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Public input on transit is vital

Public opinion is sharply divided between those favouring subways and those who want light rail transit [LRT]. That’s what I thought until last month when I hosted a two-hour transit information session when residents chose subways and LRT.
April 02, 2013

Planning our area’s perfect park

If it seems that spring is just barely in the air, getting ready for a park opening in 2014 is really difficult to think about.
April 02, 2013

Illegal rooming houses a concern

It took three years to get rid of an illegal rooming house on a street near Sheppard and Willowdale. Relatively speaking, that’s a success story because, in most cases, the city can’t gain entry to get evidence that would hold up in court.
April 02, 2013

Singer sparks donations

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and SickKids Foundation have 17-year-old Carley Allison to thank for a recent boost in donations, spurred by a video of her singing a cover of One Direction’s “More Than This.” The Bayview Glen Private School student was recently diagnosed with a rare throat cancer that necessitated a tracheotomy. The YouTube piano cover has garnered more than 23,000 views as of March 21.
April 02, 2013

Avenue Road condo’s new density still runs too high

April 01, 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

Local landmark denied crucial funding

Staff at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) are having to flex their creative muscles to find solutions to avoid closure now that the City of Toronto has denied them an annual subsidy of $160,000 following their annual budget meeting.
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

Jennifer Podemski: the actress speaks out about Native rights and the release of her powerful new film, Running Wolf

Any Canadian who owns a television probably recognizes the face of Jennifer Podemski. The Torontonian has been gracing small screens since the tender age of 12 when she got her first paid gig co-hosting an episode of the CBC’s Wonderstruck, a science show aimed at kids, alongside Bob McDonald.
February 02, 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