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Founder of Toronto’s Homeless Memorial remembered as great advocate

About two hundred people attended a memorial Tuesday, August 8th for the founder of downtown Toronto’s homeless memorial, Bonnie Briggs.  It was held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, next to Eaton Centre. That church is the site of the Homeless Memorial, which Briggs, 64, founded in 1997.   

Nunavut cousins find badminton success at Indigenous Games

Many of the teams participating in badminton this week at the North American Indigenous Games had never met before arriving in Toronto.

But that’s not the case for cousins Davidee Kudluarok and Mike Kavik, the 16U males double team from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.

Manitoba’s U19 female volleyball team bands together to secure third.

Against the wall, “Team Toba” stood tall when it mattered most, on Thursday. Being tied with Team Wisconsin in the same pool, Manitoba battled it out with them, as a win confirms a chance for a “better” matchup moving forward in the tournament. And they did just that, as Manitoba took the game in three […]

Sponsors of Syrian refugee family wanted to make a difference

The Toronto couple acknowledged that they had been moved to sponsor a Syrian family with children after the sheer tragedy of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on the beaches of Turkey. The couple joined an existing private sponsorship group, Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE), last year.

Syrian refugee family about to move into permanent home in East York

Two former producers from the CBC are busy collecting furniture to help “their” family of Syrian refugees move to an apartment in Crescent Town in Toronto’s East end on June 1, 2017.
Jim Handman and his wife Renee Pellerin are a part of a Toronto sponsorship group called Kensington Assistance for Refugees.

Amateur NAIG Sports

Badminton’s Isabelle Bailey and Rachel Cameron becoming fast friends

Athletes often cite experience playing with each other as an answer to why they’re able to work so well together.

Hockey players, for instance, often make blind passes, made possible by a sixth sense of just knowing where their teammate will be at any given time.

Javelin thrower Hannah Morningstar a role model for all

On the morning of her first major competition, Hannah Morningstar was struggling just to think. It was at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Regina, Sask., and the then 13-year-old was trying to find a way to throw her javelin as best as she could. “On that day, I woke up feeling extremely […]

‘You don’t have to be a basketball player or a rapper or a drug dealer to take care of your family’: Jayscale

Jamal Burger, better known as Jayscale, is most famous for his captivating cityscape photographs from the tops of Toronto’s high rises. Now a few years removed from school and with his career flourishing, Burger plans to use his talents to uplift the next generation of young people, including those in the public housing complex where he grew up.

TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

TTC pub crawl — the concept is simple. There are bars, pubs and taverns close to every subway station along the TTC lines making it easy for commuters to hop off, grab a beer and jump back on the subway over to the next station where they can check out other watering holes and neighbourhoods. The trouble is that most people don’t know it exists.