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East York Hall of Fame is go for launch this month

Posted by on May 5, 2017

As we reported back in December’s Issue #025, the former Borough of East York is about to get an East York Hall of Fame.

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Historical society celebrates its own 35-year heritage this month

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

An organization dedicated to preserving history in East York will celebrate a historical event of its own this month.

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East York will mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy at April 9 ceremonies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought from April 9 – 12, 1917, and marked the first time that the entire Canadian Corps fought together. Like other communities in Canada, the area that would become East York had its share of participants and suffered losses of loved ones. To commemorate the historic battle, regarded as the source for Canadian troops’ enduring reputation as fierce and effective fighters, the Royal Canadian Legion Zone D3 will be hosting a special service marking the battle’s centennial at the East York Civic Centre Cenotaph on Sunday, April 9. A parade will form up behind East York Collegiate Institute on Coxwell at Plains Road starting at 1 p.m. with a parade march commencing at 1:30 from there south to the civic centre at 850 Coxwell Ave. for a 2 p.m. ceremony. In addition to...

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Prominent women were much in evidence at the 2017 Agnes Macphail Award ceremony

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

– By Gary Webb-Proctor – No doubt Agnes Macphail would have been quite pleased. The conferring of the 24th annual award named after her that took place at East York Civic Centre on Friday, March 24 may not have been to a female, but accomplished women were very much in evidence throughout. While feminist activists will quite rightly note women are still not truly treated equally in many aspects of contemporary society, it’s also worth remembering that it has only been 96 years since Ms. Macphail made history by becoming the first woman to be elected to the Canadian Parliament, later also representing the East York area provincially.  Today, in addition to the Toronto-Danforth area being represented by female MP Julie Dabrusin, four of five East York area city council members are women, including Ward 29’s Mary Fragedakis and...

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Get your gumboots moving at Feb. 14 special class

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

If you want to try something a little different, you can learn a very distinctive dance style at the S. Walter Stewart Library on Valentines Day, Tuesday, February 14. Gumboots is a rhythmic, dynamic dance originating from South Africa, and requires the use of rubber boots. A first influence of Stomp dance, the body becomes the musical instrument. As part of the library’s Black History Month programming, choreographer and percussionist Just Aissi will conduct a free 7-8 pm class in the branch at 170 Memorial Park Drive. No need to register and all ages are welcome. But please note: participants need to bring their rain...

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East York Hall of Fame nearly ready for roll out

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

A group of politicians, history buffs and community activists has been working behind the scenes to create an East York Hall of Fame to honour the many prominent people the former borough and township has produced over the years, East York Chronicle has learned.

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