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Ice Storm 2013: A year later, Toronto trees still at risk, experts warn

2013 Ice Storm damage Toronto 2014

Posted: Dec 18 2014 | 11:19 am
Following the storm, 20 per cent of the city's tree canopy was damaged, city staff estimated. Now as the anniversary of the ice storm approaches, Smith, and other experts remain concerned that a lack of resources has left the city ill prepared for another severe weather event.


Two cousins, two very different experiences with laser lipolysis

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 4:50 pm
Tyna Sayavong could hardly believe it but the tape measure didn't lie, she said. Sayavong underwent a procedure called laser lipolysis, a non-invasive process intended to reduce fatty tissue that is advertised as painless. “When she measured me, she said I lost two inches off my waist," Sayavong said. "I thought she was lying but I actually checked when I got home and I did.”


Travelling Let’s Jam program offers therapy through music

Posted: Dec 15 2014 | 5:22 pm
A 12-year-old boy's hands lightly beat his drum, repeating the rhythmic pattern instructor Sasha Brathwaite had just demonstrated. After many weeks, it's the first time he'd engaged with the group. “It’s moments like (these) that feed my soul and validate what I do,” said Brathwaite, creator of a travelling therapeutic music program called Let’s Jam: Percussive and Creative Movement.


Police search for missing girl

Posted: Dec 13 2014 | 5:24 pm
Toronto Police are looking for Shanyse Jarrett, 14, who went missing Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Antibes Drive and Bathurst Street area.


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Sports

Cousins say they’ll only be satisfied with judo medals

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 12:36 pm
Shady El Nahas has learned perhaps the most important part of his sport – the mental preparation. “Be confident in preparation but, humble in victory,” Shady El Nahas said. “After a victory you can enjoy it for 30 seconds; then it’s back to work.” Nahas, 16, has his sights set in his chosen competition – […]


Inline skater in hunt for 2015 Pan Am berth despite heart condition

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 12:23 pm
Shannon Hegarty's track to the 2015 Pan Am Games is a perilous one. The 30-year-old inline skater has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). She's not letting it get in the way of her goal to qualify for the Games in Toronto.


Volleyball prospect looking forward to U.S. scholarship

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 11:06 am
Victoria Gorrell will remember the phone call from her coach the rest of her life. “The first question Coach Rose asked me was, ‘What number do you want?’” she said. Born in Hamilton, Gorrell, 17, had just learned she would be attending Penn State University on an athletic scholarship. At six-foot-three-inches tall, she will play on the American university’s women’s volleyball team.


Arts & Life

Toronto woman learns greater comfort in her religious head dress

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 11:48 am
She looks at her reflection in the mirror and only sees beauty. She carefully lifts her thick dark hair, forming it into a bun and covers it with a cap. Centring her hijab, she makes her scarf longer on one side, wrapping it around a pin so it remains secure. Secure is what she has become. “When I wear hijab,” Sophia Malek said, “I feel I have a blanket over my dignity and body that protects me from harm. … It’s not a visual feeling; it’s a comfort within my soul.”


Features

Two cousins, two very different experiences with laser lipolysis

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 4:50 pm
Tyna Sayavong could hardly believe it but the tape measure didn't lie, she said. Sayavong underwent a procedure called laser lipolysis, a non-invasive process intended to reduce fatty tissue that is advertised as painless. “When she measured me, she said I lost two inches off my waist," Sayavong said. "I thought she was lying but I actually checked when I got home and I did.”


Cousins say they’ll only be satisfied with judo medals

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 12:36 pm
Shady El Nahas has learned perhaps the most important part of his sport – the mental preparation. “Be confident in preparation but, humble in victory,” Shady El Nahas said. “After a victory you can enjoy it for 30 seconds; then it’s back to work.” Nahas, 16, has his sights set in his chosen competition – […]


Special Reports

Toronto’s new council: white, again

Toronto’s new council: white, again

Posted: Nov 24 2014 | 8:58 pm
First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.


Women’s pro hockey moves to a bigger media pond

Posted: Nov 8 2014 | 6:59 pm
The Canadian Women's Hockey League has signed a four-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast the Clarkson Cup every March. The partnership will provide young female Canadians with a more visible goal to aspire to.


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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