, front wraparound verandah befitting Priestley’s character, a former NHL hockey player. The scout thought the Geddes’ home had the best porch in the Beach and left a note in the mailbox, then followed up with a knock on the door. Producers went out of their way to take care of the homeowners and work around their schedules. After filming was completed on Balsam Avenue, the crew and big lights disappeared “quickly and quietly” and left “not a trace” except a thank you sign on the lawn. A replica porch and front room were built at the Eastern Avenue studio and the Geddes/MacPherson family were invited for a tour of the set. Location, Location, Location It’s not just real estate agents who are looking for that perfect house in the Beach. Our area is a prime spot for movie, televi-
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Above, Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley in the Private Eyes episode “Boardwalk Empire” from 2017. Below left, the MacPherson family moved to Balsam Avenue in November 2014. sion and commercial shoots, offering a wide variety of architectural styles as well as proximity to the Studio District. Beach homes have been stand-ins for Chicago (Mean Girls), New York (Sea of Love), New Jersey (The Hurricane) and Los Angeles (Molly’s Game) as well as Toronto (One Week). Payment depends on the size of the property, days needed and how intrusive the shoot is going to be. You can list your property in the Digital Location Library of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Their website (www. omdc.on.ca) features over 400,000 digital images, including hundreds of photos of Beach buildings available for film shoots. Need a Spanish-style hacienda with a courtyard and fountain? There’s El Pueblo on Beech Avenue. Or a New England waterfront house? No problem. It’s all here in the Beach.
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‘I would prefer someone wh Etobicoke, prior to moving in. She only knew that the house, which A PIECE of Canadian architec- dates back to the mid-’60s, was a tural history is on the market in the custom build. Through a neighbour, Bluffs. Krahn was introduced to the late The modernist bungalow at 125 architect. She had Murray and his Sylvan Ave. designed by James daughter over for a visit several Murray, the founding editor of Ca- years after settling into the home. nadian Architect magazine, is listOne thing she remembers about ed for a cool $2.3 million. the encounter is that the architect Perched on the edge of the Bluffs, approved of the kitchen renovation the seafoam-coloured home has the couple had already undertaken, rooms with a view. the only substantial change to the Owner Irene Krahn purchased home to date. She also learned the the three-bedroom home with her home was one of Murray’s earlier Beach-born late husband Roger residential projects. “I gathered it Slute in 1994. She was impressed was kind of a nice change for him,” with the sweeping lakeside vistas she said. and the natural light that filters Listing agent Michael Carr highthrough windows stretching the en- lighted the home’s architecture and tire width of the home to the rear. the cozy California-esque sunken “It’s a wonderful retreat; it’s very conversation pit as some of its peaceful,” she said. “We see foxes standout features. “The house, and deer and lots of wildlife,” she I think, was designed before its added after a raccoon sauntered time,” he said. “I love all the big along the home’s south-facing back windows at the back,” he added. deck. “Although you’re inside you Carr sees a few potential types of feel like you’re part of the outdoors buyers for the home. It could work because of the windows and the for a young family. “It’s a quiet light.” area close to good schools,” Carr The impressive views 125 Sylvan explained. Also, there’s appeal for affords are a hallmark of a Murray- empty nesters given its an accesdesigned home, suggests Catherine sible bungalow in which the only Nasmith, the president of the Ar- stairs lead to an unfinished basechitectural Conservancy of Ontar- ment. io’s Toronto Fond of Branch. the house In Muras Krahn ray’s work may be, the there “is an seller is motivated beincredible cause mainsensitivity taining to light and the large attention to lot has besight and – Catherine Nasmith on architect come a burto views— James Murray den. She is both inside downsizing and outside into a condo the building,” she nearby at said noting low-sloped roofs, lots of the Gates of Guildwood. glass and timber interiors are comHer neighbours have been makmon traits in his residential work. ing similar moves in recent years, “He really was one of the greats Carr said. The new stucco and of his era, and he probably deserves stone McMansions that have been a book,” Nasmith said. “He was one appearing on the winding dead end of the early modernists in Toronto.” in recent years are a sign of the Krahn didn’t know about Murray, neighbourhood’s next generation. who also had a hand in designing The trend is not limited to the the original Sherway Gardens in Bluffs, and Nasmith suggested midBy Josh Sherman
