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Curious Idler – January 2016

On the street Saturday in December: Leaside Matters members Geoff Kettel, Celine Smith, John Naulis, Connor Turnbull and Kim Auchinochie. All the t-shirts were sold.

On the street Saturday in December: Leaside Matters members Geoff Kettel, Celine Smith, John Naulis, Connor Turnbull and Kim Auchinachie. All the t-shirts were sold. Photo by Ruth Goldhar

MP sworn in with three holy books

Three holy books were used by new Liberal MP Rob Oliphant when swearing his oath of allegiance on Nov. 20. They were the Christian Bible, the Jewish Tanakh and the Muslim Koran. “These three holy books represent the most prominent faith groups of Don Valley West (riding),” a press release explained.


“It’s been terrific, awesome,” says David Gadke of his one-month art show at the former Sleep Country bedding store on Bayview. “I sold 10 or 11 paintings, and have commissions for a cow, a crow, two foxes and a house portrait.” The Leaside artist, who has a gallery in Rosseau every summer, declined to give sales figures, but happily says: “I’ve made a good profit.”


“I can’t crystal-ball where prices might be in the fall of 2016,” says a spokesman for the builder at 262 Bessborough Dr. when asked proposed prices and date of sale offerings of three unfinished houses on the old Thomas Elgie property. When the large lot was sold for $2.5 million, the original farmhouse was raised and moved, making space for two new monster homes now being built.


If local politicians want a practical New Year’s Resolution, The Curious Idler suggests they urge removal of all non-permanent patio railings on Bayview Ave. so snowplows can make the street safe and walkable for the elderly and mothers pushing strollers. Patio furniture is removed each winter, so why not also temporarily dismantle railings that hog half the street in winter for no reason?


We value your business – but we’re handing you over to machines. In effect, this is the message of a recent CIBC letter to Millwood and Bayview branch clients informing them that as of April 18, “full service cash withdrawals and deposits… will no longer be available via traditional counter service.” Someone called a Banking Centre Leader, Millwood and Bayview, will be on hand to help customers with digital service and can be contacted at 416-485-9110, ext. 222.


Finnish Canadian residents of the Suomi Koti Centre on Eglinton recently marked their independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917 by singing the Finnish national anthem and raising flags. The Maple Leaf was hoisted by 90-year-old Pauli Paavola while 97-year-old Veikko Kallio – who fought in the 1939 Winter War – raised the Finnish flag.

Finnish Canadian residents of the Suomi Koti Centre on Eglinton recently marked their independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917 by singing the Finnish national anthem and raising flags. The Maple Leaf was hoisted by 90-year-old Pauli Paavola while 97-year-old Veikko Kallio – who fought in the 1939 Winter War – raised the Finnish flag.