Deeply embedded in the city’s railway history, Leaside was named for John Lea and his family. British-born Americans, in 1820 the Leas purchased a plot of land close the Don River that was known as Lot 13. John Lea’s son William bought the land just south of his father’s farm, and named it Leaside. The railway companies arrived in the 1870s, purchasing a few acres of William Lea’s flat land to run the track through. A station was also constructed on the land in 1884, and it was named Leaside in honour of William Lea. The subsequent settlement was planned by railway entrepreneurs William Mackenzie and Donald Mann in 1914, who planned for it to be “the new Rosedale.” Faced
Do you have an opinion about what should happen to Ontario Place? Redevelopment plans for the Ontario Place lands are in the works and you can have your say at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday March 5th at 5:30pm, City Hall, Committee Room 1. Members of the public are welcome to attend, submit communications, and register to speak to share their views. To register to speak on March 5th, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Source: Gord Perks Blog
The history behind the neighbourhood that we now know as Liberty Village.
Have you seen a coyote in Toronto? A few weeks ago when I was out for a walk at Ontario Place I saw a coyote near the pond by the Cinesphere keeping an eye on the many ducks who were staying well away from the shore. I also often see them on the train tracks where the UP Train travels. Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn. Residents should follow these steps to minimize negative encounters with coyotes: Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is
Runnymede Station is one of the many TTC stations across the city getting upgrades. The station is going to be accessible to all customers, regardless of their level of mobility. In addition, the station is getting a facelift as well. The art installations at Runnymede Station were unveiled last week. Elicser Elliot worked on these pieces titled Anonymous Somebody. “Anonymous Somebody captures the snippets of our bustling Bloor West Village lives while standing still. The artworks aims to communicate the story of individual spirt as fresh and relevant to the metabolism of the neighbourhood. The images work as an anchor to a thought or memory for the person viewing it – to commemorate, celebrate, provoke, and heal. Not unlike Runnymede,