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Seeds When buying seeds, I always start by reading catalogues and looking for local, open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds. These seeds have been grown without chemicals, are appropriate to the region and have been grown for decades, if not longer (heirloom or heritage). They are key to saving the diversity of our food sources. So, where can you find seeds? 1. Heirloom Seed Catalogues Some of my favourite catalogues include Urban Harvest, Mountain Grove, Matchbox, Terra Edibles and Urban Tomato (all are available online). Seed growers like these play an important role. Rhonda Teitle-Payne from Toronto Urban Growers explains: “By saving and trading seeds, growers are ensuring that they have the varieties that are important to them. Sometimes they want to preserve a family or cultural tradition, or they may have
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Landscape architect Brad Peterson, who has a permaculture food forest and farm near Owen Sound, prunes the TreeMobile trees at St. Saviour Anglican Church late last month. found a particularly tasty or productive variety.” For more info on heritage seeds go to Seeds of Diversity (seeds.ca) and USC Canada (https://www.usc-canada.org/) 2. Seedy Saturdays As Beach Metro gardening columnist Mary Fran McQuade recommended in the Feb. 20 issue, (www.beachmetro. com/category/columns/garden-views), Seedy Saturdays are a great place to purchase seeds and learn from growers and gardeners. In March there are two that are accessible to East End Toronto – the first is on Sunday, March 18 at the Evergreen Brickworks and the second is on March 24 – the Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair, which I help coordinate, at 100 Brimley Rd. South (south of Kingston Road). At these events you will find many of the same seed producers noted in #1, but in person. Not only are Seedy Saturdays a great place to buy seeds, but if you have seeds saved then this is where you can exchange them. “Seed exchanges in the spring are often the first time people gather after a long winter to swap favourite varieties of seeds and learn gardening tips from each other,” said Teitle-Payne. There are more than 120 Seedy Saturdays across Canada. For a list of all Toronto locations go to www. torontourbangrowers.org. For a list of national ones go to www.seeds.ca. 3. Toronto Seed Libraries Did you know that there are Seed Libraries in Toronto? At these you can
Trees I can’t wait to place a new tree in my backyard, but I am debating between putting in a food tree, a habitat friendly tree (oaks host the most), a habitat shelter tree (evergreen) or a big, beautiful red maple for fall colour. Luckily, there are many ways to source help and find trees to plant in Toronto – some free and some subsidized. All provide trees that are either native and/or are adapted to our growing conditions. Note that timing for some of these sources is key as some programs have deadlines coming up in the next few months or sooner. 1. City of Toronto street tree The City of Toronto will plant a tree for free on your front lawns (situated on the City allowance). You can order your tree through https://www. toronto.ca/services-payments/waterenvironment/trees/tree-planting/ (or call 311) but note that it can take six to 12 months to get your tree in place.
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ith St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you may want to warm up chilly March days with traditional Irish dishes. These recipes from Foodland Ontario are quick and simple to prepare using, of course, readily available, local produce. As a bonus, they can be made ahead and are versatile enough to use for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here’s hoping that these comforting dishes will put you in a festive spirit ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Dublin Coddle Perfect for a blustery day, this layered recipe is easy to assemble and cook with ever so tasty results. It dates back to the 1700’s but is up to date with wholesome goodness and local ingredients. Serve with a green salad and, if you wish, a good glass of Irish beer. 4 slices of bacon cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces 6 breakfast sausages or your favourite type 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) slices 1/2 cabbage cut into 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) slices 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fresh black pepper 3 cups (750 mL) chicken broth
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh chopped parsley Pre-heat oven to 325 F (170 C). In large Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until soft but not browned. Drain any fat and set aside. In same pan, add brown sausages and brown on all sides but do not cook through. Remove and cut sausages in half. In same Dutch oven or casserole, layer half of the potatoes, onions, cabbage, sausage and bacon. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over. Repeat layer; pour chicken broth over. Cover with tight fitting lid or foil and bake in preheated oven about 2 – 2 1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender. Garnish with parsley and serve. Makes 4 servings but recipe can easily be doubled for tasty leftovers.
