February 2017

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School board votes to save Drake’s alma mater

On Feb. 8, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) voted against selling Vaughan Road Academy, to the relief of local residents. The school will close later this year, and although the building’s future remains unclear, locals argue it should be used as a community centre.

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Jean Yoon from CBC’s hit show Kim’s Convenience

Kim's Convenience features Jean Yoon as one of the leads. The stage play, originally written and directed by Ins Choi, was recently developed into a television series for CBC, premiering last fall to great acclaim.

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Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis makes a circus of classic cult films

Quebec-based Cirque Éloize brings its breathtaking production Cirkopolis to the Bluma Appel Theatre, March 1 to 18. It’s “Cirque du Soleil’s hipper, sexier cousin,” according to the Stage, U.K.

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Kay Gardner turns 90

We chatted with Kay Gardner as she rang in her 90th birthday on Feb. 24.

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Richmond Hill house prices skyrocket again

A real estate market increase hit Richmond Hill particularly hard in 2016: the aggregate price of a home rose to $1,138,826, up 30.1 per cent in the area, and is projected to continue to increase in the coming year.

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The return of the parking pad as an issue in midtown neighbourhoods

In many areas of the city, particularly in Ward 16, residential parking is at a premium. Many of my residents do not have lots large enough to accommodate legal driveways and have to apply for front yard parking pads.

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Remembering the king of Queen West cool

Recently, a batch of songs from a live recording of Handsome Ned‘s band was uncovered thanks to a chance meeting in Roncesvalles between Jim Masyk (Ned’s brother) and X-Ray Macrae, the former manager at the Horseshoe. A concert was held and the recordings released as a Cameron House Records album.

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Daily Planet: T.O. needs technology based on nature

Solar roads could be a step in that direction. Roads, sidewalks and parking lots cover massive areas. Using them to generate power means less environmental disturbance, as no new land is needed to house solar operations.

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Greenbelt has little to do with housing shortage

Although commentators continue to talk of the condo boom in Toronto, for example, things have changed even more around here and in less time, whether you’re looking at the new highrises along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill or the announcement of 50-storey condos in Vaughan.

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Toronto human rights lawyer Paolo Gomez empowers survivors

Paola Gomez’s career has been a convergence of human rights law, social justice, creative writing and artistic expression. It has culminated in her recently receiving the Constance E. Hamilton Award, given to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to improving the social, economic and political status of women in Toronto.

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