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Dieppe Rink gets a (March) break The recently renovated outdoor rink at Dieppe Park will remain open for the first two weeks of March for skating, weather permitting. Though many of the City of Toronto’s outdoor rinks closed for the skating season earlier this week, local councillor Mary

Fragedakis had made a motion at council to keep the Dieppe Park facility open through the March Break. “I moved a motion to keep the artificial ice rink at Dieppe Park in operation up to and including the March Break, weather permitting,” Fragedakis said in a

statement. “City Council passed the motion.” She said a new refrigeration plant for the artificial ice pad at Dieppe Park was installed recently and now meets the capacity requirement needed to keep the ice in. Dieppe Park’s rink also meets

the requirement for geographical fairness outlined by the city when it comes to outdoor recreational facilities, Fragedakis said, and is now on the list of rinks slated to stay open until March 16, weather permitting. Check the Dieppe page on the city’s website at

If Gerrard Street East could talk, her stories would be told by east end filmmakers Kire Paputts and Colin Brunton. Paputts, a graduate of Ryerson University’s film arts program who currently freelances as a director, producer and editor, and Brunton, a wellknown Canadian producer and director, both live just a short distance from Gerrard Street and Coxwell Avenue. The duo started working together about seven years ago on a remake of a documentary about Toronto’s punk music movement and have collaborated on various projects ever since. For the last eight months, they’ve devoted most of their free time developing and filming a series of short documentaries on the ever-evolving stretch of Gerrard Street from Coxwell to Pape avenues. “It’s so much fun to make. We’re not just shooting, we’re getting to know people,” Brunton said during an interview at a local café. “The more we’re at it, the more we uncover. … (The stories) could be infinite. You can go to any building or talk to any person (on Gerrard Street East) >>>MANY, page 13

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community Olympics cricket program wSpecial Special Olympics Ontario is inviting individuals under the age of 21 with an intellectual disability to take part in a new Learn to Play Cricket program at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre. The pilot program will launch on Sunday, March 2 and will run every other Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per athlete and no experience is required. Participants of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to take part. Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre is located at 870 Queen St. E., just west of Logan Avenue. For more details, email youth@ or call 416-447-8326, ext. 236. Hill Neighbourhood AGM wBeach

The Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association (BHNA) will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 4. The gathering will take place at The Naval Club of Toronto, 1910 Gerrard St. E., just west of Woodbine Avenue, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Some of the topics of discussion include a recap on community accomplishments, developments on Gerrard Street East, beautifica-

tion plans (notably the planting of thousands of flowers in new tree wells thanks to funds collected through BHNA memberships and individual donations), and the onestop-shopping way to renew your membership. Attendees are also welcome to raise any concerns they may have, ask questions and pitch ideas about how to improve the Beach Hill neighbourhood. Visit or email for more information. Fundraiser for Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial A gala event aimed at raising funds for the Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial Statue in Greenwood Park will take place Saturday, March 1, in the Distillery Historic District. The “Man of Steel” evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment, will be held at The Stirling Room, 14 Trinity St., starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Baldwin suffered severe abuse and neglect at the hands of his grandparents before dying of starvation, pneumonia, and septic shock. Todd Boyce, a father of three, is raising the funds for the memo-


rial to immortalize Jeffrey with a bronze statue of the boy dressed in a Superman costume. For more on the fundraiser at The Stirling Room, visit, email or call 416-364-3900. Join historic walk with Gene Domagala Historian Gene Domagala will lead a walk on the history of the Village of East Toronto. The free event is set to take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. Participants can meet outside Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway’s office at 155 Main St. Refreshments will be served after the walk at the same location. People are reminded to dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear.

munity needs. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is April 7. Visit for more info.

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Learn how to help your pets lose weight and be healthier. named new TTC chair wAugimeri Toronto council has appointed veteran Councillor Maria Augimeri to chair the TTC. Augimeri won in a narrow 23-22 vote, rejecting Councillor Josh Colle, the hand-picked choice of departing TTC chair Karen Stintz. Augimeri, a member of council’s left wing, won the vote after telling council she regarded her job as being one of running smooth meetings and advocating for greater provincial funding for the city’s transit system. And she assured councillors she had no intention to revisit the Scarborough subway issue. Stintz quit the high-profile position to concentrate on her campaign for mayor, which she launched on Monday.


