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Heroes, heartache and the beauty of hockey

Toronto writer Dave Bidini’s latest work explores his childhood idol Dave Keon.
December 17, 2013

Turner on Real Estate: making sense of the market’s numbers and headlines

Not long ago, in a sad office in North York, the GTA’s construction industry scrawled the latest media release. Year-to-date sales of condos and new homes are at the lowest point in a decade, running more than 30 per cent below average. Two years ago, by this time of year, 34,286 units had sold. So far in 2013? A scary 19,327.
December 16, 2013

Toronto Public Health’s chief medical officer talks about crack, calories and conditional passes

Last winter, the Fords pushed Toronto’s head public medical officer, Dr. David McKeown, into the limelight. Robbie was furious because a) the top doc wanted to lower Toronto’s speed limits and b) McKeown’s $300K salary enraged the fiscal conservative. We caught up with our metropolis’ top doc to gab about the projects he’s launched and planning to launch.
December 06, 2013

Jason Collett’s beloved Basement Revue Series returns this month

There are a number of holiday traditions in Toronto — from the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker to Andy Kim’s festive concert. One of the best-kept secrets is Jason Collett’s Basement Revue Series. But after Feist backed up a reading by Michael Ondaatje at one of last year’s shows, the secret is out.
December 04, 2013

Teens boost skin smarts

November 29, 2013

Bringing the Yonge subway north

November 29, 2013

Keeping up with local growth

November 29, 2013

Bold new plans for Casa Loma revealed

140-seat fine dining restaurant plus much more
November 29, 2013

Richmond Hill council votes against city status

November 29, 2013

Portrait of Thornhill artist to be auctioned

Rare Tom Thomson painting expected to fetch at least $200,000
November 29, 2013

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 Sheila McCarthy

I’ll be huffing and puffing as you ask me questions,” says Sheila McCarthy who, at 57, is bubbling with more effervescence than most teens. The much-decorated actress — she’s racked up two Genies, two Doras and a Film North Bull’s Eye Lifetime Achievement Award — is barely gasping for breaths as we leap between topics. In the span of an hour we bounce from her lifelong love of dance to her upcoming films, and we even get the veteran actress to divulge her desert island acting medium.
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

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