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Brittany Crew sets another record in repeating as Canadian shot put champion

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017

East York-raised Brittany Crew came up strong on Sunday July 9 to throw a 18.38-metres toss to hold onto her title as Canadian Champion for the sport and set a new record for the event

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Naming of laneways to honour two East York immigrant icons

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017

Two laneways in East York are being given official names honouring icons of the local immigrant Italian community …

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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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Summer a great time for home renos

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

By Andrea Freedman Summer is a great time to do home renovations, but it is important to focus on the right renovations in order to get the most bang for your buck and to increase the value of your property, says a local contractor. Fred Maycock, owner of Maycock Contracting, stresses that “there is great value in hiring a licensed renovation company.”  He recommends prioritizing home renovations in the following order of importance: bathroom, kitchen, first-floor family rooms and properly finished basements. His wife and business partner Phyllis Danu adds that now is a “good time to look at stuff because it’s not covered in snow and ice,” even if you are not planning to do the renovation right away. An important thing to consider, the Maycocks say, is efficiency of your home. Ask yourself “Is the attic insulation...

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Saving Canada Day: small-town Can-do ethic pulls off EY celebration miracle

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017

A small alliance of residents and local leaders coalesced to save the former borough’s 60th annual Canada Day parade and celebration at Stan Wadlow Park when it looked for a while like it might not happen at all.

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Dragons Abreast dragon boat team to celebrate 20th anniversary with paddle to Ottawa for Canada Day

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

A dragon boat team of 20 breast cancer survivors started by an east TO resident will celebrate its twentieth anniversary by paddling 100 km of the Rideau Canal to arrive in Ottawa on July 1.

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