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n Sunday, Feb. 23rd, Councillor Mary Fragedakis hosted a Family Skating Party. Residents laced up skates and enjoyed the newly renovated Dieppe Ice Rink. Hot chocolate was served as neighbours chatted together.

Councillor Fragedakis was pleased to announce that the Dieppe Ice Rink season would be extended to Sunday March 16th, weather permitting. She moved a motion at City Council on this. The motion passed.

So, school children and families will be able to go skating at Dieppe during the March Break. Councillor Fragedakis has been working to increase the amount of free and low-cost recreational programs for local residents. “Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. City recreational programs can help make things more affordable for residents,” said Councillor Fragedakis. She pointed out that Dieppe Ice Rink extension meets the City’s fairness rules for outdoor ice rinks.

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TOURNAMENT TIME: Above left, tables of players take part in the Scrabble tournament hosted by Bowmore Road Public School on Tuesday. Above right, Jackman Public School students Katarina Lopez, left, and Natasha Moller strategize during the competition.

Wit, deception and great actors bring Nude with Violin to life MARIA TZAVARAS When some people die, they don’t always take their secrets to the grave with them. In East Side Players Nude with Violin by Noel Coward, famous French painter Paul Sorodin shocks his family with some revelations after his death, causing an unravelling of truths and consequences for his family and friends. However, not everyone is left in the dark and those who are privy to the truth find some relief – and benefit – from revealing what they

know. In this case, Sorodin’s valet Sebastien (Daryn DeWalt), received a letter from his employer a few months before his death, which he reads with enjoyment to Sorodin’s estranged wife Isobel (Barbara Salsberg), his grown children Jane (Sarah St-Onge-Richards) and Colin (Edward Karek), his wife, Pamela (Lindsay Bryan) and art critic, Jacob (Damien Howard). While Paul and Isobel have been separated for decades, they never divorced and the Isobel and the children live in England while the painter lived in Paris, where the story

is set. Yet, Sorodin’s family all show up at his funeral for appearance and expect to close his estate quickly since he left no will. This is why Sebastien’s revelation of the contents of the letter is a welcome twist and a final stab from the painter whose family’s absence and greed did not escape him. The letter brings into question the real genius behind his work, and with impeccable timing, people from the painter’s past appear making claims, and demands, of their own. This includes the fiery Russian vixen, Anya, played amazingly by Renee Cullen and the Southern-

turned-European belle, Cherry May, played hilariously by Esther Boles. As people arrive, the funnier and more intense the plot gets and the more frantic the Sorodins become, but not Sebastien. Even when reporter Clinton Preminger Jr. (Youness Tahiri) shows up, it doesn’t phase him and he’s always composed, like he has something up his sleeve. But with all the uncertainty and betrayal, it begs the question of what is the truth? This show isn’t a fastpaced one, but rather a dialoguefilled show with a particular, witty and cheeky type of humour.

DeWalt gives an amazing performance as Sebastien, playing him equal parts humourous and deceptive. Much of the laughter comes from his character’s mannerisms, delivery and many languages and accents he conjures up at a moment’s notice. This show is a unique game of wits and deception, beautifully executed by the actors who bring this funny and strange tale to life. Tickets are $22. Call the box office at 416-425-0917.


