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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

Release your inner style sleuth

I have a new addiction. My new addiction is checking out houses. Not necessarily to buy, but for decorating ideas.
April 12, 2013

Is Eglinton the next Bloor Street?

Maureen Sirois walks down Eglinton Avenue on a sunny Saturday afternoon, past the clothing shops, butcher and bakery to her own store next to the Eglinton Grand theatre, pointing out the changes she hopes to see in the neighbourhood. That the city’s Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is eyeing the Green P lot in behind that stretch for redevelopment is a sign of what’s to come.
April 05, 2013

The Comedy Issue: Kenny Hotz

For our Comedy Issue, we interviewed seven of the city’s top comedians. Today, we present the loveable loudmouth Kenny Hotz. Between grossing us out on Kenny vs. Spenny and making us laugh so hard we totally blew past that red light with Sirus XM’s Kenny Hotz Live, he’s always gravitating towards the largest microphone he can find. Here, Hotz tells us how he ended up offending the masses on-air.
April 03, 2013

New plan for Art Shoppe site put forward

After months of speculation, Freed Developments has finally submitted a formal proposal for its site currently occupied by furniture retailer Art Shoppe at 2131 Yonge St.
April 02, 2013

Glam Yorkville grocer told to make room for pedestrians

April 02, 2013

Publication of year-old plan rankles community

You may know it as “Young and Eligible” or you may shorten it to “Yonge and Eg,” but no matter what you call it, the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue has become a battleground for clashing ideals.
March 05, 2013

Sewell: sure, a casino in Toronto could create jobs, but at what cost?

That a disaster is good for a local economy sounds counterintuitive, but an example shows how it works. When a section of Finch Avenue West was washed away by a flash flood in 2005, the city had to immediately rush in to bring the situation under control.
March 04, 2013

Rise and shine: Dina Pugliese on celeb gossip, Justin Bieber and being a morning person

When it comes to interviewing morning television hosts, there’s an unwritten rule in journalism. It goes like this: the writer asks the star how they manage to be so lively at 6 a.m., the star claims not to be a morning person, and jokes about caffeine addiction ensue.
February 17, 2013

Sewell: ranting is fine for the radio, it’s but no way to govern a city

Those public hearings the city held about casinos? I didn’t attend. The chance of learning anything new about casinos was limited. The chance of the meeting being hijacked by one faction or another was high. The chance of influencing any politician was nil. Why spend a few hours getting frustrated?
February 09, 2013

Matt Dusk: the classy crooner on learning to sing at St. Mike’s and his latest record release, “My Funny Valentine”

Matt Dusk may have been born in the wrong era. From his showbiz name to his tailored suits to his love of a good proverb, pretty much everything about him screams “rat pack” cool.
February 01, 2013

Potential mega-development in midtown

Though Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) bus garage at 24 Eglinton Ave. W. is no longer operating and was set to be declared surplus in late 2012, the decision was deferred by TTC chair and Toronto city councillor Karen Stintz — and it may continue to be deferred for quite some time.
January 31, 2013