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T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Lilly Singh

As proof, their detractors point to the phenomenon of the YouTube star — a new breed of celebrity who rise to fame by broadcasting their lives across the Internet. It’s like a giant shout of “Hey everybody, look at me!” The pinnacle of narcissism. Then you run into someone like Lilly Singh, and the stereotype comes tumbling down.
December 05, 2017

T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Sandy Hudson

Of the many reasons I admire [Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder] Sandy Hudson, the precision of her work stands out — Hudson doesn’t play. I have repeatedly witnessed her stand up to those who attack her advocacy, not by returning fire, but by asking more genuine and relevant questions than her interrogators.
December 05, 2017

T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Marie Henein

Marie Henein enjoys the collective admiration of our community not only because she is one of Canada’s most skilled and respected lawyers, but because she is at the vanguard in promoting a deeper appreciation and recognition of the fundamental principles of criminal justice. She is a zealous defender, not only of those accused of criminal offences, but of the pivotal role of the criminal lawyer.
December 05, 2017

T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is fiercely intelligent. She is gracious, humble and irritatingly elegant. She also has quite a mischievous sense of humour. But the thing I admire most — the one characteristic that I desperately try to nurture in myself — is how forthright she is.
December 05, 2017

T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is now one of the most photographed and most googled women in the world. Markle may be most famous for dating a prince, but she has also made a name for herself in her own right, thanks to her acting ability, her big smile, big heart and philanthropic work.
December 05, 2017

Plumbum's return provides enough crazy fun to power Petty panto through rough plot patches...phew

This year, the Petty crew tackle A Christmas Carol, and the traditional storyline of cranky old Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by a trio of ghosts from past, present and future before coming to the realization that his greed has ruined his life and others and in a fit of Christmas spirit seeks redemption remains. Sort of.
December 05, 2017

Model railroad store a 55-year-old hobby haven

Janet Zuccarini has made plenty of waves around T.O. thanks to her knack for stellar restaurants. Since opening Yorkville’s Trattoria Nervosa back in ’96, she’s added Gusto 101, Pai, Kiin and, most recently, Chubby’s to her Rolodex of restos.
December 05, 2017

Daily Planet: Ontario’s caribou are in big trouble

Why should we care about caribou? Beyond the fact that we should care about all animals that play important roles in the ecological makeup of this “super natural” country, caribou are indicators of forest health. When caribou are healthy, it’s a sign the forests they live in are healthy.
December 04, 2017

Andy Kim and three other hip holiday musical happenings

Thirteen years ago, Toronto musician Andy Kim decided to put on a little holiday show so he wouldn’t feel so down over Christmas. It’s turned into one of the city’s favourite mistletoe-trimmed events.
December 01, 2017

A two-person race for T.O. mayor?

Councillor Joe Cressy is the kind of person this city needs as mayor. He’s young, progressive, politically skilled in getting things done and has an appealing manner. He works well with political opponents yet remains clear about issues. But he has no intention of running for mayor next fall.
December 01, 2017

From the football field to the dance floor

November 29, 2017

How Amazon brought the GTA together

It may be a long shot that Amazon will choose to build its massive second headquarters in Markham or Vaughan, but what if a side effect of the effort to woo Jeff Bezos is finally changing the way Toronto and its suburban neighbours see one another?
November 28, 2017

How They Met: How a Much VJ found her bandmate for life

November 23, 2017

Parents Hacks: How not to volunteer

Need some comic relief? Whether you’re a Veteran Volunteer or a Nancy Newbie, when it comes to helping out at your child’s school, here are some basic rules to follow if you’ve decided volunteering is not really your thing.
November 21, 2017

Actor Ronnie Rowe Jr. on starring in the film Black Cop at TIFF

It’s not every day that actors get to see their work premiere at one of the biggest and most important film festivals in the world. But that’s exactly what happened for Thornhill actor Ronnie Rowe Jr. when Black Cop, a film he recently starred in, made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
November 21, 2017

Toronto’s the Weather Station on new album and the next step

As the creative force behind the Weather Station, Tamara Lindeman is breaking all kinds of rules on her new self-titled album, with wonderful results. She decided to change her approach to songwriting, ditching the traditions she established on her first three albums, beginning with her 2009 debut The Line.
November 21, 2017

Canadian national teams perform well at Dodgeball World Championships in Markham

Last month, Markham was home to the Dodgeball World Championships at the Markham Pan Am Centre. The Canadian men’s and women’s teams are comprised of local talent, including the captain of the men’s team, Jonah Koplowitz, who is from Thornhill.
November 20, 2017

It’s a balancing act for kids who must excel in both sports and the classroom

Schools that cater to elite athletes, like Blyth Academy Downsview Park, St. Andrew’s College and the Hill Academy, make allowances to accommodate the busy lifestyle of student athletes so they can stay on track with academics while pursuing their career goals.
November 20, 2017

Raising a flag for Chinese-Canadian pride

Last month, Chinese flags were raised in Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill in honour of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
November 20, 2017

Former city councillor pens memoir

November 17, 2017