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Local Roundups:  
#1. High Property Tax Assessments:

Current Value Assessment is an important issue to Beaches residents. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) recently sent out the 2005 property assessments to all Toronto residents. A community meeting to discuss ideas and proposals was held on Thursday, November 17 at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute. The main issue was that Ward 32 has a 15.8% average increase in property assessment while the city average is 11.93%. 

The meeting was hosted by Marilyn Churley, MPP Toronto-Danforth and Michael Prue, MPP Beaches-East York. Guest Speakers include: Sandra Bussin, Deputy Mayor, City Councilor, Ward 32, Beaches-East York (south) Paula Fletcher, City Councilor, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth Janet Davis, City Councilor, Ward 31, Beaches-East York.

Information on filing a request for reconsideration or appealing an assessment is available at and by phone at 1-866-296-6722. You can also contact the Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, who is undertaking a review of MPAC’s decision-making process. He can be reached at: or in writing at: Mr. Andre Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario, 125 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7.


Guided Walk on the Leslie Street Spit focusing on Birds
Toronto Field Naturalists invites you to join them for a nature walk and birding outing. Bring lunch and binoculars. Dress warmly. Children are welcome but NO pets.
Saturday, December 17th at 10:00am
Meet the walk leaver Doug Paton at the park entrance
website:, PH:416-593-2656


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#2. Featured Local Business:

Where’s the beef? Ask Ernie

The Meat on the Beach has been at its current location (1860 Queen Street) for about three years, and about 10 years in total in the Beaches area. However, this butcher’s origins run much deeper – three generations and more than 70 years.  The Monte family’s roots in the meat business go back to the region of Calabria, Italy. [full story]

#3. Featured Local Story:
An Exemplary Young Beacher

Mark Killin was the second place winner in the Beaches Living Guide Halloween Contest. Now 16, Mark’s delight in preparing elaborate Halloween decorations began 10 at age 6 in helping his dad. Conceiving an overall design first, Mark, making use of materials collected over the years , assembled his wining effort, now with his dad aiding him, over a period of 4 weeks. [full story]




#4. Looking ahead - What's Happening in the Beaches!

Below is a list of upcoming events in the Beaches. For event details, please visit online Community Events calendar: 
  • Tuesday Afternoon at the Movies - Australia to the Americas, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2 - 3:15 pm
    Beaches Library
  • An Evening of Music, Thursday Dec. 1st, 8pm - 10pm, Timothy's
  • Christmas in the Park, Dec. 3rd. 5:30 to 7:00pm, Alex Christie Bandshell in Kew Gardens
  • Tell Santa Why YOU deserve Beach Bucks, Sat. Dec. 3rd, 05, Kew Gardens
  • Kingston Road Christmas Open House, Sun. Dec. 4th, 11am - 3pm, Kingston Road
  • The Beaches Feel Good Days, A Holiday Season Extravaganza, Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 4pm - 9pm, The Balmy Beach Club
  • Carolling in the Park, Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13 - 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Glen Stewart Park
  • The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society presents Glenn Cochrane, local author & TV host, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7 pm, Beaches Library
  • Guided Walk on the Leslie Street Spit focusing on Birds, Saturday, December 17th at 10:00am
  • An Open Invitation to attend Sandra's Levées, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, At The Gardener's Cottage
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL - the famous Dicken's classic, Tuesday December 20th at 7:00pm.
  • Total Body Makeover Contest, New Year, New You, Call for participants
Please check out Community Events for event details and new events. You can also post your own community event by clicking on "Submit Event" in the Community Events page.
#4. Friendly Reminders:
Check out the latest special offers and promotions online
Many businesses in the Beaches often have special promotions, visit Coupons&Specials frequently to find out the latest offers and to get printable coupons for your favorite stores and restaurants!
Online Customer Referrals
Remember to view or post recommendations for your favorite business on our 
Recommend a Business page. To submit a recommendation, click on "Submit a  Recommendation".
Check out the businesses that are newly listed in our Business Showcase
The is updated with new business listings frequently, visit the site often to experience their unique value to you.

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