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ext week Toronto marks its 180th year since a government was formed with our first mayor William Lyon Mackenzie at the helm. We’ve come a long way since the days of provincially appointed magistrates and the city’s transformation has seen its share of growing pains, while spawning new townships, building tiered governing structures, and juggling the challenges of a developing metropolis. We offer the highlights of that journey on page 10 in a special feature on the city’s milestone anniversary. As detailed by two of the city’s top historians, sorting out jurisdictional responsibilities and forging co-operative relationships with townships our view were major challenges prior to amalgamation. City has It’s remarkable, however, that over time certain governachieved much ing issues persist. Dr. Gary Miedema, chief historian at in 180 years Heritage Toronto, describes Toronto’s municipal landscape of the mid-20th century as this: “You’ve got a number of different municipalities in the same region who share the same concerns, but it’s difficult for them to all work together.” Things improved with the formation of a regional governing body in the 1950s (Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto) and then the eventual amalgamation of 1998. Our politicians were able to finally engage in “healthy debates” about the city’s future according to Wayne Reeves, chief curator for the city, and that helped propel the municipality forward. The history of our city is still being written and we have to wonder what will be said, 100 years from now, about this era of government at Toronto City Hall? There’s much to celebrate, but there’s still room for improvement – particularly where working collectively is concerned. On a macro-level our three tiers of government, as well as our neighbouring municipalities, need to improve upon areas of shared concern, like mass transit, for instance. And on a micro-level, members of city council struggle daily to work productively as a collective. Divisiveness only serves to hold us back. To mark how far the city’s come, it’s time our politicians took a page from history and learn that the only way forward is on a road travelled together.


Do we really need an elected mayor?


ince the forced amalgamation of Metro Toronto into the new City of Toronto we have now had three mayors over five terms of office. If there is one single issue that I can point to that illustrates the dysfunctional results of amalgamation, it is the office of mayor. Each time we hold our municipal elections, there are now a tediously large number of people who run for the office who have absolutely no chance of winning. The “official” candidates are chosen it seems by the media and generally no more than four or five are welcome to this elite group. What constitutes an “official” candidate? Well, it seems to be someone who can spend half a million or more dollars on their campaign to begin with. It also seems to be the people who are chosen

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by shadowy political “machines” that provide the money and people to run the “official” campaigns. Frankly, politics of this type ends up being more like a sporting event than anything really having to do with democracy or the management of the real issues confronting the existence of the city. For proof of my argument I have to go no further than our current embarrassment of a mayor for an example. All of this leads me to seriously ask: do we really need to elect a mayor? According to the City of Toronto Act (2006), the real power of city hall already resides in city council, not the mayor. The role of the mayor,

as outlined in the act, is to promote the city, ensure city council runs efficiently, and represent the city at official functions and to generally provide unity and understanding. Rob Ford, in his role as mayor, did these things so poorly he has been effectively fired by city council. So why not go all the way and have city council officially elect the mayor? It’s not as shocking as it sounds as for many years in the early history of Toronto this was how it was done. It also fits more closely to our Westminster Parliamentary system of democracy where the local representative holds the real power (or at least that’s how it should operate.) The three mayors that we have elected so far have only ended up polarizing the population and city council. The City of Toronto Act provides a framework for a workable city hall using

true democratic principles and a role outlined for a unifying rather than divisive mayor. We need city building vision to come from city council as a whole, not just one person with a lot of money and a political machine backing them. We’ve seen that city hall can work without a mayor, thanks to Rob Ford. We have also seen that when faced with a crisis of leadership city council can act and act wisely. It’s time to harness that power into a functional city hall because frankly this is the only way that this dysfunctional amalgamated mess of a city is going to work. It’s something to think about. Joe Cooper is a long-time East York resident and community activist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at


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TCDSB Staff Production WHEN: today and March 1 at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, 49 Felstead Ave. CONTACT: 416-222-8282 ext. 2787, COST: $20; for tickets visit staffarts “Surprise” is a comedy produced by staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Landscapes of Prayer WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-755-8352 COST: $15 book purchase Join Reverend MacPherson for an eight-week guided prayer group explore the seven landscapes of prayer, both classic and modern.

