Curious Idler – July 2016

A cardinal and three bishops at funeral mass

Thomas Cardinal Collins, three bishops and 26 priests celebrated a funeral mass for Msgr. Edward Boehler at St. Anselm’s Church on June 14.

The late pastor spent “13 happy years” at the Leaside church before his retirement. A man of few but well-chosen words, Msgr. Boehler was eulogized as “a man of great intelligence and competence” who selflessly used his gifts in a full life of pastoral service that influenced the lives of many in Leaside and across the Archdiocese of Toronto, home to 1.9 million Catholics.

After studying canon law in Rome, he subsequently held many posts, including Judicial Vicar, Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs, chair of Metro Toronto School Board, and the boards of TVO and Toronto Public Health.

Who’d want an antique gynaecological table of heavy oak? And with robust stirrups and reclining back?

Well, one customer did. The Elegant Garage Sale at 1588 Bayview Ave. – which will close in September— has sold many weird items in its 37 years of trade.

The store was founded by the late Lynn Albert, who bought “fine silver, china, good costume jewellery, gifts you don’t use, lights, art and mirrors.” The store also stocked a fascinating jumble of consignment goods from “some of the finest homes in the city” that ranged from antiques to kitsch collectibles. One of many odd items stocked was “the biggest armoire we ever sold,” said a staff member. The monster furniture was dubbed: “The Streetcar.” But an era is ending.

“Starting July 1 we’ll have a 25 per cent reduction on everything in the store, except estate jewellery,” said manager Simon Gadke. A further 25 per cent cut will be made Aug. 1.

Closing the store will be “a big loss for the street, to be candid,” he added.

Cumbrae’s fine meat retailer is moving. In coming months it will relocate across the street to larger premises at 1591 Bayview Ave. – the former Sleep Country store. A Cumbrae’s staff member said the bigger space will allow the store to offer a bigger selection of foods, such as rotisserie chicken.

Self-watering tubs of globe cedars are the latest beautification touch on Bayview Ave. Each tub contains three evergreens, while a few have shrubs, too. It is the latest boost-the-street initiative by Bayview Leaside BIA, which planned a Sidewalk Sensation street sale on Saturday, June 25 (after our deadline).

The verdant trees, flowers and new shrubs on Bayview promise to soften the streetscape, while a strolling musician, face-painters, dance instructors and others helped create a festive atmosphere for children and adults during the Sidewalk Sensation.

Drivers may be slowing down when travelling west on Millwood Rd. toward the McRae Dr. lights, if the digital speed sign by Trace Manes Park is accurate.

Five of 100 vehicles appeared to exceed the 40 km/h speed limit on a recent busy morning – fewer than in earlier surveys. The speeders averaged 44 km/h. Most drivers drove in the safer 31-38 km/h range.

Two numbered companies associated with Paws & Claws, a pet store at 1721 Bayview Ave., along with director Cory Samuel, have been hit with $65,000 in penalties by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

The fines, announced by the Ministry June 1, are the result of failing to comply with orders to pay workers $19,000 owed to them and failing to produce records as required by an employment standards officer.

Samuel and the numbered companies pleaded guilty to the all the Ministry’s charges and have repaid the wages outstanding.

Mary Floro-White, wife of Leaside Memorial Community Gardens board chair Ray White, died peacefully at home May 27 from pancreatic cancer. They had been married for 35 years. Floro-White’s funeral was held June 1 at Leaside Presbyterian Church. The internment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.