A Conservation Heritage District for Long Branch would be highly valuable in protecting our heritage buildings

Councillor Grimes’ office has previously shared information with us about the steps required to get the Heritage Conservation District under way. Such a project has been discussed before. The previous discussion was valuable. I look forward to working with other Long Branch residents, starting this year, in getting the process moving forward.  

Message from Councillor Grimes in support of Ratepayers Association of South Long Branch (RASL)

I am pleased to share the following e-mail from Councillor Grimes’ office with you. The support of Councillor Grimes’ office for the efforts of the Ratepayers Association of South Long Branch (RASL) is much appreciated. The message, to planning staff at the City of Toronto, is dated January 30, 2012. Subject: Dominion Rd “We have […]

How would you compare Mimico 20/20 and the Lakeview Legacy Project?

Update: A Feb. 15, 2014 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Aggressive development: Inside the building and selling of a Toronto condo tower.” [End of update]   The following comments are in reply to David Switzer’s helpful comments in response to a previous blog. There is much value in talking about how Mimico and Lakeview […]

We’ve put together a 26-minute online video about Colonel Samuel Smith and his homestead

The story of Colonel Samuel Smith and the efforts to keep his homestead site in public hands are highlighted in these speaking notes for an October 2011 talk about the colonel. The sale of Parkview School, announced in August 2011, turned out to be a ‘good news’ story, thanks to the efforts of Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP […]

David Juliusson has shared a list of valuable resources for helping us to position Samuel Smith as a historical figure

We owe thanks to David Juliusson, Program Officer, Historic Fort York, City of Toronto, for sharing some great resources regarding the history of warfare it relates to the story of Colonel Samuel Smith: Crowder, Norman K. Early Ontario Settlers, A Source Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993. Fernow, Berthold, ed. Documents relating to the Colonial History of the […]

Was the Samuel Smith log cabin really previously occupied by two brothers?

Jim Gill played a key role, as President of the Long Branch Historical Society at that time, in the initiation of the 1984 preliminary archaeological survey at the Parkview School grounds. The wider context for this narrative is Military History. I mention this because the link in the previous sentence has been read by many visitors […]

Colonel Samuel Smith and his homestead: Speaking notes for October 2011 presentation

The American Revolution, the First Nations, and Colonel Samuel Smith

My interest in military history arises from my current documentary project in Long Branch where I live. One of the personalities associated with Long Branch is Colonel Samuel Smith who faught in the Wars of the American Revolution. Not much is known about Colonel Smith. He’s perhaps best known for deprecations directed his way by the Scottish author and reformer Robert Gourlay after a visit to Smith’s log cabin east […]

What was once a major wildlife habitat at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek has been ‘engineered out of existence’

Andy Iadinardi – Aquaview Condominiums

  Andy Iadinardi performed a great job as Construction Superintendent during the building of Aquaview Condominiums at 3865 Lake Shore Blvd. West between Forty First and Forty Second Streets in Long Branch in southwestern Etobicoke. In the spring of 2011, as the construction process at Aquaview was winding down, Andy hired Jaan Pill to edit […]