The Toronto Observer


Toronto police’s 11 Division superintendent planning his next charity challenge

Centennial Journalism students Bria John, Supt. Heinz Kuck, Eric Pember, Stephanie Bacchus and Ben Rappaport during interview at the Story Arts Centre in March, 2015.

Posted: Jun 16 2015 | 2:20 pm
A Toronto police officer, 11 Division Supt. Heinz Kuck, travelled over 250 kilometres this winter through Algonquin Park, in freezing temperatures, by dogsled to raise money for Victim Services Toronto, a charity helping those affected by crime and violence. This is more than twice the distance he travelled last year during his first dogsledding fundraiser.

Canada’s unknown basketball ‘hotbed’

Posted: May 22 2015 | 11:05 pm
KITCHENER – If you wanted to put a top camp into one of the country’s best basketball markets, this one might not come to mind right away. Imad Qahwash’s unwavering belief in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas however has led him to create the Tri-Cities Top 40 Camp – an event specifically designed to […]



Jamal Murray taking his talents to Kentucky

Jamal Murray unveiled his decision to be a Kentucky Wildcat next season on SportsCentre.

Posted: Jun 25 2015 | 1:21 pm
The Kentucky Wildcats have become very familiar to top-end Canadian basketball talent. After adding Mychal Mulder earlier this year, and expected 2015 NBA draftee Trey Lyles last season, they increased their collection Wednesday evening when Jamal Murray declared he will be part of the Big Blue Nation for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-5 guard out […]

Suzann Pettersen back in LPGA winner’s circle

Posted: Jun 7 2015 | 6:52 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Ont.— It was a two-horse race down the stretch at the Manulife LPGA Classic this weekend. Suzann Pettersen stepped to the first tee with the lead on Sunday morning, and fended off 2012 champion Brittany Lang in windy conditions to win her 15th LPGA Tour title.

Arts & Life

New babysitting app for parents

Posted: May 11 2015 | 3:33 pm
"DateNight connects parents with local babysitters. We have a process where babysitters register and they go through a screening process and if they get through the process, then they are added to our babysitting roster. And parents register with DateNight, looking for a babysitter."


Leaside Garden Society welcomes native plant planter

Posted: May 11 2015 | 3:17 pm
There is no biodiversity without these plants. Insects need them to pollinate or they will disappear. And without insects, small critters such as birds and squirrels might start disappearing. So he strongly encourages planting native in your own garden to help mitigate the broad environmental damage that's already been done in the 21st century city.

Dog walking: Not as easy as it looks

Posted: Apr 29 2015 | 3:48 pm
Lindsay Warburton grasps seven leashes in her clenched fists. The dogs are pulling wildly, urging her to speed up. Suddenly, one dog stops abruptly to do his business on the city lawn. A man rushes out of his house and yells at her and the dog. “Sorry, I won’t come on your lawn again,” she says and pulls the dogs to continue their walk.

Special Reports

Bring on the Summer: Toronto’s Hottest Music Festivals

Bring on the Summer: Toronto’s Hottest Music Festivals

Posted: May 20 2015 | 4:49 pm
What event? Riot Fest When is it happening? September 19-20 Where is it? Downsview Park What’s it sound like? Punk, hardcore, metal and rock How much does it cost? Tickets are not currently up for sale. Early Bird tickets were available through the Riot Fest website. The two packages included the following: 2-day general admission as well as […]

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.


Nothing flattering about this imitation

Posted: Apr 9 2015 | 12:21 pm
Now Ishika knew she couldn’t change her natural brown skin tone, or her dark eyes — and she was pretty sure that her mother would never let her dye her hair. So she decided to change her body. Not a good choice.

Change is brewing

Posted: Apr 9 2015 | 11:44 am
Some wineries already have kiosks in grocery stores that are able to sell bottles of their red and white, so why shouldn’t breweries get the benefit of a more liberalized environment? @storyartscentre Story Arts Centre on Vine Story Arts Centre on Google+