Ask any mother who’s made a man out of a son and she’ll tell you: teaching is never a one-way street. In fact, the moms and sons you’ll see here can attest to that very ethos. But enough from us, we’ll let them do the talking.
Some weeks ago, a most ugly house in North Toronto was swarmed. It’s a semi, built like its neighbours about 90 years ago, has a mutual drive, is on a residential street, one block north of an arterial. The current owners added an addition to the original 1,100-square-foot, two-storey cube. Rooflines don’t match, the exterior’s stucco-over-OSB and the lack of design work makes the squirrels woozy.
It is entirely unexpected that a proposal for a downtown casino would become such a watershed issue for Toronto. When first proposed last year, it was seen as a divisive issue, and best thinking was that the vote on city council would be close, perhaps dividing the downtown councillors from those representing the suburbs. The No Casino Toronto group was seen as insular and ineffective.
There are many ways in which the GTA is making great strides toward becoming a world-class sustainable city. In the past year alone, we’ve seen many initiatives to create more green space, ban environmentally hazardous products and practices and generally make our city a healthier place to live.
Each spring, they migrate back to the well-treed ’hoods of North Toronto, flitting from property to property in a fecund frenzy. You can stand there, quietly watching, certain there’s but one obsession on their minds: Nesting. These are the house hornies, the drivers of GTA real estate.
Many of us have seen the transformations taking place along Dufferin Avenue, with an increase in development, residential and business interests. The first signs of change to the Dufferin landscape are most visible where it intersects with Lawrence Avenue West where a new, multi-phase, mixed-use condominium complex will provide a city park and daycare for the area.
When Rosaline Sonshine first noticed in the late ‘90s that many houses in her neighbourhood near Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road had been reporting break-ins, she helped establish a community neighbourhood watch program.
Public opinion is sharply divided between those favouring subways and those who want light rail transit [LRT]. That’s what I thought until last month when I hosted a two-hour transit information session when residents chose subways and LRT.
It took three years to get rid of an illegal rooming house on a street near Sheppard and Willowdale. Relatively speaking, that’s a success story because, in most cases, the city can’t gain entry to get evidence that would hold up in court.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and SickKids Foundation have 17-year-old Carley Allison to thank for a recent boost in donations, spurred by a video of her singing a cover of One Direction’s “More Than This.” The Bayview Glen Private School student was recently diagnosed with a rare throat cancer that necessitated a tracheotomy. The YouTube piano cover has garnered more than 23,000 views as of March 21.