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While the August 11-13 Taste of The Danforth festival will expose hundreds of thousands of people to various restaurants and cuisines along one part of East Toronto, we know there’s lots more culinary appeal in this part of the city.  So in our August issue we do a special section to let people know about some of the other great food experiences on offer nearby.  (We also print extra copies to be distributed in the area of the festival to make sure people attending know about some of the other alternatives!)

We’ll be including some capsule reviews from readers (50-words + name, address of restaurant) plus our various staff writers and columnists and East York celebrities will be chipping in with reviews, etc.  Deadline for readers to submit blurbs is Wednesday, July 26 at 1o p.m.  Email submissions to ChronicleNews@outlook.com and include READER REVIEW in the subject line.

There’s also a directory of selected East York area restaurants that any establishment can afford to be in –it’s just $7 per line with the name line free with a minimum 5-lines listing.  And a 5-line listing is free with any size of display ad!  See below for more details:

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ADOPTABLE PETS 031: Sweet Nessa likes people and other dogs http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/highlights/adoptable-pets-031-sweet-nessa-likes-people-and-other-dogs/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/highlights/adoptable-pets-031-sweet-nessa-likes-people-and-other-dogs/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:54:14 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7527 adoptable-petsMeet one-year-old Nessa!  Nessa is a gentle and very sweet young pooch.  You should see this girl’s wiggly bum when she sees staff here at the Toronto Humane Society!  This young Hound Mix came into our care all the way from New Jersey.

We don’t know much about this world traveller’s past but we do know that she is very sweet with people and dogs.  With people she’ll come to the front of her kennel very happily and want to meet them.  She also lights up in the presence of other dogs so we think that she’d do great with another dog in the house.

Friendly Nessa -TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY

Friendly Nessa -TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY

We have also noticed that Nessa is not fond of how chaotic the shelter environment is and can be very nervous to leave her kennel.  The big city is a bit intimidating for this beautiful girl and she would love to have a quiet household where she can learn to be confident in this big world!  She finds those small rooms that move up and down (elevators) also quite scary and would prefer to take the stairs.

If our sweetheart Nessa sounds like she could be the perfect fit for you, please come down and visit us at the Toronto Humane Society or send us an email at adoptionk9@toronthumanesociety.com.

 

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Planning for 2018 Canada Day parade and festival off to a rip-roaring start http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/planning-for-2018-canada-day-parade-and-festival-off-to-a-rip-roaring-start/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/planning-for-2018-canada-day-parade-and-festival-off-to-a-rip-roaring-start/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:46:44 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7525 Gerald Darcy shows members of the 2018 working group that includes EYCDC president Shannon Timms [in white shirt] looking on, a drawing he prepared of the park areas to spark ideas for event locations. -GARY W-P

Gerald Darcy shows members of the 2018 working group that includes EYCDC president Shannon Timms [in white shirt] looking on, a drawing he prepared of the park areas to spark ideas for event locations. -GARY W-P

Businesses will be encouraged to get involved as sponsors early

The fireworks had not even been lit at Stan Wadlow Park for the 2017 Canada Day festivities when sparks started flying on social media about what some felt were shortcomings in this year’s version of the parade and park festivities.

Some parents returning from an afternoon at the park were understandably disappointed that there were no midway rides and other felt that there should have been more participation by community organizations and institutions in both the parade and park activities.

What they didn’t know, however, was how close East York came to having no 60th annual national holiday celebration for the country’s 150th birthday.  As detailed elsewhere in this issue [see article “Saving Canada Day”], the whole shebang was nearly cancelled, only saved at practically the last minute by the timely intervention of local political figures such as Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts and Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis.

President of the non-profit East York Canada Day Corporation, Shannon Timms, soon got involved in the discussions on Facebook and pointed out that she had endeavoured to recruit volunteers for this year’s activities through a couple of groups, with little success.

“If you would like to see  better come on out and help us plan for next year,” Timms posted on one Facebook group after explaining some of the difficulties the organization encountered, such as midway operators wanting hefty fee increases to be involved.

A few of the posters eagerly took her up on the offer, most notably resident Gerald Darcy, who quickly became a focal point for those with ideas as to how to improve the event.

After collecting several of the suggestions from the groups Mr. Darcy, in liaison with Ms. Timms, decided to move quickly to capitalize on the energy and interest being displayed and organized a meeting for July 8 at S. Walter Stewart Library.