Sweet Potato Boxty Every county in the world has a version of pancakes and Ireland is no exception. This version is perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a side dish served with dinner. It can be accompanied with your favourite sausages or eggs or simply enjoyed as is, with the honey sour cream sauce. Boxty (Pancake) 1 medium sweet potato, grated 1/2 cup (125 mL) mashed potato 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fresh black pepper
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) buttermilk 1 1/2 tbsp. (7mL) butter and vegetable oil Sour Cream Honey Sauce 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream 2 tbsp (25 mL) liquid honey Pinch crushed red pepper (or to taste) 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional) Boxty Batter: in large bowl, combine sweet potato and mashed potato until combined. In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, green onions, salt and pepper. Combine the sweet potato mixture with the potato mixture; stir in buttermilk until well combined. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add about 1 tsp (5 mL) each butter and oil and heat until hot (when a drop of water, if sprinkled on the pan, sizzles). Pour 1/4 cup (50 mL) batter for each pancake onto heated skillet and cook about 4 minutes or until golden brown then turn and cook again about 4 minutes or until golden brown on other side. Remove boxty to plate; cover with foil and keep warm in a 300 F oven while cooking the remaining batter.
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’ve had several emails from readers wanting to know how they can stretch their wine buying dollars and get the best bang for their buck. Certainly a little wine education can help, but even without any wine knowledge at all, there are some simple ways you can ensure that what you are buying is probably better. Generally speaking, the more focus on a wine label, the better the quality. A wine saying simply “product of a specific country,” for instance, means that all the fruit that went into that wine could have come from anywhere in the entire country, from several places in the country or even might contain some out of country contents depending on that country’s content regulations. As a rule these wines are not great. A wine stating a specific region within a country, like Bordeaux in France, narrows the focus and means all fruit came from that region. A sub-region within a major region, such as St. Emelion in Bordeaux, narrows the focus even more so chances are the quality will be even better. The best quality will come from a wine labeled “Chateau” or “Domaine” something or other meaning all the fruit that went into making that wine came from one piece of land or property (estate). They are usually a great reflection of that piece of land. This concept can be applied to pretty much every wine region on the planet. Many wine countries have an “appellation system.” It’s an organization set up by the country to regulate the quality of wines it produces. It covers everything from grape growing and production to labeling and marketing. In France, it’s AOC, in Italy it’s DOC and DOCG, in Spain it’s DOC, and in Canada it’s VQA. Regardless of whether you understand
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This archival photograph was taken at Christmas in 1933. These two semi-detached houses sit at the top of Beech Avenue, just below Kingston Road. Today you will notice the construction behind the
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Continued from Page 1 Then, the following week on April 11, the 1940 film based on the book will be shown at the Fox Theatre (2236 Queen St. E). After the screening, there will be a Q and A with Geoff Pevere, a popular film critic with bylines in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and others. “He’s going to be talking about, again, the influence at the time, why it was such a big hit, who was John Ford, what were the politics of this movie, what is it that they didn’t put in: there’s lots to think about,” she said. The Book and Film Club is not only a way for Katya Nosko to share her love of literature and films. It’s also about supporting a local theatre, getting people to delve deep into a book—hence why the club only takes place once a year—and showcasing older movies, such as last year’s pick, the cult noir clas-
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Beach skaters in sync with gold By Josh Sherman
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FIVE BEACHERS were part of a synchronized skating team that won gold in the intermediate section at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Oshawa last month. The 19-skater Meraki team, which practises in the midtown Leaside neighbourhood, beat out 12 other teams with a routine based on the 1994 Hollywood hit The Mask starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. Skating to an upbeat Cuban soundtrack and wearing red dresses, a nod to Diaz’s character’s wardrobe in The Mask, the team scored a total of 111.32 points over two performances at the event, which ran from Feb. 23-25. Synchro teams are scored on technical elements and execution. Each gets two chances to run through the routine in front of judges, and the results for each performance are added up for a cumulative score. “It was an amazing experience,” said Shaolin O’Neill, the team’s general manager and also a Beacher. “They were working very, very hard the last month or so to fine tune all the areas that required any work—and that paid off.” Beachers Zoe Haronitis, Lotti Frankiss, Abby Nelson, and Shaolin’s daughters Shannon and Kerri all had a part in lifting the ages-13-to-18 team to victory. Sixteen-year-old Shannon said being
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The Meraki team glide through a winning routine at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Oshawa last month.
