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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 031: How do rent controls and house speculation impact on East York?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

As a former federal Minister of Housing, I have been watching with great interest government efforts to help make housing affordable in East York and elsewhere in the Golden Horseshoe. Although our municipal government has expressed concern, its legal ability to impact the situation is extremely limited.  Any federal government action, such as increasing interest rates, would have to be applied nationwide rather than regionally.  While this might help in Toronto and Vancouver, it would be devastating to other cities, towns, businesses and farmers in Canada.  That means that any government action can only be applied at the provincial level.  In the early 1970s the Ontario government imposed both a foreign buyers’ tax and a land speculation tax.  They were very effective in cooling off housing prices at that time. Recently, the present Ontario provincial government has reacted to...

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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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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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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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EY seniors support worker wins Canada-wide company award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

A seniors’ support care worker with an East York company that helps seniors to continue living at home has won recognition as top Canadian employee of the firm. Verna Edwards, who provides a variety of in-home services for seniors through the local East York-based franchise Home Instead Senior Care, was chosen as “CAREgiver of the Year” for Canada last month, the company recently announced. The nine-year veteran of the local firm, located on Woodbine Ave., now becomes one of seven regional finalists for the “Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year” award, the network’s top caregiving honour, which will be presented at its annual international convention in Omaha, Nebraska from April 26-28, a company press release adds. The company’s owner, Colin Macdonald, said he was proud to see Edwards recognized for her “compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” to...

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