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by Shawn Star on January 11, 2014
Much of midtown Toronto — including in Leaside, Thorncliffe Park and  Flemingdon Park — was hit hard by the power outage that left some 300,000 Torontonians in the dark following a massive ice storm on Dec. 21.

Almost all homes in the city had their power restored by New...(More)
by Eric Emin Wood on January 11, 2014
When the power went out in the Eglinton and Laird area at the height of the ice storm that walloped Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 21, Dave Sparrow instinctively knew the blackout would be a significant one. He soon joined his immediate neighbours to visit other houses along their street, knocking on...(More)
by Perry King on December 8, 2013
A new sports tradition for Leaside was ushered in on Nov. 29 when 10 sports legends became the inaugural inductees into the Leaside Hall of Fame.

Longtime baseball coach Howard Birnie, Olympic volleyball medallist John Child and Stanley Cup champion Peter Mahovlich were among the first...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 5, 2013
Davenport Kitchens has kicked off its second annual toy drive. Toys are accepted at its Mount Pleasant Road and Parkhurst Boulevard location (near Eglinton Avenue East and Laird Drive).

For those short on time, Mastermind Toys on Mount Pleasant will also take in-store toy or cash...(More)
by Eric Emin Wood on May 15, 2013
An application to convert an iconic Leaside apartment complex into condominiums has confused and angered its existing tenants.

Originally constructed in 1941, Garden Court’s 10 art deco buildings frame a stone path that winds through green space, cherubic statues, planters filled with...(More)
by Eric Emin Wood on April 18, 2013
In the late 19th century, before Leaside was even a town, it was a collection of farmers’ fields. The Elgies, who owned a farmstead that included a red brick house now at 262 Bessborough Dr., were one of the area’s more prominent families.

Likely built in the 1840s, the Elgie house...(More)
by Eric Emin Wood on March 15, 2013
The SmartCentres project at 70 Wicksteed Ave. is on hold.

At least for now.

After meeting with members of the Leaside Property Owners Association and Leaside Unite, the developer has agreed to defer its application to give the two sides more time to talk about the retail...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on March 8, 2013
The movie The Mask had a hand in naming Trae Zammit’s cigar shop.

“I was toying with names and I was having a cigar, enjoying it and I was like, ‘man, this cigar is smokin’,’ he says. “That was coming from that Jim Carrey movie when everything was smokin’ and I just liked the...(More)
by Paula Sanderson on February 1, 2013
Two Leasiders are diving into the area’s history, armed with a video camera and a crew of experts, to make a documentary celebrating their neighbourhood’s centennial.

Barry H. Samuel and Anthony Regan wanted to make a film to showcase how special and unique Leaside is.
by Paula Sanderson on February 13, 2013
After drooling over the TV watching the Cupcake Girls make mouthwatering cupcakes, Leasiders can finally sample the goods for themselves.

A franchise of the famous shop, the first one in Toronto, opened its doors on Feb. 7 on Laird Drive thanks to Leaside’s own cupcake girl Tobie...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 6, 2012
A former pharmacy owner in Roncesvalles Village, Liliya Vovk is happy to be serving a community again in Leaside.

“I am a community pharmacist and believe it or not this community reminds me so much of the community that I had before,” Vovk says from the newly opened Morelli’s...(More)
by Lorianna De Giorgio on December 11, 2010
It’s not surprising to hear architect A.J. Diamond’s Moore Park home is filled with hundreds of sketches.

But they’re not all blueprints for future world-renowned buildings.

The founding principal of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, responsible for Toronto’s acclaimed...(More)
by Karolyn Coorsh on July 20, 2012
Leaside groups opposed to a planned big box retail centre are putting pressure on city staff and the local councillor to reject the plan outright.

The Leaside Property Owners Association and Leaside Unite, a group formed in protest to SmartCentres’ application to build a...(More)
by Staff on June 8, 2012
Groups in Leaside objecting to a proposed big box retail centre are hosting a meeting June 11 to provide an update on the application for 70 Wicksteed Ave.

The Leaside Property Owners Association and Leaside Unite, a group formed in protest to Smartcentre's application to build a...(More)
by Shawn Star on May 16, 2012
The countdown is on to Leaside’s 100th birthday.

Councillor John Parker announced on April 23 he had formed a planning committee with Leaside residents Virginia Evoy, Geoff Kettel, Lorna Krawchuk and John Piper to set up events leading up to the April 2013 milestone.

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