in first after the initial Friday run tested the team’s mental game for the followup program on Saturday. “There’s a lot more pressure because if you fall you know you’re going to lose first place,” she said. The winning result for Meraki, named after the Greek word O’Neill defined as meaning “to put your heart and
soul into what you love to do,” comes on the heels of a third-place intermediate finish at the Ontario regional championships in Ilderton on Feb. 9-10. “They have five major competitions in the year, and they were finishing always top two or three,” said O’Neill. “The last final competition where it really counts, they came out on top.”
Charity hockey game a hit By Josh Sherman
SEVERAL GOALS were scored at last month’s bantam A girls hockey game between the Scarborough Sharks and the Leaside Wildcats, but Sharks coach Doug Browne says the final tally didn’t matter. He even told the referees at the Kew Gardens rink not to keep count. More important was the cause, Browne suggested. The game raised about $760 for 12-year-old Beacher Jake McKee, who has been battling cancer for the last five years. “It was really all just about Jake that night,” said coach Browne. “Call it a draw,”
he said of the Feb. 23 game’s score. The donations are in addition to the more than $74,000 that has been raised for Jake since Feb. 11 via fundraising website GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/fh5tcc-teamjake). According to the campaign, set up by Sharon Norton Robertson, the money will help the McKee family pay for an experimental treatment in Georgia. Previously, Jake went through a five-cycle clinical trial at SickKids hospital. “This is where Jake’s hope now lies. It will be a very costly battle Jake and his family now wage,” the campaign description read.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
BEACH METRO NEWS
Crescent Town Club pool to re-open By Josh Sherman
THE CRESCENT Town Club’s pool is scheduled to re-open this month after multiple delays. For more than a year, the pool, located within the community centre near Victoria Park subway station, has been dry as a result of major structural issues stemming from a lack of waterproofing during its original construction in the ‘70s. The club was previously closed for about a year after an electrical fire in July 2014. Now, work is wrapping up after several waterproofing attempts, and the club’s general manager, Anil Narayan, has said the pool will be back in business no later than March 10. “The centrepiece of the club, it’s the pool,” said Narayan. “When this facility’s open and the pool’s open and you come down here, that entire facility, it’s packed—packed with people.” Since the pool closed in January 2017, club members from outside the immediate community have been cancelling their memberships, Narayan said. “One of the things that we want to do is [let] everyone outside of Crescent Town know that we are open,” he said. The pool will look familiar to swim-
PHOTO: JOSH SHERMAN
Workers finish up work on the Crescent Town Club pool, which is set to re-open this month after being closed for over a year for renovations.
mers who have taken a dip here before, but there is one addition. The CREST Club, a group that was founded at the Crescent Club and trains
swimmers, has donated some starting blocks. “Everything else remains the same,” Narayan added.
Plenty of places to pick out a tree Continued from Page 14 2. Tree for Me Another source of free trees is through a community grant program from the Parks and Tree Foundation program Tree for Me (TFM). Last year, the Beaches Triangle Residents Association received a grant from TFM and planted over 50 trees. This year the Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine have been approved for a Tree for Me grant. Registration for a tree begins April 1 at Tree for Me: http://www.torontoparksandtrees.ca/ Programs/Programs/Tree-for-Me 3. Tree Mobile – Transition Toronto One of my favourite tree, shrub and native plant sources is local group TreeMobile. TreeMobile sells fruit trees, shrubs and vines at subsidized prices which helps bring down the cost. All profits go towards supporting urban orchards and community gardens (they provide funds to these through their Edible Garden Grant). TreeMobile has an amazing selection online – think specialty ones including Persimmons, Pawpaw, Russian Almond and Hazelnut, the latter of which is becoming the favourite to go in my garden. You need to order by early April for delivery in the Beach area by April.
