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Faceoff: should kids be allowed to use cellphones in the classroom?

Classroom techiquette: how should schools be approaching cellphone use during lessons?
October 07, 2013

Melody maven

“Remember, remember the fifth of November...” Matt Groopie jokes over the phone channeling V, the protagonist of the 2005 action film V for Vendetta. The fifth of November happens to be Matt Groopie’s birthday, and it was a fitting day for him to enter the world. Like the Guy Fawkes–inspired, mask-wearing V, Groopie aims to save those from tyranny, only this kind of tyranny is the wasteland that is modern music.
October 07, 2013

Four foods to up the fear factor

Halloween season is supposed to be scary, and few thrills are more rewarding than venturing outside of one’s culinary comfort zone. Luckily, Toronto is a great place to experiment with strange and exotic food. Herewith, four extreme dishes that also happen to be delicious
October 04, 2013

Naturalists challenge provincial decision

The Richmond Hill Naturalists have gone to the courts seeking to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision over the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO).
September 26, 2013

For those who dare …

For most people, Halloween is a time of year for ghouls, goblins and goodies, but one local has found a way to marry together the fun of the season and giving back to the community.
September 26, 2013

Thornhill MPP dismissed from finance critic position

Thornhill member of provincial parliament Peter Shurman has been dismissed from his position as finance critic after facing scrutiny over his housing allowance.
September 26, 2013

Vineyard with local roots cannot meet demand

Ontario’s largest organic winery with Richmond Hill roots is trying to bring more grape growers on the organic bandwagon and, in turn, help meet its own demands.
September 26, 2013

Stunt-flying incident spurs criminal charges

A Richmond Hill man has been charged after a stunt-flying incident that had some onlookers frightened, according to police.
September 26, 2013

Made In Toronto

We enlisted the help of Toronto’s foremost fashion maven, Jeanne Beker, to give us her thoughts on local fashion innovators from around city. These daring designers are defying the odds by making clothing right here in Toronto. Herewith, a few words on what they do best (because you probably want to get to know a few of them, right?).
September 25, 2013

Miracle on 87th Street

Monica Smiley, a 2005 Thornlea Secondary School grad, anxiously picks up the phone, dials a few numbers and waits. She has made a half dozen calls so far, asking stores to meet with her and look at her product, Eighty Seventh St., a series of fashion-inspired greeting cards for any ocassion (she recently produced a beautiful 2013 holidays line) that she built from the ground up.
September 03, 2013

Best Of Thornhill and Richmond Hill 2013

Our annual guide featuring over 100 of the best, biggest & finest things Thornhill & Richmond Hill have to offer
August 30, 2013

Locals call for release of rapidway costs

York Region Rapid Transit (YRT) Corporation is not releasing specific costs for its newly opened vivaNext rapidway project, leaving some locals asking how funds it received from the province and region are being spent.
August 29, 2013

Study could address Yonge-Steeles traffic woes

Residents are hoping a transportation study currently underway could help address growing concerns over traffic in a part of Thornhill already under major development pressure.
August 29, 2013

Retail holidays up for debate

On Sept. 13, York Regional Council will hear a request from Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill to remain open on all public holidays, except Christmas. I am surprised that Hillcrest has waited this long.
August 29, 2013

An urban future for Thornhill

When I was young, my parents moved to the suburbs in North York. I hope I am not dating myself, but at the time, the area near Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue in Thornhill was entirely farmland.
August 29, 2013

Town’s longest serving mayor passes away

Community members recently paid their final respects to Richmond Hill’s longest-serving mayor, William (Bill) Bell, who passed away July 28. Bell served as the town’s mayor from 1988 to 2006 and won six consecutive elections after an eight-year stint as the councillor for Ward 3.
August 29, 2013

Local mom raises $40K

A Beverley Glen mother of three has recently helped raise almost $40,000 in support of finding a cure for women’s cancers.
August 29, 2013

Thornhill revitalization decision delayed

A vote for a long-awaited plan to revitalize the residential and industrial Thornlea neighbourhood plagued by health concerns has been put on hold after tensions between local residents and business owners flared.
July 26, 2013

Growing for a cause

What started as a local community garden project to promote healthy eating and support local food initiatives is blossoming into a nationwide enterprise.
July 26, 2013

Approval of new district shows towns inclusiveness

The Town of Richmond Hill has unanimously endorsed the creation of a symbolic Jewish District that some call an important step toward being inclusive of the town’s local Orthodox Jewish community.
July 26, 2013