Previous Issues

A mountain of toys for all the girls and boys

By Sean Delaney Hats off to all. To the wonderful staff at Delta Bingo that helped to raise a mountain of toys for the 31 Division toy drive – we salute you. Joan Morgan and her team of volunteers, along with a long list of generous patrons, surpassed the wildest of expectations. Auxiliary Staff Sergeant Alex Stefou along with Constable...
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Sgro honours locals

In 2014, the riding of York West celebrated its Centennial and, with the passing of this milestone, the Office of the Honorable Judy Sgro MP York West had the opportunity to commemorate the truly special businesses, individuals and groups that do so much to make local neighbourhoods so strong, diverse and welcoming. As a way of marki...
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Lest we forget the ultimate sacrifice

BY SEAN DELANEY . A lone soldier stands at the foot of a monument to another. Though much time has passed since the first soldier died at war… To the lone soldier, here it’s his brother. Our soldier, a pilot, hero of the last World War who went on to serve our community, with his wife, family and gave us so much more. Joseph Bannon- you make u...
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Councillor’s Corner - Nov 2014

Dear Friends, I would to take this time to express my deep gratitude at being given the opportunity to continue being your voice. I am encouraged by the tremendous confidence you have shown in me - you have given me your mandate and I will carry it forward. Over the course of the past few months I have had the pleasure of meeting with man...
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It all starts with the crushing of the Grapes

At this time of the year, there is a building excitement at wine regions around the world. Ontario, has over 15,000 acres of vineyards and more than 140 wineries located in four wine regions: Prince Edward County, Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island. These wine regions lie in the centre of the world’s wine belt, between 41°...
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Wine festival something for everyone 2014

Wine, Food, Beer, Music, Free Rides, Hourly prize draws and Friends – A perfect combination! On Saturday, September 13, the Emery Village BIA is hosting its second annual celebration – the Emery Village BIA Wine Festival. “It’s bigger and better in all areas this year,” said Sandra Farina, Executive Director of the Emery Village BIA “You de...
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Emery Village’s Catholic heritages along Weston Road

BY TIM LAMBRINOS AND TERESA TEDESCO In 1958, Emery’s section of Weston Road heading south of Finch was still generally a dirt road. Emery Village’s local residents still officially referred to the roadway as Main Street. However, with Milani’s newly built factories north of Finch and the official opening of Italian Gardens Recreation Fac...
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History of Humber Summit

By Sean Delaney Humber Summit began as a pioneer settlement in the 1840s. This community revolved around the Rowntree grist and saw mills which operated on the banks of the Humber River where Rowntree Mills Park is situated today. Many of Humber Summit’s first settlers are buried in the historic Pine Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery on Isling...
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Summer in Emery Village

By Sean Delaney School’s out, and the first major indication of summer is not the weather, but rather hearing a child say, “I am bored.” The first weekend was marked by Canada Day, and many families headed towards the States or Cottage Country. This weekend included an array of fireworks and activities all over the city. If you stayed in Toro...
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A community angel is among us

By Sean Delaney Some people in our society sit back and wonder why our communities are ‘out of touch.’ Fortunately there are others that take community commitment and activism to a higher level. A wonderful person named Lee Jackson is a shining example to us all as an Emery Village resident who helps to make this a better place to live. ...
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Emery Village BIA Director's Message: June

Bad winter? Get ready for summer! After the coldest winter in 20 years, it’s time for Emery Village to get excited for what is going to be a fantastic summer! Due to the harsh winter, it should come as no surprise that we will be replacing a lot of our banners and baskets along the street. We want to make our area beautiful for community members...
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Emery BIA launches LRT advocacy

Emery Village BIA launches a public advocacy campaign to change the proposed Finch Avenue West LRT By Sean Delaney On June 3rd, 2014 the Emery Village Business Improvement Area held a public meeting to release their independent study of the future impacts of the proposed LRT for Finch Avenue West. Their study, completed by Cole Engineeri...
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31 Division hosts Open House

By Sayada Nabi At 40 Norfinch drive, Saturday May 10 marked the 16th annual 31 Division Police Open House, commemorating the beginning of Police Week in Toronto. The theme for Police Week this year is, “Building Partnerships for a Safer Community”. This informative, yet welcoming event targets the youth in the community, in order to educate ...
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Councillor’s Corner - May 2014

Hello Friends, The nice weather seems to be timidly showing itself from time to time, unfortunately not yet showing signs of staying ­– however, one of the benefits the upcoming summer weather is the increase of outdoor activity seen throughout our parks. From the young players of ball hockey and soccer to those simply enjoying their morning or...
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Councillor’s Corner: Finch LRT