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Heritage Group Presentations, Trips and Lunches WHEN: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: 416 755 8352 COST: $7 per session Presentations on the history and landscape of Ontario. One excursion per session is also available a theatri-

art and photography show created by members of the East York Garden Club. The exhibit will be open during library hours from March 2 to 28. Refreshments served.

w Sunday, March 9

Mosaic Storytelling Festival WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Ave. CONTACT: 416-466-3142,, COST: suggested $5 per person Storytellers Donna Dudinsky and Rukhsana Khan will share folk tales and traditional songs, yarns of clever wives and brave princes, stories from Persia, Arabia, and across the world. This is the fourth season of the Mosaic Storytelling Festival, an all-ages multicultural storytelling festival. Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.east Read weeks of listings from your East York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

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March Mania in the Valley WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: 416-396-2819, COST: adult $5.31, youth/senior $3 and child $2 Explore the historic homes and sample treats prepared on the open hearth. Learn about life in 19thcentury Toronto. Create a unique take-home craft. Drama Fun WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Pape-Danforth Public Library, 701

Pape Ave. CONTACT: Pape Danforth Library, 416-393-7727 COST: For ages 6 to 8 years old. Registration required; space is limited Children’s Arts Theatre School presents a fun filled dramatic experience for children aged 6 to 8 years old. Fairytale themed improvisations with a modern twist.

w Saturday, March 8

A Gardener’s Vision WHEN: 1:30 to 4 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart, 170 Memorial Park Ave. CONTACT: S. Walter Stewart Library Auditorium, 416-396-3975 COST: Free The East York Garden Club hosts a

Family Storytelling Concert WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Pegasus Studios, 361 Glebeholme Blvd. CONTACT: Sally Jaeger, 416465-0551, COST: $5 per person Ten Small Tales: stories told from the book, Ten Small Tales by Celia Lottridge. Fundraiser for Story Save project of Storytellers of Canada. For more details, visit

w Tuesday, March 11

March Break Kid’s Club WHEN: today and tomorrow 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Phyllis, 416-422-0510, COST: $30 and up; for students in JK to Grade 7 youth in Grade 8 welcome as helpers Activities, music, stories, crafts, baking and much more. Snacks and hot lunch provided daily. Community service hours available.

w Tuesday, March 11

March Break: Button Making WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon WHERE: S. Walter Stewart, 170 Memorial

Park Avenue CONTACT: registration required 416-396-3975 COST: Free and supplies provided Discover how to make and design your own buttons. For those aged 11 to 18. Space limited. Call 416-3963975 to register.

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Girl Power - Anti-Bullying Workshop WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Leaside Public Library, 165 McRae Dr. CONTACT: Annie, 416-396-3835, http://, afan@ COST: Free Are there bullies at your school? Are you a victim of bullying? Join the workshop to learn how to deal with bullying around you and the contributing factors. For girls aged 12 to 17. Drop in. No registration required.

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Crowded right field helps Chow


n the space of a few hours Monday morning, the Toronto mayoral race went from a bare cupboard to an embarrassment of riches, as first John Tory and then Karen Stintz joined Rob Ford and David Soknacki to fill out the rightward side of the ballot. Each of these identifies themselves as “fiscal conservatives.” And as it is early in the race, it is difficult – with the notable exception of Ford – to tell them apart. This is problematic for voters who also identify themselves as “fiscal conservatives,” and very problematic for the growing army of campaign strategists. If everybody is calling for controls on spending, and also feeling ambitious about transit construction, where does the like-minded vote go? Soknacki’s pitch is a fiscally sensible but politically dubious one: just forget about that subway council decided to build – and tax for – in Scarborough and build light rail there instead, concentrating subway dollars on the downtown relief line. That

david nickle the city has the advantage of reining in spending and improving transit, along with the disadvantage of re-opening a debate that Torontonians are sick of. The other three all want to build more subways – Ford, on Sheppard and downtown, and Tory and Stintz, downtown. How will they pay for those subways? Ford will use public private partnerships. Stintz will go to the federal and provincial government. Tory has a plan but isn’t saying yet. The only information rightof-centre voters know for sure is that with drug abuse and truancy and – whatever he might claim to the contrary – legislative failure, the incumbent mayor’s been a disaster. Otherwise, those voters will have to pick. If they’re not careful, it’ll be their poison. That’s because one other likely candidate of note is still on the horizon: Olivia Chow. If she runs, she is surely the

only major candidate from left of centre, and if polls over the past year are any indication, she is well-positioned to take the election against even a single candidate from the right. Now, a strong right-of-centre candidate could certainly erode that advantage, and the crew that’s here now can do that too. If Soknacki continues to play it as he has, supporting Miller-era light rail and tweaking Miller-era tax policy, he can probably siphon off a considerable amount of support that Chow could otherwise take for granted. Tory and Stintz can similarly appeal to elements of soft Chow support. And while Ford’s own victory might seem unlikely, by remaining in the race he’ll keep a significant chunk of the conservative vote from anyone but himself. So as matters stand today, it looks as though Chow will have to fall a long way before she’s lost the lead in this very crowded race.


