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EY ADVOCATE 029: It’s 20 years since The Borough of East York was killed by Province

Posted by on May 4, 2017

The slippery road to total amalgamation began when the provincial government initiated direct election of Metro councillors.

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SEEING GREEN 029: Loving our ravines —to death

Posted by on May 2, 2017

While many East Yorkers are sensitive to our natural environment and want to protect it, all too often I see the opposite. I hear people say “I love the ravines, I want to bring in more people so they will love the ravines also;” or “I want to use the ravines to promote my business (tourism, photography, art work, refreshment, souvenir sales)” or “More people loving the ravines will be more people protecting them” or “We need more access points, more trails, more washrooms, for what is the use of nature if we can’t get into every part of it?” But the ravines, and our environmentally significant areas within them, are dying —species are being lost; slopes are eroding; invasive species of fauna and flora are spreading; nesting is being disturbed; ground is being compacted; branches and logs are...

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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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EY MOMENTS #029: Brightening up the neighbourhood

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Ahhh. Spring has finally sprung.  The bulbs are ablossom, our flowering shrubs and trees are in colour and we can all breathe that sigh of relief to know we’ve turned the corner.  Spring is the best, and one of my favourite poets, e.e. cummings, summed it up when he described the world this time of year as “mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful”. My forsythia is a burst of yellow outside my window, a gift from my late friend Frank, whom I thank (and miss) every year.  Multi-hued magnolias are filling the sky. A few of my neighbours are still keeping the streets aglow with their holiday lights, and it was only the other day that a magnificent pine tree was still showing off with its swirls of blue bulbs.  Didn’t take down the Christmas lights?  Heck no, in East York that’s...

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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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