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Agnes Macphail honoured on new $10 bill

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017

Famed East York political and social activist Agnes Macphail, who was the first female MP elected to the federal Parliament after women first got the vote in 1921, is being honoured on a special limited edition $10 bank note being produced to commemorate the nation’s 150th birthday. The announcement was made on May 23 at a special unveiling at Leaside High School by Don Valley West MP Rob Oliphant, accompanied by Ginette Petitpas (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance) and Bank of Canada staff. Ms. Macphail lived in Leaside and also represented the area in the Ontario Legislature during a long career as an advocate for equal rights, equal pay and social...

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Nominations open for new East York Hall of Fame

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

After many months of meetings and behind the scenes organizational work, the East York Hall of Fame is now an official reality.

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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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