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Here are all the news and events for Lawrence Park Toronto from Feb 21 to March 7. Check back regularly as we will be posting the Lawrence Park community news updates often.
Off-the-beaten-path’s a fine road for writer
Once Lawrence Park resident Rob Brunet got on to the old dirt road of his imagination, he was living his dream as a crime novelist. “My kids and possibly my wife were convinced this may be a mid-life crisis,” he said, with a wry grin. “Three years in, I think they’re realizing I’m serious.” Click here to read the full story.
Panthers on prowl after perfect season lost
The Lawrence Park Panthers were just one penalty kill away from a perfect season. The girls hockey team entered the final season game with a7-0 record until Sir Oliver Mowat Mustangs corralled the Panthers with a 3-1 win Feb. 19 at Ted Reeve Arena. Even with the loss, the Panthers get a bye into the District Region, Tier 1 final against Malvern Black Knights on March 4. They won 2-0. Click here to read more.
Stintz says she’s left transit better than she found it
Ward 9 councillor Maria Augimeri edged Ward 15’s Josh Colle 23-21 in a council vote to find a replacement for Karen Stintz, who resigned the position on Feb. 19 to run for mayor in the Oct. 27 election. Augimeri will head the transit commission meetings until the current council term ends in December.
Stintz says the transit position was with a mixture of joy and sadness. She believes wholeheartedly, she said, that she’s leaving it in a better state than she found it in December 2010. Click here to read more.
Stintz drawing on local experiences in mayoralty race
Karen Stintz says her mayoral platform is building largely on what she’s gained in her 10 years’ experience as councillor for Ward 16. In an interview with Town Crier, Stintz said her campaign will be focusing on alleviating congestion, building and fostering safe neighbourhoods, keeping taxes low, and developing economic opportunities — all of which stem from her work in Eglinton-Lawrence. Click here for the full story.
3 midtown rinks stay open
Outdoor rinks at Ramsden Park and Otter Creek Centre in midtown were among 11 given an extension by a $250,000 corporate investment after a public outcry to the city’s on-schedule closing on Feb. 23 of all but 17 of the 52 outdoor rinks it administers.
The rink at Cedarvale Park, in the Bathurst and Eglinton area, was among the 17 originally going to remain open until March 16. The financial input from Canadian Tire and Scotiabank saw that those at Ramsden Park in Rosedale and Otter Creek Centre, in the Yonge and Lawrence area, and nine others throughout the city would also stay open through March Break week.
Book club pays DeMar DeRozan a visit
Students from Ledbury Park Elementary School and Rawlinson Community School were given a special treat on March 2 when they attended the Toronto Raptors-Golden State Warriors game. Members of the DeMar DeRozan Slam Dunk Book Club met their group’s namesake courtside after a 104-98 Raptors win.
Teacher gives first-hand lesson on citizenship
John Ross Robertson school teacher Gail McGregor was one of 59 to become citizens on Feb. 4, in a ceremony held at the school. McGregor, a Boston native who has lived in Canada 22 years, said she wanted to enrich her Grade 5 students’ experience while making herself feel more a part of her community. Click here to read more.
City wants charges against developer after trees felled
City hall has begun to take legal action against an unnamed developer for allegedly taking down trees without a permit at a Yonge and Lawrence area development site. Ward 16 councillor Karen Stintz says the city is now collecting evidence to build its case against the developer, who is accused of bringing in contractors on Feb. 1 to remove trees from the property. The site where the former Fifth Church of Christ Scientist building was razed in December was being prepared for a six-storey, 114-unit condominium. Click here to read more.
A chance to say what bugs you about the TTC
North Toronto residents had an opportunity to voice their opinions to the city’s top three transit officials in a Feb. 25 town hall meeting at Lawrence Park Community Church. The event was organized by Ward 25 councillor Jaye Robinson and features TTC CEO Andy Byford, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation services, sharing their plans to reduce gridlock and expand the city’s transit network. Click here to read more.