Syd Cole Park Grand Opening!

Dear Neighbours, 

I am pleased to invite everyone to the official grand opening of Syd Cole Park in Long Branch on June 2nd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The park is named after Etobicoke's very own Sydney Reginald Cole in recognition of his heroic efforts during World War II. 

Sydney Reginald Cole was born in 1923, lived on Lake Promenade in Long Branch, and sadly passed away in 1991. During his service in the Second World War, his plane was shot down and the survivors were stranded at sea for twenty-one hours. Due to his heroic actions he was able to save the flight navigators life, but unfortunately not the pilot, David Hornell. For these actions he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal for "great devotion to duty and exceptional courage". 

The name for this park was chosen thanks to overwhelming support from the community and Sydney Cole's family. 

On June 2nd at 1:00 pm you can come on out and meet Sydney Cole's family and speak with them about the great man that this park is named after. We will also have face painting for the kids, fresh popcorn, and the Toronto Raptors mascot will be with us to celebrate this event. Bring your cameras ! 

The park is located at 60 Eastwood Park Gardens, at the corner of Long Branch Avenue and Eastwood Park Gardens

You can read about the proposal for naming the park and the history surrounding the efforts of Sydney Cole here.

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Coyote Sightings - Fast Facts

          Lately I have heard a lot about coyote sightings in our area, especially around the waterfront. Coyotes like to live in cities, and they help to control our rodent populations. While they are always around, we are more inclined to see them around the winter/spring times because they are exposed by a lack of foliage. They are also typically more active during this time period as their mating season falls in the late winter months. While it may be alarming to cross paths with a coyote, here are some tips to stay safe.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize their negative encounters with coyotes:

- Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is detrimental and can
  create problems throughout the neighbourhood.

- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.

- Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.

- Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night

- Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised
  when outside.

The City has a strategy for dealing with coyotes which includes public education, bylaws prohibiting feeding wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary.

If you see a coyote doing the following, call 311:
- Approaching dogs or people
- Exploring a home or a building far from a large park or open area
- Limping or staggering or with paralyzed hind legs
- Acting confused around non-living objects
- Biting pets
- If you find an injured or sick coyote

When a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

For more information please call 311 or visit,




TORONTO, ON - On Monday April 30th, in historic Long Branch, a magnificent Red Oak will be recognized by Forests Ontario as a Heritage Tree. The TD Heritage Tree Program tells the story of Ontario’s diverse and unique trees and brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees.


City of Toronto Councillor, Mark Grimes of Ward 6 will be present at the Heritage Tree, which is on the South East corner of Long Branch Ave and Park Blvd, ( ) on Monday April 30th at 1:30 PM to commemorate this event. The great Red Oak will be added to the Heritage Tree online map so that visitors can learn more about the tree and its longstanding history.


“Besides being a living 200-year legacy of history and culture of Long Branch, this stately Red Oak will continue to thrive and provide economic and environmental benefits for generations to come” says Toni Ellis, Heritage Tree Coordinator of Forests Ontario. “We need more communities like the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, to nominate potential heritage trees so that we can celebrate and share the stories of these living testaments to our history.”


Faculty and students of James S. Bell Middle School have been invited to the unveiling ceremony. The students will be studying trees in the classroom, learning about their environmental and economic importance.


"I want to thank the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association for recognizing the importance of this tree, by documenting its history and nominating it for heritage status. I hope this is the first of many more tree celebration events to come." said Councillor Mark Grimes.

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