Gary Crawford

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A tale of two cities

The City of Toronto should get ready to say goodbye to yet another two hotel landmarks— although their proposed replacement buildings are very different.

Community opposes Habitat for Humanity’s Birchmount plans

On Nov. 7 the community surrounding 357 Birchmount Ave. had an opportunity to meet with the developer, Habitat for Humanity, and city officials to find out what the latest plans are for the site. And what the neighbours heard didn’t sit well. They had a number of concerns, many focused on the one of the issues that plagues the entire city – traffic.

City and residents battle over plan to trim trees on Chine Drive

The fate of a line of century-old trees, the city has voted to cut down on Chine Drive in Scarborough, remains on hold. City plans along Chine Drive, where members of the Group of Seven artists met at one time, have called for the installation of sidewalks. And with a school located at the end of the street, city officials worry about the safety of travelling students beneath such elderly trees.

Residents still fuming over July flood

Natasha Morris has owned her home since 1983, but has not slept in her own bedroom since July 14. She is currently sleeping on a couch in her Scarborough Ward 36 home after a storm left her basement bedrooms flooded on July 15. Her roommate is sleeping on the floor.

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Living on the edge

Gary Crawford grew up in the Scarborough area and is now the city councillor for Ward 36, which covers Bluffer’s Park. Ever since he was a teenager, he remembers stories of people scaling the sides of the Scarborough Bluffs or venturing close to the edge to experience the majestic views. “This is something that has been going on for generations,” Crawford says.

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Scarborough firefighters are living on the edge

People wandering too close to the edge of the cliffs is an ongoing issue that tends to happen in spring and summer, says Gary Crawford, councilor for ward 36. Although the city has put both signs and fences up to keep people away from the eroding cliffs, there are always those who take the risk.