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Local BIAs host thrilling festivals

Across Toronto, business improve-ment areas (BIA) are working hard to attract customers to local business hubs. They do this by sponsoring cultural events, beautifying street-scapes and encouraging residents to shop locally. St. Paul’s is no exception: our nine BIAs are working hard to support their neighbourhood communities and local businesses.
July 26, 2013

Potential solution to Allenby overcrowding

A positive outcome is in sight for a group of parents at Allenby Junior Public School who have been fighting to halt a boundary change that would force some students to change schools.
July 26, 2013

Sharon Fichman and her quest for court glory

For as long as she can remember, Sharon Fichman has always been serious about two things: tennis and winning. Shortly after Fichman picked up an old racket at the age of five and began practicing in Viewmount Park near her home in Forest Hill, Fichman’s parent’s realized their daughter was talented beyond her years.
July 24, 2013

Season of the germ

Summer’s dog days are here, and with that precious heat (the kind that never lasts long enough in this country) comes the inevitable need to get outside and soak up some sun. Sounds perfect, right? Not so fast: There’s a few important things to be mindful of, namely spreadable infections, diseases and germs, all of which can be easily contracted if you’re not careful. Here, Dr. MacDonald fills us in on how to stay infection-free during the season of the germ.
July 24, 2013

Concern grows over crematorium fumes

With its rolling hills, gently winding pathways and immaculate flower beds, Mount Pleasant Cemetery is one of the most serene parts of Toronto. The Doric pillars and statues on the imposing mausoleums dotted about the gardens testify that, for much of its 137-year history, this has been the place where many of the city’s great and good have chosen to rest in peace.
July 22, 2013

Sewell: there are two paths for Rob Ford; which one will he take?

Considering the scandals that continue to plague city hall with Rob Ford as mayor, his refusal to respond to his critics in a way that would put concerned local residents at ease, and the need to return to the business at hand to make Toronto better, I’ve drafted two correspondences, two paths for Mr. Ford.
July 03, 2013

Eglinton West, meet Dennis

Toronto has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America. In 2006, the Toronto Board of Trade estimated that $6 billion in economic activity is lost annually because of gridlock in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Now, after decades of neglect, rapid transit is finally coming to midtown Toronto.
June 29, 2013

Mom leaves lofty legacy

In 2005, the life of Elana Waldman, then a lawyer in her mid-30s, took a dramatic and unexpected turn. When a diagnosis of stage three ovarian cancer forced Waldman to leave the firm where she practised family law, she took to pursuing every avenue she could to raise awareness and funds in hopes of increasing the survival rate of ovarian cancer patients.
June 29, 2013

Two more tall towers coming to Yonge and Eg?

On June 18, Toronto and East York Community Council voted to recommend that Toronto City Council approve a 58- and 36-storey development in the Yonge and Eglinton area.
June 29, 2013

Bringing urban nature home

I am happy to report that at our meeting on May 7, city council officially named an 18-kilometre route the Robert Bateman Urban Nature Trail. This trail connects some of our best green spaces and ravines, from the Kay Gardner Beltline trail, north of Eglinton Avenue, to the Don Valley then through Rosedale, Spadina Road and the Cedarvale Ravine. The trail’s name honours Robert Bateman, a renowned Canadian artist and environmentalist who grew up on Chaplin Crescent behind the Kay Gardner Beltline trail.
June 29, 2013

Lower Village mulls Green P expansion plans

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA)’s Green P lot on the corner of Spadina Road and Thelma Avenue has become the site of a development debate for the second time in just over 10 years.
June 29, 2013

Gypsy moths eat away at Moore Park’s trees

City of Toronto, Urban Forestry Services has been busy chasing unwanted guests out of Moore Park — thousands of hungry gypsy moths still in their caterpillar stage.
June 29, 2013

Teens jam for charity

June 24, 2013

Retailers alter Village’s quaint atmosphere

Forest Hill Village, located at Spadina Road and Lonsdale Avenue, has seen an array of chain establishments replace its many independent shops. The newest addition is an incoming LCBO, replacing Parker’s Dry Cleaning, which has some residents apprehensive.
June 05, 2013

Laird and Leslie LRT stops spared

Metrolinx’s plans for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line have changed once again.
June 05, 2013

Leaside has its moment

Spring has seen an outpouring of enthusiasm for Leaside’s 100th anniversary, otherwise known as Leaside 100. By now, almost every Leaside resident knows that our community was launched into life by a plan commissioned by the Canadian Northern Railway (since merged into the Canadian National Railway) and established as a town in May 1913.
June 05, 2013

Winning advice from a cycling champ

Canadian cycling champion Tara Whitten proves that it’s never too late to follow your dreams — all the way to the Olympics. The Toronto-born athlete started cycling in 2007, and in just five years, she was representing Canada at the London Games.
June 05, 2013

‘Market’ in your calendar

Maybe you are getting off the subway at Yonge and Eglinton after work, stretching your legs at lunch or just out and about, enjoying the day. Whatever you are doing, eating better is now a little bit easier for North Toronto residents. Now open until mid-October, Appletree Uptown farmers’ market is trying out a new home and new hours.
June 05, 2013

The Music Issue: Rufus Wainwright

For flamboyant musician Rufus Wainwright, Toronto’s Luminato Festival is becoming a byword for “tribute concert.” During the 2012 festival, he performed at a concert in honour of his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, who died from cancer three years ago.
May 30, 2013

Lessons from a Dragon: a profile of Arlene Dickinson

May 28, 2013