Finch LRT will slow down, double traffic times Dear Friends, There has been a lot of talk lately about transit in our city - Light Rail Transit (LRT) versus Subways, and which is better. Many years ago you made it clear to me that an LRT line would not take into consideration the needs and wants of Emery Village. Finch Avenue West is key to ...
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Easter at Julius Banquet Centre

Julius Banquet Centre rings in spring with their annual Easter buffet. As I visit the banquet the day before Easter I can see that owner Cesare and his team are hard at work preparing the building for celebrations and a fine feast. Cesare started his business in Bolton in 1992, under the name of Cesare’s Convention Centre and came to the cor...
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Giving Back From the Emery Village BIA to the community

Friends Helping Sick Kids is one of the many charities that the Emery Village BIA sponsors every year. Frank and Martina Damiano founded the charity in 2000. The goal is to improve the health and wellness of all children by hosting fundraisers to raise money for the Haematology (blood) and Oncology (cancer) department at the Hospital for Sick Child...
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Councillor’s Corner - March 2014

Suburbs not getting downtown service Dear Friends, Winter is still here - with the extreme weather we have been experiencing snow removal has been an ongoing concern in Ward 7. My office has received many calls and we have tried our best to address the poor level of service our community seems to be receiving. This is a clear example of...
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Making the best of a bad one

By Sean Delaney Times of great change quite often bring times of great opportunity. While the ice storm of December 22 was a frustration for many, and a tragedy for some, it also can be a moment that brings about great opportunity for many – especially some of the businesses in Emery Village. Businesses in the GTA, and Emery Village that pro...
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THE HISTORY OF THE MP’s of EMERY VILLAGE

By Tim Lambrinos Back in the day, individuals that were born and bred from rural areas were indeed very rarely received as capable elected representatives. Emery was very fortunate to have a resident-based sophisticated family, the Griffiths from Scotland, as one of the initial pioneer names to settle on an Emery Village homestead in the mi...
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The ice storm to end all ice storms

On December 21, all heck broke loose. Some will remember Hurricane Hazel, and the rains and floods she brought with her dame in 1954. Some will remember the black out of 2003, although thankfully for most, that turned into a summer retreat, and for some, even a celebration of old ways. But all of us will remember the ice storm of 2013. Sadly, no...
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Councillor’s Corner - Jan 2014

Looking for solutions after the chaos and cleanup of the storm Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I wish each and every one of you a very prosperous and healthy year! To start, I would like to commend the front line Hydro workers for their diligence and hard work during the storm. While many of us were frustrated by the outages, we must ack...
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A Councillor’s Corner Message

Wishing you the best this holiday season Dear Friends, It’s that time of year again, the lights are up and the decorations are out. You’re gathering with your friends and family to celebrate and reflect on the past year. While reflecting remember the good fortunes you’ve been granted, the health and happiness of you and your family members an...
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Business in profile: Mister Safety Shoes

Mister Safety Shoes BY SEAN DELANEY Working in the field of construction requires everyone to wear one specific item, a safety shoe. Here in Emery Village is a company where safety and style go hand in hand. Mister Safety Shoes is a family owned and operated business that has been in Emery Village since 1972. Starting with one store and one...
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Lest We Forget

November 11th marks Remembrance Day. I had the honour of participating in a small ceremony at Joseph Bannon Park just south of Sheppard off of Weston Rd. Taking a brief moment to remember and honour Canada’s veterans is about more than just wearing a poppy on your lapel. It’s about bringing the past into our future, and making sure we underst...
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Reducing crime and developing safely

It’s not about people being able to walk the streets, it’s about people wanting to. It can come from a focus on the local economy, an increase in security and policing, reduced crime rates, and forward thinking development. A renaissance can happen, and Emery Village wants to be the next shining example of it in the Greater Toronto Area. The ...
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Wine Fest takes over Emery Village

Hundreds came out to celebrate the harvest, wine, food and family for the First Annual Wine Fest in Humber Summit. Sept. 14th. Both Plunkett and Satterly Roads (near Islington and Steeles Ave.) were closed for kids, strollers, food vendors, and musical performances. Everything from Rhythm and Blues to traditional Italian accordion music and rock ...
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Real estate investment transformative

Almost $500 million in real estate development is quietly arriving in Emery Village in two big developments that will have a big impact, and increase business activity, density, and property values, observers say. Located at Weston Road and Toryork Drive is the recently announced condo project “Admiral Towers” by Solmar Development Corp. which ha...
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Wine Fest 2013

The 2013 Wine Fest takes place in Humber Summit On Saturday, September 14, Emery Village will host the largest street party the area has ever seen: Emery Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) Presents Wine Fest in Humber Summit. It should see hundreds descend upon Plunkett and Satterly Roads that will be closed off for festival-goers. Just...
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