At that gathering about a dozen people pored through a list of more than 25 ideas to consider, including possibly extend the parade route, established a fundraising target of $100,00 for the 2018 event (more than four times what was planned for this year), resolved to immediately begin approaching local businesses both to become sponsors and to participate in activities along with community groups and other organizations and to reach out to groups in the Leaside and Thorncliffe Park areas.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor or participant can send the group an email through their website at www.eycdc.ca .

-Gary Webb-Proctor

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Brittany Crew sets another record in repeating as Canadian shot put champion http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/brittany-crew-sets-another-record-in-repeating-as-canadian-shot-put-champion/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/brittany-crew-sets-another-record-in-repeating-as-canadian-shot-put-champion/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:03:48 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7463 Video screen capture of championship meet record throw by Brittany Crew 170709 -TWITTER, SISU CLUB

Video screen capture of championship meet record throw by Brittany Crew 170709 -TWITTER, SISU CLUB

With one Canadian senior women’s outdoor shot put record already in her pocket from earlier this year, 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.

The win came at the Athletics Canada Canadian Track & Field Championships meet in Ottawa, where at a ceremony this weekend Ms. Crew was also presented by the sport’s governing organization with the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy for winning University Athlete of The Year honours for 2016.

While Sunday’s hurl was not her best-ever throw, it was enough to oust American Julie Labonte as the record holder at a Canadian championship event, which distinction the U.S. hurler had achieved with a toss of 18.12 metres way back in 2011.   Crew won her first Canadian championship exactly one year ago to the day, which also qualified her for a trip to last year’s Rio Olympics.

Although last year’s championship toss was short of Labonte’s old record throw, on May 18 of this year, as we reported then, Crew easily beat Labonte’s mark and established a new Canadian record for the sport at a meet in Tuscon, Arizona.  She then went on to top her own record on May 20 with a personal best throw of 18.58 metres —also improving her world ranking to eighth overall.

The 23-year old, who attended R.H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School growing up in East York, has been taking women’s shot put by storm ever since her university days.

Brittany Crew promotional shot -SISU THROWS CLUB

Brittany Crew promotional shot -SISU THROWS CLUB

Now throwing for the SISU Throws Club, while attending York University as a junior she had swept the national U-Sport (then Canadian Interuniversity Sports) championships in 2016 and had set national and provincial junior records, while also winning recognition as a finalist for that organization’s 2015-16 Athlete Of The Year.  She also won a bronze medal at the World University Games in South Korea in July of 2015, as we reported at the time.

All that was achieved after, as we reported in May of 2015, coming back from injuries sustained during the months leading up to the 2015 world university meet and again before the 2016 Canadian national championships.

Crew’s accomplishments are all the more remarkable because she is somewhat shorter and several years younger than the norm for top world-class performers in the event —competitors usually peak in their late twenties.

At last year’s Rio Olympics, although she failed to qualify for the finals, Crew came within a quarter-metre of doing so and improved her overall ranking in the world from thirtieth to eighteenth prior to cracking the top ten with her Tuscon accomplishments this spring.

It can be expected that the now two-time Canadian champion will also compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

-Gary Webb-Proctor

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Naming of laneways to honour two East York immigrant icons http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/naming-of-laneways-to-honour-two-east-york-immigrant-icons/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/naming-of-laneways-to-honour-two-east-york-immigrant-icons/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 03:06:57 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7507 Mural being painted in Aug 2016 on wall of Royal Beef in newly named Paul Estrela Lane -GARY W-P

Mural being painted in Aug 2016 on wall of Royal Beef in newly named Paul Estrela Lane -GARY W-P

Two laneways in East York are being given official names honouring icons of the local immigrant Italian community thanks to the efforts of local councillor Janet Davis and community members who petitioned the Toronto & East York Community Council for the recognition.

The alley north of Danforth Avenue between Woodbine Ave. and Woodmount Ave. will be known as Paul Estrela Lane in honour of the late founder of iconic local business Royal Beef at 1968 Danforth, which is still operated by the late butcher’s wife Carmen Estrela.

The passageway between Woodmount and and Glebemount Ave. will be named Angelone Lane to honour Vincenzina Angelone, a retired longtime teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board at the local St. Brigid Catholic School.

Both of the individuals, Ward 31 councillor Davis told the council, which has authority over local street and lane namings, were immigrants to Canada, Mr. Estrela from Portugal and Mrs. Angelone from Italy.

