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Observatory battle headed to divisional court in December

After six long years, the David Dunlap Observatory Defenders hope the dispute will end once and for all
November 29, 2013

Toronto Without Borders

Working overseas to help the needy — or in the aftermath of a disaster — takes someone special. Doing it away from home over the holidays is an even greater sacrifice. Find out how these eight T.O. heroes are showing the world how much we care this season.
November 28, 2013

Cover story: a profile of Ramin Karimloo

No, Ramin Karimloo isn’t what you might expect in a traditional musical theatre star. And make no mistake, Karimloo is a star, with a voice that can be as powerful as a freight train before it drops to a gentle and angelic wisp of the wind. Born in Iran and raised north of Toronto in Richmond Hill, Karimloo returns to his home turf this month to star as Jean Valjean in a bold new production of the classic Les Misérables, scheduled to run until at least Dec. 22.
October 31, 2013

Local millionaire held in Cuba since 2011

A Thornhill resident is at the centre of an international controversy. Vahe “Cy” Tokmakjian, owner of the global transportation firm Tokmakjian Group, was detained in Cuba in September of 2011 and has been held in prison there without charge ever since.
October 31, 2013

Thornlea working group to expand

This past summer, a vote by Markham City Council to approve a long-awaited plan to revitalize the Thornlea neighbourhood was delayed after local residents and businesses expressed a plethora of concerns. Instead, a new committee was formed consisting of representatives from residents, business owners and city councillors, and the vote was to be rescheduled this fall.
October 31, 2013

Towing in Richmond Hill can cost up to $900 currently

Richmond Hill is one of the only municipalities in the GTA without a bylaw in place to regulate vehicle towing, meaning there is no standard for what private towing companies may charge for services.
October 31, 2013

Yonge and Eg could see two more new towers

A proposed 28-storey tower on the first block of the recently approved Postal Station K project has gone before the Ontario Municipal Board.
October 30, 2013

Top Doc: Of manly matters

Dr. Stuart Edmonds, VP of research at Prostate Cancer Canada, on the most common cancer affecting Canadian men
October 30, 2013

How sweet it is

With Halloween only a couple of weeks away, we got to thinking about artificial sweeteners and whether they’re better or worse for us than the real stuff (sucrose or granulated sugar). So we consulted Toronto-based naturopathic doctor and best-selling author of The Carb Sensitivity Program, Dr. Natasha Turner, about the matter. Here’s what she had to say.
October 21, 2013

Moving ahead with new initiatives

As we arrive in the fall, I’m organizing campaigns that follow up on many initiatives I’ve presented to council, including the reinstatement of a Markham Sport & Fitness Council, and as chair of Markham’s information technology and communications committee, creating a report on our city’s road map to being a truly “smart city.”
October 16, 2013

Being responsible to taxpayers

No one likes paying taxes, but most realize that property taxes provide valued services needed for our day-to-day living. Some politicians propose a zero tax rate in advance of the budget review, regardless of inflationary pressures that increase costs. Zero tax makes for a great sound bite, but it is politically motivated, irresponsible and misleading the public.
October 15, 2013

Faceoff: should kids be allowed to use cellphones in the classroom?

Classroom techiquette: how should schools be approaching cellphone use during lessons?
October 07, 2013

Melody maven

“Remember, remember the fifth of November...” Matt Groopie jokes over the phone channeling V, the protagonist of the 2005 action film V for Vendetta. The fifth of November happens to be Matt Groopie’s birthday, and it was a fitting day for him to enter the world. Like the Guy Fawkes–inspired, mask-wearing V, Groopie aims to save those from tyranny, only this kind of tyranny is the wasteland that is modern music.
October 07, 2013

Four foods to up the fear factor

Halloween season is supposed to be scary, and few thrills are more rewarding than venturing outside of one’s culinary comfort zone. Luckily, Toronto is a great place to experiment with strange and exotic food. Herewith, four extreme dishes that also happen to be delicious
October 04, 2013

Naturalists challenge provincial decision

The Richmond Hill Naturalists have gone to the courts seeking to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision over the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO).
September 26, 2013

For those who dare …

For most people, Halloween is a time of year for ghouls, goblins and goodies, but one local has found a way to marry together the fun of the season and giving back to the community.
September 26, 2013

Thornhill MPP dismissed from finance critic position

Thornhill member of provincial parliament Peter Shurman has been dismissed from his position as finance critic after facing scrutiny over his housing allowance.
September 26, 2013

Vineyard with local roots cannot meet demand

Ontario’s largest organic winery with Richmond Hill roots is trying to bring more grape growers on the organic bandwagon and, in turn, help meet its own demands.
September 26, 2013

Stunt-flying incident spurs criminal charges

A Richmond Hill man has been charged after a stunt-flying incident that had some onlookers frightened, according to police.
September 26, 2013

Made In Toronto

We enlisted the help of Toronto’s foremost fashion maven, Jeanne Beker, to give us her thoughts on local fashion innovators from around city. These daring designers are defying the odds by making clothing right here in Toronto. Herewith, a few words on what they do best (because you probably want to get to know a few of them, right?).
September 25, 2013