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Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
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Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

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Public Reception Launches 2015 Activities at Guild Park
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Compromises for Chine Drive
by Larry Johnston
 A compromise has been approved that will allow some parking on the west side of Chine Drive but none in winter.
 The century-old street underwent a drastic facelift in the last two years as old infra structure both on and below the street had lasted as long as could possibly be expected. The pavement was torn up and replaced, the old storm sewer eliminated, and a sidewalk built on the east side leading to Chine Drive elementary school that is on a cul-de-sac near the bottom of the street.
 Gravel shoulders have given way to gutters and concrete curbs. Overhead tree foliage has been replaced by
urbanized sodden road allowances. All the road work was done last year except for erecting no parking signs, to enforce an old bylaw for the first time.
 Councillor Gary Crawford engineered the compromise with residents that leaves some parking on the west side of the street but not in winter. Staff complained about clearing snow. Crawford said that authorities could be told when there was an event at the school (and no parking areas might be disregarded.)
 However, Karen Jones, who has a child attending Chine Drive, said that there is something happening at the school nearly every day that requires extra parking.  She added that if the
residents had known that they would have no parking on the street, they would never have agreed to the reconstruction with the sidewalk.
 Another resident, Alan Grogan, had a number of observations. He noted that the drainage now goes from west to east. Everyone will have to wait until the snow melts to see if it works.
 Andrew Alexander, who lives near the bottom of the street, thanked the council for rejecting a turning bulb at the bottom of the street in favour of the T for turning.   A smaller than average garbage truck is used for the Chine Drive route. Spring will reveal if other trucks tore up the new boulevards. Parking on one side of the
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Pick Up a Copy!
at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
The photo at the top of this page is of the Bluffs today, seen from the bottom of Brimley in what is known as Bluffers Park
They have a history of European occupation going back to the seventeen hundreds. Lowland Scots emigrated to this area after being pushed out of their farms in Scotland by the titled gentry. Some of their descendents still live here today.
The name “Scarborough Bluffs” was given to it by Elizabeth Graves Simcoe, wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,
John Graves Simcoe because it reminded her of Scarborough Bluffs in England.
The Bluffs are the only geologically scenic area in the greater Toronto area but are also a geologic wonder, visited by scientists from all over the world to study its exposed history of the planet.  

Scarborough Bluffs Communities are Unique
by John P. Mason
 Friends of Guild Park & Gardens will announce on Saturday March 7 the series of events set for Guild Park in 2015. The launch takes place at an afternoon reception at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough. Everyone interested in upcoming activities at Guild Park is invited to attend.
Friends of Guild Park is among the organizations bringing more attention and attractions to Guild Park. This year’s series of community and cultural events are set to build on the successes achieved by volunteers at the 88-acre public landmark overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs.
 Last year, more than 10,000 visitors attended various events at Guild Park organized by different community and cultural groups. Arts exhibitions, live professional theatre, community activities, plus music, an outdoor movie night and popular walking tours are all set for Guild Park’s 2015 season.
 “We’re inviting everyone to the reception who’s visited Guild Park in the past and who supports revitalizing the site as a destination to enjoy nature, arts and culture,” says John
Mason, president of Friends of Guild Park. “It’ll be a fun event so people can learn what’s ahead for Guild Park. The reception will kick-start our goal to welcome another 10,000 visitors to Guild Park this year.”
 The afternoon reception takes place Saturday March 7 from 2 to 4 pm at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Drive., Scarborough (north of Lawrence Ave. East and Scarborough Golf Club Rd.). The ticketed event includes a guest speaker, live entertainment, refresh-ments and a silent auction. All proceeds go toward holding future events at Guild Park. Last year, community and arts groups collectively paid thousands of dollars for City of Toronto permit fees to hold Guild Park events.
 Featured speaker at the March 7th reception is Brendan Stewart, a heritage landscape architect with strong professional and personal ties to Guild Park. His grandfather, Donald Stewart, was a prominent Canadian sculptor whose work is on public display at Guild Park. Brendan will reveal insights about the park and its potential as a unique cultural landscape.
 Guild Park is the site of the former Guild Inn and Guild of All Arts, founded in 1932 by Canadian art patrons, Rosa and Spencer Clark. They operated the country’s only Depression-era artists’ colony on their property, which grew to become one of Toronto’s most popular tourist and cultural destinations. Today, various plans continue to be made to revitalize Guild Park.
 Tickets for the afternoon reception are $25 per person; $20 for members of Friends of Guild Park & Gardens. Memberships are available at the event. Event information, advance tickets and member-ships are also available on-line www.guildpark.ca. More details are available by leaving a message at 416-816-9701.
 Friends of Guild Park & Gardens is an award-winning volunteer group that brings activities and awareness to this historic, 88-acre park, where art meets nature. Since its founding in 2013, Friends of Guild Park has collaborated with other organizations using Guild Park, as well as hosting popular park events, including walking tours, Christmas Tree Lighting, the Family Hallowe’en Haunt and the first-ever outdoor movie night.
photo by Greig Brown