The Toronto Observer


Rob Ford endorses John Papadakis for councillor

Posted: Oct 19 2014 11:56 pm
Rob Ford made a surprise visit in East York on Sunday to show support for John Papadakis. Ford spent time canvassing with Papadakis who is running against current Ward 29 councillor Mary Fragedakis. “I appreciate the mayor coming out and supporting me today,” Papadakis said. “I have been supporting the mayor for a long time, and […]

Toronto fringe mayoral debate draws unusual candidates

From left to right: Carlie Ritch (Mizz Barbie B***h,) Dave McKay (Sketchy the Clown,) Chandler Millard the duck (puppeted and voiced by Jamie Shannon), Josh Rachlis and Jeff Billard.

Posted: Oct 18 2014 2:42 pm
What happens when a clown, a duck, a dominatrix, an eco-comedian and a policy advisor, all vying to be Toronto’s next mayor, walk into a bar? The answer is; they quarrel and laugh. On Oct. 16., a comedian group, The Joy of Camping, organized a fringe mayoral debate at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto’s west […]

The people’s right to record

Posted: Oct 17 2014 1:18 pm
Canada’s cyborg joins forces with Toronto Police Board to introduce a new concept that can help improve civil laws.

Canadians increasingly concerned, but confident on Ebola containment: Poll

Posted: Oct 17 2014 1:09 pm
Canadians feel increasingly concerned about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak, but are more confident of the government’s ability to contain it according to a new poll. 79 per cent of Canadians polled in an Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of Global News expressed concerns that Ebola will spread to Canada. The polling firm says this […]



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. It was created by Imi Lichtenfeld, a Jew who came across street violence and anti-Semitism in 1930s Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Lichtenfeld would bring krav maga to Israel at the state’s […]

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

Big ideas for Toronto’s public spaces

Posted: Oct 8 2014 4:25 pm
Students and members of the public attended a dinner hosted at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre campus on Tuesday. Participants at the dinner, one of many held across the city as part of the 1000 Dinners TO event, discussed their ideas for improving Toronto. This civic engagement event aims to bring people together to discuss […]

Oktoberfest warms up first cold blast of autumn

Posted: Oct 5 2014 2:55 pm
It’s time to fill the steins – Oktoberfest is back in Toronto. Toronto’s third annual Oktoberfest was held Friday and Saturday and brought a taste of Bavarian cultures and food to Ontario Place. German bratwurst, sauerkraut, lederhosen, and the oom pah pah of polka music were an important part of bringing the festivities to life. A […]


When cultural connection garners votes

Posted: Oct 10 2014 4:13 pm
Sweet aromas fill the air above the patio of The Greek Boy restaurant along Toronto’s Danforth Avenue. The owner Dimitri Liasardakis is hard at work behind the counter. “I was born in Greece and it feels like home (here) in Greektown,” he said. Liasardakis also feels at home with his current councillor. “It’s very important to […]

What’s missing when a candidate drops out?

Posted: Oct 9 2014 10:47 am
When mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson walked into her campaign office last Sept. 9, she was greeted by a sometimes uncommon sight - reporters ready and waiting. “We became accustomed to the fact that every time I had a press announcement, the press wouldn’t cover it,” Thomson said. But the reporters’ presence that day was bittersweet. Thomson was about to drop out of the running for mayor of Toronto. According to Thomson, the room was so silent you could hear a pin drop.


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. @storyartscentre Story Arts Centre on Vine Story Arts Centre on Google+