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Trustee candidate recognizes the job’s invisibility

Posted: 8 hours ago
Ybia Anderson understands that voters don’t know who trustees are or what they do. “I often ask, ‘Are you aware that it’s part of the municipal election on Oct. 27?’ And the overwhelming response is, ‘No,’” Anderson said. “On average only 35 per cent of eligible voters bother to vote for a trustee. … Whereas voter […]


Candidates juggle professional careers and the campaign

Posted: 10 hours ago
Paul Bocking needs to pick up a stack of papers waiting in his office at York University. He still plans to take a few months off from working on his PhD in economic geography, grading papers and meeting students once a week. Thanksgiving Monday, was a day of marathon marking. It’s one of the few […]


Mayoral candidates trade final blows in last debate

Posted: 14 hours ago
After more than 50 debates spread across the campaign trail, the three top candidates Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory faced off for a final round Thursday, at the City TV studios.


Toronto’s fastest internet coming to new Waterfront communities

Posted: 14 hours ago
Toronto’s new waterfront communities will able to enjoy the fastest broadband internet in the city. Waterfront Toronto and Beanfield Metroconnect announced Monday that Waterfront neighbourhoods and businesses will be provided with one of the highest performance internet services in the nation. Subscribers will have access to unlimited 500 megabit per second downloading and uploading speed, […]


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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

‘Restaurants for Change’ kicks off first coast to coast fundraiser

Posted: Oct 22 2014 7:55 pm
Canadians will have a perfect excuse to wine and dine on Wednesday as restaurants take part in a fundraising initiative in support of local food centres. Community Food Centres, a non-profit organization, has created the first-ever Restaurants for Change event. It will take place on Oct. 22 and will partner with 25 restaurants in nine […]


Features

Trustee candidate recognizes the job’s invisibility

Posted: 8 hours ago
Ybia Anderson understands that voters don’t know who trustees are or what they do. “I often ask, ‘Are you aware that it’s part of the municipal election on Oct. 27?’ And the overwhelming response is, ‘No,’” Anderson said. “On average only 35 per cent of eligible voters bother to vote for a trustee. … Whereas voter […]


Candidates juggle professional careers and the campaign

Posted: 10 hours ago
Paul Bocking needs to pick up a stack of papers waiting in his office at York University. He still plans to take a few months off from working on his PhD in economic geography, grading papers and meeting students once a week. Thanksgiving Monday, was a day of marathon marking. It’s one of the few […]


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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