Wow! Mt. Pleasant Team Meridian CU @batlgroundsaxe

Um, this team means business. Shirley Breen, Meridian CU manager, tweets about the new branch at 690 Mt. Pleasant and the team that plays together, stays together and hurls a mean axe together. (Only after hours). This new outpost of the credit union that vows to be a bank someday will open March 27. Looking forward. Ambitious Meridian CU to spark business on Mt. Pleasant

Gutsy gamble as Sunrise Records takes 70 HMV locations

Sunrise Records of Toronto has agreed to take over 70 stores now leased by HMV in shopping malls all across Canada. Sunrise, a music and video throwback of sorts, sells recorded music including vinyl plus entertainment video. It’s motto is “Rockin Canada since 1977”.  The CBC quotes Sunrise president Doug Putnam as saying: “With HMV leaving, it leaves a big hole in the marketplace, so we just thought it was a good opportunity and the timing was right. So we are going to jump on it and do what we can.” Putman says Sunrise is making a seven-figure investment, and he hopes to turn a profit by next year. He says that with lower head office costs, renegotiated leases and more depth in the record catalogue, Sunrise can succeed where HMV and so many others have failed. Sunrise now has nine stores in southern Ontario. It’s gutsy and deserving of support


Putman told CTV he isn’t convinced digital music signals the end of physical media. “A lot of the younger consumers still love having something tangible,” he said. Putman saidhe has has long believed in buying merchandise you can hold in your hands. He grew up working at the family business, Everest Toys, a manufacturer and distributor based in Ancaster, Ont. He bought the Sunrise chain from Malcolm Perlman in October 2014 just as streaming was going mainstream. Perlman had spent the previous few years shutting down most of the Sunrise stores in the Toronto area, often blaming higher rent. When Putman gained control of the company, there were five Sunrise Records stores left. He’s since doubled the number by opening in Ontario cities like Ottawa and North Bay. He said all of those stores are profitable. HMV in bankruptcy, remaining stores to close April 30

Junior Wildcats facing elimination in PWHL preliminaries

The Leaside Junior Wildcats gave up two games on the weekend to the Stoney Creek Sabres to face an uphill task to advance from the preliminary round in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League playoffs. The Cats lost a two-goal lead Saturday in Stoney Creek to lose the game 4-2. Sunday they dropped game two in the best-of-five series by a score of 2-0. The second Stoney Creek goal was scored at 14.51 of the second period. That was two seconds after one Leaside penalty ended and seven seconds after another began. The net effect was five Sabres on three Cats. To stay in the playoffs, Leaside will have to win all three of the remaining games against Stoney Creek scheduled for next weekend.  Leaside and Stoney Creek finished 9th and 8th respectively in the 20-team conference.

It doesn’t do to diss the wrong person on Dalhousie Street

It does not do to diss the wrong person on Dalhousie Street near Dundas East south of Ryerson University. The 34-year-old man who merely bumped into the man at the left above was immediately stabbed several times in the back and ribs. He had been walking his dog. The assailant and a woman he was with then fled. Police are urging anyone who witnessed the stabbing, recorded video on their cell phone or dashboard car camera in the area, or anyone who may have any information regarding this stabbing, to contact police. The man is described as white, tanned skin, 5’2″ – 5’5″, with a thin build, wearing a black parka, blue jeans, toque, and black shoes.  The woman is described as black with light skin, wearing a brown bomber-style jacket, white sneakers with red socks, and carrying a knapsack.  The 34-year-old man received treatment in hospital, was released, and reunited with his dog


A woman has been hit by a bus at the Union GO Transit bus terminal Sunday. It happened about 6.40 p.m. The details are unclear but it appears the GO bus schedule is irregular Sunday night.

Second heritage bank on Yonge St. will fall to wrecker soon

Josh Matlow (Ward 22) comments on the imminent demolition of the elegant former TD Bank structure at Yonge St. and Millwood Rd. in his current newsletter. He notes that a “previous council” approved the demolition of the building. He has been told there is “nothing we can do to save the building”  All this is yet more sadness after the surprise demolition of the CIBC branch at Yonge and Roselawn Ave. in January. There had been high hopes that a forward-thinking builder would save the edifice of the bank in a new project as shown in a  depiction above from last year. Now, as  Mr. Matlow says, City Planning is conducting a heritage audit of our community as part of the Midtown in Focus review of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan Area he requested. The results of this review are expected this year. He has also made an interactive map of all heritage properties located in Ward 22. Last hurrah for classic old bank at Yonge and Millwood 

Actor Bill Paxton, 61, dies during unidentified surgery

Prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in Apollo 13 and a treasure hunter in Titanic, has died from complications due to surgery, a family representative says. He is interviewed in 2005 by Larry King. CBC

$5 million 649 jackpot winner in Ontario this Sunday

There is a $5 million Lotto 649 winner somewhere in Ontario Sunday morning. The winning ticket in Saturday night’s draw $1 million prize was also purchased in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on March 1 will be approximately $5 million.

Don Valley West PCs meet for Sunday morning social

A social meeting of the Don Valley West Progressive Conservative Association attracted an estimated 75 people Sunday morning at Cork’s restaurant over Longo’s in the Leaside Village shopping centre. The declared candidates for the nomination are Dean Baxendale, Jon Kieran and Jeff Silverstein. All three spoke briefly about their ability to defeat the incumbent Liberal, Premier Kathleen Wynne. She has held the riding since 2003. There were no questions taken by a decision of the association. The nomination meeting has not yet been scheduled.  Ontario Liberals poised to fall to third party status in next election: Poll

One gravely hurt in nasty rear-ender at Eglinton, Danforth

A nasty rear-end collision has sent a person to hospital with critical injuries and left two others recovering Sunday. It happened at Eglinton Ave.East near Danforth Road just after 3 a.m. Someone wasn’t paying attention

Black History Awards for first responders at BME Church

Many dignitaries will gather Sunday at 6 p.m. at Christ Church of the British Methodist Episcopal Church at 1828 Eglinton West (at Dufferin) to honour men and women who serve the country and community. The event is held by BME Christ Church in conjunction with the Toronto Police 13th Division presents their 17th Annual Black History Month Community Awards Celebration. These awards are specifically designed to recognize Police Officers, Fire Fighters, members of Emergency Medical Services, members of the National Defence, Correction Officers, members of School Boards and Community members for ‘Heroism’ or a ‘Job Well Done’. The keynote speaker will be Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey who is a doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and African-American Studies at Yale University, where he holds numerous awards and prizes, including the Falk Foundation, Felix G. Evangelist, and Douglass R. Bomeisler Fellowships Special invited guests include Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, Arthur Downes and many more.