Featured Writers

Howard Moscoe

Howard is acknowledged as having been one of the hardest working members of Toronto Council. He has always taken a leadership role and has chaired the Toronto Transit Commission, (TTC), Metro Planning and Economic Development Committee, the City's Public Art Policy Committee and chair of the City of Toronto Licensing & Standards Committee which oversees the licenses of some 50,000 businesses. His colleagues recognized his abilities by electing him Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and as a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He retired from politics in 2010.

Letter to the Editor: What’s Real? LRT vs. Subway

My name is Howard Moscoe and I live in the area south of Finch Avenue, west of Keele Street. I have lived in the sameContinue Reading

California Sandwiches: A delicious gem in Downsview

Tucked away in an industrial mall at the north-west corner of Sheppard Ave. W. and Chesswood Drive is California Sandwiches where they make the bestContinue Reading

The Economics of Flushing your Toilet

Water is free. It falls from the sky. So why is the water bill so high? When you think about it, we have a prettyContinue Reading

View All Posts by Howard

Joy Lewis

Joy Lewis is a Paralegal with seven years of experience gained from working at litigation immigration law firms in Toronto’s downtown core.  She graduated from Seneca College’s Paralegal Program and is a licensed member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  As the proud owner of Lewis Legal Services, she is happy to provide quality legal service at a time when it is needed the most. It is her goal to relieve your anxiety by providing advice, guidance and legal representation in Small Claims Court matters, Provincial Offences,  and various Ontario Tribunals, including but not limited to, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Human Rights Tribunal.

City Council bans the use of Hookah’s in Toronto

Late last year, Toronto city council overwhelmingly voted to ban the use of hookah’s inside licensed hookah lounges. The new law is expected to comeContinue Reading

Just how safe are we in our homes?

After listening to a client’s experience involving hercondominium management and home monitoring system company, I became acutely aware of a false sense of security that we may develop by simply paying to have our homes and personalContinue Reading

View All Posts by Joy

Maria Solis

Maria Solis is a Public Relations graduate from Humber College. She is the Editor and Marketing Coordinator for The Downsview Advocate and a mother of two. As an avid volunteer she has a lot of experience with events and iniciatives in Toronto such as TIFF, Radio Voces Latinas, LAMP, various political campaigns and more.

Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month through inclusion

What’s wrong with his legs? What’s he wearing on his feet? Why does he walk like that? Is he okay? Are his legs broken? TheseContinue Reading

Revolt Wisely

REVOLT WISELY! HOUSING STRIKES TORONTO!! Homeless in Toronto The prime minister came and I evaded. My tax monies!! Our tax monies!! We pay tax!? WhatContinue Reading


Since March 1st when North York General Hospital announced the closure of the Branson Campus of the hospital in March 2019 there has been muchContinue Reading

View All Posts by Maria

Matias de Doviitis

Matias is an active citizen in our community and has helped to initiate a number of projects and activities. He has founded a number of organizations, including the Organization of Latin American Students, Mosaico 21, Toronto Area Council, CONOSER and Teach2Learn. He currently sits on the Board for CONOSER and M.A.T.A., two not for profit organizations that help youth in Toronto. He has an Honour's degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from the University of Alberta.  Having immigrated to Canada in 1991 from Uruguay at the age of 11, Matias now makes Downsview his home.

Why is my cellphone bill so expensive?

The next time you get your cell phone bill, remember that Canada is known for having some of the most expensive cell phone plans inContinue Reading

Tokens are being phased out by the TTC

After multiple false attempts due to public concerns, the TTC retired tokens from general circulation on November 30th. TTC booths no longer sell tokens. InsteadContinue Reading

Reflections on the federal election: Next time, let’s choose something other than the blue and red team

On October 21,  Canada and Downsview voted for a new Federal Government. After a very messy election, the result was a Liberal Minority government andContinue Reading

View All Posts by Matias

Natasha Burford

Natasha Burford is currently a teacher with the Toronto District School Board and has been teaching for 10 years. Natasha founded two organizations: More Than Marks tutoring and Women Of Race Climbing It Together (WORC IT). Natasha holds an undergraduate degree in Administrative studies from York University, and a certificate from the Rotman’s school of management at University of Toronto. In 2006, she graduated with a teachers college degree from York University’s Urban Diversity Program and gained her Masters degree at University of Toronto, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in social justice education. Mother of three boys, Natasha is married and loves to spend her free time reading to her children, dancing and travelling.

Celebrating the Diversity of Mothers and all that they do

I attended a parenting class recently because I had questions about how to effectively raise healthy, responsible children, especially in today’s society. I would beContinue Reading

The Power of Parents

Many times parents are convinced that they are sending children to school to “get” an education. The reality is that children are learning wherever theyContinue Reading

Keeping children active during the Holidays

I have heard from parents consistently that their children are becoming lazy as they grow up. The frustration and confusion as to where this lazyContinue Reading

View All Posts by Natasha

Tom Rakocevic

Tom Rakocevic is a lifelong resident of the Downsview-York West community.  He has a Masters degree in Science and a degree in Education and works as the Executive Assistant to City of Toronto Councillor Anthony Perruzza.

Tough time for tenants

Each month, many tenants are forced to decide which items they can afford, and which items they will simply have to go without in order to be able to pay their rent on time.

Auditor General report reveals new home owners are not protected

For most people, their home is their biggest investment, and their financial future rests on its foundation. When purchasing a newly built home, Ontario familiesContinue Reading

NDP win in Humber River-Black Creek would be historic

This federal election is shaping up to be a tight local race between NDP candidate Maria Augimeri and Liberal candidate Judy Sgro. A Federal NDPContinue Reading

View All Posts by Tom