29. You can either pick up your item or they will deliver and/or plant your selection for a nominal fee. Their products are excellent. For more information: https://www. transitiontreemobile.org/ 4. LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests This well-respected organization has been helping residents plant trees for years. They have both a full service and do-it-yourself backyard tree planting program. The cost varies depending on your program but can include: consultation, siting, tree planting and some maintenance. They have a great selection of trees,
shrubs and garden kits. For more information go to https:// www.yourleaf.org These are the seed and tree sources from my favourite local producers and organizations. There are, of course, many more reputable nurseries and gardening supply stores throughout the area. So good hunting and happy gardening!
Katie Fullerton has lived in the Upper Beach for over 20 years. She is a past member of East Toronto Climate Action Group and is a member of Greening Ward 32. A member of Toronto Urban Growers, she coordinates the annual Scarborough Seedy Saturday.
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The TreeMobile Toronto team at its first-ever planting day in 2014. The group continues to deliver low-cost trees, shrubs and vines across the city.
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Call Jenn 416-786-1496
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swood Rd., south of Bracken. Call:
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2358 Kingston Rd.
Custom Window Coverings
Deadline for March 20th issue is March 12th
BLIND AMBITION (4)
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(includes HST) For 20 words or less 35¢ each extra word
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EAST TORONTO VILLAGE
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184 MAIN ST. across from Ted Reeve Arena
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
MAN WITH CARGO VAN
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2 Men + Truck $59/hr Office • Apt. Deliveries
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Experienced. Reliable. Professional Work Guaranteed. Drywall Repairs. Competitive Rates. Beach Resident.
Green Apple Landscaping
Call Franz 416-690-8722
Front yard parking pads Drawings • Permits • Build 416-288-1499
STONEHENGE LANDSCAPE • DESIGN & BUILD
Beach resident with over 30 years exp Interior / Exterior Work Proper Drywall & Plaster Repairs No job too big or small Have the job done right the first time. Referrals & Free Estimates
416-467-6059 www.stonehengedesignbuild.com (r)
BEACH PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
LAWN CUTTING *(weekly, bi-weekly, & one time visits available) 416-414-5883
BRICK & STONE
‘As Promised’ Painting *** Free Estimates ***
Dianne 416 699 5070
PROFESSIONAL PAINTER Richard Durocher Interior & Exterior Small to Mid-size jobs
BEACH PLUMBING Small Repairs to complete houses Renovations
647 401 7970
WRITTEN IN STONE
Driveways • Patios • Steps Retaining Walls • Planting Interlocking & Natural Stone Repair firstname.lastname@example.org (9)
INTERIOR, EXTERIOR QUALITY PAINTING; KITCHEN CABINET REFINISHING & CUSTOM PAINT; STAINING & WATER PROOFING, DECKS & FENCES
25 years • Free estimates
Landscaping solutions to customize your space.
www.scotstonecontracting.com Call Scott 416.858.2452 (7)
Movers “Always on Time and on Budget”
www.thegoodmoves.com Call Hakan: 416 899-3980 (2)
Mobile: 416-834-8474 Office: 416-757-6537 (r)
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All Plumbing, camera inspection, power washing, snake drain cleaning, sump pumps, drainage systems, and back water valve installations. Great affordable rates. Fully licensed.
Contact us at 416 602 2128 (3r)
DRAINS Dishwasher & Gas Repairs
Heating, Boilers & Radiator Repairs Reno, Repairs - LICENSED
MARTIN PETROV PLUMBING SERVICES
HILLSIDE PAINTING &
Family owned Residential - Commercial Interior - Exterior Ask about our powerwashing options. We pay all taxes for seniors. Call today for your free estimate. (1.)
GREEN ISLE ELECTRIC
Finishing • Complete Interior & Exterior • Expert Restoration
Call Mike 647.456.3666 www.allperfectpainting.com (1.)
