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Politics and pageantry was in the air at two East York levees

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

Throngs of East York residents gathered to enjoy refreshments and snacks and to meet and mingle with local political representatives…

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Pedestrian safety key component of O’Connor Drive improvements, residents told

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

By Tony Wright Pedestrian safety and road improvements are among several initiatives the City of Toronto will undergo to benefit neighbourhoods surrounding O’Connor Drive from Woodbine Avenue north to Eglinton Avenue, a public meeting was told on January 15. Details of the initiatives were discussed at Victoria Park Elementary School during the public information event which also served as a Public Open House for the “O’Connor Drive Streetscape Master Plan Project”, an initiative to improve the streetscape design along O’Connor Drive between south of St. Clair Avenue East (Sandra Road) and Victoria Park Avenue.  City officials were on hand to answer questions from the public regarding the improvements. The initiatives will begin this year and will include reconstruction of the intersections at O’Connor Drive and Woodbine Avenue [see December issue, “More changes coming to Woodbine-O’Connor corner”] and to O’Connor...

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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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Jan. 16 vote to give formal name to EYCC park

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Toronto and East York Community Council was expected to finally make an honest park out of the greenspace surrounding East York Civic Centre…

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EY filmmaker explores 1971 Pakistani massacre

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

East York filmmaker Fuad Chowdhury, whose documentary “Change Your Name Ousama” we wrote about in last year in Issue 027 [see “EY filmmaker offering ‘Islamophobia’ doc to help spark dialogue”] is about to release a new work on another politically charged subject with a showing of “Merciless Mayhem -The Bangladeshi Genocide through Pakistani Eyes” on January 27 at 7 p.m. Based on the events of 1971, when Pakistan was riven by racial, religious and territorial rivalries, the film includes interviews with journalists and former Pakistani military officers who were present during atrocities against the Bengali minority that are said to have killed millions. It is the story, Mr. Chowdhury says in a press release, “of the blood-soaked birth of Bangladesh.” The film, which will be shown at the Mizan Complex at 3000 Danforth Ave., is in English with some...

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Meeting shocked as developer reveals condo proposal already going to OMB

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018

Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and attendees of a January 10 community consultation for a 30-story tower proposed at Main and Danforth were shocked to learn…

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