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‘Free the Beach’ vows to keep the pressure on council

by  Anna Killen – The residents’ group which formed to oppose the reassignment of Tuggs Inc.’s lease to Cara Operations Limited – and capitalize on the 2007 Tuggs lease being thrust into the spotlight – says it plans to continue to put pressure on elected...

Sick of secret deals

by Martin Gladstone – On October 5, 2016 Toronto City Council voted ‘Yes’ (21 Yes, 14 No, and 9 Absent) to assign the sole-sourced former Boardwalk Café from the current tenant Tuggs Incorporated (Tuggs) to Cara Operations Limited (Cara), the largest restaurant...

Group pressures council to ‘vote no’ to Tuggs deal

Lara O’Keefe and Anna Killen – A group of Beach residents who want the city to take action against Tuggs Inc., the leaseholder who holds exclusive food and beverage rights to the Lakeshore eatery complex at Woodbine Park as well as other Beach park...

Foulidis blames financial struggles for Cara deal

Owner of boardwalk restaurant property claims large debts in divorce documents. By DAVID RIDER City Hall Bureau Chief – Foulidis blames financial struggles for Cara deal – Fri., Sept. 30, 2016  The owner of Tuggs Inc. wants the city to reassign part of his...

Group aims to block Beaches lease transfer

BY KEVIN CONNOR, TORONTO SUN – A group in the Beaches has started a petition to stop restaurateur George Foulidis from subleasing a prime waterfront location to a food-chain giant. Tuggs Inc. requires city council approval to assign the lease to the large food...

Beach restaurant lease back up for debate at City Hall

TORONTO – Sue-Ann Levy – A city committee will be asked Tuesday to approve transferring a controversial restaurant lease with Tuggs Inc. on a prime stretch of the eastern waterfront to catering giant Cara Foods. And despite the terms of the original city...

Mug full of frustration spills at Boardwalk Pub

MONOPOLY – by KELLY GRANT – City Hall Bureau Chief — The Globe and Mail – For months, George Foulidis’s Boardwalk Pub has been mired in election-season controversy. Two council candidates have ripped into a city lease agreement that extends his...

Some councillors regret voting for Ashbridges Bay restaurant deal

But they say controversy associated with the 20-year sole-sourced lease extension taught council some valuable lessons. By DAVID RIDER – City Hall Bureau Chief – Sun., Sept. 11, 2016 – It was dark outside Toronto city hall when the votes were cast in...

Independent boardwalk Beach restaurant sublets to food giant Cara

A company that owned a restaurant in the Beach, which was once a hot-button issue at city hall and with former mayor Rob Ford, is subleasing to Cara Operations Ltd. The Boardwalk Café on Lake Shore Boulevard at Woodbine Avenue, which was owned by George Foulidis, is...

Controversial Beach lease allows chain eateries, councillors told

By DAVID RIDERCity Hall Bureau Chief Tues., Sept. 6, 2016  City council will in October debate Tuggs’ request to amend the controversial lease, but for now, city staffers say no reason to reject Cara restaurant at former Boardwalk Café site. Tuggs Inc.’s lease...

No farmers’ market for Kew

By Martin Gladstone, LLB – Is it right that a private corporation enjoys a monopoly over our public park lands and can decide which groups use a public park and on what terms? What if, for example, a group wanted to establish a weekly farmers’ market at Kew...

Beaches Residents Have a Right to Know

By Martin Gladstone, LL.B – Does it cost money to break a contract? Most of the time, yes. In 2003, it cost taxpayers $35 million to cancel a $22 million bridge to the Island Airport. In 2011, cancelling Transit City in favour of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s...

Deal Tough to Swallow

BY SUE-ANN LEVY, TORONTO SUN – Two years before the controversial Tuggs Inc. contract came up for renewal in 2007, Basil Mangano called a senior parks official to say he was interested in bidding for the rights to sell food and beverages in the eastern Beach....

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