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New EY street sign logos in limbo but alive pending Council consideration

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

The question of whether the East York logo can appear on new and replacement street signs in the former borough remains up in the air but still alive after Toronto’s City Council’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee was deadlocked…

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Councillors and former mayors say Sept. 19 public support for street sign logos is urgent

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Former East York mayors Alan Redway and Michael Prue, along with representatives of local historical and preservation groups and city councillors all say the public needs to let politicians know they want to see the EY logo continue to appear on local street signs at a meeting Tues. Sept. 19.

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Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise will give insight into colonization

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

A participatory exercise that can offer non-aboriginal East York residents insight into the impact of colonization on Canada’s Indigenous peoples is being held today at 5:30 p.m. in East Lynn Park.

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 033: Woodbine Bridge is also a link to East York’s past and history

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

There has been a drug store on the south east corner of Coxwell and Sammon Avenues since 1924. The day the store opened, its owner, the druggist Percy Bustin, was working in the back when he heard the front door open and slam shut.  Delighted to meet his first customer, Percy rushed to the front of the store only to find his visitor was not a paying customer but a stray horse, likely from Billy Mc Kay’s farm. Percy, later a township councillor, was a keen observer of everything that went on in East York from that day on.  He wrote down many of his observations, including about the opening of the Woodbine Bridge and O’Connor Drive. Here is what he had to say on that subject: “Until the year 1932, the most northerly crosstown street running from Pape...

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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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