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Get ready for the Wrath of Cathy!

It took 60 years for Leaside resident Cathy Boyd to find her true calling. Born in Maine, this mother of four and grandmother of six relocated to Leaside with her second husband in 2010. Following a period of unsuccessful job searches, Cathy decided to follow her passion for writing by taking courses at Toronto’s famed [...]

On April 23, 1913, Bill No. 55 of the provincial legislature officially incorporated the town of Leaside. As a product of colonial expansionism from Great Britain, the Garden City movement made its way into Canada and with the intervention of renowned American landscape architect Frederick Todd, Leaside’s intricate urban pattern came to life. The site [...]

Canadian jazz musician Laila Biali has become a bit of a road warrior of late. In the midst of launching her seventh album, the award-winning pianist and singer-songwriter spends more time in hotels than she does at home. Still, she says, her favourite place to land is always her cozy Leaside bungalow with her son, [...]

Francess Halpenny has died at the age of 98. Halpenny joined the University of Toronto Press as an editor in 1941 upon graduating with a Master’s degree in English language and literature. She served a two-year stint in the RCAF as a meteorological observer in Newfoundland and PEI before returning to the Press where she [...]

Tucked between Wicksteed and Vanderhoof, east of Brentcliffe, is a street with the unassuming name of Research Road, home today of companies like Uberdog Hotel. But it’s here that some very serious research indeed took place during World War II, and it’s this research that gave the street its rather literal name. A Crown corporation [...]

Scott Mason was the school captain at Leaside High School in 2010 with his sights set on political science and law at Queen’s University. Little did he imagine then he would become an entrepreneur in the field of medical equipment. But in 2014, he took part in the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative where he [...]

New STEM project at LHS

Leaside graduate Scott Mason made a presentation about his company CleanSlate UV at an assembly organized by Curriculum Leader Helen Panayiotou last fall to inspire Grade 11 science students working on a new cross-curricular STEM project. More than 160 students from physics, chemistry and biology classes formed groups to develop proposals for functioning products, create [...]

Everyone knows hockey is big in Leaside. It’s not enough to play for a North York (NYHL) or Greater Toronto (GTHL) team, Leaside kids want to play for their school as well. In the TDSB, schools can either play league hockey or one-day tournaments. Bessborough has traditionally played the one-day.   Unfortunately, in previous years, [...]

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 [...]