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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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THE CRAFTY TIPPLER 031: I liked looking at this Rorschach!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Gawd I love my job.  I get to sit at the bar of some great brew pubs and sample their wares.  Such was the case recently with Rorschach Brewing.  They make a great product and it’s a gorgeous location at 1001 Eastern Avenue in a building that used to be Papillon Restaurant.  Next door is a free city parking lot and the rest of the block, all the way to Coxwell, is park. This all started in 2006 when three of the four owners met at University of Toronto while studying chemical engineering.  They started brewing in their basement (didn’t everyone?). In early 2015 the three, (Matthew Reiner, Chris Ristevski and Mohan Pandit) met at the now defunct An Sibin and decided to create a craft brewery.  Later that year they met Ben Ragan, who had been active in...

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From the beach to the ballroom: summer hair care has its challenges

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

\ By Andrea Freedman \ Summer’s here and the days are longer.  It is great when you can enjoy the sunshine all day, but before you know it, it is time to go out for the evening.  So how do you transform your “beach hair,” that’s spent the day either getting soaked and sunned or stuffed inside a swimming cap, into a gorgeous coif that’s ready for the evening ball?  Efi Karipidis, owner and senior stylist at Elements Hair Design salon at 473 Cosburn Avenue has some easy tips to keep your hair looking great this summer, without having to waste an entire beautiful day working on it. Even before you step outside, there are preventative steps you can take to keep your hair from becoming dry in the sun.  Karipidis recommends using a leave-in conditioner.  “Anything with an...

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Kids orphaned after Courtney Sayliss loses cancer battle

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Two-and-a-half years ago [Issue 006, December 2014] we told you about the brave fight against cancer being waged by east TO resident Courtney Sayliss, who was struggling to have a good Christmas for her two boys. Sadly, her tale this spring took a tragic turn as the brothers, Joey, 7, and Jonny, 3, lost first their father, Joe Parum, to a massive and unexpected heart attack in May and then, on June 24, Courtney, perhaps devastated by the loss of her main life support, succumbed to her disease. The boys are being cared for by their maternal grandmother Sharron, who needs support to meet all the various expenses involved in taking on this responsibility. Community members have put together a GoFundMe page to assist, which at press time had raised just over half of its $50,000 goal. You can...

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East York resident to be honoured as King of the Grill Saturday

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

East York resident and dad Frank Brezovsky has been selected from numerous entries to be this year’s “King of the Grill” by organizers of the eighth annual Thrill of the Grill

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Dragons Abreast dragon boat team to celebrate 20th anniversary with paddle to Ottawa for Canada Day

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

A dragon boat team of 20 breast cancer survivors started by an east TO resident will celebrate its twentieth anniversary by paddling 100 km of the Rideau Canal to arrive in Ottawa on July 1.

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