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It’s hip to be square on Square Root Day

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 3:18 pm
Today is Square Root Day, as the date is 4/4/16. People are doing mathematics-related activities and tweeting to observe the unofficial holiday.


Many Canadians view Internet as a necessity

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 2:34 pm
Access to the Internet has become a staple in almost every household across Canada, but for those living in rural areas, the cost of staying connected can come with a hefty price tag.


Seeing through the ‘Paper Thin’ challenge

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 12:41 pm
Upon her introduction to the A4 challenge, also known as the Paper Thin challenge, Andrea Miller, a GTA-based registered dietitian called the activity that has gone viral on social media “crazy." To win, an A4 sized piece of printing paper must completely conceal a person’s waist when held up against it.


Multimedia

Sports

Choosing the Blue Jays leadoff hitter

Posted: Apr 22 2016 | 1:10 am
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a less than ideal start this season, and are currently tied for second in the American League East with a 7-7 record.


Swimmer Mrak battles through up and down week to make Canadian Paralympic team

Tyler Mrak swimming backstroke at 2015 Can Am Para-swimming. Championships

Posted: Apr 13 2016 | 11:52 am
TORONTO – Despite a disappointing run on the day before the Canadian Paralympic swim team was selected, a 17-year-old is going to Rio after a record setting run earlier in the week. Tyler Mrak, a Surrey, B.C. native, was officially named to Canada’s swim team for the Paralympics on Sunday night, an announcement that came just […]


Second annual Biosteel showcase upped the ante in 2016

Posted: Apr 13 2016 | 11:47 am
TORONTO – The second annual Biosteel All Canadian men’s high school basketball showcase was held this past Monday night at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre. There have been notable players to play in the game in the past, including Jamal Murray, Thon Maker, and Jahvon Blair, to name a few. The 2015 game featured […]


Arts & Life

7 Toronto activities fit for a prince

The grounds is preparing the filming of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the castle.

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 12:05 pm
In a tweet, it was announced that Prince Harry will be visiting Toronto in early May. While the prince will only be visiting a short time, The Observer has rounded up some places he should add to his itinerary.


Digging into some of the best souvlaki in Greektown

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 11:43 am
Up and down Pape Street and along Danforth Avenue in Toronto’s Greektown, you will find one thing on every corner — souvlaki. The Observer canvassed the neighbourhood known for its servings of chicken and pork dishes in search of some of the best souvlaki Greektown has to offer.


Features

TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

Posted: Apr 27 2016 | 9:41 am
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.


A Toronto youth workshop brings elements of hip-hop together

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 1:00 am
16 Bars is an initiative for Toronto youth to channel their familiarity with hip-hop into artistic expression. Members arrange dance workshops and performance tutorials led by themselves or hired instructors.


Special Reports

2016 federal budget: transit, housing, seniors, Bombardier

2016 federal budget: transit, housing, seniors, Bombardier

Posted: Mar 23 2016 | 11:59 pm
On March 22, the new federal Liberal government released its first budget. The Toronto Observer’s Bradley Dobson, Daniel McKenzie, Cherry (Changhong) Liu and Amy McNeill take a look at what’s in store for Ontario’s public transit, social housing, old age security and Bombardier.


Families spring to Dunedin to bond over Blue Jays

Posted: Mar 10 2016 | 2:10 pm
For some, baseball is just a game, but for others it capsulizes decades of family tradition. Two seasoned Blue Jays fans were having a bite to eat at Marguerite’s, a fan hotspot outside the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, before the team hosted the Atlanta Braves. John McKague reminisced about his ongoing tradition at Blue Jays spring training with his wife, Jenny. “It was a sad story,” he said. “My wife’s father died and my brother died about two weeks later. We said, ‘I need a holiday, let’s get the hell out of here.’ We came down here, and we have come down here ever since. That was 25 years ago.


Opinion

TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

Posted: Apr 27 2016 | 9:41 am
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.


Choosing the Blue Jays leadoff hitter

Posted: Apr 22 2016 | 1:10 am
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a less than ideal start this season, and are currently tied for second in the American League East with a 7-7 record.


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