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The remains of a wooden groyne (a structure used to trap and retain beach sand) from 1929 reappears briefly from beneath the waves at Kew Beach, in this photo from October 14, 2018.

A 90-year old piece of Beaches history just resurfaced on Kew Beach

Published on Tuesday, 30th Oct, 2018 at 6:00am

Earlier this month the remains of a wooden groyne from 1929 reappeared briefly from beneath the sand at Kew Beach. While it might not look all that impressive, the structure is a reminder of a nearly forgotten chapter in Beaches history, when houses lined the beach and the Lake threatened to sweep it all away.


Newly-elected Ward 19 City Councillor Brad Bradford.

Brad Bradford elected Ward 19 City Councillor in a nail-biting finish

Published on Tuesday, 23rd Oct, 2018 at 6:06pm

In a down-to-the-wire finish to the Ward 19 City Council race, city planner Brad Bradford narrowly defeated Matthew Kellway by 288 votes of the 37,048 ballots cast - a margin of less than 1%.


Beach glass is a popular medium for crafts, such as this skull crafted from beach glass by a local artist. It is also commonly fashioned into jewelry.

The secret life of beach glass

Published on Thursday, 20th Sep, 2018 at 1:28pm

You may have some sitting on your mantle or bookshelf right now. You may have even filled your pockets with it while strolling along the beach. We’re talking beach glass - the abundant un-natural resource that adorns our shoreline with beautiful flecks of colour.


Leuty Lifeguard Station sits surrounded by construction fencing and heavy equipment on September 8, 2018. Construction was supposed to be complete in June.

Leuty languishes as construction drags on

Published on Thursday, 13th Sep, 2018 at 3:00pm

Refurbishment work on Leuty Lifeguard Station that was supposed to finish in June is months behind schedule and still not complete.


The grand opening of The Big Carrot at Kingston Rd. and Southwood Dr. draws big crowds.

The Big Carrot opens in the Beach

Published on Friday, 22nd Jun, 2018 at 1:04pm

The grand opening of The Big Carrot at Kingston Rd. and Southwood Dr. drew big crowds to the new store on Thursday, June 21.


The reflection of Leuty Lifeguard Station. Image credit: Beachify.

Beaches water quality has improved dramatically over the last decade

Published on Friday, 8th Jun, 2018 at 12:22pm

Water quality at Woodbine Beach and Kew-Balmy beach has improved dramatically in the last 10 years, based on the number of beach closure days due to high E. coli counts. Data published by the City of Toronto indicates that the number of unsafe swimming days due to E. coli contamination have dropped by 50% since 2007.


A condo nearing completion at Queen Street East and Woodbine Ave. It is one of at least six low rise condo developments currently under construction in the Beach, with more in the planning phase.

Jane's Walk draws attention to condo development in the Beach

Published on Monday, 7th May, 2018 at 10:35am

On Saturday May 5th, Adam Smith led a Jane's Walk along Queen Street East which explored the topic of 'Condo Development in the Beach', highlighting issues around the planning and approval process for condo developments.


A low-rise apartment building at Queen St E and Blantyre Ave was the scene of a fatal stabbing early Sunday morning.

Man dies after stabbing at Queen Street East apartment

Published on Sunday, 6th May, 2018 at 2:02pm

A man has died after a stabbing in the Beaches area early Sunday morning. Police were called to a low-rise apartment building at Queen St. E. and Blantyre Ave. at around 3 a.m. for reports of a fight. First responders found a man suffering from stab wounds in a second-floor hallway. The man died at the scene as paramedics were preparing for an emergency run to hospital.


Leuty Lifeguard Station surrounded by construction fencing, April 2018

Leuty Lifeguard Station is moving. Ever so slightly.

Published on Friday, 27th Apr, 2018 at 5:10am

The City of Toronto is spending $200,000 to raise and move Leuty Lifeguard Station, in order to prevent damage from storms and high water.


Beach chairs are buried in sand on Woodbine Beach after flooding in the spring of 2017

Lake level back to normal after 2017 flooding, damage remains

Published on Tuesday, 24th Apr, 2018 at 1:33am

A year ago, the Beach was underwater as Lake Ontario overflowed its shores due to heavy rain and snow melt. The spring of 2017 saw record-high lake levels and extensive flooding, and while lake levels have returned to normal, the damage will take time to repair.


Toronto Lifeguards on duty at Kew Beach.

City takes over Beach Lifeguard Service from Toronto Police

Published on Monday, 23rd Apr, 2018 at 6:21pm

The City of Toronto has taken over responsibility for Lifeguard operations at the City's beaches from the Toronto Police Marine Unit. Lifeguards at Woodbine Beach and Kew-Balmy Beach, along with the City's nine other public beaches, will now be trained and managed by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department. The Toronto Police Service's Marine Unit had been administering the Beach Lifeguard Program since 1982.