We’re notified in mail from Geoff Kettel that the Rev. David MacDonald will speak at Leaside United Church this Sunday, January 22, 2012. Mr. MacDonald will preach during Sunday Service at 10.30 am followed by a discussion at a “Justice Cafe” that will begin shortly after the service. Everyone is welcome. Mr. MacDonald has had an interesting political career as a member of the Progressive Ccponservative Party. He was first elected to the Commons in 1965 and represented ridings in Prince Edward Island from 1965-1980, and also served in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Joe Clark. He later represented the riding of Toronto Centre Rosedale in the early 1980s. He was deeply involved with African famine issues in the 1980s and since 1998 he has been the United Church of Canada’s Special Advisor on Residential Schools.
COBS the bakery is closed for a week to replace flooring in the bread making area at the back of the store. COBS on South Bayview will re-open for business Monday, January 23, 2012
Agnes Macphail was a committed public servant who was most notable for being the first woman Member of Parliament. She was elected under various progressive banners and served in the Commons from 1921 to 1940. For a time she lived at 2 Dongeall Dr. This is a duplex which is also known as 720 Millwood. In 1943 Ms Macphail was elected to the Ontario Legislature for the riding of York East. Thus she has more than a passing connection with the Leaside neighborhood, which was part of York East. The movement to give heritage status to the home at 2 Donegall has been widely supported by many local people. It is a well-intentioned effort to remember this feisty politician. A different view, however, would be that Agnes Macphail would be remembered more appropriately by the naming of a park or street in her honour. The designation of heritage status to a residence is carefully considered by City Council and correctly so. Leaside is an established neighborhood but the designation of heritage status to a residence introduces a static condition to a property. We think it would be better to honour Macphail in a way that is easier and more public.