The Toronto Observer


Tory’s SmartTrack stays on the rails, for now

The new Scarborough plan is set to replace the existing SRT.

Posted: Feb 11 2016 | 12:37 pm
Mayor John Tory is determined to improve transit in Toronto, even if it means upsetting suburbanites along the way. The mayor made several major announcements recently. A joint study by city planners and the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute revealed that Tory's SmartTrack transit plan could potentially yield even more riders across Toronto than originally projected.

Mayor Tory serves up free-breakfast initiative

Posted: Feb 10 2016 | 6:01 pm
The program director at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office applauds Mayor John Tory’s initiative to provide free breakfasts to Toronto-area grade school students, but believes the program doesn’t go far enough. In 2014 the Government of Ontario released a poverty reduction strategy; it included $10 million made available between 2014 and 2019 to reduce poverty in Ontario communities. On Monday, Mayor Tory announced the allotment of $500,000 (of that $10 million) to offer breakfasts to communities in need. Mohan Doss, the program director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, appreciates the initiative, but has some criticism. “What about youth between 19 and 28, who are not in high school, who will not have access to free-breakfast programs?” Doss said.



Five Leafs players that could be moved by NHL trade deadline

Posted: Feb 12 2016 | 9:18 am
The Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves in a similar predicament to last year. The season has gone as many expected: painfully. With the trade deadline approaching, here are five of the top players rumoured to be on the move before Feb. 29.

Arts & Life


Remembering children’s author Jewel Kats

Posted: Feb 5 2016 | 12:50 pm
The pen was a powerful tool in the hands of Jewel Kats. The author of 11 children’s books, she wrote the kinds of stories that she never read growing up, ones that featured people with disabilities like her.

Artist makes old memories come to life

Posted: Feb 2 2016 | 12:57 pm
When McClyment was just 10 years old, he recalls his Grade 3 teacher crying as she made the announcement to the class that U.S. president John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. This historical event is what inspired him to draw what was displayed at the David Kaye Gallery located in the heart of Toronto in January.

Special Reports

The G-Word on Danforth East: Who has a say in gentrification?

The G-Word on Danforth East: Who has a say in gentrification?

Posted: Dec 11 2015 | 4:06 am
Gentrification. Most people agree it's a loaded word. Depending on where you sit on the property ladder, it could mean enjoying the boon of higher property values, or the fear of being displaced by them. The latest neighbourhood in Toronto's east end to see this kind of change is the strip of the Danforth from Greenwood Avenue to Main Street, sometimes referred to as Danforth East.

Brave the Winter: Upcoming Toronto Festivals

Posted: Dec 10 2015 | 1:50 pm
With a bevy of festivals quickly approaching, a chilly Canadian winter won't be a strong enough deterrent to keep Torontonians within the confines of their homes. From genre-specific music festivals to art exhibits and three-course dinners, locals have plenty of reasons to brave the cold this season. The Observer samples some of Toronto's ongoing and upcoming winter festivals.


Solidarity demo at Ghomeshi trial shifting media coverage

Jennifer-Leigh O'Neill surrounded by media just after Ghomeshi walked into his third trial day

Posted: Feb 11 2016 | 1:21 pm
If Jian Ghomeshi wasn't already a household name, he certainly is now. When Toronto activist Jennifer-Leigh O’Neill arrived at Old City Hall recently, where the former CBC radio star is on trial for sexual assault, she aimed to change the conversation and show solidarity to the alleged victims.

5 gifts to think twice about before buying

Posted: Dec 17 2015 | 12:09 pm
As you look around the mall in search of the perfect gifts for your loved ones, you may want to think twice about what you buy. The Observer suggests staying away from the gifts on this list to avoid having your present end up in the return pile. @storyartscentre Story Arts Centre on Vine Story Arts Centre on Google+