Leaside Toronto Community News – Feb 21-March 7

John Manneh March 12, 2014

We hope everyone is staying safe today. If you can, try to stay indoors later today as the weather is expected to get progressively worse.

Here are all the news and events for Leaside Toronto from Feb 21 to March 7. Check back regularly as we will be posting the Leaside Toronto community news updates often.


Highrise building evacuated after gas leak in the Mount Pleasant and Davisville area.

image-4A highrise building was evacuated due to a large gas leak in the Mount Pleasant Road and Davisville Avenue area on Thursday, Feb 27.  A number of streets were closed off for several hours. There were no reported injuries. Click here to read more.



Second-year Leaside Wildcats to make PWHL playoff debut

leaside_wildcats_hockey_-_option_a_bumper_stickerThe Leaside Wildcats junior women’s hockey club is thrilled to have accomplished the feat of making the playoffs in just their second season. Click here to read more.


Bring your Leaside memories to the library

Leaside Life columnist Karen Fraser, local history buff John Naulls and Fred King, a former resident whose father owned a variety store here, want to hear your memories and see your photos and memorabilia of Leaside at the library Wednesday, March 19.   They will be speakers on the returning date of the popular Layers of Leaside exhibit created last year during our 100th anniversary celebrations. It will be on display again until March 22. The meeting will be in the library’s community room. It is part of the East York Historical Society’s five annual afternoon Show and Tell discussions throughout the year. Starting time 2 p.m


Even some native trees won’t work in Leaside

airdrie_rd_street_before.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoCouncillor John Parker wrote in the last Leaside Life about the importance of planting the right trees in the aftermath of the December ice storm. He is indeed correct that not all trees are created equal, but the trees he lists as having suffered the most serious damage are almost all weed trees, ones you won’t find in any nursery and that simply “volunteered.” Click here to read more.


Parker: What you need to know to fight big development

JohnParkerLeasideVillageCouncillor John Parker knows he took some heat for not simply opposing the SmartCentre North development proposal, as some Leaside residents wanted him to do. “Some councillors paint every developer as evil and pledge to fight them every step of the way. That may be the best way to get the crowd behind you,” he says, “but it’s not how you get the best result.” Click here to read more.




Leaside Resident Darryl Bunt Set To Help An Orphanage In Tegucigalpa, Honduras

neighbourDarryl Bunt grew up in Leaside Toronto and has continued to live and work in the community. His family home on Donegall Dr. is the same house that his grandparents lived in for 30 years. The  27-year-old is venturing out of the  “comfortable and safe community” of Leaside this spring to travel with a service team to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he’ll work for a week as a volunteer at an orphanage for abandoned children. You can read what he has to say about the experience here.


Construction Underway

20130605tbmlaunch1Construction is beginning on the Eglinton LRT. The first job will be the widening of Eglinton just east of Brentcliffe to accommodate where the tunnel will surface. Prep work includes relocating hydro poles, and generally getting “stuff” out of the way. A Metrolinx information centre for the community is being set up at Sunnybrook Plaza, to help residents stay informed about the construction.

Construction has also started on the new Whole Foods store on Bayview at Broadway. There will be 50,000 square feet of space next door to Mount Hope Cemetery, where Brennan’s motor car dealership had previously been. This will be the third Whole Foods Market in Toronto and is slated to open early next year.

SmartCentre North expects to begin construction at its Wicksteed site sometime this fall with stores opening in late 2015, the company says. It says so far it does not have any confirmed tenants.

Read more about the construction here.


Businesses That Are Leaving And Moving Into The Area

image-15Nitty Gritty custom furniture is closing after 38 years in business. Owners Dave and Liz Ross and Pauline Crespillo expanded into restoration when they moved to Leaside’s business park eight years ago. Their work included carousel animals and rocking horses. “We’ll miss you,” they told Leaside Life, “You’re the ones who have given us so much: great challenges, novel experiences, great fun, and most especially, great friendships.”

Leaside resident Carrie Tse just launched her studio Bamboo Bay at Millwood Rd. and Bayview.  The centre provides art and craft classes for children ages 2-12 as well as piano lessons. Click here to read more.




‘Bayview is heading for a depression’

penny“Bayview is in a recession and is heading for a depression. Unless Leasiders shop regularly on this street, it will be gone, and soon,” says Nancy Penny, owner of Absolute Beauty, a skin-care salon on Bayview Ave. Penny’s business has been open for over 34 years. She has seen at least seven stores close over the past year, including most recently the restaurant Chai, Yeh! and The Mad Italian. She predicts many more will follow. Click here to read more.


McRae resident wins Agnes Macphail award

agnesLeaside’s Sheila Lacroix of McRae Dr. has been chosen winner of this year’s Agnes Macphail Award. She has a long history of service in the Canadian Federation of University Women Leaside-East York (CFUW-LEY), the Legislation Standing committee of the CFUW Ontario Council, Leaside United Church and the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. Click here to read more.


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