Self Defence

DECA Learns – Self Defence

Rachel Jolicoeur is taking on the helm of DECA’s safety committee this year.  The first thing she has organized is a self defence class, courtesy of DragonZ Martial Arts Centre.  Sir Marvin Prashad will provide this two hour class on Sunday, April 3rd from 1-3 p.m. It will include a warm up, situation enactment, proper technique and a fitness component.  DragonZ is at 1998 Danforth, just west of Woodbine.  Those interested can RSVP to rachel.jolicoeur(at) The cost is $5 or pay what you can.

Also, if you’re interested in being part of our new safety committee (it took a short hiatus for a while), also send a note to Rachel.

Little Ethiopia

On the one hand, Eye Weekly ran a story this week about Samuel Gettachew’s campaign to name the area around Monarch Park and Danforth, Little Ethiopia.  On the other hand, the large Ethiopian centre on the northwest corner of Danforth and Woodbine is for lease.  When the federal government cut funding to immigrant agencies in late 2010, this group lost a big chunk of its funding and will now consolidate its services in its west-end location.

Beaches Easter Parade

Would you like to help us promote the East Lynn Farmers’ Market and be in the Beaches Easter Parade on Sunday, April 24th?  We’re putting a group together.  You can dress up as a farmers or some sort of local food…a tractor…let your imagination run wild.  Children are welcome too of course!  If you’re interested contact Shelley at  shelleydarling(at)

Monarch Park students going to Kenya

A group of students from Monarch Park C.I. are heading to Kenya on April 26th as part of  a four-credit special program that includes a one-month co-op placement building a school in Kenya with the organization Free the Children.  Monarch Park is the only school in Canada to offer the program. To learn more, check out this story on

Flower Boxes

A few people have asked me about the flower displays that the BIA has been putting into the tree boxes on the Danforth for the last few years.  I understand that the BIA has a significantly lower budget this year and therefore won’t be doing the flowers this year.

Reminder – Party Today!

Please join DECA’s Business Revitalization Team and the sisters of Cozy Cafe and Bakery today (Saturday!) from 4-7 p.m. as we celebrate the grand re-opening of the cafe.

The heart-warming stories of generosity that have arisen from this project will renew your faith in humanity.  It’s chicken soup for the east Toronto soul.  Maybe it’s the paint fumes (I’ve been over there painting all evening), but I think that the delicious food will fill your belly and the warmth and kindness will fill your soul.

Yup.  Time for bed.  And no, I haven’t been drinking.

Can’t wait to see you there – on the south-west corner of Danforth and Woodbine beside Pizza Pizza.


Go Green Go Local

If you’re looking to go local for St. Paddy’s Day, look no further than Wise Guys Bar at 2130 Danforth (east of Woodbine). March 17, 2011, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Irish music will be provided by The Blues Butcher and Kanuckistan.  For more info contact  Tak at artattack(at)

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it….put forward a retail store that is for rent or will be soon.  Ideally it would be on Danforth between Woodbine and Jones.  700-1000 square feet for a perfectly delightful local business.  You can contact the would-be tenant at or if that’s a little too James Bond for you, send your virtual brown envelope to me and I’ll pass along the information.  And remember – I have vays of making you talk.

With all this talk of spies and intrigue, I ask you to save the date for DECA’s Self Defence Class, courtesy of DECA’s safety committee and DragonZ Martial Arts Centre. Sir Marvin Prashad will provide this two hour class on April 3rd from 1-3 p.m.  It will include a warm up, situation enactment, proper technique and a fitness component.  DragonZ is at 1998 Danforth.  Those interested can RSVP to rachel.jolicoeur(at)  The cost of the workshop is yet to be finalized, but will be in the neighbourhood of $5.

Also, if you’re interested in being part of our new safety committee (it took a short hiatus for a while), also send a note to Rachel.