ESA LIC# 7002668
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Fully licensed & insured. ECRA/ESA #7008706
George: 416-278-7057 or Gabston Reno: 647-342-2872
Residential • Commercial - Knob & Tube Wiring - Service Panel Upgrades - Renovations & Alterations
416-690-1430 • 416-266-8953 firstname.lastname@example.org www.citywideroofing.ca (1)
416-694-7497 ~ 416-423-4245
FLOORING SPECIALIZING IN SANDING & STAINING
Flat and Shingle Roofs Re-roofing, Repair Eavestrough, Soffit & Fascia Workmanship Guaranteed
J. BROW ROOFING Shingles • Flats • Cedar Free Estimates Residential & Commercial Tel: 416-752-6453 Cell: 416-788-9020
416 694 0906 torontoroofingindustries.com (2r)
Quality Craftsmanship with Attention to Detail Local Carpenter Serving
KEW BEACH GENERAL CONTRACTING
The Beach For 35 Yrs. Clyde Robinson 416 691 8241 www.robinsoncarpentry.com
Licensed/Insured On Time/On Budget (r)
Built-in-Cabinets •home entertainment centres •home offices •bookcases, fireplace surrounds •utilize your space with built-in storage units
Roofing • Flats • Shingles Siding • Fascia Soffit Eavestrough • Skylights & much more Serving the Beach 25 years Metro Lic 416-694-7402
Bill Watson 647-283-0095
Master of Carpentry specializing in interior & exterior finishing, decks, stairs, windows, doors, railings, book shelving, feature walls and much more. Putting quality first.
Hardwood Flooring Sanding, Staining, Refinishing, Repairs & Installations. Quality workmanship for excellent rates.
Give your floors a new beginning!!! (1) Free Estimates
QUALITY HOME IMPROVEMENTS & RENOVATIONS
by Jim Ferrio ODD JOBS PLUS “Seniors never pay tax” Call Jim for a free estimate
416 660 4721
Competitive prices • Satisfaction guaranteed
Call today for free estimate
HEY HANDYMAN SERVICES
15 yrs exp No job too small! Free Quotes, satisfaction guaranteed - Lic & Ins
Painting, tiling, fencing, drywall, flooring, siding, vanities & much more.
647-771-0227 email@example.com www.heyhandyman.ca
SERVICES “No Job Too Small”
GODFREY RENOVATIONS & REPAIRS LTD. (1..)
CUSTOM CARPENTRY DECKS + FENCES DESIGN + BUILD GAZEBOS • SHEDS GARAGE • PORCHES
Complete Kitchen, bathroom & basement. Interior/Exterior Painting & Carpentry. Doors, Windows, Siding, Fences, Decks, Patios
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www.whitehallrenovations.com Call Shawn 647-580-5828 (1)
Fences, Decks, Porches Gazebos, Sheds and Garage Restoration Serving the Beach for 15 yrs. (10)
Metro lic #B531 • All Work Guaranteed • Free Estimates
JDB MASONRY • Brick / Foundation • Concrete / Stone • Chimney & Parging
CANPRO MECHANICAL Air Conditioning & Heating Experts HVAC / Repair / Maintain / Install Residential / Commercial Rental programs now available (2r)
Cable & Telephone Wiring Telephone Systems
WET BASEMENT EXPERTS Underpinning Foundation Repair Drains, New/Repair
Residential, Commercial, Retail, Home Offices Senior Rates (r)
STONEHENGE FOUNDATION REPAIR WATERPROOFING
Basement Lowering www.basementlowering.com 416-494-3999
Underpinning Specialists “Reclaim Your Basement”
All about wooden floors Serving Toronto since 1981
FAIRNEY & SONS LTD.
Alan Burke 416-699-4350
Serving Your Community Since 1971
WET BASEMENT ? (1.)
Restoration & Build
•NO JOB TOO SMALL• Metro Lic. #B9948
Benching-Underpinning Waterproofing Inside/Outside New Drains
HANDYMAN •PAINTING •STAINING •DRYWALL REPAIR •PARGING •DECK & FENCE REPAIR •MINOR REPAIRS
INT/EXT TRIM & STAIRCASES
•CARPENTRY •PLUMBING •ELECTRICAL
PLS Masonry offers over 20 years home repairs experience in the GTA
Accomplished Finish Carpenter 25 yrs exp
CHIMNEY REPAIRS • TUCKPOINTING BRICKWORK • PARGING CONCRETE • INTERLOCKING
CONCRETE WORK L B
Shingles • Flats Roof Repairs • Metal Work Eavestroughing & Siding Waterproofing • Since 1984 Met. Lic. B-16-964
REX NORMAN CARPENTRY
JIM 647 405 8457 416 691 8457
ROOFING & SIDING? SOLUTION!
