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June 1 marks the 75th anniversary of the official opening of Leaside United Church at Millwood and McRae. “The building was designed,” says North Leaside resident Doug Brown, “in the Gothic Revival style that was very popular for churches built in the first half of the 20th century, modelled on an English cathedral but on [...]

First time two Flames teams made the finals

For the first time anyone can recall, two Leaside Flames teams made their respective provincial championship tournaments this year, representing the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) against the regional champs from other parts of the province. They both did well, but fell just short of winning it all. The Bantam As finished second in the [...]

The largest sports tournament ever in Leaside

On the weekend of March 11-13 Leaside Arena hosted what was likely the largest sports tournament ever held in Leaside. The Toronto Leaside Wildcats girls’ hockey league’s 37th annual March Madness tournament was bigger than ever with 146 teams participating. That means about 400 coaches and trainers and over 2,400 female hockey players ranging from [...]

Pool will close from mid-May to January

When the current season wraps up in mid-May, the Leaside pool will close for major repairs and not open again until probably next year. “The work is expected to take about six months,” said Henry Stachelbeck, manager of Leaside arena. “If the work is completed on time, we’ll need a couple more weeks to fill [...]

Burnside thinks he has solved that weed problem

Councillor Jon Burnside is optimistic that a solution has been found, using extra help from community groups, for maintaining the Leaside arena grounds so they’re not overgrown with weeds. “The islands [in the parking lot] as well as part of the arena entrance were sodded and will be cut by arena staff. At least three [...]

Leaside resident, former teacher and busy volunteer Elaine Snider started life in the fast lane – literally. She and her twin sister were born as the taxi her mom was in was racing downtown from Moore Park to Toronto Western Hospital. “My mother didn’t know she was having twins,” she says. “My sister Claire was [...]

He’s the oldest curler, 89, at Leaside rink

Howard Cook didn’t start curling until he was 50 years old, but he’s made up for his late start by sticking with the sport for the past 40 years. Leaside’s oldest curler, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in April and his 65th wedding anniversary in March, still curls every Monday and Friday morning at [...]