Winter 2013

1862 Queen Street East: Sauvignon Has a Past…

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

Stefan Paquet, owner of Sauvignon Bistro at 1862 Queen Street East, told me he had something special – a photo of his premises, when it was Woodbine Market in 1915. This is indeed special – it is the first time in over a decade of researching and writing local histories that I have had an
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Cycle Toronto Ward 32

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

David Oppenheim, a local resident and member of Cycle Toronto Ward 32, is trying to make cycling easier through the Triangle. Presently if you come along Dundas out of downtown Toronto along the bicycle route, the bike lanes end at Kingston Road and there is no easy way to the rest of the Beach without
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Christopher Blythe: June 26, 1954-October 1, 2013

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
Chris Blythe

Chris Blythe, one of the staunchest leaders and defenders of Beach neighbourhood values, died tragically, much too young at age 59, at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday, October 1st. He leaves his wife, Pat, and sons Thom and Aarron. Chris was a fighter and according to Pat, he fought his affliction to his last breath.
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Beach History Preservation Rejuvenated

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

On October 29, a standing-room only crowd turned out at the Beaches Library meeting room for the first public meeting of The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society (“BETHS”) to be held in three years. As President of the Interim Board of Directors, I welcomed the guests and then Glenn Chadwick, Program Convenor, introduced local
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Residents Advised to be Cautious of Door-to-Door Water Testing

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

Councillor Janet Davis (from November 19 Newsletter) The City of Toronto has received complaints from Toronto residents who have been approached by companies offering door-to-door water tests or requesting water samples with the aim of selling water-related products. The City is aware of these companies and does not endorse or sponsor private water testing or
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Ontario Municipal Board Hearings: Condominiums at Queen and Woodbine

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
Architect's Vision of 1884 Queen Street East

I have had some time now to digest what went on at the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing regarding the former Shell service station site during ten days in October. When the One Rainsford development was passed, the city removed Queen Street East from the mid-rise guidelines in the city’s Official Plan, which then allowed
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President’s Report Winter 2013

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

First, a comment about timing of this newsletter. Your BTRA Board of Directors agreed to postpone distribution until February in order to include up-to-date information regarding the recent Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision. Under normal circumstances, Triangle Topics will continue to be distributed as scheduled, in May and November. When the OMB decision was handed
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Remembering a True Beacher: Dominic Parker

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

The last time I saw Dominic, we said “hello” to each other in the laneway between Woodbine and Rainsford. I was taking out the recyclables to our shed, and he was putting away his Zodiac inflatable boat. He was always a key part of the Triangle neighbourhood, often seen wearing his trademark dark blue outdoors-man’s
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Beach Heritage Preservation Sought

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

The Beach Heritage Conservation District Committee was formed in the spring of 2013 and an application was filed with city Heritage Preservation Services (“HPS”) in May to consider Queen Street East (“QSE”) in the Beach for designation as a Heritage Conservation District (“HCD”), in whole or in parts. The committee has subsequently adopted Terms of
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Basement Flooding – Retraction

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

The Spring 2013 Triangle Topics article about Basement Flooding drew response from the city to point out errors: Our area is in Basement Flooding Study Area 32 (it hasn’t been designated as a “Basement Flooding Zone”); installation of devices to prevent flooding doesn’t place additional pressure on the sewer system; no assessment of your home
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