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Steps taken against intolerance

Recently, I attended the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot. This sad period of the city of Toronto’s history occurred when Nazi sympathizers waving swastikas attacked members of the Jewish community. The four days of riots are a reminder that intolerance and discrimination can raise their offensive head at a moment’s notice.
August 29, 2013

Park was worth the wait

The first person who came up to me at the Maplehurst Park (near Yonge and Sheppard) opening this summer was a grandfather. “Now, when my grandchildren come to visit, I’ll have a park to bring them to,” he said. The second comment came from a mother: “When we got back from a holiday, the first thing my children wanted to do was play in the new park.”
August 29, 2013

Area mom raises $250K

Stepping it up for a cure
August 29, 2013

Keep school zones safe in summer

While we are in the middle of summer vacation, the students of our neighborhood are still top of mind. Faced with a persistent and growing problem of traffic snarls and parking problems surrounding many of our schools, a number of school zone safety reviews are underway. Schools reviewed include John Ross Robertson and Allenby public elementary schools, as well as Yeshiva Yesodei Hotaroh School.
July 26, 2013

New schools in store for crowded Willowdale?

Relief for Willowdale’s chronically over-crowded schools could be on the way now that a funding freeze on the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has been recently lifted, thanks to the board agreeing to sell off a raft of lands that is said to include local properties.
July 26, 2013

Contractor jailed for ‘destroying’ senior’s home

A Yorkville contractor has received a jail sentence for deliberately taking advantage of an elderly North York woman, defrauding her of most of her life savings and leaving her home in an almost uninhabitable condition.
July 26, 2013

Unique deal lands Hogg’s Hollow new park

The Green P parking lot just North of the Miller Tavern at Yonge Street and York Mills Road is currently being halved in size to make way for parkland.
July 26, 2013

Avenue Road Canada Post station sells

Approximately a year after Canada Post put its facility at Avenue Road and Melrose Avenue on the market, it has found a potential buyer.
July 26, 2013

Weighing in on gold-buying shops

Gold- and jewellery-buying businesses have been opening in Ward 15 at a rapid rate. Although I encourage small business development, some of these have been the cause of safety concerns.
July 26, 2013

Neighbour honoured

Five friends have rallied the North York community to raise $41,000 to successfully rebuild and reopen Franklin Park near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue.
July 26, 2013

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod ain’t messing around

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod are Canadian icons whose faces are familiar to anyone who has had a TV set over the past 25 years. Their Body Break interstitials have played across the country, offering Canadians their unique tips for a healthy lifestyle that include exercise, good nutrition and staying active.
July 24, 2013

Season of the germ

Summer’s dog days are here, and with that precious heat (the kind that never lasts long enough in this country) comes the inevitable need to get outside and soak up some sun. Sounds perfect, right? Not so fast: There’s a few important things to be mindful of, namely spreadable infections, diseases and germs, all of which can be easily contracted if you’re not careful. Here, Dr. MacDonald fills us in on how to stay infection-free during the season of the germ.
July 24, 2013

Concern grows over crematorium fumes

With its rolling hills, gently winding pathways and immaculate flower beds, Mount Pleasant Cemetery is one of the most serene parts of Toronto. The Doric pillars and statues on the imposing mausoleums dotted about the gardens testify that, for much of its 137-year history, this has been the place where many of the city’s great and good have chosen to rest in peace.
July 22, 2013

Sewell: there are two paths for Rob Ford; which one will he take?

Considering the scandals that continue to plague city hall with Rob Ford as mayor, his refusal to respond to his critics in a way that would put concerned local residents at ease, and the need to return to the business at hand to make Toronto better, I’ve drafted two correspondences, two paths for Mr. Ford.
July 03, 2013

Sheppard Centre could see 39-storey tower

Early plans proposing the redevelopment of the Sheppard Centre could breathe new life into the building’s existing retail spaces as well as add a new 39-storey residential tower.
June 29, 2013

Upgrading Lawrence West station

Like so many other residents who frequently use the Lawrence West subway station, I find it extremely frustrating to have an elevator out of service for so long. After this unacceptably long wait, the elevator is being fully rebuilt as part of a broader renewal of Lawrence West station. On the heels of the improvements being made to the Lawrence Avenue and Allen Road intersection, the station will soon be fully accessible, which is good news for transit users.
June 29, 2013

Staying local for summer fun

There’s no need to go downtown this summer! In Ward 10, we are providing entertainment for all ages. Starting in July, Earl Bales Park’s amphitheatre will once again host regular Tuesday evening music performances. Every other Thursday night, recreation staff will organize family fun nights, and on July 24 and Aug. 15, you can enjoy a free family movie on the outdoor big screen.
June 29, 2013

Jaye Robinson ousted from executive

Councillor says controversies have tarnished city’s image
June 29, 2013

TDSB could sell schools to fund improvements

According to unconfirmed media reports, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) met last month in private to vote on approval of a confidential plan that could lead to the sale of 11 school board properties, three of which are in North York, including Sir Sandford Fleming Academy.
June 29, 2013

Going the distance

Even after he passed away with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Soojeong and Soohyung Choe’s grandfather continues to inspire them to great lengths — almost 5,000 kilometres, in fact.
June 29, 2013