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Lane name change honours LGBTQ playwright

Krisytyn Wong-Tam (left) and Sky Gilbert (right) posses with personalized signs.

Posted: 6 hours ago
Toronto Lane was renamed Sky Gilbert Lane on Oct. 30, in honour of Canadian playwright, Sky Gilbert. Gilbert has written and produced over 40 plays. He has also written several novels and books of poetry. Thematically, his work centres on sexuality and gender. The ceremony for the name change occurred at noon. Gilbert himself, Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, […]


Toronto Police release details on murder of Andrew Surage

Posted: 6 hours ago
Toronto Police provided an update this morning on the murder of Andrew Surage, who was killed in a shooting Oct. 5. Andrew Surage, 42, was shot and killed outside the the Captain’s Social Club at 325 Weston Road on Oct. 5, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m. According to Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson from Homicide, the murder occurred following a […]


Davis walks away with Ward 31

Posted: Oct 29 2014 10:20 am
Davis ended up with 12,697 votes — 9,674 more than closest contender George Papadakis, who had 3,023 votes, or 14 per cent of the total.


Multimedia

Sports

Krav maga making waves in Toronto

Krav maga instructor Christopher Gagne (right) teaches students the finer points of krav maga self-defence at his Toronto gym.

Posted: Oct 8 2014 8:47 pm
"One may walk in peace" is the mission statement of krav maga. Being a martial art that traces its roots to hatred, this is only natural.


Chris Hadfield set to be first official torch bearer for Pan Am Games

Posted: Oct 1 2014 4:09 pm
Former astronaut Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to operate Canadarm in orbit in 1995, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station in 2013 and now he will be the first Canadian to bear the torch for the 2015 Pan American Games.


Arts & Life

Lane name change honours LGBTQ playwright

Krisytyn Wong-Tam (left) and Sky Gilbert (right) posses with personalized signs.

Posted: 6 hours ago
Toronto Lane was renamed Sky Gilbert Lane on Oct. 30, in honour of Canadian playwright, Sky Gilbert. Gilbert has written and produced over 40 plays. He has also written several novels and books of poetry. Thematically, his work centres on sexuality and gender. The ceremony for the name change occurred at noon. Gilbert himself, Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, […]


Trick-or-Treat safety tips

Posted: 7 hours ago
With Halloween just around the corner the Toronto Police and Toronto Paramedics have both produced their annual safety tips. At the top of this list this year is choosing to give children face makeup instead of masks.


Features

Council candidate proud of a hard-fought campaign

Franco Ng poses for the camera with his team and family sharing in smiles of positivity after watching voting results.

Posted: Oct 28 2014 3:04 pm
Opening the door is a man who gives off this positive energy and calmness. Offering food, snacks and beverages you wouldn't guess that his future endeavours would lay on the next hours results.


First-time candidates motivated by urge to give back

Posted: Oct 27 2014 9:10 am
Twelve years ago, Masihulla Mahebzada immigrated to Canada. He chose Cougar Court, just north of Eglinton on Markham Road, as his new home. “My life moved forward in Scarborough,” Mahebzada said. But Cougar Court has also witnessed shootings and murders, including those of 16-year-old Mahamed Adbi Warsame and 22-year-old Ricardo Erik, who were both killed in 2008 within 10 days of each other. Violent crimes, such as these, have given the Scarborough Southwest ward a tarnished reputation. “(That’s why) I thought it was time to bring changes to the community I grew up in.”


Opinion

Election Debates: how many is too many?

Posted: Oct 2 2014 2:42 pm
How many debates do you need to win an election? For the Toronto mayoral candidates it seems that the answer is: the more the merrier.


Treat students fairly

Posted: Feb 13 2014 2:19 pm
And if the broader membership goes out on strike, so, of course, do the students. And it’s the students who will be among the hardest-hit. There’s a huge financial difference between middle-aged employees who’ve had the opportunity to set aside some savings and students who are still paying off their loans and trying to make ends meet.


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