Gay Stephenson speaks to TEYCC meeting July 13 speaking re laneway renamings -YOUTUBE

Gay Stephenson speaks to TEYCC meeting July 13 speaking re laneway renamings -YOUTUBE

The June 13 meeting, which unanimously approved her motion, also heard from a representative of the Danforth East Community Association, which was active in gathering petition signatures to have the laneways designated to honour the individuals.

DECA board member Gay Stephenson noted in her presentation that during a Laneway Crawl arts event held in the Paul Estrela Lane last August, residents were asked to suggest a name for the passageway “and there were two clear winners,” Angelone and Estrela, “who are both longtime members of our community.

“These special people are remembered and respected by many in our community who knew them well and when we went door to door to confirm those names we were overwhelmed with support for both of those people.”

VIncey Angelone beaming at her 2015 retirement party -TCDSB

Vincey Angelone beaming at her 2015 retirement party -TCDSB

Angelone, who moved to Woodmount Ave. when she was five years old, attended St. Brigid as a girl and went on to teach there for 46 years —the second-longest tenure of any teacher in the history of the local Catholic school board, Ms. Stevenson noted.  She also served on the school’s Parent-Teacher council, which gave her a pin of distinction at her 2015 retirement party, coached local soccer teams and was the catechist for thousands of students as they prepared for their First Holy Communion.

“Vincey” as the teacher was known by the generations of students she guided, “is so revered by the students and all of the residents in this neighbourhood and is absolutely thrilled” to have a laneway named after her, Davis told the June 13 meeting.

Although Mr. Estrela was actually from Portugal, she said, “he married an Italian woman, learned Italian and became as Italian as everyone else in the neighbourhood and was highly regarded and highly respected” by that community.

Carmen Estrela in the laneway behind Royal Beef during the DECA Laneway Crawl last August. -JENNIFER WILSON

Carmen Estrela in the laneway behind Royal Beef during the DECA Laneway Crawl last August. -JENNIFER WILSON

“That little business is one of the Italian businesses that has changed over time to accommodate changing demographics and has kept alive and has led some of the transformation on Danforth East,” she noted.

Started by the couple in 1985, Royal Beef has sponsored local sports teams and school carnivals, provided part-time jobs for local youth and prior to the formation of the local BIA took part with other Danforth business owners in beautification projects.  It was Mr. Estrela, along with the owner of Seb’s Cappuccino, who initiated the tradition of putting up Christmas lights in East Lynn Park, purchasing the lights out of their own pockets and engaging members of the local fire department to do the stringing.

“The two people who emerged are so appropriate because they do reflect the cultural heritage of this little strip of the Danforth,” Davis said.

“In the 1960s and 1970s it had a very large influx of Italian immigrants set up small businesses such as jewellers, coffee bars and restaurants and over the years that sensibility and feel at our end of the Danforth has remained,” she said.

It’s expected that once the new signs identifying the laneways are ready to be installed that a ceremony to unveil them will be held some time this fall, according to a Davis spokesperson.

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Cosburn-Cedarvale stoplight deferred by Council despite overwhelming local support http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/cosburn-cedarvale-stoplight-deferred-by-council-despite-overwhelming-local-support/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/cosburn-cedarvale-stoplight-deferred-by-council-despite-overwhelming-local-support/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:06:54 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7511 \ 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 being “anti-car.”

Phil Pothen with his son Felix at Canada Day festival. -GARY W-P

Phil Pothen with his son Felix at Canada Day festival. -GARY W-P

Councillor Davis said, in an emailed statement sent while vacationing after the meeting, that “”it is unfortunate that the item was held for debate and deferred.

“The safety of pedestrians and cyclists has to be paramount when we consider traffic control measures.  This is the site of so many community facilities and activities —and near-misses. We must do more to make this intersection safe.”

[See also “Making our streets safe for all of us” -East York Moments column.]

City staff had opposed the measure because the light was regarded as being too close to another at Cosburn and Woodbine Avenue according to how the city determines where to install the mechanisms.

But Ms. Davis, who convinced the TEYCC to support over-riding that consideration, in December had also convinced council to ask its traffic staff to reconsider its overall criteria for installing traffic control measures in order “to enhance safety for all road users, in particular vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Over 300 signatures supporting the stoplight were collected by Davis and community activist Phil Pothen at the July 1 Canada Day festivities at Stan Wadlow Park and dozens more have signed an online version located at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-safety-review-for-cosburn-and-cedarvale.

