December 2017

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David Dunlap Observatory back in town hands

Following the transfer of the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) lands into public hands, a Richmond Hill Town Council vote over control of programming at the cherished heritage building has created a rift in the York Region astronomical community.

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Thornhill’s Risa Stone on how she balances acting, writing and producing

Risa Stone, who attended Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill, began attending film and acting camp at Harbourfront Centre as a child and decided to pursue a career in acting when she was 17.

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OMB ruling raises questions on state of historic Richmond Hill core

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has sided with the Town of Richmond Hill and blocked an eight-storey, mixed-use building proposal in the downtown heritage core on Yonge Street, between Centre Street and Dunlop Street.

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Simi Kular on bringing her mom’s home-cooked Indian dishes into homes across Ontario

Today Simi Kular is an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO of Jaswant’s Kitchen, a line of specially blended Indian spices and easy-to-make healthy recipes that she has been working hard to expand by brokering deals with Whole Foods and HelloFresh. Back in the ’90s, however, she was 11 years old, and a recent East Coast expat in the GTA.

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Robert Klein in town for rare concert

I could argue that modern standup comedy was created by seven pioneers of the ’60s and ’70s: Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles and Robert Klein.

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Regent Theatre hits the market for $9 mil

The Regent Theatre, at 551 Mount Pleasant Rd., first opened in 1927 and continues to show movies to this day, with an auditorium that can hold up to 500 people. The property was recently listed on the city’s heritage register and is now up for sale by the Sorokolit family. It is listed for $9 million with Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., Brokerage.

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5 interviews with Torontonians who made headlines in 2017

This year, we felt a sea change in Toronto’s local political debate. Identity came to the forefront and things generally moved in a more progressive direction.

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Our favourite love stories of 2017

We love telling the stories of how local couples met and fell in love every month. Looking back at 2017, we’ve compiled our five favourite love stories. Whether it’s a love that sparked in the workplace or an awkward run-in at a bar, these stories made us swoon.

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Five things every parent needs to know about cannabis today

The younger generation of cannabis enthusiasts takes pride in their cannabis knowledge, moving beyond the simple smoking of a joint. Some of these now popular methods are vaporizing, slathering on infused topicals, toking extract-filled pens and dabbing (not the dance) concentrates.

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Peter Pan at Soulpepper is a wonderfully imaginative production perfect for the entire family

Peter Pan, a musical, is adapted by Fiona Sauder and Reanne Spitzer, and was first performed in Port Perry back in 2015, followed by a string of brewery runs in 2016 and now at Soulpepper's Michael Young Theatre until Dec. 31.

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