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LETTERS: Good job covering the community

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017

My friend told me about your newspaper so I picked up a few copies at the Pape library. I like it. You’re doing a good job covering the community. I know the job isn’t easy, especially these days with the way newspaper advertising is tapering off. I published a monthly newspaper in Parkdale from 1989 to 1991 and it was hard slugging even then when ads were easier to sell. I’ve been a reporter/photographer in the community newspaper business since 1975. Until recently, I worked for the monthly St. Lawrence neighbourhood Bulletin. I did that for eight years. It shut down last November due to lack of ad revenue. I wish the Bulletin could replicate the success you’re having with the Chronicle in East York. Regards, Dennis...

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LETTERS: New government needs to follow through on promises to Aboriginals

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016

I want to acknowledge that Toronto is the ancestral territory of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee (People of the longhouse) and Huron – Wendat Nation. Did you know almost half of non-Aboriginal Canadians have not heard or read anything about Indian Residential Schools. In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its findings to the public. The findings were based largely on testimonies of over 6,000 witnesses, mostly adult survivors of residential schools. The TRC concluded that the residential schools were based on a policy of ‘cultural genocide’, enforced as part of the very foundation of the Canadian state and sustained for over a century. It also identified education as an avenue for reconciliation. Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission lays out a path forward for a better Canada. The Residential School...

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LETTERS 014: What were we thinking with cover?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015

Re: Your cover photo [for Tastes Of East York, issue #011, August, 2015] Dear sir/ madam, You couldn’t possibly have chosen a more disgusting photo for the cover of your recent issue! What on earth were you thinking?!!!!???!!!!!!!!! Sincerely revolted, Sandy Harris Editor’s reply: You weren’t the only one who found the choice of photo peculiar. The plate of food being held by the waiter in the photo was, of course, a half-eaten serving that was being collected for disposal, not an appetizing dish being readied to serve. To be honest, we didn’t look closely at the plate before selecting it and it was chosen based on its overall compositional qualities that made it the right shape configuration for a cover shot, without due attention to the actual content of the photo. We are duly chastised and will pay...

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LETTERS: Misinformation about dog’s death

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015

I am writing to you with regards to your article about the death of Kristy Hodgson. [“Leslieville community roused by death of woman walking her dogs” –Issue 009] I just thought you would want to know that you have some information that is incorrect in the story. “Betty,” the dog that did not survive, was not killed on impact. She was paralyzed for a week and then died in Nick’s arms. He is going through a very bad time right now and was very upset to read this misinformation. I’m sure he wants the person who did this, to know that his dog DID suffer; a great deal. I just wanted to let you know as I’m sure you want all of your facts to be true. Regards, Emma...

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Make East York even bigger!

Posted by on May 11, 2015

I saw your newsmagazine for the first time when I picked it up today at Trace Mains Recreational Center in central Leaside where I lived. I read your article “I Bet My East York Is Bigger than yours!”. You could make it even bigger. While I am glad that you included South Leaside and Central Leaside in your definition. You excluded the part that is the other side of the tracks. That’s Eglinton Ave. North Leaside is north of Eglinton Ave and includes Glenvale Ave, which is south of Sunnybrook Hospital . When I was a kid, I always thought the people there walked around with their noses in the air because it was the last part of Leaside that was built (except for Thorncliffe Park) and has the newest houses. I think my friend Jim who lives there...

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Re: East York boundaries

Posted by on May 11, 2015

I was in East York just yesterday for business reasons and picked up the Jan/Feb copy of the East York Chronicle. I was interested and amused to read your editorial “I bet my East York is bigger than yours”. The first part chronicles a number of comments from readers which surely deserved the “parochial” moniker which you gave them; apparently including or excluding certain neighbourhoods, most likely for reasons of social stigma, either “superior” or “inferior” – snobbery can work both ways. And then you went on to describe your take on the geographical scope of East York and you presented an argument which in my view seems equally absurd. You have conflated the geographical boundaries of East York with your circulation area which is the equivalent in my mind of real estate agents who expand the boundaries of...

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