Toronto gets a spring makeover

Two east end neighborhoods clean up on community spirit

11150175_10152729448555588_7360587368922670129_nThe weekend of April 17-19 was a time of long anticipated warm weather (that gave way to October-like chills on Sunday) and the Toronto City Wide Clean-up. Many communities registered with the City and together with an army of volunteers parks, shores, ravines, and neighborhoods were liberated of the debris hidden by winter.

Cherry Beach Clean-up Saturday, April 18

Despite the road repairs at Carlaw and Lakeshore about 35 people pitched in at the Cherry Beach clean-up. Armed with shovels, rakes, and bags were commercial dog walkers, dog owners, the Ridgeback Romp group, and a few impulsive (coerced) helpers.

Treats for pooch participants were compliments of  Small Wonders Pets and Smidgin and Company.


Coffee, Timbits, and Loukomades (Greek honey balls) were provided by Kelly’s Dog Walking and a $5 coupon towards an awesome portrait by Dobby Doodles rounded out the thank you bounty.

Donations of usable items were collected for Isla Animals.

There was a bit of excitement when a canoe capsized off the point. EMS responded and thankfully everyone was OK.

Diane Walton of “A Day in the Life of Leslieville” was on hand to capture the event.

Photo credits for Cherry Beach Clean-up – Diane Walton

Toronto Beaches Dog Association Clean-up Sunday, April 19

Katharine Reid and Heidi Leigh the new co-presidents of the Toronto Beaches Dog Association braved the near frigid temperatures to get things spruced up in the areas around the Leuty Lifeguard Station and dog park. Several folks took part and were warmed by gourmet hot chocolate provided by Moo Milk Bar and rewarded with dog treats from The Dog Market.

Banners were generously provided by the Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer and Tory Brown Reality.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Officer Jon Morrice popped by for a cuppa and photos.

Donations were also accepted for the Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer.

Calvin White, AKA the “Grand Poo-Bah” won the Dog Market gift basket for collecting the most poop!


Photo credits for Toronto Beaches Dog Association Clean-up – GypsyCanine



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