Talk in a number of South Bayview shops this Friday has been about the leasing of the space at 1617 Bayview Ave, the premises formerly occupied by Yeh Yogurt. The space will go to a retailer of meat and poultry produced by organic standards. Beginning Thursday evening, the South Bayview Bulldog has made three inquiries to Rowe Farms Meats about this location. Two e-mails were sent and one telephone call made. The phone call was answered by information that any response will come from the Chief Executive Officer and that possibly by the middle of next week he will have something to say. Rowe Farms Meats has a number of shops in Toronto and one in Guelph. Website
Fans have tweeted the final score of Friday afternoon's tilt between the Soo Midget Wildcats and the Leaside Wildcats. It ended 2-1 Leaside. Those Wildcats are evenly matched. This game was part of the Leaside Wildcats March Break Tournament this weekend. Tonight the senior Wildcats will meet the Nepean squad at Malvern arena in a series that sees Leaside trailing two games to zero out of a possible five.
Published 3/07/2014 03:49:00 PM
Former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord will be taking over as chairman of Ontario Power Generation, the province's government-owned utility. Ex-Ontario cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello has also been tapped to take over as chairwoman of Hydro One, which operates the province's transmission network. CTV
Published 3/07/2014 03:08:00 PM
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Political hats of all sorts gathered at Spadina Museum today to promote the much anticipated exhibition of Downton Abbey costumes which begins next Tuesday. Two such hats were Josh Matlow (Ward 22) and Rob Ford. It made us check the Laurel and Hardy archives to make sure no copyright had been violated and it seems we're safe. The tweet from Mayor Ford said he and Mr. Matlow were just having some fun. Enjoy gentlemen and try to play nice at City Hall. As posted earlier, the many fans of the television series Downton Abbey will be interested in the exhibition. It runs a month from March 11 to April 13, 2014 at Spadina Museum 285 Spadina Road. The exhibition is called Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey. It consists of 20 costumes worn by the characters of the award-winning British television series.
Published 3/07/2014 02:56:00 PM
Heidi Parker is back safe in South Bayview these days but her heart and hopes for her future are still in Africa. The remarkable 25-year-old graduate of Bessborough Public School, Leaside High and Queen's University has served two terms in that continent teaching people there about their health and the avoidance of disease. "I love East Africa and I love the people," says Heidi as she enjoys one of her first cups of Starbuck's coffee on South Bayview since her return "I would like my life's work to be an opportunity to spend time over there but also to be able to come home for a while." Heidi's earliest inspiration to be of help to people in Africa came during a science project at LHS. Her teacher, Helen Panayiotou organized a project in the prevention of AIDS and HIV. It was a formative moment for the young Heidi. She went home to Vanderhoof Ave. with the profound lesson still on her mind. It made her think. "I was shocked that not everybody lived the way we did in Leaside," says Heidi. And thus her sense of selfless work grew. At university, Heidi joined Queen's Health Outreach in 2010 and became part of a team of 10 undergrads to spend a six-month stint in Kenya. The life-saving work and the allure of the land brought her back three years later to Tanzania as part of a project organized by the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The wide variety of work included assisting with training young people about sexual and reproductive health, evaluating training sessions to improve health care for mothers before, during and after giving birth. Heidi has her MA in Teaching and Biology but she will give up that field if her hopes of a life doing good work in Africa come true.
Published 3/07/2014 01:35:00 PM
Terry Davidson is writing in the Toronto Sun on Friday, March 7, 2014 to say that police purposely did not send out a public notice on a recently-released sex offender living in Toronto. William Shorten, 47, was seen in security video when he left the Indigo bookstore at Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. a couple of days ago. Something happened in the children's literature department which involved a 12-year-old girl and now Shorten is back in custody charged with committing an indecent act and breaching probation. It isn't explained why no notice was released to the public. Shorten is called a a long-time offender. Davidsen quotes PC Victor Kwong as saying "We were well aware he was here". Toronto Sun
Published 3/07/2014 08:52:00 AM
The following story is from Yonge and Roxborough: ""Famous journalist David Crane reports that the owner told him Patachou (at Yonge St. and Macpherson Ave.) is closing in May. They were planning to do it later but construction of a condo in the rear means they will be losing the kitchen. Also their chef who has been with them for 35 years wishes to retire. Another issue which helped reinforce the decision is that the car rent space opposite Patachou patio is to be torn down this summer, and a new building put up. Patachou owners think this would make the patio largely unusable this year due to noise and dust.