 

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Use of East York logo on street signs gets boost from city council http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/use-of-east-york-logo-on-street-signs-gets-boost-from-city-council/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/use-of-east-york-logo-on-street-signs-gets-boost-from-city-council/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:42:25 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7446 Student mural in progress in early June at East York Collegiate -MARY FRAGEDAKIS ON TWITTER

Student mural in progress in early June at East York Collegiate -MARY FRAGEDAKIS ON TWITTER

New and replacement East York street signs may once again be including the logo of the former Borough of East York if a motion overwhelmingly approved by Toronto City Council at its evening session Thursday July 7 gets a favourable report from city staff.

EY Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis moved, seconded by Ward 31 rep Janet Davis, that city staff report to the September meeting of council’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on “the feasibility of adding the East York logo to new and replacement street signs within the boundaries of the former East York.”

Background material to the motion, deemed “urgent” by the meeting chair and approved by the council 35-5, notes that “residents and organizations in East York continue to promote and use the East York logo in many ways, for many purposes.

“The East York Foundation, the East York Historical Society and many residents have raised this issue again, and have requested that the City add the East York logo” to the signs, it adds.

Street signa at n/w corner on October 29 '16. -STAFF

Street sign at n/w corner on October 29 ’16. -STAFF

As reported in November 2016 by East York Chronicle, it was noticed last fall that new street name signs being erected at corners in the area were missing the logo, which was a prominent feature on many local signs for several decades.

(The previous month EYC broke the story that new place name and informational signs that were being erected outside at the renovated East York Civic Centre were also missing the EY logo —an “oversight” that was fixed at a cost of thousands of dollars just prior to the official October 29 ribbon-cutting celebrating completion of the work.)

Street signs s/w corner on October 29 '16 -STAFF

Street signs s/w corner on October 29 ’16 -STAFF

The issue of the street signs was also raised in January by EYC columnist Alan Redway, a former Borough Mayor, EY MP and member of the boards of the East York Historical Society and new East York Hall of Fame.

The background material to Ms. Fragedakis’s motion notes that both those organizations had complained about the missing logo from the new street signs and adds that “it is included in organizational logos, communications materials, murals, flags, clothing, and the local skate park and high school.  Our residents, and youth in particular, continue to have a strong sense of identity and local pride in East York.”

As if to “illustrate” her point, students at one high school, East York Collegiate, decided this spring to create a new mural incorporating the logo along with street signs (also featuring it) identifying the institution’s location at the corner of Cosburn Ave. and Coxwell Avenue.

Although in 2007 council had asked Transportation Services staff to prepare a report recommending a protocol for determining which districts and former municipalities of “The Six” that were amalgamated in 1998 should be allowed to retain or initiate specific designs and features and where multilingual signs are appropriate, no report was ever forthcoming, the background material adds.

The background material also notes that preliminary discussions with city staff indicated that it is estimated “the cost would be minimal” to add the logo to new and replacement signs.

Council also adopted another Fragedakis motion, seconded by Scarborough councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, asking that the same consideration be given to using the logo of the former City of Scarborough on its signs.

If the staff report is ready for the works committee’s September 19 meeting and the proposal approved, it could be ratified by council as early as October 2 and be applied to any new signs going up after that.

-Gary Webb-Proctor

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RAT-POCALYSE! Significant increase in number of EY sightings http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/rat-pocalyse-significant-increase-in-number-of-ey-sightings/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/rat-pocalyse-significant-increase-in-number-of-ey-sightings/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:41:01 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7563 Rats in garbage can -DAILYSTAR.com.uk

Rats in garbage can -DAILYSTAR.com.uk

Although the City of Toronto claims its garbage bins are racoon-proof, judging by recent reports on social media some East York home owners have found they may not be immune to rats.

One member of the Danforth-Woodbine group on Facebook posted that she discovered a “a 4-inch hole on the top of our garbage bin” outside her home in the Gerrard-Coxwell area. Another reported that a rat “ran at me from behind the garbage and hit my ankle!”

The rodents have also been reported being found in basement toilets, having apparently crawled up from the sewer system, and also under the hoods of cars.

Several posters theorized that the influx may be due to renovations and new construction in their areas, where basements and foundations have been dug, disrupting the pests from their previous habitats. Similarly, watermain replacements and repairs could do the same. Urban Nature 031 moved

The City of Toronto cautions that putting out poisons can also endanger others animals such as household pets. Councilor Janet Davis has lobbied to get the city to create a “bait” program but doing so is complicated by the fact that pest control is spread out among several divisions.

One person said they had stopped putting out bird seed after spotting rats, since like squirrels they can be attracted to it.

