By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Sun., Oct. 28, 2018 Perched on this older subdivision of Etobicoke, the “Loblaw” house shows no sign of Canada’s largest food retailer or the family that founded the grocery empire in 1919. With its old world charm, large bow window and grand staircase, this 100-plus-year-old property at 66 Burnhamthorpe Rd., was once the family home of Alexander Loblaw, son of Theodore Pringle Loblaw, the co-founder of the then groundbreaking “self-service” grocery store with friend J. Milton Cork. Although the Loblaw family had occupied the home for only 32 years, between 1934 and 1966, and their business had long been bought out by the George Weston Ltd. bakery (in late 1940s), today the house, near Islington Ave. and Dundas St. is still known as the Loblaw house by many including the real estate agent who calls the house a “rare property” and is selling it for $1,799,000. With the … [Read more...] about Historical ‘Loblaw’ house for sale in Etobicoke
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By May Warren Staff Reporter Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 As Premier Doug Ford’s decision to cut council almost in half reignites talk of the urban-suburban divide, the Star finds the old differences aren’t what they used to be. In a new occasional series, One Toronto, we take a look at what divides us and what we share, no matter where the ward lines fall. Faced with moving out of a mouldy basement apartment, Jesse and Joanna James wanted to find something above ground they could afford in the same neighbourhood, which they love for its diversity, parks and walkability. The couple, in their early 30s with two kids, had been paying $1,750 for a six-bedroom house, subletting the rooms upstairs to help pay the bills. They’d hoped to find an apartment on their own for around $1,300, something that didn’t seem outlandish the last time they were house-hunting, a little more than six years ago. They quickly realized times had changed. They were up … [Read more...] about People used to move to the suburbs to save money. Now, nearly every corner of Toronto has downtown rent
By Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic Fri., May 25, 2018 Restaurant critic Amy Pataki and her family decided to rent chickens this summer. This is third in an occasional series on backyard livestock. Long before our rental chickens arrive in our Etobicoke backyard, my husband registers with Toronto’s Urban Hens Pilot Program. He soon regrets it. That’s because the day after we take possession of three Rent the Chicken pullets, a uniformed city of Toronto animal services officer comes to inspect the setup. The coop is too small for the number of birds, says the officer. Article Continued Below Unless we get a bigger one, our chickens will be removed. What the cluck? Rent the Chicken gave us a coop that meets — nay, exceeds — federal livestock welfare standards. Yet Toronto sets the roosting bar higher. Each bird in the city’s pilot program requires 14 square feet. Our rental setup totals 20 square feet for three birds. … [Read more...] about Chicken experiment runs afoul of Toronto’s bylaw for coops
By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Thu., May 17, 2018 Edna Rose is exhausted. The great-grandmother is piling everything she owns into cardboard boxes while a large white moving truck parks outside next to her beloved garden where decades ago she planted peach and nectarine trees, then later flowers in honour of family. A cast-iron skillet she brought with her from Jamaica almost 40 years ago and a worn metal pot good for making rice and peas for a crowd go into a box. So does a bottle of white wine from her son’s wedding — never opened in the house of a God-fearing Mormon — and many framed photos of her “great-grands.” The 76-year-old then takes a step up a wobbly ladder near the ground-floor window to pull down lacy drapes that have yellowed in the sun. “I am climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” Rose says as she inches her way to the top. Article Continued … [Read more...] about This great-grandmother was forced from her home of 31 years. Hers is the face of a broken public housing system
By Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic Fri., May 4, 2018 The chickens are coming. This spring, our family of five is taking the feathery plunge and getting chickens for our Etobicoke backyard. Should be interesting. Following a pilot program in some Toronto wards and persistent lobbying from the kids, we will soon take possession of three hens, a “deluxe” coop, pine shavings and three bags of feed. Oh, and a bag of chubby mealworms (for the chickens, it’s specified). We’re in it for the eggs. I mean, fresh eggs? Fried in butter, soft boiled or turned into cakes and puddings? Who wouldn’t want that? Article Continued Below Certainly, hatching the plan was a cinch. My husband found Rent The Chicken from a Star story. In five minutes, it was done. When he entered “Chicken Delivery Day” in our calendar, I thought it was a churrasco dinner plan. “The Canadian neighbours are going to lose it unless they’re … [Read more...] about Star restaurant critic adopts backyard chickens. She’s in it for the eggs, but what will the neighbours say?