Toronto Leaside News For April 5 – 25

John Manneh April 29, 2014

Here is your Toronto Leaside news for April 5 – April 25.

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University Commitments From The Leaside Wildcats


TLGHA-logo-v5The Toronto-Leaside Jr Wildcats have announced the following university commitments for the 2014-2015 season:

Alex Armstrong – Ryerson University

Kim Brown – Brock University

Alyssa Connolly – Ryerson University

Anthea Lasis – University of Western Ontario

Sarah McGilvray – Ryerson University

Click here to read more about the Wildcats.


Leaside Ranks Number 5 On Toronto’s 10 Wealthiest Neighbourhoods



Click here to see the full list.

Leaside High School Grad Kevin Shier Is OJHL’s Playoff MVP And Leading Scorer


9hEY_KevinShierAction0418_ContentLeaside resident Kevin Shier and his Ontario junior A hockey team, the Etobicoke-based Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, are both enjoying successful seasons. The Patriots are on their way to next week’s Central Canadian junior A hockey championships (called the Dudley Hewitt Cup) after wrapping up their league championship on the weekend. Shier was also given the humanitarian award which he received for helping to rescue a motorist from a crashed vehicle. Click here to read more.


A Spectacular Season For The Leaside Flames Tier 1 Hockey Team


flames-1The Leaside Flames Tier 1 hockey team has just finished spectacular season winning 22 games, losing 0 and tying 4. Congratulations to all! Click here to read more.

Leaside Store Manager Helps Set World Record


cheeseOn March 21 seven staff members from the Loblaws store at Moore and Bayview plunged their knives into 90-pound wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, while 359 other Loblaws stores across the country were doing the same thing at the exact same moment.

Sponsored by the Guinness Book of World Records, they cracked 1008 wheels of cheese simultaneously, beating the previous record of 450 by Whole Foods Market  in 2013. Click here to read more.


The Voice of Leaside Sports Has Returned



Larry Hurd has returned to Leaside as a resident. 30 years ago Hurd used to write the hockey and baseball column in the old Leaside Advertiser in the early ‘70s and was the scorer and announcer in the booth at Talbot Park and the gondola at Leaside Gardens. Click here to hear from him about moving back to Leaside.




 Sports Hall Seeks New Inductees


photo-of-martha-mccabe-for-leaside-lifeThe Leaside Sports Hall of Fame is looking for nominations of potential inductees for 2014. This year’s entrants and the Leaside Athlete of the Year will be honoured at the second annual induction ceremony at Leaside Gardens on Friday, Nov. 21. Click here to read more.


Leaside High School Celebrates Day Of Pink



Students organized the school’s participation in the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia, which was held April 9 in schools accross Canada. Click here to read more.

 Two Leaside Residents Win The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards For 2014


ontario-volunteer-awardsThe recently announced Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for 2014 include two Leasiders, one from Donegall Dr., Shelia Whitely, and Joanna Blanchard, of Broadway Ave. The awards recognize individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. Both will be honoured at a ceremony this June for 20 years of volunteer service to the Leaside Garden Society. Click here to read more.


Leaside Garden Society Wins At Canada Blooms


gardensThe Leaside Garden Society won a first, second and judges’ choice award at Canada Blooms this spring. The large, winning design, Untamed, was assembled in Leaside, taken apart and transported in pieces, and then put together again for the show. Now that’s green thumb dedication. Click here to read more.



Elgie’s Widow Pleads For Saving The Whole Site



At the April 8 meeting of the North York Community Council, Nancy Elgie, widow of the respected former Ontario cabinet minister Dr. Robert Elgie, enumerated the reasons why the Thomas G. Elgie House at 262 Bessborough Dr. should be preserved and not be demolished (as applied for by the owner). Click here to read the full article.

Engaged Audience For Chief Planner


3hEY_NewArenaSteps1001_ContentA crowd of 200 neighbours packed the William Lea room in the Leaside arena to learn how Toronto’s planners intend to face the future, straight from the official entrusted to lead the way. Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s chief city planner, took an excited and engaged audience through a tour of the workings of city planning, including planning for Leaside. Click here to read the full article.

Development Permit System

LPOAheader2Drastic change to the way in which Leasiders have been dealing with redevelopment proposals is on its way with the Development Permit System (DPS). DPS is authorized by the Ontario Planning Act and will eliminate the rights to consultation, objection and appeal. In return for surrendering these rights the city planners will give Leasiders the opportunity to attend one or more local meetings to agree on development criteria that they feel fits the community. Click here to read more

 Students Pitch In To Help With Prom

image-1A brother-and-sister team of high school students in Leaside is pitching in with local charity New Circles in a clothing drive to help students in need have a memorable prom. For the second year in a row, St. Michael’s College student Christian Rocca, 17, and sister Alexa, 15, who attends Bishop Strachan School, have put up posters and solicited residents in order to collect dresses, dress pants, dress shirts, accessories and shoes for the charity’s seventh annual Prom Boutique. They have collected over 300 items, including clothing company donations. Click here to read more.


Midtown Toronto Basketball All-Star Team


The Oakwood Barons closed the local high school basketball season with a provincial gold win in March. Click here to see the team’s all-star line-up according to teachers, coaches and fellow players.


Upcoming Events


LEASIDE LAWN BOWLING CLUB OPEN HOUSE – Try lawn bowling with no obligation to join

Friday, May 9, 7-9PM

Saturday, May 10, 10AM-2PM.



Saturday, May 24 11AM-12.30PM and 1.30-3PM

Sunday, May 25. Start and finish, the Leaside Library.



Adult and teen programming

  • Film-maker/visual humorist Cameron Tingley presents his short films and shares his observations of modern society. Themes include environment, media awareness and social civility. No registration required.Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

  • Benefits of a vegetarian/vegan diet, by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

  • Spring book sale. Funds raised to support Toronto Public Library’s literacy programs. Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

  • Youth Advisory Group meeting: Volunteer at the library and receive community hours. Wednesday, May 28, 4-6 p.m.

  • Leaside Book Club: a discussion of The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden. Thursday, May 29, 7–8 p.m.

  • Art Exhibit: Words Worth Sharing, paintings by Marisol D’Andrea. Thursday, May 1–Saturday, May 31.

Children’s programming

  • Ready for Reading Story Times:

    • Preschool 2-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7–28.

    • Family Time 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, May 7-28.

    • Toddler Time 9:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays, May 7-28.

    • Baby Time 9:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, May 1-22.

  • Other groups

    • Heritage Ontario. Explore yesterday and today with Barry Penhale and special guests. Tuesdays, May 6-27,  2-4 p.m. Information, Ms. Saunders, 416-422-0450.


  • The Wonder of Insects in the Garden, with Malcolm Geast, and Spring Mini-Show.

     Thursday, May 8, 6:30–10 p.m.

  • Leaside Garden Society plant sale (perennials & annuals) at Trace Manes Community Centre

     Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.

Bessborough Public School’s annual Mayfair fundraiser May 24

Among other things, the event will feature a Rock Climbing Wall, a new Skateboard Park with a demonstrate by professional skateboarders, a silent auction. Click here to read more.


Pancake Breakfast Saturday, May 24 at Leaside Presbyterian Church,

9-11 a.m.

Proceeds support two children, Mesheck and Tarikwa, two overseas orphans, through the Christian Children’s Fund.


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