However Paul Oliver, owner of Urban Nature at 900 Don Mills Rd. that caters to bird lovers, says that only happens “if one uses a poor quality bulk birdseed, which has a lot of ‘fillers’ in it.”

The best way to avoid attracting them while still providing birds with feed, he says, “is to use a good squirrel-proof bird feeder and only sunflower hearts in the feeder,” which do not have “any fillers or shells that fall to the ground” and attract the rats.

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 031: How do rent controls and house speculation impact on East York? http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/business/east-york-advocate-031-how-do-rent-controls-and-house-speculation-impact-on-east-york/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/business/east-york-advocate-031-how-do-rent-controls-and-house-speculation-impact-on-east-york/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:04:40 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7533 www.alanredway.com

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As a former federal Minister of Housing, I have been watching with great interest government efforts to help make housing affordable in East York and elsewhere in the Golden Horseshoe.

Although our municipal government has expressed concern, its legal ability to impact the situation is extremely limited.  Any federal government action, such as increasing interest rates, would have to be applied nationwide rather than regionally.  While this might help in Toronto and Vancouver, it would be devastating to other cities, towns, businesses and farmers in Canada.  That means that any government action can only be applied at the provincial level.  In the early 1970s the Ontario government imposed both a foreign buyers’ tax and a land speculation tax.  They were very effective in cooling off housing prices at that time.

Recently, the present Ontario provincial government has reacted to the housing bubble by imposing a foreign buyers’ tax on home purchases and by extending rent controls —which previously applied only to housing built before 1991— to all rental housing.  Will these measures have the desired effect of making housing in East York and across the Golden Horseshoe more affordable?

3-bedroom East York bungalow that sold for $1.458 million in June.

3-bedroom East York bungalow that sold for $1.458 million in June.

About a year ago, an East York bungalow near my home was sold by its long-time owner.  Rather than demolishing the house to make way for a new monster home, as has become the usual fate of an East York bungalow these days, the new owner, a Canadian, immediately put a For Rent sign up on the front lawn.  This week, a For Sale sign suddenly appeared.  Since housing prices have escalated dramatically over the past year, the sale of this bungalow will obviously result in a very substantial capital gain for the short-term owner.  This owner I would characterize as a speculator.  No doubt, the rent received from the short-term tenant was considerably less than the monthly mortgage payments required to finance the purchase of the house, so the speculator will have a business loss that can be written off against his capital gain for income tax purposes.  How then, if at all, is this speculator impacted by the recent provincial legislation aimed at making housing in East York more affordable?

When this bungalow sells, the Canadian speculator will pay no foreign buyers’ tax.  If the new buyer is also a Canadian speculator, not a foreign one, she or he will not have to pay the foreign buyers’ tax either.  Mark my words, with prices rising so quickly, there are lots of Canadians speculating in this housing market these days.  If the intention of the province is to eliminate the speculation that helps to fuel the escalation in home prices, would it not make more sense to have a pure and simple land speculation tax that applied to foreigners and Canadians alike?  Realtors say, however, that the tax only applies to foreigners because foreigners can’t vote in the coming provincial election.

4-bedroom split-level house in Aylmer listed for $322,000.

4-bedroom split-level house in Aylmer listed for $322,000.

On the other hand, if the speculator sells to a builder who, after demolishing the bungalow, constructs a new, much larger home in its place and then sells it to a Canadian owner occupant, there will be no foreign buyer tax paid, but, of course, the number of rental homes will have been reduced by one.  Realtors also say that most foreign buyers are not speculators but investors who buy condominium units in order to lease them to people looking to rent, not to buy a place to live.  Their investments made before the new provincial rent controls have helped in a substantial way to increase the supply of rental housing.  What will the combination of the recent foreign buyers’ tax and the new rent controls do to the supply of rental housing and housing affordability?  During the last month or two realtors say housing prices have fallen by about 5%.  These measures worked temporarily in Vancouver as well but housing prices there are now rising again.

Recently I visited a relative’s home that was for sale in Aylmer Quebec, just across the river from Ottawa.  That home is about one-half hour travelling time from downtown Ottawa.  An East York home is about one-half hour travelling time from downtown Toronto.  Speculators buy homes in East York.  They don’t buy homes in Aylmer.  My relatives’ 4-bedroom split-level home in Aylmer (see photo) is listed to sell for $ 322,000.  Could you or your children or grandchildren, buy a similar house in East York for that price?  Does the absence of speculation make houses more affordable?  What do you think?

Will the foreign buyers’ tax and the new rent controls make East York housing more affordable for our children and grandchildren?  Only time will tell.

 

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