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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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Cosburn-Cedarvale stoplight deferred by Council despite overwhelming local support

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \ Despite hundreds of signatures on a petition asking for a traffic light to be installed at the corner of Cedarvale Avenue and Cosburn Avenue in the wake of a pedestrian fatality there last year, Toronto City Council at its July meeting deferred the matter until the fall. The deferment came in part because of the death of longtime Ward 28 councillor Pam McConnell the morning of Friday, July 7, the fourth and final day of the packed-agenda July meeting, which prompted the council to adjourn earlier than expected.  But the proposal, initiated by Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis and earlier approved over staff objections by Toronto and East York Community Council in June, had only been left till late in the meeting due to opposition from some council members who regard the idea as...

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Use of East York logo on street signs gets boost from city council

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

New and replacement East York street signs may once again be including the logo of the former Borough of East York …

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EAST YORK MOMENTS 031: Making our streets safe for all of us

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

  On the evening of June 27 I attended a memorial at Nathan Phillips Square’s Peace Garden honouring pedestrians and cyclists who had lost their lives to Toronto traffic.  The event was called “27 is Not Zero: A Vigil for Victims of Traffic Violence” and it was hosted by Friends and Family for Safe Streets Toronto ( The group placed 27 pairs of shoes on stone steps representing the 27 people who have been killed by cars since the beginning of the year and invited attendees to speak about the loved ones they lost.  They came, some holding photographs, and talked about their mothers, their friends, their wives, their husbands.  They cried but were thankful for the opportunity to publicly remember. We lose children too. I was driving home from my Dad’s in Etobicoke shortly after five-year-old Xavier Morgan...

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Indigenous peoples say much needs to change for Canada to become a fairer place for the next 150 years

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017

Indigenous people are not too keen on celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation because …

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Ward 29 Environment Day June 22

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

Councillor Mary Fragedakis hosts a Ward 29 Environment Day at Dieppe Park from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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