Local • Reliable • Professional Servicing the beach for 15 years.
Drywall, Plastering, Taping 18 yrs Experience • Excellent Job Call Mike 416-854-7024 647 833 7024 Fax 647-341-6104
TORONTO ROOFING INDUSTRIES LTD.
Stucco • Moulding Wall Systems
For all your roofing needs In the Beaches since 1974 FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED
An honest family service in the heart of The Beaches
*Ask For Photo I.D.*
Glenn 416 837 9298
Free Estimates • Metro Lic. B17416
Roofing & Aluminum
Knob & tube rewiring Service Upgrades
Flat Roofs & Shingles Aluminum Siding ~ Fascia & Soffit Eavestrough Cleaned & Replaced Tuck Pointing & Much More
Call Rex 416-889-1963 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lic - Insured • Free Estimate
CHIMNEYS - REPAIRS OR NEW BRICK, BLOCK, STONE WORK TUCKPOINTING, COLOUR MATCHING CONCRETE WORK - REPAIRS OR NEW BASEMENT WALKOUTS 416-463-9331 (r)
Kevin 647 282 8375
DECLAN O’MEARA 416-698-6183 (2)
Electricians Fault Finding Knob & Tube Rewiring Service upgrades Insurance certificates
clean reliable work reasonable rates drywall repairs 10 years experience friendly service • local resident
No job too small 20 years in the Beaches 416 833 6692 email@example.com
Knob & tube • No job too small
PORCHES, DECKS, FENCES
George: 416-278-7057 or Gabston Reno: 647-342-2872
WG PAINTING Local resident w/32 yrs. exp.
Call Marc 416-910-1235
Fully licensed & insured. Lic #T94
Perfect Painting A.S.M. MOVERS •All Expert Painting & Custom FULL SERVICE Local & long distance. Taking care of your possessions.
ONTARIO WATER PLUMBING
Dave 416 694 4369
• Small and Big Moves • All Kinds of Delivery Services incl. cottage country • Junk and Rubbish Removal
All work guaranteed Fully insured • Free estimate
Traditional stone walls, steps, interlocking paths, patios & decks.
50 years in the Beach
Doug 416-871-1734 Jeff 647-686-8103
CITY WIDE ROOFING
Master Electrician Lic. ESA ECRA #7000314
416-265-4558 Cell 416-727-1595
Cascade Plumbing GTA
We stand by our contracts, big or small. Also do Drywall and Plaster Repairs and more
RETAINING WALLS AND STEPS Design • Build • And repair
VISA / MC / AMERICAN EXPRESS
FREE ESTIMATES 15% less best price guaranteed Work done by Andrew Clayton
Don’t call them, call those roofers - Shingles & Flats- Repair & Tune ups - Cedar & Slate - Re-roofs & new work
Metro Lic. # E-594 / ACP # M-R1507
Big or small we do them all
Plumbing • Heating • Drains Renovation, Repair & Installation
THOSE ROOFERS ALL TYPES OF ROOFS
COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICES RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL
MET LIC P18238, BBB A+, WSIB Master Plumber: Franc Zamernik
Free Estimates & References Available (19)
Proud To Have Served Our Community For Over 50 Years Specializing in Service Upgrades and Knob & Tube Wiring
Professional Quality Service Repairs-Renovations-Installations
MIKE PARKER PLUMBING
25 years Experience Read our reviews on Homestars.com One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Living Spaces
Award Winning Design & Build
All Season Movers
25 yrs. experience Residential interior & exterior Call Hugo 416-824-2957 Free Estimates
Family owned & operated 26 years in business
Green Apple Landscaping
Working Man’s Prices!
Larry’s Painting & Repairs
647 679 3282
ABBA MOVING & STORAGE FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED OVER 49 YRS.
CARTAGE & STORAGE
Mr Tree Man
BEACHCOMBERS SPRING PROMO Call Jeff for free estimate.
