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OPINION: It’s time we got more use out of our East York Civic Centre

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

The East York Civic Centre has long been a cherished public space for East York. When we were our own municipality, it was our East York City Hall.  Residents could often walk in, pay their bills and more often than not, the person on the other side of the counter was an East Yorker. The Borough of East York had their council meetings every two weeks and they were always in the evening because the council had long believed that they should be at night to encourage residents to attend and offer feedback on the important matters that were before the Borough Council. The Mayor of East York was a full-time position while the eight Councillors were part-time positions.  If you wanted to call your councillor at home, you could.  East York took great pride on customer service. I...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 037: Transition topples tradition at East York churches

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Presteign-Woodbine United Church, a landmark in Parkview Hills at 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. (or 16 Presteign Ave., depending on your map view), will soon be gone, replaced by five or perhaps six single-family detached homes. P-W closed last summer and its congregation merged recently with another East York church, Leaside United Church at the corner of Millwood Road and McRae Drive.  P-W’s property at 16 Presteign Avenue was sold just prior to Christmas to Laurentide Development Corporation.  I have been told that a number of the church’s neighbours know the owner of Laurentide and encouraged him to buy the property after receiving assurances that the site would be redeveloped with new single-family detached homes in keeping with the existing physical character of the Parkview Hills community. Because of declining membership, in recent years many of East York’s churches...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 036: The Great Mud Slide of 1985

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

‘Twas just before Christmas when all through the house not a telephone was ringing, absolutely nothing was ding-a-linging… The year was 1985 when, on Sunday December 8, two lanes of pavement on Millwood Road just south of the railway overpass across from the Ontario Hydro transformer station, together with 100 tons of mud, slid into the Don Valley, ripping out a utility tunnel and eight telephone exchange cables, cutting off service to about 15,000 East Yorkers with 421, 422, 424, 425 and 429 telephone exchanges. Because of the mud slide Millwood was closed to both southbound and northbound traffic.  Southbound traffic had to be diverted across Laird to Wicksteed via Beth Nealson Drive and Thorncliffe Park Drive to Overlea Boulevard then back to Millwood Road.  Northbound traffic on Millwood had to do the reverse route, Millwood to Overlea to...

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Historical Society honours four volunteers for years of service

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

The East York Historical Society on November 28 for the first time handed out certificates of appreciation to four long-serving volunteer members.

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Nominations sought for 25th Agnes Macphail Award in 2018

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

Next year’s conferring of the annual Agnes Macphail Award on the anniversary of its namesake’s birthday will be the 25th such occasion on which an outstanding volunteer in the local community has been recognized.  The award will be presented on March 24, 2018, at a public ceremony at the East York Civic Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Agnes Campbell Macphail (1890 – 1954) 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 justice. Canada’s first female Member of Parliament, elected in 1921 as a result of the suffragette movement, the late Ms. Macphail also went on to become the first female member seated in the Ontario Legislative Assembly after being elected to represent the East York area in 1943.  In May, as we reported previously, Ms...

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Countdown for EY Hall of Fame nominations is on as group also offers new EY flags for sale

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

The new East York Hall of Fame has set a deadline for nominations for the first group of inductees to be added early next year.

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