We’ve shared recent stories about Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) in the 1930s

I send out a message about once a week to an email distribution list, which I set up around November 2010 at the start of the Parkview School project, which I became involved in by happenstance. Email distribution list Sometimes the message is sent out once a week, sometimes more, and sometimes less. Contact me […]

Drug wars and the power of rhetoric

An Oct. 18, 2013 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Mental illness: is ‘chemical imbalance’ theory a myth?” Chemical balance theory has fallen in status The subhead reads: “The chemical imbalance theory has fallen in status from bedrock scientific principle to mere marketing device in the minds of many researchers.” The assumption is questioned that brain […]

Interview with Bernice Law (nee Butterfield), who grew up in Long Branch in the 1930s

As I’ve explained at a Comment in another post, I did an interview on Oct. 18, 2013 with Bernice Law (nee Butterfield), who was born in 1924 and lived at 86 Forty First Street, at a house that her father built. I’ve done several previous interviews with her. Now that I’m getting up to speed […]

During construction along Lake Shore Blvd. West, be wary of turns onto, or off of, Lake Shore (2 collisions observed in Long Branch)

During the past two days I’ve observed two car collisions – at least one of them involving personal injury – on Lake Shore Blvd. West east of Brown’s Line. The situation is as follows 1. Traffic is constricted along the construction route. Less space is available than otherwise to handle the usual flow of traffic. […]

Long Branch was a great place to be an adolescent, Alistair Thomson reports

Alistair Thomson has posted some great comments regarding Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) at the following post: A Long Branch resident passed along to Barry Kemp this photo of the Eastwood Park Hotel To access his observations, go to the Comments at the end of the above-noted link. In a subsequent email Alistair Thomson […]

Wesley Mimico United Church – Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act

Michael Harrison reports: Good Morning: I am pleased to tell you that the yesterday at the Etobicoke-York Community Council the amended recommendation from the Toronto Preservation Board that the city declare its intent to designate the Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act was adopted. The recommendation will now proceed to Toronto City […]

Press Council addressed three questions related to responsible journalism

I was interested to read an Oct. 16, 2013 Etobicoke Guardian article entitled (in its print version): “Ontario Press Council dismisses complaints about stories.” Three questions As the article notes, three questions were considered by the Press Council: 1. Did the article deal with a matter in the public interest?; 2. Were adequate efforts made […]

Bruce Melanson, Second World War veteran

Colleen O’Marra writes: I’ve just read the obit of a great Canadian and a local hero as well. Bruce Melanson, World War II veteran ,honoured his fellow soldiers with the planning and financing of the Juno Beach memorial in France. Also very active at The Legion and of course proud to have served in Remembrance […]

Humber Bay Shores Residents are sponsoring a town hall meeting (e.g. regarding Mr. Christie’s Bakery) on Oct. 24, 2013

Donna Magee reports: Humber Bay Shores Residents are sponsoring a town hall meeting on Oct. 24, 2013 addressing these topics: Issues related to the Christie site at Park Lawn and Lake Shore. A key issue is a GO station. also infrastructure plus more forwarding to people I think may want to keep up to date […]

How to use the Toronto District School Board’s virtual library – Oct. 22, 2013

David Juliusson has let me know about this Ward Forum. “Talk is on how to use the TDSB virtual library,” he comments.  “It is a vast little used resource.” I agree. I’m looking forward to learning my way around many such resources including online historical maps. The following notice is from TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough’s […]