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Building cool stuff at the LEGO Club

Posted: 16 hours ago
For Joshua Casino, outer space is as close as the local library. In a special room dedicated to the LEGO Club, at East York’s Jones Library, Joshua’s mother Lisa Casino asked what he’ d made with his LEGO pieces. “Ninja storm-ship,” the youngster said. The LEGO Club is organized by the Toronto Public Library across 17 […]


York West councillor claims Spadina subway extension far too late

Posted: 19 hours ago
The councilor for the region that will one day be served by the Spadina subway extension says the whole project is 20 years too late. On Friday, the Toronto Transit Commission confirmed that the six-stop construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) from Downsview Station to Vaughan is $150 million over budget and may not open until 2017. The project’s original budget was $2.5 billion and it was supposed to open in 2015. The cost overrun will be split between Toronto ($90 million) and York Region ($60 million). Coun. Anthony Perruzza represents York West (Ward 8) where the TYSSE is being built. “I would have very much liked it to have been open sooner,” Perruzza said.


Road or rail? GO Transit’s new vehicle would have both covered

Posted: 19 hours ago
...if it weren't an April Fool's joke. GO Transit has a new way to get commuters from the road and onto the tracks using one vehicle, according to an article on its website. Metrolinx supposedly announced the purchase of 300 new vehicles, the Ambi-Bus, which can operate both on railroad tracks and roads.


Man missing in North York

Posted: 20 hours ago
A man has been missing since he wandered out of the North York General Hospital on Wednesday evening, police say.


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Sports

Russell Wood swims third-fastest 100m backstroke in Canadian history

Russell Wood stood on the podium for god following a personal best at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Posted: 7 hours ago
Just four days prior, Russell Wood voiced his confidence heading into the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials to the Toronto Observer. He delivered on it with a gold and near record-setting performance. Wood captured the men’s 100m backstroke final with a time of 53.96, and qualified for the upcoming Pan Am Games and World Championships on […]


Cieplucha comes from behind to win swimming’s distance classic

A happy Tessa Cieplucha after winning the Women 1500m Freestyle at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Ont.

Posted: 7 hours ago
Tessa Cieplucha may only be 15 years old but she put down an adult time on Wednesday night. The Oakville native won the 1,500 metre freestyle at the 2015 Canadian Swim Trials in Toronto in a time of 16:47.84, over six seconds faster than her seed time coming in. “At the beginning, I wanted to […]


Condorelli wins butterfly for first national championship

Posted: 8 hours ago
Santo Condorelli became the new national champion in the Men’s 50 metre butterfly on day one of the 2015 Canadian Swim Trials Wednesday night. The gold medalist finished in a time of 23.80, with Gamal Assaad took the silver (24.60), and Ben Berg won the bronze (24.73). This event was not a qualifier for the […]


Arts & Life

Centennial students raise funds and profile of literacy

Posted: 14 hours ago
At a pub in East York, public relations student Rachael Kellogg is helping to raise the public profile of literacy. “It’s all the stuff I’m very passionate about,” she said. Recently, at the Fox and Fiddle restaurant on Danforth, a number of Centennial College Corporate Communications and Public Relations students organized a fundraiser for the Literature for Life charity.


Diwan Saz impresses at the Aga Khan Museum

Posted: Mar 25 2015 | 6:27 pm
“The message was being conveyed through the art,” said Amirali Alibhai, the head of performing arts at the Aga Khan Museum, which is located on Wynford Drive. He said he was proud to host the event and added that it shows the strength of diversity — while acknowledging that some people might find it surprising that a centre for Islamic culture would host an Israeli musical troupe.


Features

Centennial students raise funds and profile of literacy

Posted: 14 hours ago
At a pub in East York, public relations student Rachael Kellogg is helping to raise the public profile of literacy. “It’s all the stuff I’m very passionate about,” she said. Recently, at the Fox and Fiddle restaurant on Danforth, a number of Centennial College Corporate Communications and Public Relations students organized a fundraiser for the Literature for Life charity.


East Yorker gives back and brings out the fans

Posted: 15 hours ago
For a while the bleachers at Stan Wadlow Park sat empty during East York Senior Baseball home games. Thanks in part to Adam Panagopka, that's changed. “We brought that East York spirit back,” he said. Now there are couples in the stands, parents and kids eating ice cream and cheering support for the team. A fourth place finish at provincials - thanks to volunteer coach Panagopka and the rest of the coaching staff - has a lot to do with it.


Special Reports

No snow tires on TTC buses: Riders at risk?

No snow tires on TTC buses: Riders at risk?

Posted: Mar 2 2015 | 3:28 am
Imagine being on your way somewhere and the TTC bus you’re in is not moving, because it can’t get up the hill in the snow. That is exactly what happened to many passengers on Monday February 2, when at least one bus on York Mills Road east of Yonge Street was struggling to get up the hill, due to the 22 centimetres of snow that walloped Southern Ontario overnight Sunday and into the morning commute. The TTC buses do not use snow tires.


Toronto’s new council: white, again

Posted: Nov 24 2014 | 8:58 pm
First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.


Opinion

Spring is here. Get cleaning!

Posted: Mar 25 2015 | 5:51 pm
Spring cleaning can definitely feel overwhelming, especially since many of us have let things get a little out-of-hand around the house. But don't fret; I'm about to share some essential tips to help you get started with your own warm-weather cleaning blitz.


A Richmond Hill Fire truck’s wild ride: flying hose damages cars

Posted: Mar 12 2015 | 2:54 pm
A speeding Richmond Hill fire truck whipping its hose violently across one of the busiest thoroughfares in York Region is a recipe for disaster. The police, the insurance company and the auto repair shop all said that they had never heard of anything like this before.


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