Migrant workers in rural Ontario live in ‘slavery’-like conditions: activist

Imagine living in a garage, the size of two cars, with 25 other people. Imagine having to do that and also to share three washrooms. It’s an example of the modern slavery atmosphere in some rural Ontario farms that never gets talked about, according to Chris Ramsaroop, an activist with Justicia for Migrant Workers.

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.

East York high school hooks up with state-of-the-art Internet

Students were present during the unveiling at EYASS. They spoke about how they would use the new Internet. Students mentioned faster streaming of videos, specifically Ted Talks. They also mentioned they hoped this new Internet access would fix annoying issues that students have had to deal with using ADSL.

From Brampton to the WWE: Ontario wrestler Lionel Thompson hopes to make it

From taking small gigs in Northern Ontario to becoming light heavyweight champion, “The Amazing Canadian” Lionel Knight has delivered neck breakers and piledrivers to some of the best in the wrestling industry. No matter how big or small the opponent across the ring may be, Knight, now 32, put them all in the dust with his highflying, no-nonsense style.

Yet, before facing some of the biggest and baddest names in small town North North American professional wrestling, Knight had to convince the toughest and harshest opponent of them all: his mom.

Why a Canadian pro wrestler calls his mom his ‘biggest hero’

Lionel Thompson’s mother has never seen him wrestle in the ring. Also known as Lionel Knight and nicknamed “The Amazing Canadian” and “Lavender Knight”, Thompson, 32, is a two-time A1 Tag Team Champion and a two-time BW Piston Champion. He is also a three time UWA Light Heavyweight Champion, who makes his home in Brampton, Ont.

‘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.