Published 3/06/2014 07:13:00 PM
The many fans of the television series Downton Abey will be interested in an exhibition to run from Tuesday, March 11 to Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Spadina Museum 285 Spadina Road. Josh Matlow (Ward 22) will preside at a preview for media only tomorrow (Friday, March 7, 2014). The exhibition is called Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey. It consists of 20 costumes worn by the characters of the award-winning British. More information is available here.
Published 3/06/2014 04:48:00 PM
Published 3/06/2014 11:38:00 AM
Premier Kathleen Wynne's accountability legislation was tabled on Thursday. It's intended to get control of what some might call the provincial gravy train. That would be the persistently high and out- of-touch payouts to executives at Ontario corporations. As part of the process, according to the Canadian Press, the province intends to give the Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, additional powers to investigate school boards, colleges and municipalities. Ms. Wynne spoke with conviction about transparency. It's a fairly well-worn series of issues. The eternal misuse of money by executives and their boards at Ontario Hydro is a provincial scandal. As to the extension of the domain of the Ombudsman, taxpayers will wonder why it's necessary. There is also talk of additional Ombuds. No one at City Hall likes that because Toronto already has one. The move to more un-elected functionaries doing ministerial work offends democracy. As to Mr. Marin, he may be a nice man but his unctuous pronouncements won't change anything at Hydro.
Published 3/06/2014 10:44:00 AM
K-W Record -- Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers and the Harlequin book publishing company, reports that its fourth-quarter profit was stable despite a decline in revenue The Toronto-based company, which also owns the Waterloo Region Record, Hamilton Spectator, Guelph Mercury and other community newspapers across Canada, had $20.6 million of net income in the three months ended Dec. 31, little changed from $21.1 million a year earlier. Net income per share was unchanged at 26 cents; adjusted earnings fell one cent to 48 cents per share. Total revenue from Torstar's newspaper and book divisions was $366.5 million, down seven per cent from $395.7 million a year earlier, although the media divisions revenue was up from the third quarter. K-W Record
Paywall effect and Rob Ford coverage:
There's been a rally Thursday morning in Torstar shares on the improved news from that company. Some, like the Financial Post, are speculating that the paper's crusade against Rob Ford may have helped to solidify its position after the free fall in ad sales and readership of recent years. It will certainly have increased readership but Torstar itself warns that advertising remains under great pressure. Today's Q4 results seem to come largely from cost cutting and maybe some help from the relatively new reader paywall. The paywall experience has been a mixed one for newspapers. Some publications have removed this barrier after finding it lowered the number of online readers or "unique users"' in the language of the Internet. Bulldog
Published 3/06/2014 10:38:00 AM
The gripping timelapse video that shows a storm rolling into Sydney March 5, 2014 has been popular viewing. The menacing darkness of the storm cell changed a brilliant day into night. Roads were deluged with standing water while some planes were diverted from the city's airport to Canberra or Brisbane. The morning had actually been the sunniest and warmest moment in the week so far, according to meteorologists.
Published 3/05/2014 11:36:00 PM
An East York woman, Marjolyn van der Hart, is again organizing a charitable auction art at Havergal College on April 4, 2014. It is the second year the charity, Buy Art Not Kids (BANK) has been reminding Canadians about the injustice of child sex trafficking. Last year was the inaugural auction and together with more than 30 established artists and senior art students from Havergal, BANK raised more than $50,000 to benefit Ratanak International (http://www.ratanak.org). Ratanak is a charity devoted to helping the poor and exploited in Cambodia. BANK is looking for new members too. This year's the auction will be hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-host of the CBC News at 5 p.m. The event will feature live music, performance art, raffle prizes, sumptuous food, wine, and most importantly a chance to purchase an array of incredible art by notable Canadian artists. The showing and auction begins at 6.30 p.m. at Havergal, 1451 Avenue Road.
Published 3/05/2014 08:00:00 PM