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Heritage activist fights to save East York’s architectural past

Posted: Jan 25 2015 | 10:16 am
On the coffee table of Geoff Kettel’s Leaside home sits a catalogue of neighbourhood development plans, an architectural timeline of the area. He’s concerned about the survival of the Durant Motors Company building on Laird Avenue. “I think where we want to go should be reflective of where we’ve come from,” he said. Though the […]


Frigid temperatures lead to hike in shelter usage in Toronto

Posted: Jan 23 2015 | 4:45 pm
Upward of 5,000 homeless people depend on city-funded shelters to keep warm during bone-chilling winter nights, according to the City of Toronto website. There has been a steady increase, by 1.6 per cent, in the homeless population since 2009. Emergency shelters are experiencing the highest average for nightly occupancy since 2011, accommodating more than 4,000 homeless people every night in all 57 city-operated shelters.


E-cigs for teens could go up in smoke if bill passes

Posted: Jan 23 2015 | 1:05 pm
The Ontario government is planning to ban the use and sale of all vapourizing electronic cigarettes for those under 19. The legislation will also prohibit flavoured tobacco products – including menthol. The government says it’s a move to reduce smoking among youth.


Multimedia

Sports

Cousins say they’ll only be satisfied with judo medals

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 12:36 pm
Shady El Nahas has learned perhaps the most important part of his sport – the mental preparation. “Be confident in preparation but, humble in victory,” Shady El Nahas said. “After a victory you can enjoy it for 30 seconds; then it’s back to work.” Nahas, 16, has his sights set in his chosen competition – […]


Inline skater in hunt for 2015 Pan Am berth despite heart condition

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 12:23 pm
Shannon Hegarty's track to the 2015 Pan Am Games is a perilous one. The 30-year-old inline skater has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). She's not letting it get in the way of her goal to qualify for the Games in Toronto.


Volleyball prospect looking forward to U.S. scholarship

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 11:06 am
Victoria Gorrell will remember the phone call from her coach the rest of her life. “The first question Coach Rose asked me was, ‘What number do you want?’” she said. Born in Hamilton, Gorrell, 17, had just learned she would be attending Penn State University on an athletic scholarship. At six-foot-three-inches tall, she will play on the American university’s women’s volleyball team.


Arts & Life

Human rights workshop helps filmmaker focus and recover

Posted: Dec 22 2014 | 1:32 pm
In March of this year, Luz Marina Ortiz revisited perhaps the most traumatic moment of her adult life. Participating in a workshop about human rights, she hung a shirt in an otherwise empty closet and snapped a still photograph. “It represents the absence of my husband,” she said.


Toronto woman learns greater comfort in her religious head dress

Posted: Dec 16 2014 | 11:48 am
She looks at her reflection in the mirror and only sees beauty. She carefully lifts her thick dark hair, forming it into a bun and covers it with a cap. Centring her hijab, she makes her scarf longer on one side, wrapping it around a pin so it remains secure. Secure is what she has become. “When I wear hijab,” Sophia Malek said, “I feel I have a blanket over my dignity and body that protects me from harm. … It’s not a visual feeling; it’s a comfort within my soul.”


Features

Heritage activist fights to save East York’s architectural past

Posted: Jan 25 2015 | 10:16 am
On the coffee table of Geoff Kettel’s Leaside home sits a catalogue of neighbourhood development plans, an architectural timeline of the area. He’s concerned about the survival of the Durant Motors Company building on Laird Avenue. “I think where we want to go should be reflective of where we’ve come from,” he said. Though the […]


Special Reports

Toronto’s new council: white, again

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.


Women’s pro hockey moves to a bigger media pond

Posted: Nov 8 2014 | 6:59 pm
The Canadian Women's Hockey League has signed a four-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast the Clarkson Cup every March. The partnership will provide young female Canadians with a more visible goal to aspire to.


Opinion

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.


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