David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday.


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street and lane closures in both directions along Eglinton West. It is scheduled to open in 2020. To view Robinson’s letter visit

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ith TTC congestion worsening, transit riders might be forgiven if they’re feeling like a bunch of sardines these days as they attempt to squeeze onto already-packed subway trains, streetcars and buses. Now the advocacy group TTCriders is giving fed-up commuters a chance to share their frustration. The group has created the TTC Sardine Award, which will be bestowed next month upon an as-yet unrevealed “key decision maker” who, according to the group, has failed to come through when it comes to pushing for better funding for the cash-strapped transit commission. From now until March 5, TTCriders is calling for riders to post pictures of their congested commutes and post it on social media under the hashtag #TTCsardines. Later on in the month, the group will announce the official “winner” of the inaugural award. Visit

TO in TRANSIT officers on Eglinton Ave. West wPaid-duty Metrolinx will continue to use paid-duty officers as it examines alternatives to easing traffic while Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction takes place at Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue West. In an open letter to residents sent last week, Crosstown community relations director Jamie Robinson admits a lane reduction for a ramp providing northbound access to the Allen Expressway has caused problems for motorists and pedestrians alike, who are accustomed to having separate traffic signals. In addition to around-the-clock enforcement, he promises more signs, lane markings and other measures intended to reduce congestion and make the area safer for pedestrians. The Crosstown project has significantly impacted local traffic due to local

streetcar named wAdissatisfaction

A series of telephone surveys held in 2012 and 2013 to measure the happiness of TTC customers shows higher levels of dissatisfaction for streetcar use. Approval ratings for streetcars slipped to a low of 65 per cent by the end of 2013, representing a “statistically significant” drop, according to the TTC’s customer service chief Chris Upfold. Upfold, who presented the survey findings to the TTC board this week, said the numbers seem to reflect a trend of decreasing general satisfaction with streetcars which have suffered from poorer reliability due to traffic congestion, construction impacts and overcrowding.

Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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A police officer at the corner of King and Yonge streets, 1912: This photo captures much of the commotion and excitement of, historically, one of Toronto’s busiest intersections.



n March 5, 1834, a growing community known as the Town of York went to sleep as a British colonial outpost, and awoke as the newly incorporated City of Toronto. “It’s really only significant because of that shift in government...where we suddenly took on this mantle of becoming something different than what we were (the day before),” explained Wayne Reeves, chief curator for the City of Toronto. “It wasn’t really cataclysmic but it did show a little bit of growing autonomy, at least in nomenclature.” The system of governance of York, with its provincially appointed magistrates, was proving inadequate to meet the needs of the community. A new government was formed and took effect on March 6, with elected officials and Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s reign was short lived; he declined a second term in office and went on to cause what Reeves describes as “huge turmoil” for the city in leading the Upper Canada rebellion of 1837. Despite this, the city grew incrementally into the early 1900s, mostly through the annexation of surrounding villages. Eventually neighboring communities broke off with their own governments, forming townships such as Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, and eventually Weston and Leaside. POPULATION JUMP As Toronto grew, so did its challenges. The city was experiencing an unprecedented jump in population after the Second World War, and the province again needed a way to meet rising regional demands, especially as it looked to replace farmlands with industrialization and housing. In April 1953, the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was created to address those issues shared by the city and the surrounding communities of Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, and York, as well as the smaller East York, Forest Hill, Leaside, Long Branch, Mimico, New Toronto, Swansea and Weston. “The big picture is you’ve got a number of different municipalities in the same region who share the same concerns, but it’s difficult for them

