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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

Working to enhance schools

April 02, 2013

Glam Yorkville grocer told to make room for pedestrians

April 02, 2013

Avenue Road condo’s new density still runs too high

April 01, 2013

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