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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

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