Funny thing about Real Estate

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin When the editor of this fine publication informed me that this issue would feature humour, my big ears perked up and I sat down to write about some of the funniest incidents I’ve encountered selling real estate these past 26 years.  Turns out, I drew a blank. Well, almost a blank. […]

New Musical Show Pays Tribute to The Dumbells, by Janet Walters

Monty Python, Wayne and Shuster, SCTV and Saturday Night Live owe a lot to The Dumbells, who are considered the pioneers of sketch comedy. Formed by members of the Canadian army’s Third Division—and named for the red dumbbell in the Division’s emblem—The Dumbells bolstered troop morale during the First World War with live “concert parties” featuring irreverent humour that often […]

Marketing to do List, Sumach Designs

Running and starting a small business is difficult enough. But taking the time to figure out how to update a website or even create a website is extremely time consuming. The same goes for updating your marketing materials, getting stuff printed and developing a strategy. Here is a check list: Update website, images, prices, messages, […]

Remembering a War Time Diet

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin   Parliament Street News returns to the food theme and since we’re still wearing poppies for Remembrance Day, it’s a topic that the veterans must think of often.  Their hardships had much to do with their war time diet.   When I was growing up in the 1950’s, November 11th was […]

On Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

Contributed Pavel Kounine Wedding photography is often misunderstood. There is an assumption that the photographer either points and shoots (and is thus undeserving of respect) or is expected to craft an idealized vision of the couple, irrespective of their personalities.  Whether it’s walking through a meadow, holding a big red balloon, or huddling under an […]

Absolute Bakery Good and Friendly

Contributed by John Rider   My new absolute favourite bakery in the city is Absolute Bakery and Cafe on Parliament just south of Wellesley on the east side. (And I should know good baked goods because my Mom used to bake and sell pies and tarts and other goods from our farm when I was […]

Curried Millet Stew

Contributed by Sharon Fuchs of Waningan Organic Fruit and vegetable store   Ingredients: 1 pound frozen, organic corn 8 cups vegetable broth, low sodium and no sugar added 1 cup dry millet 2 cups dry garbanzo beans (soaked overnight, min 4 hours and rinsed – discard soaking water) 1/2 cup kale finely chopped 2 stalks […]

Café Olya: delivering big taste from a small space

Contributed by Hilary Browning   It may be the smallest cafe on Parliament St, at less than 400 sq ft, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with quality product. Walk in the door and you’ll be met by friendly owners Mike Tasso and Olyana Zhuk, serving up delicious coffee and fresh […]

Regent Park welcomes new and returning residents

Contributed By Toronto Community Housing   W  ith residents moving into new buildings and shovels in the ground across the community, the revitalization of Regent Park led by Toronto Community Housing is full steam ahead!   At its October 24 meeting, the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing approved a plan to move ahead […]

Yonge Street Mission’s Food Bank Needs Your Help!

The Yonge Street Mission’s Food Bank helps over 2,500 people a month and currently the shelves are near empty.  The Food Bank is a lifeline of support to people living with poverty: struggling families, the working poor and unemployed, people on disabilities and seniors on fixed incomes.   These community members are dependent for regular […]