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How CBC reporter Sasa Petricic tweeted his way to freedom

Typically, journalists are interested in covering the news, not becoming the news. But when veteran CBC reporter Sasa Petricic was detained in Turkey this June along with his colleague Derek Stoffel, their arrest became their network’s lead story.
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

Grocer loses fight over valet parking

After months of debate, Yorkville grocer Pusateri’s has learned that the sidewalk indent in front of their store on Bay Street will be destroyed. Pusateri’s has used the indent as a valet space since 2003.
June 05, 2013

Site of 1894 general store up for protection

At a Toronto and East York Community Council meeting on May 14, Coun. Josh Matlow presented a request to designate 1909 Yonge St., the original J. J. Davis General Store and Post Office, a heritage site.
June 05, 2013

56 storeys next to Minto Midtown towers?

Tower Hill Development has submitted an application for a 56-storey, mixed-use development at 2221 Yonge St., the northern neighbour of the 37- and 54-storey Minto Midtown condominiums.
June 05, 2013

Construction around the corner

It’s official: the impassable stretch of Yonge Street between Sheppard Avenue and Highway 401 is the city’s second worst traffic nightmare. What could possibly have beaten it? The intersection of Bayview and Sheppard.
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

‘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

Lessons from a Dragon: a profile of Arlene Dickinson

May 28, 2013

Ecks and the City: putting a new spin on an old exercise

One simply cannot do a private hooping session outside without drawing attention, even on a quiet afternoon. As I am hooping in my front yard, with my personal hooping trainer, people honk horns as they drive by, an elderly woman with her caregiver smiles and stops to take in the scene, and a mother pushing a stroller asks what we’re doing.
May 26, 2013

How They Met: award-winning playwright Ins Choi and his wife, Mari

As an actor and playwright, Ins Choi has performed in front of hundreds of people. He certainly isn’t camera shy or afraid of putting himself out there. But stage fright wouldn’t elude him the first time he met his then future wife, Mari. It took two chance meetings before he worked up the courage to talk to her.
May 23, 2013

Sewell: as a public figure, Rob Ford has an obligation to respond to the crack video scandal

One way to get a lot of publicity for Toronto is to have the mayor in a video that seems to show he is smoking crack cocaine.
May 22, 2013

Like mother, like son

Ask any mother who’s made a man out of a son and she’ll tell you: teaching is never a one-way street. In fact, the moms and sons you’ll see here can attest to that very ethos. But enough from us, we’ll let them do the talking.
May 12, 2013

Turner on Real Estate: does it make more sense to rent or buy in Toronto?

Some weeks ago, a most ugly house in North Toronto was swarmed. It’s a semi, built like its neighbours about 90 years ago, has a mutual drive, is on a residential street, one block north of an arterial. The current owners added an addition to the original 1,100-square-foot, two-storey cube. Rooflines don’t match, the exterior’s stucco-over-OSB and the lack of design work makes the squirrels woozy.
May 09, 2013

Will recent shooting slow Yorkdale plans?

When Michael Nguyen’s bullet-riddled body hit the asphalt of a Yorkdale Shopping Centre parking lot on Easter weekend, he became the third person to be shot to death at a Toronto mall in under a year.
May 08, 2013

Sewell: casino divides city, fight takes flight

It is entirely unexpected that a proposal for a downtown casino would become such a watershed issue for Toronto. When first proposed last year, it was seen as a divisive issue, and best thinking was that the vote on city council would be close, perhaps dividing the downtown councillors from those representing  the suburbs. The No Casino Toronto group was seen as insular and ineffective.
May 06, 2013

Toronto’s enviro report card

There are many ways in which the GTA is making great strides toward becoming a world-class sustainable city. In the past year alone, we’ve seen many initiatives to create more green space, ban environmentally hazardous products and practices and generally make our city a healthier place to live.
April 29, 2013

Turner on Real Estate: a slow and steady march to the bottom is well underway

Each spring, they migrate back to the well-treed ’hoods of North Toronto, flitting from property to property in a fecund frenzy. You can stand there, quietly watching, certain there’s but one obsession on their minds: Nesting. These are the house hornies, the drivers of GTA real estate.
April 13, 2013