step closer to amalgamation as the 13 municipalities were merged to produce seven governments: the City of Toronto, Metro Council and the five boroughs of Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York and East York. Finally, in 1998 the Conservative provincial government amalgamated the municipalities into a megacity with Toronto. According to Reeves, this got people talking in all the right ways. “Healthy debates about how we want to run our city, and what we should invest in, came to the forefront,” said Reeves, who believes these discussions help push our city forward. He points to the addition of new city hall and the Toronto-Dominion Centre in the 1960s, which attracted global attention but also caused many to question what to do with old city hall. The end result was a city that began to embrace preservation as a key element to future growth. “We are continually re-imagining the city and I think that’s really what makes it one of the most interesting places in North America,” said Reeves. “The city continues to change dramatically. Not a lot of population growth but a lot of population change and increasing diversity in terms of our ethnic makeup.”

Yonge Street Slip, looking north, 1926: William James’ photograph reminds us of how industrial Toronto’s lakeshore used to be in the early 20th century.

King Street East, south side looking west, 1856: One of the earliest photographs taken of Toronto, this image shows Toronto’s main commercial thoroughfare at that time.


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to all work together,” said Dr. Gary Miedema, associate director and chief historian at Heritage Toronto. The two-tiered system of government did not replace Toronto’s own government, which still looked after aspects of city life such as public health, but Metro did take lead on issues such as arterial roads, sewer, and protection of parks and valley lands. “I think it was hugely successful and really was the recipe for growth in what we now call the City of Toronto,” Reeves said. “As a result we’ve got one of the greatest park systems in the world... a very durable legacy.” Still, the new system was not with-

out controversy. Despite success with the Gardiner Expressway, plans for the Spadina Expressway stopped short due to opposition, leaving the Allen Expressway with an endpoint at Eglinton Avenue West. There was also a lost battle with the City of Toronto to turn Toronto Island into parklands. The year 1967 brought the city one

The city may be constantly changing, but Reeves also points to our general upward momentum since 1834, unlike other North American cities, such as Detroit, that have had “huge downturns.” “We’ve sustained prosperity and as a result we’ve been able to grow in many different ways,” Reeves said. Both historians agree that the diversity of the city’s population is a unique aspect of Toronto’s history and current culture. There have been times when discrimination reared its ugly head, and the community has faced the consequences. The riot at Christie Pits in 1933, given as example, which was incited by Pit Gang members who hung a large sheet with a swastika on it during a local baseball game. “It’s been a long struggle that continues today, although we’ve made great strides in diversity in our city,” Miedema said. “Our ability to develop in a way that has created a relatively open and accepting environment for people to settle, and build families, and contribute to the city – I think that’s something that’s remarkable.”

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History of East York East York has a history dating back to 1688 when the area around the Don River was first mapped by Jesuit cartographer Pierre Raffeix. In July 1796, Isaiah and Aaron Skinner built a grist mill in the Don Valley, which lead to the beginning of an industrial complex that would become East York. The region was a part of York Township, which, at the time of Confederation, included York, North York and Leaside as well. In 1922, North York became its own township, which prompted East Yorkers to vote to incorporate. With a population of roughly 20,000 in 1924, East York became its own township. It became a place for immigrants to own small homes as throughout the early 20th century it was populated by working-class people, most of British descent. After the Second World War, more homes were built for returning veterans and baby boomers. Consequently, between 1946 and 1961, the housing supply doubled and the community became home to thousands of new residents. East York became part of Metropolitan Toronto in 1954, but retained its own mayor, council and civic centre. In 1967, with the merging of the townships of Leaside and East York, the Borough of East York was born. East York held the honour of being Canada’s only borough until amalgamation in 1998, when Metropolitan Toronto’s six municipalities (East York, York, North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough and Toronto) become one City of Toronto. Michael Prue, East york’s last mayor, became a megacity councillor, and is now the MPP for Beaches-East York. Until the 1970s, serving alcohol in East York was prohibited. This lead to several alcoholserving restaurants and bars emerging on Danforth Avenue. The ’70s also brought many demographic changes. Today, East York is a diverse and vibrant area with an established Greek population and growing Chinese and South Asian communities.


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