Category Archives: East York Businesses

Star Wireless – Mobilicity – opens in the heart of Toronto ward 29

Star Wireless – Mobilicity – opens in the heart of  Toronto ward 29

Check it out - 1004 Pape Avenue - A Proud East York Business

During the election I began writing about small businesses in Ward 29. As goes Ward 29 businesses, so goes Ward 29.

One of Toronto  Ward 29’s  newest businesses is Star Wireless which is run by Eric Duong. Eric moved to Canada at the age of eight from Vietnam. He is  an authorized  Mobilicity dealer. In addition, he sells long distance calling cards, sim cards, prepaid phone cards, wireless products (bluetooth, etc) and  provides unlocking services. Eric has added a tremendous suite of services to Pape Avenue  and to  Toronto Ward 29. His store at 1004 Pape Avenue  which used  to be a meat shop is  now  a bright,  nicely renovated  testament to the wireless age.

It’s hard to believe that one year  ago Torontotonians were restricted to one  of three wireless providers – Telus, Bell and Rogers (which includes the Fido brand). Well, that’s a bit strong – Petro Canada, 7 Eleven and Primus, Solo and Virgin resold the services of the big three. That has changed with the addition  of Mobilicity, Wind Mobile and Public Mobile in the Toronto market.  Remember the  old Zeller’s ad:

“The lowest price  is the law!”

Mobilicty, Wind and Public Mobile  have brought lower pricing to the Toronto market.  A case in point is the Mobilicity Plan that I just got from Eric. Although it is a promotional plan (not currently available) it includes:

– unlimited  local calling
– Free North American long distance
– Unlimited text messaging
– Blackberry Internet
– Mobility Internet
– Call waiting, call forwarding (conditional, if busy, if no answer), voice mail, caller ID, etc. (The call forwarding feature  of  Fido, Bell  and Telus is unconditional making it less  useful.)

In other words,  the plan includes everything.

The only catch is  that the unlimited services work only from  Toronto. (Expansion to  other  cities  in Canada is imminent.) If  you leave  the Toronto area you  will be roaming and paying on a per minute basis. In any case, this particular mobility plan (and they have a lot of plans) is a great home phone substitute. The  email and web access work  very well.

You can find Eric at:

Star Wireless & Accessories, Inc.
1004 Pape Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4K 3V9

(416) 645 – 1631

Business, Toronto and Business in Toronto

As a candidate in Toronto Ward 29, I am often asked:

“As Councillor in Toronto Ward 29, what would you do to help business?”

The short answer is:

I would go to City Hall with an attitude that “Business Matters” and that it should be a full partner  in making decisions that affect the community.

In the long run, most things  that help  business will help the community and most  things that hurt business will hurt the community. Note, that I said “In the long  run”. As a general principle, as City Councillor I would consider how city initiatives (or lack thereof) would  help or hurt  the delicate relationship  between between business and the community. Continue reading

36 Years in Business On The Danforth – Sheri Punjab

36 Years in Business On The Danforth – Sheri Punjab
351 Danforth – 416-465-2125

Amal Singh immigrated to Canada  from India  in 1969. With him he brought his wife, one child (three more were born in Canada) and his profession as a “tool an die maker”. He  first lived  on Bain Avenue and worked  for five years as a “tool and die maker”. In 1974, Mr. Singh (instead of buying a home) bought the building at 351 Danforth Avenue. He opened his restaurant (“Sheri Punjab”) and eventually moved  the restaurant into this building. Sheri Punjab is a fantastic restaurant (I eat there all the time) – but amazingly has:

– had the same phone number  since 1974;
– and been in business since 1974. Continue reading

Re: Reading – Making The Danforth Great!

Re: Reading – Fantastic Ward 29 Business – Helping To Make Toronto Danforth The Great Place That It Is

I am an avid reader, book lover, book collector and lover of used bookstores. I also love walking on the Danforth. The other night I found myself in front of Re: Reading. Re-Reading is a new bookstore that features used books. It’s a fantastic place: great selection of books, couches and a friendly and positive environment. I walked out with a bag of books with very little dent to my wallet.

According to its website, Re: Reading is owned by Christopher Sheedy who established:

Re: Reading in his dreams in 1986 and Re: Reading in Reality in 2009

It’s great to see somebody follow his dreams!

Ever since the advent of the “Big Box” store, it has become harder and harder for independent bookstores to survive. (This was the background to the Tom Hanks – Meg Ryan movie called: You’ve Got Mail.) I predict that Re: Reading will flourish. The Danforth is well suited for smaller stores. There simply isn’t enough retail space for the Indigos and Walmarts of the world. (Although a large Shoppers Drug Mart has just opened west of Jackman Avenue.)

So, check Re: Reading out. You’ll be glad you did. It’s at 548 Danforth Avenue – in the heart of Toronto Ward 29. (647) 347-USED(8733)

John Richardson – Toronto Danforth Ward 29 Candidate


If you love used and independent bookstores (like I do), you may find the following article about independent bookstores from the May 3 Toronto Star to be of interest.

Sales tax increase takes effect May 1

Book that holiday now as HST bite begins

April 29, 2010

Robert Benzie

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}With the transition toward the harmonized sales tax starting Saturday, Ontarians should brace for levies on numerous goods and services to rise to 13 per cent, including flights within Canada.


Book soon and “beat the tax.”

That’s the advice of Revenue Minister John Wilkinson to anyone making recreational plans for the summer. Continue reading