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YUM! 029: All-day brekkie better than ever at renovated retro Donlands Diner

Posted by on May 2, 2017

Yum! Restaurant profile by George Spelvin \ I love it when a Yum! food review actually lives up to its name!

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #029: A hidden gem in Leaside

Posted by on May 1, 2017

When Toronto thinks of craft beer, inevitably Amsterdam Brewery comes to mind.  Most people know it as a large brewery on the shore of Lake Ontario, but there is a pleasant surprise in store for residents of East York. Nestled in the heart of the large industrial area east of Laird Drive is a hidden gem.  Amsterdam has a second location at 45 Esandar Drive and it is definitely worth a look. Amsterdam started as a brew pub in 1986 down on John Street.  This new location continues that tradition, although they only brew a partial, ever-changing cross section.  Amsterdam brews 63 different beers, but this new location only has 10 taps.  Other products are available in cans however. There is lots that says “welcome” when you walk in: a foosball table dominates the middle of the floor and...

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MGH formalizes partnership arrangement with Sunnybrook

Posted by on May 1, 2017

East York’s Michael Garron Hospital recently announced it had formalized its relationship with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on April 13 by signing a joint Strategic Alliance Agreement. The arrangement formalizes a working relationship that goes back some time and that most recently saw cardiology patients from MGH treated at Sunnybrook during a four-month renovation and upgrade of the MGH heart catheter laboratory, for example, as reported in Issue #027 in March. “By formalizing our strategic partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre we can easily share and implement best practices, build capacity and ensure that we maintain the high-quality of care that defines our hospital,” MGH President & CEO Sarah Downey said in a...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 029: Will the bubble burst?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Answers to some questions you may have about East York’s real estate market With spring in the air not only is home renovation season is underway, it’s also a time of year many people consider looking for a new house while others are looking to sell.  There are several questions you may have about what is happening with the East York real estate market. What’s happening here in East York? We live in BOOM town.  There is plenty of room for price improvement.  The gentrification of shops and restaurants that is happening along the Danforth and on some of the interior streets is very exciting.  The transit, roadways, great schools, parks, the Taylor Creek Ravine, the hospital, it’s all here ready and waiting.  Subject of course to bylaws and codes, many East York homes hold potential for the addition...

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Named to Olympic Athletes Commission, EY Olympian Martha McCabe retiring from active competition to help athletes and kids

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

AN EAST YORK CHRONICLE EXCLUSIVE: Voted by her fellow Olympic athletes to be one of five new members …

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #028: Connecting the dots —where to find craft beers

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Over the last few issues, we have introduced readers to some world class microbreweries here in East York. Now it’s time to connect the dots —a beer by itself lacks an ingredient: ambiance. Fortunately East York has an incredible range of locations to experience these beers. For the sake of brevity, we are concentrating this solely on the Danforth to suggest an assortment of bars and eateries. Relish: Located one block east of Woodbine, they have music starting early evening every night with as many flavors as their beers. They have over 20 taps and according to owner Joanne Clayton they switch products every three or four kegs. I find the bartenders knowledgeable about each beer, and have never been led wrong. The new patio should be a pleasant place to quaff when the nice weather arrives. Sarah’s: At...

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