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Letters – December 2016

Re: Carol Burton-Fripp and no movie rescue for Leaside Carol Burtin- Fripp says there is no movie rescue for Leaside. I wonder if she saw “Animal House”. Fripp pondered the responsibility of the planners. If planners are professional they have a duty to advise council if density is problematic. They have a duty to give [...]

Letters – November 2016

Re Business of Leaside Mr. Ashworth: Sometimes being a contrarian is neat. But your recent column on 939 is just provocative. Consider these points: 1. Residents are not responsible for adding more millions to Diamond’s pockets than the current millions they envision. 2. If the only way they thought they could make money on this [...]

Letters – September 2016

The bird in the picture of the above article is not a peregrine falcon but a merlin. My husband and I are bird watchers (very amateur), but when looking at the picture we knew the bird in it is not a peregrine. (They usually nest on very tall buildings in TO.) We sent the pic [...]

Letters – July 2016

Last month Leaside Life featured an article about Sandy’s Cycle located at 864 Millwood Ave. during the 1970s and 1980s. The small shop was described as “the size of a two-seater barber shop” by Sandy’s son David. This brought back many memories for me because at the back of the bicycle shop was a “two [...]

Letters June 2016

I would suggest it is... sudden recent population increase and the predictions of extraordinary future increases that are the cause of the ‘redevelopment’ projects that abound in our community. I note the letter to the editor in your May issue outlining the “threat to the welfare and quality of life” of Leaside from “proposed and yet to be disclosed [...]

After more than 30 years it’s time to change the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens billboard. Technically speaking, the old sign no longer conforms to the city’s legal standards, and practically speaking the new proposed sign will afford the arena and the community many much-improved benefits. While the new sign would be located in the same [...]

Letters – May 2016

A crisis is threatening the welfare and quality of life of my beloved Leaside. The threat arises from the tsunami of proposed and yet to be disclosed redevelopment projects unleashed by the Crosstown LRT. I believe this crisis is the result of the structural democratic deficit wrought by the amalgamation of the six boroughs of [...]

Letters – April 2016

We are relatively new to Leaside. In our short time here, I have noticed that the great majority of drivers in our area either roll through stop signs or ignore them altogether. I have lived in several different parts of Toronto and have never witnessed such blatant disregard for our traffic laws. Broadway Ave. seems [...]

When reading Leaside Life this month, I was very interested in the book Mobilize! Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War, by Larry Rose. My family immigrated to Canada from China two years ago, and we currently live in Hyde Park on Aerodrome Cres. We love the Leaside community greatly; one of the [...]

Subject: Life in Leaside 1932-1946. I recently found your newspaper on the internet. Leaside brings many fond memories from skating in the park at McRae and Millwood and early Sunday school at Leaside United. I remember one severe winter when I had to ski to the fire station near McRae and Millwood to get bread [...]

Letters – December 2015

Why do you persist in providing a platform for Will Ashworth in Leaside Life? Leaside businesses likely need Ashworth’s advocacy as much as Leaside stockholders need his futile Leaside Stock Index. Your most recent publication would have benefited far more from an article drawing attention to the plight of the homelessness in the city – [...]

Letters – November 2015

Metrolinx is getting a bad rap Recent issues of Leaside Life have included columns that sound an alarm bell over word that Metrolinx is acquiring land at the south-east corner of Bayview and Eglinton in connection with the proposed LRT station to be built there. The comments drip with speculation as to a hidden agenda [...]

Letters – October 2015

A split Leaside ‘not effective representation’ Open letter to Councillor Jon Burnside: Dear Councillor Burnside, I write with reference to the Toronto Ward Boundary Review, and the ward redesigns provided in its report. The Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Inc. (LPOA) is concerned about the five options provided. Four of the five divide our community in half, [...]

Letters – July 2015

Save our Leaside? What Leaside? Let’s have a look. A traditional Leaside home comes up for sale. It is scooped up by a developer, torn down, and a large, $1 million+ house built in its place, which looks nothing like a traditional Leaside home. The house is bought by a wealthy young couple, likely with [...]

Letters – June 2015

The BIA's efforts to improve parking issues along Bayview should not just focus on cars. Leaside is home to many cyclists (and the Leaside chapter of one of Toronto's largest cycling clubs, Morning Glory). Yet, despite the fact that the sidewalks were recently redone by the city, there is a serious shortage of bike racks [...]

Letters – May 2015

After 45 years in the same house in North Leaside, we have decided to sell and move on. Like many Leaside Lifers, we raised our family, tended our garden, and enjoyed the benefits of our community. In the process of trying to throw out stuff that we no longer need, we’ve been going through old [...]

Letters – March 2015

Really enjoy Leaside Life. I feel it keeps me up to date on all that is happening in our area. I was not altogether shocked to see that there is a proposal to build on Sunnybrook Plaza. However, I was told many years ago that Sunnybrook Plaza was the first strip mall in Canada (not [...]

Letters – February 2015

Re: Leaside Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony I had the pleasure of attending the recent induction ceremony for the latest entrants. My family grew up in North Leaside and my brother Bruce and I were very active in the sports community right from atom baseball at Trace Manes (where our father was a director [...]

Letters – January 2015

I wonder if the neighbourhood would like to switch the pink ribbons we have all around our trees and posts for Georgia Walsh to red ribbons? The new ribbons would let the Walsh family know, as well as other families who have suffered tragic loss, that we are keeping them close in thought and prayer [...]

Letters – December 2014

Thank you for the article on St. Anselm's 75th anniversary. I have many fond memories of my days there. However, I want to point out that my surname is misspelled -- there is no X at the end of Rouleau. You may see Rouleau with an X on packages of paper rolls, but that's not [...]

Letters – November 2014

Listening to aircraft flying into Pearson, I hear the sound of prosperity. I hear Canadian business travellers returning from other parts of Canada, the U.S. or overseas. I hear others arriving to attend conferences or to do business in the GTA and elsewhere in southern Ontario. To the economic benefit of our community. I hear [...]

Letters – September 2014

Lorna Krawchuk reports (July) that Gurkha Welfare Appeal (Canada) archives have been housed in the Tanager Ave. home of the late Major Michael Burke and his widow, Carol. Two items in that archive may be videos of films that I blocked out and scripted, following conversations with Major Burke. The producer and cameraman, Vic Sarin, [...]

Letters – July 2014

The following is an exchange of letters about seeking heritage designation for South Leaside: I am pleased that steps have been taken to protect South Leaside as a heritage designation district but I am very concerned that no equal steps have been taken to protect North Leaside. Our original homes are essentially the same as [...]

Letters – June 2014

Back in 2004 Councillor Jane Pitfield tried to get 1560 Bayview torn down for a parking structure. Fortunately the tenants at 1560 and the neighbourhood residents squelched that bad idea. Now in 2014, Will Ashworth (Leaside Life, May) seems to feel that since there are vacancies in 1560 Bayview the owner would be willing to [...]

Letters – May 2014

The March 2014 cover piece by Patricia Phenix and the debate by Kettel  vs  Ashworth on pages 20-21,  which focused on Bayview’s bleak business outlook, couldn’t be more timely. A stroll down the street on our first warm day in March substantiated this for me. Retail is ailing throughout the province due to cheap Big [...]