Ten Feet Tall Jazz – Join jazz band – Steve Cole Quartet 0n Sunday night (March 20th) at Ten Feet Tall (1414 Danforth) from 3:30 – 6.

Relish – In celebration of Earth Hour, Relish (2152 Danforth – just east of Woodbine) is featuring a 4 piece jazz band – The Laura Hubert Band – from 8 – 11 p.m.  Lights go out from 8-9 p.m.  Mill St. Brewery will be providing candle light and prizes to illuminate the restaurant.  Mill St. pints of Organic Lager and Tankhouse just $5.75.  Relish is popular so be sure to make a reservation if you want to eat dinner.

Grand Re-opening March 19th – Cozy Cafe & Bakery

As you may know, DECA’s Business Revitalization Team, in partnership with a number of other generous supporters, are working feverishly on the Cozy Cafe and Bakery at Woodbine and Danforth.  This Saturday the sisters are opening their doors to say thank you to the neighbourhood for embracing them and their business.  And they are inviting everyone to join them for the grand re-opening!

There will be food, music and dancing.  The food, compliments of the sisters of course.  The music, from Chris at Twelfth Fret down the street.  The dancing, well who knows who will be doing the dancing by the time it’s all said and done.

All are welcome on Saturday, March 19th from 4 – 7 p.m.

Death and Taxes Part Two

Our call for local lawyers resulted in a bunch of recommendations.  Who says everybody hates lawyers?  Apparently not the ones in this neighbourhood.  Thanks very much to all who gave suggestions! Here they are in no particular order…

1. From Leo…We did ours at Clarke/ Freeman/ Miller & Ryan at Danforth and Glebemount. Very reasonable.

2. From ‘T’…Cedarvale and Danforth Law office. Sorry, can’t remember the name at this moment. Did my will some time ago and it was very reasonable.

3. From Janet…I highly recommend Denise Badley, 2069 Danforth, 2nd floor, at Woodbine and Danforth.  416-690-6195

4. From Deborah…I would recommend Duncan Boardman, Barrister & Solicitor, 416-424-4640.  He is located on Coxwell, just south of O’Connor.  Duncan is very approachable and helpful in answering any questions you may have.  He also keeps the process (which can be daunting), simple.

5. From Susan…My brother is a lawyer (over 20 years) who’s primary focus is wills and estates and real estate closings.  He is a sole practitioner with an office downtown at 1 Toronto St. and lives in the neighbourhood with his family around Donlands.  He has a stellar reputation for his fast, accurate and thorough client services.  You can contact him at 416-860-7160.
6. From Christine…Try Dashwood & Dashwood on Kingston Rd.  They have been in the neighbourhood since 1926 and they specialize in wills and real estate. I believe they are third generation. My father knew Mr. Dashwood Sr. and recommended them to me for a legal thing.  They were quite honest and told me what to do.  In the end I didn’t need to use their service… advice.. no charge.  Drawing up a will at max should be $250. They should give you the cost over the phone.

Death, Dancing and DECA


The Ontario Folk Dance Association and Cozy Cafe and Bakery present – An evening of Kolos, Coffee and Confections. Saturday, March 12th from 8 – 10 p.m. There will be both Serbian and international dancing and great baked goodies.  All are welcome.  Dance instruction is available so all can participate.  Refreshments are included in your admission.  Adults $10, Students $5, Preschoolers Free.  Kimbourne Park United Church at 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.  Access via door with sloped ramp, facing Wolverleigh.  Please wear soft, non-marking shoes or runners.  Spike heels or clogs are not permitted.  For more info, contact Helen at 416-229-1749 or ontariofolkdancers(at)

Death and Taxes…

Is there a lawyer around the neighbourhood who can do wills for a reasonable rate?  One of our members would like to know – and I’m sure there are others who have this on their ‘to do’ list too.  If you are that person, or know someone who is, can you send me a note or post it on the blog?

DECA Meeting

The next DECA meeting is March 29th.  If you would like to come, let me know and I’ll send you the details.