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The Six Degree Project

Autism awareness grows
March 26, 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

Meg Tilly: the actress talks about her new book and her hit show, Bomb Girls

There are many nouns that can be used to describe Meg Tilly: actress, writer, Oscar nominee, survivor. Now there’s a new one to add to the list: Torontonian. After a decade away from the spotlight, writing books in rural British Columbia — a life U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail termed a “sometimes eccentric seclusion” — Tilly is in Toronto and back on our screens.
February 06, 2013

Year-long closure of Allen Road reviewed

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line is hitting road blocks as the provincial transportation agency Metrolinx attempts to push the project forward. Currently, the agency is in the process of consulting the public on the possibility of extending the tunnel by 2 km at its east end.
February 05, 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

Faceoff: Weir vs. Aw

Should junk food bear warning labels as the Ontario Medical Association urges?
January 23, 2013

Acclaimed Toronto stage performer stars in new musical

Louise Pitre digs the therapeutic value that darker roles offer
January 23, 2013

Radio sweethearts share a love of tunes and travel

Beloved music critic Alan Cross met news anchor Mary Ellen Beninger in the radio booth
January 23, 2013

T.O.’s best Peking duck

We rounded up the GTA’s options for a Peking duck feast and asked Bar Isabel chef, Grant van Gameren to tell us which duck is most delicious
January 23, 2013

Tea leaves reveal my daughter will marry rich

And if I want to find parking at Yorkdale, I have to talk to the angels
January 16, 2013

Power to the people

Mega-quarry protests save local farmland
January 16, 2013

Learn to make Susur Lee’s edible, architectural masterpiece

Top Toronto chef shares recipe for his trademark Southeast Asian–inspired dish
January 16, 2013

Casa Loma to house city museum

Last month, Toronto City Council took an important step toward establishing a Toronto City Museum at Casa Loma by supporting my motion, along with those by Coun. Joe Mihevc, regarding its use and governance. Council endorsed our idea to ask for expressions of interest from Torontonians to create a space to display our shared history in a historical place.
January 10, 2013

Taking midtown’s temperature

Much of this year has been unseasonably warm. Due to this heat, I’ve heard from many tenants in our community that their apartments have been uncomfortable and that getting a good night’s sleep, in particular, has been difficult. That’s why I put forward a motion at city council that seeks to establish appropriate room temperatures for renters.
January 10, 2013

Green spaces growing in midtown

New or improved recreation areas are becoming especially vital with the increasing intensification of midtown Toronto by new condo developments. During the past year, we’ve opened a new playground at Oriole Park, a splash pad and farmers’ market at June Rowlands Park and are working on improvements to the Kay Gardner Beltline, Winston Churchill and Forest Hill Road parks. Perhaps nowhere is this need for more green space more apparent than at Yonge and Eglinton, a provincially mandated growth centre.
January 10, 2013

Protecting access to public space

January 10, 2013

Fast-food feast from the Middle East

Dr. Laffa’s landmark Steeles and Dufferin area eatery serves one of the best shawarmas, thanks to his traditional Iraqi flatbread. The slight downside? Lab results reveal fairly high fat content and sodium levels.
January 09, 2013