Buy into Local Value-Boosting

So, how’s business?  When I ask that question of independent business owners-and I always do because these frontline professionals know what’s going on locally-I get an earful about what the economy has meant to their bottom line and their plans for the future. Working to maintain status quo in 2012 when customers spent less, costs… Read More

Runnymede Fire Station Survives – For Now

Runnymede Fire Station Stays Alive

Neighbourhood residents can breathe a sigh of relief as city council voted to save the Runnymede fire station during its budget meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16. While approving Toronto’s 2013 operating budget, city council voted to restore 83 frontline firefighter positions and to maintain fire trucks slated for removal from five stations as part of the… Read More

Clean Train Coalition Appeals Court Decision Re: Airport Rail Link Plan

Airport Rail Link

The Clean Train Coalition is seeking leave to appeal a recent decision of the Ontario Divisional Court to deny access to justice for claims based on the right to a healthy environment. The Coalition was not entitled to argue its case challenging the Metrolinx plan to run diesel trains on the air rail link from… Read More

West Toronto RailPath Gets National Urban Design Award

West Toronto Railpath

The West Toronto RailPath isn’t just a trail running through west Toronto neighbourhoods; it’s a linear park which ties together multiple levels of city life. It’s a stunning example of the rails-to-trails concept and one which has just garnered Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. in conjunction with Brown and Storey Architects, a Certificate of Merit… Read More

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival Starts Today!

Bloor West Ukrainian Festival

Descendents of one of the first Ukrainian immigrants to settle in Canada will serve as Parade Marshals during the 16th annual Toronto Bloor West Ukrainian Festival. Wasyl Elaniak’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter, who still live on the family homestead in Edmonton, built by Elaniak in the 1890s, will travel to Toronto to be a part of… Read More

High Park Playground Rebuild Completed

High Park Playground Rebuild

 High Park’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground reopened Friday with a brand new castle after the old one was destroyed by arson. After the park was torched in March plans to rebuild began immediately spearheaded by HGTV celebrity Mike Holmes with the help of Toronto fire and police and members of the community. At the opening… Read More

Good News for High Park Zoo

Mouflon Sheep in High Park Zoo

A large crowd gathered at High Park’s Grenadier Cafe earlier this month for an announcement by the Friends of the High Park Zoo of a major funding source for the embattled attraction—one that, mercifully, does not involve poo. The Honey Family Foundation has offered to match donations to the zoo’s charitable fund, dollar for dollar,… Read More

Roncesvalles A Finalist In The Canada’s Great Places Contest

Roncesvalles Village

Now one of eight finalists, Roncesvalles is in the running to be named the Great Neighbourhood in the Great Places in Canada contest.More than 200,000 votes were received in the second Great Places in Canada contest. From a field of 90 nominations, a panel of professional planners has now short-listed 21. The Canadian Institute of… Read More

City Refuses $300,000 Offer to Rebuild High Park Playground

High Park Adventure Playground After Burning

The city says it can’t immediately accept a $300,000 offer to improve the site of the beloved High Park castle playground that was torched in an arson two weeks ago. More than two dozen companies, among them landscapers and a leader in “natural” playgrounds, had suggested numerous new additions to the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground,… Read More

Donations Flood In To Save High Park Zoo

High Park Zoo

Since its founding less than two months ago, the Friends of the High Park Zoo has raised $25,000 towards keeping the zoo open to the public. There’s no doubt in Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette’s mind why her constituents and visitors to the zoo are so willing to open their wallets. It’s simply a passion… Read More