HOMES•OFFICES~LICENSED•INSURED YOUR VAN LINE ALTERNATIVE VISA•MC•AMEX•DISCOVER
647 679 3282
firstname.lastname@example.org 416 436 5821 www.mrtreeman.ca
Call Andre: cell:
- will do small moving jobs - local or long distance - removal & pick up of various items
BEACH METRO NEWS
free estimates Lic & Ins
CJ DRYWALL & PAINTING Professional drywall and plaster work. Renovation and Repair. Very clean. No job too small.
Call C.J. 647 222 5338
& AIR CONDITIONING • Fall furnace inspection & start up • Service, maintenance, repair • New equipment installation • Ductless AC installation • Licensed & Insured
BEACH METRO NEWS
MARCANGELO INTERIORS Drywall, Taping Trim, Tiles, Painting
Marc 416 419 4281
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Jack of All Trades Handyman Services Decks, Fences, Carpentry Drywall, Bathrooms Kitchens, Basements No Job too small Free estimates!
Cell 416 434-2762 Painting - Basement Renos Plaster & Stucco • Interior & Exterior Small Renovation Jobs & Indoor/ Outdoor Spray Painting 35 Yrs Exp • Refs upon request (2) Free Estimates
- Painting - Drywall & Repair - Decks, Fences, Sheds
Call Jim for a Free Estimate
We can handle all your renovation needs. Additions, Basements, Painting, Plumbing, Flooring, Electrical, Etc.
GENERAL CONTRACTING Kitchens - Bathrooms Basements - Doors, Windows Garages - Fences, Decks
For all your reno needs, no job too small. Metro lic
416 903 4120
416 694-7402 416 824-7901
MASONRY by Daniel
WATERPROOFING CONCRETE WORK 416 721 8070 (r) FURNITURE REFINISHING + REPAIR Classic Restoration & Woodworking 35 Years experience
Brick • Block • Concrete • Stone -chimneys & foundations -interlock & retaining walls -parging & brickwork -renovations & restoration
Repairing & matching existing brick, Tuckpointing or new builds. Natural stone. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Foundations
Quality Stone Masonry & Brickwork
Licensed masonry contractor
Call Scott 416.858.2452
* ALL JOBS *
JASON THE MASON
35 YEARS EXP.
DRY WALL - LAMINATE FLOORING - PLUMBING ROOFING - EAVESTROUGH SIDING, CARPENTRY + MORE WATERPROOFING • LICENSED
TUCKPOINTING • CHIMNEYS CONCRETE WORK WINDOW CUTOUTS • WATERPROOFING & REGIST ERED & INSURED 416-580-4126 cell
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Editor Wanted Interested in joining a small but dedicated team at one of the last independent outlets for local news? Beach Metro News is hiring for the position of Editor. We’re looking for someone who is: •Passionate for journalism at the neighbourhood level •A team player who can fit in with a keen, experienced staff of six in a small office •A leader who can build relationships with a community that can seem smaller than our 27,000 circulation would imply Some of the things you’ll be doing: •Reporting and photographing stories •Editing all copy from staff and contributors •Organizing freelance and community submissions •Laying out pages •Contributing along with staff and volunteers on distribution days
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Some of the things we’d like you to have: •Journalism diploma or degree, or equivalent experience •Five years journalism experience, preferably at least two as editor •An eye for great imagery and knowledge of basic design principles •Experience with Adobe software suite and Windows operating system •Basic knowledge of the Beach and surrounding neighbourhoods •A passion for telling the stories everyone else misses or ignores •A thirst for daily news and forcing the big media outlets to follow us •Leadership in the social media arena •Digital media know-how •Interest in pushing boundaries Send resume, samples of work, and salary expectations to email@example.com, attention to General Manager by Sunday, March 18.
Silva FINE HOMES
“From Concept to Completion”
expertise / experience
Ph: (416) 694-0183 DanSilvacustombuilder.com
Quality Workmanship Customer Service
Maycock Contracting Fred 647-341-6129 firstname.lastname@example.org
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KEN GRIEVE There’s only 1 thing you need to do to sell your home.
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