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Sewell: there are two paths for Rob Ford; which one will he take?

Considering the scandals that continue to plague city hall with Rob Ford as mayor, his refusal to respond to his critics in a way that would put concerned local residents at ease, and the need to return to the business at hand to make Toronto better, I’ve drafted two correspondences, two paths for Mr. Ford.
July 03, 2013

Eglinton West, meet Dennis

Toronto has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America. In 2006, the Toronto Board of Trade estimated that $6 billion in economic activity is lost annually because of gridlock in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Now, after decades of neglect, rapid transit is finally coming to midtown Toronto.
June 29, 2013

Mom leaves lofty legacy

In 2005, the life of Elana Waldman, then a lawyer in her mid-30s, took a dramatic and unexpected turn. When a diagnosis of stage three ovarian cancer forced Waldman to leave the firm where she practised family law, she took to pursuing every avenue she could to raise awareness and funds in hopes of increasing the survival rate of ovarian cancer patients.
June 29, 2013

Two more tall towers coming to Yonge and Eg?

On June 18, Toronto and East York Community Council voted to recommend that Toronto City Council approve a 58- and 36-storey development in the Yonge and Eglinton area.
June 29, 2013

Bringing urban nature home

I am happy to report that at our meeting on May 7, city council officially named an 18-kilometre route the Robert Bateman Urban Nature Trail. This trail connects some of our best green spaces and ravines, from the Kay Gardner Beltline trail, north of Eglinton Avenue, to the Don Valley then through Rosedale, Spadina Road and the Cedarvale Ravine. The trail’s name honours Robert Bateman, a renowned Canadian artist and environmentalist who grew up on Chaplin Crescent behind the Kay Gardner Beltline trail.
June 29, 2013

Lower Village mulls Green P expansion plans

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA)’s Green P lot on the corner of Spadina Road and Thelma Avenue has become the site of a development debate for the second time in just over 10 years.
June 29, 2013

Gypsy moths eat away at Moore Park’s trees

City of Toronto, Urban Forestry Services has been busy chasing unwanted guests out of Moore Park — thousands of hungry gypsy moths still in their caterpillar stage.
June 29, 2013

Teens jam for charity

June 24, 2013

Retailers alter Village’s quaint atmosphere

Forest Hill Village, located at Spadina Road and Lonsdale Avenue, has seen an array of chain establishments replace its many independent shops. The newest addition is an incoming LCBO, replacing Parker’s Dry Cleaning, which has some residents apprehensive.
June 05, 2013

Laird and Leslie LRT stops spared

Metrolinx’s plans for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line have changed once again.
June 05, 2013

Leaside has its moment

Spring has seen an outpouring of enthusiasm for Leaside’s 100th anniversary, otherwise known as Leaside 100. By now, almost every Leaside resident knows that our community was launched into life by a plan commissioned by the Canadian Northern Railway (since merged into the Canadian National Railway) and established as a town in May 1913.
June 05, 2013

Winning advice from a cycling champ

Canadian cycling champion Tara Whitten proves that it’s never too late to follow your dreams — all the way to the Olympics. The Toronto-born athlete started cycling in 2007, and in just five years, she was representing Canada at the London Games.
June 05, 2013

‘Market’ in your calendar

Maybe you are getting off the subway at Yonge and Eglinton after work, stretching your legs at lunch or just out and about, enjoying the day. Whatever you are doing, eating better is now a little bit easier for North Toronto residents. Now open until mid-October, Appletree Uptown farmers’ market is trying out a new home and new hours.
June 05, 2013

The Music Issue: Rufus Wainwright

For flamboyant musician Rufus Wainwright, Toronto’s Luminato Festival is becoming a byword for “tribute concert.” During the 2012 festival, he performed at a concert in honour of his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, who died from cancer three years ago.
May 30, 2013

Lessons from a Dragon: a profile of Arlene Dickinson

May 28, 2013

Ecks and the City: putting a new spin on an old exercise

One simply cannot do a private hooping session outside without drawing attention, even on a quiet afternoon. As I am hooping in my front yard, with my personal hooping trainer, people honk horns as they drive by, an elderly woman with her caregiver smiles and stops to take in the scene, and a mother pushing a stroller asks what we’re doing.
May 26, 2013

An uncharted path

May 26, 2013

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