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Moose on the Loose in Bennington

Over 50 Christmas Moose were witnessed on a recent walk through Bennington Heights. Following Moore Park with their inflatable Santas, it seems this ’hood has its own trend.

National Champions

For the second consecutive year, the Under 18 girls of Central Toronto Athletic Club, coached by Leaside resident Dave Christiani, won team gold at the National Cross-Country Championships held in Kingston.

Leaside Memorial Community Gardens

Happy holidays from the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens board! As we call a wrap on the 2017 calendar year, we naturally reflect on the year passed and begin to look forward to the year to come. 2017 was a milestone year for the Memorial Gardens, as it marked its 65th anniversary. The board celebrated this [...]

The 14th Annual Leaside Guys Night Out & Toy Drive held at The Leaside Pub on December 7th, was an overwhelming success, with over 120 people in attendance. This amazing community event generated over $20,000 in funds, achieving our goal to provide 4,000 gifts to all the children in four primary schools in Flemingdon and [...]

While living the life you’ve planned, has someone or something ever thrown a wrench into the works that sent you off in another direction? Leaside is full of people whose lives have been transformed by a new role, relationship, hobby or academic interest. George Hurst is just such a person. He arrived in Leaside with [...]

Divadale Drive The Streets of Leaside

Divadale was at one time one of the most luxurious estates in the Bayview area. It was the home of Capt. James Wainwright Flanigan, who worked for Andian Corporation, a subsidiary of the Imperial Oil Company. Capt. Flanigan had visited many countries – France, Italy, England and North and South America – where he bought [...]


Leaside Life and the Bayview Leaside BIA would like to thank all the Bayview merchants who participated in the 1st Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. There were over 30 participating merchants. A panel of local judges viewed the holiday displays and we are pleased to announce the following winners: BEST OVERALL WINDOW Winner: macFABhome, 1685 [...]

Do you know a Leasider who is involved in social justice issues – who believes in “thinking globally but acting locally” – and is an outstanding contributor to community life in areas such as women’s rights, fairness to seniors and youth, criminal justice system and penal reform, international peace and disarmament, access to adequate housing, [...]


What makes Leaside great? Certainly, our schools, community centres, and places of worship all contribute. But the local economy is the fuel powering our neighbourhood. And that’s why we at Leaside Life encourage readers to shop locally this holiday season. When you spend your money at home, the money generated usually stays in the community [...]

Reading up on Leaside’s lawn libraries

Sometimes the simplest ideas create the biggest ripples. Who’d have thought a free, mini lawn library would have our Mayor weighing in on its value? Yet that’s exactly what happened this fall when John Tory tweeted his support of the Little Free Libraries after an overzealous Toronto bylaw officer ticketed an owner whose structure was [...]

At a young age I had my future planned out. I was going to become a professional ballerina and dance the coveting role of the sugar plum fairy with the amazing National Ballet of Canada. I did end up dancing in the Nutcracker but as years passed the reality of becoming a ballerina started to [...]

Leaside High School will mark its 75th anniversary in the third week of October, 2020. To make plans for the momentous occasion, a group of LHS alumni gathered at the Leaside Pub recently to reestablish the alumni association and brainstorm ideas for celebrating. The newly constituted reunion executive hopes to model events on the highly [...]

Little did we know the Eglinton LRT was going to have such a big impact in Leaside. We should prepare ourselves to see the highest population growth since the incorporation of the town back in 1913. The development of the town of Leaside took over 40 years, as there were many different circumstances that negatively [...]

Bitcoin scam snags Leasiders

Two prominent Leaside residents and businesspeople, Patrick Rocca of Bosley Real Estate & Andy Elder, owner of Grilltime on Laird, have recently been the target of an internet extortion attack. Both men have received numerous threatening emails from an unknown source, identified only as Anonymous. The emails demand a payment of $250,000 in the form [...]

“She knew she was being unfair, and she felt guilty. What kind of person was she turning into? Until today she had never imposed on anyone’s goodwill in this way, and she was horrified at herself. But she had to have the McBride case, so similar to her mother’s tragic murder sixteen years ago. Cartwright [...]

Shoppers Home Health Care has chosen Leaside as a site to test a new format/concept personal health and wellness store called Wellwise. The idea behind the store is to create a positive, interactive shopping experience based on wellness rather than illness. “About a year ago we did a strategic review of our business and found [...]

Leaside memorial Community Gardens

The Leaside Memorial Community Gardens had quite a lively October! The ice pads were never busier, with Leaside Hockey Association (LHA), Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey League (TLGHL), and the Leaside Skating Club all back in full swing of their regularly scheduled programming. The Gardens celebrated its 65th anniversary with a collaborative event with Leaside-based philanthropists, [...]

Leaside is one of the most attractive neighbourhoods for families who want to raise kids in a safe and tight-knit community. The moment you get off Bayview, Eglinton or Laird you feel a sense of tranquility called home.Leaside is one of the most attractive neighbourhoods for families who want to raise kids in a safe [...]

Freedom is not free Leaside Literati

In his newest book, Ten Decisions, long-time Leaside resident and author Larry Rose explores why after entering the Second World War “totally unprepared” in 1939, Canada emerged “a nation transformed” in 1945. Born and raised in British Columbia, Rose has been a Leasider for the past 25 years. He worked in broadcasting for more than [...]

On Sunday, September 24th, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens celebrated its 65th anniversary of serving the community. Working with our partner Sarah & Claire’s Food Drive, this celebratory event launched a friendly competition among the Gardens’ three major user groups – Leaside Hockey Association, Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey League, and the Leaside Skating Club – as [...]

MacNaughton Road The Streets of Leaside

The Town of Leaside was laid out in 1912 as a railway town by entrepreneurs Sir William Mackenzie and Sir Donald Mann, owners of the Canadian Northern Railway. They had purchased 1,000 acres of land between Bayview Ave. and Leslie St. north of the airfield and hired Montreal landscape architect Frederick Gage Todd to lay [...]

Why are there so many houses for lease in Leaside?

Recent leases of semi-detached two-storey homes in Leaside ranged from $2,800-$3,500/month while detached homes with three or more bedrooms leased for $3,300-$4,299/month. Bungalows typically rent for around $2,500/month. Recent leases were for 93-101% of the asking rent and on average were on the market for 24 days. Of course, the rent varies depending on the [...]

LETTERS – October 2017

Re: Will Ashworth’s Business of Leaside column, “To hell with pedestrians” Given that a stoplight at Parkhurst and Bayview would drastically increase the dangers to the many children walking to and from school, Will’s contention is categorically wrong. Parkhurst has been harder hit than many Leaside streets, as it’s a clear path from Bayview to [...]

The Curious Idler – October 2017

“Seas Gu Dileas” Calling all former Leaside High School students and staff Seventy-two years ago, as World War II was drawing to a close, Leaside High School (LHS) was welcoming its first students. In a few short years from now, in 2020, Leaside High School will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. Former student Larry Hurd [...]

Happy 65th! Leaside Memorial Community Gardens

The Leaside Memorial Community Gardens will be celebrating its 65th anniversary this season. Although the Gardens first opened its doors in 1951, it wasn’t until October 6, 1952 that it hosted its first hockey game. The significant legacy that the Gardens has left, and continues to carve out for itself, whether through its part in [...]