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How They Met: award-winning playwright Ins Choi and his wife, Mari

As an actor and playwright, Ins Choi has performed in front of hundreds of people. He certainly isn’t camera shy or afraid of putting himself out there. But stage fright wouldn’t elude him the first time he met his then future wife, Mari. It took two chance meetings before he worked up the courage to talk to her.
May 23, 2013

Sewell: as a public figure, Rob Ford has an obligation to respond to the crack video scandal

One way to get a lot of publicity for Toronto is to have the mayor in a video that seems to show he is smoking crack cocaine.
May 22, 2013

Turner on Real Estate: does it make more sense to rent or buy in Toronto?

Some weeks ago, a most ugly house in North Toronto was swarmed. It’s a semi, built like its neighbours about 90 years ago, has a mutual drive, is on a residential street, one block north of an arterial. The current owners added an addition to the original 1,100-square-foot, two-storey cube. Rooflines don’t match, the exterior’s stucco-over-OSB and the lack of design work makes the squirrels woozy.
May 09, 2013

Will recent shooting slow Yorkdale plans?

When Michael Nguyen’s bullet-riddled body hit the asphalt of a Yorkdale Shopping Centre parking lot on Easter weekend, he became the third person to be shot to death at a Toronto mall in under a year.
May 08, 2013

Sewell: casino divides city, fight takes flight

It is entirely unexpected that a proposal for a downtown casino would become such a watershed issue for Toronto. When first proposed last year, it was seen as a divisive issue, and best thinking was that the vote on city council would be close, perhaps dividing the downtown councillors from those representing  the suburbs. The No Casino Toronto group was seen as insular and ineffective.
May 06, 2013

Calling for honesty in condo ads

May 06, 2013

Donor pays it forward

Banker donates marrow
May 06, 2013

Casa Loma area heritage home restored

Former home of magazine magnate saved from demolition
May 06, 2013

Station needs south side entrance

May 06, 2013

Toronto’s enviro report card

There are many ways in which the GTA is making great strides toward becoming a world-class sustainable city. In the past year alone, we’ve seen many initiatives to create more green space, ban environmentally hazardous products and practices and generally make our city a healthier place to live.
April 29, 2013

Turner on Real Estate: a slow and steady march to the bottom is well underway

Each spring, they migrate back to the well-treed ’hoods of North Toronto, flitting from property to property in a fecund frenzy. You can stand there, quietly watching, certain there’s but one obsession on their minds: Nesting. These are the house hornies, the drivers of GTA real estate.
April 13, 2013

Release your inner style sleuth

I have a new addiction. My new addiction is checking out houses. Not necessarily to buy, but for decorating ideas.
April 12, 2013

The Comedy Issue: Mark McKinney

For our Comedy Issue, we interviewed seven of the city’s top comedians. Today, we present Mark McKinney, the man who brought us characters such as the Head Crusher, the Chicken Lady and more. Here, McKinney dishes on his Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Life days, and what he’s been up to since.
April 08, 2013

Is Eglinton the next Bloor Street?

Maureen Sirois walks down Eglinton Avenue on a sunny Saturday afternoon, past the clothing shops, butcher and bakery to her own store next to the Eglinton Grand theatre, pointing out the changes she hopes to see in the neighbourhood. That the city’s Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is eyeing the Green P lot in behind that stretch for redevelopment is a sign of what’s to come.
April 05, 2013

Nine-storey condo by park irks community

Robertson Davies Park, located on Avenue Road north of Dupont Street, is surrounded by single-family homes and old, towering trees. It may soon have a new neighbour: a nine-storey condo at 289 Avenue Rd., which has some residents apprehensive. Pam MacDonald, president of the Rathnelly Area Residents Association, is unhappy with the proposal.
April 05, 2013

Books let spirits soar

The power of books can be underestimated when someone has always had them at their disposal. But when Forest Hill mother Anna Rosner was studying native education and learned how many children on Aboriginal reserves did not have access to books, she felt compelled to make a difference.
April 02, 2013

Reduce your carbon footprint

It’s hard to believe, but spring is on its way! There are a lot of exciting spring events on the horizon. The success of the city’s Community Environment Days toward helping divert waste from landfills is impressive and growing.
April 02, 2013

New plan for Art Shoppe site put forward

After months of speculation, Freed Developments has finally submitted a formal proposal for its site currently occupied by furniture retailer Art Shoppe at 2131 Yonge St.
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

Preserving neighbourhood culture

A quick read through Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act may convince anyone that it was written with Leaside in mind.
April 02, 2013